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Dancing, Singing & Comedy: Everything you need to know

Always fancied recording your own hit single, but not sure where to start? You could go and stand outside the X Factor studio for the best part of a day, or you could take a short cut and go straight into the studio.

Choose the Pop Taster or Silver Songmaker packages and you’ll have exclusive access to a professional recording studio to record a song of your choice with an engineer. That’s a sound engineer, not a mechanic.

If dance is more your thing, go Strictly with some beginner dance classes, or treat your teen to a class at Pineapple Dance Studios - as seen on TV! A night out at the Ministry of Comedy is just the thing for a stag or hen party or your next birthday do, especially if you enjoy shouting at people sarcastically.

Our great value comedy night voucher grants entry for to up eight people, although they must all be 18 or over. With clubs in most major UK cities, including Leeds, Glasgow, Cardiff, Porstmouth and London, you can really make a night of it.

The UK’s best comedians started out in stand-up clubs, so you may even see a comedy star in the making!


Q: Look at me! La la la la la la! Look at me!
A: Ah, I think you’d be the perfect person to partake in one of our dancing, singing or comedy events.
Q: What sort of things can I do?
A: We’ve got dancing workshops, singing experiences and combinations of the two for the star in the making.
Q: What’s included in the recording studio experience?
A: There are a few different options. All include backing tracks (choose one or bring your own), time in a vocal booth, professional mastering and a copy of your finished recording on CD. If the song you want isn’t in the studio’s vaults, you might need to pay an extra fee to have it prepared especially for you.
Q: What if I have a little Eydie Gorme or Mel Torme at home?
A: For the recording sessions, children under the age of 8 aren’t normally allowed to take part, and anyone under 16 will need to have a parent or guardian with them. But we do have a Junior Taster Class at the globally renowned Pineapple Dance Studios for kids between 5 and 7, where they’ll learn singing, dancing or drama.
Q: And what if Strictly had put various ideas in my head?
A: Get your twinkling toes onto the dancefloor with our Introductory Dance Experience, at tons of locations all around the UK.
Q: But I have been diagnosed with two left feet?
A: Don’t worry, all levels of experience are catered for and you’ll have a variety of partners and be shown a different numbers of dance disciplines by our expert instructors. It will be easy and fun.
Q: And if I got hooked or come down with a case of dance fever?
A: Yes, you can arrange more lessons with the supplier or tutor directly if you enjoy your day. Just arrange this with them at the end of the class. You might even get a preferential or promotional rate!
Q: It also says comedy up there, what’s that?
A: We have our comedy night vouchers which cover venues all over the UK. There’s one in most major cities. Note that you only need one voucher per eight people for the comedy club experiences - not one per person, so you’ve got that going for you.
Q: Sorry, I have taken hold of the completely wrong end of your stick. I don’t want to sing and dance myself, I want to see others sing and dance.
A: Great! Then try one of our theatre breaks. You’ll see a top West End show, plus there may even be a dinner and a hotel stay included.

Fun Facts

  • 1. Paintings in Indian and Egyptian tomb paintings depict dancing figures from around 3300 BC. And no, they were not Twerking.
  • 2. The earliest known mention of Morris dancing is dated to 1448, and records the payment of seven shillings to dancers by the Goldsmiths' Company in London. The earliest record of my Uncle Maurice dancing is that video of him from 1989, where he looks like an idiot.
  • 3. The first full-scale ballet, Le Ballet Comique de la Reine, was staged in Paris on October 15, 1581. I imagine the reviews ran along the lines of ‘why were those people dancing a story? That’s weird’.
  • 4. Tom Cruise and Rob Lowe were considered for the part that eventually went to Kevin Bacon in 1984’s Footloose. He had the loosest feet.
  • 5. Doug E. Fresh, the American rapper and producer, is the self-proclaimed first human beat boxer. And hopefully the last.
  • 6. Kate Lawler of Kerrang Radio sang all of Livin' On a Prayer by Bon Jovi in an impressive 36.10 seconds. Though I’m sure it felt much longer.
  • 7. The oldest artist to top the UK singles chart was Louis Armstrong, aged 66 years and 10 months, in 1968 with What a Wonderful World. Though does anyone know how old Lady Gaga actually is? She may be a contender.
  • 8. So-called 'gut strings' for acoustic guitars were originally made from the small intestines of slaughtered sheep. Which may explain why people describe my guitar playing as ‘offal’.
  • 9. Rocker Bryan Adams once photographed Queen Elizabeth II for a Canadian stamp. Well, he did tell us that anything he did, he did for us.
  • 10. Ancient Greeks and Romans used the word ‘comedy’ to describe plays with happy endings. So no matter what happens, EastEnders is never going to be a comedy. At least to ancient Greeks and Romans.