If you are looking for somewhere to start dance, drama or singing in Bournemouth, Dorset, Hampshire, Weymouth, Dorchester, Winchester and Southampton area, you're in the right place. Take a look at shows and events we've done in the past, our staff, and our past students, then get in touch for your FREE first class.

Shows and Events performed from Bournemouth across the south of England

"Starburst Dancers" appearing in a Corporate Event at the Highcliff Marriot Hotel in Bournemouth on 7th March 2015.

"Peter Pan" 2014/2015 - Bournenmouth Pantomime at the Pavilion Theatre for UK Productions - the Company Photo.

December 6th 2014 - 4th January 2015

 

This year's pantomime is not far away and rehearsals are starting soon. Yet again the majority of the Juveniles and all the female dancers have been provided by the Stage Door School of Dance & Drama. Please come along to show your support for what is expected to be another fantastic production.

"Peter Pan" 2014/2015 - Bournenmouth Pantomime at the Pavilion Theatre for UK Productions.

It's been a busy summer for Stage Door School of Dance & Drama, Pupils young & older have been performing at shows & fetes across the area as well as completing examinations in Modern, Tap, Ballet & Spanish Dance.

 

First came the show at Key West on Bournemouth Pier - WEDNESDAY NIGHT IS VARIETY NIGHT - where senior pupils danced as Starburst Dancers.

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Then more than 40 pupils ranging from 6 years upwards performed at Iford URC Church Fete on a glorious sunny afternoon on Saturday 21st June.

Then came the build up through rehearsals & finally the show - Music 4 Meningitis on Friday 4th July at Bournemouth Pavilion where a broad range of pupils supported Adam Tuffrey whilst he sang & danced & also performed their own presentation of How Long Will I Love You with Jamie-Lee leading as the solo singer.

Saturday 1st March 2014 - The HIGHCLIFF HOTEL

 

On Saturday night, the Starburst Dancers consisting of 9 Students from the Stage Door School of Dance & Drama performed at a Formal Private Function at the Highcliff Marriot Hotel in Bournemouth. Below are some of the costumes worn for the performance.

Starburst Dancers

December 7th 2013 - 5th January 2014

 

This year's pantomime has started and yet again the Juveniles and female dancers have been provided by the Stage Door School of Dance & Drama. Please come along to show your support for this fantastic fun filled production.

"Aladdin" 2013/2014 - Bournemouth Pantomime at the Pavilion Theatre for UK Productions.

This summer for the second year running, students of the Stage Door School of Dance & Drama in the guise of the "Starburst Dancers" are appearing weekly, each Wednesday at the Pier Theatre in "Wednesday Night is Variety Night"

Pier Theatre - Variety Show

8th December 2012 - 6th January 2013

 

Yet another Pantomime come and gone! Tens of thousands of people came to watch this fantastic Pantomime and a wonderful time was had by all the cast of children and students from the Stage Door School of Dance & Drama. It was an absolute pleasure to work with our Patron - Chris Jarvis - as well as Sue Pollard in a festive, fun packed production. The Stage Door children who appeared in Sleeping Beauty at the Pavilion Theatre, were taken by Chris Jarvis who played Happy Harry in the Pantomime, out to tea with other cast members and their chaperons. As the pictures show a good time was had by all.

Bournemouth Pantomime at The Pavilion Theatre Bournemouth for UK Productions

On Saturday 29th September 2012

 

Local boy, Adam Tuffrey presented another of his wonderful shows to raise money for and raise awareness of the Meningitis Trust. 16 Dance Students from the Stage Door School of Dance & Drama joined Adam, Mark, Chris and Swing Unlimited on Stage in what was another amazing event. A great big THANK YOU to all those of you who came to support both us and the Meningitis Trust. Watch this space for details of the sum raised for charity.

"Music 4 Meningitis"

He can sing, he can dance and he can raise £8,000 for charity all in one night. Adam Tuffrey’s Music 4 Meningitis show on Saturday hit all the right notes in every way!

 

Although he’s only just turned 18, this talented, young, singer songwriter looks very at home on stage.

 

It’s as though he’s been performing all his life which he clearly has, as the audience was shown video footage at the start of Adam strutting his stuff as a tot.

 

But at the age of eight Adam contracted bacterial meningitis and septicaemia.

 

Fortunately, he made a full recovery and has been raising money for the Meningitis Trust ever since.

 

And each year M4M gets bigger and better.

What the Echo said

What started as a performance in a primary school hall five years ago is now packing out Bournemouth Pavilion theatre.

 

As with any variety show featuring such a broad mix of music, comedy and dance – some acts worked better than others, depending on your taste!

 

Highlights for me included Adam’s new boy band In Accord who sang in such perfect harmony, it would have even put a smile on Simon Cowell’s face.

 

Adam also convinced some of his fellow students at Bournemouth School to form a choir for the occasion too.

 

Other key performances included the Stage Door Dance School, Beat Crew, Total Voice, Cantabile and artists Mike Leyton and Anne Batt.

 

Most of the acts are local and included members of Adam’s family.

 

He performed a touching duet with his father Duncan, his sister Chloe was one of the stage hands and his mum Trudy gave a sign language interpretation for the entire show.

 

So what’s next for “Tuffers” and co is anybody’s guess.

 

Watch this space!

In July 2012 Julie Headford, Co-Principal of the Stage Door School of Dance & Drama, after much hard work, was appointed as an ISTD Examiner in both Modern and Tap. Julie is clearly following in her mother, Maureen's footsteps and this makes the Stage Door School of Dance & Drama the only School in the area to be run by two Examiners and from the same family.

New Examiner Appointed

Pier Theatre - Bournemouth

 

Starburst Dancers, which are the Performer's Group of the Stage Door School of Dance & Drama have been very busy throughout the Summer of 2012 appearing in Wednesday Night is Variety Night at the Pier Theatre, Bournemouth. The show has been extended until 3rd October - so there's still time to see them!

"Wednesday Night is Variety Night"

Bournemouth Pantomime at the Pavilion Theatre for UK Productions

 

Yet another Pantomime come and gone! Over 40,000 people came to watch this record breaking Pantomime and a wonderful time was had by all the cast of children and students from the Stage Door School of Dance & Drama.

"Jack & The Beanstalk" - 2011/2012

Having celebrated their 40th Birthday, the Stage Door School of Dance & Drama donated £1400 to Macmillan Cancer Support in Dorset.

 

Pictured below are:- Chrissie Wathen-Neal, Fundraising Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support accepting the cheque from Maureen Headford, Principal of the Stage Door School along with Julie Headford and some pupils who took part in the show.

"A Time To Celebrate" & Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Stage Door School of Dance celebrated their 40th Anniversary with a production at the De La Salle Theatre, "A Time To Celebrate". It was in 1971 that Maureen Headford opened the Bournemouth based School and since then assisted by her daughter, Julie it has expanded and today has branches in Bransgore, Sopley and Stanpit.

 

235 performers aged from 3 years to over seventy dazzled an audience of over 900 people with their talent, professionalism and diversity of training. From the spectacle of 80 ballerinas dressed in tutus, all mainly aged 5 and under presenting "It's a Small World After All" to excerpts from "Lion King", "Wicked", "The Wizard of Oz" and presentations in song and dance including Ballet, Tap, Flamenco, Irish and Bollywood - there was something to entertain everyone. It was a professionally staged, well rehearsed and beautifully costumed show and a credit to all those involved. Special thanks must go to David Morgan from Michael Rose Productions, an ex-student of the Stage Door, who took time out of his busy schedule with "White Christmas" and "Peter Pan" in Southampton, to act as Compere for the show.

 

In the evening show the cast were thrilled when local celebrity, Chris Jarvis, who is Patron of the Stage Door School of Dance & Drama, rushed back from his own show in Guildford to watch and join the cast on stage to offer his congratulations to everyone for a wonderful performance. Donations of £1400.00 have been made to the Macmillan Support and MND Awareness Society.

"A Time To Celebrate"

"I can't believe it's 40 years since the first dance class was held at the The Stage Door School of Dance & Drama at our Holdenhurst Road premises, where we still are today. I can still remember it - six little 3 year olds learning baby ballet - all of them the children of friends of mine! Since then thousands of children have come to us, some for a short time, but many for much longer periods and then gone on to fulfil their career ambitions with the skills that they have learnt with us. Hopefully, all of them will have benefited from their time with us and enjoyed the wonderful experiences dance can offer.

 

What better way to celebrate this landmark event by giving all our pupils, young and old, the opportunity to appear in "A Time To Celebrate".

 

Maureen Headford

A Time To Celebrate

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December 2015 - January 2016

Juveniles and Dancers who appeared in pantomime this year - were all trained at The Stage Door School of Dance & Drama. Well done to all - it was a fantastic pantomime and broke box office records, seen by over 40,000 people!

"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth

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Friday 25th September 2015

30 performers aged from 8-18 years travelled to Weymouth to raise awareness and money for Meningitis Trust. What a lovely experience it was!

Music4Meningitis Show at Weymouth Pavilion

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Friday 2nd October 2015

Dancers waiting in dressing room to start the second half of an amazing show - what a way to raise money for Charity!

Music 4 Meningitis Show at O2 Boscombe

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Spring Examination results 2016

Congratulations to all of our students who took modern and tap examinations in March ranging from Pre-Primary to Intermediate. What an amazing set of results - 37 students - 3 Merits and 34 Distinctions - with many attaining 90 marks and above including an outstanding 99!!

Well done everyone - you should feel very proud of what you all achieved - we are

"Starburst Dancers" - Moulin Rouge Show

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On the 18th June the Stage Door Performers made their way to Bromley in Kent to perform at a Moulin Rouge Evening in aid of Charity. A receptive audience gave them a standing ovation, Brilliant show and a great experience for our students.

Summer School July 2016 - "Oliver"

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Well done to everyone involved in this year's summer school production of "Oliver!" Everyone was fantastic and so professional - even with only 4.5 days of rehearsal. A huge thank you to our helpers, Megan, Amy and Sophie and special thanks to Corinne Rigler, our musical director, and our brilliant Fagin, Mark Osmond. We were all thrilled to have you back working with us and so pleased your lovely wife, Sandra Dickinson, was able to come along and join the audience having recently finished starring as Lucille Ball in New York. Below are some of the photo's of the performance which was staged at Bournemouth School for Girl's main Drama studio.What a fabulous performance space, having lighting and scenery makes such a difference.

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Sumer 2016 Examination results....

WE WELCOME EVERYONE TO A NEW SCHOOL YEAR

 

It's great to see everyone back at classes and we welcome all the new students who have joined us.

 

A special CONGRATULATIONS go to all those who took examinations at the end of last term in ISTD Ballet, Tap & Modern Primary - Advanced 1.

 

In all 75 Examinations were taken!!!!

 

In Ballet - 23 Distinctions & 13 Merits were awarded

 

In Modern & Tap 33 Distictions & 6 Merits were awarded.

 

A FANTASTIC SET OF RESULTS - WELL DONE TO ALL OUR STUDENTS

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Bournemouth Pantomime at The Pavilion Theatre Bournemouth for UK Productions

We are delighted to release our photograph of The Stage Door School of Dance & Drama's youngsters who, with our older dancers have started rehearsals this Monday (21st November) for this years Pantomime "CINDERELLA" at the Pavilion Theatre Bournemouth.

 

We hope you will come along and support the Show which will run from 3rd December until 2nd January

 

We would like to thank UK Productions for once again giving our school this opportunity.

Stage Door School Bournemouth Panto 2016

Cinderella - Bournemouth Pantomime at The Pavilion Theatre - 2016/17

Yet another Pantomime come and gone! Yet again - Juveniles and Dancers who appeared in pantomime this year - were all trained at The Stage Door School of Dance & Drama and a wonderful time was had by all the cast of children and students. Happy New Year.

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Time To Shine at Queen Elizabeth School, Wimborne -

Saturday 8th July at 7.00pm & Sunday 9th July 2017 at 4.00pm

What a fantastic weekend! Both shows were absolutely brilliant and all the performers from the very youngest to the most senior should all feel incredibly proud of what they have achieved. We would like to - once again - thank all of you who were involved with helping to make Time To Shine such a success, including our teaching staff, our chaperones, our caterers, our wonderful technical team and the outstanding staff at QE's school. We look forward to seeing you in classes until we close on 22nd July.

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Spring & Summer Term Dates

Spring Term starts on Friday 5th January 2018 until Thursday 29th March 2018.

 

Half Term dates are

 

Monday 12th Febraury - Sunday 18th February 2018 inclusive

 

Summer Term starts on Monday 9th April until Saturday 21st July 2018

 

Half Term dates are

 

Sunday 27th May - Sunday 3rd june 2018 inclusive

Summer School - 24th - 28th July 2017

The 1st day of Summer School was focussed teaching the children Salsa in the morning, followed by lots of hard work learning an Irish Riverdance, the following day Aden Dzuda spent the morning teaching hip-hop and street dance, the children loved it. Followed by an afternoon of National dance including dances from; England, Austria, Romania and Ireland.

 

On the 3rd day we immersed ourselves in Spanish Dance. Some very impressive performances today and the children looked wonderful. Then the next day in the morning having a drama workshop and afternoon was spent learning some Bollywood dance, again lots of fun.

 

The last day was spent  being coached on a song from Grease and finished with a huge rock and roll number, we hope you all had fun. Enjoy your summer holidays and we'll see you in September!

Summer School Irish Summer School Aden Summer School Spanish Summer School Bollywood Summer School Grease

Jack & the Beanstalk- Bournemouth Pantomime at The Pavilion Theatre - 2017/18

Yet another Pantomime come and gone! So once more - Juveniles and Dancers who appeared in pantomime this year - were all trained at The Stage Door School of Dance & Drama and a wonderful time was had by all the cast of children and students. Happy New Year. We would like to thank UK Productions for once again giving our school this fantastic opportunity.

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