Fellow of the Imperial

A.R.A.D.(Adv). RAD PTS & Mentor


Janne Carrington, Principal of the Hollywood Academy of Dance, established her own school of dance in 1982 after fulfilling a highly successful dancing career.

Janne Carrington trained with the American teacher Joanne Kitson and later at Bournemouth’s Wessex School under Elizabeth Collins, Maureen Harvey and Ida Stewart.  She was awarded a scholarship by The British Council for the Kirov Ballet.

Her professional career started in classical ballet touring with The London Festival Ballet, Vienna State Ballet and then moved on to musical theatre appearing in musicals, television shows, galas, and pantomimes.  Janne also starred in the Adagio balancing act, ‘The Faralees’, which toured throughout Europe and The Jean Richard Circus.  During her professional career, Janne has won several awards for choreography and directing.

In addition to running her busy academy, Janne also finds time to mentor students studying the RAD CBTS Teaching Studies and is a tutor for the ISTD FDI & CDE teaching courses.  Janne takes great pride and delight in examining student teachers for the RAD CBTS.

Janne’s other great passion is tennis, which she plays several times a week at a local tennis club.



The Hollywood Academy of Dance has gained an enviable reputation locally for the professionalism of the school productions.

Ample opportunities to perform are provided the students, including a summer show that is staged over 3 days every other year at a local theatre.  Additionally, the Hollywood Summer Festivals is held at a local theatre in May/June offering the opportunity for everybody to perform their own choreography, with a guest adjudicator awarding trophies and medals.

Summer School is held annually, offering an exciting opportunity to study the more diverse aspects of dance and theatre studies culminating in a show at the end of the week, staged at a local theatre. Senior and Juniors have a wonderful week of dance, drama, singing, make-up and fun!

The school is a member of the Western Association of Ballet Schools (WABS), offering an avenue for participation in productions, staged annually at the Pavillion Theatre Bournemouth and the WABS-held annual workshops in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz & Tap.  WABS also offers a grant to all dancers who appear in their productions, enabling students to attend Summer and Easter courses at Ballet Schools, Performing Arts Colleges and helps with fees for the Royal Ballet Associate courses.

Located in the centre of Poole near Bournemouth in Dorset we have two fully equipped Mirrored Dance Studios, Drama Studio & Changing Rooms.

Dance is a poem of which each movement is a word.

Carlotta Caldeira, MA Film Directing University of Bournemouth