I started dancing at the age of three years old at the well known local dance school Florence Draper that was renowned for their outstanding tap work.
At the age of fifteen, I moved to the Marie Colebrook School of Dance to fulfil my dream of becoming a dance teacher, under the watchful eye of Penny Lazenby for Tap and Modern and Penny Overton for Ballet.
With their help and commitment, I became a fully qualified teacher in 1985 with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance in Tap and Modern. Gaining the qualification Associate and Associate Diploma which is now known as the DDI and DDE. I am also qualified with the Royal Academy of Dance in Ballet.
As a young child, I participated in shows and in the local dance festival winning various awards throughout my years of competition.
I get so much pleasure in watching the students achieve their own goals and confidence along with their outstanding festival and exams results.
I do enjoy seeing ex students coming back to the school for classes during their college breaks and passing on their valuable experience of what it is like to be at a full time dance college.
I trained at Clee Academy from the age of 5-18, with Beverley Wade as my Tap and Modern teacher and Kirsty Skelton as my Ballet teacher. Beverley always encouraged me throughout my exams. I achieved high standards up to vocational levels in Ballet Tap and Modern. I also took part in local dance festivals, charity events and pantomimes.
As my time as a student came to an end, I decided to go straight into studying to become a dance teacher. I studied with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) from 2010-2012 on the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies. Where I successfully graduated from and became a fully qualified and registered teacher with the RAD. I also enrolled on the teaching programme with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing from 2012-2014 to do the Diploma in Dance Instruction (DDI) and the Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) to become a qualified Modern and Tap teacher.
I travelled each week to take classes with an ISTD examiner, in order to prepare for the practical and theoretical exams before taking two exams for each subject.
An important part of being a registered dance teacher is Continued Professional Development (CPD). This involves: taking part in practical courses each year that allow us to make sure we are teaching the most current syllabi, demonstrating the work accurately and delivering high quality lessons. So that, children can achieve their highest potential both artistically and technically with enjoyment and enthusiasm.
Trained at ‘Laine Theatre Arts’ for three years before graduating in 2012 with a National Diploma in Musical Theatre/Dance (TRINITY, London) The course encompassed Singing, Drama, Performance, Contemporary, Jazz, Modern, Classical Ballet, Pas De Deux, and Tap.
In 2012, I completed my Imperial Society of Teachers DDI in Classical Ballet. I look forward to continuing my studies to complete my DDE’s teaching qualifications in Ballet, Modern and Tap.
During my time at Laine Theatre Arts I worked for the band 'Hard-Fi', performing at Wembley Stadium during the FA Cup Final.
I danced in several Christmas pantomimes and performed in shows at Epsom Playhouse. Since leaving Laine Theatre Arts, I have worked professionally as Dance Captain/Dancer/Vocalist for Thomson Spirit and Thomson Celebration Cruise Ships. Most recently, I performed in Majorca for the Tui Retail Conference.
In between my professional contracts I really enjoy teaching at the Clee Academy of Dance and being part of the team.
Annabelle completed her professional training at 'Phil Winstons Theatreworks' in 2009.
In her last year of training she received her training qualifications in I.D.T.A Modern Pre Associate and also performed in the 'Wizard Of Oz' at the Lowry Manchester alongside Lorna Luft and performed in various dance performances at 'The Works' Blackpool as features dancer and singer in the pre show. Soon after finishing her training she landed her first job with 'Costa Cruises' as a dancer from 2009-2010. In 2010 she then received her 2nd contract with 'Princess Cruises' where she travelled the world for 5 more years which was the best experience of her life.
She has now settled at home with her partner and new addition Elliott.
Annabelle is now ready to share her experience of the professional world to the Clee Academy of Dance.