About us

PPA was formed on 05.05.05, by Principal, Sophie Guariglia and now has it's own purpose built studios in Canterbury and a faculty of eight teachers. Come and visit us at 16a Roper Close, Canterbury, CT2 7EP. Everyone is welcome and there's never a dull moment!


We offer dance tuition in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Stretch and Conditioning and Tumbling. We follow the R.A.D and I.S.T.D syllabus for Ballet, the I.S.T.D Syllabus for Modern and Tap and the iD syllabus for Contemporary. Students can take exams throughout the year. We have a 100% success rate and all students pass with high marks. Private lessons are available with Abigail Osborne and Jenny Farrow. See our CLASSES page for more details.


We run group singing classes and musical theatre classes for our Juniors (Age 7-10), Intermediates (11-14) and Seniors (15 +). For our Pre-Juniors (age 4-6) we run a combined 'Singing and Drama Class'. Solo lessons are available via private contact with our singing tutors Philip Spendley, Naomi Smith, Kristen Harvey and Lemon Otter.


We offer group Drama lessons for Juniors (Age 7-10), Intermediates (11-14) and Seniors (15 +) For our Pre-Juniors (age 4-6) we run a combined 'Singing and Drama Class'. We also offer 'Acting Acting' for age 18+ See DRAMA for more details.


We focus a great deal on performance as well as technique. It is our policy to try and enable all our students to use and develop their performance skills as often as possible through various showcases and large scale productions. Technical expertise is wasted without the ability to communicate with an audience. We have a number of shows each year varying from Senior Musicals such as 'Les Miserables' and 'Fame' to outdoor Shakespeare Promenades such as 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and 'Romeo and Juliet' to Junior Shows such as 'Peter Pan' and 'Bugsy Malone'. We also perform an annual Dance Show at the Marlowe/Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury called 'PPA Live' and various end of term presentation evenings. There is plenty of performance opportunity for all who wish to get involved. See our SHOWS page for more details.


Those wishing to further their training and audition for full time Performing Arts Colleges are encouraged. Past students have successfully gained places at institutions such as Guilford School of Acting, Italia Conti School for Performing Arts, The Royal Ballet Upper School, English National Ballet School, The Urdang Academy, Tring Park and Millennium Performing Arts. We help students to choose the correct pieces for their auditions and assist in arranging private coaching for acting, singing, and dance audition pieces.
PPA believes that the welfare of children is paramount - Click here for our Child Protection policy


EMAIL: phoenixperformingarts@hotmail.co.uk
TEL: 07968 367397
ADDRESS: 16a Roper Close, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7EP