At The Body Workshop Dance in Cirencester, we are passionate about giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy dance. With no pressure of exams, our inclusive classes allow dancers of all ages and abilities to participate.
We have a highly qualified and experienced team of dance teachers who teach with passion and inspiration. From toddlers up to adults, our teachers implement our ideal through creative, fun, yet challenging lessons for all ages.
Across the year, our pupils have opportunities to perform including in our annual show at The Bingham Hall, Cirencester.
Selected classes perform at the National Star College Dance Festival in the Spring Term and all pupils take part in Sharing Evening at the end of the Summer Term. During this evening, pupils perform short routines, class work and their own choreography in an informal performance to parents.
Our younger Cheeky Feet classes have open afternoons at the end of each term to show their parents the skills they have developed over the term. This also gives the children an introduction to performing.
Meet the team behind the scenes…
The School was started by Anne Gibson, who trained in all forms of Dance in London and was head of Dance in a large secondary school in Manchester before moving to Cirencester. She developed the school over 30 years with a very experienced teaching team all dedicated to inspiring children with their passion for dance.
It is now run by Katharine Dudley, who has been involved in all aspects of The Body Workshop Dance for a number of years, running the performance programme, administration and marketing of the school. She also works with the Cheeky Feet and Jazz, Ballet and Tap (JBT) classes.
Katharine has been involved with the school since 2005 and between 2010 and 2012, Katharine assisted in the Cheeky Feet classes before going to university to study Psychology with Education Studies. Since graduating in 2015, Katharine took on the role of Administrator at The Body Workshop Dance and has really enjoyed the role to now become the Principal from September 2017 whilst assisting in Cheeky Feet and JBT. Katharine also works as an Intervention Practitioner in primary schools and is studying her Masters in Psychology of Education and is first aid trained and safeguarding trained.
Clare trained at the Judith Hockaday School and is qualified in Tap, Modern, Jazz and National. She has a range of experience working at different dance schools and brings knowledge of syllabus work into our fun lessons.
Mya has a degree in Dance and Drama in Contemporary Culture from De Montfort University Bedford and has trained in Street Dance in London. She has taught GCSE Dance and is Zumba qualified. Mya’s experience spans from Primary to Adult dance, children’s theatre and adult fitness groups. She also has strong creative skills in choreography for all ages.
Michele trained at the London College of Dance and Drama where she studied all forms of dance. She has a wide range of experience and has worked with both children and adults in a variety of settings. Michele strongly believes that dance classes should be accessible to all and has a particular interest in the development of movement skills in younger children.
Rachel trained at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom, a professional dancing career followed that took her around the world. After a break to raise three daughters, Rachel refreshed her teaching skills gaining distinction with a diploma from the British Ballet Organisation in 2011.
Since then she has provided adult ballet, children’s ballet and tap dance classes and Zumba fitness classes at primary and secondary schools throughout Gloucestershire.
Carly graduated from SLP performing arts college. She has a wide range of dance styles including ballet, tap, modern, jazz and commercial. Her professional credits include; Parade Dancer and Performer at DisneyLand Paris, working for a dance company in London called Live Business and travelling around Europe for TUI Holidays.
Teaching dance is her passion and she loves passing on her knowledge to the next generation of dancers.