North Cheam Academy of Dance - Ballet - Tap - Modern Jazz - Musical Theatre - Freestyle Street

Contact Us  -  Venues  -  About Our Staff

Contact Us:

Please direct any enquiries to the principal, Sarah Platt. There is an enquiry form below, or you can use the following methods -

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Telephone:    0208 395 8032

Mobile / Text:  07900 556302

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The Venues for our Classes are:

St Oswalds Church Hall, 
47 Brocks Drive, 
North Cheam, 

St Albans Church Hall, 
273 Gander Green Lane, 
North Cheam 

Please note - the Windsor Avenue address that you may find on the internet is the principals home address and not a venue for classes! 

WIth any other mattter, please contact Sarah in the first instance, and if necessary a suitable appointment time can be made to talk to the relevant member of our teaching staff.  Please note that Sarah is not 'office based' and can not always respond immediately. The best method for a simple & quick response is via text - for example when checking times of a class or to report an absence.

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About Us - The Teachers.
Here are our teachers brief resumes as published in our latest 
show programme, "West End Calling" July 2017. 

Sarah Platt, PGDT (Dance), BPhil (Hons), RAD RTS, FIDTA, Dance Ex Dip, Anat Dip.
Sarah began dancing in the West Midlands, achieving some IDTA teaching qualifications before leaving to undertake Teacher Training at the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). Sarah now has a wide range of practical and academic qualifications in all theatre dance subjects, and takes great pleasure in teaching, encouraging and mentoring like-minded dancers of all ages and abilities, from tiny tots up to 90-something years!  Alongside running and teaching classes at North Cheam Academy of Dance, Sarah works in Primary Schools to develop their dance provision, working with both the children and staff. She is proud to be a Mentor and Practical Teaching Supervisor for the RAD, guiding and assessing trainee ballet teachers around the UK, as well as delivering other dance teacher training sessions and workshops.
Another aspect to her work is teaching various groups of older learners, delivering ‘Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing’ as instigated by a government funded research project through the RAD. This ranges from tutoring the ‘Silver Swans’ ballet class at RAD HQ, to chair-based and standing dance-exercise for Senior Citizens groups and the Alzheimer’s Society. Sarah also organises Surrey Dance Festival and in her free time enjoys getting involved with choreographing for Amateur Dramatics Companies. 

Claire Izzard. BA (Hons), PGCE, QTS, LIDTA, Dance Ex Dip. 

Claire started dancing at St Oswald’s Hall at the age of three, and has since studied all genres of dance, including both theatre and ballroom branches.  She has many qualifications in dance including an Honours degree from University of Surrey and Post Graduate Certificate of Education completed at the Royal Academy of Dance, as well as qualifications in teaching through the IDTA.  She has been teaching at NCAD for many, many years, predominantly for Musical Theatre and adult classes as well as teaching at a local secondary school.  Claire has organised and directed the NCAD Summer School for the past ten years with Miss Stephanie and Miss Hayley, having great fun and success.  She has choreographed and danced for several amateur dramatic companies including YouTheatre pantomimes with lots of NCAD faces.  Claire is looking forward to Summer School next week and to performing this weekend with her NCAD family and friends – Break a Leg everyone! Big smiles and enjoy!

Hayley Dodsworth - BA (Hons) AIDTA

Hayley has danced since the age of 7 at NCAD and completed her training at London Theatre School and Middlesex University. She has performed in both professional and amateur shows, her favourites being Classical Spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall and dancing at the London Paralympics Opening Ceremony 2012. She has choreographed several productions for different societies, most recently YouTheatre's 2017 production of Cinderella here at the Epsom Playhouse. Hayley has loved returning to NCAD and the opportunity to choreograph for the seniors over the last 2 terms. Collecting and collating a few old pictures for a slideshow idea, to be revealed later in the show, has also been an interesting and fun experience! Wishing the cast lots and luck and looking forward to Summer School!

Heather Larcombe - AIDTA 

Heather joined NCAD aged 9 in 2001 and very quickly found that ballet was not for her and that she was better suited to the freedom of freestyle. It was during her teenage years, whilst watching her dance teachers, that she first realised that she didn't just want to dance at NCAD but wanted to work towards becoming one of the teaching team. Qualifying as an Associate in 2009, Heather has been teaching/assisting since, and really loves seeing all her pupils move their way up through the school as she did. Alongside teaching the freestyle classes, Heather is studying BA (Hons) in Primary Education at Roehampton University and will now graduate in 2019.  Heather would like to thank all of the teachers, pupils and parents for the support over the last year and cannot wait to see the finished pieces after the many weeks of rehearsals!
I want to dedicate this show to my mum, who has helped me to get to this point and without her support I wouldn't be where I am today.

Katie Pipkin: BA (Hons) Ballet Education, ARAD, AIDTA, RAD RTS  

Having joined NCAD at the age of three Katie is delighted to be teaching and choreographing for the show. Having grown up in the NCAD family Katie attended a variety of classes including ballet, tap, modern and freestyle but found her passion lay with ballet. She completed her GCSE dance with NCAD and then attended the Royal Academy of Dance for her A Level Dance Studies and followed on to graduate from the BA (Hons) Ballet Education program from the RAD – University of Surrey in summer 2014.  Since graduating Katie has been working at dance schools across London teaching a variety of dance styles from the RAD ballet syllabus to tap, modern and contemporary dance. This has led to her choreographing for a number of charity performances including the Young Performers at Her Majesty’s Theatre London. Katie is also one of the course tutors for the A2 Dance program at the Royal Academy of Dance preparing students for their theory exams and solo performances. Over the last two years Katie has been teaching the GCSE Dance program for NCAD and would like to congratulate all students on their hard work so far and wishes them the best of luck for their final results later on this summer. Katie is looking forward to seeing all the hard work the students and teachers have put in and wishes everyone a brilliant show.

Kelly Neilson BA; QTS; AIDTA; Dance Ex Dip.

Kelly started dancing at the age of 3 at North Cheam Stage and Ballet School which later became North Cheam Academy of Dance (NCAD).  She started helping with classes aged 11 and went on to qualify as a teacher with the IDTA in 2002. Kelly has been teaching at NCAD ever since as well as the only tap teacher at Willson Academy of Performing Arts from the opening of the school.  Kelly is a qualified Primary School Teacher and currently works with Year 2.   Kelly has been choreographing dances for amateur dramatic and performance groups for the last 15 years, and has organised, promoted and run the Hinchley Manor Operatic Society’s Summer Workshop for 12 years, and is now Chair of the main HMOS society. She has been performing and dancing in a variety of local shows with a range of performing companies since the age of 13. Kelly would like to dedicate her performance to her nan who danced with her 15 years ago. She would also like wish all her dancers good luck for 'West End Calling'. Don't forget to smile!

Lisa Pelluet  LIDTA, Dance Ex Dip.  

Lisa started dancing at the age of 3 at the North Cheam Stage and Ballet School with Miss Jan Virno and studied ballet, tap, stage and modern. As a teenager she would rush home from school to help in classes, and continued NCAD when Sarah bought the school, being in the initial NCAD GCSE group. Lisa continued to  dance and assist, gained dance teaching qualifications and became an NCAD teacher. 
After leaving school Lisa formed a performing arts company called "Free Dimensions" and was involved in teaching dance workshops, choreographing and producing several musicals, taking drama and dance into schools and leading assemblies. Lisa is a member of the Lantern Arts Centre Company where she  teaches Baby Boppers for pre-schoolers, and has choreographed and performed in various pantos and musicals including “West Side Story", "It's a Wonderful Life”, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, Andy in “Stepping out” and most recently “My Fair Lady”. Lisa is mum to Abbie and Sam, a part time children's worker at North Cheam Baptist Church and continues to teach at NCAD in her spare time!

Stephanie Parker - BA (Hons) AIDTA

Stephanie danced at NCAD from the age of 3 and went on to further her training at Italia Conti, before graduating in 2012 with a First from Guildford School of Acting. Professional performance credits include 'Footloose' European Tour, 'When Midnight Strikes', 'Curtains', 'Best of the Musicals' - European Tour. Screen credits - 'Persona Non Grata' short film. Throughout her training and performing career she has continued to teach at various stage schools and dance academies both as a freelance teacher and choreographer. Stephanie also directs and choreographs productions and workshops for professional, amateur and youth companies. Her acoustic duo band keeps her busy singing for private events and live music venues around London. Her latest venture, ShowPro, offers West End workshops to dancers and theatre schools in South West London. Wishing all the dancers the best of luck - you always do us proud! See you at Summer School! 

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