Performing Arts and Dance

Some children truly bask in the glory of the bright lights whilst others benefit enormously from the confidence-boosting aspects of learning how to present themselves in a self-assured fashion. The personal rewards achieved from the performing arts are plentiful.

Self discipline, good deportment, strong assertion and clear presentation are usually the results leading to a positive boost to the self-esteem.  Simply put, children learn how to manage the way they project themselves through expressive forms such as dance, drama and music, which will equip them with useful tools in other areas of their life. 

The performing arts are recognised as highly favourable extracurricular activities that help children grow, so it’s certainly an avenue worth exploring.  To help take the first step, we’ve included some of the best dance, drama and music providers in the area here…


Buckingham Dance Studios

Tel: 01803 666983

Buckingham Dance Studios is open 7 days a week and holds classes in RAD Ballet, ISTD Modern, Contemporary and Commercial Jazz, ISTD Tap and Jazz, Freestyle Street Dance/Hip Hop, BBO Tap and Musical Theatre Workshop/Singing and Vocal training.  Children are accepted from 2 years+. The studio is situated in Paignton, directly behind the fire station in the rear of Littlegate Road, and has a cafe and watching area for parents. Free trial sessions are available.



Doorstep Arts



Little Doorstep theatre clubs are an imaginative space to play for children aged 4-11 in Torbay.  Saturday sessions are drop-in and only cost £2 per child.  The groups create their own stories, write their own songs, and perform a show each term for families to watch.  Also, looking ahead, from 1-12 April 2015 there will be tonnes of children's theatre offerings happening, mostly during the Easter holidays.  Plus, there will be some free kids arts workshops too.



The Exeter Academy of Dance

Tel: 01392 824453


The Exeter Academy of Dance has branches in Exeter and Okehampton. It offers ballet, modern, street dance, cheerleading and tap classes for children of all abilities and welcomes both girls and boys. Students have the opportunity to take part in shows, workshops, festivals and exams. All lessons are taught by fully qualified and CRB checked teachers. Call Suzie Amiet for more information and to book a free trial session.



The Joanna Mardon School of Dance

Tel: 07792 737116 and 01404 823980


The Joanna Mardon School of Dance based in Exeter has been well established for over 20 years and is proud of its reputation as a centre of dance excellence for children and young people from 3 to 18 years of age. It offers classes in Ballet, Tap and Freestyle Jazz/Street and has a team of very experienced and highly qualified dance teachers. There’s something for everyone – for those who want to dance for fun or those who aspire to be a professional dancer.



June Bealey School of Dancing

Tel: 01392 274493


Looking for a different sort of Christmas present this year? If so, why not consider a gift voucher for some private or group lessons at the June Bealey School of Dancing?  This well established dance school offers classes for children aged 2 ½ years + and it works on a pay as you go basis. There was a 100% achievement for everyone who took exams in 2014. The June Bealey School of Dancing is very pleased to be asked to perform again at the Strictly Come Dancing Show in Exeter next year.



The Katharine Mitchell School of Dance

Tel: Katharine 07969 669315 or 01392 276526


The Katharine Mitchell School of Dance is based in Crediton and offers lessons in ballet, modern, tap, street dance and adult ballet. Students are given the opportunity to take part in local dance festivals, exams and the annual dance show.C lasses are for children 2 ½ years upwards.



Razzamataz Theatre Schools


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Razzamataz Theatre Schools offer exceptional training in dance, drama and singing together with exciting performance opportunities. It gives students, aged 4 to 18 the opportunity to be energetic, gain confidence and make friends whilst having fun. Razzamataz is a great place to get involved in performing arts in a funky, fresh and vibrant atmosphere. Contact Razzamataz to book a free taster session now!



Stage by Stage

Tel: 01392 211244

Stage by Stage is Exeter’s own theatre arts training school with one major distinction: its students perform at large scale shows, such as Annie at the Northcott Theatre and Cats at the Edinburgh Festival.  Nothing can improve performance skills and self-confidence than by taking part in fully staged shows with costumes, scenery, lights and real live audiences.  Its students have gone on to star in Mamma Mia, Oliver!, Singing in the Rain, Dirty Dancing and Mary Poppins in London's West End.  



Totnes School of Dance

Tel: 01803 866066


Totnes School of Dance offers a full range of classes for children from age 18 months to young adults with levels from beginner to advanced. Having moved into its current purpose built facilities in 2003 the Totnes School of Dance continues to thrive and grow with its emphasis on quality of provision and experience for all. Its hand-picked teaching team is fully qualified through the RAD and/or ISTD.


Urban Flow

Tel: 07885 261178


Urban Flow street dance classes take place in Exeter and Teignmouth and are suitable for all ages. At these street dance classes, freedom of expression and movement is encouraged and students learn routines and the foundation movements of hip-hop, breaking, locking, popping, waving and so on. Run by Lou, a trained Street Dance teacher, who has 16 years dance experience and most importantly has a passion for dancing, teaching, music and having fun! Urban Flow is also available to hire for teaching workshops, parties, performances and charity work too.


Your Space Music Lessons (YSML)

Tel: 07837 539841


Olwen MacLeod from the Scottish Western Isles has developed a new online teaching business to help people in remote areas gain piano playing skills. The new service is offering free trial sessions and is being seen as a more convenient and flexible choice for music tuition.  The online teaching platform has obvious advantages to pupils such as convenience and that lessons are recorded and archived giving peace of mind.  Interested parties are invited to visit the website where they can test internet quality, get a free taster session and book lessons.