Affordable - Extreme - Triple Threat - North London
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Gap Year course


Our extreme triple threat musical theatre 1 year Gap Year / Foundation course is designed for people ages 17 -24. This is perfect for people who want to take their training to the next level, prepare for musical theatre / dance / drama school auditions.  

"If you can find a more extreme foundation course, offering more contact hours including private singing lesson in the fees, for less money we will train you FREE"

Emil Dale

FACT: "6 students from one Emil Dale year group alone were offered the 3 year MT course at Arts Educational London after training with us!" 2016.  Other offers Mountview, Laines, Birds, Guildhall, Urdang, GSA and many more...

We audition throughout the year. There are only TWO things to prepare. You will need to learn a monologue of your choice lasting around 1 minute and one musical theatre song with sheet music. 

You will need to take part in one jazz class and have an interview at the end of the audition. Remember, we are looking for trainability. Many people come to us as more of a strong singer or more of a strong dancer. Our job is to make you strong at everything!

We also offer free open days. To apply for an AUDITION / OPEN DAY please CLICK HERE

If you can find a course like for like offering more contact hours and intensity, including private singing lessons in your fees we will train you completely FREE! Every week each student receives:

  • Private 1-to-1 singing lesson for every student (With top industry professionals)
  • Up to 35 hours contact time (More than any like for like course at this level)
  • 3 x jazz classes (Streamed in ability)
  • 3 x acting classes (Including monologues workshops for classical and modern, audition preparation & acting for stage and screen)
  • 3 x technical ballet classes (Streamed in ability)
  • 3 x choral singing classes (Technical harmony workshops)
  • 5 x 45 mins of cardio and strengthening (Every morning)
  • Song and dance class with West End performers. (Up to 30 a term)
  • Song workshop to prepare your audition songs with top casting director
  • Commercial dance (With industry professionals)
  • Contemporary dance (Teacher from London Contemporary Dance School)
  • History of musical theatre
  • Business (UCAS, personal statements, CV & colleges application help.)
  • Careers talks with drama school representatives and working industry professionals from stage a screen. (Arts Ed and Mountview have already visited us.)
  • Performance workshop. (Perform individually every week in front of your year)
  • More West End masterclasses every week than anywhere else
  • Attached to a professional agency for TV / FILM / THEATRE (Many students work professionally)
  • All run from our own 12, 000 sq. ft, 3 storey building with 6 studios and a 200 seater theatre. (The Factory Playhouse, Hitchin)
  • Every year each student takes part in 2 full scale productions accompanied by a live West End band. One musical and one showcase

Emil Dale are proud to offer full & part scholarships which are granted after applicants audition successfully and are means tested. Do not let funding put you off! Everyone should have the right to train.

We keep fees for all our courses to a minimum. Our fees work out to around half the price similar courses with nearly double the contact hours. We also include private individual weekly singing lessons in your fees. We are not an elitist school and believe everybody should be given a chance to train with us if they audition successfully. We offer payment plans which spread the costs over 12 months. Many of our students have successfully been granted funding from private companies to help support them at our College. Emil Dale does offer a small number scholarships himself. 

Here is a rough guide:

2017 GAP YEAR 5 DAYS A WEEK £1940 a term inclusive of VAT (£5800 annual)

Get in contact should you need any more information

We here at Emil Dale appreciate that this will be the first time that many students will be away from home so we give new students as much support as possible in housing our new students; whether it be in a Emil Dale Academy student house or for some students who will be moving into host family accommodation.

EDA sets up a private EDA Facebook "accommodation page" which allows new students to be contacted by existing students with information on houses and rooms that are available. This private web page is also constantly updated by EDA with links to

The EDA Facebook page is a great forum for the students to speak with one another to form groups and also see what potential rooms may be available in existing EDA houses.


  • Rent is approximately £80-100 a week (give or take depending on property)
  • Council tax is exempt for students for the period of the course that they are on.
  • Students usually set up a house account which they pay approximately £40 each per month into to cover utility bills.
  • Host families are available in the local area who rent out their rooms. Many of these families are teachers and all families require a DBS check.

We are driven by results! Take a look at student destinations by CLICKING HERE

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Our Patrons

Chris Hocking

Chris Hocking

Deputy Principal and Director of the Schools of Musical Theatre and Acting at Arts Educational London.

Neil Rutherford

Neil Rutherford

International director, casting director, writer and composer, having worked for over 30 years in professional theatre in London and Australia.

Kerry Ellis

Kerry Ellis

Kerry Ellis has fast become recognised as the First Lady of West End musicals from her starring roles in London and on Broadway, she has also achieved chart-topping success as a recording artist signed to Universal Decca with her debut album Anthem.

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