Woking Dance Space

Dance and exercise classes for adults, no matter what their age or previous experience

Teachers

Woking Dance Space classes are taught by a variety of hard working, talented and energetic teachers.

Jennifer Dyson

Jen Dyson

Jennifer began her professional dance training at The Royal Academy of Dancing, where she studied from 1995-1998, gaining a degree in The Art and Teaching of Ballet. Here, under the tuition of many prestigious teachers, including June Mitchell, Karen King and Norman Morrice, Jennifer studied a variety of dance styles, such as, Contemporary, National, Modern and Tap. The course also consisted of a choreography elective, which led to performances of her work at the College. The three-year course also enabled Jennifer to gain her Licenciate, by successfully passing the Advanced R.A.D examination.

Jennifer has performed professionally all over the world, including tours with “Spirit of the Dance” in the USA, South East Asia, Brazil, India, Dubai, Mexico and Australia. She has also performed in numerous pantomimes and TV productions such as “Stars in Their Eyes” for Grenada Television. Look closely and you might spot her in the New Line Cinema movie “The Golden Compass”.

Jennifer joins Woking Dance Space eager to share her experience and wealth of choreographic knowledge.

Jennifer teaches Theatre Jazz, Theatre Tap, Daytime Tap and Daytime Jazz.

Philippa Jarrett

Philippa Jarrett

Philippa trained at Bush Davies School of Theatre Arts under Noreen Bush and Bridget Espinosa.

After finishing her training she went to Virginia, USA to join the Bristol Ballet. Following this, she moved to Belgium and joined the Ballet de Flandre, where she undertook teacher training which she completed at the Jarrett School of Dance in Brussels.

Philippa spent many years dancing, teaching and choreographing for ballets at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and the Gent Opera House.

She now lives in Guildford, and is Co-Artistic Director of Southern Youth Ballet in Sussex.

Philippa teaches Beginners Ballet and Elementary Ballet.

Gretchen Fox Kiefer

Gretchen Fox Kiefer

Dancing and teaching for over 25 years, Gretchen is a former professional dancer and founder member of Island Moving Company (USA).

She undertook numerous tours, performances and out reach programmes with Island Moving Company, and also performed with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and several Colorado ballet companies. Gretchen also choreographed for Island Moving Company, Little Theater of the Rockies and the University of Northern Colorado.

She has taught dance at the Newport Academy of Ballet, University of Northern Colorado and currently teaches for the Susan Robinson School of Ballet and the British Ballet Organization.

Gretchen teaches American Jazz, Advanced Ballet, director of our shows and is also a Trustee of Woking Dance Space.

Helen Ledsome

Helen Ledsome

Helen began ballet at the age of four at a small dance school in East London. When the family moved to Surrey she joined the Susan Robinson School of Ballet, and started tap and modern when she was 10.

Tap quickly became her favourite dance style, but nonetheless, she continued with all disciplines, participating in dance festivals, shows, and even performing with the Bolshoi Ballet at the London Coliseum aged 11.

Helen achieved excellent grades up to advanced levels in RAD Ballet and ISTD Tap and Modern but on leaving school Helen also left dancing. Her love for tap came flooding back when she saw the West End production of 42nd Street in 2017. This prompted her to look for an adult tap class and she came across us here at Woking Dance Space, joining our Theatre Tap class.

Having been a regular at Woking Dance Space ever since, and covering the Theatre Tap class on occasions, Helen is really happy to be able to share her passion for tap dancing.

Helen teaches Improvers Tap.

Emily Little

Emily Little

Emily's love for dance started at the age of 2, watching her older sister in dance class & joining in when ever possible! At 16 after many years of training with Susan Robinson School of Ballet Emily gained a place at Laine Theatre Arts where she studied Dance & Musical Theatre.

In Emily's 2nd year she felt privileged to be chosen for her first professional dance contract; The Royal Variety Performance 2003. Once graduated Emily performed in FAME the Musical which toured Germany & Holland, Spirit of the Dance USA tour, Viva La Diva UK Arena tour Starring Katherine Jenkins & Darcey Bussell, Dancing Queen UK & Monte Carlo, Lead dancer in 2 Pot Noodle Adverts, Dance captain for professional pantomimes & many various music videos. Emily has also danced on stage with Kylie Minogue, Enrique Iglesias, Cheryl Cole & Anastasia.

After many years of professional experience in the industry she had also gained fitness & gym instructor qualifications. Emily finds teaching at WDS a wonderful creative outlet & truly enjoys teaching her classes.

Dance is so good for your soul, escape everyday life for an hour & release yourself into the music- what ever it may be! I look forward to meeting you soon

Emily teaches Contemporary Jazz.

Shani Nash

Shani Nash

Shani studied Ballet, Tap and Modern dance at the Susan Robinson School of Ballet, before gaining a grant to attend The Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.

At Rambert Shani trained professionally and continued her study of Ballet, as well as Graham and Cunningham contemporary styles.

She was fortunate to be given many performance opportunities whilst with the school and danced as the 'Fortune teller' in National Youth Ballet's "Impressions of Sophie".

Shani joined Woking Dance Space classes in 2010 and started teaching for First Dance Studio soon afterwards. She has previously taught for Woking Dance festival (now Dance Woking) and Molesey School of Ballet, and has future plans to work with Totsdance Weybridge. Shani teaches pre-school children through to adults, and currently teaches for both First Dance Studios and Surrey Community Dance.

Shani teaches Beginners Ballet, Intermediate Ballet, ISTD Grade 5/6 Ballet, ISTD Advanced 1 Ballet, Contemporary and Relaxed Contemporary.

Carly Neighbour

Carly Neighbour

Carly joined Woking Dance Space in 2016, by participating in a RAD Adult Ballet Repertoire Syllabus class. Wanting to develop her ballet technique, having started as an adult, she found herself taking the exam at the end of the course, in which she was proud to have gained a Merit Award. Carly quickly became a regular attendee of Ballet, Contemporary and Contemporary Jazz classes and has performed in shows with Woking Dance Space, First Dance Studios and Dancayers Company.

Carly has taken many exams and competed for a number of years in Line Dance, Freestyle Disco and Street Dance competitions, performing in France, Spain, Ireland, Scotland and The Netherlands. Carly performed at the World Championships in Nashville on several occasions, placing in Finals and gaining first place awards in her division in 2004. After taking a break from dance in 2010 to concentrate on her studies and become a primary school teacher, Carly was thrilled to find dance classes catering to adults when she joined First Dance Studios in 2015 and Woking Dance Space.

Carly became a qualified Zumba Instructor in 2018, having participated in a number of classes over the years, and is a member of the Zumba Instructor Network. She has taught for Snap Fitness and Pennyhill Park and is looking forward to covering the classes here this term.

Carly teaches Zumba.

Laura Porter

Laura Porter

At the age of 5, Laura started dancing at Julie Sianne Theatre Arts where her passion for dance began. There she gained excellent grades up to advanced levels in RAD ballet, ISTD tap, modern and jazz. She was fortunate enough to compete at a national level and perform in various dance festivals and pantomimes.

Laura taught at Julie Sianne Theatre Arts for several years before heading to university where she also taught ballet and jazz and choreographed routines for yearly dance shows.

Laura joined Woking Dance Space in 2013 and is a regular attendee. Having covered many classes, Laura is very excited about running the 6 week beginners course and starting up a new lyrical jazz class.

Laura teaches Lyrical Jazz, and our Beginners and Technique courses.

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