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Box Office: 0208 987 6623

Reception: 0208 987 6666

Telephone booking hours: 2pm to 5pm on Thursdays, Fridays and show days.

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Welcome to ArtsEd Weekend Courses

ArtsEd is know internationally for its degree courses in Musical Theatre and Acting. Voted Drama School of the Year in 2016.

ArtsEd 'EXTRA' has become West London's Leading Performing Arts provider for all ages and all abilities. ArtsEd EXTRA focuses on the individual.  We only run small groups so those taking part are not lost in a crowd. 

ArtsEd EXTRA offers a range of weekend opportunities to learn and develop skills in the performing arts. Read below to find out about our Skills Academy, LAMDA Exams, private tuition and piano lessons and flamenco classes then view full course details and book.

Please contact the School of Part-Time Learning to discuss any of these courses or if you have any problems booking online ptc@artsed.co.uk / 020 8987 6692


ArtsEd EXTRA Saturday Skills Academy 

ArtsEd is one of this country’s leading professional Musical Theatre and Acting Schools. Voted Drama School of the Year in 2016.

Many of those who train at Degree level at ArtsEd began when they were children having fun and learning skills at Weekend Clubs. We know the value of engaging at a young age with the Performing Arts and the impact it can have on our lives. 

In the last number of years ArtsEd have developed our EXTRA Saturday Skills Academy to become West London’s leading children’s Performing Arts Academy

Classes are led by ArtsEd tutors, industry professionals and supported by our amazing Degree students. It is a fun, vibrant and friendly environment where every child matters.   

There’s so much to gain from joining the ArtsEd EXTRA Skills Academy. Members will...

1. Increase their self-esteem and confidence
2. Make new friends
3. Develop personal skills of listening, negotiating, communicating, giving and taking feedback
4. Explore their creative and imaginative thinking
5. Learn how to work in a team effectively
6. Improve their ability to focus, concentrate and memorise lines or choreography
7. Learn performance and presentations skills
8. Understand the importance of commitment, discipline and structure in creating excellent work
9. Push beyond boundaries, being brave and taking risks
10.Have lots of fun!

So no matter what their ability we can guarantee to provide fulfilling opportunities for all our young people. We aim to inspire confidence, nurture talent and deliver great results.

The individual and the quality of their experience is our focus.  Our group sizes are small. We ensure they are not lost in the crowd.  This allows our tutors to really get to know those in their class and ensure that there is growth. We aim to release their passion and unlock their potential. 

"Her confidence has grown and she now has an artistic creative outlet that she doesn't get at school." Parent of Musical Theatre student. 

"We bring our son's here because of its amazing reputation and great location.  The staff are amazing and so friendly.   They work in the industry so they really know how to nuture to get the best out of our boys.  I couldn't recommend the Skills Academy more highly." Parent of Drama student

"My daughter has grown so much in confidence this year.  She is transformed and this is because of coming to ArtsEd EXTRA Skills Academy on a Saturday.  She looks forward to coming all week.  The groups are small so the staff have really got to know my daughter and guided her all year.  We are thrilled." Parent of Musical Theatre student

You can join the Academy by registering online.  Our prices for the courses compared to others Performing Arts organisations are incredibly competitive. Each class is approx £7.50 hour. 

EXTRA offers for members of the Skills Academy receive:

  • ArtsEd Extra T-Shirt
  • ArtsEd Extra Passport to track student goals and achievements
  • Discount of 20% for Holiday Courses and 15% off for siblings

The Skills Academy is divided into three pathways:

  • Musical Theatre (Singing / Dancing / Acting)
  • Drama (Acting / Text / Speech / Improvisation / Comedy / Acting for TV & Film)
  • Dance (Street / Commercial)

Classes are taught at four levels:

  • DISCOVER ages 4-7
  • EXPLORE ages 7-10
  • TRAINEE ages 10-13
  • CREATIVES ages 13-16



Term Dates

Summer term - 22nd April - 8th July (Please note there is a 2 week half term 27th May & 3rd June where there will be no Saturday classes)  However there is a half term programme of courses available on the holiday section of the website.

Special Offers!

Recommend a friend and you both get 15% off your Skills Academy booking, or sign up for a Chiswick Club Card and get 10% off your first term with us. If you can bring you chiswick card to reception on the first time you arrive then we can make a note of your memebership. Contact the team to get your discount code 020 8987 6692 / ptc@artsed.co.uk


Private Lessons

One-to-one tuition sessions can be booked with our expert tutors covering dancing, acting, singing, voice and speech.

Contact the team to disucss and book 020 8987 6692 / ptc@artsed.co.uk


Dance Classes & Piano Lessons & Flamenco Lessons

We are delighted to have forged partnerships with two outstanding providers of dance and piano tuition. 

Elite Dance Academy  are offering a dance intensive programme providing excellent training for young people with a passion for the performing arts industry.

Classes includes : RAD ballet examination classes / Acrobatics and Gymnastics / Lyrical Jazz dance / Classical ballet - non sylubus (includes pointe work and body conditioning)

Ages: Foundation training 5 - 7 years / Secondary training 8 - 10 years / Academy level training 11 - 13 years / Academy senior 14 - 16 years

Classes from 1:00pm. 

Dynamic Piano Lessons are offering private piano lessons on a Saturday.

Flamenco classes are for ages 6 - adult at all levels including International Dipolma courses, examination and medal tests under the auspices of the Spanish Dance Society.  Classes are throughout the day till 2:00pm.  You do not have to be talented just come and enjoy. 

There are also Spanish conversational classes avaialble by arrangement. All classes are taught by the co founder and senior examiner Theo Dantes.

Bookings should be made directly with Elite Dance Academy and Dynamic Piano Lessons and Flamenco for All please contact Theo on 07786667832


LAMDA Private Exams

Verse and prose

When preparing for a Verse and Prose LAMDA exam the student will explore different poetry and literature. They will learn the techniques such as rhythm and rhyme and learn how to use different modulations so the words jump off the page! After the student has performed their work there will be a short interview with the examiner about the pieces.

These lessons are an amazing opportunity for students grow in confidence and learn teamwork skills, time management and is a chance for students to learn and appreciate theatre and poetry in a fun, creative way.

This exam can be taught as a solo class or as a small group (6 max).


In a private acting class we will work closely with the student to pick monologues that I feel they can perform to the best of their ability. We will explore the technical aspects of theatre such as stagecraft, projection, and modulation and will also explore different ways to find a character – for higher grades this will be using practitioners like Stanislavski. This is a great way for a student to be creative and learn about different plays and playwrights including Shakespeare!

There will be a short interview with the examiner about the pieces and how you explored the character. This is something that is going to be so helpful to the students as a transferable skill into their future life.

This exam can be a solo monologue or a pair (duologue).

Musical Theatre

In a musical theatre exam the student will put on a one-person show! There is usually a theme to link the songs together and a short monologue in between the songs. For example: if the theme was ‘Weather’ they might perform ‘Singing in the rain’ into ‘Summer Holiday’. This is a great opportunity for the students to use their triple threat skills!

This would be a private course where time will be shared with an MD and choreographer.

Musical Theatre Company

In January 2017 you will be able to take a Musical Theatre exam in a group of about 10-15 you can put on a shortened version of an existing musical. Entry to this course will be by audition.

Contact the team to disucss and book LAMDA classes 020 8987 6692 / ptc@artsed.co.uk


TAPAS - Technical And Practical Arts Skills (Adult courses 16yrs+)

Come and try a little TAPAS with us. A range of new bite size course lasting 2/3/5/8 weeks focusing on Acting Skills / Contemporary Acting / Shakespeare / Jazz & Commercial Dance / Singing / Body Conditioning / Musical Theatre.

These courses will be for adults of all abilities delivered mid-week evenings and from 1:30pm on Saturdays. Please book these through our Adult Courses pages