Important dates for your 2016 diaries:


8th & 9th May, Sunday & Monday                Tap Exams

11th June, Saturday                                  Plumstead Make Merry @Plumstead Common

8th June, Wednesday                                ABRSM Exams (Letters out 11/04, Closing 29/04)

25th June, Saturday                                  Armed Forces Day @ Woolwich Common

26th June, Sunday                                    LCM Exams (Letters out 29/02, Closing 15/04)

9th July, Saturday                                     Academy Awards and Choreography Competition

10th July, Sunday                                      Trinity Drama/MT Exams

11th July, Monday                                     Trinity Drama Exams (Letters out 16/04, Closing 14/05)

12th July Tuesday                                      B40 Sharing (Ticketed event)

16th July, Saturday                                    Drama Showcase, 6pm

17th July, Sunday                                      Instrumental Concert, 1pm

18th July, Monday                                     Vocational Exams

23rd July, Saturday                                   LAST DAY OF TERM

25th – 27th July Mon- Wed                         Summer School (Booking now open)

3rd September, Saturday                           First Showcase Rehearsal, 2pm – 4pm

5th September, Monday                            CLASSES START BACK




Student Successes

Congratulations to our student Irene Bakuva who is currently touring in Billy Elliot. Irene is playing a Ballet Girl and will be on the National Tour until 2017 travelling all through the UK and Ireland. Former tap and singing student Donna Combe is also part of the company playing ensemble & cover Grandma.


Academy Awards and Choreography Competition – July 9th 6pm

This is open to all DANCE students aged 6 and over. It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase what you have learned over the year and choreograph your own dance to be performed in front of a supportive audience and a panel of guest judges. So start choreographing now and get yourself registered. You can compete in groups, duets and solos. All proceeds go to purchasing new equipment for the Academy.


The Academy Awards will also be given out on that evening, celebrating the hard work and improvement shown throughout the year. Class awards include: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Drama and Musical Theatre. In addition there are special awards for Performance and also the Pat Dye Award for Spirit & Dedication.


Summer School

Our three-day intensive dance and musical theatre Summer School will leave you wanting more, whatever your level of experience. The course allows students to experience daily classes at Academy, giving support and professional expertise as well as having fun.

This year Academy will be holding two courses for 8-11 years and 12-16 years from 25th-27th July please see reception for more booking information.



Please look out for posters and letters for this years production that will be coming out on Saturday 11th June.

If you are interested and would like to know more, please take time to read the information poster which will be around the Academy very soon.


The music department hosts two brilliant concerts last term. It was particularly nice to see so many young instrumental performers for the first time. The ABRSM exams will be on the 8th June, good luck to all our students taking exams on this date and at the various other exam centers. We would also like to wish Sean, one of our piano teachers, lots of luck and best wishes as he leaves us to return to Ireland. We are very pleased to announce that David will be taking over Sean students. Our instrumental concert will be on 17th July. If you would like to play, a sign up sheet will on the music noticeboard after half term.



Tap: ISTD tap exams will be in May

May 8th & 9th – EXAM DAYS

Vocational exams will take place on July 18th, please be available for any time given on that day.

Ballet: ISTDCongratulations to all students who were entered for their Ballet examinations. We are pleased to announce 100% pass rate. We would like to give a special mention to Isobel Telles Hatfield, Alana Samuels and Demi Stickland for achieving Distinctions, well done and keep up the hard work.RADVery best of luck to our RAD girls who will be taking their Intermediate exam this summer. Keep working hard!


Exam letters will be going out shortly. Vocational exams will take place on July 18th, please be available for any time given on that day


Jazz exams will take place at the end of July on either the 14th or the 21st, this will be confirmed by Rock School.

 B40 Youth Dance Company

The company has been invited to perform at the Thrive Youth Dance Showcase at Jacksons Lane Theatre on Saturday 25th June 2016. This will be a fantastic opportunity for the company and their debut performance.

The company will be performing Impetus choreographed by Artistic Director of B40 Julian David Lewis & company members. Impetus is the company’s first new work since Julian David Lewis took the role of Artistic Director. Taking inspiration from a painting, Yellow-Red-Blue by Wassily Kandinsky, the dancers have began to explore how abstract form, shapes and colour can trigger a variety of emotions, ideas and sensations. With each dancer’s own creative journey at the heart of the work, the performance promises to be dynamic, detailed and physical.

B40 will also have a sharing on Tuesday 12th July 7.30pm at Academy showing their work in progress in conjunction with the ‘participant’ strand of Traceworks find out more at


Drama students please note that your Showcase will be held on Saturday July 16th at 6pm at Academy, make sure you invite your friends and family. Your showcase will be a performance of your Trinity exam pieces, both junior and senior classes together.


Trinity Drama and Musical Theatre Exams will be held on July 10th & 11th, please help your child to learn their pieces at home as this makes for a confident and happy performer. Grades 3 and above drama students will have their exam on the Monday.


Academy Youth Theatre

The 2017 production will be announced in the Autumn term.

Please keep a look of for posters announcing auditions for the senior company and dates of the production. The production will be a drama this year and will feature the senior drama class.


APA Performance Team

This year our performance team is confirmed to be singing and dancing at Plumstead Make Merry and Armed Forces Day. No doubt there will also be other dates added to our performance calendar. Make sure you come along and support our performers