Haslemere Performing Arts – Dance Classes in Haslemere

At long last we are able to resume classes.  Well, from 12th April anyway.
Unfortunately, it is not a return to the ‘old normal’ but, fingers-crossed, we won’t have to return to the situation of the last few months.

Since the end of the Autumn Term was cut short and the Spring Term completely non-existent, we now have to pick up the pieces as seamlessly as possible.  Our annual summer show at Princes Hall, Aldershot has been one casualty and we have been unable to hold examinations for two terms. But, as long as we are able to return to some sort of normality, we intend to – in the (misquoted) words of Jerome Kern to, “Pick Ourselves Up…..Dust Ourselves Down…..And Start All Over Again”.

There are still some restrictions in place and we receive regular updates from the dancing organisations such as RAD and ISTD which we will pass  on to everyone through email and Facebook.  We will begin exam work and Festival work once more.

Because we had to finish the Autumn Term early, the Summer Term will consist of twelve weeks at the current termly rate.  Also, since there is no certainty about the future, we will consider requests from anyone who wishes to pay half-termly for the time being. Our fees are still low compared to most other schools but, in the present financial climate, we hope it will help.

In addition, pupils are always welcome to try any classes they do not already attend. If they would like to sample a weekday Ballet, Modern, Tap, Street or Musical Theatre class or a a Saturday Workshop, please let us know in advance.

Finally, our thanks to Xavi for his online Wednesday and Saturday Street workouts. We investigated the possibility of using Zoom as a teaching aid but came to the conclusion that we could not justify charging a normal fee for a virtual class. Judging by the number of children (and parents) who seem unimpressed by online education, we think we made the right decision. However, we have had great success with an online Choreography Competition which was conceived and superbly supervised by Georgia Clark.

WEEKDAY CLASSES begin on Monday 19th April. WORKSHOPS will begin on Saturday 17th April. We will endeavour to have a twelve week term to make up for any classes lost during the Autumn Term.

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.

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 7-14 yr olds : 5.00pm – 6.15pm (£65 per term). Free trial lesson available Classes start back on 17th April 2021.  The next musical production: ‘Dick Whittington and His Cat.

Summer School 2021

The Summer School consists of two one-week courses where students perform our version of a well-known musical. The first week will run from 26th – 30th July 20201.  The second week will run from 2nd – 6th August 2021. The timings will be 10am – 2pm each day with a 3pm performance on the Friday.  Summer School 2021 form will follow soon.


At the Bognor Music Festival 2020:

The Adult Tap Group retained their trophy from last year’s festival with choreography by Sheila and Tracey. Overall, the school gained 14 places against stiff competition.

Hampshire Festival results 2020 :

Saskia and Toula won individual cups whilst the Senior Classical Group won a cup for Make A Change. Everyone achieved high marks.

At the British Arts:

It was a big disappointment that the British Arts Finals had to be cancelled. See the FESTIVALS PAGE for details.

Other Achievements:

Maryam, Saskia and two Senior Groups entered a competition at Ascot. Between them, they achieved a place in every section with Saskia winning the “Most Promising Dancer”.


A number of pupils took part in Online Competitions, recording their dances in scout huts, gardens, on patios, etc. and uploading them. Efa, Isobel C, Francesca, Isobel K, Toula and Saskia were very successful. In the online Hampshire Festival, Toula won “Own Choreography” with 88 marks. Saskia took part in several ‘virtual competitions’ across the country, gaining twelve places in Ballet, Modern and Lyrical. In the Hampshire Online Festival, Saskia gained 2nd place with 90 marks for her Lyrical.

News of recent ex-pupils:

Jerome Barnes (brother of Shakira and Tia) is now a Soloist with Scottish Ballet and was chosen as ‘Dancer of the Month’ by Dancing Times Magazine. (See our Facebook page.)

Sofia Z continues training at the English National Ballet School.

Efa N continues on the Associate Scheme of the Royal Ballet School.

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