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Our history

Perform was launched in 2000 as a new kind of drama school – one that has child development at its very heart.

The founders, Will Barnett and Lucy Quick, both had a passion for the performing arts and wanted to create a unique organisation to help build children’s self-esteem and life skills.

Prior to establishing Perform, Lucy trained as an actor and appeared in a number of shows in the West End and regionally. During this time, she was also working extensively with children at a variety of children’s drama schools.

Will studied Law and worked in the commercial world at a leading advertising agency. He also worked as a Musical Director and composer in London and across the UK.

The aim of Perform was to use performing arts games, exercises and materials to help boost child development. Rather than teaching rigorous techniques and requiring the endless memorisation of lines or steps, the sessions would use specially devised activities, each with the aim of developing a specific life skill or social attribute. With smaller classes and lots of individual attention, Lucy believed that children would be able to grow and develop at their own pace while Perform focused on the 4 Cs – confidence, concentration, communication and coordination.

Starting with two schools in Primrose Hill and Islington, Perform has grown to over 300 venues across London and the South and West of England. It now encompasses hundreds of weekly classes for 4-7s and 7-12s, weekly dance classes for 6-12sholiday courses, unique party entertainment and Perform for Schools – a thriving programme of workshops in primary schools. 

Lucy and Will continue to drive the business. As Principal, Lucy is responsible for recruiting, training and monitoring Perform teachers, developing the Perform curriculum and writing the games and exercises used in Perform classes. Will oversees marketing, finance, IT and operational areas as well as writing the songs and scripts the children learn. 

Read about Lucy’s tips for child development and her blog, or follow her on Twitter.

This is my daughter's favourite club ever (and she has done a fair few!). After the free taster, she asked if she could go back the next day. Having the CD with great songs is also a massive positive bonus.

– Anni Oskala

My daughter loves the class and can't wait to go each week. As a parent, it is great to get feedback each week. Excellent class.

– Claire Marsh

It’s so well organised and prepared for. The classes themselves my daughter who can be shy at times, is really enjoying her time there!

– Ms Yodet Gherezghiher

I have been stunned by how well Linden has settled into this class as he is resistent to join in other groups/activities. Rachel and Karen have been fantastic at supporting him each week and helping him build confidence and friendships. I have been so impressed by their high levels of skill.

– Lindsay McLelland

My daughter has loved every single moment of the class and has learnt some dance moves. Naomi has been very welcoming, her energy; inspiring and motivational.

– Ms Husn-Ara Mohabeer

Archie's been coming nearly three years now and is still enthusiastic about it. New games and activities keep it fresh. And both boys love Abby, who balances fun with discipline really well. Very happy to recommend!

– Claire Campbell

Anya absolutely loves her sessions and her teachers. She looks forward to Perform every week and she is always buzzing with energy and excitement before and after her classes. I can't fault Perform.

– Tina Chan

Daisy loves the classes and they are very professionally run. I like the ethos of Perform - i.e. it’s about building confidence and life skills not necessarily about a career in performance.

– Ms Sam Obrien

Millicent really looks forward to coming to Perform. She was already a pretty confident thing but she has really enjoyed being able to express her ideas and imagination. 

– Mrs Melody Clarke

My girls are really enjoying their Perform classes. I was looking for something different and nothing else had appealed to me, until I came across Perform's website. It is bringing out the confidence in my girls and I am already noticing a different in them.

– Ms Nicola Williams
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