Our history...

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The school was founded in 1972, by Madam Yande.

Janette Williams, was one of the school's first pupils and has now been principal for 41 years. The school prides itself on being one of the longest running, traditional dancing schools where technique and performance is pursued.  

We were proud to be the first dancing school to perform for Mardi Gras at Portaventura (Spain), a follow up from our appearance at Disneyland Paris in 2007. In 2008/9 we were the Senior Mardi-Gras challenge winners.

Highly successful pupils have gone on to be a part of the English Youth Ballet, National Youth Ballet, and have a lot of professional jobs in the industry ranging from West-End performances, touring with companies and Cruise Liner performers.

Our values...

diversity

excellence

enjoyment

Our teachers...

Janette, started dancing at the age of 7, where the love of dance, singing and gymnastics soon became a passion. Janette, became Principal of Bexleyheath Stage School of Dancing whilst studying major exams in I.S.T.D; R.A.D and Cecchetti branches in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz and American Tap. She was one of the National Youth Ballet's original performers, landing a part in Fisherboy. Janette went on to perform in many professional musicals and pantomimes across the U.K - although was unable to detach herself from her role at B.S.S.D.

In 2012, she was presented with a Civic Recognition award at the Mayors Chamber for the many years of service to the Borough, the community and the dancing school. In the same year, Janette was honoured to be a dancer in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics and her energy and passion for the Performing Arts continues.

Janette Williams

Principal

In the mid 1990's Richard began teaching singing after working with a studio preparing a group for an upcoming performance. Richard has taught at colleges, workshops and privately since then. It is something he takes very seriously and enjoys immensely. 

 

To date Richard has performed all over the UK in some of the most prestigious venues in the country, including the Grosvenor, Hilton and Dorchester hotels on Park Lane, The London Hippodrome, Blenheim Palace, Hampton Court Palace, and Drumtochty Castle in Aberdeen.

Richard Finch-Turner

Singing

Carlene is an experienced singer/actor/director who has been performing and/or teaching in the Greater London area since 1992 and with Bexleyheath Stage School of Dancing since 2002

 

In addition to conducting drama and music theatre courses, she provides digital audio edit/mastering, and assists in sourcing performance material. Carlene enjoys a keen interest in new musical theatre, believing that students should be exposed to writers from their own generation as well as those from the past.

Carlene Pence

Drama & MT

Lauren has been a student at the Bexleyheath Stage School of Dancing since 20** having danced for many years previously.

 

Lauren has developed an ability to choreograph various dance styles, and is a very enthusiastic and promising teaching assistant.

Lauren Goodacre

Teacher

Rochelle has a love of performing and has been doing so for 28 Years, since the age of 2. After graduating from London Studio Centre in 2013 with a BA Honours Degree in Theatre Dance and Musical Theatre, she has worked professionally in the industry.

 

As lead vocalist/dancer with Carnival cruises for much of this time, Rochelle's passion for performing continues to grow. Rochelle attained her Advanced Diploma LCM in Singing & Major Dance exams, enabling her to pass on much of the knowledge and experience she has, in a teaching capacity.

 

Having been a 'Ballet Girl' in the original cast of Billy Elliot The Musical, Rochelle aspires to perform in the West end again, as well as help others achieve this dream.

Rochelle Williams

Teacher

last but not least,

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