History of the Southsea
School of Dancing
Audrey Brown was the founder of the Southsea School of Dancing. She herself did not start
dancing until she was thirteen years of age, although she had wanted to for many years.
She was found to be very promising and achieved all her major exams
within three years including the Solo Seal Award.
She was fortunate to be taught by the famous Dame Ninette de Valois and went on to dance at Covent Garden with the Ballet Company.
Audrey then married and had two children - Paul and Nina. Her passion for dancing and desire to teach continued and as soon as she
could find suitable premises she opened the dance school, originally situated above the post office in Clarendon Road, Southsea. As
the school grew she moved premises to 39
Clarendon Road where it remained until 2010.
Her two children followed in their mothers dancing footsteps - Paul, excelling in Ballet went on to join the Royal Ballet Company where he danced for many years and met his wife who was also a dancer with the company.
Nina, preferring the all round training spent many years in show business as principal dancer and in between working she would return to the school and teach alongside her mother.
Sadly, Audrey passed away suddenly in 1991 leaving Nina running the school, where she has enjoyed many successful and happy years as principal of the school which continues to achieve excellent results across all genres.
Nina Brown - School Principal - Images of Nina during her successful performing career
(Nina pictured center)