Headgate Theatre Dance & Drama Workshops

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With performances still on hold until late June, the Headgate Theatre is hoping to be able to re-open in April for the dance and drama workshops that run each week. Be they in the theatre studio or via Zoom these have been essential for some in a difficult time.

KATS (Kids Acting and Theatre Skills) is a youth theatre company, originally founded in 1985 and based at the Headgate since the building was opened in 2002. With a strong emphasis on fun, their performances take place at the theatre and the group offer ‘come and try’ sessions.

The company is led by Sarah Young, who has appeared in numerous local productions. “We are a thriving and lively drama group for keen youngsters from the age of 6. We can’t wait to be back doing what we love best and look forward to seeing everyone very soon!”


Donovans Academy of Performing Arts. Established in 1996, the school is for children and young adults wishing to learn, perform and grow as individuals and performers.

The Principal of the Academy is Sarah Dunn, a performer, choreographer and qualified teacher. “We have always tried to go above and beyond to ensure the students get the best possible training and have continued lessons via Zoom. However, there is no comparison to physically all being together at the Headgate Theatre. We cherish the space and when the universe throws moments like this year, it allows us to value the wonderful space we do have.”


Ilaz Dance Company was established in 2004 offering various classes to children and adults. The company is completely enjoyment and performance based and while they don’t participate in exams or competitions, students still work to a high standard.

In the Performing Groups, students learn a variety of styles and dances which are then performed at every opportunity possible. The company regularly perform at festivals and event and have a large annual show at the theatre. This year they will be performing at the F1 Grand Prix in Silverstone, Covid-19 permitting. They also hold workshops, provide singing opportunities and have regular social events, encouraging friendships and fun. 

Zoe Insull, owner and Director, said “The students and I are so excited to get back into the studio and continue to do what we love! We have missed dancing so much and we will be making up for lost time, performing whenever we can and working hard towards our rescheduled annual show in November 2021.”


Dynamite School of Dance. Established in 2010 by Sarah Harding and specialising in Freestyle Dance. Students train for opportunities including events such as the Formula 1 Grand Prix at Silverstone and the Rugby League Champions Cup at Wembley, as well as dance competitions and festivals across the country. They also train for internationally recognised examinations and put on masterclasses with professionals such as Diversity.

Sarah is a qualified teacher and member of the International Dance Organization-United Kingdom giving inspiring dancers the opportunity to represent our country TEAM GB.  “We are very eager to reunite and return back to the Headgate Theatre. It provides a safe place so every dancer of all ages can release and express themselves through movement to music, dancing from the heart.”


Little Stars Theatre Workshops The sessions are fun and exciting, for children of all abilities. They focus on having fun and building confidence, believing this will make the other skills easier to learn.  Vicki Condron, Principal, said “We love being at the Headgate Theatre. It’s absolutely fantastic.”

For details about these groups and other activities at the Headgate Theatre, visit the website at www.headgatetheatre.co.uk or follow them on social media.

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