About us

The Principal

Miss Louise Benson (AISTD DDE)

At the tender age of 11 Louise gained a sought after place at the world famous Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts main school in London,
The wealth of training from, amongst others, Patricia Prime, Bonnie Lythgoe, Pat Dennison and Gary Lloyd alongside the experience of working as a child in Television and Theatre helped Louise to graduate at the age of 18 with flying colours and professional teaching qualifications with the ISTD in Ballet, Tap and Modern dance.

Throughout her career Louise has performed at a number of London’s most famous theatres including, The Dominion, The Bloomsbury and The Palladium. Louise has had featured roles in various pop videos including, Fat Boy Slim, Westlife and Texas. Commercial and Television credits with featured roles, include, Nokia for X Factor, National Anti Smoking campaign, Supernoodles campaign, Clearasil and the Bill. For BGM records Louise fronted their ‘Ultimate Girls Night In’ campaign, which included a commercial, photographic advertising and being on the cover of the album. Photographic credits also include, Polaroid and Marks and Spencer ‘Perfect Fit’ campaign. Film credits include ’Piccadilly Jim’ with Sam Rockwell, Tom Wilkinson and Brenda Blethyn. Louise has also worked extensively in fit modeling and fashion presentations in London, Hong Kong and Manilla. Clients include, Whistles, Marks and Spencer, Topshop, Karen Millen, House of Fraser and Betty Jackson.

Louise’s love for teaching was always there throughout her extensive performing career and after teaching for various dance schools founded the very successful Lucie Benson School of Dance with Vanessa Lucie in 2005. There she co-produced wonderful shows at the Epsom Playhouse and various ‘in house’ productions alongside great examination success. Starting with just a handful of pupils, by the time Louise had her baby in 2014 they had hundreds of pupils and many went on to full time performing arts colleges including Urdang, Performers, Stella Mann and Masters.

After having her little boy Louise wanted to spend more time with her family and founded Lucie Benson School of Dance (Bromley) now renamed as Louise Benson School of Dance. She is very excited to bring her experience of the arts and teaching to the children of West Wickham and help nurture their love of performing.

Louise is a fully qualified teacher with the ISTD in Ballet, Tap and Modern, a registered chaperone, DBS checked and first aid trained with the relevant pubic liability insurance.


Our Teachers:

Miss Jessica Jones

Jess was taken to Ballet at the age of 4 to help correct her knock knees, which is where her love for dance started!

At the age of 16 Jess gained a place at The Centre Performing Arts College and after 3 years she graduated with a ‘Diploma in Professional Dance’ and completed most units in DDI(ISTD) Modern and Tap.

Jess has enjoyed performing professionally, her credits include The Medieval Banquet at Tower Bridge, Casualty, Call the Midwife, Bonded by Blood and Cemetery Junction. Alongside her performing career Jess has been teaching Junior and Senior Street Dance, Musical Theatre and Modern at Dynamic Theatre Arts Academy and has also previously taught Junior Street Dance at Italia Conti Associate Schools. She has now returned to The Centre to complete her DDI/DDE units and further her ISTD teaching qualifications.

Jessica is a registered chaperone, DBS checked and first aid trained with the relevant public liability insurance.

 


Miss Lucy Enever (DDE ISTD)

Lucy started dancing at the age of 3 at Reynolds Performing Arts, starting from the beginning with Ballet, Tap and Modern. Lucy then auditioned and was successfully accepted into Reynolds full time dance diploma course, where she trained for 3 years, and found a love for Contemporary.

After graduation with a Diploma in Performing Arts, Lucy joined a contemporary company Needlefoot. Where for 2 years, was involved in devising and performing site specific pieces, performed in and around London.

Lucy started teaching In 2013, and now successfully teaches all around Kent, from dance schools to rhythmic gymnastics clubs. Some of Lucy students are a part of the English national ‘Espoir’ squad and are competing at the British championships. Lucy loves giving others the passion she has for dance and seeing the joy it brings them.

Lucy is fully qualified in ISTD DDI Ballet,Tap and Modern. ISTD DDE Tap and Modern and training towards Ballet. DBS checked and with relevant Liability insurance.


Miss Rhiannon Parr (DDI ISTD)

Rhiannon grew up in Bognor Regis where she started dancing aged 5. She was a student with the Art of Dance and Fitness and later The Royal Ballet Associate program until she entered full time training. In 2014, she graduated from London Studio Centre where she trained in various disciplines including Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Jazz, Choreography but specialised in Classical Ballet. In her final year of training, she performed as part of a regional theatre tour with Ballet company ‘Images of Dance and the Jazz Dance Company, resulting in a first class BA (Hons) Theatre Dance degree.

Rhiannon has performed in numerous productions in theatres across the country, and having gained her ISTD DDI teaching qualification in Classical Ballet and Modern Dance from Chichester College in 2011, loves passing on her passion for performing to younger generations,.

Rhiannon is a qualified teacher with the ISTD in Ballet and Modern, DBS checked and holds relevant public liability insurance.


Miss Sophie Tyndall (DDI ISTD)

Sophie started dancing at 5 years old and trained at Sara Phillips School of Dance. Then continued into full time training at The Centre Performing Arts College which is where she studied Ballet, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Hip hop, Musical Theatre and Singing as well as many other dance styles. She also gained her teacher training DDI certificates in Ballet, Tap and Modern whilst at the college.

Sophie has recently got back from working abroad for Live Business as a Singer in Europe, and has also appeared in Aladdin at The Churchill Theatre as a dancer and understudy Slave of the Ring, as well as appearing in Sleeping Beauty where she understudied and played Princess Aurora. Whilst still in college Sophie played the role of Vicious Punk and understudied Rita in Lucky Stiff at The Lillian Bayliss at Sadlers Wells, aswell as playing Mary Magdalene in a production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

As a child Sophie had the opportunity to perform at Her Majestys Theate, The Royal Albert Hall and Sadlers Wells, with her dance school, this gave her the passion for performing.

From the age of 13 Sophie was an assistant Ballet teacher at her dance school and helped every Saturday morning teaching the younger children, this gave her a love of teaching which she has continued throughout her training and whenever not performing.

Sophie is a qualified teacher with the ISTD in Ballet, Tap and Modern, as well as being a qualified Zumba instructor and has a DBS check as well as the relevant public liability insurance.


Mr Rob Wilshaw B.A (Hons)

Rob trained at Guildford School of Acting, gaining a BA Hons Degree in Musical Theatre.
Since graduating Rob has worked extensively in the theatre industry on shows such as Evita, Blood Brothers, Mamma Mia, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jersey Boys and many pantomimes and fringe work.
Alongside performing, Rob enjoys teaching and passing on skills to the future generation. Rob has taught at many schools and colleges including GSA, Arts Ed, Italia Conti and many more!
Rob is DBS checked and holds relevant public liability insurance.