Student Successes

Many of our students decide to take their dancing to the next level and go on to dance and teach professionally. We are very proud of the amount of student’s that pursue their dreams to have a career in Dance and we make a conscious effort to keep in touch with our graduates – Here are some of our students past and present and their success stories.

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Betsy Barcock

Betsy was a Junior ensemble dancer in the 2017 Easter Pantomime ‘Beauty & the Beast’ at The Wycombe Swan Theatre. Starring along side Keith Chegwin, Basil Brush, X factor’s Stevi Ritchie and Milkshake presenter Olivia Birchenough.

 

 

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Marcus successfully auditioned to be part of the Male Ensemble in The British Theatre Academy’s production of Annie Jnr at Second Space in The Aylesbury Waterside Theatre in April 2017.

Marcus was a Junior ensemble dancer in the 2017 Easter Pantomime ‘Beauty & the Beast’ at The Wycombe Swan Theatre in April 2017. Starring along side Keith Chegwin, Basil Brush, X factor’s Stevi Ritchie and Milkshake presenter Olivia Birchenough.

Marcus successfully auditioned to be in the Vivo D’Arte production of Oliver! He will be performing at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre in August 2017.

Marcus has also secured a dance contract with ‘UK Productions Ltd’ He will be dancing in their 2017 Pantomime – Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre where he will be performing alongside Su Pollard.

 

IMG-20170224-WA0000Ellisha Buckland 

Ellisha was a Senior ensemble dancer in the 2017 Easter Pantomime ‘Beauty & the Beast’ at The Wycombe Swan Theatre in April 2017. Starring along side Keith Chegwin, Basil Brush, X factor’s Stevi Ritchie and Milkshake presenter Olivia Birchenough.

Ellisha regularly attends workshops, Easter & Summer Camps at Tring Park School for Performing Arts. 

In October 2017 Ellisha Successfully auditioned to perform in Disneyland Paris.  The CSDS students put on a 20 minute show at the Videopolis theatre in Disneyland.

 

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Elfin is currently a student at CSDS and aspires to be a performer when she is older. Elfin has secured 3 consecutive professional dance contract with ‘First Family Entertainment.’ Elfin has performed professionally at The Aylesbury Waterside Theatre in the following Pantomime productions.
Sleeping Beauty – 2013 alongside EastEnders Star Anita Dobson.
Cinderella – 2014 alongside Hear Say & Emmerdale Star Suzanne Shaw and West End Star Russell Grant.
Dick Whittington – 2015 alongside X Factor Winner Sam Bailey.

Elfin also successfully auditioned to perform with The English Youth Ballet‘s production of ‘The Nutcracker & Ballet Etudes‘ in 2017 at The Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.

In 2017 Elfin Successfully auditioned to perform in Disneyland Paris. The CSDS students put on a show at the Videopolis theatre in Disneyland.

 

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Ellisha Busby

In 2017 Ellisha Successfully auditioned to perform in Disneyland Paris. The CSDS students put on a show at the Videopolis theatre in Disneyland.

 

 

 

 

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Natasha successfully auditioned and perform with the English Youth Ballet in their 2010 production of Swan Lake.

In 2017 Natasha Successfully auditioned to perform in Disneyland Paris. The CSDS students put on a 20 minute show at the Videopolis theatre in Disneyland.

Whilst at CSDS Natasha has passed her Intermediate ISTD exams in Tap.

 

Jessica Clayton

Jessica Clayton

Jessica was a student at CSDS for over 14 years, and in 2016 took over as the Principal of Castle Street Dance Studios.

She graduated in 2010 and successfully auditioned for a number of dance colleges. Jessica went on to study at ‘The Centre Performing Arts College’  in Kent and the ‘Royal Academy of Dance’ in London where studied Dance and Teacher Training.

Whilst attending the Centre PAC Jessica gained her teaching qualifications with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and has been teaching at CSDS since 2013. Miss Jessica is also;

  • Zumba Instructor (since 2015)
  • TAPfit Instructor (since 2016) where she among the first of 9 teachers in the world to train to become a TAPfit Instructor.
  • Qualified Acrobatic Arts teacher (since 2016) achieving 94% in her teaching exam!

During her career she has performed with the Royal New Zealand Ballet company in their 2015 production of ‘Giselle‘ were she played the role of the ‘Mother’

 

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Lucy successfully auditioned to perform with The English Youth Ballet in their production of ‘The Nutcracker & Ballet Etudes‘ in 2017 at The Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.

In 2017 Lucy Successfully auditioned to perform in Disneyland Paris. The CSDS students put on a 20 minute show at the Videopolis Theatre in Disneyland.

 

 

Harriet DuryHarriet Dury 

Harriet graduated from CSDS in 2008 whilst training with us she gained her ISTD Intermediate exams in Tap and Modern. Harriet went onto train and study at ‘Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.’

Between 2011-2014 she gained a degree in Dance and Fitness at Bucks New University, during her time at university Harriet taught our Street Dance classes at CSDS and was a fitness instructor at BNU Gym.

In June 2014 Harriet was offered a contract with ‘Neilson Holidays’ as a Dance and Fitness Instructor – so far she has worked in England, Turkey, Italy and Dubai.

                                                                            

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Saskia graduated from CSDS in 2015 and went on to study a BA Hons in Dance & Drama at Royal Holloway University.

Saskia was recruited by The Shakespeare Society and in 2016 was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Award for Cymbeline.

Following her 2013 course and revue at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Saskia regularly works with Masterclass, helping with PR and the organisation of Drama School seminars and has attended seminars with visiting performers and directors such as Maureen Lipman, Michelle Terry and Jessica Hynes. She has taken part in workshops with classical director Kelly Hunter and Coral Messam , the movement director for the NT’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. In addition, Saskia has taken part in training days with The BalletBoyz.

Trained and registered as a Motion Capture Artist, in 2015 Saskia was part of the ensemble company working with the FX unit on the latest Harry Potter film franchise, Fantastical Beasts and Where to Find Them, starring Eddie Redmayne.

She is soon to play Margaret in a new play Margaret of Anjou at “Play! Festival”

Saskia has just co-presented a short film for the BBC One Show as part of their occasional series ” Growing Up With”.

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Madeline Harker 

In 2017 Maddy Successfully auditioned to perform in Disneyland Paris. The CSDS students put on a 20 minute show at the Videopolis theatre in Disneyland.

 

 

 

 

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Sophia Haynes-Sharriff

Sophia was a Junior ensemble dancer in the 2017 Easter Pantomime ‘Beauty & the Beast’ at The Wycombe Swan Theatre. Starring along side Keith Chegwin, Basil Brush, X factor’s Stevi Ritchie and Milkshake presenter Olivia Birchenough.

 

 

 

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Annelise Hill

Annelise successfully auditioned and perform with the English Youth Ballet in their 2010 production of Swan Lake.

Whilst at CSDS Annelise passed her ISTD Intermediate-Foundation Ballet exam with Merit.

 

 

 

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Melia Kennelly

Melia is currently a student at CSDS and has secured 3 consecutive dance performances with ‘The British Theatre Academy’. 
Annie Jnr – 2017  Where she was selected to play the lead role of ‘Pepper’ at the Second Space at The Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

The Adventures of Pinocchio – 2017 Melia was part of the junior ensemble and performed at The Ambassadors Theatre London!
The Little Mermaid – 2017 After being invited to join the BTA team full time Melia performed at The Aylesbury Waterside Theatre .

 

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Rebecca Lamping 

In 2017 Rebecca Successfully auditioned to perform in Disneyland Paris. The CSDS students put on a 20 minute show at the Videopolis theatre in Disneyland.

 

 

 

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Eleanor Grace Lecky

Eleanor was a Junior ensemble dancer in the 2017 Easter Pantomime ‘Beauty & the Beast’ at The Wycombe Swan Theatre. Starring along side Keith Chegwin, Basil Brush, X factor’s Stevi Ritchie and Milkshake presenter Olivia Birchenough.

 

 

 

Adam MillardAdam Millard

After leaving CSDS, Adam trained with the IDTA in stage branch, at London Studio Centre and Stella Mann College, and still works with the society. He has numerous theatre credits behind him, both in the West End and internationally, including Cats, Honk!, 42nd Street, and Gypsy.

He has choreographed and directed for a wide range of companies across the country and currently has shows in Japan, UK touring and Broadway for Disney Productions and Cameron Macintosh.

As well as being a freelance dance teacher and examiner, he is Head of Faculty in a local school. He is a specialist Musical Theatre and Tap teacher and he also runs the Chesham Dance Festival.

 

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Harriet danced with CSDS for more than 15 years gaining all of her Intermediates in Ballet, Tap and Modern. Harriet took a gap year to study to become an ISTD Teacher with the guidance of Charlotte Chan. During her gap year Harriet achieved  her ISTD teaching qualifications in Ballet, Tap & Modern which she took at the Linda Sweetzer Teacher Training College. Harriet taught our Saturday dance classes at High Wycombe for 2 years before leaving in 2010 to pursue career as a psychologist in mental health.

 

FDA25C1F-2D72-468E-8520-6C434D15B4E8Lara Morton 

Lara has been a student at CSDS since the age of 3 and she wishes to persue a career in Dance by becoming a Ballet Teacher with Royal Academy of Dance.

In 2017 Lara Successfully auditioned to perform in Disneyland Paris. The CSDS students put on a show at the Videopolis theatre in Disneyland.

Whilst at CSDS Lara has passed her Intermediate-Foundation Ballet exam with the Royal Academy of Dance with Merit.

 

 

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Lucy Oliver 

In 2017 Lucy Successfully auditioned to perform in Disneyland Paris. The CSDS students put on a 20 minute show at the Videopolis theatre in Disneyland.

 

 

 

Alice PettiniAlice Pettini

Whilst training with CSDS Alice successfully passed her Intermediate exams in Ballet, Tap and Modern and Advanced 1 Tap.

Alice Graduated from CSDS in 2014 and successfully auditioned for a number of dance colleges. Alice confirmed her place at ‘Performers College’ and started her 3 year dance and performing arts course in September 2014.

Alice danced in the FA Cup Final held at Wembley Stadium in 2015. Alice has also secured professional contracts in Pantomimes and Cruise ships.

Whilst at Performers College Alice gained her teaching qualifications with Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing  (ISTD) passing her Diploma in Dance Instruction in Ballet, Tap & Modern in 1 just 1 year!

 

IMG-20170224-WA0003Natasia Phimister 

Natasia successfully auditioned for the English Youth Ballet and performed in their 2016 production of Sleeping Beauty  at The New Oxford Theatre.

Natasia was also a Senior ensemble dancer in the 2017 Easter Pantomime ‘Beauty & the Beast’ at The Wycombe Swan Theatre. Starring along side Keith Chegwin, Basil Brush, X factor’s Stevi Ritchie and Milkshake presenter Olivia Birchenough.

Whilst at CSDS Natasia has passed her Intermediate-Foundation Ballet exam with the Royal Academy of Dance with a Distinction!

In 2017 Natasia Successfully auditioned to perform in Disneyland Paris. The CSDS students put on a show at the Videopolis theatre in Disneyland.

 

Daniel PirieDaniel Pirie 

Daniel graduated from CSDS in 2010, during his time with us he successfully made it to the semi-Finals of ‘Britains Got Talent‘ in 2008.

After graduating from CSDS he went on to study the dance course at ‘Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.

As well as being a trained dancer, Daniel has had some professional acting experience appearing in an independent film called ‘Who Needs Enemies (With Friends Like These) as ‘Adam’.

Daniel is now a professional dancer actively working within the industry, his recent credits include; ‘Aida’ appearing in their 2015 performance of the opera in London. The Royal New Zealand Ballet in their production of ‘Giselle‘.

In 2017 Daniel made his West-End Debut in the English National Opera’s production of Carousel The Musical at The London Coliseum.

Daniel has also secured several professional contracts with Qdos Pantomimes and on  cruise ships.

 

amyAmy Sansom

Amy Graduated from CSDS in 2014, she was an assistant teacher for many years helping with Ballet, Tap & Modern classes. Amy gained her ISTD Intermediate Tap whilst at CSDS. She then went on to study at Warwick University.

After a term of lessons and performances with the Warwick Tap society Amy decided to run for a position on the executive team – Amy is now the Secretary of the Tap society which means she helps with the social media and communication of the society with it’s members, as well as helping with the organisation of classes, competitions and the largest dance show at the university. Amy also teaches a beginner tap class and choreographs solo and group dances up to an advances level. In addition, Amy performs in competitions and shows for the Tap, Ballet and Lyrical classes.

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After graduating from CSDS Andrea auditioned for Roehampton and was offered a place on the Dance course but decided that performing wasn’t enough for her! Andrea took a degree in Sports and Coaching at Oxford Brookes.

She then continued to The University of Southampton where she studied for a PGCE in PE. For the last 7 years she has been working as a P.E teacher & Head of Dance at secondary schools on the South coast and the South West of England. Andrea currently works at one of the top 20 State secondary schools in the country, and teaches GCSE and A-Level Dance.

She has recently gained a Masters in Global Leadership in Education. In her spare time she still likes to perform in panto- taking lead roles in Aladdin, Jack and the Beanstalk and The Snow Queen. Andrea returns to teach at the CSDS Summer Schools every year.

 

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Daisy Taylor 

Daisy was a Junior ensemble dancer in the 2017 Easter Pantomime ‘Beauty & the Beast’ at The Wycombe Swan Theatre. Starring along side Keith Chegwin, Basil Brush, X factor’s Stevi Ritchie and Milkshake presenter Olivia Birchenough.

Daisy regularly attends courses at ‘Tring Park School of Performing Arts’

 

 

 

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Theo Tekindag 

Theo successfully auditioned to be part of the Male Ensemble in The British Theatre Academy’s production of Annie Jnr at Second Space in The Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.

Theo was a Junior ensemble dancer in the 2017 Easter Pantomime ‘Beauty & the Beast’ at The Wycombe Swan Theatre. Starring along side Keith Chegwin, Basil Brush, X factor’s Stevi Ritchie and Milkshake presenter Olivia Birchenough.

 

 

IMG-20170224-WA0002Chloe Walker

Chloe was a Senior ensemble dancer in the 2017 Easter Pantomime ‘Beauty & the Beast’ at The Wycombe Swan Theatre. Starring along side Keith Chegwin, Basil Brush, X factor’s Stevi Ritchie and Milkshake presenter Olivia Birchenough.

Whilst at CSDS Chloe has passed her Intermediate ISTD exams in Tap with Merit.

In 2017 Chloe Successfully auditioned to perform in Disneyland Paris. The CSDS students put on a show at the Videopolis theatre in Disneyland.

 

Screenshot_20170227-212014Chloe Withey

Chloe was a Senior ensemble dancer in the 2017 Easter Pantomime ‘Beauty & the Beast’ at The Wycombe Swan Theatre. Starring along side Keith Chegwin, Basil Brush, X factor’s Stevi Ritchie and Milkshake presenter Olivia Birchenough.

Whilst at CSDS Chloe has passed her Intermediate ISTD exams in Tap and her Intermediate-Foundation Ballet exam with the Royal Academy of Dance both with Merit.

In 2017 Chloe Successfully auditioned to perform in Disneyland Paris. The CSDS students put on a show at the Videopolis theatre in Disneyland.

 

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Bonnie graduated from CSDS in 2010 and went on to gain a degree in Dance and Performance at Bucks New University.

She also gained her teaching qualification in Freestyle dance with the IDTA examination board, and is a qualified Zumba instructor.

Bonnie is a qualified cheer leading instructor with the UK Cheer leading Association and also a certified Acrobatic Arts Teacher (AAC1).

 

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Emma was a Junior ensemble dancer in the 2017 Easter Pantomime ‘Beauty & the Beast’ at The Wycombe Swan Theatre. Starring along side Keith Chegwin, Basil Brush, X factor’s Stevi Ritchie and Milkshake presenter Olivia Birchenough.