COVID-19 UPDATE (July 2021): The info in the Weekly Activities sections will be updated once restrictions are lifted and things return to normal (as many groups won’t re-open until Sep21 or are running at reduced capacity).

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Saturdays 1 – 3pm

Eve Trew School of Dance, 10 Telford Close, Saltwell Business Park, Gateshead, NE9 5BG
Tel: 0191 420 1266

Classes include dance, drama and music/singing to nurture and hone your child’s talent, providing constant support amidst our inspiring and intensely creative environment. Plus the chance to perform in a big show at the Theatre Royal in November 2020!

Ages 5-13.

0191 420 1266
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Drama Group (Chopwell Community Centre)

Wednesdays 7 – 9pm

Chopwell Community Centre, Derwent St, Chopwell, NE17 7HS
Tel: 01207 562462

The group was formed by Dave and Barbara Heslop, both very talented actors who are always looking for new performers.. They write and produce their own plays at least twice a year for the village of Chopwell, it is a huge sell out every time.

Drama (Happy Feet Dance)

Saturdays 11.30 – 12pm

Happy Feet Studios, 53 High St, Felling, NE10 9LU
Tel: 07939 587538

PAY AS YOU GO CLASSES are a great way to start your child’s dance passion. No termly fees, pay on the day!

£3.50. Drop in.

Drama Workshop (Bravo Performance)

Tues: 4.15 – 5.15pm (7 – 14 years)
Greenside Community Centre, Greenside Rd, Greenside, Ryton, NE40 4AA
Sat: 10 – 11.30am (3 – 6 years)

Sat: 11.30 – 1.30pm (7 – 14 years)
Ryton Community Centre, Ryton Village, NE40 3QP
All term time only, from 4th Jan

Tel: 07419 141 234

Our classes focus on bringing confidence to your little ones through performing arts and drama. Guaranteed giggles and silliness to be had!

3 – 6 years: £6 pw (paid termly)
7 – 14 years: £10 pw (paid termly)
Free taster class available.

Musical Monday’s (Happy Feet Dance)

Mon: 5 – 7pm – Musical Mondays (6 years+)

Sat: 11 – 11.30am – Junior / Intermediate Musical Theatre
Sat: 11.45am – 12.30pm – Senior Musical Theatre

Happy Feet Dance, 53 High St, Felling, NE10 9LU Gateshead
Tel: 07939 587 538

Calling budding Singers, Actors, Dancers & Performers. If your child is forever singing and dancing around the house these classes are perfect for them to improve confidence and build performing confidence.

£3.50 – £5. Drop-in.

Musical Theatre (Buzz Dance)

Wed: 4 – 4.45pm (Age 4-7)
Sat: 1.30 – 2.15pm (Age 7+)

Buzz Dance Company, The Old Fire Station, Edward Road, Birtley, DH3 1HQ
Tel: 0191 492 2099

A very theatrical class! In musical theatre students study dance, acting and singing and all three elements are brought together for performances. Performers can take part in musical theatre rosette examination with the I.D.T.A

£15.55 per month.

Musical Theatre (Lee Brannigan Academy)

Saturday 10 – 12.30pm

Little Theatre Gateshead, 1-4 Saltwell View, Gateshead, NE8 4JS
Tel: 07583 838 482

We pride ourselves on giving first class training and fun classes, for pupils to gain confidence and improve their stage ability.

£15. Age 6+.

Performing Arts (Sylvia Dobson Dance)

Sat: 11.30 – 12pm – Performance Class

Rowlands Gill Scout Hut, 2 Lilley Terrace, Rowlands Gill NE39 2PD
Tel: 07534 667 913

Stage School (Side by Side Arts)

Tuesdays 4 – 6pm
Term time only, from 14th Jan

The Soundroom, Cuthbert Street, Teams, NE8 1PH
Tel: 0191 477 1116

Music, dance and drama, no experience needed, all welcome. Develop singing talents, perform on stage, learn full dance routines and try out acting.

£2, drop in.
Children Year 1 -Year 6.

Theatre (Eve Trew Dance)

Wed: 7.30-9.00pm – Caprians Theatre Company
Sat: 1.00-3.00pm – CATS theatre school (ages 5-13)
All year round, 10 week blocks, from 11th Jan 2020

Eve Trew School of Dance, Saltwell Business Park, Gateshead, NE9 5BG
Tel: 0191 420 1266

Each class is greatly beneficial because they are not only fun to be a part of, but also help you keep fit and improve life skills. CATS theatre school drop off sessions include dance, drama and music/singing.

Theatre (JLJ Dance)

Wed: 6.15 – 7.15pm – Theatre Skills (Mixed ages)
Fri: 5.15 – 6.15pm – Musical Theatre (8+)
Sat: 11.30am – 12.15pm – Mini Musical Theatre

Floor 1, Main Street, Ryton, NE403RS

Booking required, FREE first class then enrolment via form.

Theatre & Tap (Buzz Dance)

Mon: 5.30 – 6.15pm (Age 7-8)
Tues: 5.30 – 6:15pm (Age 11-13)
Wed: 4.45 – 5.30pm (Age 13+)
Thurs: 6.15 – 7pm (Age 9-11)
Sat: 12.45 – 1.30pm (Age 7-11)

Buzz Dance Company, The Old Fire Station, Edward Road, Birtley, DH3 1HQ
Tel: 0191 492 2099

A combination class in which dancers look at the technique of theatre craft and tap dancing and study rhythms, footwork, and techniques for the theatre shows, musicals and pantomimes. Dancers can take part in I.D.T.A grade examinations.

£15.55 per month.

Theatrecraft (Dance Fuse)

Tues: 4.30 – 5.15pm – Theatrecraft (Higher Grades)
Wed: 3.45 – 4.30pm – Theatrecraft(Primary)
Term time only

Modern theatre dance with artistic interpretation, in the style of musical theatre shows such as Hairspray, Grease, Mama Mia, Lion King etc. With the use of hand props, make up and imagination, it’s a fun way to learn how theatre performances work.

Glynwood Primary School, Glynwood Gardens, Gateshead, NE9 5SY
Tel: 07765 466 450

£4 per class (4 week trial period payable weekly, then monthly payments).