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Laura Andrews RAD CBTS RTS
'Miss Laura' - School Principal and Ballet Teacher
Laura has danced 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.
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 (CBTS). 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.
'Miss Tia' - 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.
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.
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Charlotte Pearce RAD CBTS RTS
'Miss Charlotte' - Ballet Teacher
Charlotte has danced for 27 years, in which time she has studied and completed all RAD Classical Ballet and Imperial Society of Teachers in Dancing (ISTD) Modern grades to Advanced 2. Competing in Eisteddfod competitions for 11 years, Charlotte successfully performed and placed with many solo and group dances.
Charlotte became a Registered Teacher with the RAD by completing the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS). Following the completion of this in 2015 Charlotte has been teaching ballet in Bristol to pupils of all ages, from Baby Ballet classes through to Vocational classes. In 2018 Charlotte travelled to Pennsylvania, USA to work as Head of Dance at an American summer programme.
Charlotte is also a Certified Teacher in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) and a children's yoga teacher with Wellbeing Bees yoga.
Aside from her teaching, Charlotte modelled for the Bristol Old Vic Costume department for several years, dancing in custom made tutus for filmed production videos. Charlotte also performed in an ITV Fixers music video, where she choreographed and performed her own ballet solo.
Her passion for dance, in particular Classical Ballet, is something she wishes to continue to share with others.
'Miss Emily' - Guest Contemporary Dance Teacher
Emily is a choreographer and dancer based in Bath. Emily initially trained in ballet, and discovered contemporary dance in her teens. She instantly connected with the freedom and expression of this style, and has loved it ever since.
After 5 years in a Youth Dance Company based at Birmingham's DanceXchange, Emily gained a 1st class degree in contemporary dance at the University of Chester, followed by a year performing with 'Mapdance' postgraduate company at the University of Chichester.
Emily created her own dance company, Emily Brown Dance, in 2017, and has toured and performed her work across the UK. Emily is also a community dance teacher, working with Yama Dance Company and 3rd Stage Dance Company. She's passionate about dance performance and teaching being collaborative, accessible and inclusive for all levels and ages.
Ali started dancing with Bath School of Dance at the age of 3 and attends weekly dance classes in RAD Ballet, Contemporary Dance and Ballet Fitness. Ali particularly enjoys the free movement style of contemporary dance. Aside from dance, Ali enjoys acting with a local theatre group and has also been involved in the Saltford pantomime. Their favourite character was playing the villain ‘Goldeneye’. They also enjoy playing hockey and guitar lessons. Ali’s favourite thing about being a teaching assistant is laughing at the funny things the children come out with each week!
Daisy was 3 years old when she started dancing with Bath School of Dance. She attends weekly dance classes in RAD Ballet and Ballet Fitness as well as dance classes at her school. Her favourite dances are the RAD Grade 3 Character Dance and the Grade 4 ‘Cane’ Dance. Daisy plays the guitar and drums and enjoys listening to bands including Radiohead, Talking Heads and Arctic Monkeys. She also plays basketball, tennis and athletics with her friends. Daisy’s favourite thing about being a teaching assistant is helping our little ones with their dance skills.
Maddy started Contemporary Dance at the age of 15, whilst living in Australia, then started RAD Grade 5 Ballet with Bath School of Dance on moving to England at the age of 16. Maddy also attends jazz classes with her musical theatre group and enjoys singing, songwriting and acting. Maddy started singing in 2019 and has a natural ability for songwriting, regularly recording voice memos with ideas, which she hopes to develop in future. Maddy enjoys choreographing and improvising and her favourite dance is a lyrical solo called ‘Heal’ that she choreographed in Australia. Maddy’s favourite thing about being a teaching assistant is seeing how happy it makes our little ones to dance.
Nicole started dancing with Bath School of Dance at the age of 4 and attends weekly dance classes in RAD Ballet, Contemporary Dance and Ballet Fitness. Nicole’s favourite dances are the RAD Grade 3 Character Dance and the Grade 4 ‘Cane’ Dance. Nicole’s talents beyond dance revolve around music. She has reached Grade 4 in violin, Grade 3 in music and previously sang with Bath Abbey Children’s Choir. Nicole has fond memories of her own teaching assistant when she was little.