Chloe Sweeting - Principal
DIP HE, BA HONS, PGCSE, PGCE, QTS, International Ballet Champion
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. Chloe has taught GCSE and BTEC Dance and Performing Arts for the last 10 years building extensive knowledge in teaching to an outstanding level.
Mark Pearce - Principal
DIP HE, BA HONS, PGCSE, QTS
Mark trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and furthered his training at Laban and in the Transitions Dance Company. He then 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. Mark has since worked as a free lance teacher delivering BTEC, GCSE and Degree level dance courses. He has worked closely with the Hull and East Riding youth dance provision and supported young dancers in developing dance to a professional level.
Joe will deliver the street dance sessions, providing a poppy, sassy, commercial style for students of all ages. Joseph Davies trained at Leeds Metropolitan University which was credited by Northern Ballet. During his time in Leeds he had the opportunity to work and perform with companies such as Phoenix Dance Theatre. Joe finished his BA Honours Degree at Hull University and shortly after graduating he jumped straight into inspiring young dancers with his talent and passion for dance. Joe joined a post-graduate performance company that created work for young and aspiring dancers. Joe has also been on programmes such as Sky 1's Got to Dance as part of Skyline Dance Company. He went on to win first place in Nations Best Dance Crew. Joe was interested in extending his knowledge of style and went onto become head dancer and animator for a cruise company working abroad in resorts across Europe. After a recent contract in Cyprus he joined the cast of the pantomime Aladdin in Lincoln. Joe is thrilled to be accepted for the role of resident teacher of street dance at Anlaby Studios. "I plan to fuse street and commercial styles to deliver something new and fun for the students."
Along side our Thursday evening adult ballet class, the legendary Margaret Watson will be delivering an adult ballet class on a Tuesday morning. Margaret started dancing at age 11 in 1956 at Irene Curtis dance school. Margaret worked as a chorus girl for Jack Gillam in pantos and reviews. She took her Associate teaching exam with the BATD. Margaret started her first dance school in 1959 at St. Saviour's Church Hall in Stoneferry. She produced her first pantomime in 1960, Roland playing the Dame. This was a huge success and became an annual event for the next 14 years. The adults became 'The Watsonian Concert Party' giving song and dances performances throughout Hull and East Riding. Margaret continued her teacher training with Aida Sutton in Doncaster and became a Fellow and Examiner of the BATD and a licensed RAD teacher resulting in her becoming a licentiate of the ISTD and affiliated to the IDTA. Margaret worked alongside Mark Pearce in the Leap Dance Company and had a number of years with Adult Education, teaching ballet, tap and Jazz classes. She then worked as a Fractional Ballet Lecturer at Hull College. Eventually Margaret decided to retire gracefully but continued to teach adult ballet classes until a broken arm put her work on hold.
"I am now ready to 'Pick myself up, dust myself off and start all over again'!"
Margaret organises The Paul Watson Memorial Festival, the Patron is Robert Parker, Artistic Director of Elmhurst Ballet School and another past pupil. The festival gives bursaries and scholarships to children at Tring Park School and to many local Children. Now in the 13th year we are hoping for another happy, successful festival.
Chris currently works as a freelance Drama and Music therapist for Hull and East Riding schools. He has directed and choreographed numerous plays and musicals and has won several national awards for his work. As a post graduate (MA) student of Liverpool John Moore's University, Chris specialises in directing, teaching and pedagogy. He is an accomplished cabaret performer with over 15 years experience in performing nationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in prestigious venues up and down the country. He is delighted to be joining the team at Anlaby Studios.
Lottie trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and London Contemporary. She has been a freelance dance artist working as a teacher and performer in Hull and Yorkshire. She is part of the local collaboration group LO:CUS Dance and Theatre and a lead dancer in an improvisation circle which involves musicians and artists in live performance. To further her understanding of the body she recently travelled to India Rishakesh to complete a yoga teachers programme at Om Yoga Academy. She now combines Hatha yoga and a free flow of improvisation into her teaching practise.
Jayne is a very experienced teacher, former Curriculum Leader for Media and Performance and Head of Performing Arts at a local sixth form college. As well as teaching singing and musical theatre Jayne has experience in delivering the BTEC Level 3 Certificates/Subsidiary Diplomas in Dance, Music, Theatre and GCSE Drama. Jayne has had an outstanding teaching observation record for many years. In addition to a degree in Theatre Studies and Dance Jayne also possess a higher-level qualification (equivalent to a Master’s Degree) in Musical Theatre Performance - FLCM. Jayne has performed professionally since the age of seventeen making her industrial knowledge key in keeping up to date with changes in the arts and education. Jayne is also a GCSE Moderator/Examiner (Team Leader) for Drama and a Standards Verifier for BTEC (Performing Arts). Jayne has twenty-two years of industrial entertainment knowledge and has performed regularly as a professional singer/entertainer. In addition to her teaching Jayne enjoys writing plays and musicals, directing and supporting young people with creative projects.