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 eleven 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, Jazz Technique, Acro 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, (as well as offering Open American Tap for the more advanced levels) and the Acrobatics Arts Syllabus for Acro. We follow the Alixa Flexibility program for Stretch classes, and study a variety of techniques for Contemporary including Graham, Limon, Cunningham, Flying Low and New Style. Students can take exams throughout the year. We have a 100% success rate and all students pass with high marks. Private lessons are available on request.

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We run group singing classes* and musical theatre classes for our Juniors (Age 6-10), Intermediates (11-14) and Seniors (15 +). For our Pre-Juniors (age 4 and up) we run a combined 'Singing and Drama Class'. Solo lessons are available by request, with Lindsey Preston and Sophie Ash.

*Group singing classes are currently on hold due to Coronovirus restrictions, but private lessons are still running and available.

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We offer group Drama lessons for Juniors (Age 6-10), Intermediates (11-14) and Seniors (15 +) For our Pre-Juniors (age 4 and up) we run a combined 'Singing and Drama Class'. Students from age 6 and up study the L.A.M.D.A Syllabus and can take exams throughout the year.

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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 are plenty of performance opportunities for all who wish to get involved.

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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, Bird College, London Studio Centre, Trinity Laban, Performer's College, Tring Park, Emil Dale, The Bridge Theatre Training Company 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 where required.

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