Stagestruck Academy was founded in 2001, by principal Simone Castle. Initially running a handful of classes once a week in a local church hall, the school now offers more than 45 classes a week to the 200+ students that attend the academy. Classes are offered in the following subjects:
- Modern Dance
- Technical Jazz
- Street Dance
- Musical Theatre
- Music & Movement (for our younger students)
Students are able to join Stagestruck Academy from as young as 21/2yrs and can continue training up until the age of 21. Many of our students join as a hobby and come to make new friends, get fit, have fun, build their confidence and get involved in many of our exciting projects that take place throughout the year. For the student that wishes to go into the Performing Arts industry professionally, we offer a fully rounded training, giving them all the tools they need to train to a professional standard.
We offer exam opportunities for Ballet, Modern, Tap and Jazz through the I.S.T.D syllabus. L.A.M.D.A exams for our Drama students. I.D.T.A Street Dance exams and Acrobatic Arts syllabus exams for our Acro students. Hundreds of students take exams at Stagestruck each year and we are very proud of of the 100% pass rate we have to date.
Stagestruck student are also given numerous opportunities to take part in different shows throughout the year. We perform two Musical Theatre shows a year as well as an annual end of year performance held at The Columbine Theatre in Walton. We also take part in West End shows, local Cabarets and Showcases and also compete in different Dance competitions on a regular basis.
Many of our students are working professionally in the industry whilst training at Stagestruck. Students are often working in Modelling, Films, Adverts, TV, Theatre and performing in the West End throughout the year. Many ex-students gone on to work professionally as Dancers, Actors, Singers and Models in the UK, West-End and overseas. Please see our ACHEIVEMENTS page for more information.
All of the teachers at Stagestruck are qualified and professionals in their field. We often have guest teachers from the West End visit the Academy to take workshops and tutor the students, giving them invaluable insight to working professionally in the Performing Arts industry. For more information on the teaching faculty please see our TEACHING FACULTY page.