Welcome to Footlight Performance Academy

Dance classes for children walking through to adults

Footlight Performance Academy, incorporating Born2Perform, is a long established organisation offering dance and musical theatre training to a variety of ages throughout the local area.

The Dorset based theatre school was established in 1987 and the school offers many years of experience in the performing arts profession from it’s many locations around Wimborne.

Classes are available in RAD Ballet, ISTD Tap and Modern, LAMDA drama, singing and DDMIX for adults.

Footlight offer a warm and nurturing environment for all ages, and many of the footlight students have gone on to work in musical theatre and with professional dance companies.

Their future is our passion.

Don’t just take our word for it…


My daughter has been dancing at Footlight for 8 years. I have watched her grow in confidence, gaining not only ability but a strong 99and lasting friendship group. We both look forward to many more years to come.

Sally Weaver (Parent)

Well footlight is like a second home and the minute you 99join you become part of the family. It’s something you can’t experience anywhere else.

Luke Pay (Student)

Footlight Performance Academy has done such a great job in providing me with a variety of professional and friendly dance classes, teaching strength, technique and performance whilst still having endless laughs! It has also offered me a place to express my personality in a safe environment whilst gain other valuable life lessons, 99such as working as a team, boosting my self esteem and giving me great social skills!

Natalie Taylor (Past Pupil)

My daughter has been attending Footlight Performance Academy for seven years. She began with the Little Cygnets ballet class at 3 years old and has blossomed into a confident young dancer of 10 years old. She has had first class teaching from qualified dance teachers throughout and has had the opportunity to join the Born to Perform group learning acting and singing skills. From excellent shows to fantastic exam results her teachers are a credit to their profession.99 All the children love coming and learn more and more each week and parents and children have made some long lasting friendships. What a fantastic school.

Victoria Hepburn (Parent)

All at Footlight show great warmth, encouragement and 99friendliness to the children and parents, we really have chosen the best Dance school, Thank you

Anna Faulkner (Parent)

Footlight 99has helped a very shy and timid little girl start to grow into a much more confident and happy child

Sam Thompson (Parent)

Footlight have 11 convenient locations across Wimborne & Poole

Merley Community Centre
Harrier Drive,
BH21 1XE

Merley First School
Oakley Straight,
BH21 1SD

St Michaels Church

Colehill Lane,
BH21 7AB

Colehill Methodist Church

Lonnen Road,
BH21 7AT

St Nicholas Church
30 Warhead Road,
Core Mullen,
BH21 3LE

Corfe Mullen Village Hall
Towers Way
Corfe Mullen
BH21 3UA

Wimborne (Leigh Park Community Centre)

Leigh Park Community Centre

Gordon Road,
BH21 2AP

St Barnabas Church

King John Avenue,
BH11 9TF

Bearwood Community Centre

King John Avenue,
BH11 9TF

Broadstone Scout Hall
Dunyeats Road
BH18 8AA

Broadstone War Memorial
Tudor Road
BH18 8AW