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Revolution Performing Arts
Originally set up as Drama Babes (drama for toddlers and preschoolers) in September 2007 and in August 2008 due to exceptional demand, Fiona Da Silva-Adams expanded into Performing Arts for primary school age children. The emphasis is on fun, confidence building, boosting self esteem and developing individual potential! All elements of the sessions are child centered and there is no pressure to perform, just to relax, enjoy and have a good time.
Fiona Da Silva-Adams & Team
Known as Fi to all who meet her, Fiona is a local independent Performing Arts practitioner with over 20 years experience in Performing Arts. She runs Performing Arts sessions throughout Swindon and the surrounding areas. She is a fully qualified performance artist, (BA Hons in Performing Arts) and also has Enhanced DBS clearance (police check), is first aid trained and has received all the latest child protection & safeguarding training with Swindon Borough Council. Fiona ensures all her teachers adhere to the same requirements. They are all personally trained by Fiona to ensure the Revolution Performing Arts ethos is consistent throughout our classes.
Policies & Insurance:
For your reassurance, Revolution Performing Arts has Public Liability Insurance (up to £5 million), photo ID information on all our teachers and if you require it I can provide you with our Child Protection, Safeguarding, Safer Recruitment & Health & Safety policies. Risk assessments are taken at every school and venue.
What We Do
The sessions comprise of dancing, singing and drama. The children and the teacher choose two songs (one to dance to and one to sing to). This is normally led by the children. The teacher only has to assess the age appropriateness of the songs. These songs are performed together as one big group. All children also have the opportunity to perform solos or perform with their friends if they choose to, using our professional microphones and amplifiers.
Some weeks we concentrate on singing more, sometimes dancing, sometimes drama, depending on where our performers within the session take us.
Our sessions normally culminate in a performance in front of the school (normally attached to a school assembly), where the children, only if they choose to, can show their work in front of their peers. Also parents are normally given the opportunity to see the last 15 minutes of the last session of every 12 weeks (Christmas, Easter and Summer), to support their children.
Annually, we work towards a performance at public performance at St Joseph’s Catholic College. It gives the children a fantastic opportunity to perform to approx. 350 of their family and friends. It is a very relaxed fun day, with a community feel and the children get to meet children from other schools. Invariably, they are pleasantly surprised to see their friends from other groups who also attend Revolution Performing Arts!
Confidence Building…without pressure!
My passion is bringing out children’s confidence and helping them little by little every week by encouraging them and allowing them to be themselves and enjoy the experience of performing arts without any pressure. I have been told by teachers that children have come to me so painfully shy that they were not even willing to answer their names in class. By the time they had attended a couple of terms with me, they were singing solos in front of the school! I was astounded and truly humbled when I heard this feedback.
Cost of Sessions:
Fees vary from venue to venue depending on length of term and room hire costs. Payments are all administered electronically via our Go Cardess direct debit mandate system and are managed by our book keepers, Book Crunchers. A payment schedule will be sent to you on enrolment. Payments are taken only SIX times a year and are NOT monthly.
If you wish to give us a try, click on enrol and sign up your child for a no obligation try out at one of our gorgeous after school clubs or open twilight sessions. Your child will be welcomed like a family member and nurtured and empowered to be the fabulous person they are!