Italia Conti Associates


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About Us

Italia Conti has always recognised that the industry demands excellent standards of training in all areas. Our aim has always been to develop courses to fulfil these goals.

Italia Conti’s reputation is renowned throughout the World and the request for the training it offers outstretches the commuting practicalities of just a London based centre.

Demand resulted in the opening of some part-time Associate Schools throughout the Country.

No audition is required as we wish to encourage participation in the arts for all abilities.

Classes are offered to students between 6 and 18+ years (plus 3-5 years at some locations). Whether it’s for recreation, physical and social development or as a serious step towards a long-term career in performing arts, the emphasis is on enjoyment and first class training.

Our new Associate School in Newcastle delivers excellent classes on Saturday mornings in Musical Theatre, Dance, Acting and Singing. 




Nicola Smith – Principal

Nicola began her performing arts training at a young age and went on to graduate with a BA Hons Dance Choreography Degree. She has worked as a dance and musical theatre practitioner for the last ten years, teaching thousands of young people across the North East.  

Italia Conti is the industry leader in performing arts tuition and Nicola is incredibly excited to be bringing this world-renowned standard of training to Newcastle. As one of the best performing arts schools in the country, Italia Conti Newcastle allows each pupil to develop their passion in a fun, safe, and supportive environment.

Nicola can be contacted by email 

or 07902 148386.

What we do


Fun and engaging lessons which grow self-confidence in our students whilst exploring different performance techniques and theatrical styles. Modern and classical scripts, devising, improvisation and physical theatre are among the exciting topics taught by our inspiring tutors.


Classes that teach the core fundamentals of dance technique through a variety of genres including ballet, jazz, contemporary and commercial.

Our classes develop musicality, stamina, flexibility, and strength while encouraging the work ethic, dedication, and motivation to become better dancers.

Musical Theatre

Working on the combined elements of dancing, singing, and acting to create exciting and believable, ‘triple threat’ performances. Our tutors will work with the students on age-appropriate, relevant and varied numbers from the world of Musical Theatre.


Group singing classes with exciting and varied repertoires from Musical Theatre and Pop.

As confidence and ability grow in our safe, friendly and supportive classes, students will enjoy the opportunity to sing solo if they desire and no pressure is applied if they don’t.

Workshops and Masterclasses

Italia Conti has close links with the professional world of performing arts and we draw on these links to enhance the experience of our students. We offer workshops and masterclasses where specialists in their field come in to share their knowledge. Additional workshops are also offered with our holiday courses.


Italia Conti Associate Schools regularly take part in productions to showcase their work and this is often a highlight of the year for many students’.

Italia Conti Agency

We are able to put forward exceptional students for representation by the Italia Conti Agency which finds work for young people in the performing arts. The Agency has placed many young performers in professional work from roles in West End theatre to film, television and commercials.

Further Information

Entry Requirements

No audition is required for our classes as we wish to encourage participation in the arts for all abilities. We offer a free trial session before you commit to enrolling. This can be arranged by contacting the Principal directly.


Students are required to wear the Italia Conti Associate uniform which is a t-shirt (which all students receive as they join) black bottoms/leggings and suitable footwear.

Additional items for ballet and other specifics are available, along with hoodies, hats, and other Italia Conti branded items. Please visit our shop:


The safety and wellbeing of our students is of paramount importance at Italia Conti Associates.

Our students are taught and cared for by experienced, trained, DBS-checked staff. A minimum of two trained First Aiders are always present.

We recommend students bring plenty of water and snacks with them to sessions.

Further Development

Many of our students progress onto our full-time, professional training courses.

The Associate classes and courses are the perfect stepping stone for this.

Termly Fees

Individual classes are charged at £9.50 per hour, calculated across the academic year and paid for by monthly Direct Debit.
A discount is applied if all four classes (acting, dance, musical theatre and singing) are taken.

Term Dates

Spring Term 2024
Saturday 6th Jan- Saturday 23rd March

Half Term
Saturday 17th & 24th Feb

Summer Term 2024
Saturday 20 April – Saturday 6th July

Half term
Saturday 25 May & Saturday 1st June