Renaissance Arts is a cutting-edge UK conservatoire based in Leeds’ Cultural Quarter, providing industry-standard training in ‘Performing Arts’ education.

We offer an unrivalled opportunity for young people aged 16-21 with outstanding talent and high aspirations, to learn and gain vital experience in order to help them achieve a long and distinguished career in their specific field of choice.

The faculty are leading specialists from the stage, theatre, television and music industry, as well as inspirational guest lecturers, providing an unrivaled calibre of knowledge.

R/A believes that by developing each of our student’s skill sets to their full potential, with an individual approach, we will give them versatility and confidence for any performance.

Our courses are accredited by the BDQT (Board of Dance Qualifications & Training) and the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) and we hold a high reputation amongst pre-vocational Dance & Performing Arts schools and those working in the industry.

To passionately and expertly train performing arts students in order to equip them with the skills needed to gain professional employment in their chosen field.

Focus on the talents and aspirations of young performers by providing unique practical teaching experiences delivered by industry experts.

To provide a vocational learning program whilst also recognising the need for academic structure, whilst guiding students to make their own informed choices and decisions.

Inspire and support young professionals in forming positive and realistic expectations about their lives and career choices in the performance industry.

To raise every student’s standards of achievement in each specialist subject through an increasing quality of teaching and learning.

To provide the best facilities and environment for performing arts students in the U.K

Respect and value our faculty and all our various associates as being our most valuable asset and resource.

The conservatoires enrolment and individuality policy means that our students receive a unique and personalised program.

By providing practical teaching by leading industry specialists with real industry experience the college will develop  students and guide progress whilst enhancing discipline in their work ethics.

Renaissance Arts Conservatoire LLP aim to inspire professional confidence by leading by example and demonstrating commitment and loyalty to work and performance.

Renaissance Arts Conservatoire LLP will always encourage applications from a diverse range of backgrounds and endeavours to help them where possible gain funding or grants

Renaissance Arts Conservatoire LLPwelcome students from all over the U.K, Europe and the rest of the world to audition regardless of race, gender, age, previous training or disability provided that they show potential for the courses offered.

We support arts council buildings and companies.

Stillie Dee - Renaissance Arts Leeds

Stillie Dee

Neil Rigg - Renaissance Arts Leeds & The Music Study

Neil Rigg

Renaissance Arts Campus is in the heart of Leeds Culteral Quarter. Providing students with world class state of the art performance facilities based at Nothern Ballet and Yorkshire Dance, along with our head office.


Renaissance Arts is accredited by B.D.Q.T

Approved Dance Centre I.S.T.D

Strict criteria must be adhered to in order to become an accredited to an Awarding Body and on-going comparability studies and compliance ensures that standards are upheld.

Accreditation is conducted by an independent panel of dance professionals and ex-inspectors from H.M. Inspectorate for Education.

All Accreditation has undergone rigorous inspection to ensure they are:

  • Financially stable
  • Offer a high-quality curriculum
  • Employing fully qualified staff
  • Maintaining health & safety policies
  • Operating legally within premises suitable for the training offered

Renaissance Arts is a partnership between Stillie DeeMartin Howland and Neil Rigg.

The Partners are all hands on teachers, coordinators, managers as well as Directors. Each partner is responsible for the company’s teaching strategy, business strategy and the general operation of the college.

The Partners have delegated various aspects of the business between themselves and hold regular meetings to ensure the smooth operation of the college day to day and its financial success.

R.A values its relationships with all the teachers, schools, examiners, charity organizations, companies and associated bodies it works with.

R.A is an exciting forward thinking enterprise always looking at new and diverse strategies. Through its corporate collaboration the college has become the only one of its kind in Europe.

The selection of dance studios, theatres and theatrical agencies, examining bodies, dance companies, photographers, costume designers, make-up artists, hair stylists and other companies involved with performing arts massively contribute to our unique identity.

The Partners are willing to engage with any external companies who may mutually benefit by being in association with R.A or its subsidiary companies and welcomes any suitable business propositions.

If your company would like to discuss an association with us please visit our CONTACT page.

The escalating fees of Universities are not reflected within our strategy at Renaissance Arts.

We are a private conservatoire and our ethos is to welcome students from all backgrounds and cultures.  Students are also fully-recognised as ‘NUS’ cardholders, providing students with great discounts both locally and nationwide.

Total Fees per annum £7,750.00

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If you would like to discuss funding options and course fees  please feel free to contact us.

For further useful information please go to our FAQ’s section.

Fees are increased annually in line with inflation and operational costs.

*Fees stated for academic year 2022-2023 (published 10/06/22)

R/A researched long and hard to find the best possible location for the college and its students.

A central U.K. location, excellent facilities, nearby affordable accommodation and excellent travel routes were high on the agenda.

With this in mind R/A selected Northern Ballet and Yorkshire Dance, which are situated in the heart of the cultural quarter in Quarry Hill, Leeds.

3-Year Full time course, “Scholars” & “Open Masterclass” courses are therefore based primarily in Yorkshire Dance and hire Northern Ballet too.

R/A students will gain the maximum benefit from these 2 venues and the variety of facilities they offer. They’re also only a few minutes’ walk from each other and head office.

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The common myth and stigma around the necessity of training in London is incorrect and outdated. The training I received was impeccable and tailored so I could be the best I could possibly be, gaining experience in different styles and genres from a faculty who are at the top of their game in the industry, I will forever be in indebted to Renaissance Arts for what they have given me.
Ben Lancaster R/A Graduate
BBC All Together Now.
Musical Theatre, Singer Songwriter.