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Party evening with free classes to mark 25 years of Performing Arts excellence in Stone

Rooftop Studios 25 YearsStone dance and performing arts school Rooftop Studios will open its doors to the public for an evening of free classes and performances this Friday, 29th June

The event marks Rooftops 25th anniversary and will showcase the newly-renovated studios diverse range of classes and quality teaching, whilst helping promote a key message about why children should be encouraged to maintain extra-curricular activities throughout their school years.
Studio director, Laura Keeling, explains:
“Weve been offering quality performing arts training in Stone for 25 years now, and our Saturday Stage Academy has been running for 11 years. Over this time, weve seen hundreds of students pass through; growing in confidence and learning key life skills. While many go on to a career in the arts, these skills are invaluable on both a social and personal level whatever path students take – and some of the higher exam grades can even count toward UCAS points.

“Recently, we have seen many students being asked to quit all their outside activities to concentrate on their school work, which is very sad. We understand that there is a lot of pressure on youngsters to perform academically and would never diminish the importance of good grades, but kids really need to carry on with their outside hobbies – it will help them to get rid of any pressure they are feeling, give them an outlet to express themselves and clear their heads! I remember during my A-levels going to my dance classes even during my exam time gave me the down-time I needed to regain focus to revise again, and I worry that many today are missing out.

“When you add to the equation that the arts has had its funding cut in many schools, the need for studios such as ours to offer children a creative outlet becomes even more important. We have undergone a significant programme of renovation and reoganisation at the studio and my aim is to create a creative hub in the heart of Stone, where all areas of dance, drama, music and art can be explored.

“Wed like to welcome anyone locally who is involved with childrens lives – teachers, parents, grandparents, coaches, childminders – to the celebration party to see our venue, meet the team and view the new timetable. That way, if they come across a child who shows a talent in any area they will know where to recommend to them, and hopefully having met our team will know that we will offer them all the support and guidance they need to reach their full potential.” 
The studio party will take place on Friday 29th June from 4pm; starting with free trial classes including ballet & tap for 2 – 5 year olds; Little Stage Academy for 3 – 7 year olds; a free Street Dance demo & class for 5 – 12 year olds and a kids disco party-demo for 3 – 12 year olds. There will also be a Creative Art workshop led by Sarah Sutton, where kids will be able to add their own creative element to a huge canvas that will later be on display at the studio, and a guitar & drum workshop.

There will also be ample entertainment throughout the evening – between 7.30 – 8.15pm a ‘Whose Line is it Anyway’ style Drama Improvisation, with teams made up from the studios Drama students competing against one another. At 8.30pm students past and present will perform a medley of songs to showcase their considerable talent and, from 9pm singing and drama teacher Kit Hensons band – formally the resident band in the Alton Towers Hotel – will perform through to the end of the night.

There will also be complimentary food and drink and face painting on offer throughout, alongside the chance to meet the Rooftop Studios team and view the refurbished studios and exciting new timetable.

The event is open to all and free to attend – for full details and times of the free classes and workshops and to reserve a space for your child, head to or email

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