Stagecoach Liphook

Welcome to Stagecoach Liphook!
 
I am very proud to be principal of this energetic and busy school which has been running for 11 years. We welcome pupils through our doors every Friday and Saturday at Liphook Infants School from ages 4 - 19 years, to provide an all round performing arts experience. At Stagecoach Liphook, we pride ourselves on striving for excellence, every child is nurtured, supported and has fun along the way! Pupils can expect to be challenged, increase their confidence and communication skills all whilst making new friends and developing their skills and talents in drama, dance and singing.
 
Our students are given lots of opportunity to shine in class work, demonstrations, and our annual show, which takes place in a professional theatre environment. We have a Performance Team open to Main School Pupils, giving the chance for pupils to perform in local performances, festivals, the West End and even Disneyland Paris! Alongside our regular training, there is added value in the form of offering LAMDA exams in Acting or Musical Theatre, as well as group Performance Arts Awards, written reports, theatre trips, specialist workshops, professional representation for Theatre, Film and TV work.
 
Leanne, alongside her fantastic team of teachers, strives to deliver excellence in education, and inspire the students of Stagecoach Liphook - allowing each and every student to flourish not only in class, but in life!

LAMDA examinations offered

The Team

Principal Leanne Desmond - BA (Hons) Dance


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Summer Workshops

An absolute fabulous time was had by all at this years Summer Workshops. We really appreciate how hard our pupils work in such a short amount of time in order to put on such wonderful shows. They really do amaze us with their professionalism and talent! And it is always lovely to welcome lots of new pupils and make many new friends.

Autumn Term

Step aside all Hollywood Stars! Stagecoach Liphook will be heading to "A Night at The Oscars". Performed and presented by the pupils in a one off magical event. Themes will include in the awards categories "Best Actor in a Musical", "Best T.V Soap" and "Most dramatic performance on stage".

Shaftesbury

In April, a group of our students went to Shaftesbury Theatre and devised and delivered an original thought provoking and highly dramatic interpretation of events in a war torn city. For twelve of Liphook's pupils it was their first time ever on a West End stage and we really hope that it has given them a taste for more.

LAMDA

Students are now working on their LAMDA exam work this autumn term for their exam which will take place on Sunday 21st January. We will be supporting them every step the way and know that they will all work extremely hard. We offer LAMDA exams twice a year, as well as PAA biannually and we strongly support our pupils if they so wish to take them.

Weekly Classes

Early Stages (for ages 4-6 yrs)

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)

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)

Further Stages (for ages 15+ yrs)

Our advanced musical theatre sessions give talented students the chance to extend their performance skills.  Through in-depth training and master classes, we help students to hone their skills in singing, dancing and acting.  We also give students the confidence to audition for theatre and vocational drama schools (if that is their goal) and make sure they are well prepared for interviews and auditions. 

Fees in accordance with Main Stages.

Holiday Workshops

Meet The Team

Principal - Leanne Desmond - BA (Hons) Dance

Leanne completed her training as a dancer at the Laban Centre, obtaining a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre. In recent years she has had the fortunate opportunity to teach dance within mainstream schools, community settings, youth service, PRU units and gifted and talented schemes. Leanne has also taught and choreographed for numerous shows and productions. Credits include: Second Oldest Profession (Soho Theatre), NoCo Dance Company (Youth Dance England, Northern Contemporary Dance School, Leeds), Dance Opera, Prodanza Italia (Italy) and Pivitol Dance Company (Edinburgh Festival). Previously Leanne also taught dance for Stagecoach Shirley and Wokingham for 4 years.
 
She often visits schools or groups and choreographs for performances or competitions such as 'Rock Challenge'.
Leanne has also performed with numerous dance companies across the UK including Ginger Dance Theatre, Motionhouse, Footwerk Productions and Odd Soxs Dance Company to name a few. In the USA she has worked with Jean Issac Dance Company in San Diego.
 
Alongside running Stagecoach Liphook Leanne worked for three years as Youth Dance Coordinator for Hampshire Dance and Community Youth Dance Practitioner for Active Dorset. She has recently set up a new business inspired for Pre-school aged children, 'Little Dance Club'. Leanne captures the imaginations of children aged 18 months - 5 years in her Ballet, Tap and Street dance classes, using exciting props and inspiring music to take everyone on a magical journey. Leanne equally loves spending her time being a mum to her two young girls aged 2 and 4!

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