Performing Arts in SW19 – Clubs and Classes

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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..




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


Polka 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 DanceThe 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


Monkey Music


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

Caterpillar Music*


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!



A Week Without Television


notvSo, the title is a little misleading..I didn’t completely ditch the television for the week, I actually believe that a bit of TV now and then isn’t too bad.  But, I do think there is a balance to be found, and last week I decided to attempt to do something creative and fun with the kids other than defaulting to CBeebies every day! Results below..


We have an overflowing craft box in our house so we pulled out glitter, glue and paper plates to make panda masks –img_6092-1


With 3 children, we have been lucky enough to have received lots of presents over the years.  So many in fact, that I’m ashamed to say sometimes they are tidied away into the toy cupboard never to be seen again! Today we pulled out something sparkly and My Little Pony related which I have to admit even I got a little obsessed little pony


Today we had a search and found a jewellery making kit – again banished to the back of the cupboard..jewellery box


We made a mad dash from nursery and jumped straight on the tube to head to The Natural History Museum for a bit of lunch and a visit to the dinosaurs! Sadly T-Rex was out of action but there was still plenty to see!dinos1


Friday is a lovely nursery free day so we got dressed into our best conker collecting outfits (i.e. Frozen costume) and headed up to Wimbledon Common! conkers1


All in all the week was a success! It was especially nice to have the museum as a planned event as we’re usually quite a last minute household – and very much tied down to a strict school/nursery run/baby class regime! I also managed some quality one on one time with my middle child which can easily be forgotten, and which I know we both appreciated!

So there it is, a week without (too much!) TV.  Hopefully there’s a bit of inspiration above for activities as the days start to get shorter and little more chilly!


What’s on this month – September

Whats on SW19 (1)


2 September – 5 November Rapunzel (Sat & Sun)  

The Colour House Theatre


8-10 September The Tiger Who Came to Tea  

New Wimbledon Theatre


10 September – 12 November  

Hansel & Gretel (Sunday)


Merton Arts Space (Resident Colour House Children’s Theatre)
29 September -15 October Child of the Divide  

Polka Theatre


30 September  – 1 October Handa’s Surprise  

Polka Theatre


Surrounding Areas / Further Afield

Until 10 September What the Ladybird Heard Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue
6 -16 September The Night Pirates  

Rose Theatre


17 September Mr Maker and the Shapes  

Richmond Theatre


24 September Me Omnibus Theatre

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