This is by no means an exhaustive list, but a ‘beginners guide’ to some of the drama, music and dance clubs for children in Wimbledon and around! Some I have first hand experience of (*highlighted), others I have read good things about. Most offer trial classes so there is an element of trial and error until you find the right place for you and your little one. So to start..
THEATRE CLUBS AND CLASSES
My eldest daughter went to after school classes when she was in reception. The weekly lessons really brought her out of her shell, and she enjoyed liveliness of the classes, and the very serious costume requirements for the shows! Lessons and terms are themed, and from what I remember – energetic and (most importantly) lots of fun. Trial available.
Perform Wimbledon, Mansel Road Centre, SW19 4AA
With 3 locations in Wimbledon, this is another popular Performing Arts School. My daughter did a holiday workshops a few years ago and was a munchkin in the Wizard of Oz – impressive considering they only had a week to put on a show, with a range of ages! Again, a very professional school offering a 2 week trial (chargeable).
Stagecoach Wimbledon, Bishop Gilpin School, The Mansel Road Centre, and New Wimbledon Theatre
The very famous SW19 children’s theatre runs a weekly drama club and youth theatre for ages 5-14. Using storytelling, movement and imaginative games for the younger children, moving onto mask, puppetry, mime and physical theatre for the older children. More serious expert drama training for the youth theatre.
Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, SW19 1SB
Jigsaw Performing Arts
Drama, Singing and Dance – weekly weekend classes for 3 year olds up to 18 year olds. Every Sunday at Ricards Lodge High School. 2 week (chargeable) trial.
Jigsaw Performing Arts, Ricards Lodge High School, SW19 7HB
Razzamataz Theatre School
Based near Southfields station, this school teaches singing, dance and drama for 2-18 year olds. The company successfully appeared on Dragons’ Den in 2007! Free taster available.
Razzamataz Theatre School, St Cecilia’s School, Sutherland Grove, SW18 5JR.
Village School of Dance*
A well established dance school in Wimbledon Village. Very popular and well loved by the little ones. Ballet, modern and tap for 3 – 11+ year olds.
The Village School of Dance, The Village Hall 26 Lingfield Road Wimbledon, SW19 4QD
Tippy Toes Ballet*
Based in Hillside Church on Worple Road, a lovely ballet school for ages 2-6.
Tippy Toes Ballet, Hillside Church, 37 Worple Road, SW19 4JZ
Kuntals Bollywood Dance
From their website – a wide range of dance courses for adults and children from Bollywood to Bhangra Masala right through Classical fusion to Street dance. Based in the Mansel Road Centre for ages 4 – 13+.
Kuntals Bollywood Dance Company, The Mansel Road Centre, Trinity United Reformed , Church, SW19 4AA
Rosie Chesson Dance and Fitness
Street Dance for ages 2-9+ Lessons take place in Raynes Park at The Lantern Arts Centre. The little ones will learn Locking, Popping, House, Hip-Hop and Breaking!
Rosie Chesson Dance and Fitness, The Lantern Arts Centre, Tolverne Road, Raynes Park, SW20 8RA
With a few sites in Wimbledon, this is a wonderful class for ages 3 month – 4 years. My son absolutely loves his weekly class, and it has fully cemented his love of anything monkey related. The classes are lively, and the songs are catchy. Trial available.
Monkey Music, different sites in Wimbledon
My daughter went to this class for a couple of years. They take place in the Mansel Road Centre, and usually have a weekly theme so the little ones can bring in a book or toy, or even dress up! Trial available.
Caterpillar Music, The Mansel Road Centre, Trinity United Reformed , Church, SW19 4AA
Gymboree Play and Music
All my children have been to Gymboree, in Wimbledon and abroad! There are 2 sites in Wimbledon – in the shopping centre and in Tots Landing. A variety of classes, but all with catchy tunes and experienced, fun teachers. Trial available, and runs through the holidays.
Gymboree Play and Music, Tots Landing Play Café, Broadway Court and Centre Court Shopping Centre
So there’s a little starter for you if you’re looking for something performing arts related in Wimbledon. If you have any feedback about any of the classes then please make comments below. Would love to hear about your experiences!