Teachers and Graduates

 

Teachers

Hayley Pitts

Principal – Hayley Pitts

Hayley comes from Reading, Berkshire and trained locally til the age of sixteen. Having had the opportunity to work professionally at a young age she then went on to complete 3 years training at Laine Theatre Arts and achieved her Diploma in Musical Theatre.  Since then she has attained her DDI teaching qualification with the I.S.T.D and started teaching Modern for JLD in 2010. She is now our full time Modern, Tap and Musical Theatre teacher and fellow Director of JLD.

 


 

Directors/Founders

JLD School of Dancing is here today because of two very special people. Jo Eustace and Lucy Durham-Matthews. They first met at Elmhurst where they became best friends and have been ever since. After completing their training and working professionally they both decided to embark on the project of starting a school together. Choosing Kingsclere as the place and JLD as the name they worked passionately for 21 years to create a dance school with not only some superb talent but also a lot of heart. Jo and Lucy teach the Ballet grades at JLD.


Emma Payne

Trained at Ballet Rambert School. Principal dancer with Vienna Festival Ballet and Alexander Roy’s London Ballet Theatre. Regular teacher for RAD Grades.


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Ashton Brooke-Thorne

Trained at Laine Theatre Arts. Ashton is still enjoying a career in television acting while teaching Musical Theatre for us on a Saturday.


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Chris-Louise Estrada

Chris-Louise teaches the Lower Grades and Vocationals at JLD. An experienced teacher gaining her Advanced 2 RAD and BA Honours Degree from the Royal Academy of Dance.

 

 


 

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Craig Horton

After recently moving to Basingstoke from Manchester, Craig is currently teaching A-level dance at QMC. He trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and has extensive experience dancing with numerous Ballet/Contemporary companies.

 


We are lucky to have on our staff two pianists Paul Freeman and Evelyn Hiscock, and two school secretaries Claire Lundy and Sue Adams. Mandy and Claire man the office during the evenings and are on hand to advise students and parents on a variety of issues.


Guest Teachers


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Shaun Mendum

Shaun graduated from Elmhurst in 2013 and has since performed extensively around the world. He has performed soloist roles with Ballet Cymru, including Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and choreographed for events extended out into Europe, notably the Tchaikovsky Gala in Estonia.


Nathan Lubbock-Smith

An ex- JLD student. Trained at Italia Conti. Vocal coach at Guildford School of Acting. Singing Teacher.


Richard Smith

An ex-JLD student. Trained at The Royal Ballet School, White Lodge and Upper School. Joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2002. Vocational teacher for classical Ballet.


 

Graduates


ROYAL BALLET SCHOOL

Taylor Yates Year 10 White Lodge (current),
Koko Bamford Year 10 (current)
Past Pupils:
Matthew Green,
Russell Ducker – currently with Corella Ballet Company,
Richard Smith – Birmingham Royal Ballet 2002,
Samuel Rees currently performing with the Royal Danish Ballet company,


ELMHURST BALLET SCHOOL

Archie Sladen – Graduate, Izzy Wilson – Year 7


TRING PARK

Nathan Lorainney-Dineen – Graduate, Lara Middleton – Year 7


NORTHERN CONTEMPORARY

Tim Bartlett – dancer. Currently in Matthew Bourne’s Company


ARTS EDUCATIONAL

Chemmane Applewhaite – singer/dancer, X Factor finalist 2010


LAINE THEATRE ARTS

Ashley Rumble. Dancer/singer. Priscilla Tour UK (current), Chicago UK Tour 2012 and now starring in Memphis!


EAST 15

Lewis Peploe. Actor. War Horse West End, ‘GHOST STORIES’ West End – 2011, Feature Films – 2009 ‘IRONCLAD’and 2007 ‘FAINTHEART’


 OTHER RECENT J.L.D GRADUATES INCLUDE:

GUILDFORD SCHOOL OF ACTING- Matthew Blaker and Jodie Steele – Graduates

PERFORMERS – Zoe Pulliston, Rachel Windsor

ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC – Rachel Windsor

URDANG – Reece Adlam 2nd year (current), Mike Glover – Graduate

LONDON STUDIO CENTRE – Eliza Dewhirst, Nicola London

CENTRAL – Ellie Windsor

LABAN – Imogen Henderson


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24 Swan Street
Kingsclere
RG20 5PJ
United Kingdom

Phone: 01635 299797
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