Teachers

Zoe Burton

Andrea Taylor

Maia Ashton

Jude Burns

Sandra Davey

Amanda Salmon

 

 

 

BA (Hons) Art & Teaching of Ballet Royal Academy of Dance

Licentiate Royal Academy of Dance (LRAD)

Associate Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (AISTD)

Associate International Dance Teachers Association (AIDTA)

Acting diploma from LAMDA (ALAM)

 

Zoe started her dance training in Shropshire at the Stretton School of Dance and Drama gaining Advanced examinations in Ballet, Modern dance, Classical Greek dance and a LAMDA Acting diploma. She gained places to study at leading dance colleges and was awarded the Margot Fonteyn scholarship to train at the Royal Academy of Dance in London. She graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in the Art and Teaching of Ballet and a Licentiate teacher qualification from the Royal Academy of Dance which is recognised worldwide. She has been teaching since 2001 to students in the UK, in Cyprus and in New York USA.  She has trained dancers of all ages in schools, colleges and universities, some of whom have been accepted into prestigious ballet and dance programs in the UK and America.  Zoe has been teaching ballet and dance in the South West to children, teenagers and adults for 12 years setting up Wells Ballet School in 2015.  Zoe has extensive experience entering candidates of all ages for Royal Academy of Dance ballet examinations gaining excellent results and choreographing and producing dance productions for students.

 

 

 

 

BA (Hons) Ballet & Dance Royal Academy of Dance (1st class degree)

Fully qualified and registered teacher with Royal Academy of Dance (RTS)

CBTS Teacher Training Mentor Royal Academy of Dance

 

Andrea began her ballet training in Wells, where she gained her RAD Advanced exam as well as performing lead roles in many of the school’s annual productions. She went on to complete a three year Ballet Education degree at the Royal Academy of Dance, graduating in 2012 with a First Class Honours, and more recently gained the Associate of The Royal Academy of Dance (ARAD) Award.

Andrea teaches students at a number of schools around Bristol and Somerset, as well as running Tiny Tutus mummy and baby ballet classes. She has choreographed dances for many school productions and spent some time teaching children with disabilities at Flamingo Chicks CIC.

Andrea’s students have gone on to gain places at Laine Performing Arts Centre, Performers College and London Studio Centre, as well as various Associate ballet programmes.

  

Qualified Ballet Teacher with Royal Academy of Dance (CBTS RTS)

Maia is a former pupil who was accepted onto the distance learning ballet teachers course at Royal Academy of Dance and qualified in 2017. Maia has lots of experience preparing and entering candidates for Royal Academy of Dance exams and enjoys choreographing for school performances. Maia has recently completed a contract teaching in China.

 

 

 

 

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

 

Judith trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama , London, qualifying as a specialist Speech And Drama teacher. Her contemporaries were Zoe Wanamaker and Robin Nedwell.She has devoted her career to teaching Speech and Drama to all ages and has worked predominantly at Wells Cathedral School where she was the first to introduce the subject at a specialist level.Judith’s work at Wells Cathedral School allowed her to work with children between the ages of three and eighteen. She has also worked with educationally disadvantaged young adults, dyslexic students and many youth theatre groups around Somerset. In addition she has taken groups to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and to Youth Competitions in London. For many years Judith ran cultural exchanges with other schools in the Czech Republic and Germany.

 

 

Principal Somerset Dance Umbrella

Associate Diploma Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (AISTD Dip)

Sandra has 25 years teaching experience - an innovative choreographer who loves to nurture and encourage pupils to "own" their dancing. She trained at the highly acclaimed Laine Theatre Arts, completing the full professional dancers and teachers 3 year course. After another 3 years dancing professionally, she moved on to teaching, found her niche and received many choreographic awards nationally at All England competitions, Eisteddfods, the prestigious ISTD Janet Cram Awards and Festival of Festivals.

 

She has taught at Elmhurst Ballet School, Arts Educational School Chiswick, as well as many schools in South London/Hampshire. Her previous students have appeared or are appearing in West End productions - "Fame", "West Side Story", "Lion King", "Phantom of the Opera", "Billy Eliot", "We Will Rock You", "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", "Mary Poppins","Mamma Mia"; and TV's "So You Think You Can Dance", Matthew Bourne's "Swan Lake", Estonian Ballet Company, Romanian Ballet Company and many more worldwide.

 

She specialises in 1 to 1 training and student/professional training aiming for the best possible technical standard as well as having fun!

 

 

 

 

 

Vocal, Singing & Musical Theatre Coach

Amanda is from Yorkshire and trained at the Italia Conti Academy in London.On graduating she made her Professional Debut playing the lead role of Pearl in Starlight Express at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London. Her other Theatre credits include; Eponine in Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre London, Sophie in Mamma Mia at The Prince Edward Theatre, London Sandy in Grease at The Royal Albert Hall and the The Scandinavian Arena Tour, Linda in Blood Brothers at the Pheonix Theatre London.Amanda created the role of Chrissie in Teen Scream which was written by the Heather Brothers and premiered at The Theatre Royal in Lincoln and then continued to the Edinburgh Festival. The UK tour of Hello Dolly alongside Darren Day & Anita Dobson playing the Role of Minnie Fay. Amanda has toured throughout England and Europe with various shows including Hold Tight It’s 60’s /70’s Night, The Wonderful West End and various concerts in aid of numerous charities.Television Credits include; Janie in The King Of Hearts (channnel 4), Live at the London Palladium with Bruce Forsythe playing Eponine in Les Miserables (ITV), The Royal Variety Show at The Dominion Theatre, Pebble Mill (BBC) and various appearences on Children in Need.

Cast recordings include; Janie in the contempory opera The King Of Hearts, The Voice in Named Nursery a childrens storytelling CD, The Spoon in Hey Diddle Diddle written by Micheal Bruce. Amanda has performed in many pantomimes over the years including playing the role of Wendy in First Familys spectacular production of Peter Pan along side Henry Winkler. Tinkerbell in PeterPan On Rollerskates & most recently playing the Role of the Witch in Beauty & the Beast in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

Amanda performed at London’s 02 arena in the spectacular Les Miserables 25th Anniversary show alongside Lea Salonga and Nick jonas in front of 14,000 people. Amanda is currently performing up & down the country with various musical theatre shows.