Blackfriars Dance Academy

Welcome to the Blackfriars Dance Academy.

Blackfriars Dance Academy is based in Boston, Lincolnshire and delivers quality, fun and friendly teaching to students of all ages and abilities at Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre.

Through commitment and passion for dance, the highest standard of professional care and attention is given to all pupils in classes. Training and examinations are delivered in accordance with the ‘International Dance Teachers Association’ syllabus.  

This term we welcome our new Principal Gemma Millard. Gemma and her team will now be focusing on 'IDTA'  'International Dance Teachers Association' qualifications. Dance disciplines available to study include Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Acro Lyrical, Contemporary and Commercial.. We cater for a range of abilities with classes available for both children and adults.

We are sad to see Abi Kingsley Parker leave us as she has been a fabulous Principal and mentor for the children over the past years and she will be missed, but we wish her all the best for her personal ventures. I'm sure she will still pop in as a guest teacher from time to time. 

This term classes will be delivered by;

Gemma Millard- Principal, Head of IDTA and Competition Team: Gemma is a highly qualified tutor who has successfully lead many teams to victory with several ex students now attending prestigious vocational schools. 

Beth Scarborough- IDTA Associate Tutor: Professionally trained at Stella Mann and an experienced performer covering several dance genres herself, Beth will be delivering classes as our associate IDTA tutor.

Courtney Hunt- Commercial/Assistant Tutor: Courtney currently teaches for Blackfriars Theatre Academy and we are delighted she will be assisting with more dance academy classes. She is an experienced choreographer and dance leader.

Maria Langley- Guest Tutor: A highly experienced professional choreographer and tutor, Maria occasionally guest teaches for Blackfriars Dance Academy.

Ruby Walker- Junior Tutor/Assistant: A highly trained dancer, Ruby joins us as a junior class tutor and assistant teacher.

You can find out about our classes, times and dates on the links below and also by viewing or downloading the registration pack which has information on term times, uniform, fees etc. We also have a link to an online uniform shop where you’ll find all the syllabus leotards and approved shoes etc in individual class specified groups.

If you wish to join our academy you will need to complete a registration form to hand to the academy tutor. Tutors will have copies available at classes.

We welcome you to the academy and look forward to introducing you to the world of dance!

Gemma Millard

Blackfriars Dance Academy Principal




Blackfriars undoubtedly plays a very important role as Boston's centre for entertainment and the arts. It is home to two very successful local amateur dramatic and operatic groups, as well as hosting a varied program of professional stage productions.