Our Tutors

Dance Teacher - Fiona Garbett

I first started dance at the age of 4yrs, ballet, tap, ballroom &latin; and I've never stopped dancing since.

I started out at the Shellan School of Dance in Wakefield. This school has long since gone, but what it taught me hasn't. You learn to dance best when you have fun, and that's what dance should be about; enjoyment. To this I thank Sheila and Anne. I have been to many teachers over the years, my poor Father must have driven hundreds (if not thousands) of miles for the "best" educationin dance, Wakefield, Leeds, Macclesfield, Birmingham & Liverpool to name but a few destinations on a weekly basis, and that doesn't include the competitions every Sunday, let alone the cost!

I firmly believe that dance should first and foremost be fun -otherwise why would you do it? My interest in drama came much later whilst at Wakelfield College,there studying music at Cliffe Villa I attended drama and joining alocal artist agency, which led to various dance assignments, TV work and teen magazine shoots, which all add to the rich tapestry of life. My interest in fitness also started in my teens, working at a Health Spa for the first 4 years for my working career teaching aerobics,health & nutrition. I had the most wonderful formative years thanks to my dancing.

Anyone who wants to dance should - done right, it's and amazing experience. One which I hope you'll have withus.

Guest Teacher - Mrs Joan Slater Elocution/ Public Speaking/ Reading Aloud & Drama

Mrs Slater has years of experience developing students confidence inspeaking both socially and in public, providing students with effective communication skills and advanced reading abilities. Cultivating the speaking and reading of Prose, Poetry and Drama. Students will be stimulated and encouraged to plan and participate in presentation and performance. All can progress to examination/assessment level through Trinity Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the English Speaking Board. Please contact the studio for further details on group of private sessions.

Claire Smales

A qualified dance teacher and a member of the International Dance Teachers Association. Besides running my own dance school based in Ferrybridge, and teaching a wide range of dance styles and age ranges. I also run a number of classes at places throughout the area. This summer I've worked with NHS/WMDC/PCT on the free dance lessons which have been available to children, and in the past have also worked with Youth Inclusion Service at Adventure Playground, Knottingley. I have many years experience of working with all age groups. I am CRB checked, have my own insurance, PPL licence and live locally.

Shirley Donnelly Music & Drama Teacher

Shirley Donnelly completed her music degree at Ripon and York College St. John where she sang and studied violin and piano. She went on to train to be a primary/middle school teacher at Bretton Hall College. It was here back in 1995 that she caught the drama bug and has been teaching music, drama, violin and piano for the last 15 years to children and young people. Shirley quotes " I cannot imagine myself ever wanting to do anything else. Drama promotes self-confidence in children from an early age and helps them to express themselves in a safe and motivating environment where every child is made to feel valued and welcome.

Lynne & Ian Flockton - West Coast Swing tutors - 8-10pm Tuesdays.

West Coast Swing (WCS) is a partner dance derived from Lindy Hop. It is characterised by a distinctive elastic look that results from its basic extension-compression technique of partner connection, and is danced primarily in a slotted area on the dance floor. The dance allows for both partners to improvise steps while dancing together. Typically the follower walks into new patterns traveling forward on counts "1" and "2" of each basic pattern, rather than rocking back. It is believed that the origins of the WCS are in Lindy Hop. In a 1947 book, Arthur Murray recognized that, "There are hundreds of regional dances of the Jitterbug type. Each section of the country seems to have a variation of its own."

Jamie Dalton - guitar teacher

Jamie who attended Wakefield Music College brings a wealth of experience to the team. Jamie had performed live in bands and worked within the music industry for many years.
Jamie brings a relaxed approach to teaching, making lessons fun and enjoyable, and produces confident students in both electric and acoustic guitars. He has a wealth of experience across the age ranges, in both group and individual settings.
Lessons can be complimented with music theory taught by our very own Shirley Donnelly (piano & violin teacher BA Music)