Miss Sarah, after teaching freelance for several years, took over the Swanmore arm of Roynon in 2009 which at the time ran on Saturday mornings. It now runs over 60 classes per week over 6 days in a range of dance, drama and music styles for all ages and abilities and supplies a range of other services including events performance and delivery of lessons in local schools. Miss Sarah first started dance at the young age of 3 and trialled her first class wearing welly boots! After gaining ISTD Advanced 2 in Tap and Modern and Intermediate in Ballet, she decided that her passion was within teaching rather than performing. She has trained to teach Ballet, Tap, Contemporary and Modern but her specialty lies within Tap in which she holds her full ISTD DDE and was carried out under the watchful, experienced eye of Virginia Wilkinson (which she “will be eternally grateful for!”). She is extremely passionate about the running of the school and to ensure that it has a professional yet friendly atmosphere that provides a positive experience regardless of whether a student is in one or many of its classes. Miss Sarah has been pivotal in organising fundraising events for charity, including the thousands of pounds so far donated to local children’s cancer charity, Abby’s Heroes. Miss Sarah continues to add to her teaching qualifications and also holds Acrobatic Arts and Progressing Ballet Technique teacher status. Miss Sarah feels honoured to run Roynon Performing Arts and is very proud of how far it has come…
Miss Dawn started dancing age 2 1/2 and has studied a vast range of styles and techniques over the years. She went on to train professionally age 18 at Performers Dance College graduating with a diploma in Dance Theatre. Miss Dawn has worked within many strands of the industry over the years including, adverts for T-Mobile, filming for MTV and a variety of tours including dancing on a UK sell out tour with N-Dubz and Tinchy Stryder. Having also gained her teaching qualifications while at dance college, Miss Dawn has always had a passion for teaching and passing on her knowledge to others and really enjoys being able to help and inspire them to get the most out of their dancing while having fun and working hard!
Mr. Michael trained at London Studio Centre, graduating with a degree in Theatre Dance. He then went on to work as a professional dancer across the UK and Europe before moving to Portsmouth. He teaches acro from preschool through to senior level, junior and senior drama, boys class, junior performance team and coaches private lessons for festivals. One of his favourite parts of teaching at Roynon is writing original scripts for whole school productions (“Mary Poppins” and “Tale as Old as Time”) and ‘Musicals in a Week’ Summer Schools (“All of a Twist”, “A Little Trouble in the Big Top” and “All at Sea”).
Miss Jess has been with Roynon since 2009 and is therefore a highly experienced and integral member of the team. She has been dancing since the age of five and works full-time as Assistant Head of English at a local secondary school as well as coming in to teach Roynon classes every Saturday (she has a full ISTD DDE teaching qualification in Ballet). Miss Jess wanted to learn to dance when her mum took her to see the ballet for the first time. At the age of 4, Miss Jess sat in awe throughout the whole performance of English National Ballet’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and has been inspired ever since!
Gary (Mr. Munday
) facilitates musical instrument teaching (guitar, bass, ukulele, percussion) and also organises marketing and press enquiries for the performing arts school. He studied at the BRIT school (London) in music and then an additional course in business. After obtaining a degree with emphasis on the sociology of music, he went on to obtain Qualified Teacher Status in Winchester. He is the founder and caller of Swanmore Samba Band
, a fusion drumming and dancing band – Roynon’s largest and fastest growing class. His original music compositions have been featured on local and national radio and has gigged at hundreds of venues in the South of England.
Miss Emilie started dancing at the age of 3 and has been in love with it ever since. She has studied in many different genres of dance but her favourite is tap and contemporary. Miss Emilie has taken exams with both ISTD and IDTA, the highest exam taken being her intermediate in both tap and modern. She also took part in other classes such as ballet, pointe work, jazz and limbering. She then furthered her dance education at college where she received a distinction* in a level 3 btec diploma in Dance. Alongside this, she took her ISTD DDI teaching qualification, which is when she began her journey teaching at Roynon. This means that she has a lot to offer to the Roynon students in the short space of time in which she has been with us (since September 2018). Miss Emilie loves dance routines that draw upon excitement and passion and loves to see a dancer connect with the audience. She also loves choreography which inspires and shows confidence.
Victoria is the singing teacher for Roynon Performing Arts. She trained at Trinity College of Music and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is also an Accredited Singing Teacher for Vocal Process. As a performer, Victoria has gigged around the country and internationally in both the classical and musical theatre repertoire as well as being a session singer and featured artist on various pop tracks. Victoria is also an award winning director of musicals and ran a highly successful Level 3 course in Musical Theatre at HSDC for seventeen years, helping students to achieve places at prestigious dance and drama conservatoires. Former students of this course are currently performing across the world on cruise ships and in the West End in lead and ensemble roles in Waitress, Dear Evan Hansen, Kinky Boots as well as directing Mary Poppins, Matilda and Soho Cinders. Victoria is an Associate Lecturer at Winchester University and the University of Chichester working as a vocal coach on the MT and Acting courses.
Miss Laura trained under Biddi and Rona Allen at Sarisbury Dance Centre gaining ISTD Advanced 2 Modern and Tap, Advanced 1 Ballet, RAD Intermediate Ballet and ISTD Intermediate Cecchetti Ballet. At the age of 17, Miss Laura took over Sarisbury Dance Centre which later became Laura Dunkley School of Dance & Performing Arts. Miss Laura gained her ISTD Ballet Associate under the late June Rycroft at ISTD Headquarters and then gained her DDI in Ballet, Tap & Modern. After selling her school in 2015 Miss Laura moved to Cornwall to teach Ballet & Jazz for Italia Conti Penzance. Now with a young family and back in the area, Miss Laura is delighted and excited to be joining Miss Sarah and her faculty.
Chenny has always had a passion for dance, starting classes at the age of 2 and progressing through to advanced grades in both Ballet and Modern, as well as studying a range of other styles. She is qualified with an Acrobatic Arts Teaching Certification and two Diplomas in Dance Education (DDE) in genres Imperial Classical Ballet and Modern Theatre Dance. Chenny has almost 7 years teaching experience across a range of Pre-School, Infant, Primary and Vocational Schools, as well as choreographing award-winning shows at Titchfield Festival Theatre. She is thoroughly enjoying her work with Roynon Performing Arts and is looking forward to seeing what comes as a result of working as part of the Roynon teaching team.
Miss Danika trained in Musical Theatre and Arts Development at Chichester University, graduating in 2018 with a First Class Degree. She has danced since she was 3 years old and has recently moved from Somerset to Hampshire in order to pursue her dance teaching career and inspire more students in the process. She teaches Musical Theatre and Hip Hop as a speciality for a range of companies in and around Hampshire and West Sussex. Following some incredible experiences working alongside London professional choreographers and teaching for various theatre and dance schools, she is ready to share her passion for dance with Roynon Performing Arts.