About

At Performing Arts East we aim to bring friendly dance classes to pupils in rural Norfolk. 

Classes are developed to explore the physical boundaries of the body, learn safe practice and make new friends.
By keeping classes small we can offer lots of one to one attention so your child will get the most out of each lesson. Our Ballet and Tap classed are entered into ISTD examinations.

Every two years the school produces a show which all pupils are invited to participate in. This gives pupils important performance experience, which builds confidence and is a fantastic platform to showcase the skills they have been learning, also offering a chance for friends and family to come along and watch what we have been working on.

Our school has very close ties with the community working alongside the Heart of Gissing to offer classes and projects, not to mention the local fetes and carnivals that we are invited to dance and sing at.

We also work in partnership with local Primary Schools offering dance class and our musical theatre classes at Dicklebrough are full and bursting with enthusiastic young performers.

Teaching Staff


Sam Watt, Principal of Performing Arts East

Sam Watt is the Principal at Performing Arts East. Sam is an ex professional dancer and choreographer. She trained at Northern Ballet School and the Urdang Academy in London and worked in the industry for ten years, on screen, on stage and behind the scenes before returning to Norfolk to start her family and continue her passion for dance. With over ten years teaching experience Sam is always continuing her professional development and looking for new was ways to inspire young dancers, regularly travelling across the country to attend courses and teacher training seminars. She is a qualified ISTD teacher, fully DBS checked and first aid trained.

Shannon Spurden completed her vocational training at Northern Ballet School and worked abroad as a professional dancer before deciding to head back to Norfolk and pursue her passion of working with children and dance. She is currently undertaking early years pre school teacher training and has taken her ISTD teaching exams. She holds a DBS check.

Lauren Armour was a pupil at Performing Arts East before going off to study vocationally at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. When she is not performing and furthering her training she comes back to Norfolk to guest teach and choreograph for us. Lauren holds a DBS check.