All about the Dance School
All About the School
I began dancing at the age of 8, much to my parents dismay after having been crowned the British Baton Twirling Champion, and have never been able to stop since.
I started dancing at the Stenhouse School of Dance in Falkirk, Bonny Scotland, and little did my parents know exactly how much time they would spend there.
I trained in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Freestyle, Acrobatics, Greek, Character and National, succeeded in all my exams, participated annually in the Edinburgh Festival, and had great success in my competitions too.
Dancing of course wasn’t the only skill I would need, so I joined Falkirk Children’s theatre whose yearly pantomimes were televised, and this gave me the opportunity to learn about filming, singing and Drama.
All of my fondest childhood memories are of my time spent in my dancing school, not necessarily dancing, but this is where my strongest friendships were formed.
I took my teachers freestyle exam in Scotland, and this lead to me deciding to leave my academic future behind, and follow my dream of becoming a dance teacher.
I achieved a place at Performers College in Essex, and left home on my 18th Birthday. 3 years later I graduated with all of my Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance teaching qualifications (Ballet, Tap, and Modern), my LAMADA Drama exams, and having danced in wonderful cabarets like the WaterRats Ball, the opening of Euro 1996, having danced for Her Majesty the Queen, and having done a large variety of TV work.
I had strong ideas of owning my own school, just like the one which had given me such a great childhood, and was set on going straight into teaching, but after a crazy audition in London, I was offered a place dancing for a cruise line in the Caribbean for 5 months, and that seemed a lot more attractive than staying here looking for a teaching job during winter. So off I went, and I continued to work for 3 years progressing from being a dancer, to Dance Captain, to Assistant and Acting Cruise Director, in charge of onboard entertainment. It was great seeing so much of the world, but I knew I still wanted to have a school, so on my return home I attended a teaching course and knew I had to set about getting into teaching and eventually having my own school.
I taught at various schools throughout the county and BAILARdance was founded in May 2002. Since then the children have been entered in ISTD Examinations and we had 100% pass rate, and we enter many dance festivals, where our children have made many friends and done really well, with some qualifying for the All England Dance competition.
During January 2008 Nikki Hughes joined our team. Nikki is our head of Modern and Tap at our school and offers the children a wealth of experience. She is a great teacher and choreographer, some of her dances having won The Janet Cram Awards, and places in the All England Dance Competition.
Having come through our school we now welcome Miss Amy as our Freestyle Teacher Miss Amy is also a personal trainer and her wealth of knowledge helps our students to achieve their best.
I hope my school will offer your children a fun safe place to learn to dance, and that we can help them to look back on their Dance as a great part of their childhood.
Amanda Colbecki Principal.