Our teachers

Laura Andrews RAD CBTS RTS

School Principal and Ballet Teacher

 

Laura has been a dancer for more than 35 years.  She started dancing aged 3 at the Parkewood School of Dance in Southampton and trained for 15 years under the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus, reaching vocational grade Advanced.  One of Laura’s proudest achievements was securing a place at the Central School of Ballet in London.  She chose an academic path, completing a Business degree at the University of Bath followed by a 17-year career in event management where she was able to use her instinctive organisation skills in running large and high-profile events; a background that has proved valuable in running the School.  Laura continued to dance throughout these years, rediscovering her love of dance as an adult dancer.

Photo credit: Stewart McPherson

The move from dancer to dance teacher has been a natural progression for Laura who is passionate about dance and dance education.  Her vision for the School is to provide students with a holistic dance experience through offering classes that support RAD training, including Contemporary Dance to encourage versatility and Ballet Fitness to build stamina, muscle strength and joint flexibility.  Laura believes dance benefits both physical and mental wellbeing and ensures a welcoming atmosphere for all students, allowing them the opportunity to grow as individuals and contribute to classes and choreography for the School’s end of year shows.   She looks forward to welcoming more of the local community to the School in future.

 

Laura is a Registered Teacher with the RAD, having completed the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies.  The RAD offers one of the highest quality teacher programs and their qualifications are a mark of excellence.  With an internationally-recognised portfolio of examinations and assessments designed to encourage, motivate and reward students of all ages and abilities, working to the RAD syllabus provides a structure for our students to progress their learning and achievement in dance. Laura is also a Certified Teacher in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT), a revolutionary programme that uses fit balls and resistance bands to help train muscle memory.

Tia Hancy

Contemporary Dance Teacher

 

Tia trained as a dancer in her home town in Yorkshire.  During her training she danced and taught for York School of Dance & Drama (YSDD).  She found a love for teaching and went on to gain an International Dance Teachers' Association (IDTA) teaching qualification and then to co-found York City Dance, with the aim of introducing young people to contemporary dance.

Having moved south, Tia gained a further teaching qualification; Level 6 diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning.  She now teaches and performs for 3rd Stage Dance company as well as choreographing for their community dance platform 3Motion. 

Photo credit: Bath Dance

Tia teaches contemporary classes for Bath School of Dance and runs classes for adults in and around Bath.

 

Tia is passionate about teaching all ages and abilities and believes that it is important that anyone who wants to dance feels like they can and knows they will enjoy her classes and have a lovely time.  Her lessons are fun and inclusive while still being challenging and looking at the importance of technique and performance skills.