About Us

AJ‘s Academy of Dance and Drama was established in September 2004, In December of the following year the Academy performed its first ever show with fewer than 35 students. Since then however the school has developed and grown to over 160 pupils.

In September 2007 AJ‘s Academy expanded the school and opened up lessons at the Clock Tower Hall, Sittingbourne, Kent. Classes are available for both children and adults so I am sure you will find something that suits your requirements.

The Academy puts on 1 show a year, in the Summer! and has a Christmas party in December with a small Display. Our Summer shows include: "Expression" , "Chapter 5" , "Dance Fusion" , "Music ‘n’ Mayhem" "Summer This, Summer That","Simply Showtime" our special 10th Anniversary Celebration show "Project X","Summer Shakedown","Dance Dynamix","Dance Electric and "Encore!", 2019 will see us celebrate our 15th Anniverary show
"Step 15"

our shows are held at The Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone.

Our 2020 Summer Show will take place on 23rd - 24th May, again at the Hazlitt Theatre.

AJ’s Academy is a small family business run by local people, Alison (the principal) and her husband James have lived in Sittingbourne for over 14 years. They continue to look at ways to improve the school and offer more opportunity for the students be it children or adults. In August 2015, 32 of our students perfored at Disneyland Paris as part of the Disney Performing Arts Programme and we are hoping to return in 2019, our students have performed at both Her Majesty's Theatre and The Shaftesbury Theatre in London’s West End

The Greatest Showman - 2018 Summer Show

Encore 2018


Don't just take our word for it check out some of the social media reviews and messages we have received

Review left - July 2018
Dancing makes Caitlin's heart sing and fills her with joy - which in turn fills my heart. There is no greater joy for a parent than for their child to find something that they LOVE to do - and that's the magic of AJ's - all of the kids absolutely LOVE to dance and sing. AJ's is a family - all the girls are supportive of each other - this is clearly evident when the awards are announced - the girls who win are in shock and the other girls (and boys) are delighted for their friends! As for the mums, we cheer and clap ALL of the children and are equally thrilled for any of "our" kids wins. The genuine comradary backstage between ALL the parents means that whilst stressful - it's also fun - and that we are working 2gether as a team. I have so much admiration and respect for them. I'm so pleased that we tried AJ's first - both Caitlin and I have found AJ friends and family for life. Thank you doesn't begin to cover what you have done for us
Review left - July 2018
We have loved being part of the AJ’s family for the last 3 years. Nancy has made some lovely friends, who all adore each other. We have found the other mums to be so supportive and friendly too. Can’t wait for our youngest to start after Christmas! Huge thanks to Alison and James for nurturing such a wonderful academy x
Review left - October 2017
I am the UK Events Manager for the charity Carehighway International. Alison & James have supported the charity for over 18 months and we were delighted when AJ's Academy of Dance & Drama agreed to officially support the charity. They have a very talented team and the children are very dedicated to their craft. I personally am very proud of their achievements and look forward to seeing them all grow over the coming years! Massive Thank you...... from Carehighway.
Review left - December 2015
My daughter has been going to A J's Academy since May 2005. It is a very professional and friendly dance school. The shows they perform are fantastic and very entertaining. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn to dance. :)
Review left - October 2014
My daughter has been at AJ's for nearly 4 years now and absolutely loves every minute. It's professional, friendly, fun, eventful, the staff are fabulous, and all the girls (and boys) that attend are lovely. You couldn't ask for a better place to send your child knowing that they are keeping fit, having fun and staying safe. Would recommend to anyone.

More of what we do!

Footage taken from our 2018 Summer Show and filmed by Curtain Call Productions

The Addams Family

Club Mix

Run the World