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Ballet Dancers

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Learn to Dance and have fun .... Dancing for everyone to enjoy!

Established in 1987, the Ruth Marsh School of Dancing now has around 130 pupils. Ruth is a registered teacher with both the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and the International Dance Teachers' Association (IDTA), offering children's and adult classes in ballet, tap and street dance. She also holds a CRB enhanced disclosure certificate.

Classes are small and friendly and all abilities are catered for. As well as learning the discipline and skills of dance, this is a great way to make new friends and have fun! There are obvious benefits like keeping fit and improving posture and co-ordination; being part of our school also builds your self-confidence and self-esteem.


We are a learning destination with the Children’s University.

If you already have a Passport to Learning, bring it to class to get it stamped.  

If you don’t have one but would like to take part, please ask.

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Ruth Estrella-Pinto

Principal and Teacher

Ruth has been dancing since the age of 6. She trained with the Thompson School in Rotherham from 1976 - 1979, where she first qualified as a teacher with the British Ballet Organization (BBO). From there she went on to study Performing Arts at Leicester Polytechnic (now De Montford University), gaining BA (Hons) 2.1 in 1982. Subsequent training has led to further teaching qualifications with both the RAD and IDTA. She opened and has been running the dance school since 1987.

Stefanie Highfield


Stefanie trained with the school from the age of 5 and as a young student showed an interest in teaching, helping out with many classes.  She took some time out whilst taking her degree, and then returned to the school to take on more responsibility as a teacher, bringing with her her newly acquired street dance skills.  She is now a fully qualified and registered teacher with the IDTA.

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