- Three large fully air-conditioned studios with viewing window.
- Sprung hardwood floor in one studio
- Harlequin dance floors (same as Canada's National Ballet) in two studios
- Waiting areas for parents on both the upper and lower levels
- Ladies and family change rooms
- Parking on premises
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Free Wifi
- Family friendly and welcoming atmosphere
Why Choose OSD?
Choose a school that can take your child all the way with dance. Oxford School of Dance is a Royal Academy of Dance accredited dance school established in 1971. Professional dance education is provided in a family-friendly environment. Qualified teachers, proper technique, age appropriate placements, and parent support and communication are expectations we provide to each of our dance families. Oxford School of Dance has been inspiring the love of dance for 48 years. Our qualified and experienced teaching faculty are committed to providing high quality dance education. Students are taught proper technique from the very beginning, allowing every child the opportunity to experience success. Our unique program emphasizes the development of technical skills and artistry, as well as performance and professionalism, providing all children with the best possible dance education. Starting at 2 & 3 years of age, our "Music & Movement" Program introduces children to the joy of movement, musicality, and creativity, allowing them to explore dance technique in a fun and safe environment. Oxford School of Dance has been a home to so many dancers over the past 48 years and continues to be renowned for its strong Ballet and high quality dance education. If you have a child who loves to move and dance around your home, we offer the dance instruction you need!
Judith Coleman emigrated from England to Canada with her family in 1969, moving into Thamesford in 1970. The following year, a group of parents discovered her dance and teaching background and requested that she teach their children. In the Fall of 1971, the School began what would become the Oxford School of Dance with ten children at Thamesford Public School and subsequently at St. Johns Anglican Church. Mrs. Coleman limited the growth of the School while raising her own young family and also to fulfill teaching commitments outside of the school. In 1986, Mrs. Coleman moved to Ingersoll allowing the School to expand with classes in her home on Oxford Street and at St. James Anglican Church.
In 1996, Mrs. Coleman found a more permanent home for the School at the former offices of the Ingersoll Cheese Factory on Victoria Street. Mrs. Coleman influenced many fine students over the years who have related to how the focus, sense of dedication and hard work instilled in them, helped with academic studies leading to their chosen career path. Several of Mrs. Coleman’s former students have gone on to establish dance schools for themselves. Students have danced professionally for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal and European companies. Over the many years, students have also attended professional ballet schools including the National Ballet School, Royal Winnipeg School, Quinte, Alberta Ballet School and the Banff School of Fine Arts.
Mrs Coleman passed on ownership of the school to Victoria Banman (ARAD, RAD RTS) in 2014. The school has been a home to so many dancers over the past 47 years and continues to be renowned for its strong Ballet and quality dance instruction.
Submitted by Judith Coleman
Owner & Instructor:
Ms. Victoria has an associates degree and teaching diploma from the Royal Academy of Dance. She has studied at Canada's National Ballet School, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, The Quinte Ballet School, and The School of American Ballet. Victoria has attained her Advanced 2 (highest level of Ballet) and studied the Solo Seal Award.
Founder & Instructor:
Ms. Coleman founded Oxford School of Dance in 1971. The school has been successfully training dancers for 45 years. Ms.Coleman is also an RAD supervisor who is responsible for the training and certifying of new graduating RAD teachers.
Ms. Connie has been the receptionist at Oxford School of Dance for 5 years. She is wonderfully organized and very approachable. If you have any questions regarding studio activity, Miss Connie is always available.
Ms. Heather (R.M.T., Dip F.H.P.)
Ms. Heather is a former student of Oxford School of Dance. She did her post secondary dance training at York University. Heather has over 30 years of dance training and over 15 years of teaching experience. Heather has attained her Grade 8 and Intermediate R.A.D. exams.
Ms. Rachel has trained and danced in a variety of styles for over 15 years. She performed in musicals and local companies during her education. Rachel moved to Toronto to further her training and graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre in their Professional Training Program.
Ms. Bailey (Dip Performing Arts MT)
Ms. Bailey has a Performing Arts Diploma from Randolph Academy. After graduating, she performed with the Randolph Theatre, starred in numerous musicals and plays. Bailey is a B.A.T.D. Certified Instructor in Stage, Acrobatics, and Freestyle. She is also a registered and accredited AAC3 (highest level) Acrobatic Arts instructor.
Ms. Téa has been training at Oxford School of Dance for 12 years. Téa has completed all of her R.A.D. Ballet exams from Pre-Primary – Advanced 1 and is currently training at the Advanced 2 level. Téa attended the Quinte Ballet School for two summers dancing in the professional division.
Ms. Chelsea (AAC1)
Ms. Chelsea has 10 years of experience teaching in various dance styles. She has completed her module 1 International Dance Teaching Standard course. She is also a registered and accredited Acrobatic Arts instructor. Chelsea is a graduate of the Social Work program at Lambton college.
Ms. Emma (B.A.)
Ms. Emma has spent many years in a dance studio. She trained in Jazz, Lyrical, and Acro, as well as R.A.D. Ballet up to the advanced levels. Emma has a degree in Childhood and Social Institutions from Western University.
Ms. Aislynn began her dance training at Oxford School of Dance at the age of three. She has trained extensively in Ballet, and also studied Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Acro. Aislynn is new to the teaching staff at OSD and is excited to be working with our dancers!
Ms. Angela (RAD, RTS)
Ms. Angela is a registered and accredited R.A.D. Ballet educator with 18 years of teaching experience. For many years, she has been training and entering students for Royal Academy of Dance Ballet exams from Pre-Primary to the Gr. 8 Award and Vocational levels.
Spring Performances 2020
Sharing Dance Night
The Ingersoll Theatre of Performing Arts, in partnership with Oxford School of Dance and the Oxford Manor Retirement Residence are hosting a Sharing Dance Night on Tuesday, May 5 at 6:30pm. This uplifting performance of dance will celebrate and share the art of dance with our Community!
Through sponsorship, Oxford School of Dance will select an applicant in need and pay their tuition and camp expenses so that they can attend a week of camp free of charge. We are thrilled to introduce dance to a child who might not otherwise have the opportunity. Applications may be obtained at Oxford School of Dance, 156 Victoria Street and are due by April 25, 2020. The candidate selected will be announced at the Sharing Dance Night on May 5.
The Oxford Manor Retirement Residence is sponsoring this event through refreshments! Come and see this FREE community performance and enjoy some social time and refreshments following the show. Sharing Dance Night is a FUN event for the whole family! Join us in celebrating dance by coming to watch our students share their talent, athleticism, and creativity with their community!
Oxford School of Dance has been successfully training dancers for 49 years and continues toprovide quality dance education in a family friendly environment. Classes are offered in Ballet, Jazz,Acro, Tap, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, and Hip Hop. For more information about Summer Camps or Fall Classes, visit www.oxfordschoolofdance.com or call 519-425-1888.
Learn more about our community sponsors!
The Ingersoll Theatre Arts Performing Arts
Oxford Manner Retirement Residence
Lilybear Dance Boutique
Sunday, May 24, 2019 - Year End Performance
Join Oxford School of Dance for an inspiring evening of great dancing! This year end performance features all of our 2019-2012 students from ages 3-adult. We are renting out the beautiful theatre at Forest City Community Church for two amazing performances. Tickets are available for purchase in advance or at the door! Performance #1 will take place at 3:30pm and Performance #2 at 5:30pm.