The Cresset’s thriving performing arts programme provides opportunities for all ages and abilities to explore their individuality and celebrate their community through the arts. The programme provides an excellent grounding for children and young adults interested in pursuing a career in the performing arts, with a number of young people from the programme progressing to successful careers in the West End or as professional actors.

The Cresset hosts weekly dance and drama classes within the purpose-built dance studio on the first floor. Opened in 1997 with funding from the National Lottery, the air-conditioned dance studio is equipped with a sprung dance floor, full-length mirrors and barres. Students from age 3 up to adult enjoy a diverse mix of dance classes including ballet, street dance, contemporary dance, tap, and fitness classes. Larger classes and workshops also take place in the air-conditioned Studio 2 on the ground floor.

With all styles of dance, from Ballet to Zumba, The Cresset Dance Studio hosts a wide range of classes 6 days a week. Many of the groups also stage annual performances in the theatre.

For more information on the class programme contact us on 01733 265705.


During the course of the year a number of festivals and dance shows are staged at The Cresset. These include annual dance festivals for both primary and secondary age children and dance schools and groups form across the region. The Cresset’s Performing Arts Development Officer puts on these performances and works closely with local schools and groups. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Debbie by email 

2015 saw the first Kindred Drama Cresset Summer School in August, with a group of young performers working together over the course of a week to stage a spectacular performance in the Theatre. For information on future Kindred Summer Schools check their website Kindred Drama

For information on hiring the Dance Studio for classes or rehearsal space, please contact Pam Banham on 01733 842510 or email 

Open auditions for various productions take place throughout the year.

The Cresset Pantomime holds open dance auditions every September.

RARE Productions, the UK’s leading Youth Theatre production company hold open auditions twice a year for their musical theatre productions.

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