Performing Arts (Dance and Drama)

Based on the principles of a drama school, Conservatoire EAST gives you the opportunity to experience a professional theatre environment learning the essential skills they need for a career in performance in Film, Television or the West End. You will have opportunities to develop and perform your own work in addition to pieces developed with the staff and have access to a well-stocked costume department.

You will work in the state-of-the-art studios and workshops of Conservatoire EAST.

What will I do?

You will be part of creative and innovative commissions that are run in conjunction with external clients including Theatre Royal and The Apex. You will undertake industry relevant work experience and have the opportunity to take part in The Season where you will be involved in exciting shows in all genres with professional production values. You will be developed into a rounded performer, able to adapt to a range demands and with clear foundations in technique as preparation to progress onto more specialised training. Dancers will focus on three areas – dance technique (ballet, tap, jazz, commercial and contemporary dance styles), choreographing, and rehearsing / performing.

What can I do next?

Our courses are accredited by University of the Arts London at Level 2 and Level 3 and offer audition training. Students progress to dance/drama School, university or go straight into Industry. Many gain seasonal employment in the entertainment and leisure industries such as hotel animation teams or holiday camps.

Is it for me?

You must hardworking, dedicated, self-disciplined, confident, flexible and willing to work long hours. You must have a creative mind and be thick-skinned – you have to take criticism as well as bruises, blisters and friction burns because you will keep trying until you get it right! Our days run from 9.00am to 5.00pm and you will perform in the evenings and weekends.

Industry stats

  • The creative industries in the UK are valued at £76.9bn, that 5% of the UK economy.
  • In 2013/14 over £600 million was invested into Arts and Culture in the UK.
  • There are over 36,000 equity members (professional creative people) in the UK with an additional 5000+ student members.

Typical careers

  • Dancer (theatre) £420 – £620 per week depending on experience and type of show
  • Choreographer (theatre) £702 – £1,307 per week depending on experience and type of show
  • West End Actor – £23,000 – £50,000 depending on role and Equity Membership

Staff profile

“For me, dancing has been the way I found I could fully express myself and allow myself to be the person I wanted to be but was too frightened to show anyone. When I had to stop calling myself a dancer and instead say I was a dance teacher I got really down; but now, I’m really proud I teach and can inspire others to discover themselves through dance.” – Helena Rudd