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- Classes (7-18 Years)
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Finchley More Info
- Weekend School
The Compton School
- Term Times
Current Term Dates: 22nd January - 2nd April 2017
Summer Term Dates: 7th May - 16th July
£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 DiscountsShould 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.
£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 DiscountsShould 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
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
Bus: 43, 134, 234, 382, 221, 263
Train: New Southgate is the nearest.
Road directions to here from(e.g., "oxford st W1" or "SW12 8JZ")
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.
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.
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.
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.
Andy is the General Manager of Jigsaw Arts and the co-founder of Jigsaw Jumpers. He has a BA (Hons) in Theatre from the Guildford School of Acting. Andrew has a wide variety of teaching experience with all ages groups. Prior to all this Andy worked extensively as an actor in the both the West End and regional theatres.
Louise trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She has taught performing arts at local schools for four years and is excited to be a member of Jigsaw. Louise has a range of professional work including the UK tour of 'Annie' and a dancer for Status Quo.
Performing Arts Teacher
Katie trained at Paul McCartney's LIPA in Acting and went on to train at The Liverpool Theatre School in Musical Theatre where she graduated as Head Girl in 2011. Following this she performed in a repertoire of one musical and two plays in Germany before moving to London where she has been involved in several voice over, theatre and filming projects. Katie has taught drama, singing and dance to 3-18 year olds both in the UK and abroad for First Choice Holidays. Katie now works in the Head Office as the administrative assistant as well as teaching in Finchley, Hendon and Harrow.
Aoife was 6 years old when she joined Jigsaw Performing Arts School and she loved every minute of the ten years she spent there. Currently Aiofe is studying to gain her A Level in Drama and hopes to pursue a career in performing arts. Attending Jigsaw weekend schools helped build Aoife's confidence and social skills and she now attends the Jigsaw Youth Theatre and assists the 3-4 year old performing arts classes.
Amy worked for several years as a professional dancer and actor. Following this she worked as the Touring Dance Officer (National & International) for The English National Ballet. Alongside her work for Jigsaw, Amy now leads workshops and residencies for The Young Shakespeare Company. She writes and delivers creative workshops for the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, and for The Garden Classroom. Amy is also Co Artistic Director of The Secret Garden Theatre Project.
Alexandria trained in both Classical voice and Musical Theatre at Capilano University and The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She has a wealth of performance experience including portraying “Maria” in West Side Story, “Hope” in Anything Goes, and “Mabel” in The Pirates of Penzance. Alexandria is an enthusiastic teacher with a lot of experience working with children and is currently teaching singing at several schools throughout London. Alexandria is very excited to be joining the Jigsaw team.
Performing Arts Teacher
Kathryn hails from Northern Ireland and is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's Musical Theatre programme. Kathryn is thrilled to be a part of the Jigsaw team.
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.
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.