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3 - 5 years, 5 - 6 years + other ages
Runner-Up in the 2018 Hoop Awards
We are a small chain of Dance Schools for children aged 3-18. Run by professional dancers and performers. Every teacher at Dance Shack has been trained at a top performing arts school and, most importantly, will have worked professionally and extensively in the business. Our classes include Street Dance, Musical theatre, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Drama and SInging. Based in Leatherhead, West Byfleet, Kingston, Surbiton, Crawley, Farnborough, Twickenham and Colliers Wood.
Music, Dance & Drama
Dance Shack is amazing! Annie has been doing Street dance for 6 years and absolutely loves it. Lucy and Garth are such caring and inspiring people who work tirelessly to get the best out of their students. They radiate passion, fun and professionalism. Cannot reccommend them enough.
My daughter attends the Saturday street dance class in Surbiton. While she is only a toddler still struggling to follow every move, I can see she really enjoy it and is having fun. The staff are very supportive from teaching to administration. Highly recommended
My daughter, Ella (16), has been attending Dance Shack Street Dance & Musical Theatre for 6 years, since their early days when they were one centre. Although they have grown, they never fail to deliver on enthusiasm, creativity, professionalism, inspiration and fun for all their pupils, and are always so responsive to concerns. The pupils all love them and Ella has grown confident, lithe and strong through them. The end of year shows that they put on are spectacular and make the children, teachers and viewers so proud. Can't praise them enough. Well done Lucy & Garth. You've come a long way and all the above praise is well deserved.
Bex trained in Musical Theatre at the BRIT School and at Millennium Performing Arts. She has worked extensively in the Character and Parade Department at Disneyland Paris, as Belle from 'Beauty & The Beast' and Ariel from 'The Little Mermaid'. She has filmed in music video's for Gabz 'Put Your Lighters in the Air' and The Saturdays 'Disco Love' & for Channel 4's 'My Mad Fat Diary'. Bex has just returned from 3 consecutive contracts performing with Princess Cruises.
Daisy graduated from Italia Conti and has been involved in many dance productions, acting performances and catwalk shows. She has worked for a variety of different sport fashion clients including Adidas, Zoggs, Nike, Kappa and has performed on The X Factor and Children in Need, she has also worked alongside artists such as Leona Lewis, Ellie Goulding, Pixie Lott and other artists and companies. She continues to work in the commercial industry. She is trained in dancing, singing and acting and has been teaching for over 5 years. Daisy is now looking forward to teaching at Dance Shack!
Douglas trained at the Edinburgh School of Dance & Drama & the Scottish Ballet Company. While at London Studio Centre he won a Scholarship to study with the Kirov Ballet Company in Leningrad. Performed with The Scottish Ballet, The London City Ballet & The Carla Fracci Company in Palermo, Sicily. Other work includes Turandot Opera, Nixon In China & The Fairy Queen (ENO) Other credits include CATS, WEST SIDE STORY, CHICAGO, COPACABANA, THE KING & I, BUDDY, BOMBAY DREAMS, & THE ROYAL HUNT OF THE SUN (National Theatre). He has appeared in Royal Variety Performances, Pop Videos & TV Commercials.
ELISHA SHERMAN Elisha started ballet at the age of two and a half at her local dance school then at the age of five started tap and modern. At 16 she joined Laine Theatre Arts where she graduated with a diploma in musical theatre. Since then she has worked on the Regent Seven Seas Navigator as a dancer, played Sarah in the UK tour of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and most recently has just completed a national and international tour with Wicked the Musical! Elisha looks forward to sharing her knowledge and love of dance with the students at Dance Shack.
ELLIE GAINSFORD Ellie started acting at the age of 7. She gained Performing Arts scholarships into both her secondary school, and into the prestigious Hurtwood House sixth form, which specializes in the theatre arts. She trained at the Performance Preparation Academy in Guildford. Ellie has taken part in many performances in various theatres, notably Her Majesty’s, the National and the Arts theatres in London. She has previously taught at different Stagecoach schools, and is excited to become a member of the Dance Shack team!
Harley Dunsmore is a professionally trained dancer, singer and actor having trained at the BRIT school for performing arts since the age of 14 and then continuing her training at Stella Mann College for Performing Arts. Since leaving college Harley has had a good career in the commercial dance industry and now finds herself busy with her girl band that had found success on the X Factor last year. Her credits include Sky Sports, Samsung Smart Camera, PDC Darts, CBBC, Ladee Lush, Ombrascura Dance Company, the X Factor.
Julia trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Theatre credits include: Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Scooby-Doo Live; Sincerely Mr Toad (UK Tour); Lead Production Singer onboard the Costa Mediterranea; A Chorus Line (BAC); West Side Story (Albany Theatre). She has been in and choreographed pantomimes all over the UK. Julia has always had a passion for teaching and has taught at Mountview, London Dramatic Academy, Mandy Ellen Performing Arts, West End in Schools, Step into Dance and of course, most importantly, Dance Shack!
KIERA MARNER Kiera is a graduate of Bird College of Musical Theatre and Dance. She first began full time training at Sylvia Young Theatre School. Kiera's Professional theatre credits include: Babe in Closer To Heaven, The Pet Shop Boys Musical (The Union), Sharron Percy in Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace Theatre), Louisa Von Trapp in The Sound Of Music (The Palladium), Billy Elliot UK/Germany Tour Head Ballet Girl/swing (Tina Harmer) Other credits include: NHS Training video, The Sound of Music on the Alan Titchmarch Show, Chute (BBC), YAZOO advert, CO2 advert, Pearson Education.
Laura trained at The Brit School, and at Laine theatre Arts. From Laine's she went straight into her first professional job as a lead Singer, Dancer and Actress at Universal Studios in Singapore. She then went to New York City, where she gained a scholarship to one of the best acting schools in America. She cannot wait to share my love for the performing arts with the wonderful students at Dance Shack!
Lisa graduated from Italia Conti and has been dancing and singing since the age of 3. Born and bred in Wrexham, North Wales, Lisa taught jazz, tap, street dance for a number of dance schools. She was privileged to be asked to choreograph and perform a dance for the BBC One Show for Children in Need. Lisa was chosen to perform with Anton Du Beck and Erin (Strictly Come Dancing) on their UK tour in 2013. After Graduating Lisa has been on tour in Europe, has recently completed a solo singer's cruise contract, and in between teaching is currently on tour with Jackson: Live in Concert.
Lucy, AISTD, LAMDAdip, trained at the Italia Conti Academy and is the founder/director of Dance Shack. Her extensive theatre credits include Cats, Chicago, Cabaret, Rat Pack, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, West Side Story and many more. Throughout her performing career, Lucy has always maintained her passion for teaching. She has taught at: Italia Conti Academy, Mountview, Dance for All (Edinburgh), Liverpool Academy of Performing Arts. She is proud and excited to be able to bring her love of performance and learning to every individual at Dance Shack.
Rianna began her training at The BRIT School for Performing Arts. She then went on to at Performer College where she graduated with Distinction. Since graduating Rianna has been an Original member for Commercial/Tap group Bellabeats with whom she appeared on Sky's Got To Dance, in music videos, catwalk shows and spent 6 months in Dubai as Original Cast for a variety, dance and circus show. Most recently Rianna has just completed "Lego Friends to The Rescue" as Original Cast and lead "Andrea." She is a passionate teacher, and looks forward to joining the staff and students of Dance Shack.
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