Dulwich More Info
- Weekend School
- Term Times
Spring 2019: 13th January to 24th March (Inclusive)
Please call 0208 675 2484 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
£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 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
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.
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.
Zack is going into his second year of training at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in Musical theatre.
Zack has been dancing since he was 9 years old when he was fortunate enough to dance on the West End at Saldlers Well’s Theatre with the London Children’s Ballet. Since then, he knew he wanted to follow this path as a career. He believes the performing arts is the best way to explore being creative and to inspire children’s imaginations, which will help them in any walk of life.
Zack cannot wait to join the children at Dulwich and to help them harness their creativity and passion!
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.
Sophie has studied music for many years performing in choirs and ensembles with styles of jazz, classical, pop and gospel. Sophie has taken private studies following the ABRSM curriculum achieving a Distinction in Grade 5 Music Theory. She is currently still studying ABRSM performance and Grade 8 exams. Sophie also works as a 1-1 private tutor teaching Vocals and Piano along with Music Theory.
Sophie loves working with young people bringing out their full potential and watching them grow within their confidence and performances. Sophie has chosen to work with young people as she wants to help provide a professional and fun experience within the performing arts areas. She also works in a Nursery and understands the importance of being a strong role model for younger people.
She is very excited to be part of the Jigsaw Dulwich teaching team and enjoys sharing her love and experience of performing arts.
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.
Cassie is going into her second year of a Musical Theatre degree at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
Cassie has taught performing arts since the young age of 14 and it is her absolute passion. Cassie believes that performing Arts can help children in many different ways, enhancing their confidence and social skills, as well as learning to just let go and be who they want to be.
Cassie is thrilled to be joining the Dulwich team and can’t wait to share her passion with the children!
Performing Arts Teacher
Charlotte graduated from Brighton University with a degree in Performance Arts. She then began working in local primary and stage schools, creating performance opportunities for children through choirs, dance and musical theatre clubs. Charlotte completed an Advanced Musical Theatre course at Associated Studios and has since performed in shows, ‘The Way It is’, ‘Rasputin Rocks’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘GAPS’, and ‘Little by Little’.
Charlotte has a passion for teaching theatre studies to children as it is not only a confidence booster for many, but also an opportunity for them to express their creativity in a fun, music-filled way!
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.
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.