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Classes at TDA


Acting at TDA

TDA offers a variety of Acting classes meaning you can focus on the training that suits you best.

Saturday Speech & Drama Classes

These classes are a great introduction into acting as they provide a grounding in all Speech & Drama Subjects.  These include; Acting, Poetry speaking, Reading for performance, sight reading, Mime, Improvisation and Devised Performance.  Students benefit from increased confidence both in performance and socially from learning these key communication skills.  Each class performs a play in December and all students are offered the opportunity to take part in Local Festivals & take an annual LAMDA examination in Verse and Prose during the spring and summer terms.

Thursday Group Acting Class

This fun workshop allows students to develop their imagination and performance skills.  With an optional LAMDA exam this class offers great variety with workshops looking at different aspects of Drama each week.  Students have the opportunity to take part in plays, as well as Devised group performances.


Weekday Private Tuition

Acting lessons are offered on a one-one and shared two basis.  These lessons can be tailored to each students needs, whether it be to increase confidence in speaking due to hearing or speech difficulties, or specific audition preparation for Drama School, everything is covered. 


TDA offers 3 LAMDA examination sessions per year and students are able to take subjects from both the performance and communication syllabuses.  LAMDA examinations are regulated by OFQUAL, meaning that from Grade 6 and above they are assigned UCAS points towards university entry.  LAMDA has long been recognised by universities as a key extra curricular qualification as it provides evidence of excellent communication skills and work ethic.  Students wanting to get into Drama School are advised to gain as many qualifications as possible before applying.

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Singing at TDA

Saturday Musical Theatre & Thursday Singing Classes

Find your voice and protect your vocal health! In our Musical Theatre and Singing Classes you have a chance to work with others, study musicals and have a go at setting songs. You will have many opportunities to perform in local and professional theatres. We study a wide variety of music from Hamilton to My Fair Lady. Everyone is given an chance to perform and no-one is left out. Although lessons are fun and incorporate acting and movement, singing technique is an important part of the teaching, incorporating elements from Bel Canto technique and the Estill model, currently popular at performance colleges. Recently Musical Theatre classes were invited to perform in the NSPCC Christmas Concert  at Coventry Cathedral, at the Hinckley light switch on and the Christmas Tree Festival. We offer opportunities to perform in a professional theatre, either Birmingham Hippodrome or in the West-End and a yearly showcase at a local theatre.


Weekday Private Tuition

Individual lessons are available on Thursday and Friday evenings. Some pupils have individual lessons to build confidence in their voice and others because they want a career in the arts. You can choose to work through singing exams. We offer Rockschool (Rock and Pop), London College of Music or LAMDA (Musical Theatre), Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College (Mixed styles). Training is offered from beginner to degree level and you can choose to take your diploma with us.


Dancing at TDA

Saturday Modern Theatre Dance 

This is a rhythmic dance style which originated in America before travelling to the rest of the world. It adopts different styles from Jazz, to Contemporary, to Street Dance. It trains a strong dance technique that’s frequently used in Musical Theatre productions. The style uses travelling steps, high kicks, leaps and turns which all need strength and flexibility. This is a highly energetic dance style.  There are now several syllabuses offering exams in theatre dance beginning at premiere level running right through to advanced vocational exams for older students. UCAS points are available for higher levels & all examinations are Ofqual regulated. We will be following The Performance Arts Awards in Jazz Dance offered by Rock School (RSL) with a view to offering students the opportunity to take an examination in the Autumn Term if they would like to.

Weekday Private Tuition

Individual lessons are available on Friday evenings. Lessons are suitable for all ages and can be tailored to your needs but would be particularly useful to any of our students who are looking at applying for Performing Arts Courses and want to increase their confidence in dance.

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Performance Classes at TDA

Thursday Performance Class

Act, Sing & Dance in one class. Working on scripts, character development, Musical Theatre songs and group choreography. Termly performance opportunities including our annual Summer Showcase in a professional theatre. Foster a love of performance in this more relaxed and inclusive class.


OnStage Show Class

Suitable for all current TDA students age 10-19 who already take at least one other class with us, this class gives our students the Annual opportunity to produce and perform in a full scale musical in a professional theatre. No audition necessary for chorus roles. Rehearsals take place in the Autumn and Spring terms with the performance at Easter. Previous shows include, Guys & Dolls Jr, Fame Jr, High School Musical Jr, Singing in the Rain Jr and Chicago. We are currently rehearsing for Les Misérables, which will be performed at the Sue Townsend Theatre, Leicester March 2024.

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Saturday Classes (Little Stars)

1 Class - £4

2 Classes - £8

3 Classes - £10

Saturday Classes (Juniors, Inters, Seniors, Young Adults & IPP)

1 Class - £6

2 Classes - £11

3 Classes - £15

Thursday Classes

Performance Class (1.5 hours) £11

Singing Exam Class £6

Acting Exam Class £6


Classes charged in 12 week blocks in advance. (Fees can be paid half termly)

3 terms a year with school holidays off. 

36 classes a year

OnStage Show Class £80 per term - Saturday 1.30-3.30pm.

Rehearsal dates differ to term dates.  Approximately 10 rehearsals per term.

Autumn & Spring terms only.  Students must already take at least one other class with us to take this class.

Private Drama Lessons

Private Drama Solo (30 mins) £16 per lesson 

Private Drama Duo (30 mins) £8 per lesson

Private Drama Solo (20 mins) £11 per lesson

Classes charged in 12 week blocks in advance. (Fees can be paid half termly)

3 terms a year with school holidays off. 

36 classes a year

Private Singing Lessons

Please be aware singing lessons are arranged externally through INTEGRATED VOCAL COACHING and taught by our Head of Musical Theatre. Dates will be arranged separately with students and are not always the same as the TDA Saturday classes or drama lessons. Singing classes are charged termly. (Fees can be paid monthly)

Private Singing (30 mins) £16 per lesson

Private Singing (20 mins) £11 per lesson

Private Dance Lessons

Please be aware dance lessons are arranged externally and will be organised separately with students. They are not always the same as the TDA Saturday classes or drama lessons. 

Private Dance (30 mins) £12 per lesson


1.Fees are payable on or before the first lesson of term.

2.One full term's notice in writing is required before withdrawal otherwise the term's fees will be due and payable.

3.The Drama Academy reserves the right to substitute teachers.

4.Cancelled private lessons will only be replaced at the discretion of The Drama Academy.

5.Group and individual photos will be published on websites and social media or in the local press. Names will only be published alongside photos with the express permission of parent/guardian.

6.TDA will provide LAMDA and other exam boards with the following details on entry for an exam - Name, Date of Birth, Gender, Ethnicity and postcode.

7.There is a £30 registration fee payable to join TDA. This will be deducted from the final term's invoice provided that a full 12 weeks notice of leaving is given.

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