Laine Theatre Arts
|Type||Independent FE College|
|Founder||Betty Laine, OBE|
Laine Theatre Arts, commonly known as Laine's, is an independent performing arts college, based in the town of Epsom in Surrey, England. The college was founded in 1974 by former professional dancer and dance teacher Betty Laine, and developed from an earlier school, the Frecker-Laine School of Dancing. It provides specialist vocational training in dance and musical theatre.
The college prepares students for a professional career in the performing arts. The college is accredited by the Council for Dance Education and Training and it offers Qualifications and Curriculum Authority recognised qualifications validated by the Trinity College London. Key areas of study include singing, acting and dancing. It was rated "Good" by Ofsted in 2010.
Commonly referred to as Laine's, Laine Theatre Arts provides specialist vocational training at further education level in dance and musical theatre. The college prepares students for a professional career in the performing arts and has a history of feeding artists into West End theatre, dance companies, television, film, pop music and other high-profile areas of the entertainments industry.
Key areas of study include ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary dance, singing and drama.
The college offers three courses:
- National Diploma in Professional Dance
- National Diploma in Musical Theatre
- Laine Theatre Arts Foundation Diploma (1 Year) in Dance and Musical Theatre
Both courses are accredited by Trinity College London and are recognised by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. The college is also accredited to the Council for Dance Education and Training. Many student places at the college are funded by the British Government through the Dance and Drama Awards (DaDA) scheme.
The college is also an approved centre of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. Students have the opportunity to gain nationally recognised dance teaching qualifications with the organisation, in ballet, tap and modern theatre dance.
The college stages an annual production at the local 'Epsom Playhouse' theatre.
Laine also offers outstanding training for children and young people in a wide range of theatre based classes. These pupils are nurtured by a dynamic, specialist faculty, all of whom work to encourage competency through confidence and creativity.
The LTA Children present a biennial show at the Epsom Playhouse, giving over two hundred children the chance to perform in a high calibre, professionally produced production using the skills they have learnt in their weekly lessons.
The College has recently built new studios and now offer evening adult dance and musical theatre classes, for both beginners and the already initiated.
- Victoria Beckham
- Emily Hawgood
- Helen Baker
- Ruthie Henshall
- Kerry Ellis
- Sean Ghazi
- Leanne Rowe
- Gerard McCarthy
- Summer Strallen
- Lee Latchford-Evans
- Enda Markey
- Ben Richards
- Sarah Hadland
- Louise Dearman
- Alex Sawyer
- Jo Gibb
- Charlie Bruce
- Sammy Bruggeman
- Gunther de Batselier (aka Gunter Levi)