Pamela Darlington School of Dance began in 1982 in Newquay, Cornwall and soon after opened a branch school in Bodmin.
Classes have been running at the school for 35 years.
Many pupils have progressed to vocational schools, The Royal Ballet School, Elmhurst Ballet School, Laine Theatre Arts, Doreen Bird College, Arts Educational School, London Studio Centre, Hammond, Performers, Laban and Urdang Dance Academy.
The school works with Bbodance and examinations are conducted several times a year, in classical ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre and modern.
‘Showtime’ is the school’s show held at the Hall for Cornwall, all students have the option of being involved and it is a wonderful opportunity for pupils to enjoy the ‘magic of the theatre.’
Miss Pamela trained with the British Ballet Organisation in Newcastle under Lyme, at the Minnie Skerrett School of Dance, gaining her Advanced Ballet and her Teachers Qualification, before becoming a professional dancer.
Pamela worked on cruise liners, summer shows, cabaret circuits and the highlight of her professional life was a tour of Italy with Kodak as part of the ‘Imagine Life’ dance group. Often Pamela was head girl and would sometimes fly out before others to rehearse the orchestra and prepare the theatre technicians, she particularly enjoyed this part, rising to the challenge. After 8 years Pamela decided Newquay was too beautiful to keep leaving and she set about starting her own dance school, her first premises were at the Elliot Cavendish Hotel, courtesy of Chris and Susie Hayman and she began her first Saturday with 8 pupils, the rest, as they say, is history and her school has now become part of her life, as are all her pupils, past, present and future.
The British Ballet Organisation has always been part of Pamela’s life, so it was a natural progression to re-join them as a teacher and it was not long before they saw the potential and invited Miss Pamela to become an examiner for the organization, a position she was thrilled and honored to accept. She has since been made a Senior Examiner and relishes in her numerous trips to residential courses, always returning to the school with re-newed excitement and inspiration to pass onto her students.
She was asked to join together with Deborah Clarke, to visit Australia and New Zealand, to examine their vocational students and to teach the new B.B.O. syllabus at their summer courses, she was away for 6 weeks and really enjoyed the experience and again returned home full of ideas and passion.
In 2011 Miss Pamela was awarded her Diploma in the Lifelong Learning Sector (Dance) by Dame Beryl Grey, the course was accredited by both the Bbodance and Trinity College, London.
2017 will be the 35th birthday of the Pamela Darlington School of Dance – an amazing milestone in this day and age – and long may it continue!
As a former pupil of the Pamela Darlington School of Dance –Hayley, nee Wills – successfully passed her Advanced Ballet with the B.B.O. She was a B.B.O. Junior and Senior Scholar for many years and also completed and successfully passed her B.B.O. teaching exam – level 4.
Hayley is now offering ‘Fun Fridays’ classes in our school and is really enjoying introducing the ‘joy of dance’ to a younger generation of dancers
She is married to Paul and they have two beautiful children – Ella Jayne and Lola Sophia
A former pupil of Miss Pam, Kate gained a place at the prestigious Doreen Bird College and after a 3 year course, she graduated with a Degree in Musical Theatre. Kate performed at the opening and closing ceremonies at the London Olympics and worked professionally for a while before realising Cornwall was just too beautiful to leave.
Miss Kate and her partner Shane have just welcomed a beautiful baby daughter – Elodie into their world and life could not be rosier for them, although i believe slightly noisy!