- Paula Buxton
Paula started dancing at the age of 2 and a half here at the studios. At the age of 6 she decided she wanted to be a dance teacher and never strayed from this ambition!
After completing grades and majors at the age of 16 she was offered a teaching position and continued studying for her professional qualifications whilst gaining valuable teaching experience. She has provided choreography for shows, cabaret, workshops, summer-school and pantomime. Paula has also worked on programmes with ice skaters and various sports men and women including footballers and gymnasts. Teaching qualifications were gained at ‘The Centre’ of Performing Arts – London.
I love teaching here at the studios, and running them. I will never tire of feeling excited every time one of my little ballerinas skips properly, or someone nails the perfect pirouette. I feel extremely lucky to have wonderful teachers as passionate as myself, and supportive staff and parents. I am so proud of the achievements by the children and students, past and present, and enjoy watching them grow into brilliant, confident and happy individuals.”
- Tracey Bellingham
Tracey also started her dancing here at the Studios in 1986, where she successfully achieved all grades and some of the vocational qualifications for the various genres.
At the age of 16 Tracey began observing Paula’s classes aspiring to become a teacher herself. At this time she took on the role of student teacher, and shortly after full teaching status role. After gaining F.D.I. Tap and modern qualifications, Tracey continues to train for a teaching degree in Dance which is due to finish this year. Her teaching ability has seen her choreograph for cabaret, summer shcools and shows.
- Lana Lambert
Lana began dancing at the age of 6 in South West London. Upon moving to Kent she resumed her training and also attended open classes at the West Street School, Covent Garden and London Studio Centre, where she had the opportunity to train with teachers from both the Royal Ballet and Kirov Ballet companies. It was around this time she gained valuable performing experience.
At the age of 16 Lana reached final auditions for the Royal Ballet School. Offered places at Birds and Arts Educational, she decided to accept a place on the London Studios performers course. Lana gained teaching qualifications including anatomy and physiology at ‘The Centre’ with Karen King. In 2006 she graduated from the R.A.D. teaching certificate programme and has been teaching classical Ballet here at the studios for nearly 8 years.
- Justine Jarvis
After leaving school Justine was accepted onto a two year foundation course at the Sylvia Young Theatre School in London. After this time she knew that performing was her passion, and auditioned for Mountview Theatre and Performing Arts School. On being accepted Justine undertook a three year acting and musical theatre course. During this time she had the opportunity of working with West End directors and after a tough but fantastic three years successfully graduated at Her Majesty’s Theatre.
Justine went on to tour in Jersey with a musical revue show, and also worked with Leah Bell in the North touring as Head girl and female lead in a variety show. After a short break Justine was invited to take a summer workshop here at the Studios which made her think how great it was to work with young people.
“Paula gave me the chance to teach Drama combined with Musical Theatre and it’s a job that I love. The students are so very talented and watching them progress over the past 5 years has been wonderful. This school has an established and well respected reputation and I’ proud to be one of the teachers.”
Justine is also taking private singing tuition here at the studios along with Musical Theatre and Drama classes.
- Margaret Buxton
Margaret looks after the administration and accounts for the studios. She has been coming to the studios for some 30+ years when Paula began her dancing, so knows very well what it’s like to be a ‘dancers parent’! She has worked in the office for around 15 years, so her or Julie Gee are probably one of the first people you will come into contact with on entering the Studios.
“Over the years it’s been a real pleasure to watch the achievements of many of the students. How lovely that I’m now seeing some of the previous pupils returning with little budding stars of their own! I’m always very proud when I see what they achieve and enjoy working here.”
- Julie Gee
Julie is also involved in the administration side of things at the studios with Margaret. Julie first came to the studios in 1991 with her eldest daughter then aged three and newborn twins. They have been weekly visitors ever since! Last year Julie’s eldest daughter Tarryn went on to further her training. After being offered a place at four top colleges she is now attending Bird College, where she is doing a degree course in Dance and Theatre Performance.
“I feel very proud of the discipline and routine that dancing has given my family, I feel that my children have benefited greatly, not only from the healthy lifestyle, but socially too. I myself danced for a while at the studios, nowadays I leave the dancing to them, and spend most of my time in the office which keeps me fairly busy! I hope to be attending and working at the studios for many more years to come.”