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Lara started dancing at the age of 2 learning ballet, modern and tap at Busybodies Stage School in Dereham. Continuing her studies Lara gained a place as a junior associate at the Royal Ballet School in London. After taking many exams in RAD (ballet) ISTD (modern, tap and jazz), singing, piano and drama (LAMDA), performing in many shows, festivals and fetes, at 16 Lara moved to Essex to start her 3 year training at Masters Performing Arts College. Whilst at college she learnt many more styles of dance, performed in shows at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London, danced at the NHS awards and at the Hannah Montana film premiere.
Her career started shortly after graduating Masters and taking her to her dream job working in Disneyland Paris, as many different characters and dancing in parades. After 2 years in Paris, she also worked in Disneyland Tokyo for a year in Japan. When Lara was 11 she started helping out in the junior dance classes and her love of teaching grew from there, when she is in the country Lara loves to help out and teach classes at Busybodies and is also a teacher for other dance schools in her home area. Lara's teaching qualifications include ISTD ballet, modern and tap and also her LAMDA gold.
Having an absolute passion for the performing arts Rachel studied a degree in Theatre Studies with The Rose Bruford Drama College. Having trained from a young age in acting and dance she is also an accomplished actress, who has worked on both the stage and screen. Rachel found that as she got older she became passionate about passing on her love of the performing arts, and so in 2009 launched Greasepaint Performance Academy in Norwich. Her vision was to bring together talented and inspiring people to create the vital combination of fun and learning. Rachel is a strong believer in the life skills being involved in the arts can give a person, including tolerance, trust, confidence and self esteem and welcomes everyone from all backgrounds and abilities. Rachel is a qualified Arts Awards Advisor and holds the LAMDA Performance Certificate, enabling her to take students through LAMDA qualifications.
Tutors are selected not only for their training, experience and talent in their specific subjects but also for their passion, enthusiasm and hunger to inspire and encourage others. All tutors are Enhanced DBS checked and run groups of no more than 15 students to ensure they all receive the highest level of personal attention to reach their fullest potential. Proof of DBS checks can be found in the 'Policies and procedure' file, which is available to view.
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Jen has performed on stage since he was eight and has enjoyed working with many Norfolk based theatre companies and venues. He has been directing plays, musicals and pantomimes locally for the past 20 years. Jen studied theatre and performing arts at college prior to working at Norwich Theatre Royal in a variety of roles for nine years. His interest in arts marketing and management lead to a position with the University of East Anglia - organising events, conferences and festivals for the the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. In recent years Jen has been working as a performing arts tutor alongside his role as a youth worker, providing one-to-one support and running support groups. Jen is passionate about creating a safe, non-judgemental space for children to develop confidence and skills through expressive and creative practice; he has been able to transfer skills to his teaching approach gained from his youth work experience and counselling training. His favourite theatre experience was performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Rachael studied Theatre and English Literature at Lancaster University. After this, she decided that it was time to see the world. She first volunteered as a drama teacher at a foster home in Romania. Here she discovered how rewarding teaching could be and the benefits that it brought to the young people she worked with. Straight after this she took on a role as Drama Director at a summer camp in America for two consecutive summers, directing 12 plays and two musicals in total. She used the time in between to teach English through Drama in Tarnowskie Gory, Poland for six months. Since moving back to the UK, Rachael has worked for various organisations; including writing new music for three of Far East Theatre Company’s past productions, directing the summer productions at The Garage and delivering a new music course there also. Rachael applies the experience she has gained, from the different groups she has worked with over the years, focusing on using performance skills to improve confidence and self-esteem.