The Chiltern Academy Teaching Faculty

 

Jane Anderson, L.I.S.T.D., C.D.E., A.I.D.T.A., Principal

On completing a 3 year course at London Studio Centre, Jane danced professionally throughout Europe and America. After 5 years as a performer and on gaining her full teaching qualifications, she founded the Chiltern Academy Prestwood, one of Buckinghamshire’s foremost dance schools.  Jane also took on the challenge of running a hugely successful retail dancewear business.

Jane was director and choreographer of the Bucks Youth Jazz Dance Company for a number of years and continues to enjoy working as a professional choreographer.  Her teaching experience has enabled her to travel widely, guest teaching at workshops and summer schools throughout the U.K.

Following several years teaching at Mountview Theatre School and at the Arts Educational School, London, Jane now teaches at Bucks New University in High Wycombe.

Lisa Tierney A.I.S.T.D.

bucks dancing school staffLisa trained at the Margaret Howard Theatre College, studying Ballet, Modern, Tap, National and musical Theatre. After gaining her I.S.T.D. Associates, Lisa persued her career as a full time dance teacher.

She has taught for the last fifteen years in schools across Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and London where she joined the faculty at the Italia Conti Junior Associate School.

Lisa is very happy to have been on the Chiltern Academy staff for over 20 years.

Heather Blakeborough A.I.S.T.D.

bucks dancing school staffHeather graduated from Performers College in 2003 where she gained her Trinity Diploma in Professional Dance. Since then she has had a busy career as both a professional dancer and teacher. Her TV credits include “Top Of The Pops”, “GMTV Live” and “Children in Need”.

Heather’s passion lies in musical theatre where she has been lucky enough to be given some great opportunities. She was given the part of Sally in the original cast of “The Biz” and has played the principal role of Aladdin at the Madinat Theatre in Dubai. Heather spent a busy six months dancing in various productions at Londons Madame Tussauds and also performed regularly in various summer and christmas productions around the country.

Heather has enjoyed extensive cabaret and corporate work at some of London’s top venues. She also has a keen interest in excercise and fitness and has recently started her own fitness business in Chesham. Heather teaches at various dance schools in Buckinghamshire and finds the students and teachers at Chiltern Academy a pleasure to work with.

Clover Hayer-Brown BA(hons) PGCE:DT

bucks dancing school staffClover started dancing at Chiltern Academy back in the eighties. She went on to complete a Degree in Dance at Middlesex University and subsequently, a Post-graduate Certificate in Education : Dance Teaching at the Royal Academy of Dance.

For the past  3 years Clover has been teaching Dance and Performance at Bucks New University.

 

 

 

Suzanne Taylor A.I.S.T.D A.R.A.D

Suzanne started dancing at The Chiltern Academy at the age of 5 studying Ballet, Tap and Modern dance. At sixteen she then went to the West Street School of Dance in Covent Garden. During her time there, she gained her I.S.T.D Associate in Cecchetti Ballet as well as becoming an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance. She was also the winner of the prestigious Maryon Lane Award for Classical Ballet. 

Luke Roberts – Street Dance

lukeLuke trained with Urban Strides and is assistant teacher and choreographer for their Junior Crew. Luke is a well experienced dancer with a detailed understanding in all street dance styles including hip hop, house, locking and popping. We are delighted to welcome  him to CA as our street dance instructor!

 

 

Helen Charalambous BA Hons PGCE

Helen was a student at the Chiltern Academy for fifteen years, she left when she was eighteen to study Contemporary dance. In 1997 she graduated form Middlesex University with a BA Hons in Dance Performance. Following University she performed as a contemporary dancer and directed a dance department at the Islington Arts Factory in North London. She has taught dance at Middlesex University and was a programme leader and lecturer at Harlow College in Essex. She is currently a dance lecturer at Amersham and Wycombe College teaching on the National Diploma courses.