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LAR Performing Arts - Welwyn & WGC

Welcome to LAR!

At LAR Welwyn we are all about building confidence and learning key performance skills!

Our year at LAR Welwyn:

Term 1 (September to December) - we work towards our Christmas Show, our Pop Choir, Elite and Street Dance groups perform at local Christmas Festivals and we begin working on LAMDA pieces in our Drama & Performing Arts classes.

Term 2 (January to April) - we work towards LAMDA Exams (taking the exam is optional) in our Drama and Performing Arts classes, we compete and perform at Chesham Arts Festival at The Elgiva Theatre and Watford Speech & Drama Festival. 

Term 3 (May to July) - we work towards our Summer Shows, our Pop Choir, Elite and Street Dance groups perform at various Summer Carnivals.

Meet The Team

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Julius Wills 

Artistic Director

Read about Julius here

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Louisa Alice-Rose

Founder & Principal

Read about Louisa here


Helayna Liviero

Street Dance & Musical Theatre

Read about Helayna here

The Team

All of our Teachers have Enhanced DBS Checks and First Aid Training. 

At LAR, we are all about building confidence. Our class sizes are kept small, so that all children receive individual tuition and feedback from our teachers. 

LAR Performing Arts was founded in January 2018 by Louisa Alice-Rose.

LAR has since grown to encompass 3 locations around the country, each with individual timetables tailored to the children in each area. Julius and / or Louisa (husband and wife team) teach at every location and know each student personally. 

The success of LAR Performing Arts led to the founding of LAR Talent Agency in 2020, representing both adults and children for professional work in theatre, musical theatre, television and film.

LAR Welwyn & WGC Class Timetable

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Fridays - Digswell Village Hall, 30 Harmer Green Lane, Welwyn, AL6 0AT

Please email Louisa via to register interest in 1-2-1 lessons.


Please visit our Uniform shop here

All children need a LAR T-shirt with leggings or jazz pants and jazz shoes or dance sneakers.

Please note that all of our classes are "drop-off".



  • Term dates - Friday 15th September to Friday 15th December (no classes w/c 23rd October for half-term)

  • Christmas show at Thalian Hall 
    ⭐️Friday 15th December 


Payment is termly or half-termly. Pay as you go booking opens on the first day back, if there are spaces in the class. 


Please use the discount code SIBLING-2 for two children, or SIBLING-3 for three or more children.

Class Information

Performing Arts - drama, singing and dance with Helayna, Julius and Louisa. These classes offer the opportunity to take LAMDA Exams (these count towards UCAS points). We explore jazz dance, pop songs, musical theatre, scripts, improvisation, poetry, monologues and more.

Mini Performing Arts for ages 4 to 7 is split into two classes - Musical Theatre / Street Dance with Helayna and Drama with Julius. Students can attend just one session, or both.

Street Dance - learn the foundations of Street including locking, popping and hip hop with Helayna.

Pop Choir - a great alternative to 1-1 singing lessons. We will focus on harmonies, building confidence and solo singing. We will compete at Chesham Music Festival, and students can take individual Trinity Rock & Pop Exams. ​

Elite - an auditioned Musical Theatre class focussing on solo singing, audition technique and performance skills. We also compete at Chesham Music Festival in February.​

The next auditions for Elite will be held on Friday 15th September. We ask children to perform a verse & chorus of a song and a poem or monologue. Everyone is welcome to audition. Please email

Recent Student Success

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2023 Exams, Festivals & Competitions
  • 2023 LAMDA Results: 88 students took individual Acting, Musical Theatre or Verse & Prose exams with us, we maintained our 100% pass rate and we received 64 Distinctions with lots of lovely feedback from our five LAMDA examiners! Special congratulations to Olivia Palmer-Walker, Charlotte Sellars, Isabella West and Rochana Jha who achieved their LAMDA Bronze Medals (GCSE Equivalent) and to Millie Gathard, Ella Kumar, Annabelle Winston and Violet Swatman who all achieved more than 90%.

  • 2023 1-1 Singing and Pop Choir students - 100% success rate for Trinity Classical Singing and Rock & Pop Singing Exams 

  • LAR Talent Agency success includes roles in the following musicals in the West End / UK Tour: Les Miserables, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Beauty and the Beast, The Osmonds, The King And I, Matilda Netflix Film, The Phantom of the Opera


The vocal classes were held at The Elgiva Theatre in Chesham. Congratulations to all of our students for wonderful singing!

•Popular Song Ages 13 to 18

TROPHY WINNER Laura Hardy (age 14) with HONOURS

•Ensemble ages 14 & under

JOINT WINNERS LAR Tring Pop Choir & LAR Welwyn Elite with DISTINCTION

•Show Songs, 10 years & under

SECOND PLACE Annabelle Winston with HONOURS


Violet Swatman - DISTINCTION

Sarah-Lea Shapton - DISTINCTION

•Show Songs age 12 & under

Leia Swatman - DISTINCTION

Natalia Luberda - DISTINCTION

•Show Songs ages 14 & under


•Popular Song Ages 12 & under

Natalia Luberda - DISTINCTION

Huge congratulations to our students Phoebe, Matilda and Sarah-Lea for wonderful performances at Chesham Drama Festival!

Matilda Samuels was awarded the Woodstock Cup and has been invited to perform at the Final Concert.

• Poetry for School Years 5 & 6

WINNER Matilda Samuels (year 6) with HONOURS

Sarah-Lea Shapton & Phoebe Castleton COMMENDED

• Monologue for School Years 5 & 6

3rd Place Sarah-Lea Shapton (year 5) with DISTINCTION

Congratulations to our students for wonderful performances at the Watford Festival of Music, Speech and Drama


* School Years 9 to 11

SECOND PLACE - Laura Hardy with Distinction

Morgan Slade - Special Merit

* School Years 7 & 8

SECOND PLACE - Alinah Dagpin with Distinction

Natalia Luberda - Special Merit

* Open

SECOND PLACE - Maisie Berry with Distinction

Sophia Alves - Special Merit

* School Years 3 & 4

Annabelle Winston - Special Merit


* School Years 5 & 6

Sarah-Lea Shapton - Special Merit

* School Years 7 to 9

Charlotte Winston - Special Merit

Natalia Luberda - Special Merit

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