Recommended by Claire Downe
Kingsbury Academy of Dance performing arts school established in 2003 situated at Maxx Gym Playa Flamenca, Torrevieja offers a variety of dance classes for children from as young as 2 1/2 years of age including classical ballet, Tap, Modern, Street dance, Break dance, gymnastics, musical theatre, acting and singing. They offer British Ballet Organisation graded and vocationally graded examinations twice a year with examiners flown over from the UK. The school has 100% pass rate in examinations. The Principal and director of the Academy Ruth Kingsbury has performed all over the UK in a touring contemporary dance company ´Intoto¨and in musical theatre in London´s West End. Ruth has her Degree in Theatre Dance with the the London Studio Cente and has qualified with distinction in the new Diploma in Classical ballet dance teaching that has recently come into effect with the council for dance education and training.
"Arriving in Spain with a 7 year old girl, that had danced since she was 4 in Dublin,Ireland was for me heartache as I wasnt able to find any dancing classes for her. After searching the Internet for Classes in Orihuela/torrevieja, I was getting concerned that I wouldnt be able to find anything. Luckily enough, one day while out with the family, I saw Ruth Kingsburys dance school giving a demonstration in a Bar in Cabo Roig. We stayed and watched it, and spoke with Ruth, and that was the beginning of the future in Spain for my daughter Katy. She attended Ruths classes regularly, tap and ballet, and performed in small shows in the beginning. Kate is now 13, has been a pupil of Ruth since, and she has grown into a lady through the dance experience. Not only has her shape and figure formed from the dance classes, but her confidence levels are very high. Ruth has performed various shows, on big Theatres, such as Torrevieja and , Rojales and more recently San Fulgencia. 3 beautiful theatres. She has given each and everyone of the children a chance to perform in groups and as a solo. Increasing the confidence level of the kids. Ruth extended her classes to include Modern, and Hip Hop and drama classes. Kate joined them all!! The best thing we have experienced from this are the exams. We have had the privilege of being able to be examined by the British Ballet Organisation. One of the most professional governing bodies for Modern arts. We are so proud to have had this opportunity. Moreover, the pupils have been exposed to Agencies. This is a great motivation factor for our kids, knowing that someone out there could be interested in them for film work, etc. In Spain , for me as a mum, it was important to keep my children occupied with hobbies and to have them mix with other children with same interests other than school. Finding Ruth Kingsbury School of Dance has been a blessing and will continue to be until Kate finds her own way in life. Possibly as a dance teacher herself one day! (Maggie Mahony, May 09)
Recommended by Keeley Carwich
La Siesta church in Torrevieja is English-speaking and they have a sunday school for children, where the children can take part in arts and crafts are well as sing songs whilst learning about christianity. The Sunday school takes part during the Sunday service.
Calle Granadors, 03184 Torrevieja www.lasiestaevangelicalchurch.org
At Christmas the Sunday school do a nativity play
Recommended by Neil Bulman
Casa La Pedrera is situated on the edge of the La Pedrera Lake, Torremendo in a natural protected reserve. They offer activities for all ages and abilities including hiking, mountain biking, quadbiking, sailing, waterskiing, and horse riding. For parents who dont wish to participate there are two swimming pools you can relax around whilst waiting for the kids to finish! There is a collection and a drop off service for those without cars. Open 7 days a week all year round
(+34) 660816620 email@example.com www.casalapedrera.com
"We turned up, unannounced as we didnt have a phone with us and was flying back on 11th, but they agreed to take us out anyway. My Wife and Daughter (Tina & Robyn) had never been on Quads before and were quite nervous but they put them at their ease very quickly and we thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon and will certainly come back. Robyn still hasnt stopped talking about it!!!" (NB, Ma 09)
"Just wanted to say what a FANTASTIC day we had on the Mar Menor. We had great fun trying to water ski, on the doughnut ring, banana boat and the knee board. Matt was by far the best, being younger, fitter and is eager to try this again! We where all bruised and battered, but couldnt stop talking about the day! We have already recommended the day to several friends, lets hope they try it." (Mike, April 09)
Recommended by Cath Bryan
There is an indoor bowling alley at the Ozone Leisure Centre with 20 computerised bowling lanes.
Ozone Zona de Ocio Carretera Crevillente - Torrevieja, Poligono Comercial San José, Nº 10 (+34) 965705880 www.ozoneocio.com
"Bowling is always a great laugh regardless of your age. We have been here loads of times with the grandparents and the young ones. There is also a really nice pizza place in the leisure centre if you want to have a meal after" (CB, Feb 09)
Recommended by Rebecca Laidlaw
The academy is an independent theatre school based in Villamartin (near Torrevieja) Costa Blanca, Spain. They offer tuition for all ages and abilities in performing arts, as well as offering a huge variety of classes in sports, exercise and fitness. They are the only performing arts school in the Costa Blanca able to offer internationally recognized qualifications in dance, drama and music up to degree level. Examinations are accredited with the British Theatre Dance Association, Royal school of music and Rockschool syllabi. Tuition is offered through a variety of classes, one to one tuition, workshops and widely reputable annual concerts and performances. A huge variety of subjects are on offer from the purpose built studios including ballet, tap, modern, jazz, musical theatre, flamenco, latin & ballroom, streetdance, gymnastics, guitar, drums , piano, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, violin, bass, singing, trombone, flute and much much more..... The school also runs popular summer schools, rockschool workshop events and school holiday clubs
The academy provides an educational experience suitable not only for those wishing to pursue a career in the performing arts or music industry but for those wishing to extend their knowledge and appreciation of a certain discipline, or simply just for fun and fitness. All members of staff have CRB enhanced disclosures and police checks with a minimum of a degree in their specialist field. This means that all pupils can be confident that they will receive training in a safe environment and with qualified, knowledgeable and experienced teachers. For your peace of mind the academy has full public liability insurance, equipment is PAT electric safety tested and a certified First aider is always on the premises when classes are running.
(+34) 966765715 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ghostpromotions.com
"A variety of courses are on offer such as baby princess´ Ballet (for under 5s), Tap, Jazz, Gymastics, Street, Freestyle as well as music and signing lessons. The school has full Equity membership and all teachers have a degree in their specialist field. Dance class prices start from just 6 euros (depending on class ability level) and are all paid termly in advance, pupils may enrol at any time. Music Lesson prices start from 8 euros for group tuition and 10 euros for one to one individual tuition, all paid termly in advance."
Recommended by Rebecca Laidlaw
Dance Classes for Children & Teens
Totally Dance is a recognised and registered International School of Dance with the British Association of Teachers of Dancing & the International Dance Teachers Association. Totally Dance offer dance classes for children and teenagers in all styles of dance such as ballet, tap, jazz, baton twirling, rock and roll, disco/freestyle and highland. All classes are taken by Susan, who is a B.A.T.D & I.D.T.A Fellowship Certified Teacher with 25 years professional teaching experience. Pupils are all taught to B.A.T.D exam standard and tested by a British examiner (exams are optional). There is an annual staged presentation as well as participation in pantomime and local charitable events. Classes are in Howards Gym, Quesada and in La Marina.
For details please call 619690469 email: email@example.com or visit www.totally-dance.com
"Susan comes highly recommended by many parents and has been nominated for the "teacher of the year" award at the Pride of Spain awards."
Recommended by Rebecca Laidlaw
Scubaworld is a dive education centre located in Playa Flamenca, Torrevieja. All instructors are PADI qualified and teach lessons from beginner to master class.
(+34) 667057640 firstname.lastname@example.org www.divecostablanca.com
"For children aged 8 and over there are lessons available in a pool at a cost of 20 euros each session. For kids over the age of 13 it is possible to try an open water dive. Before taking any child out to sea it is necessary to have a pool dive to get familiar with the equipment. They strongly advise that an adult should accompany the child."
Recommended by Linda Greet
There are karate lessons for children every Thursday from 7.30pm until 8.30pm and Fridays from 7.30pm until 8.30pm at Howards Gym in Quesada. Juniors 5-10 years cost seven euros, Cadets 11-18 years cost 10 euros. Contact Davin on (+34) 690299189
Calle Los Arcosm Ciudad Quesada, 03170 Rojales
"My son has only been going for about a month now but he loves it and I have noticed a big change in his behaviour. He really enjoys the session and has built up a really good relationship with other children and Davin the teacher." (LG, Feb 09)
Recommended by Keeley Carwich
The Guardamar Sports Centre organises a variety of sports courses throughout the year. The current timetable is below but this is subject to change so it is best to contact them directly on (+34) 966726335 or (+34) 965729666
Avenida Cervantes s/n Guardamar del Segura
Thursdays from 5.30pm until 7pm for 6-15 year olds
Thursdays from 5.30pm until 7.30pm for 6-15 year olds
Wednesdays and Fridays from 5.30pm until 7.30pm for 6-15 year olds
Thursdays from 5.30pm until 8pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 9.30am for 6-15 year olds.
"The centre also holds loads of swimming lessons in their fantastic (heated) swimming pool for kids and pregnant women. All courses are really popular so book well in advance of start date." (KC,Dec 08)
Recommended by Carmen Luz
The Go Kart track is open daily from 11am. Entry for children is from 6 euros and for adults 13 euros so its not a cheap day out but lots of fun! There is a restaurant at the track and you can arrange for groups and small parties.
Location: Off the N332 between Punta Prima and Playa Flamenca, Orihuela Costa (+34) 965328069
"Our son went here as part of a birthday treat of his friends and he absolutely loved it! He wants to be a rally car driver now!" (CL, June 09)
Paul Miller is a FA registered Coach who holds courses for kids. There are two groups at different times. For children between 5 and 7 lessons are at 6pm until 7pm and for 8 years onwards from 7pm until 8pm. For more information please contact Paul or Tracy on (+34) 679785704 between 10:00am and 4pm
Taro Bar, Playa Flamenca
Paul Hubbard is registered with the Valencian Football Federation and holds coaching sessions for kids between the ages of 5 and 12 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5pm until 6pm. Contact Paul (+34) 667231222.
Recommended by Victoria Corbit
With a 18 hole mini golf course and lots of things for the children mini golf is one of Quesada’s popular family destinations. They have a pool table and on a Sunday offer a kids play session. Here the children do some arts and crafts whilst you relax knowing the kids will be in safe hands. They also have an auction on a Tuesday which proves to be very popular and lots of entertainment including curry nights!
Calle Los Arcos Ciudad Quesada 03170 Rojales (+34) 654413982
"Great place for the kids they all love the mini golf! A friendly place where the kids can enjoy learning (or improving!) there crazy golf skills." (VC, April 09)
Recommended by Katy Price
Dance Xtreme is a dance school for boys and girls aged from 3 years upwards. This successful dance school is run by a young lady called Jodie who all the kids know and love. She introduces children from a young age to “street Dance” or “Hip Hop” style dancing. The children also get involved in all the local fiestas.
Jodie Powell, Calle Pilar 95, Ciudad Quesada, 03170 Rojales (+34) 669809850
"I have two daughters aged 13 & 11 who both attend dance Xtreme. When we first arrived in Spain dance Xtreme played an essential part in integrating my girls into the Quesada social scene. The girls have both improved great their rhythm and co-ordination so much so that they are both interested in choosing dance as a career." (KP, March 09)
Recommended by Tracy Donovan
This is a Bolton football training group for boy’s aged between 3 – 8 years old. It takes place every Saturday morning between 9 -11. You need to contact Junior direct to assess which group your boy will go into as there are two hour long sessions.
Junior Strikers – Lemon Tree Road (opposite Manolos) Quesada – Junior or Emma (+34) 965323119 / (+34) 634065239
"My son has been going to junior strikers since it started over a year ago. The training sessions are great and he has come on leaps and bounds. I would recommend this to anyone. He also offers football themed birthday parties and summer camps for the kids." (TD)
Recommended by Claire Puncher
A fun time musical and movement group for babies, toddlers and children of pre-school age. Focusing on percussion, basic movement, rhymes and visual props such as puppets, children are introduced to a world of music to explore and enjoy while making new friends
Every Thrusday 10.30am (approx. 50mins). 3 Euros per session
SCHOOL 123, LA ZENIA,ON THE TOLL ROUNDABOUT www.rhythmrascals.es
"Having recently started attending Rhythm Rascals I have found everyone really friendly from the word go and felt the classes were very constructive for the children in comparison to other "Mother & Toddler" groups. The class usually starts with nursery rhymes/or songs with movement, followed by a music section where the children select instruments to"play", then a visual song with props and finally few more nursery rhymes/songs - all of course with mother´s help. There are a few of us that travel 20-30 min drive to get to the group sessions so think that speaks for itself!!" (CP, Oct 09)
Recommended by Katy Johnson
Lo Rufete is a farm in the middle of the country which offers horseriding lessons for all ages and abilities. Its about a ten minute drive outside of Torrevieja
(+34) 605815636 email@example.com www.lorufete.com
"This is a real find and we were taken here by some Spanish mates. If you dont fancy horseriding there are loads of other activities such as quadbiking, paintballing, archery and hiking" (KJ, May 09)