History

The school was established in 1971 and has seen many past pupils go on to further their career in dance.

Principal - Miss Taylor is a fellowship of the ISTD and has been an ISTD Tap & Modern Examiner since July 2012. She is also a qualified British Federation Adjudicator.

Teachers:

Miss Kate Wolstencroft trained at The Susan Taylor Dancing Academy from a young age before continuing her training at The Judith Hockaday College, Swindon. She completed graded and major examinations in ISTD ballet, tap, modern and national and has also gained her FDI and CDE teaching qualifications. She is now teaching for the school full time.

Miss Georgia Brooks trained at The Susan Taylor Dancing Academy. She then went on to work as a Funstar at Haven Holiday Parks. She now is a qualified singing teacher working locally and we are delighted to welcome her back to the school as part of the Musical Theatre Team.

Past pupil success:

Simon Adkins gained a 1st class honours degree at Bird College and has appeared in many shows including Wicked (Original West end Cast – understudy Fiyero), Chicago (UK tour), The Producers  (Original West end Cast – understudy lead tenor), Cats (UK tour – Admetus/Mcavity, understudy Rum Tum Tugger & Munkastrap ) , Annie get your Gun (UK tour – understudy Frank Butler), Jerry Springer (UK tour), Copacabana (Denmark), Jersey Boys (Original West End Cast - Bob Crewe, understudy Bob Gaudio), Viva Forever (Original West End Cast – Leon), Gotta Sing Gotta Dance (Eastbourne & UK Tour).

He has also taught musical theatre at Performers College – directing many of their 3rd year musical theatre shows.

Simon has also appeared on Top of the pops, Children in Need, The Royal Variety Performance and can be seen in music videos. Simon appeared as a dancer in the new Walt Disney Cinderella film (2015).

Simon was appointed Resident Choreographer of 42nd Street (Drury Lane, London). He has also choreographed 42nd Street (upstairs at the Gatehouse) for which he was awarded an Off West End Award for his choreography. He now also is an agent for 33 Artist Management – a London agency representing Actors, Singers & Performers.

Saskia Butler went to Arts Educational School, and is now working as a successful actress. Saskia has starred in many Alan Aykbourne plays and television films. She has played parts in many television shows and has recently payed a small role in Eastenders.

Emma Cannon trained at London Studio centre and has starred in Grease playing the parts of Patty Simcox, Marty, and Sandy. She has toured with Eurobeat and has played various leading pantomime roles. She has now opened her own Children’s agency.

Rosie Wyatt graduated from the Royal Welsh College. Since she had stared in: a world tour of the play One Man, Two Guvnors for the National Theatre, a brand new play at the Watford Palace Theatre, Blink – as Sophie at the Soho Theatre in London and at the Jagriti Theatre in Bangalore in India! Rosie Has recently toured the UK in Spine – a one woman show.

Suzy Aris completed a 3 year course at Masters College. She has since opened her own company “The Panto Bus” and is touring the UK producing pantomimes, children’s shows & cabaret shows.  Visit their website:      www.thepantobus.com

Georgia Bliss graduated from East 15 and took the play she wrote and performed in (League of St George) to the Edinburgh Fringe. It won the NSDF Emerging Artist Award. She is writing for future projects with Bricks and Mortar Theatre Company and is on the Soho Young Writers programme. Georgia is currently embarking on a world cruise as a member of the performing team.

Elsie Allen completed her secondary education at Elmhurst Ballet School- Birmingham.She was successfully accepted into the 6th form and was appointed Head Girl for her final year.

Debbie Garvey trained at arts educational and after years of working in the theatre is now a successful musical theatre teacher.

Suzy Dack went onto the RAD teaching college and ran a successful dancing school. She now teaches pilates.

Georgia Brooks has completed her 2nd season as a Funstar working at Haven holiday parks. Georgia now teaches singing and music throughout the Banbury Area and has built her own business – Georgia Brooks Vocal Tuition. She has also completed her degree in voice training.

Sian Lewis gained places at Performers College and London Studio Centre on their Dance Foundation courses. After completing her foundation course at London Studios she was accepted onto their 3 year degree course which she completed & graduated with a degree in dance.

Robbie Fell has gained a place at PPA college Guildford, studying a level 6 Diploma in Musical Theatre. He was awarded the boys part scholarship. Robbie has appeared in two pantomimes whilst training at college. Robbie graduated from PPA college, Guildford – completing a 3 year diploma in Musical theatre. He was awarded the 3rd year dance award and has signed with a top London agent. Robbie made his professional debut in “Seussical” The Musical at the Southwark Playhouse.

Amelia Morgan gained places at Performers College and Bird College on their Musical Theatre Diploma course. She accepted the place at Bird College & has since graduated with a musical theatre diploma.

Jamie Fell  gained a place at London Studio Centre on the 3 year degree course. Jamie graduated from London Studio Centre with a BA Theatre Dance Degree.

Hannah Woodcock gained a place on the 3 year degree course at Performers College & started her training here in September 2020 – We wish her the best of luck with her future training and can’t wait to see what the future holds. 

Cassie Brockbank was offered places at Chichester university & Shockout Arts to study a degree in dance and  was also offered a place on the foundation course at Performers College. She accepted the place at Shockout Arts – Manchester, and began her degree training here in September 2020. We wish her the best of luck with her future training and can’t wait to see what the future holds.