Get to Know About Us

Our Background

Founded by professional musical theatre performer and teacher Lauren Mildenberger, Ruby Slippers Show School was set up through her drive to promote her passion for theatre, dance and singing.

Lauren started dancing at the tender age of three and quickly fell in love with performing. She took classes and exams in many different disciplines of dance and acting as well as joining amateur theatre groups. She participated in many shows - from pantomimes to period plays and generally embracing the whole theatre scene.

Mike has been in the drama and musical theatre world since a child, taking on roles both on and offstage. In his adult career, Mike is the Chairman of CPYT who produce large scale musical productions each year., such as Starlight Express, Legally Blonde and Rock of Ages. He has also worked as part of the lighting, sound and stage management crew at The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton. Mike is now concentrating on the drama side of teaching and that includes our drama classes here at Ruby Slippers.

We are one of Hampshire's leading theatre and dance schools, combining outstanding teaching, performance opportunities, an ability to nurture enthusiasm and talent - all within a fun and friendly environment.

The speciality of Ruby Slippers is that children learn many new abilities in a relaxed and friendly environment and work towards regular onstage and off-stage productions without the constraints of set examinations.

From ages ranging from 3 - 18 years old, we offer a broad variety of classes which encourage confidence-building, co-ordination, creative thinking so providing the necessary skills needed to be able to perform.


Our Future

Since the school began in 2009, our pupils have been performing in many different shows including regular performances at The Lights Theatre (Andover); at outdoor events such as the Jubilee Jamboree; at various charity events; hotel events and even inspiring the local community by performing in the street!

Now in our on home at Emerald Studios, we have lots of plans to grow Ruby Slippers Show School to become the best it can be.

Ruby Slippers Show School continues to go from strength to strength, seeking to inspire tomorrow's dancers, singers and actors with exciting classes, enthusiasm and knowledge of the theatre industry.

"Classes are fun, friendly...and exhausting!"
Thea, aged 9

All About Children's classes (for 3-16 yr olds)

Mini Gems

Age: 2 - 4 year olds (Pre-schoolers)


Mini Gems is a fun, relaxed and explorative class using music and movement to improvise play. Using our imagination around a theme we might fly into outer space or explore the depths of the ocean through songs, music and dance. A great way to introduce your child to working together in a class environment through song and dance!

Thursday 1550 – 1630

Twinkles

Age: 4 - 7 year olds


Our Twinkles class has been designed for the child who has already started mainstream school or who has attended the Mini Gems sessions previously. This class is full of energy and enthusiasm for dance and helps to build confidence and self esteem through fun dance techniques and routines .

Tuesdays or Wednesdays 1700 – 17:45

Glitters

Age: 8 - 11 year olds


Gitters is a unique class for our most energetic pupils. It’s a fun, lively class where our students enjoy getting involved in creating and learning dance routines, all in a friendly and informal atmosphere.

Thursday 1645 – 1745

Sparkles

Age: 12 - 15 year olds


Ruby Slippers ‘Sparkles’ is our class for teens focusing on modern dance. Disciplines include street-dance, cheer-leading and hip hop and so much more. They are an energetic bunch whose enthusiasm is infectious!

Thursday 18:00 – 19:00

Drama Munchkins

Age: 4 - 7 year olds


The Drama Munchkins class explores the world of the theatre through drama games, improvisation, singing exercises, scripted work and so much more.

Friday 1630 – 1715

Ruby Performers

Age: 8 - 15 year olds


The Ruby Performers class explores the world of the theatre through drama games, speech exercises, improvisation, singing exercises, scripted work and so much more.

Fridays 1730 – 1830

All about Adult Classes (over 16+ years)

Tap-tastic!

Age: 16+ years


Tap is one of the most iconic forms of dance. Originating from the back streets of New Orleans and becoming synonymous with the stars of the silver screen, it’s a timeless theatrical art form.

If you love the idea of tapping out rhythms and improving your timing, fitness and flexibility, then sign up to our Tap-tastic classes for adults.

Wednesday 1900 – 2000

Salsa Fusion

Age: 16+ years


Salsa means ‘sauce’ in Spanish and is a combination of various Latin dances with roots in Africa and Cuba, with Latin and North American influences.

Beginner level Salsa is relatively easy to learn and you can expect to be able to enjoy a basic Salsa social dance by the end of your first class!

Thursday 19:15 – 20:15

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