Theatre Street Performing Arts was founded in 2001 by former dancer, actress and choreographer Claire Pourret, as a small community dance school. In the years since, Claire's ability to develop her students to reach their potential has meant that TSPA has grown and flourished to become a thriving performing arts organisation, giving young people in south east London tuition, opportunities and experiences in dance, drama and singing.
In 2012 we moved into The Link and in 2019 we expanded at this venue to open the new Performing Arts Centre, which houses TSPA, our sister organisation the London College of Performing Arts and also rehearsal studios are available for hire to the community and professional dance/performing arts companies. Our Centre includes a theatre where our children can perform regularly and have incredible experiences in dance and drama as well as watching visiting performances of music, dance and theatre.
Michelle, customer for 4 years
TSPA began life in a Village Hall and has grown to having 250+ students, some of whom come to us up to eight times a week! - many of our students have been with us for years. We have watched them grow into wonderful, confident young people and played a key role in their childhood. This is a responsibility we take very seriously, and is at the heart of everything we do. It is our purpose to aim to send them home smiling every time they come - to give their parents peace of mind and value for money, and some guilt-free spare time knowing they are providing an amazing experience for their children. We are dedicated to finding and nurturing talent, building confidence, ensuring children are physically active and inspiring a love for the arts that can last a lifetime.
TSPA is a social enterprise company dedicated to enriching the lives of young people by exposure to the creative performing arts. We do not rely on grants and government support - we sustain ourselves by providing a top quality range of performing arts activities for young people at the best price we can. We limit the places we offer so we can maintain the high standards that our families expect from us, so you won't find over-crowded classes and children stacked high. This may also mean there won't be a place available if you apply, but we regularly open new spaces and welcome new children to TSPA as much as possible.
Our children take part in classes in ballet, street, jazz, tap, lyrical, acro, pre-school and more; Stage Stars and the Musical Theatre Academy on Saturdays features dance, drama and singing; we run a Singing Stars group and Elite Competition Teams, plus we work closely with the London College of Performing Arts, a full time day college for sixth form age students wishing to study performing arts more seriously as a potential career which is based here in The Link. Visit LCPA's website here.
We receive over 400 visits per week from young people and we absolutely love what we do. If you are interested in joining TSPA, please visit our Joining TSPA page for more information on when we open up places, the application process and so on. We look forward to hearing from you.