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Stroud’s very own Performing Arts Academy based in a Theatre!

“We must all do theatre to find out who we are, and to discover who we could become” - Augusto Boal

About Us


About Us

We offer term time classes, weekly at the Cotswold Playhouse in Stroud. We have a fully equipped dance studio, with harlequin dance floor and mirrors. Centre Stage offers a variety of classes for all ages, working through our own in-house level programme. 

We also offer classes in Nailsworth and at several schools throughout Gloucestershire.
Despite lots of people thinking that we are a franchise, we are a small local Stroud company with over 17 years of teaching behind us.
Children that perform with us will become more confident, have fun, learn new skills and make lots of friends. We work towards one main show a year as well as perform at fetes and local events through-out the year. 

Our students have been asked to perform with the European Ballet, Dad Dancing (Suscito Film),

King and I (Everyman) and several have gone on to train at Drama schools.


School Bookings

Centre Stage offers a variety of packages for schools, whether you are looking for an after school club, dance as part of PE, need some help with the school show or a treat for your students in Golden hour.

We can offer:

Stage School

Irish Dance (soft shoe)

Street Dance 


Our packages range from one hour after school clubs (minimum of 12 students) through to full day workshops tailored to suit each class throughout the whole school.

Please contact us for specific requirements and affordable prices.



Stage School:

Our Stage school is musical theatre based. Every week we do drama for half of the class, the other half is split between singing and dance.
Our Stage School is split into 2 age categories; 4-11 years and 12-16 years. £25 per month 

Irish Dance:

Made internationally famous by Michael Flatley, we offer a modern twist on the traditional dance.

Our dance teacher is the Irish Dance choreographer for Giffords Circus 2020 ‘The Hooley’, so why not come along and try out a more unique style of dance. It’s great fun, fast paced and brilliant for anyone wanting to get fit!
£15 a month for beginners, £20 for intermediate and advanced.

Pre-School classes:

For the youngest generation of 18 months - 4 years, we offer a variety of classes to help build confidence in groups, balance, co-ordination, rhythm and give their guardians the chance to release their inner Kylie!
We offer Baby movement- a class that uses musical aids, songs, scarves, parachutes and teddies. This class is aimed at 18 months - 2.5 years.

Baby Centre Stage- This is a baby ballet class, where we begin to learn co-ordination, rhythm and start to build confidence between the ages of 2.5 -3.5 years.

Twinkle Toes- This is for children aged between 3.5-4.5 years old. Children learn the basis of ballet through story telling. You will notice your child’s cognitive ability increase as well as their confidence and independence, ready to start school.
£15 per month


We offer Tap classes for children aged 4 and over. We follow a graded programme but focus on show performances rather than exams.
£15 per month


Our Contemporary classes are designed to suit children from secondary school age. We use a lot of current chart music and it is a brilliant class for the more expressive child.
£15 per month

Adult Classes

Dancercise- This class is a mixture of all different genres of dance put together as a form of fitness. Any age (over 18) and ability welcome, come along and join the fun! 

*classes will only run subject to numbers.

Irish Dance

This is a great way to get fit and to give yourself a challenge. Irish dance will help you to improve your posture, strengthen your muscles and flexibility and it’s great fun. No previous experience necessary as we will work from beginner level.

Adult classes are £5 per 45 minute class. Booking is essential. 



Mondays: (Cotswold Playhouse Stroud)

4.00- 4.30pm: Beginner Irish Dance

4.30-5.30pm: Stage School (4-11 years)

4.30-5.30pm: Stage School (12-16 years)

5.30-6.00pm: Tap (mixed ability)

6.00-6.30pm: Grade 2/3 Ballet

6.30-7.00pm: Contemporary

5.30-6.30pm: Intermediate/advanced Irish

6.30-7.15pm: Adult Irish Dance

Tuesdays: (Cotswold Playhouse Stroud)

9.30-10am: Baby Movement

10-10.30am: Baby Centre Stage

10.30-11.00am: Twinkle Toes


4.15-4.45pm: Irish Dance

4.45-5.45pm: Stage School (4-11 years)

5.45-6.45pm: Stage School (12-16 years)

6.45-7.30pm: Adult Irish Dance

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Centre Stage

Cotswold Playhouse, Parliament Street, Stroud, UK

07790 193922