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Telephone: 01202 530640
RAD Teaching Dip. MBTDA Teaching Dip.
Registered Teacher with Royal Academy of Dance
Registered Teacher with British Theatre of Dance Association
I come from a theatrical family - my mother was a dancer, and so was my grandmother and my great-grandfather.
It is not surprising, then, that I was taken to my first ballet class at two years of age. Apparently, I loved it straight away. At four years old I won a dance competition in London and that was it.. my passion for dance, especially Classical Ballet, was ignited, and is still as strong as ever.
In 1963 we moved to Bournemouth and I continued my training under the late Shirley Rees-Edwards. She was scary, ferociously strict and demanding, but I adored her and looked up to her. I passed my Royal Academy examinations from Grade 1 – Intermediate and successfully auditioned for Rambert Ballet School in 1971. Due to unforeseen circumstances I was unable to take up my place at Rambert and, instead, joined Southern Ballet, a Dorset based young touring ballet company, as a soloist.
I married in 1975 and after the birth of my eldest daughter I decided to take up teaching. I was then an army wife
and gave private lessons to children on the camp. I found that teaching dance to children was even better than performing!! I was able to pass on my love of dance and music to others and there is no better thrill than that.
In 1983, back in Bournemouth, I opened Spotlight School Of Dance and began taking classes at Townsend Primary School. I then moved to Kinson Community Centre, where I offered classes in Classical Ballet, Modern Jazz, Tap and Stagecraft. Many children have passed through our door, some for a short time, some for many years, and some now bring their children, even grandchildren, to us. Every child who has attended Spotlight has been important to me and their training, and well-being, has always been my top priority. The joy on a pupil’s face when he/she masters a step or does well in an exam is truly magical and is the reason I love my work. The school has grown, with many more subjects offered, several more venues and lots more performance opportunities, but Spotlight’s aim is still to teach children in a loving, safe, fun environment, make each child feel that they matter, and instil in them a pure love of dance and performing arts. My youngest daughter, Alice, has inherited my passion and, as a teacher at Spotlight, will help me to continue the school on into the future.
BTDA Teaching Programme
Head of Musical Theatre