TESTIMONIAL: I just wanted to write a quick note to say both congratulations to everyone at Superarts and more importantly a massive thank you to you all for your hard work and what you have done for all the young people and especially our daughter, Nwarebea since she started Superarts. 
We can't even begin to find the words. Nwarebea had previously attended another dance school before we found out about Superarts. Though she liked dancing, she never felt happy there. However, just after a few weeks at Superarts, we saw a huge change. She would be dancing around the whole house, any opportunity she got. We've lost count the number of times our hearts have been in our mouths as she tries a new move from acro across the living room. 
At the show on the weekend, it suddenly all made sense. We were overwhelmed by all the young people in the show. They were absolutely brilliant. Everything was delivered at such a high level. 
Our family that came with us loved every moment. There was something for everyone. From our mums in their 70s down to our 4 year old son clapping away to Lion King.  
But what stood out most was the comments made by my older sisters. They kept commenting on how the show seemed to embody the family values of the school and reminded them of our own childhood growing up in the area. We bounced all the way home and Nwarebea's cousin's who also attend another school where they live, were saying they wished they could come down to London to dance at Superarts. 
Thank you again. We're looking forward to the next show in two years.

Thanks to all the people, adults, young people, choreographers, parents, volunteers who made and make it possible every week.


Established 1962 by Irene Hayes BEM

We're delighted to announce that Renie received a BEM in the New Year Honours List 2019. 

BEM, British Empire Medal, has been given to Irene for her services to dance and to the community in Southwark.

We're thrilled! 

Irene will receive her award on Friday April 5th 

Watch this space!


Irene receiving The Southwark Arts Champion Award in 2015

For us Superarts is something much more than a Performing Arts School -

for us it has been a way of life for decades,

providing students and the wider community

with a life enhancing, practical, & educative experience of Dance and Performance


Superarts Star Of The Week...




"Superarts was never just a dance school, it was a place to escape from all that was wrong and discover all that I wanted to become. It was a building full of talent that was being sculpted and nourished to allow these performers to live out their dreams in all corners of the industry. 

Irene and Susan were instrumental in giving me the best possible foundation to go onto the next level. They give opportunities that fill you with first-hand knowledge of the industry to make you as prepared as possible. 

Superarts will always be a home and a special place to help young talent discover what they are capable of across multiple fields. To me, personally, they were so generous with the care, attention, opportunities and training, that without them, or the school as that crucial starting block, I may never have gone on to do all that I've managed to achieve". 

Superarts Academy, affectionately known as RENIE'S, the founder being Irene Hayes BEM. Founded in 1962, Superarts is dedicated to working with children through dance and performance, and we are dedicated to the creative potential of every child regardless of race, culture, socio-economic or religious background.


This ethos is fundamental to the approach of the teachers and to the classes from jazz to tap, street to acro/gym, and musical theatre.

In a safe environment, the young people attending Superarts are given the experiences and tools to:

  • exercise and dance
  • enjoy themselves
  • identify and develop skills in dance, creativity, musicality and performance
  • experience the joy of dance and encourage a life enhancing relationship to the arts
  • explore and develop a kinetic intelligence and an understanding of how their body’s move
  • co-operate and interact with peers from different backgrounds and age-groups
  • assume some responsibility for their learning and development
  • take responsibility for their behaviour
  • develop the ability to communicate their ideas and emotions through dance
  • become aware of the importance of music and its relationship with dance
  • improve their self-confidence and develop a sense of who they are
  • explore and develop an understanding of the processes involved in creating and performing a dance piece
  • develop an awareness of healthy living and thereby healthy choices
  • challenge their perceptions in a safe and non-judgemental environment


Thus the class are fun, disciplined, challenging, interactive and most of all creative, supportive, and nourishing.


With the main focus on dance in a respectful community setting, each child’s creative potential can be explored, promoting both physical and emotional well-being.



Superarts has been active in Southwark, London for over 50 years. The founder, Irene Hayes BEM, is still principle of the school and is very actively involved. Irene works together with her daughter Susan, the Managing Director of Superarts. Between them, plus Karen Willis & James Owen,  they have over 150 years of experience in the performing arts industry. Susan herself has decades of experience of preparing, training, and managing young people, and of agency work, auditions, show production, performance, and choreography all over the world. 


We are dedicated to providing young people with life enhancing, practical, educative and uplifting experiences, and to fostering them in making a positive contribution to their future, to their family, and to the wider community.  Superarts has been developing & advancing young people's talent, potential, well-being, creativity, maturity, and confidence for over 54 years in Central London. You can read more about our aims and philosophy in our Mission Statement here.



  • Ballet & Ballet Floor Barre
  • Street & Street Jazz
  • Lyrical 
  • Tap
  • Modern
  • Musical Theatre
  • Acrobatics/Gym
  • Improvisation


We offer classes Wednesdays & Thursdays after school, and all day Saturday. Everyone from the age of 3+ is welcome!


For full information on our Classes go here.