TEACHING FACULTY

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School Principal: Carla Weedon

Trained: The Dance College, Royston

Teaches: Ballet, Tap, Modern, Street Dance, Gymnastics,

Contemporary & Acro

Carla started her dance training in Ballet, Tap and Modern at the age of 4, and continued to learn more styles of dance until she joined The Dance College in 2008 where she gained her teaching qualifications with the ISTD in Ballet, Tap, National Dance and Modern Theatre with a Diploma in Dance Instruction and Education (DDI & DDE)

Carla is a registered teacher with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and enjoys teaching many freestyle styles of dance including street dance and lyrical. In 2019 she also become qualified in the brand new ISTD Contemporary syllabus.

Previous to opening Dance Connexions in 2012, Carla worked for a large variety of private dance schools in Herts, Beds and Bucks, teaching both children and adults, and dancing in many productions including a performance at The Royal Albert Hall.

 

Carla is qualified as a British Gymnastics Intermediate Primary teacher and she currently works in many local primary schools teaching Dance and Gymnastics.

In 2020 Carla has become an Acro teacher with Acrotrix and is currently training to become a Primary Physical Education Specialist with All For Sport.

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Dance Teacher: Coral McCarthy

Trained: North Hertfordshire College

Teaches: Lyrical, Boys Street, Freestyle Disco, Street Dance

Coral first found her love for dance at The Stephanie Prior School of Dancing in Royston aged 6, where she studied a huge variety of classes including Ballet  and Tap (with Miss Carla), Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, Freestyle, Street Dance and Acro.

She has performed in a variety of shows including performances at The Royal Albert Hall, Her Majesty's Theatre, London Twickenham, Wembley Stadium and Disneyland Paris. She has also appeared on Sky 1's 'Got to Dance'.

She graduated from North Hertfordshire College where she studied dance and is enjoying teaching Lyrical, Freestyle and Boys Street Dance at Dance Connexions.

Dance Teacher: Rachel Thomas

Trained: Masters Performing Arts, Trinity Laban

Teaches: Musical Theatre

Rachel is a professional Singer/Songwriter and Actress. She has been singing for over 20 years in a variety of genres and teaching all age ranges for 10 years.

 

She gained a Professional Diploma in Musical Theatre from Masters Performing Arts, and is currently finishing a Masters Degree in Music Education from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music.

 

Studying Musical Theatre and Dance has given Rachel the opportunity to branch out into the industry in many directions.

She has released her debut EP ‘Find Your Way,’ gigging in and around London.

Her acting career has taken her onto Eastenders, BBC Three’s Him and Her ‘The Wedding’ and Netflix Series ‘The Crown.’

 

From a young age Rachel performed in many pantomimes and was in the children’s choir in ‘Joseph and his amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ in the West End.

Dancing from the age of 3 and singing from the age of 7, Rachel has always loved to perform and always wanted to become a teacher.

 

She loves to pass her knowledge and passion on to new children and adults, and watch them reach for their dreams, gaining confidence and an art that allows you to express yourself.

Dance Assistant: Savi Ebenezer

Trained: University of Worcester

Assists in: Ballet, Modern, Lyrical, Street Dance & Contemporary

Savi discovered her passion for dance, while partaking in a college course that offered dance as part of one of her modules. She then pursued this at university and studied genres that included Ballet, Acro, Street, Modern, African, Latin, Gym and Lyrical.

Savi has performed in lots of different shows, including MacMillan Cancer and Sepsis fund raising events. She has performed at various venues, including the Six Ways Stadium in Worcester, as part of the half time entertainment alongside the likes of Ben Hughes and Joel Corry. 

She has worked in partnership with Dines Green community centre with children from deprived parts of Worcester and was presented with a medal from the Mayor of Worcester for supporting these amazing charity events. 

Savi is super excited to be assisting classes at Dance Connexions.