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Weekend School

Chestnut Grove Academy
Boundaries Road
Balham
SW12 8JZ

Term Times

Current Term Dates: 23rd September to 2nd December 2017

Spring Term Dates: 13th January to 24th March 2018

Fees

3-6 Years

£150 per term (£37.50 a month on direct debit spread over the year)

An advance payment of £30 is required to secure each students place and provides students with a two week trial period.
Sibling Discounts
Should more than one child from a family attend, the second child can attend for a discounted fee of £115 per term. Subsequent children all pay £75 per term.

7-18 Years

£280 per term (£70 a month on direct debit spread over the year)

An advance payment of £60 is required to secure each students place and provides students with a two week trial period.
Sibling Discounts
Should more than one child from a family attend, the second child can attend for a discounted fee of £210 per term. Subsequent children all pay £140 per term.
Class Times

Saturday Mornings

3 - 4 year olds:
9.30am - 11.00am
11.30am - 1.00pm

5 - 6 year olds:
9.30am - 11.00am
11.30am - 1.00pm

7 - 18 year olds:
10.00am - 1.00pm

Directions

Please use the entrance on Chestnut Grove.

Buses: 155, 219, 249, 319, 355

Train and Tube: Balham (very close!)

Road directions to here from

(e.g., "oxford st W1" or "SW12 8JZ")

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These children attend a 90-minute session divided into three sections of dance, drama and singing. There is a short break in the session. All teachers are specially trained by Jigsaw Arts to work with these age groups. The sessions are designed to develop the children’s confidence, focus and social skills from an early age, giving them a head start in life. It also provides a great introduction to performing arts for students wishing to take part in our more advanced course from 7 years upwards. To ensure each child gets personal attention there is a maximum of 16 students per class.

Drama: Children are introduced to basic stagecraft – through drama, stories, plays and poetry. This encourages self-expression and stimulates the imagination, while developing focus. 

Dance: Our dance activities are designed to improve children’s posture, co-ordination and spatial awareness. Through fun and funky routines, children develop a basic dance vocabulary. 

Singing: An introduction to basic vocal exercises and rhythm is provided to children, through their enjoyment of singing along to a selection of musical theatre and pop tunes. 

 

Students attend a three-hour session comprising an hour of drama, an hour of singing and an hour of dance, each with a specialist coach. Jigsaw Arts provides training in all three disciplines in order to create a well-rounded performer. To establish an environment that builds confidence, regardless of individual ability, students are divided into appropriate age bands. All students will be challenged to their full potential. The three age groups rotate between the three disciplines.

There is a maximum of 18 students per class.

Drama: Students are given a practical understanding of stagecraft, as well as developing improvisation, voice and acting techniques. In addition, they will be encouraged to find the truth in their acting, enabling them to deliver more believable performances. Working in teams to develop social skills, via scripts and poetry, also improves confidence. 

Dance: Students learn a jazz dance technique – the basis for all popular dance. Our aim is to improve each student’s core stability, flexibility, co-ordination, posture and dance vocabulary. Jazz, street dance and musical theatre all feature in the variety of styles which students will perform. 

Singing: Vocal training is utilised to develop each individual’s voice to its fullest potential. Students work on breathing, rhythm, projection, pitch and musical interpretation, to improve confidence and range. A wide variety of musical genres are enjoyed, including modern, pop and musical theatre. 

Managers

Each school has its own manager who is a key member of the Jigsaw Arts team. The manager coordinates teachers, students and parents to ensure we have a safe, professional and smooth-running school.

Jigsaw Arts managers have a teaching and/or a performing background. In addition to their individual experience, all managers are trained by Jigsaw Arts director Nicola Lander to provide each school with a first-class consistent service. In larger schools an assistant is also provided.

Teachers

The students are coached by fully trained tutors who are well organised, energetic and passionate about teaching. 

Jigsaw Arts takes every care when selecting new teachers for its schools. They all have experience in teaching or a formal qualification, with many still working professionally in the performing arts industry. All teachers have a CRB check and attend Jigsaw Arts teacher training sessions to provide consistent tutoring across our schools. 

All schools are regularly inspected by Jigsaw Performing Arts management, to ensure that the quality of teaching is consistent. 

Discipline policy

Jigsaw Arts requires all students to behave in a disciplined and professional manner. Students are expected to be punctual and committed to the course to achieve their full potential. 

Students who have the desire to succeed in the performing arts industry need to learn the importance of self-discipline and hard work. Jigsaw Arts will remove from classes any student whose behaviour is deemed inappropriate, disrespectful or disruptive to other students and teachers.


Jo

Manager

Johanna has a performing arts degree and has been in various shows including the Shakespeare festival in Gdansk which was the highlight of her career so far. Johanna taught dance and drama at Kings School in Bournemouth to foreign students of all ages. She also taught physical theatre at West End Stage summer school. Her latest project was choreographing and performing in a physical theatre show 'Let There Be Light' at the Cockpit Theatre.


Poppy

Dance Teacher

 

 

 

 

Bio coming soon...


Tracy

Performing Arts Teacher

Tracy graduated The Poor School. Tracy has previously worked for The Half Moon Young Theatre and toured the critically acclaimed ‘We Are Shadows’. Her most recent credits include the film ‘The Novelist’, 'Holby City', 'Sensation', 'Pusher' and various commercials. Also 'Stop, Look, Listen' at Theatre 503 and Aslyum Monologues for Ice and Fire Productions.


Jake

Assistant

Jake is a young, passionate actor who strives towards exploring creativity in the arts. Jake was a student at Jigsaw five years ago and is currently teaching performing arts at Balham and Croydon. Jake has experience in TV, film and stage. Jake is also developing his own show with hopes to take it to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


Jason

Drama Teacher

A former student of Jigsaw, Jason is currently studying a degree in Drama and Theatre studies, with the intention of doing a MA in acting. Jason believes that the performing arts is an essential part of a child’s development and wants them to be able to explore and express themselves through this.


Emily

Singing Teacher

Emily graduated back in 2013 after studying Musical Theatre professionally. Since graduating, she has had experience in theatre and performance work across the U.K. and Europe. Emily has worked for Jigsaew for several years and she is hoping to complete an MA in applied theatre within the next couple of years to combine her two passions- education and the arts.


Rosemary

Performing Arts Teacher

Rosemary trained as an actor at ALRA.  She is now embarking on her career as a professional actor as well as continuing with her love of teaching. She has worked extensively with all ages as a freelance drama and performing arts practitioner both in her home county Lancashire and now London. Whilst in London, Rosemary has particularly specialised in early years development and this is her second year of teaching Performing Arts with Jigsaw. She is now excited to join the team at Jigsaw Dulwich, she loves being able to combine her passions of drama, dance, singing and music with her love of creatively engaging with young children.


Certificates

Students are awarded certificates at the end of every year that they attend. We are rewarding commitment and effort rather than ability as we feel every student has personal objectives within the course. Students who reach 3 years or more are then awarded medals every year.

 

Reports

During our technique term, students concentrate on building and improving their skills, exploring many areas of the performing arts.  During this term, parents will be given a written report on their child’s progress. The school manager is also available for ongoing verbal feedback.

Jigsaw Arts run three terms per year. Twice a year family and friends will be invited to watch a presentation or show combining dance, drama and singing. This is an excellent opportunity for the students to put their performance skills into practice. 

Jigsaw Arts devises performances so that all students are included. Each student will be individually challenged as well as being encouraged to work as part of a team.

Jigsaw Arts promotes a disciplined approach to the performing arts and students are encouraged to wear clothing appropriate for movement and dance.

Jigsaw Arts has a supply of affordable clothing complete with the Jigsaw logo: alternatively black clothing must be worn. Jazz shoes are the most suitable form of footwear and can be ordered from Jigsaw Arts or any reputable dance shop.

All students (7-18 years) receive a free Jigsaw Arts folder for their scripts and song sheets. The students are encouraged to bring these every week.