Stagecoach Hove

A very warm welcome to Stagecoach Performing Arts Hove!  We provide quality part-time training in the performing arts for children aged 4-18 years. Our aim is encourage and stretch our students with fun and creative lessons that are bespoke to our school.  Careful planning ensures we offer material that best suits the needs and abilities of all our students and helps them grow in confidence whilst developing their skills.   We support and nurture all students equally whether they are here to enjoy singing, dancing and acting with like-minded children, wish to make new friends or have aspirations to take it that step further and pursue a professional career in performing arts.   Our school diary is always bursting with workshops, shows and appearances at external events with new themes offered each term to keep things fresh and exciting!  Come and join the fun today!

Our classes run on Friday evenings and Sunday mornings at Aldrington CofE Primary School, Hove.

Principal Rebecca Manning

Your child is in safe hands. All of our Team are Enhanced DBS checked.


Spring term 2021

All our classes are currently on hold until we can return to our venue. Parents will be kept fully up to date via email. If you're interested in joining our school once we re-open, you can still apply for one of our available classes or go on a waiting list via the options below.

Childcare Vouchers

We are registered with Ofsted, which means we can accept Childcare Vouchers and Tax-Free Childcare for all our classes and holiday workshops. We hope this will help many more children access our school. Please email Principal Rebecca at for more information.


We love getting involved in local events and giving students the opportunity to perform outside of Stagecoach. Regular features include the Brighton Children's Parade in May as well as "Paddle round the Pier" in July. We can't wait to get back to performing in the community soon!

Weekly Classes

Early Stages (for ages 4-6 yrs)

Stagecoach Early Stages
Early Stages classes run alongside the main Stagecoach schools, where young people learn skills in each of the three Musical Theatre disciplines of singing, dancing & drama, so it is an easy step when it is time to transfer to the next stage.

(90 minutes each week)

Main Stages (for ages 6-18 yrs)

Stagecoach Main Stages
Main Stages classes are split in three age appropriate groups, where young people learn new skills in each of the complementary Musical Theatre disciplines of singing, dancing & drama. We nurture the shy and apprehensive, until they find their feet and voice, whilst at the same time developing and channelling those with bundles of talent, confidence and energy. We believe in the potential of every child!

(3 hrs each week)

Holiday Workshops

Meet The Team

Principal - Rebecca Manning

Rebecca's love of performing began at a young age when she aspired to be in "Legs & Co" - a dance group who had a regular weekly spot on BBC1's "Top of the Pops".   Her road to the stage began by enrolling at a local dance school in Hampshire before continuing on to train full-time at the Arts Educational Schools in London. Upon graduating, Rebecca travelled the world performing as a professional dancer and choreographer and held the position of Dance Captain for numerous cruise lines, theatre productions and casinos. Rebecca retired from performing at the end of 2006 and now works as a freelance dance teacher and choreographer throughout the Sussex region. 
Rebecca has taught both Dance and Early Stages for many different branches of Stagecoach over the past 10 years and also runs her own Wedding Dance Company and Birthday Dance Party Company. 
Rebecca became Principal of Stagecoach Hove in September 2011 and says: 
"It is a real joy visiting the classes each week in my role as Principal and seeing the wonderful work that is going on and the fun the students are having. I am always amazed at the progress they make under the guidance of my teachers and how their confidence grows throughout each term. It is a privilege to be involved in their development in such key areas as confidence building and being able to express themselves. We have a really friendly, inclusive school and new students are instantly made to feel welcome and part of their group. I love my Sunday mornings at Stagecoach and know the students and teachers do too."

Rebecca has worked hard to build the school up to the vibrant and exciting place it is today.  Following on from the success of the Sunday morning classes, a Friday after school branch was opened in January 2016.

Rebecca has a real passion for all aspects of the performing arts and only wishes Stagecoach had been around when she was younger! 

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