Expressions Performing Arts Academy was established in 2003, following the success of its Children’s Performing Arts School, founded in 1989. The Academy’s Patrons are Actor Singer and TV-stars Ben Richards and Samantha Womack.

    Our philosophy is to provide first-class training in the Performing Arts in a supportive and state-of-the-art environment. Our experts provide unparalleled attention through small groups and individual tuition, producing well-rounded, sought-after professionals. This is further reinforced by our in house links to DK Expressions Casting Agency that offers short-term work contracts that give our students invaluable experience.

    The same Casting Agency will subsequently work to promote Expressions Performing Arts Academy graduates in their chosen field by arranging auditions with Industry Professionals. The quality of the eventual destinations of our students is testimony to the reputation of the Academy and the calibre of its students.

    The Academy has an informal and friendly ethos that is designed to get the very best out of our students. Staff are supportive and friendly ensuring that your time at the Academy will be both enjoyable and rewarding. We take the progress of our students personally and help not only with technical matters but also health and well-being, providing classes on issues such as nutrition and keeping your body fit and healthy, as well as ensuring you are happy in your studies.

    At Expressions Performing Arts we aim to give you the best possible training in all disciplines along with full support to help you realise your potential. As one of the leading establishments in the UK, the Academy’s 3 year full time Musical Theatre Performing Arts course covers all aspects of modern performance giving you the stage to blossom.

    Covering Dance, Acting and Singing, our experts and state-of-the-art-facilities have got what it takes to help you branch out into the world of Performing Arts.There is a great need for Musical Theatre students who have been well trained in Dance, Singing and Acting.

    We aim to help you achieve this. The stage is continually dominated by Musicals and the Academy offers professional training from a high calibre of faculty who have and still are performing professionally. The emphasis is put on all disciplines equally to make you the all round performer and to keep students up to date with current trends. Students are exposed regularly to a variety of visiting choreographers, Musical Directors and Casting Directors, in preparation for theatre, film and TV, and enabling the students to gain as much exposure in different styles as possible.


    Expressions is in partnership with University of Derby and Buxton and Leek College.

  • Expressions Performing Arts is an approved partner of the University of Derby.


    The University of Derby is a Top 50 UK university* and provides students with the best possible start in their careers through excellent teaching, delivered in cutting-edge facilities by staff who are experts in their field. 96% of University of Derby students are in work or further study within six months of completing their degree**.

    *The Guardian University Guide 2017
    ** HESA 2016, graduating class over 2000
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