About Clee Academy

About our dance school

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Clee Academy of Dance was established in October 1989, in a Cleethorpes based Scouts hut. The organisation relocated in October 1999, to their own premises on Conyard Road, Cleethorpes. The school has two purpose-built mirrored studios with beautiful wooden sprung flooring.

The aim of the school is to train our pupils to the highest of standards and to nurture the physical and creative development of each child. This helps every child achieve their full potential but at the same time still having fun.

The school is very proud of its many successful past pupils, who are now working in the profession either as dancers singers or as qualified teachers.

Success stories - Ellen White

Ellen-WhiteI currently attend Millennium Performing Arts in London ( MPA ) and I am a 2nd year student on a 3 year dance course. Before this, I went to Clee Academy of Dance for more than 10 years and gained many exams in RAD ballet, ISTD tap and modern up to Advanced one. I loved competing in the dance festivals from age 4 and gained lots of medals and trophies. One of my proudest achievements was reaching the Miss Dance of Great Britain final for two years in a row. I definitely wouldn't have been able to achieve this without the training and support of the amazing teachers at the school. I thank them so much for everything they have done for me.



 

Lauren Matthews, BA (HONS), LRAD, ARAD, CDE

Lauren nervously joined Clee Academy at the age of 14. Vaguely knowing Mrs Bev and some of her pupils through the local dance festival. However, there was certainly no need to be nervous. Lauren was welcomed immediately into a friendly and fun studio and this is how each class was presented for Lauren’s duration at the school. Mrs Bev’s teaching manner is without a doubt warm, encouraging, fun and professional.

Lauren found Mrs Bev taught individuals by supporting and encouraging them to develop their potential in each class and tailoring her lessons to the needs of her pupils. She saw first-hand, Mrs Bev’s great knowledge, wealth of experience and her understanding of the ISTD and RAD examination systems helped students achieve success.

When preparing students for performances, Mrs Bev created opportunities for her pupils. She facilitated the additional study of National, Classical Greek, Song and Dance as well as for those who continually studied at Clee Academy. Mrs Bev also further developed student experiences by welcoming guest dance teachers and professional artists to take workshops and classes.

After a short time, Lauren expressed an interest in dance, as a career not knowing what path to take, Mrs Bev encouraged her wholeheartedly to gain as much experience as possible and to develop personal technique and artistry. Mrs Bev devised a plan of how and what Lauren would need to achieve, before leaving for full time training. After receiving such wonderful teaching, Lauren was inspired and hoped to teach herself. For many of the training programmes there was a requirement for applicants to have achieved their Intermediate ballet examination. Lauren was far from achieving this. Despite this, Mrs Bev and Miss Kirsty trained Lauren intensively against the clock, never giving up on her!

 

Luckily, Lauren passed and was also accepted to study the prestigious BA (Hons) Ballet Education course at the Royal Academy of Dance Headquarters in London. On graduating, Lauren left not only with a degree and as a qualified RAD teacher, but with her Advance 2 ballet examination. She also achieved her Licentiate Award, the highest teaching accolade! Lauren now teaches six hundred of her own students per week. She has entered hundreds of pupils for RAD examinations and is a Tutor for the Certificate In Ballet Teaching Studies programme. She has also qualified as a teacher with the ISTD modern dance branch. Lauren is indebted to Mrs Bev and Miss Kirsty, without them and their extraordinary teaching and belief, she would not be enjoying the career she now has.

Thank you Clee Academy.