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Gap Year course


Our extreme, triple threat Musical Theatre One Year Gap Year / Foundation course is designed for people aged between 17 and 24. This is perfect for people who want to take their training to the next level, and prepares students for Musical Theatre / dance / drama school auditions.  

"If you can find a like for like Musical Theatre course in the U.K. offering more contact hours with private weekly singing lessons included in fees for less money we will train you for FREE"

Emil Dale

FACT: "Six students from one Emil Dale year group alone were offered the 3 Year MT course at Arts Educational London after training with us!" 2016. Nine students from one Emil Dale year group alone were offered places at Mountview in 2018.  Other offers Mountview, Laines, Birds, Guildhall, Urdang, GSA and many more...

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We audition throughout the year. There are only TWO things to prepare. You will need to learn one monologue of your choice lasting approximately 2 minutes, and one Musical Theatre song with sheet music (you must bring the sheet music with you), cut to around 2 minutes also. 

You will take part in one jazz class where you will be taught and asked to perform a routine, and may also be invited for an interview at the end.

We are looking for trainability. Many people come to us as a strong singer or a stronger dancer. Do not let anything hold you back!

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

What to expect from the course, weekly / termly / over 1 year:

  • More West End masterclasses every week than anywhere else
  • Amazing facilities - 1 x 12,000 square foot and 1 x 10,000 square foot purpose built studio complex with 12 studios and a 200 seater theatre. (The Factory Playhouse, Hitchin)
  • Up to 35 hours contact hours a week, minimum
  • A minimum of 31 weeks a year
  • 48 students in a year group. (These numbers may vary from year to year)

Weekly (**Please note during show terms, we will run a condensed timetable to accommodate rehearsals and shows)

  • Private 1-to-1 singing lesson for every student every week (With top industry professionals from across the UK)
  • 3 x West End Jazz classes (Streamed in ability)
  • 3 x Acting classes (Including monologue workshops for classical and modern, audition preparation & acting for stage and screen)
  • 3 x Technical ballet classes (Streamed in ability)
  • 3 x Ensemble singing classes (Technical harmony workshops)
  • 5 x 30 mins of cardio and strengthening
  • Song and dance class with West End performers (Up to 30 a term)
  • Song workshop to prepare your audition songs with top casting directors & industry professionals
  • Tap dance (streamed in ability)
  • Weekly West End Masterclasses (taught by professionals working in top UK Touring and West End shows)

Additional weekly classes include a combination of the following:

  • Commercial dance (With industry professionals)
  • Contemporary dance (Teacher from London Contemporary Dance School)
  • 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 in front of your year group)


  • Musical Theatre or Acting Projects

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

We keep fees for all of our courses to a minimum. Our fees work out to be around half the price of similar courses, whilst offering 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 can spread the costs over the course of 10 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:

2019 GAP YEAR 5 DAYS A WEEK £1,999 a term inclusive of VAT (£5,995 annual).

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

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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Please select one of the options below to apply for our BA (Hons) course with access to student finance towards fees and living costs, Sixth Form and Gap Year course.

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Emil Dale Academy is dedicated to widening participation within the industry and has set up an Audition Fee Waiver Scheme to encourage applications from talented candidates who are deterred from applying by financial barriers.

If you would like to talk through your eligibility for a waiver, please get in touch with our admissions team at Waivers are only available to UK residents.

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