The Importance of After School Clubs


It’s ironic isn’t it – when we first have children we’re very keen to join as many groups as possible, in order to give our kids the chance to interact with other children of the same age, for them to be stimulated by different activities and for our own sanity, to mingle with other parents. However, as the children grow up these activities get less and less as we assume that they will get all of the stimulation and interaction with other kids at school. We all know that if you left kids to their own devices I’m sure they would just sit and watch TV or play computer games but you’re missing a trick here parents – you need to embrace the kids talents and see how far they can go.

After school clubs and weekend clubs can really enhance and encourage talent. Kids respond much better to people that aren’t their boring old everyday teachers. It also prepares them for later in life when they aren’t always answerable to the same person. Take Dynamic Performing Arts, for instance, we are all trained in performing and can clearly see those children who show real promise in the performing arts field. We can identify their strengths and if they are really passionate about continuing down this route, we can offer the best advice about how to go about it. Equally, our classes aren’t just about becoming a performer. Drama, acting, dancing and singing also encourages and develops confidence and can even give children the courage to raise their hand and answer questions in class or stand up in an assembly and talk to an audience.

There’s no doubting that offering your children the opportunity to let off steam outside the classroom can only be a positive thing. Not all kids blossom in an academic environment and so joining that art club or going to brownies or dancing and singing could really see them shine. You also find that, in most cases, it really encourages you to be a part of a team, which is a really important trait to encourage. Helping others, who have the same interests as you and are working towards the same goal, rather than just thinking about yourself is something that we should all be pushing for.

Many important life lessons are learnt in extra curricular clubs. At School there is a lot of “it’s the taking part that counts” talk but there will be times later in life when the best person for the job is picked. After school clubs can really teach you how to be gracious in defeat and how sometimes you might be as good as the next person but they are taller than you and therefore win the lead role! It’s a hard pill to swallow but surely it can only help make our children more rounded??

At Dynamic Performing Arts we really do encourage all children to try their best, take part, get involved and most importantly have fun. But we also tackle some of these harder subjects through work-shopping and explanation in to why we cast productions the way we do or why that child was picked for the role. We are also very good at giving everyone the opportunity to have their moment to shine. We take chances and perhaps encourage those who aren’t as forthcoming to have a go at something different, whilst giving them the tools to do so.

Why not come and try out one of our classes for free to see if this is something you’d like to pursue or if you think your son/daughter could do with a little nudge then come and observe a class and see how much fun we all have. There are many classes around the Worplesdon, Burpham and Farnham area and we’re confident that you’ll have a brilliant time!

If you’d like more information then head over to the Dynamic Performing Arts page and hit “Contact”.

Antonia x


Meet the DPA Teachers

It’s a New Year and here at Dynamic Performing Arts HQ we’ve got a LOT exciting stuff bubbling away that we can’t wait to share with you, so make sure you keep your eyes on the blog to be kept up to date.

First things first though, in the past twelve months we have started new classes and taken on new tutors, so we thought it was time that we reminded you of the wonderful DPA team with an introduction to them. We always strive to bring you the best teachers and as you can see from the plethora of talent listed below, the kids are being taught by a very experienced bunch.

antoniaAntonia Hall – Owner/Teacher

Antonia has always been passionate about performing arts and has a particular interest in Dance and Drama. She graduated from Arts Educational School, Tring in 2005 with a two-year Performance and Musical Theatre Diploma. Further to this Antonia attending Winchester University to gain her Bachelor of Arts in Drama Studies. Antonia also holds her ISTD Modern Faculty of Dance instruction (DDI) and ISTD modern Diploma in Dance Education (DDE). Since graduating and completing her studies Antonia has focused on teaching dance and drama for a number of local schools and youth theatres.

Previous to Dynamic Performing Arts Antonia has worked for Winchester Theatre Royal, Baughurst Youth Theatre, Theatretrain, Twinkle Tots Dance, Camberley Youth Theatre and Stagecoach; her most memorable work in the last few years was teaching in America at Frenchwoods Festival of the performing arts, New York as dance teacher and choreographer she was also selected to work for the company Playing for Time where she worked on a BBC documentary with the HMP Winchester.

Antonia is very excited about the future of Dynamic Performing Arts and thoroughly enjoys sharing her knowledge in dance and drama to others.

Antonia currently teachers the Dynamic Tots, ISTD modern dance and drama classes for Dynamic Performing Arts. Like all Dynamic teachers, Antonia holds her full CRB enhanced disclosure, Public Liability insurance and First Aid at work certificate.

amy_astleyAmy Astley – Dynamic Tots Teacher

Amy is originally from Bristol, where she began ballet at the age of 3. She then moved on to train at Laine Theatre Arts, where she graduated in 2009 with a Trinity Diploma in Musical theatre, and an additional Diploma in Speech and Drama with distinction. Since then she has performed in many styles of theatre, from opera to Shakespeare, including most recently as the title character in the UK Tour of Carrie’s War. Other credits include Free As Air, Gay’s The Word, Our Town, Blue Remembered Hills, A Little Night Music, Follies, Hamlet, A Christmas Carol, Sweeney Todd, and the Olivier award winning production of La Boheme. Amy has also completed two UK tours of her original one-woman show, Keep the Home Fires Burning, about the lives of women during World War II.

Amy has taught and choreographed for many different performing Arts schools, both in Bristol and in Surrey, including Laine Theatre Arts children school, Guildford School of Acting’s full time degree students and Bristol School of Performing Arts. She currently teaches dance and drama at The Orpheus Centre, a performing arts centre for disabled adults, and First Dance Studios in Mayford, where as well as taking regular dance classes, she also choreographs couples’ first dances for weddings. Amy is delighted to be part of the Dynamic Tots team of teachers and looks forward to sharing her passion for dance to next generation.

rebeccaRebecca Davies-Sandall – Dynamic Tots Teacher

Rebecca has been dancing and singing from an early age and has studied at The Arts Educational School (London), The Valerie School of Dancing, Songtime Theatre Arts and The Linda Sweetzer Dance Teacher College (where she has studied ISTD Tap, Modern and Imperial Classical Ballet teaching). In addition to running her own performing arts school she has had many years of performance experience in dance, drama and musical theatre and is a regular choreographer and guest teacher at other schools. Rebecca looks forward to sharing her passion and the magic of dance to the Dynamic Tots Students, like all Dynamic Performing Arts teachers Rebecca holds a full CRB enhanced disclosure, Public Liability Insurance and Emergency First Aid in Dance certificate.

emma_headshotEmma Hough – Musical Theatre Teacher

Emma has had a passion and drive for Musical Theatre from a very young age and began her training at GSA Saturday school as a girl. She has recently graduated from the University of Chichester training in a BA Musical Theatre Degree. Here she trained in all the aspects of the arts, focusing on singing, acting and dancing in musical theatre performance.

In training Emma performed in many productions including, ‘Half a Sixpence’ and ‘The Pajama Game’. She also had the amazing opportunity to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015 playing the part of Cathy in, ‘The Last 5 Years’.

Emma is delighted to be joining Dynamic Performing Arts.

eleanorEleanor Coley – Dynamic Tots Teacher

Eleanor started dancing at the age of four at a small dance school in Kent where she enjoyed learning Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz. At her local school, Eleanor took her RAD Ballet Exams and enjoyed performing in annual shows.

After completing her A-Level exams at school, Eleanor successfully auditioned for the Royal Academy of Dance at the age of 17 for the BA (Hons) Ballet Education Degree Programme. Whilst studying at RAD, Eleanor gained her Advanced Two Ballet Exam and completed the LRAD programme.

After successfully graduating from RAD Eleanor has been focussing on teaching dance to children from 18 months up to Adults and particularly enjoys teaching the exciting pre-school classes.

Eleanor is very much looking forward to being part of the Dynamic Tots team.

robynRobyn Brown

Robyn started dancing ballet, jazz and tap from the age of 3 in her hometown in Scotland and continued to work her way up the RAD syllabus before deciding to make the life-changing decision to leave home at the age of 17 to pursue a career in musical theatre. In 2015 she graduated from the Performance Preparation Academy in Guildford with a three year Diploma in Musical Theatre along with an LTCL Trinity Diploma. She also gained an ATCL teaching Diploma in Speech and Drama with distinction.

Whilst training Robyn has had the pleasure of performing in a number of musicals including, ‘Into The Woods’, ‘Bring It On’, and ‘Carousel’, and has been a vocalist as part of the Experience Guildford Awards. Last year she also had the pleasure of playing the lead role of Jack in a touring pantomime of ‘Jack & the Beanstalk’.

Robyn enjoys teaching all styles of dance and has worked with a number of different companies in the Surrey area. She is looking forward to continuing her teaching as part of the Dynamic Performing Arts team.

Have a good week one and all!

Antonia x