Jigsaw Performing Arts is an organisation set up to teach and train children aged 3 to 18, in drama, singing and dance. Its philosophy is one of inclusiveness, working with the child whatever their level of ability. This sets it apart from many other performing arts groups that allow only children in that have a particular level of ability. Jigsaw Performing Arts is franchise-based. It has schools in South and North London, as well as further afield in Ware and Stevenage, Hertfordshire.
The Jigsaw Performing Arts schools run on a three term basis. This is much like regular schools, though the terms are a little shorter and do not break for half term. The Jigsaw “year” includes a presentation showing what the children are doing, and a theatrical show. Some schools meet on a Saturday, others on a Sunday. So it’s likely that at least one of the Jigsaw Performing Arts schools will be available for your child. Children aged 3 to 6 years old meet for one and a half hours. Children from 7 to 18 years old meet for 3 hours. Classes are divided into singing, dancing and drama.
Jigsaw doesn’t stop during the summer holidays. Each school also runs a one week summer scheme, at different times. Again, this takes in aspects of singing, drama and dance. For 3 to 5 year olds, classes run for a total of 2 hours a day. This culminates in a demonstration of what they have been doing. 6 to 16 year olds meet for longer each day. On the Friday, they perform a show, with professional quality lighting.
Jigsaw Performing Arts also acts as an agency – Jigsaw Arts Management. For children on its books, it submits profiles to publications such as Spotlight. This is an additional service that parents can sign their children up to.
This is aimed at the 16 to 20 year olds. If that’s you, and you’re looking to take your skills to the next level, then this could just the ticket. They provide workshops developing talents from improvisation to full length show cases. A good way to prepare yourself for working in professional theatre.
Children who love drama, dance and singing will love a Jigsaw Performing Arts birthday party. They are very much like a mini-Jigsaw-session. Definitely something to consider for your child’s next birthday.
I have had involvement with Jigsaw Performing Arts for several years, having been introduced through my stepchildren. They love it. And they’ve clearly benefited from it. Watching the way they have changed, I can say without a doubt. Not just in a performing way, but it’s helped their development as people too. The quality of teaching and guidance is superb. I think the fact that they are open to all is a true plus, one they are to be applauded for. And one that makes me proud to be associated with them.
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