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About Us

We offer a structured programme of BTDA syllabus classes in Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical and Musical Theatre. A full timetable of all classes for children run throughout the day on Saturdays and Wednesday evenings in St Ives and after school on Fridays at Needingworth. Our Ballet and Theatre Dance syllabus is accredited by the QCA and we offer examinations which are part of the National Qualifications Framework. Teachers responsible for these subjects hold full registered status with CDET member societies.

We offer a range
of classes in many subjects

Ballet
Musical Theatre
Hip Hop/Street Dance
Tap
Lyrical/Contemporary
Modern and Jazz

Ballet

Ballet serves as a backbone for many other styles of dance, as many other dance genres are based on ballet. Ballet is based on techniques that have been developed over centuries. Ballet uses music and dance to tell stories. Ballet through the study of our syllabus aims to improve the students technical knowledge and understanding and helps with posture and presentation.

Tap Dance

Tap

Tap dancing is an exciting form of dance in which dancers wear special shoes equipped with metal taps. Tap dancers use their feet like drums to create rhythmic patterns and timely beats. The tap dance syllabus develops a strong tap technique with good posture and co-ordination.

Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre combines music, songs, spoken dialogue and dance. The varied emotional aspects of the production—humour, pathos, love, anger—as well as the story itself, are communicated through the words, music, dance, and staging of the entertainment as an integrated whole. Musical Theatre works, usually referred to as ``Musicals,`` are performed around the world.

Lyrical/Contemporary

Lyrical dancing is performed to music with lyrics to inspire movements to express strong feelings and emotions the choreographer feels from the lyrics in the chosen song. Because lyrical dancing focuses on the expression of strong emotion, the style concentrates more on individual approach and expressiveness than the precision of the dancer's movements.

Hip Hop/Street Dance

Street Dance / Hip Hop is a freestyle dance which includes a wide range of styles primarily Breaking, which was created in the 1970’s. What distinguishes hip-hop from other forms of dance is that it is often ``freestyle``, highly energetic and exciting. Hip Hop has recently become one of the most popular dances. All our classes are taught by professional dancers and choreographers.

Modern and Jazz

Modern dance emphasises creativity in choreography and performance. Our modern dance syllabus helps to develop co-ordination, sense of rhythm and musicality and improves strength and flexibility.

MEET OUR TEAM

Rachel Besley

Rachel Besley

Rachel graduated from Expressions Academy of Performing Arts in 2013. She completed a 3 Year Musical Theatre Course and has a Diploma in Performing Arts and a Diploma in Speech and Drama with Trinity Guildhall. She has also achieved a Level 4 Diploma in Dance Teaching with the IDTA. She is qualified in First Aid and Child Protection. Rachel Performed as a dancer in the 2012 London Olympic opening ceremony. She has also performed as a Dancer in the Bollywood film “Shaadi Ke Side Effects” in 2013 and she was assistant entertainment manager and dancer at the Louis Imperial Beach Resort Paphos, Cyprus in 2014. Rachel has had a lot of experience in teaching and started teaching professionally whilst at college. Since then she has enjoyed teaching an array of subjects including Hip Hop, Ballet, Modern Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Drama and Musical Theatre.<br /> She is thrilled to be taking the lead at Theatre Artz and is very thankful to Roz Clarke who has helped her achieve this.

Natalie Halliday

Natalie Halliday

Natalie went to University in Roehampton to do a dance degree and whilst she was there she obtained her teaching certificate in ballet with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance. She did her PGCE in dance at Brighton University and has become a registered teacher member of the British Theatre Dance Association. She teaches in secondary education at Impington Village College, Cambridge, and for us on Saturdays.

Roz Clark

Roz is the founder of Theatre Artz and has been running the dance school in the local area for many years. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience within dance and has taught many successful students who have gone onto incredible careers in the arts. Roz teaches Ballet and Modern Jazz, but her passion and her forte is teaching tap! She is an established member of the BTDA and a fantastic and friendly teacher.

Philip Bertioli

Philip Bertioli

Philip started his training at Theatre Artz and went on to train in professional Musical Theatre at Laine Theatre Arts with a full scholarship. Since graduating his theatre credits include: Troy Bolton in High School Musical (Indonesia), Lead Singer in Disney Land Tokyo’s show Minnie Oh! Minnie, Anthems: Kerry Ellis & Brian May (Royal Albert Hall), Josh in 9 to 5 The Musical (National Tour) directed by Jeff Calhoun and Featured Ensemble in Eat Pray Laugh – Barry Humphries Farewell Tour (London Palladium and UK tour). Philip was most recently cast in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s show Jesus Christ Superstar. He appeared as The Prince in Snow White at the Beck Theatre, Hayes, and in Warhorse at the New London Theatre, Drury Lane as ‘Joey and Topthorn’. Phil performed in Funny Girl at The Savoy Theatre and is now appearing in 42nd street.

SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS

Ella Grant

Laine Theatre Arts

Emily Ratcliffe

London Studio Centre

Isabella Reed

Tring

Natalie Halliday

PGCE in Dance registered teacher with the BTDA

Philip Bertioli

Laine Theatre Arts

Zoe Newell

M.A.D.D. College

Rachael Kenney

Bodyworks

Samantha Black

PGCE in Dance registered teacher with the BTDA

Tino Zicci

Laine Theatre Arts

Hettie Gifford

Bodyworks

Hannah Plows

Millenium

Jasmin Brennan

Stella Mann

Lauren Barton

Urdang

Jessica Brading

Bodyworks

Claire Rea

Bodyworks

Harriet Randolph

Bodyworks

Lottie Valis

Urdang

Jessica Holland

Bodyworks

Kaysha Stopps

Elmhurst

Danielle Everdell

Performers College

Emma Howes

Bodyworks

Holly Baker

Bodyworks

Alex Wragg

Tring Park

Vicki Ford

Ballet Central registered teacher with the RAD