Masters Performing Arts College

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Masters Performing Arts College
Masters Performing Arts College logo.jpg
Established 1995
Type Independent FE College
Founder Wendy Headford
Location Arterial Road
United Kingdom
Coordinates: 53°47′43″N 1°23′16″W / 53.795330°N 1.387760°W / 53.795330; -1.387760
Gender Co-educational
Ages 16+
Website Official Website

Masters Performing Arts College is an independent dance/musical theatre college based in the town of Rayleigh in Essex, England. The college was founded in 1995 by former professional dancer and dance teacher Wendy Headford.

Since 2009 the college has been run by four directors:

  • Paul Roberts
  • Matthew Plummer BA (Hons)
  • Michaela Headford A.I.S.T.D. Dip
  • Liam O'Donoghue - Finance Director


Key areas of study include ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary dance, singing and drama.

The college offer one course:

  • Professional 3 Year Diploma in Musical Theatre/Dance

The college course is accredited by the Council for Dance Education and Training.

The college offer its own scholarship/funding awards.

The college is registered with EMA.[who?][citation needed]

The college has over 100 students.

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.[citation needed]

The school stages an annual production at the 'UCL Bloomsbury' Theatre in London, which many agents/directors in the industry attend in helping the graduates gain employment.

Pre-vocational training[edit]

Junior Masters (formerly known as S.E.T.S.- 'South East Theatre School') is the pre-vocational school to the college. The school has classes in all aspects of dance, drama and singing and is open throughout the week in the evenings with fully trained/qualified teachers.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Nathalie Emmanuel- Sasha Valentine- Hollyoaks- Channel 4
  • Clare Foster- Millie Brown- The Bill- ITV (Currently playing the lead role of Polly Barker in the West End revival of Crazy For You)
  • Katie Collins- Top Commercial Dancer- T.V. & Arena tours (Leona Lewis 'Labyrinth Tour' 2010)
  • Anthony Whiteman- Dance Captain- Billy Elliot the Musical- West End