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Italia Conti has always recognised that the industry demands excellent standards of training in all areas. Our aim has always been to develop courses to fulfil these goals.


Italia Conti’s reputation is renowned throughout the World and the request for the training it offers outstretches the commuting practicalities of just a London based centre.


Demand resulted in the opening of some part-time Associate Schools throughout the Country, Guildford Associate being the first to open in 1994.

No audition is required as we wish to encourage participation in the arts for all abilities.

Classes are offered to students between 3 and 17 years. Whether it’s for recreation, physical and social development or as a serious step towards a long-term career in performing arts, the emphasis is on enjoyment and first class training.


Our School delivers excellent classes all week including Ballet, Tap, Street, Musical Theatre,  Acting, Singing, Jazz/Contemporary, Modern.



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Jazz / Contemporary

Playful and creative classes which will develop self-confidence and communication skills through the exploration of theatricality, performance techniques, stage and screen craft. Students will work with a variety of material and performance techniques, including contemporary and classical texts, devising, improvisation, camera, and physical theatre.

Classes that teach work ethic ​and class etiquette, perseverance, dedication, motivation, stamina, flexibility and strength. Ballet helps dancers grow ​and become disciplined. It gives students ​an understanding of good posture, developing technique which they will use to support all other forms of dance.

Jazz Dance is the ideal way to build your all round dance skills. It draws the best from all different styles but concentrates on the technical aspects of dance like kicks, jumps, leaps & turns. Combining it with contemporary dance which explores the quality of movement and dynamics, this class will allow students to fully connect with musicality and expression, led by experienced practitioners in a nurturing and safe environment.


These classes are designed to give the dancer style.  Focussing on core strength, posture and technique, we follow the ISTD syllabus and offer structured graded classes.


Tap classes will develop their rhythm, theatricality, timing, and how to express emotion and feeling with the music. These classes will explore technique, stagecraft, teamwork, and artistry. Different styles of tap will be touched upon, with a strong element of fun. One of the main aims is to grow their self-confidence over time to perform in front of others with ease.

Musical Theatre

Working on the combined elements of dancing, singing and acting to create exciting and believable, ‘triple threat’ performances. Musical Theatre is unique to Italia Conti due to training in performance-based classes. 


Students build a lot of confidence in these classes by combining acting, singing and dance skills in production numbers from West End, Broadway Musicals and films.

Teachers encourage pupils to develop and use their personalities as learning is developed across all 3 performance skills.


Group ensemble singing classes with exciting and varied repertoire from Musical Theatre, Pop and Rock. As confidence and ability grow in our safe, friendly and supportive classes, students will enjoy the opportunity to sing solo if they desire.


Street dance is the umbrella that holds the 5 dance styles we know as:-

·         Hip hop

·         House

·         Locking

·         Breaking

·        Popping


This is a chance for students of all dancing abilities to learn the latest street dance styles.


This genre of dance requires strength, agility and acrobatic skills, all of which students achieve through innovative coaching.

Additional Opportunities

Workshops, Holiday Courses and 121 Coaching Sessions

In addition to our regular weekly classes, we are proud to host an eclectic range of workshops, holiday courses and 121 coaching sessions. For further information, please email

Shows and Exams

Italia Conti Associates Schools regularly take part in productions to showcase their work and this is often a highlight of the year for many students. Those at the appropriate standard may also have the opportunity to take dance and acting exams and gain qualifications and certificates with the exam boards.

Italia Conti Agency

We are able to put forward exceptional students for representation by the Italia Conti Agency which finds work for young people in the performing arts. The Agency has placed many young performers in professional work from roles in West End theatre to film, television and commercials.


Entry Requirements

No audition is required for our classes as we wish to encourage participation in the arts for all abilities. We offer a free trial session before you commit to enrolling. This can be arranged by contacting the Principal directly.


Students are required to wear the Italia Conti Associate uniform which is a t-shirt, black bottoms / leggings and suitable footwear.

Additional items for ballet and other specifics are available, along with hoodies, hats and other Italia Conti branded items. Please visit:


The safety and wellbeing of our students is of paramount importance at Italia Conti Associates.

Our students are taught and cared for by experienced, trained, DBS checked staff. A minimum of two trained First Aiders are always present.

We recommend students bring plenty of water and snacks with them to sessions.

To view our policies, please visit:

Further Development

Many of our students progress onto our full-time, professional training courses.

The Associate classes and courses are the perfect stepping stone for this.



per academic term

1 - 2 Classes | £55

3 - 4 Classes | £50




per academic term             

1 - 2 Classes | £90           

3 - 4  Classes | £85       

5 - 6  Classes | £80  


Registration Fee | £5, paid upon application 

Exam Fees | Paid in addition to class fees where applicable


Term Dates

Classes run on

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday’s

2023 / 2024

Summer Term 2024:

Saturday 20th April - Saturday 6th July 2024


Half Term:

Saturday 1st June 2024


We will also be closed Saturday 29th June 2024.

2024 / 2025

Autumn Term 2024:

Saturday 14th September - Saturday 30th November 2024


Half Term:

Saturday 26th October - Saturday 2nd November 2024

How to Apply



Enrol now


Request a free trial session


Contact us if you have a question

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The Arts Centre Guildford, 221 Epsom Road,

Merrow, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 2RE


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