School’s out and summer is in full swing

Adult Ballet classes at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
Adult Ballet classes at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
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Whether it’s dancing around the room to your favourite song, singing your heart out to that well known ballad or you never step out of character, theatres across the city are opening their doors for future professional performers this summer.

With the school holidays starting there couldn’t be more on offer for children, but there are classes available for adults to attend too.

The Kings Theatre are putting on their annual Dance Summer School, suitable for 10 to 14 year-olds with any experience in dance recognised professionals such as Amy Ireland who was involved in this months ImPact Dance Festival, Trish Harris from jaM jaR Theatre and Roni Cheesman from Dance-Africa will all be part of the week.

Running from August 15 until August 19 pupils will spend their time in classes, meeting new people and creating and learning routines for a showcase performance at the end of the week on the theatre’s stage.

Similarly the New Theatre Royal are putting on a summer school for young people, but mostly aimed around acting.

From August 8 until August 12, seven to 11 year olds will learn new skills about drama through exercises, games and creating your own productions.

The following week 12 to 16 year olds will also get the chance to expand their acting skills at the theatres summer school.

Neither require previous acting experience.

Afterwards, from August 22 until August 26 the New Theatre Royal is running it’s own dance school, which develops modern and contemporary dance skills before producing a showcase at the end of the week.

All classes at the theatre run from 10.30am until 4pm.

As part of it’s Hazy Days Festival, Groundlings Theatre is holding a acting summer school from August 1 until August 6 for anyone who wants to try drama. Classes include learning performance skills with industry professionals and cultivating these in an end of week performance.

Unless you are looking for dance classes that won’t be full of youngster as the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton is offering a variety of workshops for anyone who wishes to attend.

On Monday August 1 at 7pm is the first part of Adult Ballet Part 1, a class taught with members of the English National Ballet.

The following day is Part 2 which focuses on learning ballroom dancing and all participants should be over 18 years old.

On the Wednesday is the Ballet Masterclass with the English National Ballet, although attendants should be over 16 and studying performing arts or similar.

Or if you are a parent who wants to attend dance classes with their children then on August 3 at the Mayflower Theatre, Strictly Families begins at 10am with the English National Ballet.

It seems the city will be bursting with talent over the coming month.

Prices range from £45 to £130.

Tickets: Kings Theatre, Southsea (023) 9282 8282 or

New Theatre Royal, Guildhall (023) 9264 9000 or

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton (0230 8071 1811 or

Groundlings Theatre, Portsea (023) 9273 7370 or