Footlights is coming to Fallowfield MCR Central on 21st September 2019 – check our facebook page or school leaflet for opening times for the OPEN DAY only. Below are the regular class times.

Do you live in or around Fallowfield or Didsbury? Does your child…

  • Love performing & dream of being on the West End stage, on TV or in film?
  • Want to learn how to act, sing and dance?
  • Want to meet & make friends with children who share their interests?

Does this sound like your child? Then Footlights MCR Central is the right place for them.

Where we are: MEA ACADEMY, Lytham  Road, Fallowfield M14 6PL

Class Times

  9.30am – 11am    3 years –  4 years
11.30am –   1pm    5 years –  6 years

 9.45am  –   1pm    7 years – 18 years

Our 3 to 6 years are taught acting, singing and dance in bite size manageable chunks with the same teacher.  All main school classes are taught in age groups, with three different tutors specialising in acting, singing and dance.

Footlights MCR Central is a brand-new school opening in Fallowfield, owned by singing professional Ella Fontaine.

Ella has been acting, singing and playing the piano from an early age. She landed a role in her first professional opera just aged 16. Born and raised on the Isle of Man, Ella moved to Manchester as she loved the vibe and diversity of the city. She trained as a classical singer in Manchester and at the Royal Welsh College of music and Drama and sang professionally in operas and musical theatre. She has performed at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and for the BBC PROMS at the royal Albert Hall as well as for the BBC sound festival in Scotland.

Over the last twelve years she has become a specialist singing teacher, voice coach and choral conductor working privately around the UK and in Manchester Schools and music services. Training in voice rehab, and concerned with correct and healthy singing technique, and the benefits of singing for mental health. Ella is also a founding member of Stretford Youth Choir.

Earlier on in her career Ella worked at a theatre school and since has always wanted to set up her own, and so Footlights Mcr Central was born  – Read More

What to expect

 During your child’s time at Footlights MCR Central, our tutors will mentor them to help them realise their dreams of becoming a performer, by sharing their professional experiences, as well as facilitating and teaching performance techniques.

Footlights delivers quality performing arts training and our aim is to ensure that each child gets the most out of their experience by building their essential life skills and instilling confidence, whilst having lots of fun and meeting new friends. In addition to core performing arts skills, they will,

    • Have confidence when socialising and in nursery or school
    • Be encouraged to talk expressively in a structured, yet exciting forum
    • Be inspired when taking part in discussions
    • Be listened to when building skills in decision making
    • Always be working as part of a team

Their learning will give them the basics and arguably the most important components of the performing arts.

The younger the child is when they take up an activity or interest the better, as in the right environment and with the right teacher they underpin the foundation to their learning and will already have a head-start on their peers.

You will find the Footlights approach friendly and energetic. We pride ourselves on inclusivity and being an encouraging company for your child to thrive in acting, singing and dance. We have superb progression rates from our schools, with the majority of our young students going onto performing arts colleges and drama schools.

We know you want to find the right balance between ensuring your child gets a good performing arts education, has fun and at the same time keeps up with their important mainstream education. We understand this, so this is why our method to developing your child’s Acting, Singing and Dancing will complement their academic studies. Plus, at Footlights, your child will benefit from the opportunity to take internationally recognised examinations through LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts).

There is also the option for students to audition for professional work in film, theatre and modelling via our agency, Footlights Personal Management (our recent successes include Game of Thrones and the CBBC series ‘KATY’).

Book a free trial today at Footlights MCR Central and see for yourself.

Want to know more? Why not take a look at our FAQ’s

Class Times

  9.30am  -11am    3 years – 4 years
11.30am – 1pm     5 years – 6 years

  9.45am –  1pm    7 years – 18 years

Our 3 to 6 years are taught acting, singing and dance in bite size manageable chunks with the same teacher.  All main school classes are taught in age groups, with three different tutors specialising in acting, singing and dance.

Tiny's Tutor

Tiny's Tutor

All our tutors have extensive in experience both in the performing arts sector and education.

In Tiny’s your child is taught acting, singing and dance in bite-size chunks, so that they can grasp the techniques easier, have fun and  develop a love for the arts from a young age. 

The Tiny’s concept is to prepare your child for main school. By the time that they leave the Tiny’s group, your child will be ahead of most 7 year olds who are new to performing arts. Our passion to teach will bring your child’s confidence to life.

Acting Tutor

Acting Tutor

During Acting your child will learn improvisation, script reading, character analysis, explore new plays, learn about tv and film acting, all within a safe, fun environment. Acting class creates a place where your child can express themselves freely and we will ensure encourage them to be their best self, drawing on their existing skills and teaching them new ones so they can reach their full potential.

You will see their transformation when they perform twice a year, we also offer LAMDA qualifications in acting so you can track their progress.

Singing Tutor

Singing Tutor

In our singing classes, your child will learn how to warm up their vocal chords, how to use their bodies to create the best sound, they will learn breath control, how to support their voice and how to sustain it.  We’ll train them to sing in harmonies, a group as well, or in a duet. They will learn about composers from Musical Theatre, as well as sing pop songs. In class, we also encourage them to sight read and recognise terminology. All this is done in a safe environment where they will learn to relax so the voice can sing – we can’t wait to hear them!

Dance Tutor

Dance Tutor

Our dance tutor aims to teach your child brand new skills in dance, commercial, ballet, street and of course musical theatre. Their passion and drive will keep your child engaged and develop their excitement even further in the art of dance. Your child will work on timing, precision and technique as well as choreography, we will tailor her lesson to the groups skill set, so if your child is a little more advanced we will challenge them and if your child is brand new they will be set short term achievable goals to inspire them.