ABOUT THE SCHOOL
We are proud to offer a fun learning experience for our children, based on good teaching, challenging but achievable goals and a caring environment for all.
The dance classes are held within Friesland Sports Centre, Sandiacre and from September 2013 we shall be in two newly refurbished dance studios. We are able to use all the Sports Centre facilities including a refreshment area, changing facilities as well as ample parking on site.
It is free to register with us so whether your child has danced before or not we would highly recommend trying a first class free to see for yourselves how it feels to be part of this friendly dance school. Once you have decided that you would like your child to join us at Alexandra’s all uniform and dancewear can be purchased through us at reasonable reduced rates for pupils.
We use the internationally recognised dance board the IDTA, International Dance Teachers Association for all our syllabus and examinations. We teach many different styles of dance within the IDTA’s two branches using both the Theatre and Freestyle syllabuses to include Ballet, Tap, Theatre Craft, Disco, Freestyle, Musical Theatre, Cheerleading and Street.
Miss Alex - AIDTA, DipLCM - Principal
A teacher with many years experience, Alexandra Tavener has taught all styles of dance and theatre craft. A gifted performer herself, Alex won many awards as a child dancer and has appeared on stage from an early age.
As an adult she qualified and practised as a children’s nurse for 12 years but always continued to work with amateur dramatic and musical societies. With the arrival of her own children she took up teaching working at Dance Doctors Studios and Harmony Dance School before starting Alexandra’s School of Dance and Theatre in 2012.
She says “My aim in teaching is to pass on some of the joy I’ve had from dancing, singing and acting, so that all the children get a chance to develop skills that can enrich their whole lives, something they will hopefully never stop learning at or enjoying.”
For Alexandra the learning and enjoying clearly carries on – in Erewash Musical Society's production of Gypsy she played the leading role which won the regional NODA award for the best show, in other shows displaying her other talents including choreography. She has coached all her pupils to exam success earlier this year, and has recently completed her Diploma in Musical Theatre with The Royal London College of Music, as well as continuing her dance teaching studies with the IDTA.
Miss Susannah - Teacher
Dancing has always been a big part of life for Miss Susannah. Having started at age 2, by the time she was eighteen she had qualified as a dance teacher, also she has competed in lots of regional dance festivals during her training and attended many professional master-classes both locally and in London.
Since then she has also qualified as a cheerleading and gymnastics coach and judge, working across the East Midlands.
She passionately believes that all youngsters should be encouraged to join in physical movement, “Dancing gives you the fundamentals or life and sport”.
Miss Rachel - Photo and Biography
Rachel has always had a passion for theatre and performing from a young
age, taking part in local dance productions as well as being a member of Long Eaton Operatic Society before attending University and Guildford School of Acting to study an MA in Musical Theatre.
Since graduating she has been working in the industry performing in shows such as The Sound Of Music, Grey Gardens along side Jenna Russell and Shelia Hancock and most recently Moby Dick the Musical.
She is excited to be joining Alexandra's School of Dance and Theatre and being able to share and express her passion for dance with the children.
Miss Georgie - Photo and Biography to follow shortly
All our teachers at Alexandra’s School of Dance and Theatre are CRB registered.