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Gloucestershire's leading Classical Dance Studios

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Dance teachers

Mrs Janet Marshall
Janet Marshall  

Janet Marshall started her career in dance with a Royal Academy of Dance scholarship and furthered her training with a diploma from the Ballet Rambert.

Janet worked in the professional theatre both in London and the provinces for a number of years before founding her own dance school in Cheltenham. This has grown over the years with many branch schools which deliver dance to an extremely wide area surrounding Cheltenham. Cheltenham Ladies College, Dean Close School and St Edwards School all now have dance presented by Janet and her team.

Janet is the area organiser of the I.S.T.D.  Cotswold region and has been a major examiner for many years in Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap both in the U.K. and Internationally.

Many of her former pupils are now working in all corners of the world as professional dancers, as teachers and examiners. Most recently she has been elected to the Ballet Committee of the Imperial Society.

Mrs Carol Mc Dowell
Mrs Mc Dowell  

Carol has been a teacher at JMDS for many years. She holds the Licentiate status of the ISTD in both Imperial Ballet and Modern Theatre Dance branches and is a fully registered member of the RAD.

Over the years Carol has been involved on and off stage with local Amateur productions both as a performer and choreographer, but teaching is her great love. There is always something new to learn – each day very different and varied. In her spare time she has been known to make costumes and the occasional tutu or three.

Emma Preece
Emma Preece  

Emma Preece started her dance training at Janet Marshall Dance Studios when she was ten years old. Whilst studying for the BA (Hons) degree in Community Studies at the University of Gloucestershire, she also started her teacher training with Mrs. Marshall.

After graduating from the University of Gloucestershire, Emma started teaching as a full time member of the Janet Marshall Dance Studios faculty in 2002. She recently gained her Certificate in Dance Education teaching qualifications in Imperial Classical Ballet, Tap and Modern Theatre.

Kathryn James
Kathryn James  

Kathryn James was born in Bristol and trained at the Bristol School of Dancing before furthering her training at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London.
She has taught Modern, Tap and Ballet for many schools in Bristol before moving to Gloucestershire and teaching for Janet Marshall Dance Studios where she has been since 1997.

Kathryn is a fully registered member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in Modern, Imperial Classical Ballet and Tap and holds the Teaching Certificate of the Royal Academy of Dance.

You will see her at J.M.D.S mainly teaching tap these days as the rest of her time is fully occupied, bringing up three girls and being a domestic goddess.

Valerie Aris
Valarie Aris  

Valerie Aris became a registered teacher after graduating from the Royal Academy of Dance. For nine years Valerie was a soloist, performing with various ballet companies in Germany. After performing she became guest professor at the Mannheim College of Music and Dance. She then spent nine years as artistic director and choreographer of a municipally funded dance company in the Black Forest with her own dance school.

Valerie then returned to England to teach and in 2000 she was awarded a £5000 grant for a dance production in Gloucester Cathedral. This was part of Year of the Artist, where she incorporated several pupils from Janet Marshall Dance Studios.

Sarah Harvey
Sarah Harvey  

Sarah Harvey was born in Cheltenham and spent her early training at Janet Marshall Dance Studios. She then received a scholarship to complete a three year diploma course in Jazz Dance and Commercial Theatre at Elmhurst School for Dance. On graduating she was awarded the Sir John Mills Memorial award for performance in Dancing, Singing and Acting.

After a taste of performing she decided that her true love was for teaching and choreographing.

Since then she has gained her Foundation in Dance Instruction teaching qualifications in Imperial Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap and is currently studying towards her Certificate in Dance Education. Sarah joined the teaching faculty at Janet Marshall Dance Studios in September 2006, where she has had the opportunity to choreograph pieces for various festivals and shows.

Jade Pritchard
Jade Pritchard  

Jade started dancing at the age of 5 with the Bristol Ballet Centre moving ultimately to the Royal Academy of Dancing in London. Teaching was always very close to her heart and therefore undertaking a 3 year degree course in Ballet Education was perfect.

It was at the RAD where she took a further interest in choreography achieving the highest marks in the college and found a new passion and love for this aspect of dance creativity.
While achieving her degree she also gained the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance . Jade is now working towards the new ISTD qualifications.

Amy Flynn
Amy Flynn   Miss Amy has been dancing since the age of 3 attending Janet Marshall Dance studios until the age of 18 when she moved to Chiswick with a 3 year Dance and Drama Award to attend Arts Educational School of Musical Theatre. On the course she was involved in many productions including 'Pippin', 'Westside Story', 'The Diary of Anne Frank' 'Patience' and in her third year was in 'The Pirates of Penzance' as one of the Generals' daughters. 'The Secret Garden' as the understudy for Lily and also played Julie Jordan in 'Carousel'.

After graduation with a BA(Hons) in 2007 Amy worked professionally with UK Productions as ensemble, understudy for Tommy in Dick Whittington, as a dancer in the Horse Show Olympia and was in a BBC documentary eventually moving back to Cheltenham to freelance in dance teaching. Now Amy has furthered her qualifications by adding the ISTD's Diploma in Dance Education in Ballet, Tap and Modern.
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