Haslemere Performing Arts – Dance Classes in Haslemere

Despite the continuing disruptions caused by the pandemic, we are already looking forward to a new term. Unfortunately, Sabine and her family are having to relocate to East Sussex  so we will have a new teacher joining the team on Saturday mornings.

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 have started exam work and Festival work once more.

Because the RAD could not send examiners jn person to schools, they allowed teachers to film the Grade exams – at least until the end of the year. Strict conditions apply: Each grade had to be continuously filmed and definitely no editing. Once the result are issued, the video files have to be deleted. The recordings cannot be used to query marking. However, it has proved very useful since the teacher is able to see how someone behaves under exam conditions. Normally, teachers are not allowed in the exam room so viewing the videos has been a real eye-opener. The child who is foot-perfect during rehearsals suddenly behaves as if they are from the school of Long John Silver. Likewise, some children rise to the challenge and do better than expected. Although Steven Spielberg doesn’t have any competition, I am very pleased with the quality of the videos.

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.

The British Arts competition is resuming again after being cancelled during the 2020 – 2021 season. If anyone would like to try a solo, duet or trio in December (at Fernhurst Village Hall), please contact Angela. This is a good starting point for budding show-offs. (In real-lfe, the majority of performers are quiet and even very shy so there is no need to hold back.
Having to learn dance steps, words to a song or lines of dialogue produces people with very good self-discipline, confidence and posture. We often hear from ex-students who have succeeded not just in the arts but in jobs far removed from dance, music or theatre. At one Saturday Workshop in the summer, children were thrilled to meet Travis who just turned up to visit Mrs Cantan.    Travis is now a professional choreographer and can also be seen as one of the lead swans in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake. He certainly ruffled quite a few feathers on the morning he came to see his old school. Last March, another, and more recent ex-student, Jerome Barnes, was chosen by the prestigious magazine, Dancing Times,  as Dancer of the Month.  More recently, he has been nominated for an international award and will dance the part of the Prince in Scottish Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker at Christmas.

WEEKDAY CLASSES begin on Monday 13th September. WORKSHOPS will begin on Saturday 18th September. 

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 (£70 per term). Free trial lesson available Classes start back on 13th September 2021.  The next musical production: ‘Dick Whittington and His Cat.


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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