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DATES FOR THE DIARY ISTD Modern and Tap Examinations : RAD Ballet Examinations The Sele School: Info to come soon.



Carter School of Dance (CSD) holds all its classes and examinations in Hertford. 

In 2009 Caroline Crowley (BA Hons Dance Education RAD RTS AIDTA) took over the ownership of the school and continues to manage it today.


The school was founded by Janet Carter in 1980. In 2008 Mrs. Carter was awarded the M.B.E. for Services to Dance and to the community of Hertford, retiring from teaching in 2014.


CSD has always been centred within the community. This remains key to the operation of the school which specialises in different styles of dancing. Through its years of experience, it strives to ensure that students can enjoy dance. The happy atmosphere is reflected in the friendships that are formed between the students and the lifelong skills that are acquired through learning to dance.


CSD prides itself on the achievements of all the students, and encourages development and progression with examinations taken each term in the syllabi of the Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance. Exceptional young students are encouraged to apply for associate places in leading vocational schools for such as the Royal Ballet School, Central School of Ballet, Tring Park School for Performing Arts and

Rambert School for Ballet and Contemporary Dance. CSD students are also selected to participate in training schemes run by the Centre's for Advanced Training (CAT)

"A growing body of research demonstrates dance's incredible potential to support both

physical and mental health"

Arts Council England 2021

About Us




At CSD, all our students follow the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus for Ballet and the Royal Ballet School Affiliated Training Programme. 

Classes range from Nursery ballet, through Pre-Primary at 5 years old and Primary, and then Grades 1 through to 8. 

In addition to the Graded Syllabi we offer, by

invitation, the RAD Vocational Classes (with pointe work), beginning with Intermediate Foundation

at 11 years old to Advanced One.


Tap and Modern Theatre Dance


Our Modern Theatre Dance and Tap classes follow the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) syllabus. Classes range from ISTD Grade 1 up to Grade 6, then students may take Vocational Exams in Modern.  Modern exams are usually taken at Sele School or another local venue.

Musical Theatre and Dramatic Art

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA)

 The students of CSD have the opportunity of studying for LAMDA examinations in our Musical Theatre Classes. The syllabi and classes are designed to help students develop their acting and singing skills. The skills learnt and experienced through the syllabi encourage empathy and self-awareness, and the children are required to present believable characters through both acting and song. The examinations are a recognised national qualification with UCAS points for the higher grades.


Adult Classes


The class for over 40's consists of short exercises, sequences, and longer dances that are all designed to be fun and enjoyable.  The style of the class is influenced by Tim's experience in Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Ballet, and the content is inspired by a range of musical styles enjoyed by the class members.


SILVER SWANS Ballet with Caroline Crowley

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Royal Ballet School Affiliated Training Programme


Royal Ballet School Affiliated Training Programme is now available at Carter School of Dance

What is the Royal Ballet Affiliated Training Programme?

The Royal Ballet School’s (RBS) Affiliate Programme is a unique training and assessment system developed to give students from the ages of 5-18 holistic ballet training focused on innovation, versatility, and diversity.

  • The programme is based on the Royal Ballet School’s Model for Optimal Dance Training.

  • Each level includes the study and performance of Royal Ballet Ballet productions using creative and student-led choreography.

Why should my child take part? 

  • The programme offers high-quality training in classical ballet technique and supports the development of confidence and resilience in children and young people.

  • It’s flexible enough to accommodate different learning styles and encourages new levels of creativity and self expression.

Find out more about the programme

Our principal, Caroline Crowley, is one of a small select group of ballet teachers in the UK who after rigorous assessment by the Royal Ballet will now work in conjunction with the RBS to implement the Affiliated Training and Assessment Programme . She is now offering this RBS  programme to students at Carter School of Dance.

  • When: Saturdays during term time

To learn more and get information on dates for auditions email us on


Caroline Crowley

(BA Hons. Dance Education, RAD RTS, AIDTA)

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Louise Davies


Louise Davis works as a full time dance teacher across Hertfordshire, she finds joy in watching her students of all ages and abilities grow and develop both as dancers and people. Always based around the Hertfordshire area attending St Albans High School for Girls she chose a career in dance later than some teachers attending dance college rather than university. Here Louise completed a Diploma in Performing Arts. She has performed in the London theatres and also trains and teaches aerial hoop (lyra). Louise completed her current teaching qualifications in 2016 gaining the Licentiate from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance in 2019.

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Emily Byrt

BA in Musical Theatre

Emily Byrt graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She has worked in education sectors for Scottish Opera, West End in Schools, and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, as a panellist for the BA and MA intake auditions. She is an experienced LAMDA tutor and has maintained her 95% distinction quota to date. Emily loves enabling people to find their voice; whether sung, spoken or danced. She is always keen to see strong storytelling and heaps of energy. We are pleased to welcome Emily to CSD faculty in 2020.

Guest Teachers


Tim Blowfield M.A.


Rachel Squier 


Rachel Squier is a very experienced teacher and performer. She attended the Italia Conti Academy of Musical Theatre and for 8 years after graduation worked in various performing roles in the UK and abroad. Rachel has been part of the CSD faculty for over 8 years. She is also Deputy Principal of Complete Dance and Founder of Project Dance which provides workshops, courses and CPD in Dance to Primary Schools across the South East.

Meet Our Teachers

Director and owner of CSD since 2009, Caroline Crowley specialises in teaching Classical Ballet. As a student she danced with the Southern Ballet Company and was awarded funding from the Tom Merrifield Scholarship by Christopher Gable. At 16 she gained a full time place at the Arts Educational School but choose to follow her plans into teaching and successfully auditioned for the Royal Ballet School Upper School (Teacher Training Course) working with Lynn Wallis, Julia Farron, Joan Lawson (Anatomy), Valerie Sunderland, Jean Bedells (RAD) and Jocelyn Mather (Cecchetti ) who all had experience of working with the founder of the Royal Ballet, Dame Ninette de Valois. Caroline was awarded a BA (Hons) Degree in Dance Education by Surrey University in 2006. Her freelance work includes tutoring and mentoring for the RAD and community based Contemporary Dance projects.

Tim trained at Doreen Bird College and London Contemporary Dance School. He performed in Matthew Bourne's "Swan Lake" and “The Car-Man” in the West End and on world tours. He danced with Diversions Dance Company (now called National Dance Company Wales) and for choreographers including Ben Wright, Kerry Nicholls, Lisa Torun & Jia-Yu Chang. Tim is Head of Contemporary Dance and A Level Dance teacher at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. He also teaches Contemporary Dance at Performers College and has been a regular teacher of company class for New Adventures. Tim has presented his own choreography independently, with funding from Arts Council England. He is an A Level Dance Examiner for AQA.

Thank you for contacting us.

How to Contact Us

Mrs. C W Crowley


Carter School of Dance

Class Location See Below

Tel: 01992 551451   

Mobile: 07754159127


CSD is approved as a Recognised School for Dance Training by the Council for Dance Drama and Musical Theatre


How to Find Us

The Sele School
Welwyn Road
SG14 2DG

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