Dance Classes St Albans Best Theatre Arts St Albans
Dancing classes, Drama and Singing in St Albans
Best Theatre Arts in St Albans is a part-time performing arts school, so acting, singing and dancing classes lie at the core of everything we do.
We offer term-time and holiday classes aimed at building confidence, developing technique, making new friends and, most importantly of all, having fun!
Our values are what set us apart:
- To offer the best theatre arts training possible
- To provide a caring, relaxed and fun environment where children have the opportunity to realise their individual potential as well as learning to value team work
- To build a relationship with each student and their parents, and to provide them with attention tailored to their needs
- To treat all students equally
- To deliver excellence in every area
We have an unrivaled reputation for the quality of the dance, drama and singing training and pastoral care that we provide and often hear that schools have noticed a positive difference in children who have attended Best.
Our reputation means that we are also able to attract high calibre theatre professionals to work with us, all of whom have excellent references, and have been fully police checked.
We are OFSTED registered and able to accept Childcare Vouchers towards our fees. Our term-time Performing Arts classes and Summer schools take place inside in venues that have been carefully selected for the quality of facilities, security and location.
If your child likes to dance, act or sing then come along to Best and experience the unique buzz that Best creates, come and see us in action – we look forward to welcoming you!
PO Box 749
Telephone: 01727 759634
School Website: http://www.besttheatrearts.com
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From Our Timetable:
Saturday at 10:00 - 13:00
To get a quick feeling for what we do at Best Theatre Arts, have a look at this video shot by one of our ex-students, Ellie Utting - we think it captures the feeling of fun and friendship beautifully!
Children can join Best Theatre Arts' Best classes from age 6. It provides a fantastic springboard, teaching skills that will be invaluable in whatever the children do with the rest of their lives.
Each 'school' meets for 3 hours. During this time they will have separate theatre classes in acting, singing and dancing. We vary the order each week and there is a break between the second and third class for a snack. Even for the youngest children time absolutely flies!
The groups are divided by age - usually 6-8 (Green group), 9-11 (Blue group) and secondary school pupils (Yellow group). These splits may vary slightly according to the make up of each school. We are able to adjust our class content to meet the needs of each group - and within each group we get to know the individuals well.
In our drama classes at Best Theatre Arts we work practically rather than theoretically, preferring giving it a go to talking about it! Our drama classes are based on drama games, text work, devising techniques and improvisation skills and are always challenging, fun and extremely popular. As the children progress they learn about different techniques and approaches to drama, characterisation and text - invaluable skills for GCSE!
Not everyone is a budding Nuryev! But being in control of, and comfortable with your body is an excellent basis for good performance. Our dancing classes aim to give children confidence in their movement. Jazz and modern musical form the basis of most theatrical dance these days but most importantly we encourage and support everyone to have go at whatever we are doing. We know that some children are more comfortable moving about than others and we aim to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to particpate fully - stretching the more able and gently encouraging those less enthusiastic. Best Theatre Arts' Dance classes are great fun and often loud...
Singing is not just about hitting the right notes (although it sometimes sounds nicer if you do!) - it is also about rhythm, listening, energy in delivery and enthusiasm. At Best Theatre Arts we try to work on music we think the children will like rather than what might be best for them. We have found that when the children get enthusiastic about their songs, their singing really takes off. We also focus on the voice in performance - tone, pitch and volume! We have had fantastic results from our voice and singing classes with students showing huge progress from year to year.
Themes, Shows and Events
Each term at Best Theatre Arts has a theme and objectives. At the end of the Christmas term we invite parents in for an event. this may be open classes, a semi-rehearsed piece (like this term's High School Pantomime) or a concert of various pieces the groups have been working on. This is followed by mince pies and coffee!
The Spring term is Best Theatre Arts' show term with St Albans schools performing at the end of the term and Hertford starting part way through to put on their production in the summer term. We promise that every child will play a full part in our shows. This means we usually have to write our own pieces. these are episodic to ensure that each group has the stage to itself with enough time for everyone to have lines (if they want them). It is a massive commitment from us but every year we get better and better at delivering. The shows are always enthusiastically received and often parents are amazed at what the children are able to achieve.
Following the discipline of the rehearsal process, in the summer term we take a more relaxed approach. Often we'll decide in consultation with the students what our objectives will be - and often the children set themselves some very stiff targets! At the end of term we'll often invite parents in on a 'less formal' basis to see what their children have been up to.