Do you live in or around Nottingham and does your child…
- Love performing & dream of being on the West End stage, on TV or in film?
- Want to learn how to act, sing and dance?
- Want to meet & make friends with children who share their interests?
Does this sound like your child? Then Footlights Nottingham is the right place for them.
Where we are: We’re based at Alderman White School, Beeston in Nottingham (Map here) on Saturdays from 9.45am to 1pm.
Your child is welcome for a free trial at anytime, for more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Sofia 07914 937060.
Footlights Nottingham is owned and ran by our fantastic sister and brother team Sofia Ben Achour and Alfie Nathoo. They both adore performing arts and work professionally within the industry; with Sofia as an actress and Alfie a singer.
Originally from London, they have settled in Nottingham with their families after falling in love with the city. Sofia and Alfie decided they wanted to bring performing arts to Nottingham and teamed up with the multi-award winning Footlights stage schools to make it happen!
The Footlights Head Office is based at Media City in Manchester, just around the corner from the main hub of the BBC & ITV studios. We we were established in 2005 by our founder Jo Fisher, a trained actor and teacher, and who continues to have a hands-on role across our stage schools. Read more about Footlights and our history here.
We have robust processes to keep your child safe; all of our staff have DBS status and a trained first aider is always on site at each of our venues. You can read and download our safeguarding policy here.
What to expect
During your child’s time at Footlights Nottingham, our tutors will mentor them to help them realise their dreams of becoming a performer, by sharing their professional experiences, as well as facilitating and teaching performance techniques.
Footlights delivers quality performing arts training and our aim is to ensure that each child gets the most out of their experience by building their essential life skills and instilling confidence, whilst having lots of fun and meeting new friends. In addition to core performing arts skills, they will,
- Have confidence when socialising and in nursery or school
- Be encouraged to talk expressively in a structured, yet exciting forum
- Be inspired when taking part in discussions
- Be listened to when building skills in decision making
- Always be working as part of a team
Their learning will give them the basics and arguably the most important components of the performing arts.
The younger the child is when they take up an activity or interest the better, as in the right environment and with the right teacher they underpin the foundation to their learning and will already have a head-start on their peers.
You will find the Footlights approach friendly and energetic. We pride ourselves on inclusivity and being an encouraging company for your child to thrive in acting, singing and dance. We have superb progression rates from our schools, with the majority of our young students going onto performing arts colleges and drama schools.
We know you want to find the right balance between ensuring your child gets a good performing arts education, has fun and at the same time keeps up with their important mainstream education. We understand this, so this is why our method to developing your child’s Acting, Singing and Dancing will complement their academic studies. Plus, at Footlights, your child will benefit from the opportunity to take internationally recognised examinations through LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts).
There is also the option for students to audition for professional work in film, theatre and modelling via our agency, Footlights Personal Management (our recent successes include Game of Thrones and the CBBC series ‘KATY’).
Book a free trial today at Footlights Nottingham and see for yourself.
Want to know more? Why not take a look at our FAQ’s
Each summer, all our children take part in a performance. It’s a full-scale show where parents/carers, family and friends can come and watch their progress.
The Autumn/Winter and Spring term schedules focus much more on skills and technique with a shorter informal presentation at Christmas.
The teaching teams provide written feedback each Easter, so you can track your child’s progress. We also practice an open door policy for anytime that you wish to discuss your child’s progress. You can use this form to contact us, or speak to us directly.
Sofia, Alfie & Team
Our 3 years to 6 years are taught acting, singing and dance in bite size manageable chunks with the same teacher.
All classes are taught in age groups, with three different tutors specialising in acting, singing and dance.
Tiny's Teacher and Class
Cherylanne is a trained Musical Theatre performer from Nottinghamshire. She attained a BA(Hons) from Nottingham Trent University in 2014 and went on to train further at Expressions Performing Arts Academy. Since graduating, she has an agent in London and regularly attends auditions. Her favourite role was ‘Reno Sweeney’ in the musical ‘Anything Goes’
During Acting your child will learn improvisation, script reading, character analysis, explore new plays, learn about tv and film acting, all within a safe, fun environment. Acting class creates a place where your child can express themselves freely and we will ensure encourage them to be their best self, drawing on their existing skills and teaching them new ones so they can reach their full potential.
In Singing classes your child will learn how to warm up their vocal chords, how to use their bodies to create the best sound, they will learn breath control, how to support and sustain their voice and how to sustain it. We’ll train them to sing in harmonies, a group as well, or in a duet. They will learn about composers from Musical Theatre, as well as sing pop songs. In class, we also encourage them to sight read and recognise terminology. All this is done in a safe environment where they will learn to relax so the voice can sing – we can’ wait to hear them!
Your child will learn the techniques of hip, commercial dance, ballet, contemporary and musical theatre, we will have them leaping in the air in no time! And, even if your child wants to be an actor, they’ll need the discipline of dance for posture, movement and flexibility. If your child has never danced before, don’t worry our first class choreographer will break everything down into bite-size chunks so everyone learns at their own pace, whilst our more experienced dancers will be challenged.