Performing Arts

Tutorial Ltd Performing Arts Team provide weekly dance classes in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Street Dance, Drama and Acro. All classes are taught by highly trained teachers registered with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and are DBS certified.

All students have the opportunity to complete accredited RAD and ISTD exams, as well as performing in shows and performances at various events. We cater for children age 3 upwards offering fun and interactive classes building confidence and developing key technique, performance skills and musicality.

Our aim is to give children and adults of all ages and abilities the opportunity to learn and enjoy a wide range of dance styles as well as promoting a healthier lifestyle. Our curriculum is carefully designed to develop and stimulate children at every stage focusing on promoting key skills and more importantly having fun!

Performing Arts
Royal Academy Of Dance - Registered Teacher ISTD

What is LAMDA?


LAMDA (founded 1861) is the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. It is one of the oldest drama schools in the United Kingdom and has a global reputation for excellence. You can find out more about LAMDA at www.lamda.org.uk

LAMDA began offering speech examinations to the public in the 1880s. These examinations have been refined and developed over the years. They now form a comprehensive system of performance evaluation.

LAMDA’s mission is to improve standards in communication through the spoken word, foster an appreciation of literature and support creative, intellectual and social development.

What is a LAMDA exam?


A LAMDA Exam is the speech and drama equivalent of a music grade. Like our music grades, LAMDA Exams culminate at Grade 8.

LAMDA Exams cover a range of disciplines:

  • Acting
  • Devising Drama
  • Miming
  • Speaking Verse and Prose
  • Reading for Performance
  • Using Spoken English
  • Speaking in Public

Exams can be taken at four levels:

  • Entry Level
  • Level 1 – Grades 1, 2, 3
  • Level 2 – Grades 4 and 5
  • Level 3 – Grades 6, 7 and 8 (Bronze Medal, Silver Medal, Gold Medal)

There are also Introductory Examinations for young performers (4-7 years) who are taking the first steps in memorising, reciting, and communicating.

Why Tutorial Ltd are introducing LAMDA Exams?


LAMDA Exams offer an ongoing measurement of progress in speech and drama. The gradual progression through the LAMDA grades provides benchmarks for every stage of a student’s development. The LAMDA grades provide a useful skill for Tutorial Ltd students and help us to support a steady improvement in self-confidence, vocal and physical technique, and language awareness.

LAMDA Exams are well tailored to the abilities of students of different ages. For a four-year-old, reciting an eight-line poem is an achievement to be celebrated, and for a sixteen-year-old, delivering a Shakespeare soliloquy or giving a speech on a pressing moral or ethical issue is equally praiseworthy. LAMDA Exams recognise these achievements, provide a context within which they can be assessed, and reward them with nationally recognised qualifications.

Our Teachers


Janet Leak

Head of Performing Arts

Janet Leak

L.I.S.T.D, BTEC Diploma in Performing Arts

Janet trained at The Centre of Performing Arts under the guidance of Karen King, gaining her ISTD teaching qualifications in Tap and Modern Theatre Dance. She began her teaching career running a business as Principal to the West Essex Dance Centre teaching Tap, Modern, Jazz and Musical Theatre as well as organising examination sessions and directing and choreographing annual school productions. Janet was also the Head Choreographer for the London Bronco's Cheerleaders and West Ham United's Hammerettes.

After starting a family Janet decided to become a freelance Dance Teacher working for Kreate Dance Centre where she was solely responsible for setting up and maintaining the appropriate standards of the ISTD Modern Theatre Dance and Tap Syllabus. She then went on to further her teaching career by gaining Licentiate Status under the guidance of Christina Ballard.

Janet continues to freelance as a Teacher of Dance for private and academic schools and also offers one on one coaching as and when required. Janet has over 20 years teaching experience and is a fully registered member with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. She has had the pleasure of working with children and adults of all ages and continues to spread the joy of dance here at Tutotial Ltd.

Sophie Ward

Sophie Ward

BA (Hons), RAD: RTS, ARAD

Sophie's love for dancing started at a young age, taking part in performances and completing graded examinations in RAD Ballet and ISTD Modern. She has also studied Tap, Hip­Hop and Contemporary dance.

In 2009, Sophie gained a place at the Royal Academy of Dance to study the full time degree in Ballet Education, graduating in 2012 and gaining RAD registered teacher status as well as associate status after achieving her Advanced 2 Ballet exam.

Since graduating, Sophie has enjoyed working as a fully qualified teacher, entering students into RAD examinations and rehearsing students for show work. She has also run private Ballet tuition, Ballet courses and workshops at nurseries and preparatory schools, and taught audition classes.

Sophie is now very excited to be part of the Performing Arts team here at Tutorial Ltd.

Courtney Blackhall

Courtney Blackhall


Courtney has been dancing since the age of 4 years old taking part in yearly examinations in BTDA ballet, tap, modern and street dance. She has performed on many west end stages some of which include The Royal Albert Hall, Her Majesty’s, Sadler’s Wells, Palace Theatre, London's 02 arena and also had the opportunity to perform at Disneyland Paris as part of their parade and evening shows.

Courtney was selected to be a backing dancer for a local singing competition in Essex called Factor Essex. She choreographed new routines each week to perform with the artist and also took part in their charity single to Michael Jackson’s 'Man in the Mirror.'

She has the ability to teach many different styles of dance and is really excited to work with the children bringing in new ideas to Tutorial Ltd.

Uniform List


Grade Ballet Modern Tap
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Pre-Primary/Primary
(Age 3-5)
  • Royal blue sleeveless logo leotard
  • Royal blue skirt
  • Pink ballet tights or pink ballet socks
  • Pink/nude ballet shoes (canvas or leather. NOT satin)
  • White short-sleeved leotard or t-shirt
  • Black shorts
  • White ballet socks
  • White ballet shoes (canvas or leather)
  • Royal blue sleeveless logo leotard
  • Royal blue skirt
  • Bare feet
  • White short-sleeved leotard or t-shirt
  • Black shorts
  • Bare feet
  • Royal blue sleeveless logo leotard
  • Royal blue skirt
  • White ankle socks
  • Black tap shoes with heel & toe taps (PVC or leather)
  • White short-sleeved leotard or t-shirt
  • Black shorts
  • White ankle socks
  • Black tap shoes with heel & toe taps (PVC or leather)
Grade 1
(Age 6 - 7)
  • Royal blue sleeveless logo leotard
  • Pink ballet tights or pink ballet socks
  • Pink/nude ballet shoes (canvas or leather. NOT satin)
  • Character skirt
  • Character shoes
  • White short-sleeved leotard or t-shirt
  • Black shorts
  • White ballet socks
  • White ballet shoes (canvas or leather)
  • Character shoes
Grade 2 & 3
(Age 8 - 11)
  • Royal blue sleeveless logo leotard
  • Black footless tights/leggings
  • Bare feet
  • White short-sleeved leotard or t-shirt
  • Black shorts
  • Bare feet
  • Royal blue sleeveless logo leotard
  • Black footless tights/leggings
  • Black ankle socks
  • Black tap shoes (PVC or leather)
  • White short-sleeved leotard or t-shirt
  • Black shorts
  • Black ankle socks
  • Black tap shoes(PVC or leather)
Grade 4+
  • Black sleeveless leotard
  • Pink ballet tights
  • Pink/nude ballet shoes (canvas or leather. NOT satin)
  • Character skirt
  • Character shoes
  • White short-sleeved leotard
  • Black shorts
  • White ballet socks
  • White character shoes (canvas or leather)
  • Character shoes
  • Black sleeveless leotard
  • Black footless tights/leggings
  • Bare feet
  • White short-sleeved leotard
  • Black shorts
  • Bare feet

Uniform available to purchase from Tutorial Ltd:
Logo leotards and royal blue skirts
Character shoes/skirts
Logo hoodies, t-shirts & onesies

Download a copy of the uniform list here

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