Afonso School of Performing Arts is a young and exciting school for dance and theatre arts. Having recently celebrated our 2 year anniversary, we now offer classes in BALLET, TAP, STREET DANCE, JAZZ, CONTEMPORARY, COMMERCIAL JAZZ, DRAMA, ACTING FOR SCREEN and MUSICAL THEATRE to almost 200 children, aged 18 months and above. The establishment is based in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, and run by husband and wife team, Alicia and Ricardo Afonso, both West End professionals, with credits including We Will Rock You, Chicago, Top Hat, Thriller Live and BBC1's The Voice UK.
We aim to create a fun, yet disciplined environment in which our students can develop skills in dance, acting and singing. Our vision is to offer the highest standard of training possible to children from as young as 18 months. Our team aim to use their combined experience, both as teachers and professionals, to help produce exciting and inspiring lessons where the children will learn skills for life. With combined commitment and hard work from both the students and teachers, we hope to be able to create opportunities for our students within the industry, in the near future.
Being parents ourselves, we understand how important it is for you to see your child happy, and it is equally as important to see their progression, whether that be a boost in confidence day to day, or an improvement in their performance in the classroom. We can assure you that our classes will be fun, yet structured and rewarding. We follow the IDTA syllabus in ballet, tap and musical theatre, and recently received a 100% distiction/honours rate in their very first IDTA exam session. Parents regularly have the opportunity to see how their child is improving at the end of each term, with a short performance/presentation.
Our principal, Alicia Afonso, is a mum, a former west end professional, a fully qualified dance teacher and a Licentiate member of the IDTA, who are a leading professional body in the dance industry. She has now decided to pursue her career in teaching, where she hopes to be able to transfer her knowledge, experience and dedication to performing arts on to her pupils. A great believer in continuous professional development, Alicia continues to train to improve as a teacher and her aspirations are to become a dance examiner and to be the Principal of a leading performing arts school.
Our Artistic Director, Ricardo Afonso, originally of Portuguese decent, is a leading man in the West End. Most recently starring alongside Tamson Greig in the brand new West End production of 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown'. Ricardo also partipated in BBC1's The Voice UK as a member of team Danny in 2013. Whilst still a leading figure in the West End and national tours, Ricardo will continue as our resident musical theatre teacher.
Afonso School of Performing Arts is aiming to produce strong, all-round performers, and build a reputation for getting the best out of our students. As the school grows, we plan to introduce more styles of dance classes and performing arts workshops.
Please do not hesitate to enquire about classes which are not listed, as we do have waiting lists. If there is demand for something, we will do our best to make it work.