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Weekend School

Alleyn's School
Townley Road
Dulwich
London
SE22 8SU

Term Times

Autumn 2017: 24th September to 3rd December

Spring 2018: 14th January to 25th March

Please call 0208 675 2484 or email dulwich@jigsaw-arts.co.uk for more information.

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

Sunday Mornings

3 - 4 year olds

9.30am - 11.00am OR 11.30am - 1.00pm 

5 - 6 year olds:

9.30am - 11.00am OR 11.30am - 1.00pm 

7 - 18 year olds:

10.00am - 1.00pm

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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.


Donna

Manager

As an educational researcher I know how valuable the arts are in develping key life skills such as resilience, confidence and self-esteem. But I first fell in love with Jigsaw when I sent my shy 3 year old boy to Jigsaw Balham. I can't begin to describe the difference it made to his confidence and I was one proud mum when that dreaded first day of primary school came and he confidently skipped through those school dates (with a hint of the jigsaw dance he had learned the term before). 

 

Growing up in a musical household in South Wales, performing arts is in my blood. I look back fondly to that time when I played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz in the local amateur dramatics school. Or when I sang that les Mis favourite of mine, On My Own, but these days I take more enjoyment in watching children and young people grow and develop through singing, dance and drama. Don't get me wrong, I love to hear about the latest auditions my Jigsaw staff have been on. Or what my performing arts brother is working on from his now home town ofHollywood (a long way fromSouth Wales!). But as a mum with a passion for young people, my goal now is to spread the power of dance, drama and singing to the future generation, whether their goal is to perform on the west end stage or simply to develop into well rounded confident young people, like my son.


Emily

Singing Teacher

Emily graduated back in 2013 after studying Musical Theatre professionally. Sigraduating, she has had experience in theatre and performance work across the U.K. and Europe. 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, but in the meantime continues to teach singing, drama and music. Emily has worked for several years at Jigsaw Balham and we are thrilled to welcome her to the team at Jigsaw Dulwich. 


Abbie

Performing Arts Teacher

Abbie has taught at Jigsaw for the past year and is thrilled to be part of the team at Jigsaw Dulwich. Abbie teaches 3-4 year Performing Arts and the main school Dance and Drama. She has taught performing arts since the age of sixteen after training at a weekend Performing Arts school, herself, from a young age. The arts is her passion and is currently training in Acting at The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) in London. Along side this passion is Abbie’s love for teaching, especially youngsters; she loves helping children come out of their shell and blossom into confident, skilful and passionate performers and being a part of this process is a privilege. 


Joanne Maroun

Performing Arts Teacher

Joanne Maroun studied Musical Theatre at Mountview Academy Of Theatre Arts. 

Whilst training she played lead roles of Hope Cladwell (Urinetown) and Tracy (Lockart ​The ​Musical).

Since graduating earlier this year her credits include lead vocalist in ‘Summertime Special’ (Brick Lane Music Hall) , Titania in ‘A Little Midsummer’ (The Deck/NT - Dir: Josh Seymour). And Melba in an exciting new production ‘Fidel! The Musical’. (The Actors Church)

She has over 4 years of teaching experience and trained in Estill technique making her able to teach various styles of singing. Musical theatre to Pop to Legit. 

She looks forward to joining the team at Jigsaw Dulwhich.


Niamh Blackman

Dance Teacher

Niamh trained in Acting Musical Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.  She has various performing credits including Richard in Richard III, Sillabub in CATS, Shprintze in Fiddler on the Roof, and many more.  Niamh has been dancing since she was five, and has her ATCL in Speech and Drama with distinction.  She loves to teach performing arts to children and watching them grow in confidence and passion in performance.


Evelyn Purcell

Singing Teacher

Evelyn is originally from Co Kildare, Ireland.  She trained on the MA Musical Theatre course at Guildford School of Acting, gaining an MA, having initially studied Drama Studies and English Literature at Trinity College Dublin.

 

Theatre credits include Colette in Uprising (Smashing Times, Project Cube Dublin), Little Red in Red Riding Hood the Musical (Talisman Theatre, Irish tour), Red in Red Riding Hood's Dangerous Christmas Adventure (Mill Theatre, Dublin), Lydia Bennet in Pride and Prejudice and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chapterhouse Theatre, UK / Ireland tour), Mrs Barn Owl in The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark (Blunderbus Theatre, UK tour and DUCTAC Theatre, Dubai), Helen in Testimonies (Smashing Times, Smock Alley Theatre Dublin), Louise / Colette in Glamour Girl (Quill and Inkling, Maltings Arts Theatre St Albans), Princess Twinkletoes in Jack and the Beanstalk, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Miss Spider in James and the Giant Peach and Princess Jasmine in Aladdin (all at the Mill Theatre, Dublin).  Screen credits include the short film 'The Ladies' and TV commercials for McDonalds and Aldi Ireland.

 

Evelyn has a wealth of experience working with children and young adults, and has been teaching drama for ten years at stage schools and performing arts academies in the UK and Ireland. She also facilitates drama and dance workshops for people with disabilities, and runs a series of performing arts camps in Ireland called Summer Stage.  Evelyn currently teaches drama at PQA Barnet and Sorelle London Academy, as well as Early Stages at Stagecoach Rickmansworth and is excited to be joining the team at Jigsaw Dulwich.  She facilitates Musical Theatre after school clubs for Total Insight Theatre and Zumba Stars London.  Evelyn is passionate about providing creative, energetic lessons which allow children to blossom at their own pace, and aims to teach children about performing arts while they have fun and build confidence.


Amy

Performing Arts Teacher

Amy trained in Acting and Musical theatre at RCSSD, She has a various performance experience including portraying "Scaramouche" in We Will Rock You, “Celeste” in Sunday in the Park with George “Duchess of york” in Richard 111 , "Mary Warren" in The Crucible. Amy is a passionate teacher and has taught for the last 3 years working with babies to teenagers. She believes that the three crafts of Acting, Singing, and Dance help to develop a child's confidence, communication skills and overall happiness


Emma

Performing Arts Teacher

Emma is currently completing her BA (Hons) degree in Acting at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. She spent her foundation year at READ college in Reading, where she was awarded The Stage Scholarship and achieved a distinction in her Trinity Diploma in Speech and Drama. She has been passionate about performing from a very young age, training in various dance styles from tap and ballet to jazz and is trained in Estill vocal technique.

 

Emma loves working with children. She has experience in choreographing and directing at her performing arts groups. Emma has also worked at a holiday workshop club and supporting children with special needs on a 1:1 basis.

 

She is very excited to be a part of the Jigsaw Dulwich teaching team and is thrilled to share her love of performing with the 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 Jumpers

Performing arts for children aged 6 months to 3 years

Jigsaw Jumpers is a positive step in your child’s development. Children from 6 months to 3 years will be taught in two groups: pre-walkers and walkers. Through the medium of drama, singing and dance, your child will begin their expressive journey and the 45-minute class will be taught by fully qualified and experienced pre-school teachers. Our teachers understand the individual needs of each child, and are always on hand to offer advice, encouragement and support. All members of staff are DBS checked.

However, Jigsaw Jumpers is more than just a 45-minute performing arts class for your child: Jigsaw Jumpers helps develop the parent-child relationship. Parents attend each session as well and are equally involved, exploring imagination with their child. This shared learning and enjoyable experience helps develop a special bond between parent and child, and this in turn assists with the development of confidence and creativity very early on in life.

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.

Why not try a Jigsaw holiday workshop as an affordable solution to keeping your children busy? Jigsaw provide fun, exciting and educational performing arts workshops in the school holidays.

Sorry no workshops are currently running at Dulwich.