Weekly Clubs & Activities (4-12 years)


Weekly classes and after school clubs for children aged 5 to 12 in Bournemouth and Poole.

Please contact us here if you’d like to list your class.

A safe place with the opportunities to make new friends, listen to music, have food, play games, have fun and learn outside formal settings.

Weekly sessions focus on sports and arts and crafts as well as themed sessions on local, national and international trends i.e. mental health, friendship and bullying.

For more information visit http://www.poolecommunitiestrust.org.uk/branksome-centre/.


Steppin’ Out Academy of Performance

A safe, friendly and lively environment in Poole where children can gain self-confidence and learn new skills in all aspects of performing arts. From Ballet, Tap, Acrobatic Arts, Commercial & Street, Jazz and more,  children and young adults have the opportunity to work along side qualified teachers and experienced professionals from the performing arts industry.

For further information contact 01202 667 893.




AK Academy of Dance

We are a friendly, family-run dance school offering a range of disciplines led by our professionally trained instructors from walking through to adulthood.

Classes include ballet, tap, modern/jazz, Contemporary, Disco, Rock n Roll, Street Dance Acrobatics and Musical Theatre

Classes are held in Parkstone, West Moors, Christchurch, Ferndown, Corfe Mullen

Contact: info@AKacademyofdance.com


Aimee’s Dance Academy

Classes for children & adults. Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Acrobatics, Pointe, Street, Musical Theatre and Irish dance under the British Theatre Dance Association.
Classes for children as young as 2-4, progressing when they are ready.
For more details contact 07828789147.

Baby Ballet Bournemouth and Poole

Ballet and tap classes for little boys and girls in Bournemouth and Poole.

Three week introductory trial for just £15. Following the trial, our classes cost £8.40 (£7 plus vat) for Tots, Tinies, Movers and Groovers and £3.60 (£3 plus vat) for Tappers per week.

Classes available across many different venues.

For more information contact Miss Claire on 07915 665120.


BigLittle Theatre School

Providing training and professional development in the performing arts to dedicated children and young people.  BIGLITTLE Theatre School is a non-profit-making organisation enabling personal excellence through performance in a professional and nurturing environment for students aged from reception through to 19 years.

Acting, dancing, singing, senior training and more.

For further details e-mail office@biglittle.biz. 


Centre Stage

A centre of excellence across all genres of dance and performing arts, providing an inclusive, nurturing, environment for almost 400 students of all backgrounds, aged 2- 62.

  • Performing Arts
  • RAD Classical Ballet
  • ISTD Tap Dance
  • Modern Theatre
  • Acro Dance
  • DDMix Adult classes

And more…

For more information contact enquiries@centrestagedance.org.

Elements Dance

Dance lessons for young people at Branksome Community Centre.

For more details visit: http://www.poolecommunitiestrust.org.uk/branksome-centre/ or call 01202 920947.

Elite Academy of Dance Poole

Dance classes in Oakdale, Poole & West Moors, and Ferndown.

Toddlers to young adults.

First lesson free and 25% discount for first term.

For further information contact kelly@eliteacademyofdance.com.



Footlight Performance Academy

Footlight Performance Academy, incorporating Born2Perform, is a long established organisation offering dance and musical theatre training to a variety of ages throughout Poole. Children from walking to adults learn in a warm and nurturing environment.

Classes are available in RAD Ballet, ISTD Tap and Modern, LAMDA drama, singing and DDMIX for adults.

For further details call 01202 848052.


Inspire Dance Academy Poole

Our classes work on developing a sound technique and enhancing expressive performance quality.

Some classes:
  • Mummy and me
  • Ballet
  • Tap
  • Modern
  • Musical Theatre
  • Acrobatic Arts
  • Adult Classes

And more…

For further information contact 07922 570918.

Junior Boogie Bounce

Junior Boogie Bounce with Natasha at Branksome Community Centre.

For more details visit: http://www.poolecommunitiestrust.org.uk/branksome-centre/


Legacy Academy of Dance and Performing Arts Poole

A brand new family run, fully accredited Dance & Performing Arts Academy under BTDA & LAMDA for all ages! Giving the very best & enjoyable training!

  • Toddler Classes
  • Main School Classes
  • Acrobatics
  • Adult classes

For further information contact 07753 320336.

Mainstage Performing Arts Poole

Mainstage Performing Arts providing performance and examination classes from 18 months to Adult. Established for 6 years delivering only the best tuition!


  • Tap
  • Ballet
  • I.S.T.D Modern
  • Acrobatics
  • Jazz
  • Drama
  • Musical theatre

And more.

For further information contact 07595 503357​​​.

Poole Academy of Dance

Technical training in Ballet, Tap, Acrobatics, Modern Jazz, Group Singing, Vocal Coaching, Stage Work and Acting, training pupils to major standards in all subjects.

Classes for children aged 2.5 +

Adult classes also available, including PiYO and Adult Tap.

For more information e-mail info@pooleacademyofdance.co.uk.

Select Performing Arts Poole

Select Performing Arts was born from Natasha’s vision to provide a truly unique and nurturing school.

What we do:

  • Singing and Music Theory ( 5+ years )
  • Cheerleading/Gymnastics ( 5+ years )
  • Drama ( 8+ years )
  • Commercial Dance ( 5+ years )
  • Mini Theatre Babes ( 2 – 3 years old )
  • Theatre Babes ( 3 – 4 year olds )
  • Theatre Class ( 5 – 7 years old )
  • Adult Drama ( over 18’s )

For more information contact hello@selectperformingarts.com.

Shine Academy Poole

Welcome to Dorset’s top performing arts and dance academy. Based in Poole and Bournemouth, Shine specialises in providing expert coaching in small classes in singing, acting, dancing and acrobatics for children.

Classes for 2.5 to 7-year-olds and for 8+, holidays school and much more.

Hall also available for hire.

For further information contact 07584697192.


SWISH of the curtain

We are the South Coast’s leading part-time theatre school!Every new student is entitled to a 2 week taster course to make sure Swish is the right place for you! We currently run classes in Bournemouth, Christchurch, New Milton, Poole, Ringwood, Southbourne and Winton.


  • Ages 2–3
  • Ages 4-7
  • Ages 7-14
  • Ages 15+

Also school holiday workshops.

For further details contact 01202 418999.

The Junction Broadstone

Pre-school, and junior as well as holiday clubs, covering a whole host of activities such as swimming, trampolining, football, gymnastics, badminton and much more.  Our Fusion Fitness is aimed at 11 – 15 year olds, as an introduction to health and fitness.  Plus there are a large amount of adult activities also available.

Station Approach, Broadstone, Dorset BH18 8AX. T: 01202 777766.

The Petit Performers

Fantastic new Dance & Musical Theatre classes every Thursday at the Lollipops Cafe in Westbourne for ages 2.5 – 8 years. Starting on 12th September 2019.