TESTIMONIALS

We are so lucky to have amazing teachers who nurture and steer our students in the right direction. They unlock potential and help to understand the art within dance.

SOPHIE-JANE

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Sophie-Jane trained privately as a professional dancer under the teaching of one of the UK’s leading Classical Ballet Coaches, Julie Felix. Her training enabled her to auditioning for major ballet companies including English National Ballet but Sophie sustained a career altering injury which meant she had to stop professional dancing and pursue her passion for teaching.


Since that time, Sophie has worked alongside ballet masters from top companies and ballet schools in the UK whilst teaching such as Birmingham Royal Ballet and Elmhurst Ballet School.


Sophie has successfully trained dancers who have been awarded places at; The Royal Ballet School, Elmhurst Ballet School, Central School of Ballet, Tring Park, Kings International Ballet, The Royal Ballet Associate programme and Elmhurst Young Dancers programme.  


Sophie-Jane was awarded one of only 12 places with the Royal Ballet School on the Diploma of Dance Teaching course. She has just started the two year course in London at the Royal Ballet Upper School, Covent Garden, and started as a full time Professional Ballet Teacher at RTDA in 2020.

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REBECCA KNIGHT

Becky Knight is a teacher for RTDA and started her dancing journey with Rozie when she was 10 years old. After completing a foundation diploma at NSCD, she then went on to the degree course and graduated with a first class honours degree from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Becky then went on to complete an apprenticeship with Motionhouse Dance Company, later joining the company as a full time dancer and community teacher. Becky has danced professionally both with Motionhouse and as a freelance dancer for several companies in the West Midlands. She has also choreographed for RTDA’s Elite competition team over the past few years and loves creating new, dynamic and challenging work to be showcased across the UK. She loves passing on all she has learnt in the industry to others and wants to inspire the next generation of dancers.

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RAQUEL ANTUNES ALCALDE

Raquel graduated as a Ballerina at São Paulo Municipal School of Ballet (Brazil), Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and Certified by Royal Academy of Dancing, as well as many other professional courses.

 

She has been involved in many dance festivals and taught courses for all age groups in ballet. Her leadership skills have been developed over 27 years of teaching and presentations with high levels of performance in various educational institutions in Brazil.

 

She has taught classes for students from baby class to advanced level. Promoted several dancers to the use of ballet pointe shoes. Worked as choreographer in several shows and performances of ballet, and held classes focusing on improving physical fitness.

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LAUREN KAYE

Lauren trained with us from 13 yrs old and then went on to train at the Urdang Academy from 2015 to 2019 and now is Head of Commercial and Head Choreographer for RTDA Elite Team Commercial.

She is signed with agents 

Simon & How Associates, Love Rudeye and You Management.

Dance credits include Puma Advert , Live Performance at British Summertime Hyde Park and Multiple Music Videos.

GUEST TEACHER

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CRAIG WHARMBY

We are so delighted to have Craig as part of the teaching team at the Rozie T Academy. He has trained some of the biggest and brightest dancers and artists, as well as choreographing 1000's of shows and performed himself in top theatres... and if that’s not enough you will often see Craig featuring in pop videos. 

 

For the past 12 years he has lectured dance at LIPA, the Paul McCartney ‘Fame’ school in Liverpool - and he brings his immense talent to support and train our students at Rozie T Academy.

From his early beginnings at the Pat Thompson Dance School in Liverpool and then the Liverpool Theatre School, Craig had a passion for choreography and teaching and by the time he was 18 he had formed his own dance school which went on to become the biggest in Liverpool with 250 members. 

 

Always looking for the next challenge he became the commercial choreographer on the British TV series ‘Dance Mums’ and opened AYAW? Dance Studios, his own studio in Liverpool.
 
“My passion has always been teaching, lots of people can dance... but not everyone can teach! To me the student is the most important thing in the studio and its my job to bring out the best in each and everyone of them, no matter what their age or ability, and that's what I do and I absolutely love that. I want to help the next generation of dancers achieve their goals and with good training and having the right contacts and knowing the right agencies, I'm hopefully helping them take a step closer to their dream”