Teachers

3rd Stage are eager to share their dance with others. We recognise that some of the 3rd Stagers who come to us have skills and life experiences that need to be tapped into. One of the best ways for an experienced dancer to re-find their confidence and faith in themselves as a dancer is to teach and share what they know. Those who teach for 3rd Stage classes have a great knowledge base and are skilled in technique of varying kinds. Those from 3rd Stage Dance Company who feel ready to start sharing their skills are supported as their confidence builds. We are very proud that those who teach for 3rd Stage are some of the very best teachers in the region and guest teach for organisations such as schools, universities, dance companies and conservatoire establishments. We currently specialise in Ballet and Contemporary (typically Cunningham, Graham, Release).

Current 3rd Stage Teachers

Polly


Polly Crockett-Robertson trained at London Contemporary and since then has performed, choreographed, taught, directed and made films all within a Contemporary Dance setting.

Polly likes to promote a solid technical journey from beginning to end, giving everyone a chance to have the space and time to learn and concentrate on what their bodies are doing. Movement phrases and travel patterns give an Alston and Cunningham type character to new learned work with giggles along the way.

Sara


Sara trained at Rambert. She teaches Ballet and Contemporary for 3rd Stage Dance. She offers a comprehensive Ballet class suitable for the experienced dancer. Her contemporary classes focus on technique, simple but hard work with a nod to Martha Graham. Sara hopes her classes offer a glimpse of the freedom and joy of dance that can be found through a solid technique.

Luke


Luke graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2009. During his training he performed in works by Merce Cunningham, Siobhan Davies and Richard Alston, touring London and Europe with LC3 Company. Luke is a dancer, choreographer and teacher, teaching professional and community classes in Bristol and Bath. With 3rd Stage he also leads outreach projects within healthcare and educational settings, and works as a freelance performer for various choreographers. Luke teaches contemporary technique for adults and young people at Swindon Dance, including the YDA CAT Scheme students. He is also a lecturer in contemporary technique for Bath Spa University.

Jude


Jude trained at Legat school of Ballet. She also has a degree in theatre dance from London Studio Centre. After performing with Into dance company, Southern Youth Ballet & 3rd stage Dance company,  Jude now teaches the Beginners and Intermediate Ballet Classes.  Her classes promise a fun & relaxed atmosphere and focus on basic technique & strength building.

Anna


Anna Heighway trained at The Royal Ballet School. She has a degree in Media Arts, a Diploma in Dance in Education from the Royal Academy of Dance and an  MA in Dance Studies from Roehampton University. Anna is also a fully qualified teacher. She currently teaches dance within HE and also runs classes for adults and young people in the Bath and Bristol area.  She has also taught within secondary education, delivering  GCSE and A level dance.  As a performer, choreographer, Screendance maker, dance academic and teacher, those who attend her classes benefit from a rare breadth of experience and a ridiculous passion for the subject. “I want the hour that we spend together in the studio to offer the chance for a little transformation. Whether we notice a difference in our stance, our emotions or outlook, we should all leave the studio feeling a little different.”

Steve


Steve is originally from Yeovil in Somerset and began dancing at the age of 15.   In 2007 he graduated from London Contemporary Dance School where he performed repertoires of Richard Alston and Hofesh Shechter. As a professional dancer Steve  continues to work with world-class companies such as the Royal Opera House, Toyota, Luca Silvistrini (Protein Dance), English National Opera, and Glyndebourne. Steve’s classes are largely release-based.

Aimee


Aimee’s teaching ethos stems from a belief that dance is for everybody; not just as a form of exercise but also a mode of expression, self-improvement and fulfilment. Aimee currently runs a youth company called ‘Balter Dance.’ Balter means ‘to dance without particular grace or skill, but with pure enjoyment’. Although Aimee has a strong technical background as an honors degree graduate from Trinity Laban, London, she believes true improvement can be the result from a more visceral experience. Moving the body in ways we wouldn’t do in everyday life has wonderful health and wellbeing benefits.

For 3rd stage classes Aimee integrates her beliefs of dance coming from an organic place whilst also placing importance on technique. Many of her classes involve a lot of floor work and fluid ways of entering and exiting the floor, there are unlimited exciting ways of doing so. “I am very enthusiastic about what I enjoy and that shows through in my teaching.”

Anna


Anna Arnold trained at Rambert where she experienced working with a variety of choreographers including Christopher Bruce and Ross McKim. She went on to become a soloist with the Vienna Festival Ballet performing across Europe and the UK. As well as teaching Ballet and Beginners Contemporary for 3rd Stage Dance Anna teaches dance, movement and choreographic workshops for churches and community groups, her main teaching role being for the Christian Dance Fellowship.

Anna has a heart to release people into the full freedom of dance and movement and has a growing passion to encourage the older generation. In 2015 Anna choreographed the movement for 3rd Stage Dance’s short film “Rise and Shine” which came runner up in the Joie de Vivre dance film competition – a competition to celebrate dance by, with and for older people.

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