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Welcome to ArtsEd Weekend Courses

ArtsEd EXTRA has become West London's leading performing arts academy for young people.  We offers a range of weekend opportunities for children to learn and develop skills in the performing arts in a fun, vibrant and friendly environment where every child matters.

Our Saturday school is different. We aim to give your child real life experiences in the industry, which is why a selection of our Saturday school children have the opportunity to perform at The Oliviers at the Royal Albert Hall and appear on national TV! Watch our performance at the Oliviers 2018 below.

We also perform in our very own theatre named after our president 'The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre'.

Read on to find out about our Skills Academy, LAMDA Exams, private tuition opportunities and more.

To BOOK please click on the 'Saturday Skills Academy' tab above where you will see the range of courses available.  Book early to avoid disappointment. 



ArtsEd EXTRA Saturday Skills Academy

Our Skills Academy delivers Drama and Musical Theatre classes each Saturday during term-time for ages 4-16. Our friendly tutors who have a wealth of professional experience aim to expand your child's confidence, creativity and performance skills. No matter 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 Skills Academy is divided into two pathways:

  • Musical Theatre - Class 1 (Singing) / Class 2: (Dancing)  / Class 3: (Acting) 
  • Drama - Class 1 : (Acting / Text) Class 2: (Improvisation / Comedy/ Devising) Class 3: (Acting for TV & Film)

​Classes are taught at four levels:

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


Term Dates

Autumn Term 2017 - 16th Sept to 2nd Dec (Please note Half Term Sat 21st & Sat 28th October there will be no classes)

Spring Term 2018 - 13th Jan  to 31th March (Please note Half Term Sat 17h & Sat 24th Feb there will be no classes)

Summer Term 2018 - 21st April to 7th July  (Please note Half Term Sat 26th May  & Sat 2nd June there will be no classes)

Uniform - Each child is required to wear the 'ArtsEd EXTRA T-Shirt'.  The cost of this is £10.  This can be order at the main desk. 

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 discuss and book 020 8987 6692 / artsedextra@artsed.co.uk


Dance Classes & Piano Lessons

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


Elite Dancers Academy

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

Classes include:

  • RAD ballet examination classes
  • Acrobatics and Gymnastics
  • Lyrical Jazz dance
  • Classical ballet - non syllabus (includes pointe work and body conditioning)


  • 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.

Bookings should be made directly with Elite Dancers Academy.

Dynamic Piano Lessons

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

Bookings should be made directly with Dynamic Piano Lessons.

Flamenco Classes

Flamenco classes are for ages 6 - adult at all levels including International Diploma 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 have prior experience, just come and enjoy. There are also Spanish conversational classes available by arrangement. All classes are taught by the co-founder and senior examiner Theo Dantes.

Bookings should be made directly with 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 / artsedextra@artsed.co.uk


TAPAS - Technical And Practical Arts Skills (Adult courses 17yrs+)

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.