At the age of 16, in 2001, Chloe was encouraged to audition for a full time professional dance course in London. After a successful audition, Chloe decided to progress on to the classical ballet course at London Studio Centre where she studied ballet intensively along with musical theatre, jazz, contemporary, tap and street dance for the following 2 years and gained a Diploma in Dance Education.
Mark trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Laban and Transitions Dance Company gaining Diploma in HE, BA Honours Degree and GTP qualifications. He featured in Matthew Bourne’s highly acclaimed adaptation of Swan Lake, which was a resident production in the West End of London and toured internationally. Mark and his fellow cast of all-male swans were also featured in the final scene of the Billy Elliot film.
International Ballet Champion
Diploma in Dance Education
BA Honours Degree
PGCE and NQT
Chloe started dance training at the age of 2.
“I used to go with my nana to take my sister to dance class at the Skelton Hooper School of Dance, and I wouldn’t sit still. My nana tried hard to get me to stay at the side of the room and not get in the way but eventually Vera Skelton just let me join in. I have been hooked on dance ever since”.
Chloe trained extremely hard at Skelton Hooper.
“My parents must have sensed my passion for dance. They ended up taking me to class every night of the week”.
At Skelton Hooper Chloe had many wonderful opportunities and experiences as a dancer. These included:
• The Hull New Theatre Pantomime. 1995 / 2000 (Jack and The Beanstalk), 2001 (Babes in The Wood)
• The Royal Ballet Junior Associate program - 1995-1997
• The Scottish Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker – Hull New Theatre – 1997
• The Yorkshire Ballet Scholarship program – York – 1999-2001
• The Northern Ballet Associate program – Leeds – 1999-2001
• The Royal Ballet Senior Associate program – Birmingham – 2000-2002
• Local and National Festivals - 1996-2001
• Winner of the International Senior Ballet Champion - 2000 and 2001
• The Prix de Lausanne competition – Switzerland - 2001
• The English National Ballet Easter School 2000
• The Northern Ballet Summer School – 2000 - 2001
• John Field’s Easter School 1998-2001
• The Yorkshire Ballet Seminars 1999-2001
• Completed IDTA qualifications - Ballet, Modern and Tap
• Completed RAD Advanced Ballet qualifications
At the age of 16, in 2001, Chloe was encouraged to audition for a full time professional dance course in London. After a successful audition, Chloe decided to progress on to the classical ballet course at London Studio Centre where she studied ballet intensively along with musical theatre, jazz, contemporary, tap and street dance for the following 2 years. In the 3rd year she decided to have a change of direction and join the Jazz Dance Company. Chloe toured with the company for a year and travelled and performed in different theatres across the country. She then got the opportunity to work with a well-known choreographer in London and worked on set for a carnival in Trafalgar Square, which led on to more performance work in London.
Chloe then decided to train to teach. She came back to her hometown of Hull and completed a BA Honors degree and a PGCE in dance at Hull College. Having qualified as a teacher, Chloe was appointed as teacher of performing arts at Outwood Academy Foxhills where she delivered GCSE and BTEC dance and drama courses from 2008 - 2018.
“I now have the opportunity to deliver after-school classes in Performing Arts at Anlaby Studios for the people of Hull and East Riding. I am so excited to hand down my expertise and knowledge to people with a similar passion. Even if you have never danced before, the classes on offer will help you develop necessary skills to enjoy dance”.
Former Cast Member of Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake
Diploma in Higher Education
BA Honours Degree
The term “real life Billy Elliot” has become something of a cliché. All too often, the phrase is wheeled out to describe any male ballet dancer.
For Mark Pearce however, it is a little more than that.
Growing up, Mark was a successful rugby player. He captained his school’s rugby team and played for club, city and county. It may come as surprise to learn that Mark’s talent and passion for ballet was discovered quite by chance, when dance lessons were offered to teenage boys at his school.
“I fell in love with ballet,” he says. “It is such a pure, controlled discipline, I love that side of it and the intensity of the training. I love the art of it. You need to make it look light and effortless but you need to be as strong as possible.”
He gained the opportunity to perform with a youth group in Germany and was then encouraged to audition for some specialist training. That’s when he was invited to train full-time in ballet and contemporary dance at Northern Contemporary School in Leeds.
Following this intensive professional training course he went on to join the Laban Centre’s Transitions Dance Company, touring in Europe and Japan. He was then accepted into the critically acclaimed Matthew Bourne Dance Company.
Mark featured in Matthew Bourne’s highly acclaimed adaptation of Swan Lake, which was a resident production in the West End of London. Mark and his fellow cast of all-male swans were also featured in the final scene of the Billy Elliot film.
“Ballet is great because it’s so structured and it fully works the body,” he says. “It’s a funny thing, dance. It can play with your emotions. I never cried until I went to dance college. When I trained, you were pushed to the floor if you got something wrong. Of course, we don’t do that here but you do have to be in tune with your body to dance. You need to feel it.”
Mark returned to Hull for his family. He gained qualified teacher status and taught dance at St Mary’s College for more than two years. In 2003 he set up Y Dance with a colleague to provide workshops to Hull schools and work within Creative Partnerships.
In October 2012 he was appointed as lecturer for the BA (Hons) Dance degree at Hull School of Performance Arts. To keep up to date with his knowledge, he regularly visits New York, where he learns contemporary Graham and Cunningham (G&C) dance techniques first-hand at Martha Graham and Emma Cunningham’s New York studios.
“I try my best to keep the dance technique I teach as pure as possible,” he says. “Then my students are equipped to take those techniques anywhere else.”