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Weekend School

The Bushey Arena
London Road
Bushey
WD23 3AA

Term Times

Spring Term:   27th January to 7th April 2019

Summer Term: 28th April to 7th July 2019

 For more information please call 01923 605456 or email katie@jigsaw-arts.co.uk

 

 

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 (£70.00 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 - 11am, 10:30am - 12pm or 11:30am - 1pm

5-6 year olds:

9:30am - 11am, 10:30am - 12pm or 11:30am - 1pm

7-18 year olds:

10am - 1pm 

 

 

 

Directions

The Bushey Arena is located at the heart of Bushey on London Road. There is a car park directly in front of the main entrance. 

 

 

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.


Katie

Manager

Katie trained at Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in Acting and went on to train at The Liverpool Theatre School in Musical Theatre where she graduated as Head Girl.


Following this she toured in one musical and two plays in Germany before moving to London where she has been involved in several theatre projects.

Katie runs the 'Jigsaw Arts Management' agency for children and young performers. She is the manager of 'Jigsaw Watford' and 'Jigsaw Bushey'.


Sam

Singing Teacher

Performing since the age of 10, Sam has a passion for Musical Theatre and singing. He graduated from The Guildford School of Acting studying Musical Theatre with a First Class BA and the Bice Bellair Faculty Award. Since graduating he has performed across the world, appeared on adverts and most recently finished a pantomime performing alongside Sam Bailey.

Teaching since the age of 15, Sam has a passion to pass on the skills he has learnt to his students. He is very excited about joining the Jigsaw team!


Natalie

Performing Arts Teacher

Natalie trained in musical theatre at "The American Musical Theatre Academy" in London.

Her most recent credits include an Italian tour of "West Side Story" and Greenwich Theatres "Jack and The Beanstalk".

Natalie taught Ballet to young children in Mexico for three months using innovative and engaging exercises that spark creativity and encourage imagination. She is very much enjoying being a part of Jigsaw!


Fennella

Performing Arts Teacher

Fennella has been working as a musician and Performing Arts teacher since 2014 when she graduated from Goldsmiths College, with a BMus in Popular Music. She has worked on some brilliant performance projects both in London and Glasgow, including the Pure Gold Festival at the Southbank Centre, and as the Music Director of Torn: The Musical in 2017.

Fennella specialises in working with young people and she believes that Music and Performance have the power to change people’s lives, and works hard to ensure that all of her students are empowered to reach their goals.


Laurie

Assistant

Laurie trained at Masters Performing arts in Essex, where she studied on the dance and musical theatre course.

Laurie has performed in many different venues around Europe and most recently has completed contracts with Merlin entertainment and Georgioupolis resort. 

She has 3 years teaching experience teaching at various dance schools in Essex and London and is currently studying for a diploma in dance education. 

She hopes to bring this knowledge and passion into assisting at Jigsaw Performing Arts and wishes to inspire the young performers. 


Nicola

Dance Teacher

Nicola graduated from Phil Winston’s Theatreworks in 2012, then went on to the further her education and training at The American Musical theatre Academy of London, graduating in 2014 with a distinction in both Acting and Dance. 

Since then she has been teaching and working as a Dancer and a Choreographer. Credits includes Dreamcatcher Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Channel 4 Lookalikes and Channel 5 Lip Sync Battle UK. 

Nicola has been teaching from the very start of her career and has covered various age groups and styles. Teaching children is Nicola’s most fulfilling job and she loves teaching dance at 'Jigsaw Watford' and 'Jigsaw Bushey'. 


Natalie

Singing Teacher

Natalie is a Musical Theatre Actress who trained at Associated Studios and The Actors Temple. 

Her recent credits include Comedy Character Cabaret, West End in Schools and 110 in the Shade. 

Natalie has been working with children for 10 years and is passionate about creating engaging classes and opportunities for young children.


Nicola

Performing Arts Teacher

Nicola trained professionally at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She has been teaching dance, drama and singing for 7 years to children all over London and Manchester and has danced since the age of 3! 

Her professional credits include, Silent Jenny (House of Anubis Nickelodeon), Susan Walker (Miracle on 34th Street, UK tour and Madinat Dubai), Tinkerbell (Peter Pan, Sherringham Little Theatre), Wendy (Peter Pan, Floral Pavilion, UK Production), Game Show Host (Fever Tree Tonic, IMBIBE Festival), Fairy (Mccain Chips, Online Commercial). Baby bear (Goldilocks and three bears, Gulf Tour, S4K), Lucy (Narnia, Gulf Tour, S4K)

Nicola has enjoyed teaching Performing Arts at Jigsaw Arts Finchley and looks forard to joining the team in Bushey!


Becky

Performing Arts Teacher

Becky has been taught Dance, Drama and Singing since 2015, a natural progression after attending performing arts training classes for 16 years. She is currently training at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.  

Recent experience includes touring productions of "When Fear Knocked" and "The Tempest", and directing a school production of "We Will Rock You". She also was a part of the inclusive theatre company: "Hopshed" for three years, which included taking part in a production that raised over £1000 for the Stroke Association.  

Becky loves working with children of all ages, and is thrilled to be a part of the Jigsaw team. 


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 Bushey.