Performing Arts and Dance

Let’s Dance and Let’s Drama

The Sophie Burnham Academy is running new children’s classes in Barnes and Mortlake.  Sophie, the academy head, has had an extensive career for 20 years, teaching and performing with a degree in Performing Arts and ISTD Teacher status.  

‘Let’s Dance’ in Barnes, taught by Sophie, concentrates on developing the children’s interest in a wide range of genres including Ballet, Tap, Street, Musical Theatre, Modern and National.    Emphasis is on musicality, confidence and enjoyment with technique following as a result of body control and practise. ‘Let’s Drama’ based in Mortlake, is taught by Musical Theatre actress and teacher Emma Ruth. A superb hour of acting games and fun, developing confidence and focus in a friendly group.

For more details contact Sophie on 07884 181 354 or email You can also find SBA/dance on facebook. They look forward to meeting you and your child.


Jigsaw: Every Child Counts

Too often we hear the expression ‘every child counts,’ but what does this actually mean? At Jigsaw each child is recognised as having different qualities that should be nurtured and developed in a safe environment with fun and friendship at the forefront.

With a high volume of talent shows on TV it is often assumed that performing arts is associated with a thirst for fame and stardom. Of course, there are many Jigsaw students who are destined for stage success. However, the skills that are developed at Jigsaw are much more centred on confidence, self-expression and individuality. To obtain this, Jigsaw pride themselves on running small classes with top quality performing arts teachers who have the patience to cater for and inspire every single child.

Jigsaw work to instil into children at a young age the belief that they can achieve their goals, whatever they may be.   If they can do that, they feel they have succeeded.   For more information about Jigsaw’s classes call 020 8447 4530 or visit


Stagecoach Sutton

Stagecoach Theatre Arts in Sutton is under the direction of Principal Jennifer Jones who runs a very high standard professional school.   The school consists of 6 Early Stages classes that cater for the 4-6 year olds. Their classes are designed to train the students in all 3 disciplines of drama, dance and singing but also work on confidence building exercises and social skills.

There are 6 main schools across Stagecoach Sutton that cater for the 6-16 year olds. They work for 3 hours of training on a weekly basis to a more advanced level the older they get.   16+ student’s then move on to Further Stages which trains students to a more advanced level preparing them for further education or full time theatre school auditions.

Stagecoach Sutton has had fantastic results with students that attend either for confidence or to pursue a career in the Performing Arts.   They have 10 years of ‘Outstanding’ inspection reports, the latest comment from the inspector being “Exemplary Schools”.   All staff are DBS checked and Principal Jennifer Jones is always on site at every session.

All students take part in a full scale production show once a year with full lights, sound and costumes.   They have had many successes which you can see on their website but most recently Oliver Crouch who stars in new movie ‘Third Person’ playing the son of Mila Kunis and James Franco, and Amelia Crouch and Leilah De Meza who star as leading roles in ‘Woman in Black 2’

Stagecoach Sutton is a 100% safe and nurturing environment offering the best training and care.   Book your place now.   Find out more at, email or call 01737 270 060.


Danceforce School of Dancing

Danceforce School of Dancing (established in 1987) has launched its popular Tippie Toes class (18 months – 3 years) and Nursery Ballet (3 - 4 years) in a new venue on Twickenham Green on Thursday mornings. 

The thriving and successful school is based in Kingston upon Thames and Twickenham with over 300 pupils ranging from 18 months to adult. They are dedicated to providing quality education and specialist training in a diverse range of dance styles including RAD, Ballet, ISTD ModernTapJazz and Lamda Drama.

While dance is fun, it is also physically demanding and parents should take great care to send their child to professional, qualified teachers.  All the school’s teachers are registered with the RAD and ISTD and have the training and qualifications necessary to teach to all ages. The teachers adhere to a carefully structured syllabus, which is both fun and safe.

Term starts on 13 September, book now for a free trial lesson.  Visit or contact the principal, Carol Winter at or call 020 8241 8496 for more details.