Professional Dance Since 1986


Karen Forbes School of Dance

The Art Of Dance

Karen Forbes Dance School is a long standing, trusted, Wimbledon Dance School in South West London, for ages two to adult. We train pupils in all forms of dance including ballet, tap, modern, contemporary & stretch.


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A beautifully artistic form of dance which is light and graceful. We love to marry up beautiful artistry and technique to promote a performer. we love to bring unusual inspiring pieces of music for each class to promote enjoyment and offer exciting interesting structures. The love of the art is what we want to pass on. we follow the ISTD syllabus.

A highly expressive form of dance, which is a fusion of jazz, lyrical, limbering, rhythm and funky moves. We also combine popular music with syllabus music to help inspire pupils. We follow the ISTD syllabus and examinations.

Contemporary brings together movement from several other genres such as jazz, modern and ballet. It's essential to all aspiring dancers of the world and is now a fusion of ballet, contemporary and modern. We include stretching, which is very important for any dancer.


We follow the ISTD syllabus which is so much fun. Born from the fusion of cultures on American soil, influenced by African rhythms ,Irish stepping and English clogging.

Fun, Safe Learning

Ballet for Children & Teenagers

We offer magical fun and vocational classes for all ages. Children are encouraged to express themselves through dance and music for the younger ones, the essence of a good class is the magic of the music, imagination, enjoyment and fantasy combined with quality technique which has enabled many of our pupils to go onto higher institutions such as the Royal Ballet school, Tring Park, Elmhurst, Hammond, arts educational, and many more. Many have been lucky to get full scholarships including Surbiton High School dance scholarships. we follow the ISTD syllabus and most of our pupils do very well in their examinations.


We seem to pass on an absolute passion for dance and that is our foremost ambition and many just love to dance. For our talented students we offer auditions and many have gone on to dance with the National youth ballet, London children’s ballet, Surrey youth ballet English youth ballet. A few of our pupils have been lucky enough to dance with the Birmingham Royal Ballet company with the Nutcracker and other ballets.

3-6 Years

6 Years +


What They Say

Charmaine Thorpe

"At the young age of 7 my son, started at Karen's school of dance. As a parent this was a new world for me especially being that I had a son! Rio was one of 3 boys in his class but this did not deter him and Karen was amazing with him, always pushing him to reach the top.

Rio consistently got distinctions in all his exams he took and then secured a full scholarship in a boarding dance school, still maintaining the high standards set from Karen.
He has gone from strength to strength and we have remained in contact with Karen.

Rio's journey definitely would not be one of success without the support, love and dedication from Karen, her team and the other fellow dancers.

Thank you Karen and team


Veronique Channevy

"My daughter loved dancing with Karen and Daisy. It gave her the opportunity to learn Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Tap AND Musical Theatre. Karen has nurtured and guided her, and given her the most amazing opportunities having successfully auditioned for National Youth Ballet, London Children’s Ballet and Matilda the Movie. My daughter is now at full time vocational ballet school and I really don’t think she would be there without Karen. But most importantly, she had immense fun and made some fantastic friends whilst she was at KFSD."

Ray Donovan-hill

"My daughter started with Karen Forbes School of Dance aged 5 years, learning ballet, tap, jazz and musical theatre, and last year she graduated with a first-class degree in ballet performance. Along the way, she performed five times with the London Children’s Ballet and twice with Surrey Youth Ballet as well as taking part in Karen’s shows, and Young Performers. She is only where is now due to the high standard of teaching at KF School of Dance, developing all her talents and skills at a very early age, building up her confidence and providing lots of opportunities for her to perform as a young person. KF School of Dance will bring out the best in everyone, and I cannot praise it enough."

Jessica Dobbs

"Karen is an exceptional dance teacher and mentor with a dedication and commitment second to none. She saw a potential in my son and never failed to support him on his dance journey, spending hours on the phone with me suggesting ways he could improve or further his talent.

I will be forever grateful for her support and help in getting Jack into the London Children’s Ballet and then into the Royal Ballet School.

Thank you Karen!"


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