Rhythm Express School of Dance

The Teachers of Rhythm Express
Miss Clare FIDTA
Fellow of the IDTA

I began dancing at the age of two and a half at the Woodman School of dancing in Canterbury in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Disco, Jazz, Contemporary, Character etc.  I left at the age of sixteen after passing many exam's, taking part in competition's, performing in show's and pantomimes (two of which were professional, earning my junior equity card).

I continued to dance for pleasure but didn’t return to lessons until I was in my late twenty's after I had my children. I went to Street/Freestyle classes at the local college.

I passed my Bronze freestyle with a Highly Commended, but what I really wanted to do was teach.

I worked for a company teaching freestyle dance.  In this time I attained my Freestyle student and associate exams passing both. I loved teaching and since January 2003 have been running my own school of dance called Rhythm Express. I am also a qualified fitness instructor, Bokwa instructor, land trainer (swim based training) and swimming coach.
In July of 2003, I choreographed, produced and directed my first show under the name of my own dance school which was extremely successful. Since then I have completed many more shows, held annual summer stage schools both with an end of the week production and more exam sessions again with 100% pass rates. I have since taken my licentiate exam. I have also trained other dancers and teachers through their professional exams. It had been a few years since I qualified in my licentiate in freestyle so in July 2009 I took my fellowship passing again with top marks.

In December 2009 I passed my associate street with a 98% pass mark.
 
Miss Laura
Trainee student street/freestyle teacher
Miss Gee
Trainee student street/Freestyle teacher
 
Miss Hannah AIDTA - Westgate classes
Contemporary, Jazz and Urban teacher
I have a passion for dance and a thirst for expanding my dance knowledge. I have studied at Pineapple Studios, Canterbury Christchurch University and Masque Theatre School. I have a B.A. Honours Degree in Performing Arts following three years of Contemporary Dance training and I have worked toward professional level grades in Modern Jazz and Ballet with the I.D.T.A. My experiences in the Arts include professional choreography, backing vocalist work, performing with a touring theatre company, secondary curriculum teaching, teaching Urban Dance, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Musical Theatre for dance schools and community workshops. I recently qualified at associate level in street dance with Rhythm Express and am looking forward to working toward further dance teachers qualifications and expanding my subject knowledge further.   
My role models include Anthony Thomas (Choreographer, Janet Jackson, Rhythm Nation) in Urban styles, Savion Glover (examples: Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk and Happy Feet) in Tap and José Limón (José Limón’s approach to dance is based on the technique and movement philosophy of Doris Humphrey who was his mentor and his artistic adviser) in contemporary.
 
Miss Tanya AISTD, MRAD & AIDTA - Westgate classes
Ballet and Tap teacher 
I started dancing at the age of 2 and started performing on stage at the age of 3 at the Tivoli School of Performing Arts. I took my first dancing examination at the age of 5 and then continued up the grades in RAD ballet, ISTD modern and tap. The school also performed in local shows, pantomimes and dance festivals which I participated in until I auditioned for stage school at the age 17. I was offered places at several London stage schools but chose The Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts in Sidcup after securing a grant from the KCC. The course ran for 3 years and included all forms of dance tuition along with Associate Teaching Examinations with the ISTD in Tap, Ballet, Modern and National and RAD in Ballet. When I left college I pursued a career in teaching starting with free lance teaching in London which I did for many years but I have now settled down in Margate with my family where I currently teach at the TSPA in Margate and in addition to this I am very pleased and excited to be joining the team of teachers at Rhythm Express School of Dance at the Westgate Pavilion teaching Ballet and Tap.
 
Mrs M - Westgate Classes
Singing and musical theatre teacher
I started to take piano and violin lessons aged 7. By 18 I had achieved ABRSM advanced grades in both instruments and an  intermediate grade in theory of music. Both my primary and secondary schools strongly understood the importance of an arts education. I sang in their choirs, played in recorder and guitar ensembles, was a member of my secondary school orchestra, and participated in school productions. I was a member of the Brentwood Youth Orchestra and for several years lead my section. I attended Brentwood Music School and sang in the Brentwood Choral Society under the direction of Dr Edgar Brice. In 1992 I graduated from Christ Church College Canterbury with a BA-Ed (Hons) degree. At Herne Bay Infant school I was Music Subject Leader and returned to Christ Church soon after where I gained the Advanced Certificate in Primary Music Teaching. After a career break while my children were young, I started work at Birchington CE Primary School where I was Music Subject Leader, initially teaching Music across the school and where I still lead the KS2 Choir who perform regularly across Thanet. I helped to implement Wider Opportunities for Music as a Lead Music Teacher and as one of the 7 Lead Music Trainers for Kent. This allowed me to train teachers and to lead a wide variety of workshops for children. In 2007 I was proud to win the Senior Piano Cup at the Thanet Music and Drama Festival. I currently teach piano and violin lessons privately and in September 2011 opened the Blend singing group for adults and youngsters.