Special Workshops

Workshops held so far............

From time to time WOAPA organises specialist workshops for our students (and visitors). Here are some of the workshops we have held so far...

Lucy Jane Adcock
Mamma Mia Workshop

On 20th May 2017, West-end performer Lucy Jane Adcock visited WOAPA for a Mamma Mia workshop.

An ex cast-member of Mamma Mia, Lucy choreographed a song & dance routine to 'Mamma Mia' and 'Dancing Queen'.

Students had a great time with Lucy and we hope to work with her again in the future.

Mykal Rand                                                                                                Performer / Choreographer /Director                                                Musical Theatre Masterclass 

WOAPA was delighted to welcome professional Performer/Choreographer/Director MYKAL RAND to Witney for a Musical Theatre masterclass with our students on Saturday April 29th 2017. 

Mykal took students through a dance routine from 'Starlight Express' in which he played Electra for many years.

Everyone who took part in the workshops were inspired by Mykal's professionalism and energy.

Don't Hate The Players Theatre Company
The Taming of the Shrew workshop 

Don’t Hate The Players’ Theatre Company visited WOAPA for a special workshop, prior to their performances of Shakespeare’s 'The taming of the shrew' in Oxford. 

Actors from the company (pictured) demonstrated some of the scenes from the play, as well as exploring some characters with students at West Oxfordshire Academy of Performing Arts.

Ben Davies
Commercial / Street Dance Workshop

Described as ‘incredible’ by Simon Cowell,Ben is a former UK Street Dance champion who won an ‘Outstanding Contribution to Youth Dance’ award from Youth Dance England.
Most recently, Ben has worked with Cher Lloyd, X-Factor live shows and on the BBC Music Awards with acts such as Ellie Goulding, Jess Glynne, Years and Years and OMI. Ben has also recently been a judge on Purestar’s ‘Stars of the Future’ competition. Ben’s other choreography credits include The Voice, Got to Dance, Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew, The London 2012 Olympics and on Britain’s Got Talent with his own troupe:  Addict Initiative. Ben also teaches across the country delivering commercial classes and workshops and has an incredible followingfrom the next generation of commercial dancers. 

We were delighted that Ben was able to visit to our academy in Witney. Students learned the latest dance styles and skills from one of the most promising choreographers in the industry

Antony Edwards
Irish Dance Workshop

An accomplished dancer, Antony has performed in pantomime, on cruise ships and has appeared in productions all around the world including 'Spirit Of The Dance' with Spirit Productions.

Antony also appeared in The Snowman, in London's West-end and on tour (Christmas 2015).  

We were delighted that Antony was able to visit WOAPA to deliver an Irish Dance workshop at the start of our Autumn Term, in September 2015. 

Don't Hate The Players Theatre Company
Julius Caesar workshop 

Don’t Hate The Players’ Theatre Company visited WOAPA for a special workshop, prior to their performances of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in Oxford. 

Actors from the company, Brian Chandrabose, Kieran Donnelly & Craig Finlay, demonstrated some of the fight scenes from the play, as well as exploring some characters and scenes with students at West Oxfordshire Academy of Performing Arts. 

Some students from WOAPA then saw the play in Oxford and attended a Q & A session after the performance.

James Robinson
Choreographer & Dancer 

James has danced for artists such as Jessie J, Leona Lewis, Peter Andre, Pixie Lott and The Saturdays, as well as on television programmes such as 'X-Factor' and 'So You Think You Can Dance?'. 

The workshops throughout the day, took our students through various dance styles including musical theatre and commercial / street dance. Drawing from his wealth of experience in performance and choreography, James offered the children a rare insight into the life of a professional dancer. At the end of each workshop all the children took part in a short presentation for families and friends 

HunkyPunk Theatre Company

“HunkyPunk” is a theatre company which specialises in mask-theatre for children. 

The HunkyPunk team visited our Young Performer sessions at WOAPA to perform their new show “Vile Violet: Child Pirate” (for ages 3 – 6yrs) as well as running some fun games and puppet play with the children.

Jo Hawes
Children's Casting Director
West End theatres, London

Jo is responsible for casting the children for Miss Saigon, The Lion King, Oliver!, Les Miserables, Shrek – The Musical, The Turn Of The Screw at the Almeida and Goodnight Mr Tom. She also manages the children in Matilda the Musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Before the Party at the Almeida and Fences at the Theatre Royal Bath.

About the workshop (in Jo’s own words): “Over the last 17 years I gradually came to the conclusion that many children would benefit from Masterclasses in The Art of Auditioning. I have seen many children unsuccessful in the audition process because they have not shown their considerable talents to a panel of directors who only have a very short time in which to make a decision. I started these classes in October 2010 and now travel all over the country. The classes are specifically designed to empower children and to help them understand what creative teams are looking for, how to behave and how to use their nerves. They also include a wealth of other practical information. I am not intending to teach children how to sing dance or act – they know that already – but I do want to help them develop good audition technique”.

Dave Rose
Musical Director
West-end & Touring 

Dave Rose has been Musical Director for several West-end and touring musicals including 'Joseph', Starlight Express, Ghost, Shrek and Wicked and we were very lucky that Dave was able to take time out of his very busy schedule to visit the students at WOAPA.

The students performed some routines for Dave and then they were treated to a Q & A session, where they were able to learn from his first-hand experience of providing music for professional performances. WOAPA students then saw David conduct Starlight Express when the tour visited Oxford

Beauty & The Beast 

On Saturday 10th November 2012, the cast of Beauty & The Beast visited WOAPA for a special "Be Our Guest" workshop. 

The students of West Oxfordshire Academy of Performing Arts had been learning songs, dances and scenes from the musical at the Saturday theatre school. 

Oxford Operatic Society performed Disney's Beauty and the Beast at the New Theatre, Oxford and staff, students, parents & friends of WOAPA watched them perform on their opening night

Sohan Kailey
Aashiyana Arts 

Sohan Kailey is a Performing Artist, Dancer, Professional Entertainer, Actor and Children's Entertainer. He has been involved in the performing arts for many years and has worked with various organisations to engage audiences in dance and performance. 

Sohan is always looking at creative ways of delivering his workshops and activities in an entertaining way. As a young boy he grew up watching Indian Film Cinema (Bollywood) and Broadway musicals. 

Sohan visited WOAPA and spent a day teaching Bhangra dance and Bollywood dance to the students. He gave a real insight into ancient folk dance, right up to modern day.At the end of the session, parents were invited to join in the fun too

Tim Noble
Purestar Productions
Kylie Minogue Choreographer 

Before joining Kylie Minogue’s team, Tim appeared in the west end in “Grease The Musical” and “Starlight Express”. After joining Kylie, Tim was her main dancer, Dance Captain and he also choreographed a number of her videos and live international shows, including her “Show Girl World Tour” in 2005.As well as working with Kylie, Noble’s company ‘Purestar Productions’ has worked with performers such as Girls Aloud, Madonna, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Jamelia.  Tim has also worked as choreographer and dance mentor on ‘Pop idol’ in Holland. Other projects include Disney’s High School Musical spectacular and the UK National Sister Act Tou. rWhile continuing to choreograph for international stars, Noble works tirelessly to inspire and motivate young talent in the UK. “We aim to give kids the wow factor, give them a boost and really motivate them,” he says

The Tim Noble workshops were part of the launch of the WOAPA – West Oxfordshire’s independant theatre school for children. We are so excited to be able to bring top professionals like Tim to work with our students in Witney. It was such a rare treat to have Tim visit us. I’m sure everyone who took part in the workshops were inspired by his talent and infectious energy.

The workshops, throughout the day, took students through various dance styles including musical theatre and commercial dance. Drawing from his wealth of experience in performance and choreography, Tim offered the children a rare insight into the life of a professional dancer. At the end of each workshop all the children took part in a presentation for families and friends, and each child received a certificate from Tim. Each child also received a souvenir T shirt as a reminder of the day.

This was a wonderful opportunity to work with someone with Tim’s amazing experience. He was an inspiration to all who took part. For many, it really was a day to remember.

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