Abinitio School of Dance was established by Elizabeth Scattergood in 2005, training students in Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz and Street Jazz, helping them to succeed in participating in examinations with the I.D.T.A (International Dance Teachers Association) and R A D (Royal Academy of Dance).

Liz Scattergood started dancing at the age of four at the Yolanda School of Dance, Brighouse, in 1988, and hasn't stopped… realising at such a young age that she wanted to dance and become a teacher, with her passion for the craft still honing and growing year on year.

At sixteen and with her love of dance ever blossoming, Liz studied performing arts at Huddersfield Technical College on a BTEC National Diploma. While attending college, Liz also attended many other dance schools to further her education in the art, including the Elite School of Dance in Rotherham and the Dorothy Stevens School of Dance in Halifax, where she spent many years working through exams to advanced level before gaining a place at NAPA – The Northern Academy of Performing Arts – in Hull.

Liz began a teaching support role at the Lesley Arden School of Dance at the age of just fourteen, an experience enjoyed so much that she ended up working there for over ten years!

Constantly striving to ever further her skills, In 2004 Liz started to work towards her first teaching qualification in Tap (through the I.D.T.A), and has since also successfully qualified at Associate Ballet and Associate Modern Jazz.

As well as heading the Abinitio School of Dance, Liz is currently also working towards the Licentiate through to fellowship level, in hope of one day becoming an examiner.


Abinitio School of Dance offers a tailored, accessible class schedule, working towards exciting shows and, for those students considering a career in dance, examinations with the RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) and I.D.T.A (International Dance Teachers Association)

We have years' worth of experience and an encouraging mentality in moving students onto the next step, with several having successfully qualified, gone on to audition and dance for the Royal Ballet School, Northern Ballet Theatre, National Youth Ballet Company, just to name a few.

All children's grade classes are evening-based throughout the week (except on Saturdays when classes are in the morning). However, some class times and days can alter as the students progress through the grades.

Although we generally keep age groups together, individual ability is taken into consideration, meaning each child is able to achieve their potential at their own pace.

Class prices range from £2.50 - £8.00 per lesson, payable monthly.

Private lessons are available to improve dance skills.

We offer classes from age 2+ in all forms of dance and performance.


Weekday Evenings

Pre-school tap, ballet and jazz age 3-5

Age 5-7yrs, Street Jazz

Age 8-10yrs, Street Jazz

Age 11-13yrs, Street Jazz

Age 14-18yrs, Street Jazz

Graded work with optional examinations

Preparatory Grade age 5 – intermediate age 16+ in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Modern Jazz.

Adult Classes

Adult tap

Adult street dance

Abinitio Performing Arts

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Uh-oh, it's that time of year again! You want to treat your little one to a special, fun birthday party, but having one at home can become absolute chaos, while finding another suitable venue can take time and become pricey. This is where Abinitio School of Dance can step in, catering for all your party needs at a brilliant price: all you have to do is turn up with a cake and leave the rest to us!

All parties take place in our airy and light new studio, with each one individually designed to make each birthday boy or girl enjoy every moment of their big day!

Parties can be booked from 12.30pm – onwards on Saturdays or Sundays, as well as certain days during school holidays (please ask for availability).

The duration of a party can vary from 1 hours to 2 ½ hours at your discretion, and does not have to be themed, the party can literally just be dance… whatever you and your child want!

Birthdays are a very exciting time for the children, but we understand how, for the parents, it can be stressful getting everything together. We specialize in making their day one to remember… and yours stress-free!


‘Show in a Week’ is a fantastic event for the kids to enjoy during the holidays.

Originally this was a summer holiday club, but due to popular demand we are now extending into all school holidays, keeping children entertained and inspired all year around.

There are two different types of ‘Show in a Week’:

Drama Based

A play devised for children based on factual and/or historical content, with dance included so there is a choice for everyone.

Dance Based

Taking the music from original musicals such as 'Mamma Mia' and 'Hairspray' and telling the story through different styles of dance.

Each week is filled with activities that help children:

build self confidence

learn new skills

and socialise with other children.

The week allows children to learn lines and take part in dancing, making scenery, props and costumes. At the end of our busy preparation and rehearsals, we perform on the Friday afternoon/evening for all family and friends to watch (approx. one hour duration). The show is exciting for the children and enjoyable for everyone to watch!

Places must be booked via our application forms, please contact us for more details (and note that places are limited and do get booked up fast, so enquire now as to not miss out!).

APA Casting Agency

Here at Abinitio Performing Arts we aim to develop our kids into naturally talented stars, focussing on their true Northern roots - throwing in a bit of American, Cockney & we also do posh!!!

Selected students who train in Drama, Singing & Performing Arts with us, are represented by APA Kids Casting.

Although we’re a new Agency, we have several years of experience working with Children in the TV, Theatre & Film industry & we have our own Professional Chaperones.

All our students are different, they’re not all singing & dancing drama queens!! But they have passion, a desire to learn & they love what they do!

To date, students have appeared in:

Gentleman Jack - BBC

Billy Elliot - UK & Ireland Tour

Oliver! - UK & Ireland Tour

Emmerdale - ITV

Halifax Pantomime - Children’s ensemble

Northern Film School short films

English Youth Ballet

If you’re interested in your child joining APA or you’re a Director looking for children for your next production, then please contact us at




Abinitio School of Dance

Ground Floor, Clifton House,

Clifton Mills, Bradford Road,

Bailiff Bridge,


West Yorkshire




07970 796583


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