Performing Arts at WSO

Beacon of Excellence

Our vision for Performing Arts at WSO, is to have an Academy recognised as a beacon of excellence internationally, where everyone can take part and where talent is identified and nurtured through access to world-class teachers, facilities and opportunities.

All students from FS2 to Post 16 are exposed to Performing Arts lessons each week with a team of specialised Performing Arts teachers, led by our Director of Performing Arts.

Vast Opportunities  

Our students have the opportunity and platform to showcase their unique talents and we have enjoyed many outstanding performances; Fame, West Side Story, Twelfth Night, Little Shop of Horrors, Matilda, Bugsy Malone, Hairspray, Shrek the Musical, Seussical, The Sound of Music, The Jungle Book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Oliver, Annie Jr and a production of Aristocats planned for FS2-Y2.

In addition to Performing Arts curriculum lessons, annual auditions take place to identify talented students for our ‘WSO Performing Arts Academy’. This enables students to be selected at an early age to further develop their talent within Music, Dance or Drama.


Additional provision is given to these students within the school day, which includes scholarship programmes in LAMDA and UDO qualifications. We also offer an all-inclusive LAMDA and UDO development programme for students from FS2-KS4. Each of our elite Performing Arts teams enter competitions within the UAE and internationally throughout the school year.

Further enhancing our rich curriculum, WSO is proud to be the flagship school for ‘UDO Dance Academy’ in Dubai and a partner school with ‘Arts Education’ in the Middle East.

UDO Academy Dubai

UDO Academy Dubai, is the education and training arm of the UDO Street Dance brand. The partnership provides an exclusive dance provision for our students which is built into the Academy’s Performing Arts curriculum, WSO Adrenaline Youth Dance Company and our after school provision. UDO offers a range of Dance pathways to students from FS2 – Year 11; from ‘UDO Street Tots’ for FS2 students to ‘UDO Choreography Classes’ up to Year 11.

Our students also have exclusive access to the prestigious ‘UDO Syllabus Street Dance’ qualification, which is a fully recognised teaching qualification in Street Dance.

Partnership with ArtsEd

ArtsEd, the UK’s leading performing arts school. From September 2019, ArtsEd will work with our Performing Arts teachers and students to provide innovative bespoke performing arts training which will further harness creativity, build self-esteem and confidence, and develop vital skills.

ArtsEd has provided outstanding performing arts training for almost 100 years and has been under the Presidency of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber since 2007. ArtsEd prides itself on the expertise and gravitas of all its staff, many of whom are from successful performing arts backgrounds and understand first-hand the challenges of achieving success in the industry. This combination of talented individual minds meeting young talent creates a truly dynamic environment for teaching and learning.

Dedicated staff build warm and constructive learning relationships with pupils, creating a strong ethos of nurture and individualism that enables each student to flourish and make a success of adult life.