It’s reputation not marketing that keeps the pupils coming in
— Edwina Norris

The Rutleigh School of Dancing was established in 1959 by Mrs Edwina Norris after qualifying to teach ballet, tap and Theatre Dance.

Edwina was the Area Organiser for the Royal Academy of Dance for over 30 years arranging examinations and courses for the children and teachers throughout the Midlands. Edwina also held the office of secretary for the Regional Advisory Board for 15 years. In 1994 Edwina had the honour of receiving the President’s Award of the Royal Academy of Dance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, for her dedicated services to ballet.

With her reputation, aided by her affiliation to the Royal Academy of Dance and her numerous illustrious colleagues in the Dance World, Mrs Norris expanded the school and extended the high regard and notoriety.

She is often to be heard saying “It’s reputation not marketing that keeps the pupils coming in”. The school has been inspiring young dancers for generations, with many returning to the school to enroll their children and even grandchildren!  

After an outstanding 57 year career she retired and passed the school to the current Principal, Ms Rosie Parker. Mrs Norris has become our Patron will continue to have a role within the School.