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About Us

A message from the principal:

Maggie PatersonThank 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 teenage 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 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
  • Encourage and reward effort and achievement.
  • Respect and encourage the individuality of each and every student.

Take a browse through our website to discover the Pineapple Performing Arts School unique courses and classes that are available, read up on our top class tutors profiles, plus up and coming live shows You can also read our success stories and discover how you can enrol to become part of this exciting award winning performing arts school based at the UK’s most famous Dance Studio.

If you are interested but a little unsure, why not come along for a trial day before enrolling fully. Whatever you decide to do, we look forward to welcoming you to the exciting world of Pineapple Performing Arts School. In addition to our extensive list of Courses and Classes that run throughout the year you may also be interested in our tailor made programmes, themed parties and West End Workshops to suit your own individual or group requirements.

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.

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… Read More
Adam Shorey – Age 25Adam Shorey