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A message from the Principal

Thank you for checking out our website. Take a browse around and see our wide range of courses and classes, available, we’re sure to have something to interest everyone! We offer a warm and friendly environment for students to learn a variety of professional, disciplined performing arts subjects. All of our tutors are widely recognised industry professionals; they have lots of teaching experience working with all age groups and levels. All our adult and senior students have the opportunity to perform in a variety of top London theatres at the end of each 12 week course and the Junior school (including Pineapple Chunks) perform in an all singing all dancing production at the end of the Summer term! It’s also a great place to meet new people and build confidence, whilst developing your performing arts skills. I look forward to welcoming you one day at Pineapple Dance Studios to take part in one of our many courses or classes on offer!

Maggie Paterson

All classes take place at Pineapple Dance Studios in London’s Covent Garden. Principal Maggie Paterson, a teacher at the studios for over 35 years, opened the Performing Arts School in the building in September 1998. Every Sunday since then the studios have buzzed with the energy of over 350 students singing, dancing and acting.

Students are accepted from the age of three, “Pineapple Chunks” The remainder of the school is divided into junior school students aged five-eleven years, senior school students aged eleven to seventeen years and adults courses, for anyone regardless of experience aged eighteen plus. For more detailed information on the various age groups, please see the Courses Available section.


  • Provide students with an exceptionally high standard of teaching in all aspects of dance and theatre studies
  • Extend to all students the opportunity to perform regularly at major theatres and events
  • Encourage and reward effort and achievement
  • Respect and encourage the individuality of each and every student

Take a browse through our website to discover more about PPAS and how you can enrol to become part of this exciting award winning school now with 21 year’s experience!

If you are interested but a little unsure, why not come along for a trial day before enrolling fully. This is an ideal way to see if what we have on offer is for you before committing fully.

In addition to our extensive list of Courses and Classes that run throughout the year on a Sunday you may also be interested in our Summer Schools, or maybe a tailor made school group programme, themed parties and or aWest End Workshop? All are individually designed to suit your own individual requirements, regardless of group size and ability!

If you would like us to keep you up to date on our classes, courses, workshops, master classes auditions and performances simply join our mailing list by going to our contact page.

We strongly believe that not only have these courses had a massive impact towards the performing arts training of children, teenagers and adults, but that we have introduced a unique style and approach to dance and theatre studies.

Adam Shorey
I started at Pineapple Performing Arts School in September 1999 at the age of 12. Over the years, I’ve progressed through the Junior School, Senior School and eventually on to the Adult course. I feel like I grew up at PPAS and I will forever be grateful for everything I learnt and for the many performance opportunities I had, regularly performing in London theatres, on national television and at massive events such as Proms in the Park. PPAS has been such an important part of my training and gave me so many skills that would prove to be essential as I embarked on full time training. In September 2009 I went to Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts where I completed the full time MA course in Musical Theatre. Since graduating in September 2010, I have been fortunate to secure representation with an Agent and am now auditioning and working in the industry. I am also very proud to be part of the PPAS Drama faculty and teach regularly at the school every Sunday.

— Adam Shorey

Age 31