The Page Mason School of Dance & Drama began life in 1963 with a handful of students who wanted to learn Ballet with Gillian Page and Ballroom with Jean Mason.
At first classes were held at Hilderstone until the School became big enough and in 1977 the Callis Court premises was purchased.
As the School expanded it was necessary to extend and add a purpose built Modern dance studio over the existing playground of the former Thanet School House.
Together with this expansion, we added to our curriculum considerably with highly qualified staff offering a full range of Theatre skills including: Three methods of Classical Ballet (I.S.T.D. Vanganova and Cecchetti); Modern Theatre Dance; Tap; Jazz; Street; Spanish National Dance (Flamenco and Regional); Singing; Drama Studies; Musical Theatre.
Academic studies include: Music appreciation and Theory; Anatomy and Physiology for Dancers; History of Western Theatre Dance and Ballet.
Children can begin their dancing at 3-4 years old and it is the purpose of the School to provide pre-vocational and vocational training for leisure, pleasure and for those students who wish to enter the Theatre world as professionals or train to become a qualified teacher.