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Styles of dance taught:

Ballet

Price Guide
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00
Advanced £30.00
Expert £35.00

Jazz

Price Guide
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00
Advanced £30.00
Expert £35.00

Tap

Price Guide
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00
Advanced £30.00
Expert £35.00

Improvisation / Choreography

Price Guide
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00
Advanced £30.00
Expert £35.00

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Personal Description::

I trained at The Arts Educational School London, on the three year Musical Theatre Course and am Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) trained. As well as being a registered Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) teacher, I have 25 years experience of working extensively as a performer and choreographer and was fortunate to be a mentee of renowned choreographer Dougie Squires OBE.
After I retired as a professional dancer I made the sideways transition to start my next career as a Choreographer and Dance Facilitator, which led me to work creatively on many award winning and highly acclaimed theatre productions including Molly Wobbly, Leicester Square Theatre, London, Cabaret at The MAC, Belfast. In 2017 I choreographed The Spectacular Aladdin at SSE Arena, Belfast’s first Arena Pantomime which starred singers Rhydian Roberts from ITV The X Factor and Jake Carter RTÉ Dancing with the Stars.

I have been fortunate to perform and work professionally in some of the UK and Ireland’s most prestigious venues alongside famous faces such as Rachel Tucker, Leanne Jones, Sophie Louise Dann, Bradley Walsh, Billy Connelly, Cannon & Ball, Barbara Windsor, David Essex, Christopher Biggins, Shane Ritchie and Danny La Rue. All of these experiences have given me a unique Musical Theatre, TV and teaching career which spans 25 years
In 2017 I trained with English National Ballet and the Mark Morrison group, NY, to become a qualified 'Dance for Parkinson’s' Practitioner providing dance and movement classes for people with Parkinson’s Disease through out the province of Northern Ireland.

Dance Instruction/Teaching Experience::

For the last 25 years, I have built a strong reputation for delivering industry standard Dance training in schools and colleges across N Ireland, having facilitated Jazz, Tap and Ballet classes as part of BTEC and HND Performing Arts courses, with a speciality on focusing and fine tuning students technique who wish to apply to full time Dance courses.
I have a excellent track record and many of my former students are now studying at Arts Educational, Mountview, Trinity Laban, Chichester University, East 15, Urdang, MJ

I am Head of Dance at the International College of Musical Theatre (Belfast Campus) which offers a one and a two year full time course studying Musical Theatre with a degree pathway option offered at the end of the two year course in conjunction with Middlesex University. Currently I am teaching students from all over the world. ICMT have colleges in London, New York and Rome.
As well as teaching freelance classes and teaching at ICMT, I am also Head of Dance at JH Academy which is a youth Theatre school specialising in students want to make a career in theatre and have taught there for over two years.
Due to my career and years of teaching, I can offer students my extensive professional performance expertise in Musical Theatre, Choreography and Dance, having enjoyed such a varied and successful career in the Arts.

I teach the following dance genres:

Jazz/Modern Theatre Dance
Commercial jazz
Ballet
Tap
Lyrical/Contemporary

I have also delivered dance tuition to a wide range of students through workshops and summer schools in collaboration with The Grand Opera House, The MAC Theatre,The Lyric Theatre, the Waterfront Hall, and the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast, as well as The Mill Theatre, Newtownabbey and The Marketplace Theatre, Armagh

I pride myself on being a competent experienced professional Choreographer, Movement Director and Dance facilitator who can confidently work with children, students, adults, professionals and non-professionals from Beginner to Advanced level. Throughout my teaching career I have demonstrated a natural ability for working with students of varying levels of ability and through my experience have developed effective lesson planning and confident behaviour management techniques

Teaching Approach::

I prepare students for exams, auditions and choreograph routines for festivals/competitions, as well as teaching novices the joys of dance. I am happy to adapt my teaching to help any student reach their individual goals.
As a child through to the age of 16 I was taught in ISTD syllabus which I believe builds a fantastic technical dance foundation for a student thinking about furthering their career in as a professional dancer/performer

Dance is so increasingly popular with children/teens/adults and the skills developed in dance can also be valuable transferable skills that can be applied to any career path, studying dance should be enjoyable and I encourage students express themselves and develop their self-awareness while learning techniques that will be applicable throughout their lives - whether or not they plan to pursue a professional career in dance.
The confidence gained through achievements in dance can help to build social skills, increase self-esteem and the ability to communicate and work well in a group. These skills once established through participating in dance, can enhance educational attainment and future career opportunities.

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Native Language: English (British)
Availability:: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available:: Yes (✔ On File)

Qualifications::

  • ISTD (2016) - Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education (Other) (✘ Not On File)
  • ISTD (2014) - Level 3 Diploma in Dance Instruction (Other) (✘ Not On File)
  • Arts Educational, London. (1988) - Three year Diploma course (College) (✘ Not On File)
  • ISTD (1986) - Advanced Modern Theatre (Other) (✘ Not On File)

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