Bedazzle opened its doors in September 2006 with a Saturday Theatre course in Saffron Walden. Since its first week with twelve students, the company has matured steadily and we now have courses across Essex, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. We partner local colleges and County & District councils with their initiatives to encourage participation and learning in Expressive Arts.
Our aims are simple – to increase confidence, inspire creativity and improve communication – key life skills that stay with our students, whatever path they choose. Expressive Arts is an ideal platform where these skills combine in equal measure – but there are, of course, added benefits in health and fitness; in addition, some of our group courses include a variety of communication projects which brings further benefits in hand-eye coordination, appreciation of colour and texture, observational awareness and dexterity as well as introducing new levels of comprehension in all academic subjects.
Bedazzle is accredited for teaching ‘Arts Award’ (London Trinity College), AQA Unit awards, ASDAN, and LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art). These are all top-education standards so it’s with some pride that we can say that to date, Bedazzle has a 100% pass record.
‘Bedazzle Projects’ was set-up as a registered charity in March 2011, its aim is to increase access to expressive arts experiences and opportunities to all students. It continued throughout the Covid-19 pandemic with a number of innovative online activities. Bedazzle's Foundation Course and Bespoke Programmes (for individuals) continued with minimal interruption.