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Dance Academy :  Autumn Term 2021

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Ballet, tap, acrobatic, street, teen, jazz & contemporary dance sessions.

At our Dance Academy we have classes suitable for all age ranges and abilities. Our dance teachers have many years of experience and are trained AIDT, IDTA, and BBO. Through the Dance Academy teachers, we prepare for exams, dance productions, community-based dance projects, and competition work.

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Dance Academy Timetable Autumn Term 2021

Class
Ages
Time
Course Length
Teacher
Prices
Pre-Primary Ballet
All children
1.30 pm - 2.15 pm
Termly
Debby
Course £77 Class: £5.50
Tiny Street Dance
5 - 6 years
4.30 pm - 5.00 pm
Termly
Nathan
Course £77 Class: £5.50
Junior Street Dance
7 - 9 years
5.15 pm - 5.45 pm
Termly
Nathan
Course £77 Class: £5.50
Teen Street Dance
10 + years
6.00 pm - 6.45 pm
Termly
Nathan
Course £77 Class: £5.50
Class
Ages
Time
Course Length
Teacher
Prices
Grade 2/3 Ballet
7 - 10 yrs
4.00 pm - 4.45 pm
Termly
Meryl
Course £105 Class: £7.50
Intermediate Foundation
11 - 14 yrs
4.45 pm - 5.45 pm
Termly
Meryl
Course £105 Class: £7.50
Class
Ages
Time
Course Length
Teacher
Prices
Primary Ballet
5 - 7 yrs
4.15 pm - 5.00 pm
Termly
Debby
Course £84 Class: £6.00
Grade 5/6 Contemporary/Jazz
11 - 14 yrs
5.00 pm - 5.45 pm
Termly
Debby
Course £84 Class: £6.00
Class
Ages
Time
Course Length
Teacher
Prices
Primary Ballet
5 - 7 yrs
4.00 pm - 4.45 pm
Termly
Meryl
Course £98 Class: £7.00
Grade 3 Ballet Exam Work
9 - 11 yrs
4.45 pm - 5.45 pm
Termly
Meryl
Course £105 Class: £7.50
Class
Ages
Time
Course Length
Teacher
Prices
Grade 4 Ballet
10 - 13 yrs
4.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Termly
Meryl
Course £105 Class: £7.50
Intro to Grade 5 and Preparation & Conditioning Work for Pointe Work
9 - 12 yrs
5.00 pm - 5.45 pm
Termly
Meryl
Course £105 Class: £7.50
Class
Time
Ages
Course Length
Teacher
Prices
Junior Street Dance
9.15 am - 10.00 am
7 - 9 years
Termly
Nathan
Course £98 Class: £7.00
Teen Street Dance
10.15 am - 11.00 am
10+ years
Termly
Nathan
Course £98 Class: £7.00

Meet our dance teachers

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Debby Tomlinson originally ran an established and well respected dance studio based in Durban, South Africa with Des van der Spuy called Dance Direction. When their two different studios joined together to form a very successful teaching partnership in 1980.
Subsequently Debby moved to London in 1996 and opened Dance Direction UK in Surbiton, Surrey and was soon assisted by Georgina Luxford. More recently they have both been joined by Meryl Moreth.
Debby qualified in South Africa as an advanced associate in modern, tap, musical theatre and street dance through the IDTA, now known as AIDT. She has entered many pupils in dance exams and has trained pupils to become teachers. She performed for many years professionally in musical theatre, trained dance companies in South Africa and did choreography for many professional shows.
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Former professional ballet dancer, trained from the age of 10-18 at the Royal Ballet School, London.
Spent her career as a Soloist at CNB, The National Ballet Company of Portugal based in Lisbon.
Became a teacher for BBO Dance in 2003, and greatly influenced the development and growth of BBO Jordan, based in Amman until 2008.
Freelance teacher for BBO Dance in Bangkok, Thailand, from 2008 – 2013.
Returned to the UK, and her home town Surbiton/Kingston in 2013, became the teacher for the Junior Classical Ballet Program at the Hawker Centre, and Head of Ballet for Dance Direction UK, directed by Debby Tomlinson.
In 2018/19 helped to create the new Grade 6 and Grade 7 Classical Ballet Syllabus for BBO Dance.
Developed, and currently nurtures a program of Adult Ballet Classes locally, and a special class for the over 65s ”The Golden Slippers”
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Nathan ‘Ready’ Mafwa is a professional dancer, choreographer, teacher and creative music producer.
He is the Artistic Director of Glitch Dance Company and head judge for TBGDO national dance competition. He has been dancing since 2002, and throughout his career he has developed knowledge in different styles of dance under the umbrella of Street dance.

Dance Style and Skills:
Streetdance | Hip-Hop | Popping | Locking | Breaking | Tutting | House | Krump | Waving | Abstract | Acrobatic | Freestyle |

Credits includes:
StreetDance 3D Movie | Breakin’ Convention 2004 – 2006 | Aladdin Pantomime (Bristol 2013 & Wimbledon 2014) | BBC1 | ITV1 | MOBO Awards | National Movie Awards 2010 | Pantomime with PPA 2010 – 2014 | London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony | HouseFull 3 Movie | Move it 2014 | Nike Advert 2014 (Nothing Beats A Londoner) |

Beside teaching for Pineapple Performing Arts School, Dance Direction UK and Glitch Dance Company, Nathan is also a dance teacher for The Royal Academy of Dance (Step into Dance). With them he teaches in secondary schools and colleges and some universities. He teaches all over London and some parts of the UK. Nathan has shown great character, determination, versatility and professionalism on and off stage, choreographing dance pieces as well as producing original music for dance groups/companies, and urban/hip-hop theatre productions.

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