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Back to School Series: Performing Arts

12 September 2018 Kate Plummer

September is a strange month that always seems to sneak up on us each year. It marks the sad end of summer, time to put the BBQ away, finish the last of the Pimms and hope the moths haven’t attacked the autumn knitwear currently hidden at the back of a drawer. For students and teachers alike it heralds the start of the new academic year, a time for new #stationarygoals and taking the last breather before an abundance of essays and homework. But what about the rest of us who love any excuse for a new notebook, or long to give our grey cells a kick start by learning something new, but we’ve left the education system far behind?

Welcome to the London Calling Back to School series! This week we’ll be taking you on a journey through the sprawling classroom that is London and the abundance of classes, skills (and a little playground silliness) that the city has to offer.

Today it’s the turn of Performing Arts. Whether you were the star of the drama group, danced your way through class or were prematurely hailed as a mini Mozart, we’ve got a selection to satisfy your inner diva with not a Recorder rendition of Hot Cross Buns to be heard.

Join a choir with Some Voices
For anyone missing the days of singing in assembly but not the endless repetition of “She’ll be comin’ round the mountain when she comes”, why not warm up those vocal chords by joining a contemporary choir? With no audition necessary and multiple rehearsal locations weekly across London, Some Voices champions creating an inclusive, fun and friendly atmosphere where singers of all levels and abilities are encouraged to shake off the stresses of everyday life. With end of term shows that range in theme from Black Mirror-esque to Romeo & Juliet, you can belt out everything from Bowie to Blackstreet, Fleetwood Mac to Florence + the Machine, in some of London’s most incredible venues.

Image Credit: Some Voices via Instagram
 
Learn some new moves with Swing Patrol
Whether you wowed in the school talent shows or just have the Macarena down to a fine art, you can’t beat a bit of a dance to get the blood pumping and a smile on your face. For something a little different we recommend going retro with Swing dancing classes. Swing Patrol offer weekly classes at 35 venues across the capital, catering from beginning bopper to swing savant. Teaching the high energy Lindy Hop to big band sounds and rotating partners throughout so you don’t need to bring a partner, Swing Patrol is all about having fun whilst learning classic dance styles and creating a community of dancers thanks to their numerous social nights to show off your fancy footwork.

Image Credit: Swing Patrol via Twitter
 
Be the class clown with AirCraft Circus Academy
For anyone who was ever accused of being the class clown, it’s time to own your schoolyard title by learning some seriously impressive circus skills. AirCraft Circus Academy runs courses and drop-in classes for everything from Acrobatics and Aerial Silks as well as Chinese Pole, Trapeze and the Cyr Wheel to name a few. With taster sessions for newbies, their Woolwich based school offers classes for all skills levels, starting with the basics all the way up to helping you master your craft. Forget clowning around, with skills like these you’ll be the one having the last laugh.

Image Credit: AirCraft Circus Academy via Facebook
 
Master the mix with London Sound Academy’s DJ School
Were you always a maestro in music class and find yourself cringing at the music on every night out, knowing you could do better? Put your money where your mouth is and learn how to DJ! London Sound Academy’s DJ School has studios in Camden and Hoxton where you can book flexible 1-to-1 tuition any day of the week. From mastering mixing to preparing your set, their hands-on courses span all levels of expertise and welcome those new to the art of DJing. All you need now is your own DJ name!

Image Credit: LSA DJ School via their website
 
Act the part at Thunderbirds: Beyond the Horizon
Calling all drama stars with an interest in stepping through the screen into some classic children’s TV. Thunderbirds: Beyond the Horizon is the latest creation coming to the Mercato Metropolitano this November. Part immersive theatre experience, part escape room with cocktails, this live interactive theatrical event is perfect for budding performers as you get to step aboard Thunderbird 2 to help save the day as International Rescue’s newest recruit. Use your theatrical skills to get into the part and your Brains (geddit?) to solve puzzles and challenges to defeat The Hood and restore normality on Tracy Island.

Image Credit: Thunderbirds: Beyond the Horizon via Twitter
 
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