Principal, Head of Drama & Minis Teacher
Miss Gabby graduated from the University of East Anglia with a Bachelor of the Arts Drama degree (Hons). She set up Born to Perform Stage School in 2017, whilst working with and supporting SEN pupils within primary and secondary education. She currently works full-time teaching the students at Born to Perform Stage School, privately tutoring LAMDA examinations and singing lessons and is director at the STAG theatre, for the UK's largest youth musical theatre company, 'RARE' productions.
"I attended performing arts lessons from a young age and these gave me some of my best childhood memories. It is since then, that I have always wanted to open my own school and pass on my knowledge and experience to our students. Growing up with a strong performing arts background I have worked in numerous schools over the years and performed in various different projects and shows. Some of my working highlights include performing at Disneyland Paris and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, performing in pantomime and a production of St Trinians at London's West End and extra work in film/TV. I have also directed productions and written shows for performing arts festivals. Aside from performing, I have also taught previously in a number of performing arts schools, which has been wonderful. I loved performing as a child, and now I want to create and share that experience with our students".
Miss Gabby has completed the entire LAMDA Acting syllabus and her 'Silver’ Jazz and ‘Bronze’ Musical Theatre dance qualifications with, ‘The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing’ (ISTD). She has also achieved her Level 2 ‘Junior Dance Leadership Award’ with, ‘Sports Leaders UK’ and trained with Trinity College London.
Head of Dance, Singing, Ballet & Minis Teacher
Miss Olivia is currently working in the industry as a professional singing/dance artist. She has completed the full syllabus for a range of dance styles with the 'International Dance Teacher's Association' (IDTA) and has also completed the full singing syllabus with ‘The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music’ (ABRSM).
"I have danced since the age of two and I have done various styles of dancing throughout the years including: Hip Hop, Jazz, Irish and Bollywood. I am now at intermediate level and above in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Theatre-craft and Musical Theatre. I assisted teaching 'Angelina Ballerina' Dance School from 2013-2015 and I then went on to assist and cover at my own dance school, 'SO Dance Academy' for 2 years. This role helped me develop teaching techniques for children and young adults. In 2018, I was nominated for the International Dance Theatre Award in Tap, which was a wonderful experience. I have always had a passion for dancing and regularly performed in annual dance showcases whilst growing up. I thoroughly enjoy teaching technique, amongst being creative with choreography."
Miss Olivia has also completed a West End Stage course at ‘Her Majesty’s Theatre’ and has created three cover albums, with more currently in production.
Miss Sarina graduated from the University of Kingston with a first class Bachelor of the Arts (Hons) degree in Dance. She has a strong dance background, having attended regular dance classes in all disciplines from a very young age. Miss Sarina now works for a professional ballet company ‘Ballet Black’, which celebrates dancers of Black and Asian descent.
“Dance has taught me so much and it has always been my passion from a young age. Some of my working highlights include performing in ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ at the Assembly Hall Theatre and dancing at the Royal Albert Hall and Sadler’s Wells. I would regularly volunteer at my previous dance school, training students to dance and this is where I discovered my love for teaching. I really enjoy nurturing young people’s talents and helping them to reach their full potential.”
Miss Sarina has also gained her freestyle dance student teaching and her freestyle dance associate qualifications.
Miss Jodie graduated from Bird College with a diploma in Professional Musical Theatre. She has worked in both secondary and primary education and is now currently working towards her PGCE to become a full-time teacher.
"I enjoy all aspects of the performing arts and always have done. I attended Urdang Academy where I did a foundation diploma in Dance and Musical Theatre. I am a keen performer but also thrive in the teaching environment which is why I am currently working towards my PGCE. I have taught ISTD dance examinations for the past two years to the students of Bexley School of Dance and have performed in a variety of different projects over the years, including the film, 'Mama Mia 2' for Universal Studios. I am really looking forward to creating the future generation of performers here at Born to Perform Stage School."
Miss Jodie also has experience and training working with SEN students. She has performed in a variety of productions and some of her working highlights include playing the role of 'Meg' in Little Women the Musical and being a Dancer in her local annual pantomimes.
Dance, Drama & Singing Teacher
Miss Amber has been involved with performing arts from a very young age. She has completed her BTEC Level 3 Diplomas in Drama and Dance and has completed both drama and dance exams with the ‘London Academy of Dramatic Art’ (LAMDA) and 'International Dance Teacher's Association' (IDTA).
"I have always loved to perform, and I have been performing from a very young age in all genres of musical theatre. I regularly attended performing arts classes for many years, and this is where I gained experience as a performer, starring in many roles such as Jan, in the musical Grease. I have been fortunate enough to perform in a variety of theatres over the years, including the ‘Churchill Theatre’ and the West-End. I have a passion for working with children and look forward to teaching and sharing my experiences.”
Miss Amber previously assistant directed for the largest musical youth theatre production company in the United Kingdom. She also has many years of experience working with young people and children within the entertainment industry.
Dance, Drama & Singing Teacher
Drama & Singing Teacher
Mr Charlie graduated from the University of Chichester with a Bachelor of the Arts Music & Musical Theatre degree (Hons). Since then he has worked within secondary, theatre schools and theatre groups and supported students within a variety of productions and settings. He is currently the musical director at various theatres, for the UK's largest youth musical theatre company, 'RARE' productions.
"I have always loved performing and so I attended a specialised performing arts secondary school, 'College-Rye studio school'. It was here that I achieved my A-level in Performing Arts with a Btec extended diploma in Performing arts & music. I was really able to let my passion for the arts grow whilst studying here and started to become involved in various youth projects. I have starred in many productions and well-known roles whilst growing up such as, 'Edna Turnblad' in Hairspray & 'The Cowardly Lion' in the Wizard of Oz. My most recent role was playing 'Fagin' in a production of 'Oliver!' at the Aldershot Princes Hall Theatre. However, now I have found a new passion which is musical directing and teaching. I am thrilled to be teaching at Born to Perform Stage School and I am very excited to see all of the students' vocal talents!"
Mr Charlie is a qualified pianist also and regularly musically directs shows in theatres throughout the South East. He has also worked as a pianist for musical productions and shows and enjoys working in any sort of musical or director role.
Miss Rosie attended Hillview Performing Arts College, where she studied Drama for three years. She has also achieved all three Bronze, Silver and Gold, as well as her Bronze LAMDA acting award.
"I have been assisting in the classes at Born To Perform for a number of years and I really love it. I find it extremely rewarding and I love working with the students. It's great to be able to help others whilst also gaining further experience in this industry myself".
Miss Rosie is currently taking a gap year and working on her ballet and LAMDA qualifications.