Haslemere Performing Arts – Dance Classes in Haslemere

Despite hoping that everything was finally returning to some sort of normality, times look even more uncertain than ever. Although our fees are generally much lower than other
similar establishments, we have had to reluctantly make a small increase in termly fees. However, we do aim to provide the best possible dance and theatre tuition without the need for the “extras” that other schools demand. We had a very successful dance show at the Liphook Millennium Hall and an equally successful Summer School. Many parents, whose children have come from more “big-name” theatre schools, were surprised at the quality of our productions and at a much lower tuition cost. It will be interesting to see how the deteriorating economic situation will affect theatre school numbers. One thing is certain, more expensive is definitely not always best. This leads to the initiative of the Royal Academy of Dance who are concerned that there are many dancing schools being run by unqualified teachers. The RAD is an organisation for Ballet teachers. They have set up a database where parents can check that a school is officially registered with them. There are other organisations to which dance teachers can be registered but ‘unregistered’ usually means poorly qualified or unqualified. There is more to being a dance teacher than having Grade 5!

Haslemere Performing Arts Dance and Musical Theatre school whose principle is Angela Cantan. The school was opened in 1968 and has grown and developed over the years. There are many lessons run each week with classes in Haslemere, Liphook and Beacon Hill. During the last 50+ years, many HPA pupils have gone on to a professional career either in dance or musical theatre. The continued success of HPA lies in both the quality of its staff and because it embraces the latest developments but also retains the good of the past.


Forty dance, drama & singing items qualified for the British Arts Finals.  Of these, 24 were chosen to be performed at the final concerts on 6th – 8th May at the Polish Institute in London and at the Greenwood Theatre, London on 22ndMay.

Many thanks to all the amazing teachers for their excellent choreography and coaching which has made this season so successful.

Haslemere Performing Arts is a Dance and Musical Theatre school whose Principal is Angela Cantan. The school was opened in 1968 and has grown and developed over the years. There are many lessons run each week with classes in Haslemere, Liphook and Beacon Hill.

WEEKDAY CLASSES begin on Monday September 11th
SATURDAY WORKSHOPS will begin on September 16th

What’s Available

Haslemere Performing Arts provides the opportunity to learn Ballet, TapModern Dance and Streetdance as well as coaching in Musical Theatre, Pantomime and Vocal Coaching.  The school is focused on developing young children from preschool age all the way to school levers and provides syllabus classes, Fun Workshops for all ages. Some former pupils have returned as fully qualified teachers and now teach. All our teachers and tutors are experienced and qualified and fully CRB checked.   For more details on classes etc. go to the Contacts page

Shine Musical Theatre Group

StageShine – Haslemere Performing Arts’ Musical Theatre Group StageShineLogo

Mondays at Haslewey
Junior Shine (6-16 years):
4.45 p.m. to 6.20 p.m.
Next Production: “Peter Pan – The Musical” Date t.b.c.


At the Bognor Music Festival 2022

The Adult Tap Group and Francesca’s Acro were the only entries this year.
The Adult Tap Group won the cup with 90 marks.  Congratulations to Sheila  and her dancing team. Francesca gained 3rd place with 86 marks.

Hampshire Festival 2022

Outstanding results with 20 First places, 15 Second places and 10 Third places.  

Chichester Music Festival 2022 (Incorporating All England Dance Competition

Although only a few pupils entered the competition this year, Efa won the 9 – 10yr Character Section with 87 marks and achieved Third Place in the 9 – 10yr Lyrical Modern Section with 84 marks. Toula came Third in the 13 – 14yr Character Section with  85 marks. Francesca and Toula won the 15yr & under Character Duet Section and gained Second Place in the 15yr & under Classical Duet Section.

British Arts Awards Finals 2022

The following groups all gained a first place trophy:

Alice And The Card Gardeners (Baby Character)
Evacuees (Junior Character)
A Nightmare (Senior Small Group)
St Trinian’s Trio (Junior Small Group) 

Runner-up Awards:

Waltz Time (Senior Ballet Group)
Spirit Of The Ship (Senior Character Group)

Fourth-place Awards:

Black & Gold (Senior Modern Group)
Power (Senior Small Modern Group) 

The following pupils all gained a first place trophy:

Alana,   Arla,   Efa,   Francesca,  Gracie,  Imogen,  Isobel,  Jemima,  Lola,  Toula.

Second and Third Place Winners:

Chloe,  Elsa,  Francesca,  Isla,  Isobel,  Maisie,  Toula,

RAD Ballet Exams

Last Autumn and this Spring, we went back to face to face exams with a slightly new marking system.  Once again, we achieved 100% success with 50% gaining High Merit/ Distinction and a High Distinction.

Congratulations to past pupil Jerome Barnes who has become a principal dancer for  Scottish Ballet.

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