Deborah Lamb Theatre Arts offers classes at Ridgewood Village Hall, New Road, Ridgewood and The Foresters Hall, Harcourt Road, Uckfield.
The school aims to offer a variety of dance and musical theatre classes for all ages encouraging a sense of poise, enjoyment and achievement at all levels.
Creative Movement & Dance
From the age of three, children are taught creative movement & dance. This class has been specifically designed for young children to learn basic rhythm, timing, co-ordination and simple dance techniques in a creative fun-filled way by stimulating their imagination.
Contact: Deborah Lamb at Deborah Lamb Theatre Arts
The school runs regular weekly classes and many Master classes and workshops with professionals, teachers, choreographers & performers so that students experience different styles & techniques.
Usually incorporating Musical Theatre, Jazz & Contemporary Dance together with Singing, Mime & Drama culminating in a complete production at the end of a week's intensive course during the school holidays. Summer course productions have previously included The Wizard of Oz & Charlie & The Chocolate Factory.
The Choreographic Competition enables young dancers to create their own solo, duet & group dances which are adjudicated by an independent professional from the world of dance. Each competitor receives a certificate and the winner(s) of each section receive shields or plaques. The winner(s) with the highest marks holds the Choreographic Cup until the next year.
Selected dancers compete in dance festivals and the ISTD Janet Cram Awards.
Perform locally in musicals, pantomimes, variety shows, fashion shows and the Uckfield Carnival.
Performance teams are selected each year and students appear locally at fetes and compete in local dance festivals. In 2013 they qualifed for the All England Finals & The Dance World Cup and the Senior Team won Silver medals.
Singing lessons are arranged directly with Zara Breeze
Singing students are encouraged to participate in music festivals.
Musical Theatre Groups
Basic stage craft, voice production, improvisation, mime, auditioning & singing techniques are taught to give students a more comprehensive training.
Students are encouraged to enter examinations with PAA & LAMDA in the Autumn term and festivals in the New Year.
Children later progress to specific dance techniques such as ballet, modern theatre, jazz & tap dancing where they can develop their own style, self expression and, most importantly, confidence.
Each dance technique follows a structured syllabus:
The Royal Academy of Dance
in the teaching of Classical Ballet, Free Movement & Character Dance
The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing
in the teaching of Modern Theatre, Jazz & Tap Dancing.
When each student has become proficient at each level in the relevant syllabus they may be entered for exams, assessments, tap & jazz performance awards.
To enrol for any of the classes please contact Deborah Lamb by e-mailing DebsDancers@aol.com or telephoning 01825 762880.
There is an enrolment fee of £5 per student.
Classes run in conjunction with the school term times and are after school in the afternoons, evenings and on Saturdays.
The Annual Production & Awards
Dance & drama students have the opportunity to perform on stage each year in the school production at a professional theatre.
Everyone receives a certificate in commemoration of their appearance. Awards are given to one dancer in each class who has shown particular improvement during the year and cups and trophies are awarded for outstanding development.
If you are interested in enrolling
please call Deborah Lamb on 01825 762880, email DebsDancers@aol.com or download, print and send in the enrolment form:
The class timetable is constantly changing so please contact Deborah Lamb for details.
Fees paid monthly during first week of the month:
£28 for 45 minute class (Pre-Primary & Primary classes) for 4 week month
£32 per 60 minute class (Grade 1 upwards & adult classes) for 4 week month
Where the month is occasionally 3 or 5 weeks long, fees are adjusted accordingly.
Classes with 6 or less students are calculated individually.