DMR School of Ballet was established in 1984 offering children, teenagers and adults the opportunity to learn to dance, in a professional and enjoyable environment. Our main studio is located at the Discovery Bay South Plaza (directly above HSBC). We also offer classes in the following locations:
- Discovery College (Discovery Bay)
- New programme commencing in April 2018 with 'Sharpe Steps' in Sai Kung, Hang Hau and Clearwater Bay. Class descriptions and schedule to be posted soon.
Our faculty, over the years, has been made up of highly talented and experienced teachers, recruited locally as well as from abroad and their high standards are reflected in our very satisfactory examination results and the quality of the dancers that have graduated from DMR over the years.
DMR offers pupils a full schedule covering a wide variety of choices: Ballet, following the Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD) syllabus, Imperial Society of Teacher of Dancing (ISTD) Tap and Modern, and the ADAPT Jazz programme for children. We also encourage participation in and prepare pupils for the annual exams in each of these modalities.
DMR also offers creative non-syllabus classes such as Fun Ballet and Tots in Tutus.
Teachers and students alike work together to make ours one of the best schools in town!
In addition to our full stage annual performances, DMR has organized and participated in numerous events including:
- Youth Arts Participation,
- Dance contributions for the RAD Committee HK at Government House and the H.K. Cultural Centre, Day of Dance events at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
Fund raising events
- Christmas performances for well known Hotels and Discovery Bay events
Our reputation for Story Ballets is legendary so visit our galleries to find out more about these amazing performances. During the summer months July and August DMR offers an amazing, fun and creativity inspiring packed Summer Camps in which pupils get involved in a range of dance and dance related activities. DMR is synonymous with non stop learning and enjoyment all year round.
"Why are you teaching at every other Ballet school and not for our kids in DB?" This was the rather disgruntled comment from a friend over tea way back in 1983. At that time there were a handful of families living in Discovery Bay and Park and Shop had yet to open. Discovery Bay International School (DBIS) had just moved out of the Resident's Club into it's new premises and kindly agreed for us to use their new Multi-Purpose room for our dance studio.
For many years Miss Naughton (then principal of DBIS) stoically hosted teams of sweaty, young tappers and hop-skipping, jumping, screaming pink frillies running up and down stairs at the school and jumping enthusiastically on the flooring above her office! In addition, she bravely stepped over yards and yards of back-drop fabrics spread over school grounds by creative mums and Dads who gave up their weekends to contribute to various shows. Without her support during that time, we would hardly have been able to mature and move forward the way we did... into our shiny new studio in the Plaza in 1990." - Dawnna Wayburne
DMR has evolved since 1984 into a well-established Ballet studio of international standing that we are all very proud of. Over the years we have taught countless aspiring young dancers to various levels, entered many of them in RAD and ISTD exams and have seen them achieve great results.
DMR has come a long way over the past decades and Dawnna is thrilled to have played a role in it's evolution together with dedicated professionals who worked closely with her.
Changes have happened along the way and we have expanded from a school of just 6 students to one that numbers over 300 pupils today.
"Anyone who has a child today should train him to be either a physicist or a ballet dancer. Then he'll escape."
~ (Wystan Hugh) W. H. Auden
We have seen entire families of children come through the studio, our students still dance at the DBIS School Fairs, and each time we get ready for performances in the Circus Nursery we are reminded of our small beginnings and the pleasure of being where we are today.
Some of our graduates have gone on to train professionally at renowned Ballet and Dance facilities around the world and other former pupils are now bringing their own aspiring ballerinas to DMR!