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Welcome to Crescendo Music Academy & Variations Dance Studio, a happy, friendly and supportive environment in which pupils can learn their craft and develop as both performers and people. We have students come to us from South Woodford, Wanstead (Aldersbrook), Leytonstone, Ilford, Chingford, Barkingside, Chigwell, Highams Park, Leyton, Walthamstow, and beyond.


Variations Dance Studio is run by Sara Mulligan, a highly regarded dance professional who trained at the Yvonne Academy and the Royal Ballet School before gaining her teaching qualifications and registered status on graduating from the Royal Academy of Dance as a Licentiate (LRAD).

We encourage both male and female aspiring dancers to explore their ability through our tuition and may of our students have gone on to be accepted to prestigious schools, including the Royal Ballet School, Elmhurst School, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Arts Educational School, Central School of Ballet, Urdang Academy, Italia Conti, London Studio Centre, London College of Dance, London Theatre School, The Brit School, Hammond School and West Street School.


Crescendo Music Academy is also run by Sara Mulligan, who received her training in piano, violin and composition at the Royal Academy of Music. Offering lessons in piano, keyboard, guitar, bass guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone, recorder, violin, drum-kit, ukulele, oboe and singing, Crescendo Music Academy is a great place to learn essential music theory as well as an instrument. We help our pupils to develop both their skills and their confidence as musicians.

We have a great track record - some of our music students, who achieved the grade 8 exam whilst learning with us, have now graduated from university with music degrees and have pursued performing and teaching careers.

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Young boy learning guitar
Dancers in a show
Suitable for all ages

We firmly believe that music and dance should be for everyone! We accept students as young as 2 for dance and 4 for music, right through to senior citizens, from absolute beginners to advanced students wanting to hone their skills.

Annual music concerts

Our music students enjoy the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in annual music concerts, a wonderful experience for the students and the audience alike. It’s a showcase for what our pupils can accomplish.

Annual shows

We want our students to develop their skill as performers outside of their lessons, and we put on annual shows where they get the opportunity to do just that. These performances are always exciting events.


If you are a budding musician or dancer – or the parent of one! – then the adventure starts here. Crescendo Music Academy & Variations Dance Studio in South Woodford provides first-class tuition for beginners right through to advanced students.

We welcome enquiries about our lessons, and what you can expect when you learn with us. If you’d like to find out more, please browse the site or get in touch with our friendly and helpful team today.

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