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
PRINCIPLE OF ROCHELLE BALLET SCHOOL & PERFORMING ARTS
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.
SAM GORING, DDI & DDE
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 high grade of I.S.T.D Ballet, Modern and Tap working her way up to her Advance One grades.
After finishing school with both a GCSE and Performing Art level in dance she continued her education in a Level 3 Extended Diploma of Dance at Southdowns College finishing with D*D*D. following that Kayleigh then went to Winchester University to complete a B.A Hons in Choreography and Dance and achieving a high 2:1 as well as becoming a certified Zumba instructor.
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 is currently studying her I.S.T.D DDI and DDE in Ballet, Modern and Tap at Chichester College; Kayleigh then intends to go on to Chichester University to complete her P.G.C.E in dance.
KAYLEIGH RIDDELL, DDE, BA (Hons) DANCE AND CHOREOGRAPHY
Kathryn Relf, DDE,
COMMERCIAL, STREET, CONTEMPORARY, LYRICAL, MUSICAL THEATRE TEACHER
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.
Michaela began dancing at the age of 3 and has always had a passion for being on the stage. Having competed in many competitions and local pantomimes she continued her training at Chichester College where she completed her DDI in Tap, Modern and Ballet.
From there she went on to train professonallyfor 3 years at The Centre Performing Arts College. This gave her many opportunities to perform on behalf of the college at venues such as The Royal Albert Hall and London Olympia.
Straight after graduating she was offered a contract onboard the Costa Serena for 9 months. She then went on to become Dance Captain onboard the Costa Magica where she was onboard for 12 months.
Since coming back from the ships Michaela has returned to Chichester College to complete the final units of her DDE in Tap, Modern and Ballet.
Michaela has gone back on the cruises for 6 months, we hope she will return after.
Nadine is a hardworking, enthusiastic graduate obtaining a Higher National Certificate in Dance and BTEC National Diploma in Dance and Drama. Nadine is a fully qualified ISTD ballet, tap and modern teacher.
Nadine started dance classes at the age of three and has enjoyed all aspects of it since then. At the age of six she started to take part in dance competitions and has many medals and trophies to show for this. Aged nine, Nadine was fortunate enough to be invited to attend The Royal Ballet School, Covent Garden, as a Junior Associate for two years.
Nadine was awarded roles by The National Youth Ballet for three years performing at Sadlers Wells and The Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre.She also competed in The All England Dance Finals at The Peacock Theatre, London, many times ending in the top three places.
Alongside dance Nadine very much enjoys acting. She has been awarded a merit for her LAMDA bronze, and silver in acting. Nadine was chosen with other classmates to teach an amateur acting class to young children with learning disabilities at Havant Art Centre, which she found a very challenging but rewarding, enjoyable experience.
In 2010 Nadine became a member of The West Sussex Youth Dance Company. Working with many dance companies such as; Puppik Dance Company, where she performed at The Hawth, Crawley and Lila Dance Company performing at Showroom, Chichester. Nadine had the opportunity to dance with a live orchestra, where the company only had 4 hours to choreograph and perform.
During Nadine's time at Chichester College she got the opportunity to become a member of Etch Dance Company for 2 years. She had the chance to perform to schools and colleges, as well as teach workshops to students. She worked alongside many dance companies such as; Udifydance company and Beyond Repair Dance, who appeared live on 'Got to Dance' hosted by Davina McCall on Sky1 television.
Nadine is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to express her love for teaching of dance, hoping to help children grow into confident and beautiful dancers.
Nadine has been accepted on a Level 6 Pedagogy course and unfortunately will not be able to teach with us whilst studying. We are pleased that Nadine is able to return to show off her talents within our workshops.
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