The Dance Course
Our Full-time Dance course has been designed by figures at the forefront of dance training in the UK. Providing students with intensive technical training with outstanding teachers and industry professionals. Equivalent to 3 A-Levels and with an internationally recognised awarding body, whether your passion is Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary or Hip hop – the Arts1 Dance course will prepare you for your next step.
The Dance course is the region’s most intensive fully funded Dance course and is taught by the most experienced team of coaches and industry experts in the area. The Dance course at Arts1 is unlike a standard BTEC taught in a school or college setting, it has several unique features including intensive contact hours and specialist delivery that give our students the edge in performance.
Could it be for you?
The course is aimed at students aged 16+ that want to train full-time in Dance and pursue a career in performance.
The course is led by choreographer and dance tutor Leanne. With an outstanding reputation for training exceptional dancers, Leanne is very proud to have students accepted at all the major colleges, including Laine Theatre Arts, Bird College, Performers, Arts Educational, Stella Mann, Masters and Urdang. She has also had pupils accepted into The Royal Ballet School, Laban and Northern Contemporary School. Leanne also enjoys adjudicating at dance festivals around the country and guest tutoring at performing arts establishments delivering unique masterclasses in jazz, modern, lyrical and contemporary.
Her philosophy is that hard work reaps rewards, and her aim is to help every student realise his or her potential.
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Paul trained at Arts Educational Schools London, graduating in 2010 and has worked extensively in television, film and theatre. Most recently he played the role of Billy Kitchen in the acclaimed BBC television drama Peaky Blinders. Other television credits include Tubby in Jamaica Inn for the BBC and Gerry Olderby in Endeavour for ITV. Paul can be seen in the 2014 blockbuster film Dracula Untold for Universal Studios playing the role of Nicolae. Paul is thrilled to be an industry mentor for Arts1 School of Performance, somewhere that he attended himself as a teenager. He is keen to help students gain positive experiences and develop the right attitude when looking to take the next step in their training.
On stage Oliver has appeared most recently at The National Theatre in Jamie Lloyd’s critically acclaimed production of SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER. He was also seen in CARTHAGE at The Finborough directed by Donmar Theatre Associate Rob Hastie. The play enjoyed a sell out run and was Critics Choice in Timeout.
Oliver worked on the feature film of ‘Les Miserables’ for Working Title, which is directed by Oscar winning Director Tom Hooper, acting alongside Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter.
Cover Che in Evita (Dominion Theatre London); Ensemble cover Lancelot, Galahad and Bedevere in Spamalot! (Playhouse Theatre, London); Ensemble cover Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular (UK & Australian tour); Seabee in South Pacific (UK Tour of Broadway production); Uncle Ernie in The Who’s Tommy! (English Theatre, Frankfurt/EuropeanTour); Ensemble cover Che in Evita (UK/European Tour); Eugene cover Vince Fontaine, Teen Angel and Doody in Grease (Piccadilly Theatre, Victoria Palace and UK Tour)
Holly graduated in 2009 from Glasgow Academy of Musical Theatre Arts. Best known for her role as troubled teenager, Nicole Brodie in the BBC Drama,’ River City’, Holly’s other TV credits include ‘Pals Battalion’ for BBC 3’s WW1 series. She will be back on TV screens early, next year as Bonnie Kincaid in the final ever series of BBC’s ” Waterloo Road.”
Gillian trained at the Royal Academy of Music and Arts Educational, London.
Gillian’s most recent credits – Violet Bick in It’s A Wonderful Life at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre and National Theatre’s One Man, Two Guvnors at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Previous credits include My Fair Lady – Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg at the Gielgud Theatre, Sally in When Harry Met Sally and Whore/Soloist in the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 Arena.
Emily trained at Laine Theatre Arts. Most recently she played Katerina Cavalieri in Amadeus at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Previous theatre credits include covering and playing the role of Miss Honey in the record breaking RSC production of Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre, London, Dotty in Jumpers (Tom Stoppard), Hello Dolly at Regents Park Open air Theatre, The UK tour of Mary Poppins- covered and played Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast- covered and played Belle and the UK tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie-covered and played Miss Dorothy.
Abigail’s theatre credits include Ghost of Christmas Past in Scrooge (UK Tour); Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show (UK Tour); Mrs Lyons u/s Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers (Phoenix Theatre, West End); Eva Peron in Evita (UK and International Tour); Isabel in Scrooge (London Palladium); Emma Fairfax in Doctor Dolittle (UK Tour); Narrator in Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat (UK Tour and West End); Jan in Grease (Cyprus); Annabel Glick in Lucky Stiff (The Landor); Angela in Floradora (Finborough); Soloist in Thursford Christmas Spectacular; Miss Iceland in Eurobeat – Almost Eurovision