Accredited Courses

  • The Garage Dancers Performing
  • Rehearsals in The Garage theatre
  • Dancers at the barre
  • Rehearsals in The Garage theatre
  • The Garage Dancers Performing
  • Leaping dancer

We place excellence and progression at the centre of our courses, grounding our programmes in rigorous vocational training to prepare students for working life in the arts. Our courses take advantage of our professional facilities and highly skilled and qualified tutors to enhance your time with us. The extended performance and workshop opportunities that being in a dynamic arts venue provides, alongside the added value of professional practitioners working with our students as emerging artists, sets our courses apart from others.

We will nurture you whilst you study with us to reach your potential, we will support you to continue your journey as you progress onto the next steps in your training and career as a performing artist.

Open Days

If you'd like to find out more and get a taste of what it's like to study at The Garage come along to one of our open days:

Saturday 24 June -  Open Day & Auditions for GCSE's and HNC's

HNC's

9.30-9.45am Welcome and Introduction to the course

9.45-10.15am Dance Taster

10.15-10.45am Acting Taster

10.45-11.15am Vocal Taster

11.15-11.30am Q&A with staff/faculty

12:30pm onwards – individual audition slots (15 minutes each)

GCSE DANCE

11-11.15am Welcome and Introduction to the course

11.15am - 12.15pm Practical Class

12.30pm onwards – individual audition slots (10 minutes each)

 

Sunday 25 June  – HNC Open Day & Auditions

12.30-6pm Auditions (class 12.30-1.15pm then individual slots)

 

Tuesday 25 July - HNC Auditions

4-8pm (class 4-4.45pm then individual slots)

 

Friday 18 August – HNC Auditions

10am-3pm (class 10-10.45am then individual slots)

 

To book a place on a open day and an audition slot contact us on 01603 283382 or takepart@thegarage.org.uk 

 

Scholarships

We are offering 6 scholarships to individuals showing exceptional talent for our new intensive Higher National Certificate courses, there will be 2 scholarships on each of the pathways – Acting, Dance & Musical Theatre. Three of which will be awarded internally to current participants at The Garage and three will be available to the wider public. For more information about the scholarships and how to apply click here.

 

If you would like any more information on any of our courses please email education@thegarage.org.uk

The Garage Prospectus

Download our prospectus here. 

  • GCSE Dance

    GCSE Dance

    DURATION 
    18 months, part-time.

    COURSE DATES 
    January 2018 - June 2019

    TIMETABLE
    2.5 hours per week, Sunday afternoons, term-time only.

    FEES
    £1700, instalment plans and bursaries available

    COURSE CONTENT
    The course will comprise of 3 key modules – Performance, Choreography and Dance Appreciation - inviting students to explore a wide range of dance styles, with set works covering contemporary, ballet and hip-hop. Each weekly session will comprise of a 1 hour class, 45 minutes choreography, and 45 minutes appreciation. Sunday sessions will be complemented by tutorials, performance trips, masterclasses, guest tutors and a high profile performance opportunity.

    ASSESSMENT
    PRACTICAL Performance (30%), Choreography (30%) 
    WRITTEN Dance appreciation (40%)

    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
    No formal entry requirements, however students must be able to demonstrate the ability to take on both the practical and theoretical elements of the course, therefore auditions will include both written and practical tasks.
    Age: 14+, adult learners welcome

    AUDITION DATES
    SATURDAY 13 MAY 2017
    SATURDAY 24 JUNE 2017

    GREAT FOR...
    Studying alongside work or other courses.

    APPLICATION
    To apply download and fill in the Application Form & Equal Oppotunities Form and return them to: Admissions, The Garage, 14 Chapel Field North, Norwich NR2 1NY or email to education@thegarage.org.uk

  • Higher National Certificate Performing Arts - Acting

    HNC Level 4 Performing Arts - Acting

    This intensive and highly practical course is designed to prepare students for further study at drama school or university. The focus of the course is to build strong foundations in technique and skills whilst coaching students through audition preparation and process. Students will work alongside those on other pathways to develop core skills across acting, dance and singing which will be complemented by specialist units in artform-specific areas. 

    In Classical Acting, students will explore the context of classical texts and the techniques necessary for performing them in a modern context. The Naturalistic Acting unit will deepen students’ knowledge of the historical movement towards naturalism, looking at the approach of Stanislavski and those practitioners who have been influenced by him and enabling students to hone their own naturalistic acting style. Finally, through the Voice & Speech Development unit students will be supported to develop an awareness of their vocal capabilities, concentrating on aspects of breathing, articulation and projection. 

    DURATION
    6 months, full-time, intensive.


    COURSE DATES
    September 2017 - February 2018


    TIMETABLE
    9AM-5PM Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, plus independent study


    FEES
    £3500, instalment plan and bursaries available


    COURSE CONTENT
    CORE UNITS:
    • Creative Arts Professional Practice
    • Creative Arts Research Skills
    • Development of Acting Skills
    • Singing for Musical Theatre
    • Dance & Health

    ACTING UNITS:
    • Classical Acting
    • Naturalistic Acting
    • Voice & Speech Development

    ASSESSMENT
    Assignments, projects and practical tasks completed throughout the course.

    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
    Students will be expected to demonstrate relevant previous learning at A-Level or equivalent alongside practical ability.
    Age: 18+, adult learners welcome

    AUDITION DATES
    SATURDAY 13 MAY 2017
    SATURDAY 24 JUNE 2017

    GREAT FOR...
    College/sixth form leavers who are committed to a career in the performing arts.

    APPLICATION
    To apply download and fill in the Application Form & Equal Oppotunities Form and return them to: Admissions, The Garage, 14 Chapel Field North, Norwich NR2 1NY or email to education@thegarage.org.uk

  • Higher National Certificate Performing Arts - Dance

    HNC Level 4 Performing Arts - Dance

    The HNC Intensive Dance programme provides rigorous training designed to prepare students for further study at dance school or university. The course will focus on the essential technique and repertoire required for a career in dance whilst coaching students through audition preparation and process. Students will work alongside those on other pathways to develop core skills across dance, acting and singing which will be complemented by specialist units in art form specific areas.

    The Choreography unit will challenge students to broaden their choreographic vocabulary to work creatively and innovatively in creating performance material for themselves and others. The backbone of the Classical Ballet unit will be regular technique classes encompassing barre, centre practice and enchainment alongside which students will master the stylistic elements of fluidity, grace and precision and explore the development of classical ballet repertoire. Finally, the Jazz Dance unit will concentrate on expanding students’ fitness, flexibility and technique in Jazz – the root of many modern dance forms. Students will have the opportunity to explore several different
    jazz styles to extend their physical and expressive powers.


    DURATION
    6 months, full-time, intensive.


    COURSE DATES
    September 2017 - February 2018


    TIMETABLE
    9AM-5PM Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, plus independent study


    FEES
    £3500, instalment plan and bursaries available


    COURSE CONTENT
    CORE UNITS:
    • Creative Arts Professional Practice
    • Creative Arts Research Skills
    • Dance & Health
    • Development of Acting Skills
    • Singing for Musical Theatre


    DANCE UNITS:
    • Choreography for Solo Performance
    • Classical Ballet Background & Technique
    • Jazz Dance Technique & Performance

    ASSESSMENT
    Assignments, projects and practical tasks completed throughout the course.


    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
    Students will be expected to demonstrate relevant previous learning at A-Level or equivalent alongside practical ability.
    Age: 18+, adult learners welcome


    AUDITION DATES
    SATURDAY 13 MAY 2017
    SATURDAY 24 JUNE 2017


    GREAT FOR...
    College/sixth form leavers who are committed to a career in the performing arts.

    APPLICATION
    To apply download and fill in the Application Form & Equal Oppotunities Form and return them to: Admissions, The Garage, 14 Chapel Field North, Norwich NR2 1NY or email to education@thegarage.org.uk

  • Higher National Certificate Performing Arts - Musical Theatre

    HNC Level 4 Performing Arts - Musical Theatre

    This dynamic and comprehensive course is designed to prepare students for further study at dance/drama school or university. The course encompasses aspects of dance, acting and singing
    to build a ‘triple threat’ of skills whilst coaching students through audition preparation and process.
    Students will work alongside those on other pathways to develop core skills across which will be complemented by specialist units in artform-specific areas. 

    The Acting for Musical Theatre unit will support students to consider how acting styles and techniques are adapted within a musical theatre context; developing the particular skillset required for acting within a musical composition and working alongside a director, choreographer and musical director. Similarly, through the Dance for Musical Theatre, students will develop the technical and physical skills appropriate for a musical theatre context, compounding this with extending their knowledge of a specific choreographer within the field of professional musical theatre. Finally, in the Singing Techniques and Styles unit, students will gain a deeper understanding of how the voice works – exploring physiology, posture and vocal health – whilst also developing delivery techniques across solo, duo and group performances.

    DURATION
    6 months, full-time, intensive.


    COURSE DATES
    September 2017 - February 2018


    TIMETABLE
    9AM-5PM Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, plus independent study


    FEES
    £3500, instalment plan and bursaries available


    COURSE CONTENT
    CORE UNITS:
    • Creative Arts Professional Practice
    • Creative Arts Research Skills
    • Singing for Musical Theatre
    • Development of Acting Skills
    • Dance & Health


    MUSICAL THEATRE UNITS:
    • Acting for Musical Theatre
    • Dance for Musical Theatre
    • Singing Techniques and Styles

    ASSESSMENT
    Assignments, projects and practical tasks completed throughout the course.


    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
    Students will be expected to demonstrate relevant previous learning at A-Level or equivalent alongside practical ability.
    Age: 18+, adult learners welcome

    AUDITION DATES
    SATURDAY 13 MAY 2017
    SATURDAY 24 JUNE 2017


    GREAT FOR...
    College/sixth form leavers who are committed to a career in the performing arts.

    APPLICATION
    To apply download and fill in the Application Form & Equal Oppotunities Form and return them to: Admissions, The Garage, 14 Chapel Field North, Norwich NR2 1NY or email to education@thegarage.org.uk

  • Meet the Faculty

    Chris Smith

    LEAD LECTURER (ACTING)

    CHRIS SMITH

    Smith received a BA Hons in Drama from the University of Exeter, before completing a PGCE in Drama with English at University of Warwick.  He has spent the past six years educating students in secondary schools, and is now bringing his expertise in the education sector, knowledge of curriculum and passion for creative learning to a more vocational setting.

    Smith’s teaching career thus far has seen him work in a range of educational settings in different parts of the country; working as an outstanding classroom practitioner as well as researching and continuing to develop pedagogy. Working across Warwickshire, Hertfordshire and Norfolk, Smith has personalised and adapted learning content to suit different groups of young people: designing programmes of study to share with his passion and knowledge of the creative arts. Smith has worked with students ranging from year 7 to 13, enabling him to follow the whole process of Drama education from beginning to end as students take their steps into continuing the subject in Higher Education. Through the years, Smith has managed departments, run a sixth form and redesigned courses to adapt to the fluctuations of curriculum, exam and industry requirements.

    Passionate about the creative arts and using performance to inspire and communicate, Smith is driven to give young people opportunities on the stage that help shape their futures and give them the confidence to explore their artistic potential. He considers that the performing arts give young people an incredible chance to explore the depths of human communication, allowing them to innovate and create in order to spread a message. As the arts come ever more under threat from cut backs and restrictions, the importance to develop artistic expression, individuality and a love of the arts is, he believes, of increasing and striking importance.

    With a clear vision of designing an inspiring, dynamic and innovative course that pushes students and challenges them to reach their greatest potential, Smith is excited to start the next step in his career and bring his experience and enthusiasm to The Garage.


    Diccon Hogger

    LECTURER (DANCE)

    DICCON HOGGER

    Diccon Hogger began his training at Impington International Sixth Form Centre in Cambridge. He then went on to gain a BA Hons in Performing Arts - Dance from Middlesex University. In 2002, he was the first foreign performer to dance with Lithuanian based Aura Sokia Danz Theatre in their 30 year history during a 2 month tour of the Baltic States and Sweden. Since then he has been consistently working as a Dance Artist/Performer and Choreographer with eXtant Performance Company, Vitamin G, X3 Collective, KD Productions (Russia, Romania), BoXed, and Ersatz Dance Company.

    Diccon is the Artistic Director of Base Dance - a project funded education and Performance Company. Base Dance continues to develop their profile as an accessible and innovative company with a specialism for integrating technologies and multimedia sources into their work. The company has performed across the UK and produces highly energetic dance theatre works fusing contemporary, urban and advanced contact styles. Base Dance has a highly active education team who deliver high standard of tailor made workshops, residencies and experiences to all educational and community environments including teacher training/cpd sessions.

    Diccon’s passion for knowledge transference is evident in his career history and has worked for various eastern region dance agencies (CambsDance, Dance in Herts and DanceDigital) as a Dance Development Artist, facilitating a wide range of education, youth projects and community activities. Over the past 9 years Diccon has been a Dance and Performing Arts Lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire. He has taught on the under graduate Dance and Professional Practice and Performing Arts programs as well as lecturing on the post-graduate Master’s degree courses.

    Diccon’s expertise lies in accessible technology within the performing arts and enjoys delivering fast paced high energy workshops in a multitude of disciplines. He is a keen theatre-goer and always on the lookout for new inspiration for his work.


    Emma Brady

    GCSE DANCE LEAD TUTOR

    EMMA BRADY

    Emma is a Norfolk dance artist with eleven years of teaching experience in a wide range of contexts. She has a proven record for nurturing the talent of young dancers. As Course Leader at City College Norwich, Emma prepared students for futures with prestigious schools and companies such as Laban and New Adventures. She is equally proud of her work with younger dancers, teaching at primary and secondary schools throughout Norfolk and catering for a range of abilities and needs.

    Emma has delivered a number of community projects and finds inspiration in working with a wide range of individuals, from weekly creative classes for young children (3-5 years) to adult summer schools and regional youth companies. Her high standards ensure that the varied needs and expectations of participants are met with empathy and enthusiasm.

    She has an extensive knowledge of dance qualifications ranging from A-Level Dance to BTEC to Arts Award. As a Dance Lecturer and Course Leader of BTEC Dance at City College Norwich for over five years, Emma was graded an Outstanding teacher, something which she continuously strives for. Her enthusiasm for building her own expertise and experience has led her to undertake a variety of courses and qualifications since graduation at a range of organisations including the British Ballet Organization and London Contemporary Dance School.

    Emma was nominated and selected for the DanceUK Teachers Mentorship Programme, a professional development opportunity for teachers identified by their peers as future leaders. Since 2016, Emma joined Rambert Dance Company as an Animateur. The role is one that requires working closely with the company to deliver classes and workshops based on the company’s repertoire.


    Sarah Brett

    GCSE DANCE TUTOR

    SARAH BRETT

    Sarah has been dancing since the age of six, studying dance in Canada as well as in the UK. She has had a varied dance career so far, working as a Dance Coach in Norfolk Primary and Secondary Schools and as a Community Dance Artist for DanceEast before completing her PGCE in dance. Since then she has taught in Secondary Schools in London as Head of Dance and worked as a Dance Mentor for Young Offenders through Dance United, before returning to Norfolk to continue with teaching and leading dance.

    She is currently Curriculum Leader in a local Secondary School. She has an extensive knowledge of dance qualifications ranging from GCSE and A-Level Dance to BTEC. She has also been an AQA GCSE Dance Moderator and Examiner for the past 5 years.

    Sarah loves how dance provides everyone with a voice and means of expression, and enjoys catering for a range of abilities and needs. She is enthusiastic and passionate about teaching and appreciating dance and spends her free time watching professional work at the theatre. She also loves to perform and has danced in the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony as a 70’s punk rocker.