THE SCHOOL

Centre Stage Dance and Drama has been established for over 20 years, and is a thriving and well-respected vocational school providing Dance and Drama classes in Cobham, Oxshott and Leatherhead in Surrey.

MANAGEMENT

Director and Founder, Suki Turner, brings a lifetime's experience to the School. In addition to her professional skill as a choreographer in Films, the West End and touring and regional Musicals, Suki has international and West End dance and acting credits. Suki holds a Licentiate Diploma from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance(LISTD Dip,); She is a Licentiate of the International Dance Teachers Association (LIDTA), and is a Registered Teacher and an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance (ARAD). Suki has also produced a series of CDs of tap dance music which have sold worldwide, under her Label "Dancemusic". The Centre Stage Dance and Drama philosophy is to discover, nurture and develop its pupils' creative talents, both boys and girls, through dedicated teaching in an atmosphere of fun and wholesome discipline. All associate teachers are professionals in their fields; CRB/DBS checked and qualified to supervise, teach, choreograph and coach children and pupils of all ages.

CLASSES ON OFFER

Childrens' classes [ages 2½ to 18] in Drama, LAMDA Speech & Drama, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Modern, Tap, Contemporary, Street Jazz, Gymnastics and Competition Dance classes on weekday afternoons and weekends in term-time. Adult Ballet and Tap on weekdays.

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

There are many opportunities for pupils to gain confidence in performing - from small-scale presentations, drama workshops and performances, charity dance events, seasonal performances, an annual musical-theatre course, holiday theatre workshops and a major theatrical show every 2-3 years.

DANCE & DRAMA EXAMS

Pupils are encouraged to enter for appropriate exams if they wish - and the school's results are consistently high.

ENROLLING

For information on joining, please use any of the contact details on this site; the Centre Stage Dance and Drama staff will be happy to help you. There is no membership fee and classes are invoiced on a termly basis in advance.

STAFF

Suki Turner

Suki Turner Suki started dancing at the age of three and attained her dance teaching qualifications in Ballet, Modern, Tap, National and Latin-American dance in Altrincha

Hayley Birbeck

Hayley Birbeck Hayley is a highly experienced young people’s drama teacher and trained Children’s Workshop leader. She attained her BA (Hons) at the Guildford School

Ben Everett Riley DipLCM

Musical Theatre (Musical Director) Grades: Diploma LCM in Percussion Grade 8 ABRSM in Piano Grade 8 ABRSM Singing Grade 8 LCM Musical Theatre Currently Training at PPA in

George Hinson

Dance Gymnastics & Musical Theatre George is currently a student at the Performance Preparation Academy in Guildford, where he is studying Musical Theatre. George has

Helen Parker

Modern & Tap Helen has danced from the age of three, training in Banstead and at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom – and is now a qualified Licentiate of the ISTD in both

Sharon Payne

Ballet and Contemporary Dance Sharon holds a BA (Hons) in Ballet Education, and is a Registered Teacher and Licentiate of The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). She has a BTEC

Graham Pountney

Graham Pountney – Artistic Co-ordinator Graham is an Actor, Director and Producer. He started his career in weekly rep theatre, before training at the Bristol Old

Jo Ward

Jo Ward Accredited ARAD (distinction) and PDTD qualified, Jo teaches Pre-school to Grade 6 Ballet in our Cobham/Oxshott branch.

Registration

Registration and Terms & Conditions

Registering students with Centre Stage is a three-part process:
  • Please read and complete the Terms and Conditions form below

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  • Then complete a Registration form that follows for each student;
  • And thirdly mail your completed forms to us at:
Centre Stage Dance and Drama Vectis House 7 Elm Drive Leatherhead Surrey KT22 8EX
or scan completed form and email to Suki Turner: sukiturner@hotmail.com Thank you.

Latest News

Leatherhead Classes

Centre Stage has expanded! We are now holding Ballet Classes in the Parish Church Hall, Church Road, Leatherhead KT22 8BD; and Modern and Tap at the Constitutional Hall, 13a Linden Road, Leatherhead KT22 7JB.

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Testimonials

 
Suki and her team at CentreStage are by far the best in the business. Both of my daughters love their classes and we have been entrusting them to Suki now for over 5 years.
David Rowell, March 2017
   

Just wanted to quickly say a big thank you to you and Miss Sharon for all of your hard work and dedication in getting the girls ready for their ballet exam. I know that you and your team go above and beyond the call of duty to get everyone ready and prepared. I have to be honest and admit that I hadn't appreciated how hard everyone had worked until I watched the extra practice class last Sunday. I really loved watching the girls dancing and was impressed at just how good they were! I know I'm totally biased but it was really beautiful to watch.

Big thank you!

Alexandra Estwick, March 2017
 
 
 
Last week I left my 18 year old daughter at University for the first time. As I drove home I reflected on how my shy little toddler had grown into such a happy, healthy, confident young lady with a huge zest for life.
 
Centre Stage has certainly played an enormous part in this development. During her 16 years as a pupil Abigail has been lucky enough to participate in ballet, modern, contemporary, tap & festival dance classes as well as drama.
 
The teaching staff has always been professional, talented & motivated. Suki & Graham have been a constant source of encouragement & inspiration. The dancing skills, strength & poise are achievements in themselves and the invaluable life lessons are a bonus. Abigail certainly learnt that persistence & commitment is a recipe for success.
 
As I stood in Abigail’s college room & helped unpack her bags I smiled as I pulled out her ballet & tap shoes along with some familiar show costumes. No doubt Freshers week at Nottingham will have a touch of Centre Stage magic in it.
 
Thank you for the wonderful memories.
Lisa Fallows
 
 
My younger daughter attends CentreStage's ballet class, taught by the wonderful Miss Jo. She absolutely loves it! The weekly classes are inspiring, but not too difficult & have the perfect balance of fun with learning ballet discipline. Miss Jo is exceptional - a talented ballerina, with poise & grace - and wonderful with the children - kind, imaginative & fun. I can highly recommend these classes!
Marie-Claire Lakin
 
 
This is just a quick email to tell you how much Tahlia enjoys, benefits from, and develops during her Drama, Tap and Gymnastics ‎sessions at Centre Stage. Lessons are always fun and challenging, an opportunity to learn new skills and techniques. I have seen Tahlia's confidence grow, her dancing skills and flair develop and he strength and agility much improve.  
The big productions ‎in the Leatherhead Theatre are always very special too. So much hard work goes into them and they are fantastic in enabling the kids to have a real flavour of life in the theatre-from script-learning, through to First Night. 
We are now at a point where, having to move some 20 miles away, we had to promise Tahlia she would be able to continue attending Centre Stage.
 Michal Stein
 
 
I know that amongst all the final preparations and rehearsals for tomorrow you must feel exhausted, but I just wanted to pass on my huge appreciation for all the time, effort, enthusiasm and talent you and your fab team have put into tomorrow's shows. As you said earlier, Daisy has progressed so far from that nervous, gawky little girl who started in your lessons. She is so excited about tomorrow and has practised over and over again tonight. The sense of excitement and anticipation over the last few weeks has been palpable and it is so wonderful that all the young people get such an opportunity. As you said, you and your fellow teachers are giving them memories and there really is no price you can put on that. I chose your dance school for Daisy because I feel you have wonderfully high standards and an abundance of talent but perhaps more importantly you care for and nurture all your pupils, it is because of your warmth that Daisy now has the confidence to stand centre stage hold her head high and perform  and best of all love every minute of it.
 
I know tomorrow will be buzz and excitement and tremendous hard work but I hope that as you see all your pupils up on stage tomorrow you know how much we all appreciate everything you have done to get them there.
Jo Newton
 
 
What outstanding afternoon and evening productions. I indulged myself to both performances as I hardly ever get to see Nicola perform. I absolutely loved seeing so many children having their special moment on stage. It was fabulous seeing my daughter dance too.
From the script, so well done Graham, to the choreography of each piece, well done all the teachers, the children had a ball and you should be so proud of your achievement . It was a very very special day.
Jane Liebenberg
 
 
 
Centrestage is a wonderful dance and drama school. Suki and her team are fabulous! My daughter has been there for the last 6 years and has really flourished under Suki and her teams guidance. Its the go-to school in Surrey if you're serious about dance and drama in a professional and nurturing environment.  
Adele Jarvis
 
 
My 10 year old Daughter has been with Suki's Centrestage Team for 3 years. She has enjoyed holiday camps and a Sat morning Drama session. With Centrestage behind her my Daughter has gained lots of confidence but most importantly a real love for Drama. Being part of the bi-annual show at Leatherhead Theatre was a real highlight for us all! I highly recommend Suki and her Centrestage Team.
 Alyson
 
 
My son and daughter have been doing drama, dance and musical theatre with Suki Turner and her talented staff for the past 2 years. My children love their lessons and look forward to them every week. My son's highlight is having participated in the Peter Pan production, which he thoroughly enjoyed and has very fond memories of!
Nadia El-Bachir

Agency

Centre Stage and Wings Management

Centre Stage Dance and Drama works in association with Wings Management, to provide Agency representation and personal career guidance for Centre Stage students. We aim to give our students a chance to use their talents and to develop in all aspects of the performing arts. Students who are eligible and wish to be put forward for auditions for paid work in TV, Theatre, Film, Radio, Voiceovers and Musicals may seek selection for representation. When a child joins the Agency full details, requirements and expectations are explained to Parents and the children alike. Centre Stage and Wings have a strict code of practice for children who are asked to audition and/or perform with a professional company. Both children and parents must agree to adhere to this code, upon joining the Agency. In return, Centre Stage and Wings are dedicated to the non-exploitation of children and will do their utmost to protect, nurture and care for their performers.

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