Academy of Performing Arts

Welcome to the St James Academy of Performing Arts

Our Academy of Performing Arts offers classes in Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre Singing. It aims to provide first-class training and to foster enthusiasm for and enjoyment of the performing arts for pupils from 3 to 18.

Classes take place at Earsby Street from 3.30pm – 6.00pm during the week and on Saturdays from 9.00am – 1pm. There is the opportunity to take grade exams and to take part in various performances. Pupils from other schools can also attend Saturday classes.

There is an adult ballet class on Saturdays from 12.00pm to 1.00pm which is suitable for all abilities.

Classes are offered in


  • Ballet
  • Modern
  • Tap
  • Jazz
  • Contemporary/Hip Hop


Group LAMDA classes


Group classes in Musical Theatre


The Academy is co-ordinated by Patricia Snowdon, an experienced dance teacher who has previously run her own school and a performing arts department.

She is a Life Member of both the Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and an adjudicator and Fellow of the British and International Federation of Festivals.

Patricia leads a team of well qualified teachers, and dance classes follow the ISTD syllabuses for Ballet, Modern and Tap and LAMDA for Drama. All classes are age and standard appropriate.

If you would like your son or daughter to take part, please read our leaflet for more information and complete the application form.

View our leaflet

Application Form

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