Vanessa began dancing at the age of six. Throughout her childhood training, she realised her passion for dance was ballet. She attended various prestigious ballet schools, dance courses and passed many R.A.D & I.S.T.D ballet exams at a high level. Her first opportunity to perform with a professional company was Janet Smith & Dancers the Contemporary Dance Company. She went on to successfully audition and to dance the part of Harlequin in the pantomime Cinderella at the Alexandra Theatre, Bognor Regis with Khoro's Productions.
In 1989 she was accepted in the Ballet South Company and performed with members of the Royal Ballet Company. Whilst being with the Ballet South Company she also attended a four week training program at the Vaganova Choreographic School, St Petersburg, Russia, home of the Kirov Ballet. Vanessa Successfully gained places in various residential schools but was unfortunately unable to gain financial assistance to attend those schools. Through much determination she carried on her training at local schools whilst attending college and completing an Art & Design course. Her first professional position was to be a soloist in 'Balletta' touring Italy for six months. She then went on to join a cast of performers in Japan called 'Quicksilver' and spent much time learning about and enjoying the culture. In 1993 she decided to return to the UK to dance with the 'Tiller Girls' for a summer season in Scotland, working with two great comedians Aiden J Harvey and Alan Stuart. Venice was the next destination in 1994 where she boarded the Ocean Wave Costa Classica for a Mediterranean cruise performing a different show every night. As a performer she appeared at the Moulin Rouge 'Formidable' as a Can Can dancer in Paris.
Whilst working for the Moulin Rouge she had the honour of being asked to perform for Frank Sintra's 80th Birthday Celebrations. This was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles in front of sixty-three hundred of the best names in the entertainment industry. During the next few years Vanessa continued to work with many dance companies worldwide. These included 'Biberin' Tokyo, Japan; 'Cybermagic' Genting Highlands, Malaysia and 'Mystique' Queensland, Australia.
After deciding to settle down in London, she performed her last professional performances as dance captain with Car & Company in Slovenia. Still continuing her training for fitness she then began to follow her career in Art & Design. She took up a position with a sporting media magazine as photo resourcer before gaining promotion to sub editor for 'World of Golf'. After two years Vanessa had a career break to have her daughter. In 2002 she came back from London to her hometown of Portchester. At this time, she started working with a local school teaching N.A.T.D ballet. This meant she could now realise her new passion for teaching and working with children. It was full steam ahead for Vanessa who was running a household, working with various magazines, and teaching ballet. She threw herself back into training as a dance teacher again.
After gaining her teaching Qualifications with I.S.T.D she was invited to work at Glenhurst School in Havant teaching various dance forms. In 2004 Vanessa founded the Rochelle Ballet School, a place for those who were passionate about ballet. She could now utilise her knowledge and experience as a performer and as a teacher to aid in unlocking hidden talents and allow pupils to experience the thrilling world of ballet.
RBS&PA has gone from strength to strength over the intervening years. Vanessa has been committed to developping the classes for all her students and is now a successful performing arts School running classes for students of all ages, abilities and genres. Vanessa continues to develop as a teacher and is committed to developing the School for all those that have a passion for dance, performance and fitness.
VANESSA SEARLE A.I.S.T.D F.D.I
CEO & PRINCIPLE OF ROCHELLE BALLET SCHOOL & PERFORMING ARTS
SAM GORING DDI & DDE
Sam is passionate about dancing, theatre and performing arts. She started dancing at a very young age. Right from the beginning, dance and in particular Classical Ballet was for Sam much more than a simple extra-curricular activity.
Later she decided to expand her knowledge in the fields of Theatre and Performing arts and enrolled in the school Kate Simmons Dance in Warrington. Since then she is a fully qualified Cecchetti ballet and modern teacher gaining her DDI & DDE. Sam has also successfully achieved a qualification in Flamenco dance teaching.
After her graduation, she began her professional career with Sinah Warren Hotel, Hayling Island, dancing with the company for many years.
Sam has been teaching at RBS&PA for a couple of years with a break to start her family. Sam now, has been busy studying the I.S.T.D syllabus and has in fact assumed full responsibility of the school, successfully guiding students of all ages through their ISTD examinations.
Emma Mogridge DDI & DDE
Our new teacher Emma Mogridge embarked on her dance journey at the tender age of 5 when her mother introduced her to the world of dance at our local studio, where she started with Pre-Primary Tap. As the years passed, she swiftly embraced both modern and ballet, venturing into the competitive dance scene at various festivals in Portsmouth, Gosport, Fareham, and Southampton. It wasn't long before that local dance school became her second home.
Ballet captured not only her heart but also unveiled her true strengths. She was fortunate enough to grace the stage with the English Youth Ballet in two remarkable productions: Coppelia and The Nutcracker.
Throughout her dance odyssey, she consistently excelled in examinations across ballet, tap, and modern, culminating in her achievement of the Advanced 2 level in all three genres.
Opting not to pursue auditions for dance colleges, she pursued A-levels in Dance at Southdowns College, concurrently balancing her academic pursuits with A-levels in Theatre Studies and English. Subsequently, she transitioned into a full-time career, which eventually enabled her to finance her DDI & DDE studies at the very same local dance school where her journey began – evolving from student to student teacher to a qualified ballet instructor.
In January 2022, she embraced motherhood, taking a hiatus for maternity leave. Upon her return, she resumed teaching a select number of classes. However, when the summer term concluded, her principal made the strategic decision to downsize the dance school. This presented her with a valuable opportunity to devote more time to her family.
Now, with great enthusiasm, she eagerly anticipates donning her dancing shoes once more and becoming an integral part of the Rochelle Ballet School & Performing Arts team."
NATD BALLET EXAMINATION CERTIFICATIONS
BABY BALLET & STREET DANCE TEACHER
Victoria started dancing when she was 14 years old in Odette Escola de Dança in Barcelona.
she joined RBS&PA as a student in 2018 and have been dancing in this school ever since.
She holds various NATD Examinations Certificates at distinction level.
Victoria has lots of experience teaching children of all ages. After spending many years teaching at a Nursery, she is now enjoying her time teaching at a local secondary school as a teaching assistant.
SEN LSA (Currently Training on PGCE QTS)
COMMERCIAL, STREET, CONTEMPORARY, LYRICAL, MUSICAL THEATRE TEACHER
Rebekah trained at Rochelle Ballet School & PA starting at the age 3 years old and recently at the The London Ballet Academy.
She has studied many dance genres and dance styles including Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Modern, Lyrical, Jazz, Musical theatre, Commercial, acting, Singing and many more, with many exams taken with I.S.T.D, IDTA, RDTA, UKBTA, ABTUK, and BTEC.
Show credits includes English youth ballet - Swan lake, Sleeping beauty, Coppelia, Cinderella in Hollywood. Walt Disney Florida’s magic kingdom nighttime spectacular is parade in 2020. Principal dancer in High school musical - Rare productions. Serving crew in Titanic the musical King Theatre. Singer in White Christmas. Dancer in Alice in wonderland pantomime alongside Paul Daniels, Debbie McGee and Steve Hewitt. Principal dancer in Peter Pan, Jean d”arme and principal dancer in Summer holiday and Evil stepmother in Grimm tales - Mayflower theatre. Matilda in Matilda the musical - youth productions. London Ballet Academy showcase
Rebekah is currently studying her training to a secondary dance PGCE QTS and aspires to go on to take her ISTD DDE. She is also a qualified SEND/ SEMH teaching assistant with specialisation in the arts department.
ADMINISTRATION & SHOP ASSISTANT
Amy has been a student of RBS&PA since 2009. She is currently training for her Intermediate Vocational graded Exam and studying for her A-Levels at College.
She has enjoyed many ballet exam success with Distinctions.
Amy is happy to help you with any uniform requirements, exam questions or fees.
All teachers are DBS checked and hold a first aid certificate.
Kathryn is a fully qualified ISTD dance teacher in Ballet, Tap and Modern and has taught part time for over 10 years. She has also had lots of experience teaching Jazz, Musical Theatre, Drama, Contemporary and Singing.
Kathryns professional work as a singer/dancer includes Pantomime whilst in her 3rd year of training. Following graduation from Laine Theatre Arts, Kathryn worked as Lead Vocalist onboard a P&O Australia cruise ship. She then went on to understudy the role of 'Oz' in the musical 'We Will Rock You' on board Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas. She has since worked two more contracts as Lead Vocalist onboard two different P&O Australia Cruise Ships.
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Tasha started dancing at 4 years old and 6 months later entered her first dance competition! She studied Ballet, Tap, Modern, Lyrical, Greek and Song & Dance and entered many competitions around the country, including the All England Finals in London.
After completing her GCSEs, Tasha studied Dance Diploma at Chichester College for 2 years, adding Street and Contemporary to her list of dance genres and completing her DDI in Tap and Modern. After this she was awarded a partial scholarship at D&B Performing Arts College in Bromley, where she studied for 3 years. It was here that she honed her talent for singing.
Her professional work includes spending a year in Cyprus where she performed in shows daily (singing and dancing), entertained children and twice weekly solo shows (singing) in the Captains Bar of a 5 star hotel.
She then moved to Mallorca, where she toured the island as part of an ABBA tribute band.
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Kayleigh started dancing at the age of three. Starting with I.S.T.D, A.D.F.P and I.D.T.A freestyle and partaking in many dance competitions and becoming the southwest England freestyle slow champion. She then went on to performing in Fernham Hall and Kings Theatre Pantomimes each year before hanging up her performing hat and concentrating on achieving her higher grades of I.S.T.D Ballet, Modern and Tap working her way up. After finishing school, she continued her education in a Level 3 Extended Diploma of Dance at Southdowns College finishing.
Kayleigh has always been passionate about becoming a teacher and passing on all her knowledge and experience to the new generation, she loves teaching students of all ages and has a great rapport with young and old alike. Kayleigh has achieved her I.S.T.D DDE in Ballet, Modern and Tap.