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…



Tel: 01202 982716


BEAT has been providing street dance classes in the Dorset and Hampshire area for 10 years. Their lessons are vibrant, high energy and engaging and suitable for all levels. The teachers are passionate, ooze enthusiasm and work extremely hard to find the best way to make each dancer shine and develop them as a person as well as a dancer. BEAT bring countless new and exciting opportunities for their pupils so book your child on to a class.


Big Little Theatre School 

Tel: 01202 434499

Big Little Theatre School is renowned for dynamic, high energy productions, featuring Bournemouth’s young talent in the musical theatre world. Big Little runs a variety of weekday and Saturday classes in singing, dancing, acting (LAMDA) and Musical Theatre in Bournemouth and Ringwood. Dancing includes RAD Ballet, ISTD Tap and Modern, performance dance and performance tap. The school welcomes children from age 3 to 19 and offers free trials in all classes.


Blackwell Dance Academy

Tel: 07886 406888

Blackwell Dance Academy prides itself on being a very friendly school with a high standard of teaching. It offers classes in ballet, tap, jazz, street, breakdance and musical theatre at its fully equipped studio. Pupils aged 2 ½ years+ have the chance to take part in the fabulous annual shows along with other regular events. The dance academy offers very competitive rates and boasts a 100% examination pass rate.



Centre Stage School of Dance and Performing Arts

Tel: 01202 951 362


Centre Stage is renowned for inspiring students to become confident, creative and talented performers. Ofsted registered with a team of highly qualified, experienced teachers, Centre Stage offers classes in Classical Ballet, Tap and Performing Arts. Children and young people are welcomed - from ages 2½ –19 years. Free trials are available and there is a 20% discount for the first term of 2015 for new students (if signed-up before 5 January 2015) 


Helen O’Grady Drama Academy

Tel: 01425 47 55 77


Demonstration days at the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy are wonderful showcases for the many skills developed by the students.  The students put their vocal and acting talents into practice with scripted plays, improvised plays and mime to music pieces.  When the youth theatre comes on stage for their performances they are a tremendous endorsement of how much a young person can benefit from the marvellously detailed programme offered by the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy. 



Kids Camera Action!

Tel: 01202 509089


Kids Camera Action is now recruiting kids aged 7-16 for its Spring Challenge Term.  Join Saturday morning film crews and try out writing, directing, acting, filming and editing to make short films and videos. The crews find out what their challenge will be in January then have 10 weeks to complete their project. Coming up in February half term will be a Movie Wizardry Workshop: a chance to recreate some favourite special effects from the movies including green screen, invisibility and flying.  During Easter the popular Stop-motion Animation Workshop will return.  



New Performing Arts Academy

Tel:  07920 755791


The Performing Arts Theatre Academy will be opening its doors in Blandford in January 2015.  It will provide quality tuition in drama, singing and Musical Theatre to children aged 5-18.  The first class is half price.  The Academy will offer LAMDA and Trinity Guildhall examinations and the children will showcase their talents and achievements in the end of year productions.  The Academy is also affiliated with Forum Drama. Workshops are available during the school holidays - the next one takes place in February half term, 16-18 February 2015.


Pop Idol for a Day

Tel: 01202 746049 or 07941 429313

It’s the X Factor time again! If your budding starlet has what it takes to be a pop star or just loves singing why not book a session in Pop Idol for a Day’s recording studio? They have several packages available including a kid’s birthday party package, with a solo vocalist and musician sessions. Every child goes away with a souvenir CD and party bag.


Prompt Corner

Tel: 07757 259199


Prompt Corner, now a well established local school continues to grow and has earned the reputation of achieving outstanding results in exams and at the All England Dance Competitions. Pupils have also been successful having been accepted at the Royal Ballet and Tring Park Associate programmes. Children have been involved in professional theatre, local pantomime roles and also within the film industry. Most recently a group of children had the fantastic experience of performing at Disneyland Paris! Prompt Corner continues to offer exciting new opportunities such as these. The school aims to encourage all students to reach their maximum potential within a friendly and caring environment.  At Prompt Corner children are welcome to enjoy the freedom of dance as their chosen hobby, and support is available for those children wishing to further a career in the dance and theatre world. In addition Musical Theatre and Acro classes are offered in-house, providing a complete training in the world of theatre. Classes are offered in Ballet, Tap, Modern/Jazz, Musical Theatre and Acro from age 2 ½ years old to advanced pupils. Adult Pilates classes are also available. Call to reserve a place and for a free trial class.


Renate Diallo

Tel: 07961 960483

Diallo Dramatics is a drama development agency run by local teacher, Renate Diallo, who has worked in professional theatre and has over twenty years teaching experience. Individual and small group lessons are tailor-made to suit each pupil's needs, nurturing their talents in a safe and supportive environment. Flexible and affordable tuition is offered in the Purbeck, Bournemouth and Poole areas for students of all ages. To arrange a free initial tutorial contact Renate on the number above.

Showbiz Academy

Tel: 07910 187564


Showbiz Academy offers a warm and nurturing family environment for students of all abilities aged 6 -18 years. At the Showbiz Academy children can choose between acting, singing and dancing and have the chance to perform at many distinguished venues. Pupils can enter LAMDA, Musical Theatre and acting exams or can sing and dance for fun! On Tuesday’s and Saturday mornings pupils perform Street, Hip Hop and improvisation.