JA Performing Arts

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Never miss a chance to dance

JA Performing Arts is a Dance and Performing Arts School based in Clacton.  We are Claire & Gemma, we are sisters, originally from Clacton and took over JA Performing Arts in 2015.  We run Dance and Performing Arts classes for toddlers, children and adults in our purpose built studios in Clacton.  All classes offer a free trial class!

We are a family orientated dance school, as it is exactly that, a family! Our Mum, Jackie, founded the dance school in Clacton in 1988 – we never remember a time without the school!  We have always been hard workers, from working for Mum at the school on a Saturday morning, to now owning the school, we will NEVER be happy to sit back!  Our promise is to always give our students the best opportunities we can.

Great opportunities for all ages

Dancing & Performing Arts are more than a hobby. It provides learners (of all ages!) the space and opportunity to leave the world outside and focus on something just for them. Whether this is mastering doing up their own tap shoes in Pre Primary Tap, or having the confidence to simply turn up to your first Adult Ballet class, we are here to support and guide you, from your initial enquiry to your first class!

Positive experience

We pride ourselves on having a team that can cater for all ages and abilities. Our teachers have been selected as they have a wealth of knowledge in their subject specialism. At JA Performing Arts, we will always make sure we offer the best opportunities to our students. We have always ensured students get the correct balance of both performance opportunities and technical training, whilst having the most fun in each and every class!

Healthy body and mind

We are real advocates that when you have been in the studio, you should leave feeling two things, 1-Fulfilled and 2-With a sense of achievement. Whether this is due to achieving a personal goal, having had a great work out, or overcoming something you have been working towards.


My granddaughter goes to JA & absolutely loves it. During lockdown she had zoom classes, she looked forward to these classes every week. JA Performing arts is a wonderful, friendly, family feel place that I would always recommend.

L Sheriff, Grandparent

I'm so glad that my daughter is getting such a fabulous experience: lessons, workshops, biannual showcase and internationally recognised grades. Thanks to all at JA

K Reid, Parent

Parker absolutely loves dancing, she never wants to miss a class & can't wait to get there! The confidence, relationships & experiences she has gained after 2 years is really amazing especially with her still being so little!

Katie Tarrant, Parent

Can’t recommend JA enough. my little girl started there last year and attends baby ballet and hip hop... she absolutely loves it. Not only is the teachers brilliant with the children, all the girls and boys really look out for each other So lovely to see

Natalie Heffer, Parent

My daughter loves going to Tots Ballet. She took part in the show, and loved it! She has grown so much in confidence too

Karen Wheat, Parent

What a wonderful inclusive & supportive dance school. Sasha has been there for many years & continues to love every moment.

Louise Buxton, Parent

My Granddaughter has been going to JA since she was just 4 & it’s a very big part of her life! The teachers have instilled her with so much confidence! We would recommend this wonderful dance school to anyone.

Lynn Garner, Grandmother

My children have been going to JA Performing arts for nearly 5 years & their confidence and progress over this time has been amazing. They love their dance family & Miss Gemma, who is always kind & supportive. They will have many more happy years here. I highly recommend this dance school.

Tracey Ann, parent

My daughter started with JA when she was 3 until she was 18. She performed in some amazing shows, where they all worked so hard but enjoyed every moment, she absolutely loved her JA family.

Louise Sheriff, Parent

Kirra really enjoys going to dance and looks forward to it each week because it is an extremely friendly and welcoming group. If she has had a bad day at school, after dance she feels significantly better.

Jo Mumford, Parent

I have nothing but positive things to say about JA. The atmosphere is warm, friendly & fun. The teachers are enthusiastic & provide positive feedback that nurtures confidence and self-esteem.

Katherine Reid, Parent

I love adult ballet so much I go twice a week! Miss Jackie is the best teacher you could wish for. She’s encouraging, enthusiastic, patient. I cannot recommend it highly enough!

Anne-Marie, Adult Ballet

Friday Ballet sessions are the highlight of my week! The clases are brilliant to keep fit & keep up with Dancing - even if you've never danced before everyone in the group is so friendly and supportive. I definitely recommend anyone to join and give it try!

Andrew, Adult Ballet

Such a wonderful, friendly team who treat all with care and knowledge. Adult ballet is a fantastic way to regain fitness & flexibility, in a fabulous, friendly atmosphere. Can’t recommend highly enough!

Sam Booth, Adult Ballet


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