ABOUT ITALIA CONTI ASSOCIATES
The Italia Conti Academy has always recognised that the industry demands excellent standards of training in all areas.
Its aims have always been to develop courses to fulfil these goals. The Academy’s reputation is renowned throughout the World and the request for the training it offers outstretched the commuting practicalities of just a London based centre.
Demand resulted in the Academy opening part-time Associate Schools throughout the Country. Each Associate School is unique to its host community. No audition is required as we wish to encourage participation in the arts for all abilities. Classes are offered to pupils between 3 and 18+ years – whether it’s for recreation, physical and social development or a serious step towards a long-term career, the emphasis is on enjoyment and first class training.
Founded in 1911, Italia Conti is one of the World's most prestigious performing arts training providers.
The Italia Conti Academy is Britain’s oldest established theatre arts training school.
It grew out of the first production of the play that was to become a children’s classic 'Where The Rainbow Ends'. Italia Conti, who was already an established actress with a growing reputation for her success with working with young people, was asked to take over the training of the juveniles in the cast.
The first season was a triumph and, at the end of the run, the young members of the cast begged their parents to let them continue tuition with Miss Conti. So the school was born, in basement studios in London’s Great Portland Street.
From these humble beginnings, and with Italia Conti’s pioneering training policy of providing an ‘all round training in singing, dancing and acting’, the Academy has perfected a curriculum of professional training that has benefited many of today’s household names.
ITALIA CONTI WITH HER STUDENTS
A newspaper article from March 1939
CLASSES & COURSES
To complement Italia Conti’s full-time courses, our Associate Schools offer a wide range of classes, providing students with the opportunity to receive a full and thorough training and learn a wide range of performance skills.
Our part-time Associate classes are available for 3 - 18 year olds and take place predominately at weekends and in evenings.
Our timetable allows students to choose just one, or as many classes as they wish to study and can select from a variety of subjects. Ballet, Tap and Modern dance classes follow the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) or Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus, some Acting classes follow London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) syllabus and some Singing classes follow the London College of Music (LCM) syllabus. A selection of Associate Schools may offer courses where students study a range of classes. Classes available depend on the venue so please use our School Locator to find your nearest Associate School.
ACROAcro at Italia Conti Associates
ACTINGActing at Italia Conti Associates
AERIALAerial at Italia Conti Associates
BALLETBallet at Italia Conti Associates
COMMERCIALHip-Hop at Italia Conti Associates
CONTEMPORARYContemporary at Italia Conti Associates
JAZZJazz at Italia Conti Associates
MODERNModern at Italia Conti Associates
MUSICAL THEATREMusical Theatre at Italia Conti Associates
SINGINGSinging at Italia Conti Associates
TAPTap at Italia Conti Associates
Our staff are all chosen for their ability and experience. Many are seasoned professionals who have worked in the industry and have a wealth of credits to their name. All staff are DBS checked and we always have a designated first aider on site.
WORKSHOPS & HOLIDAY COURSES
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.
SHOWS & EXAMS
Italia Conti Associates Schools regularly take part in productions to showcase their work and this is often a highlight of the year for many students. Those at the appropriate standard may also have the opportunity to take dance and acting exams and gain qualifications and certificates with the exam boards.
ITALIA CONTI AGENCY
We are able to put forward exceptional students for representation by the Italia Conti Agency in London 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.
Students are only accepted between the ages of 3 - 18 years.
No audition is required for our classes as we wish to encourage participation in the arts for all abilities. Some Associate Schools may offer specialised Courses which require an entrance audition, details of which can be found on your nearest Schools website.
Students are required to wear the Italia Conti Associate uniform, and appropriate shoes for specific classes. Uniform can be tried and purchased from our online store, or at our onsite shop in Guildford.
Students will be in the care of experienced house staff during class hours and student safety is of the utmost importance. We recommend students bring plenty of water and snacks with them.
Many of our students progress onto our full-time training courses at one of our three full-time Academies. The Associate classes and courses are the perfect stepping stone for this.