Their future is our passion

Welcome to the wonderful world of Footlight

Established by Nina Thompson 36 years ago.

Footlight is synonymous for quality training in dance and performing arts throughout the Wimborne area.

From toddlers through to adults.

We have classes in RAD ballet, ISTD tap and modern, LAMDA Drama, LAMDA Singing, Acrobatic Arts and DDMIX for adults.

Our Mission


At Footlight Performance Academy, our passion is to provide high-quality training in a safe and nurturing environment from experienced and qualified teachers through our core values: Support; Motivate; Inspire; Love; Encourage.

Our dedicated team will support your child to develop a variety of dance techniques and a passion for performing arts, whilst learning to be mindful about others and themselves.


Each child will be welcomed into their class with a warm and friendly smile from their teachers, who are devoted to motivate and inspire all students to reach their individual potential. When you join the Footlight Family, you will see the love and care that shines through for everyone involved.

Through our passion for dance, we will encourage your child to explore different opportunities, build their confidence and enjoy performing.


“Their future is our passion.”

Support * Motivate * Inspire * Love * Encourage

  • Footlight has been a huge part of my life and has helped me in so many ways and that's mainly down to Nina. Everyone looks up to her and respects her and is an amazing dance teacher. Footlight would not be Footlight without her, an incredible dance teacher and principal!
    Izzy Bliss (Former Student)
  • I have known Nina Thompson for 25 years since I started dancing at her school Footlight at the age of 4. She is a wonderful nurturing teacher, who knows just how to get the best out of everyone. Nina is encouraging and helps everyone to achieve their potential. She has always supported my career choice and helped me to believe that I could achieve my dreams. Her support has been never faltering, she keeps in touch with her past pupils and has been to see me in many of my professional shows, I owe this lady a great deal. She is an inspiration to all who know her. Not only is Nina extremely qualified as a teacher, but she is also a great friend and a fantastic pastoral figure to her pupils.
    Anna Campkin (Former Pupil)
  • Nina taught me dance from the age of four and is an absolutely fantastic teacher, always creating a very happy and relaxed environment for children to learn and above all have fun! Nina always encouraged me to reach my full potential with my dancing throughout my time at Footlight and for that I cannot thank her enough! As I got older Nina became a great friend as well as a teacher and has had a huge part in all that I have achieved!
    Yasmin Farasat (Former Student)
  • Footlight has helped a very shy and timid little girl start to grow into a much more confident and happy child
    Sam Thompson (Parent)
  • Well footlight is like a second home and the minute you join you become part of the family. It’s something you can’t experience anywhere else.
    Luke Pay (Student)
  • All at Footlight show great warmth, encouragement and friendliness to the children and parents, we really have chosen the best Dance school, Thank you
    Anna Faulkner (Parent)
  • My daughter has been dancing at Footlight for 8 years. I have watched her grow in confidence, gaining not only ability but a strong and lasting friendship group. We both look forward to many more years to come.
    Sally Weaver (Parent)

Find the perfect dance class for your child

Footlight have convenient locations across Wimborne & Poole

St Nicholas Church
30 Warhead Road,
Core Mullen,
BH21 3LE

Merley Community Centre
Harrier Drive,
BH21 1XE

St Michaels Church
Colehill Lane,
BH21 7AB