It’s a New Year and here at Dynamic Performing Arts HQ we’ve got a LOT exciting stuff bubbling away that we can’t wait to share with you, so make sure you keep your eyes on the blog to be kept up to date.
First things first though, in the past twelve months we have started new classes and taken on new tutors, so we thought it was time that we reminded you of the wonderful DPA team with an introduction to them. We always strive to bring you the best teachers and as you can see from the plethora of talent listed below, the kids are being taught by a very experienced bunch.
Antonia Hall – Owner/Teacher
Antonia has always been passionate about performing arts and has a particular interest in Dance and Drama. She graduated from Arts Educational School, Tring in 2005 with a two-year Performance and Musical Theatre Diploma. Further to this Antonia attending Winchester University to gain her Bachelor of Arts in Drama Studies. Antonia also holds her ISTD Modern Faculty of Dance instruction (DDI) and ISTD modern Diploma in Dance Education (DDE). Since graduating and completing her studies Antonia has focused on teaching dance and drama for a number of local schools and youth theatres.
Previous to Dynamic Performing Arts Antonia has worked for Winchester Theatre Royal, Baughurst Youth Theatre, Theatretrain, Twinkle Tots Dance, Camberley Youth Theatre and Stagecoach; her most memorable work in the last few years was teaching in America at Frenchwoods Festival of the performing arts, New York as dance teacher and choreographer she was also selected to work for the company Playing for Time where she worked on a BBC documentary with the HMP Winchester.
Antonia is very excited about the future of Dynamic Performing Arts and thoroughly enjoys sharing her knowledge in dance and drama to others.
Antonia currently teachers the Dynamic Tots, ISTD modern dance and drama classes for Dynamic Performing Arts. Like all Dynamic teachers, Antonia holds her full CRB enhanced disclosure, Public Liability insurance and First Aid at work certificate.
Amy Astley – Dynamic Tots Teacher
Amy is originally from Bristol, where she began ballet at the age of 3. She then moved on to train at Laine Theatre Arts, where she graduated in 2009 with a Trinity Diploma in Musical theatre, and an additional Diploma in Speech and Drama with distinction. Since then she has performed in many styles of theatre, from opera to Shakespeare, including most recently as the title character in the UK Tour of Carrie’s War. Other credits include Free As Air, Gay’s The Word, Our Town, Blue Remembered Hills, A Little Night Music, Follies, Hamlet, A Christmas Carol, Sweeney Todd, and the Olivier award winning production of La Boheme. Amy has also completed two UK tours of her original one-woman show, Keep the Home Fires Burning, about the lives of women during World War II.
Amy has taught and choreographed for many different performing Arts schools, both in Bristol and in Surrey, including Laine Theatre Arts children school, Guildford School of Acting’s full time degree students and Bristol School of Performing Arts. She currently teaches dance and drama at The Orpheus Centre, a performing arts centre for disabled adults, and First Dance Studios in Mayford, where as well as taking regular dance classes, she also choreographs couples’ first dances for weddings. Amy is delighted to be part of the Dynamic Tots team of teachers and looks forward to sharing her passion for dance to next generation.
Rebecca Davies-Sandall – Dynamic Tots Teacher
Rebecca has been dancing and singing from an early age and has studied at The Arts Educational School (London), The Valerie School of Dancing, Songtime Theatre Arts and The Linda Sweetzer Dance Teacher College (where she has studied ISTD Tap, Modern and Imperial Classical Ballet teaching). In addition to running her own performing arts school she has had many years of performance experience in dance, drama and musical theatre and is a regular choreographer and guest teacher at other schools. Rebecca looks forward to sharing her passion and the magic of dance to the Dynamic Tots Students, like all Dynamic Performing Arts teachers Rebecca holds a full CRB enhanced disclosure, Public Liability Insurance and Emergency First Aid in Dance certificate.
Emma Hough – Musical Theatre Teacher
Emma has had a passion and drive for Musical Theatre from a very young age and began her training at GSA Saturday school as a girl. She has recently graduated from the University of Chichester training in a BA Musical Theatre Degree. Here she trained in all the aspects of the arts, focusing on singing, acting and dancing in musical theatre performance.
In training Emma performed in many productions including, ‘Half a Sixpence’ and ‘The Pajama Game’. She also had the amazing opportunity to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015 playing the part of Cathy in, ‘The Last 5 Years’.
Emma is delighted to be joining Dynamic Performing Arts.
Eleanor Coley – Dynamic Tots Teacher
Eleanor started dancing at the age of four at a small dance school in Kent where she enjoyed learning Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz. At her local school, Eleanor took her RAD Ballet Exams and enjoyed performing in annual shows.
After completing her A-Level exams at school, Eleanor successfully auditioned for the Royal Academy of Dance at the age of 17 for the BA (Hons) Ballet Education Degree Programme. Whilst studying at RAD, Eleanor gained her Advanced Two Ballet Exam and completed the LRAD programme.
After successfully graduating from RAD Eleanor has been focussing on teaching dance to children from 18 months up to Adults and particularly enjoys teaching the exciting pre-school classes.
Eleanor is very much looking forward to being part of the Dynamic Tots team.
Robyn started dancing ballet, jazz and tap from the age of 3 in her hometown in Scotland and continued to work her way up the RAD syllabus before deciding to make the life-changing decision to leave home at the age of 17 to pursue a career in musical theatre. In 2015 she graduated from the Performance Preparation Academy in Guildford with a three year Diploma in Musical Theatre along with an LTCL Trinity Diploma. She also gained an ATCL teaching Diploma in Speech and Drama with distinction.
Whilst training Robyn has had the pleasure of performing in a number of musicals including, ‘Into The Woods’, ‘Bring It On’, and ‘Carousel’, and has been a vocalist as part of the Experience Guildford Awards. Last year she also had the pleasure of playing the lead role of Jack in a touring pantomime of ‘Jack & the Beanstalk’.
Robyn enjoys teaching all styles of dance and has worked with a number of different companies in the Surrey area. She is looking forward to continuing her teaching as part of the Dynamic Performing Arts team.
Have a good week one and all!