Budding stars can learn stage secrets in Barking

PUBLISHED: 11:50 09 February 2016 | UPDATED: 11:50 09 February 2016

Youngsters performing at Studio 3 Arts Big Deal half-term project last year

Youngsters performing at Studio 3 Arts Big Deal half-term project last year


A world champion choreographer and actor is giving budding young performers the chance to learn the tricks of the trade over half-term next week.

Wannabe dancers, actors and comedians can gain tips from former EastEnders and MTV Base star Ashley J and West End star Jade Hackett.

The pair are leading Studio 3 Arts’ free award-winning youth programme Big Deal which aims to foster talent and teach key skills to youngsters during their week off.

The sessions will provide an opportunity to learn how to write, produce, perform and choreograph, in the arts charity’s base at Galleon Community Centre, Boundary Road, Barking.

Liza Vallance, Studio 3 Arts artistic director, said: “We’re really excited to be back with our half-term project this February to showcase some of Barking and Dagenham’s hottest talent.

“We believe it is really crucial that young people in the borough get the opportunity to train with world-class artists to develop, grow and celebrate performing arts participation.”

The youngsters will work on the basic techniques of performing before the chance to show off the pieces they have been developing throughout the week during the finale – an open mic night.

The course is open to anyone, whether they want to get involved in individual seassions or join for the entire week, regardless of whether they are a beginner or an experienced performer.

The Big Deal February half-term project takes place from Monday, to Friday next week, with sessions running from 9.30am until 5.30pm.

Visit or call 020 8594 7136 for more information.

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