Let's Dance Teachers
Our fully qualified and experienced dance instructors
Dance School - Weymouth, Dorset UK
Julie is a trained dance teacher and is Principal of the “Let’s Dance” School in Weymouth which currently has over 250 pupils aged from 2 to 80+!
The Dance School provides classes in modern, jazz/street, ballet, tap, musical theatre and Zumba.
Julie has been in the entertainment business for over 25 years, working as a dancer and “bluecoat” for Pontin’s Holidays, lead singer with various cabaret/function bands, compere for fashion & theatre shows and during the past 15 years she has choreographed for a wide variety of shows for theatre (both professional & amateur), television, charity events, hotels, etc.
In addition to the above Julie choreographs, sings & dances for her own cabaret act “Pzazz” (5 dancers & 4 singers) which provides an extensive range of colourful floorshows.
Julie has also directed and choreographed several musicals, two of which (“Me & My Girl and My Fair Lady”) won the “Accolade of Excellence” award from N.O.D.A. (National Operatic and Dramatic Association). She has since directed and choreographed “Singing in the Rain” (N.O.D.A. award for technical achievement), “Fame Forever” (a new musical written by David de Silva who wrote the original “Fame” stage show.
David offered his new work to just four societies in the country), Chess, Oklahoma (nomicated for the Best Musical award), and most recently a highly acclaimed production of Oliver!
Julie is able to direct/choreograph shows for any occasion/venue/audience and is always happy to tailor the performance to suit individual requirements.
A.I.D.T.A Head Teacher
Ballet, Modern, Acro, Exam Classes and Team Training
Rachel began dancing in Weymouth at the age of two and was one of the first members of Let’s Dance at the age of only five! She has continued to train at Let’s Dance and other schools to an advanced level in Ballet, Tap, Modern and Contemporary dance achieving high marks for her exams as well as studying singing.
She took part in many Summer dance intensives in London whilst training, as well as Dance workshops taken by leading professionals including Kimberly Wyatt – Dance judge for TV series ‘Got to Dance’ and member of pop group the ‘PussyCat Dolls’.
Alongside this, Rachel successfully auditioned to become an Associate dancer at the ‘Urdang Academy’ in London as a teenager, travelling to London for extra training.
Rachel competed and enjoyed much success in dance competitions and festivals around the South West, winning her sections and qualifying for the ‘All England’ championships in London. She was successful when auditioning for professional Christmas pantomimes from the age of nine to eighteen, when she performed as a professional dancer for the company.
Rachel worked professionally as a backing dancer for ‘The RW Mighty Soul Band’ and ‘The Cheeky Girls’ created from ITV ‘Pop Idol’ as well as for other solo/group singers such as boy band ‘Southern Edge’.
She also worked as choreographer and dancer for successful tribute acts performing around the South West in theatres, outdoor arenas and clubs.
Rachel successfully auditioned for top London dance schools ‘Performers’ ‘Laban’ and ‘Italia Conti’.
She gained much experience whilst living and dancing in London as well as studying, which included her fitness instructing – Level 2 Exercise to Music qualified. Rachel regularly took classes at the famous ‘Pineapple Dance Studios’ as well as ‘Dance Attic’.
After much training and professional performing experience she decided to follow in Julie’s footsteps. Rachel has been teaching syllabus work, fun dance and fitness for many years, including local Dorset primary schools and nurseries/pre schools as well as at other Dancing schools in the area.
Recently, Rachel has been nominated for an award by the International Dance Teachers Association for showing outstanding teaching ability.
Rachel enjoys being a member and choreographer of the Let’s Dance professional cabaret group ‘Pzazz’, which has been running for 20 years – alongside fellow Let’s Dance teacher Laura and long standing members of the school. Pzazz can often be seen performing locally and around the South West.
Her mission is to help and nurture pupils to become the best dancers/performers they can and to build confidence in everyone. Rachel would like to promote a happy, positive and encouraging environment where by the school comes together as a team to support each other’s talent and enjoy the opportunities to perform together!
Laura is one of Let’s dance oldest members! She started dancing at the age of three, alongside her traditional dancing studies; she began dancing with Julie on her first session of Let’s Dance and has been there ever since.
Laura has studied many genres of dance including in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Street and Contemporary. From a very early age Laura assisted Julie in the children classes, this progressed onto to teaching and choreographing for the children and teen class including the boys and then onto the adult classes.
Laura is currently the Advanced Adult Modern teacher.
During her time at the school, Laura has taught for Julie in my capacities and roles and has been involved in countless events as well as performing in many shows within the southwest as part of ‘Pzazz’ and Let’s dance.
Laura has also taught for other schools in Weymouth, Portland and has experience teaching dance for disabled students.
Laura’s progression from Dance has led her into the world of Health and Fitness. For many years Laura was a Health & Fitness Professional, from this she has instructed many classes in Cardioboxing, Aerobics and Fitball. Laura continues to teach in these areas and furthered her career into becoming a Pilates instructor.
Laura has a just give it ago and smile philosophy!! Dancing should be about exercise, fun and enjoyment!
Alistair is a highly experienced Teacher and Musical Director. Born and educated in Weymouth, gaining his ABRSM Grade 8 in Piano, Voice and Music Theory, he then trained at Bath Spa University.
As a performer, he has travelled the world working as a Piano Entertainer and Cabaret Artiste aboard luxury cruise liners and in major hotels throughout London and the Mediterranean. Alistair enjoyed 7 years working in London as a Musical Director and Arranger for Airtours and TUI and has musically directed shows at Edinburgh festival. TV credits include “Genie in the House” (Nickelodeon) and “School for Stars” (CBBC).
Alistair has worked at The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London for 17 years teaching Singing, Musical Theatre, Music Theory and Musical Theatre History. In a week, he taught pupils from 6 years olds within the part-time school all the way up to 24 year olds on the 3 year HND course. Alistair has had many students in some of the West Ends finest shows: Hairspray, Annie, Oliver, Matilda, Lion King, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Billy Elliot and Wicked to name just a few. Currently, one of his 13 year old pupils is playing young Aillene and Tina in the new Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre, London. In July this year, Alistair retired from Italia Conti.
Since relocating back to Weymouth in 2015, Alistair set up his own Singing Academy, Piano-Conducted Hairspray at the local theatre and Musically Directed Anything Goes in 2016. He is currently working with Dorchester Youth Theatre helping to launch weekly Musical Theatre Workshops to ages 8-18.
Alistair is also the Dorset Representative for the London College of Music, part of West London University. The centre is currently located in Weymouth. Alistair currently enters 50 pupils a year for Musical Theatre Singing and Piano Exams
Alistair is widely involved in Music Education within the Sherborne area. Since February 2017, under the leadership of Val Mizen, he has provided the 8 Sherborne primary schools with hourly singing sessions culminating in the highly successful Bugsy Malone Concert at the Gryphon School involving over 350 students. This year Alistair worked with 250 students on a production of Oliver performed in March at the Gateway Centre in Yeovil.
Senior Class Assistant
Class Assistant/Nursery Nurse
Born and raised in Weymouth, André spent most of his youth in the dance studio practising and perfecting his technique. Initially self-taught and driven, André wanted nothing more than to improve his art. Finishing school and college with marks at the top of his class, André continued his training at Edge Hill University where he studied Dance, Drama and Aerial performance.
During his time at university, André joined an all-male dance company Edge Fwd where he worked with chorographers such as Gary Clarke, Joss Arnott and Stuart Waters. The company toured across the UK and even had sold out shows at the Scottish Fridge Festival. When André wasn’t performing, he was promoting male dance by teaching in schools across the North West.
Once graduated, André joined a post-grad company 12 Degrees North, to perfect his technique and become in tune with his body. While in the company, he worked with choreographers such as Lea Anderson and James Wilton.
Finishing his time with 12 Degrees North, André was approached to join Wired Aerial Theatre where specialising in bungee assisted dance. André continued touring and teaching to universities with the company for years.
André grew a passion for teaching and love being able to help young dancers improve and become more confident within themselves. Seeing the students overcome challenges and have the same hunger for dance as he did at their age, is a real award and he’s delighted to now be teaching our contemporary class.