Coronavirus (Covid-19)

ABD headquarters
Following the government’s announcement outlining more stringent measures to combat coronavirus, we have taken the decision to close ABD headquarters until further notice.  
ABD staff will be working from home and still able to respond to queries via email and telephone 0121 288 4166.
Office hours are Monday to Friday 09.00 to 16.00

Shop & Online Streaming
Online orders may still be placed as usual through our online shop but will be despatched only once our operations resume. 
Any orders for online streaming are able to be processed and we are currently working to add more of our DVD library to the currently available titles.

The ABD suspended all ABD examiner travel on 17 March until 30 April 2020.
The safety of our teachers, candidates, parents, examiners and ABD staff is paramount. We will postpone and reorganise all exams where possible.

If you have questions please contact Natalie on

We will continue to communicate with you regularly throughout this global pandemic.

Lee Clark - Financial Director

Lee trained at Pattison's Academy and the Shirley Thompson Academy in dance, music and drama from the age of 5 and qualified in both teachers and performers major examinations with the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA), American Association of Dancing (AAD), British Theatre Dance Association (BTDA) and the Associated Board of Dance (ABD).

From the age of 17, Lee was a professional performer appearing literally all around the world as a multi-instrumentalist song and dance man.

During the 70's, Lee opened the Studio One Stage School which became one of the largest and most successful theatre schools in the country with many pupils going on to the Royal Ballet, Ballet Rambert and appearing in the West End and Moulin Rouge.

In the late 80's Lee opened an entertainment agency booking entertainers, dancers and virtually every major star in the country on a regular basis; the agency became the largest independent entertainment agency in the UK booking solely for Pontin's Holidays, Naafi XL Leisure, Gala Bingo, Regent Inns, Bass Leisure & Scottish & Newcastle and acting as UK agent for "The Supremes" and "The Three Degrees", "Bucks Fizz" and the "Rockin' Berries", The Fortunes and the "Dreamboys" to name but a few.

Lee was very much involved and has played a major role in writing the Musical Theatre syllabus and recording virtually all of the ABD music onto CD for use in examinations. 

Meet the team.


Colin Lang, Joanne Sullivan, Peter Nash.

Business Advisor

Lee Clark


Examinations Secretary – Natalie Goddard

Compliance - Leigh-Ann James

General Secretary / I.T. / Promotions – Darren Hodson

Admin Assistant - Frankie Sullivan

Examiners (Theatre)

Joanne Sullivan, Colin Lang, Caroline Haines, Leigh Ann James, Sue Bibb, Vanessa Spencer, Helen Barwell, Sinead Lightly-Collins,  Charlotte Davies, Ann Marie Bentick, Jenny Bowen-Whittles, Venessa Chapman, Penny Wickenden, Tracey Kimberley-Albatova, Samantha Phillimore, Valerie Voisey, Valerie Nurse, Louisa Shaw

Examiners (Irish)

Kathleen Clifford. Sinead Lightly-Collins, Colin Lang, Joanne Sullivan, 

Area Organisers

East Anglia (Theatre)

Chairman - Sue Bibb

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We have a vibrant young membership and offer great teacher support and training courses throughout the country, as well as festivals, competitions and opportunities to perform in a professional environment.

If you are qualified with another association, you can transfer your qualifications to ABD without taking an examination. 

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