Prima Stage School, established in 1990, has become a highly respected local school. Operating mainly from fully equipped mirrored studios with sprung floors at Larkfield Leisure Centre we run 80 weekly classes with excellent, qualified teachers (all DBS checked). We recognise that every student is an individual and we are dedicated to bringing out the best in every child. Whether the aim is to improve coordination, to gain confidence and grace, to learn the joy of movement or to train for a career in dance • every child is important. We are always looking to help their natural abilities and talents flourish, whilst guiding them through new techniques and concepts that will broaden their vocabulary and underpin the foundations of their skill set.
In order to inspire and educate our students further, we offer many unique insights into the thrills of performance and production with annual performance opportunities at our local theatre.
We are also aware that children can only be stretched so far in a part-time school such as ours. With that in mind, we invite top London choreographers to do regular workshops in all areas of performance – these are open to all older students with occasional junior workshops. We also encourage suitable students to audition for outside companies such as English Youth Ballet; National Youth Ballet; local pantomime and Associate classes with top vocational colleges such as Laban Trinity Cat (Centre of Advanced Training) – this helps to widen their performance skills as much as possible.
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- Julie Hutchings LIDTA; AIDTAPrincipal - Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz
is a fully registered teacher with International Dance Teachers Association having trained with Moira Miller ( Ex-Principle and founder of Prima Stage School ) and Yvonne Goût FIDTA. Julie gained Associate qualifications in Ballet and Modern Jazz and Licentiate Tap. Also RSA Exercise to Music and teaches Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, and Adult classes. She is fully committed to bringing the best out of every single pupil and for students to achieve their full potential within the Performing Arts. Julie also offers Professional Teacher Training to her students and teachers - 90% gaining DistinctionsKatie HutchingsTeacher - Ballet; Contemporary, Freestyle
Katie Hutchings BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance; AIDTA
Having trained at Prima Stage School, Katie completed her degree in Contemporary Dance, where she was able to develop her keen interest in creating screen dance and film installations. Since completing her degree, Katie has taken her Modern Jazz and Street Dance Associate exams, and Pre-Associate 1 (Ballet) and particularly enjoys teaching contemporary dance. Katie is responsible for Prima’s showreel video.Michelle Smyth ABATDTeacher (Street, Freestyle, Theatre Craft; Acro)
Michelle Smyth ABATD
Michelle’s professional training started at Laine Theater Arts where she took a 3 year diploma course in dance where she gained advanced ISTD qualifications and Modern Associate (BATD) - Michelle has also completed IDTA Ballet Associate Parts 1 and 2. Michelle then went on to work as a professional dancer for Cruiselines, TV, Tradeshows and cabarets in England and abroad. Michelle has been teaching for Prima Stage School for 12 years and teaches Modern, Tap, Theatre Craft, Street, Freestyle and Cheer/AcroErica Mc Cabe AISTD AIDTATeacher (Ballet; Tap)
As a former pupil of Prima Stage School, Erica now teaches for us. Having left Prima at the age of 18, she went on to train professionally at The Centre, in London where she gained her Advanced 2 performers exams as well as her ISTD Teaching Associates in Modern and Tap. After leaving college she went to perform in Ibiza before returning to full time dance teaching. Erica furthered her qualifications by achieving her IDTA Freestyle Associate and went on to become a Lecturer in Dance Techniques at both Mid Kent and Canterbury College. Here she gained her Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLL’s). Erica now teaches a variety of classes at Prima as well as Bokwa (African dance based workout) in which is she a certified Level 2 Instructor.Alice White BA (Hons) Dance/Professional Practice ; PGCE; AIDTATeacher (Ballet, Modern Jazz, Tap)
Alice White BA (Hons) Dance/Professional Practice
Alice has been passionate about dance from a young age and after training locally, went on to complete her degree in Dance. Alice has achieved her Ballet and Modern Jazz in both ballet and Modern Jazz and Pre-Associate 1 Tap (IDTA) and is continuing her training for her full teaching associatesNatalie Smith BA (Honours) P E & Sport; AIDTATeacher (Musical Theatre; Theatre Craft)
Natalie trained with Prima Stage School Performing Arts for 13 years, and from the age of 16 pursued her teacher training with Linda Regan, FIDTA to achieve her associate qualifications and advanced performers exams. Natalie also trained at Reynolds Performing Arts College to gain more experience in commercial dance styles and knowledge of the performance arts industry.
Natalie performs professionally within her performance group “The Show Performance Company” and enjoys teaching all ages, levels and abilitiesAlison Hefferon AISTDTeacher (Musical Theatre; Freestyle)
Alison trained at Performers Dance College and since graduating, has performed in Grease and Saturday Night Fever (West End, UK tours and Japan / Far East). Having also danced professionally in pantomimes, she is now the resident choreographer for Blue Genie Productions. She has also made appearances in film and television. Alison teaches Musical Theatre and FreestyleSam Hartley BA (Hons) Primary Education; AIDTATeacher (Ballet; Tap)
Samantha trained locally from a very young age and has achieved an exceptionally high standard in her Advanced Performers and Ballet Associate Exams. Samantha teaches the youngest children at Prima and provides them with excellent grounding for all dance disclipines.Alice Walker AIDTA ;Teacher (Street, Freestyle, Contemporary)
Alice has danced since she was 3 years old including a period at Prima before training at Reynolds Performing Arts in Dance and Musical Theatre. Her credits include (most recently) a pro dancer at the Olympics Closing ceremony; Nero Music Video- promises, Bollywood music videos; Glastonbury 2011 and a Costa Cruise contract but has had a wealth of other experience in other professional contracts. Alice is qualified in Teaching Arts and Development Level 3, IDTA Street Dance Associate and Exercise to Music NVQ Level 2.Jessica Cook BA (Hons) Music PerformanceTeacher - Musical Theatre; Singing
Jessica trained in dance, musical theatre and drama at Prima Stage School from a young age. After achieving her A levels in music and dance she attended The Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford where she got her BA in Music Performance specialising in technical contemporary singing. She has also performed in various function bands and performed at prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the British Council in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Jessica is passionate about building up self-confidence in young people to help them achieve success in whatever they put their minds to!Kate GlassocK LLAM (Hons)Teacher - Drama
Kate has a wealth of experience teaching both youth groups and in secondary schools and over 20 years experience directing and producing both full-length and one-act plays. She has a Licentiate in Speech and Drama – and won the 2007 KM Secondary Teacher of the Year and was a recent nominee for the Pearson Teaching Award.Joe Shepherd BA, Dip SW, CertTeacher - Singing
Music has been an important part of Joe's life for well over fifty years having started singing at the age of eight and over the years managed to sing all four parts in church choirs.
Joe has also had a great amateur singing career which includes many styles including grand opera, Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, musical shows and pantomime.
He learned guitar in the sixties and played in a folk duo Later Iand formed an acoustic duo. He has composed original music for plays and written and arranged music for several musical productions. He has also conducted two choirs for whom I did quite a lot of musical arrangements.
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Mrs Julie Hutchings