Performing Arts

The Walkfares Performing Arts Centre is the home of New Hall’s thriving Music, Dance and Drama Departments. Passionate staff, state-of-the-art facilities and the opportunity to take part in performances, national competitions and examinations provides students with all the resources they need to reach their full potential.


Dance at New Hall School takes the form of a dedicated Dance School, with a successful Dance Company available for those who show an exceptional ability. 

Classes take place after school, during lunchtimes and on Saturdays. 

Students have the chance to take part in dance shows in public theatres and at special events, including at the Civic Theatre in the city of Chelmsford, and in national competitions.

Dance Uniform List for September 2017 | PDF

2017-2018 Dance Calendar

Michaelmas Term - Weekdays


Dance Term Dates

Open Morning

No Saturday School

No Saturday School

Rising Stars Dance Competition

Half Term

Suffolk Dance Festival

Mock Exams Modern and Tap

Mock Ballet examinations

Thursday 7 September – Saturday 9 December

Saturday 30 September (Advanced  Company only)

Saturday 30 September

Saturday 14 October (Taster day)

14 - 15 October and  21-22 October

Monday 23 October – Sunday 5 November

4 - 5 November and 11-12 November

Saturday 25 - Sunday 26 November

Saturday 1 - Sunday 2 December

Ballet Examinations

Modern and Tap Examinations

Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 December

Thursday 7 and Friday 8 December

Christmas Dance Party

Lent Term - Weekdays

Saturday 9 December 3.00 -6.00pm


Dance Term Dates

BDTD Dance Comp

No Saturday School

Sudbury Dance Comp

Saturday Classes return

Move It Trip

Monday 8 January - Wednesday 28 March

20 - 21 January and 27 - 28 January

Saturday 10 February

10 - 15 February

Saturday 17 February

Friday 16 March (Advance Dance Company only)

Dance Examinations

Last Saturday class

Friday 23 March

Saturday 24 March

Trinity Term - Weekdays


Dance Term Dates

Open Morning

Wednesday 18 April – Saturday 30 June

Saturday 5 May

Dance Show Rehearsal (New Hall School)

The Colchester Dance competition

The Chelmsford Dance Competition

Saturday 12  May



Dance Show Rehearsal (Civic Theatre)

Saturday 23 June

Dance Show (Civic Theatre)

Disneyland Paris Trip

Dance Summer School (Over The Rainbow)

Saturday 23 June (7.00pm) and Sunday 24 June (1.30pm & 5.00pm)

Saturday 21 - Monday 23 July

28 - 30 August



Drama forms part of the weekly curriculum for all Year 7, 8 and 9 students.  The Eaton Theatre, equipped with the latest in lighting and sound technology, provides a great performance venue, whilst in Walkfares the well-equipped, versatile studios provide the perfect environment for both teaching and more intimate performances. 

All students are encouraged to participate in the English Speaking Board (ESB) or London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) programmes. 

Each year, the Senior School puts on four major productions, and whether students are interested in acting, production or theatre management, there is an opportunity for them to take part both on and off the stage. There are also two productions for students in Years 7-9 and two for Years 10-13 each year, allowing students of every age a chance to take on a major role. 

Students also have the opportunity to be involved in the yearly Monologue and Duologue competition, take part in workshops with visiting drama practitioners and attend regular theatre trips to London. 



Music has a long and fine tradition at New Hall School. Individual lessons are available in a range of disciplines, with visiting music teachers and a large staff team enabling any musical talent to be nurtured to its full potential. 

There is a host of performing groups, including senior and junior choirs, chamber choirs, a chapel choir, a senior orchestra, a strings academy, wind bands, a guitar ensemble, and chamber groups.

The facilities available to students, including recording studios and a ‘rock room’ mean that non-traditional musical interests are also more than catered for. 

Regular performances are given by students in assemblies, lunchtime recitals and concerts. Students take part in regional and national musical festivals and competitions, and groups tour regularly to perform in major venues in Europe, which in the past have included St. Peters, Rome; St. Marks, Venice; Westminster Cathedral, London, as well as on BBC Television.

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