ZAZZ Dance & Performing Arts Academy

Welcome to ZAZZ Dance and Performing Arts Academy!

At ZAZZ, we’re more than just a dance school—we’re an award-winning hub of creativity and passion. Located in the heart of Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne & Wear, our mission is to inspire and nurture dancers of all ages and abilities. Let’s take a closer look at what makes ZAZZ special:

  1. Education and Excellence:

    • Our dance and performing arts education programs are second to none. Whether you’re a tiny tot taking your first steps or a seasoned performer, we’ve got classes tailored just for you.
    • Explore a diverse range of styles, including Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Ballroom, Latin American, Sequence, Street/Freestyle, Cheerleading, Irish Dancing, Drama, Singing, Musical Theatre, Acrobatic Arts, Contemporary Dance, Hoops, and Silks Aerial.
  2. The ZAZZ Theatre:

    • Step into The ZAZZ Theatre, our cabaret-style venue where magic happens. From captivating recitals to thrilling performances, our stage is alive with energy and talent.
    • And don’t forget to visit our nearby Dance & Theatre Boutique—a treasure trove of dancewear essentials!
  3. Capturing Moments:

    • ZAZZ Photography offers a fully equipped photo studio. Whether it’s headshots, dance portraits, or creative shoots, we’re here to freeze those special moments in time.
  4. Our Legacy:

    • Founded in 1984 by Principal Anne Thompson, ZAZZ has blossomed into one of the North-East’s largest Dance and Performing Arts centres.
    • Anne, also the President of the Northern Counties Dance Teachers Association (2023-2024), brings her expertise and passion to every class.
  5. Spotlight Performances:

    • Our pupils shine on stages across the country and beyond. From the Sunderland Empire to His Majesty’s Theatre in London, they’ve wowed audiences with their talent.
    • Cruise ships, Disneyland, television, and radio—our dancers leave their mark wherever they go.
  6. Alumni Success:

    • Former ZAZZ students have gone on to study at prestigious performing arts colleges across the UK.
    • Some even tread the boards of London’s iconic West End, making their mark in the industry.

Join us at ZAZZ, where dreams take flight and passion knows no bounds. Let’s dance together!


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