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Dance School Weymouth Dorset Julie Storey's Let's Dance

Let's Dance Teachers

Our fully qualified and experienced dance instructors

Dance School - Weymouth, Dorset UK

Julie Storey Lets Dance Instructor Weymouth Dorset
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Julie Storey

A.I.S.T.D.Dip Principal

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.

Rachel Storey Lets Dance Instructor Weymouth Dorset
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Rachel Storey

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 Summers Lets Dance Instructor Weymouth Dorset
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Laura Summers

BA Hons

Advanced Adult Modern Teacher and Dancer 'Pzazz'

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!

Anna Marsh Lets Dance Instructor Weymouth
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Musical Theatre & Dance Teacher

Anna Marsh

With a background in musical theatre, Anna is an accomplished teacher of dance, singing and drama with experience of working in the industry.  Originally from Surrey, she has been performing from the age of 6, going on to gain a degree in musical theatre at Chichester University, graduating with a first.

 

After graduating, Anna worked a variety of performance contacts in both the UK and abroad, performing in various hotels, on tours, theatre in education projects and pantomimes. She was also lucky enough to be able to work her dream job as a lead show team vocalist and assistant cruise director with Cruise and Maritime Voyages, which took her all around the world.

Although she loved performing, in 2019 Anna decided to hang up her microphone and dancing shoes and pursue a career as a teacher, something she had always wanted to do. She has always been incredibly passionate about teaching and has covered at many local dance schools over the years. In 2012, she worked as an associate lecturer of dance at the University of Chichester and has also choreographed productions including Anything Goes and Oklahoma with a local theatre company. In May 2021, Anna completed her PGCE in secondary dance, through Brighton University and is now a fully qualified teacher, teaching dance, drama and music.

 

Anna loves sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm for the arts and always aims to provide fun but high quality classes in a positive and supportive environment.

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André Miller

Contemporary Teacher

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.

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Reanna White

PDDip ISTD DDE
Ballet, Modern/Street and Acro Teacher

Reanna has been dancing since the age of three and received all her training up to ISTD Advanced level in Ballet, Tap and Modern at Kathy Davies School of Dance. Alongside studying Dance and Performing Arts A-Level at The Thomas Hardye School, she was involved in many performance opportunities whilst being a member of the Dorset Youth Dance Company.

After attending a one year pre-vocational course at the highly renowned Performers College she then received a prestigious Dance and Drama Award (DaDa) full 3-year scholarship to study at Millennium Performing Arts in London, where she qualified with a Professional Dance Diploma.

During this time Reanna attended daily classes/workshops led by West End choreographers and performed in theatres in the heart of London.

Since graduating, she started fulfilling her life-long dream and has been teaching a wide variety of dance classes to all ages and abilities at Dorchester Ballet & Dance and Kathy Davies School of Dance. Reanna has successfully gained the ISTD Diploma in Dance Education for Modern and Tap as is also a certified teacher of the Acrobatic Arts and BalletBeFit syllabus.

Her fondest memories of the local area, include dancing for Spillers Pantomimes and more recently being Dance Captain for ‘Pirates of the Pavilion’, both at the Weymouth Pavilion.

Reanna’s aim is to continually deliver high quality classes which are fun and engaging. She really wants to pass on her knowledge and inspire the next generation of dancers and is thrilled to be a member of the team at Lets Dance!

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Lianna Purvey

Industry Professional Entertainer
L2 Exercise to Music
L3 Personal Trainer
Musical Theatre Teacher

Industry professional Lianna has been with Let's Dance for over 6 years training in Adult Tap, Modern, Advanced Modern & Musical Theatre and taking part in all of the biannual showcases at the Weymouth Pavilion Theatre! ​

With the help of Julie and Let's Dance, Lianna pursued her current career as a professional entertainer and team manager in the tourist industry. This includes directing and performing in Production Shows and Pantomimes as well as taking the role of compere. She also runs entertainment sessions for children along with general hosting. Not a working day goes by when she isn't on the stage!

Lianna also has a passion for health and fitness; she qualified as a Dance Fitness Instructor & Personal Trainer before pursuing her current career and she enjoys incorporating this physiological knowledge into her classes.

Lianna is very much enjoying this additional role imparting her wealth of performance experience to the students, whom she cannot wait to see shining on stage in the forthcoming showcases!

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Lucy Saunt

RAD & ISTD Qualified

Lucy gained teaching qualifications from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD). She was director of Bridport Ballet School 2008-2010 and was also founder of SURSUM-creative holidays for children, where she taught dance and directed the orchestra and string ensembles.

 

In addition to her dance training, Lucy also trained at Trinity College of Music, London where she gained a music degree and a violin teaching diploma.


Lucy has just moved back from Australia where she lived for 12 years. Whilst there she taught ballet at Geelong Grammar School and was Director of her own ballet school. She has vast experience taking students through their exams and well as choreographing for show work!

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Chloe Weaver
Dance Captain & Student Teacher

Chloe has been with Let’s Dance since 2012 studying tap, modern, ballet and contemporary. She is the school’s Dance Captain and a member of the All Stars Performance Team.

 

Many of the students will know Chloe as she has been assisting with classes for some time now and clearly has a flair for teaching and choreography.

 

Chloe has recently taken on the role of Student Teacher and will be continuing with her Dance studies! She holds an enhanced DBS and is also a fully licensed chaperone via Dorset County Council.

 

In addition to teaching, Chloe is also undertaking a large part of the Let’s Dance admin - something which she has mastered really well!

“I love working with the Let’s Dance team - inspiring children to dance to express themselves like I did when I was younger is so fulfilling. Seeing the students’ confidence grow makes me so proud!”

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Hannah Cadec
Guest Teacher

Hannah started dancing at 4 years old at her local dance school and since then successfully continued on to perform in West End Shows, touring the world. Making her West End debut at 14 years old playing 'Tina Harmer' in the Original Cast of Billy Elliot, she has since played 'Graziella' U/S 'Anybody's' West Side Story Royal Exchange Theatre, 'Nessarose' U/S & Played Wicked UK Tour and 'Cross Swing' Wicked International Tour, 'Meg Giry' Phantom Of The Opera 20th Anniversary UK Tour, 'Columbia' Rocky Horror European Tour, 'Mary' The Life English Theatre Frankfurt, Ensemble in South Pacific Kilworth House, Ensemble Wicked - Die Hexen Von Oz Oberhausen, Germany, Featured Dancer 'The Day We Sang' a Victoria Wood Film. Ensemble and U/S for various First Family Entertainment Pantomimes.

Hannah is incredibly grateful of her performing career so far and is proud to be able to share her knowledge, teach and choreograph for the brilliant students at Let's Dance.

Hannah is now living out of Dorset but we are very excited to be able to welcome her back for some teaching workshops in the near future!

 

"I would like to thank the school's principal Julie Storey for welcoming me into the Let's Dance family, bringing such a bright and loving light back in to my life and into the world of so many others!"

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