LJ Dance benefits from teachers registered at the Royal Academy of Dance. Offering Ballet, Tap, and Modern, as well as Zumba Fitness, all available in the Hertfordshire area. Both teachers are CRB checked.
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Louisa Bailey LLB RAD RTS
Louisa Bailey is a registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance. She received her early training with former Royal Opera House dancer Judy Green at The Beaconsfield School of Ballet, taking Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) ballet and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD) ballet and National Dance examinations. She was then a pupil of the Royal Ballet School for four years as well as being coached by the Royal Ballet’s prima ballerina Merle Park. She trained to vocational level taking examinations in both the RAD and ISTD syllabus.
At university Louisa read Law and gained her degree but then returned to her dancing roots by taking a ballet teaching post within a local school whilst simultaneously completing the Royal Academy of Dance Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies. She teaches in various schools and holds classes in a variety of locations in Hertfordshire.
Heather Nicholls is a registered teacher of both the Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.
Heather started dancing at the age of 3 and realised at 16 that she wanted to teach dance as a career. She trained at ‘The dance College’ in Royston with Penny Meekings, where she obtained her ISTD DDI in Imperial Ballet, Tap, Modern Theatre and National Dance. Heather then trained for 2 years with the Royal Academy of Dance obtaining her CBTS teaching qualification. As well as dance, Heather is a Level 2 ETM fitness instructor and Zumba® Instructor and teaches both dance and fitness in and around Hertfordshire.
James started dancing at the age of 16: At Cirencester College he achieved high results in A Level and BTEC Dance, as well as training at Cirencester Creative Dance Academy. He was awarded a full scholarship (DADA) award to train at Stella Mann College, studying Dance. After graduating he worked professionally abroad until he realised his calling for teaching dance.
Whilst completing his studies for a top-up degree he gained valuable work experience in teaching dance; James then completed a PGCE in Secondary Dance Education at Brighton University, graduating with his Master’s Credits, as an outstanding teacher. James is currently Head of Performing Arts Faculty at Elstree University Technology College, where he oversees the teaching of Dance, Drama, Music, PE and Musical Theatre. He also is one of the leaders in the school for Teacher Training and is currently completing Senior Leadership training.
Additionally, James has been a moderator and examiner for GCSE Dance and BTEC Dance and recently a teacher assessor for British Ballet Organisation. Currently he is on Matthew Bourne’s ‘Overture’ programme, where he will be able to learn current teaching techniques from the New Adventures Dance Company. https://new-adventures.net/take-part/projects/overture
Whilst James’ focus is on teaching, he still performs. He has worked with Scatter Dance Company at The Place (LSCD) and is part of Alpha Dance Company ran by Kevin Jewell.
James is also a qualified ID Contemporary Dance teacher – a syllabus created by Ryan Jenkins. He is also a BBO registered teacher in Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Modern and Contemporary Dance styles. https://bbo.dance/