Teachers

Charlotte Henson

Charlotte started dancing at the age of 3 and has danced almost every day of the week from then on. Joining performing groups, summer schools and festivals through her years of training. She successfully auditioned for the Youth Dance Talent Course at the age of 13 and has been taught by likes of Royston Maldoom, Anne Went, Banxy, Yvonne Evans (Voyd), Adele Thompson as well as having master classes by the top London ballet academies and danced along side people that became famous like Billie Piper.

Charlotte starred in an advertising campaign which appeared in national newspapers and billboards shown as a deaf ballerina, filmed as a duet to Lionel Ritchie’s Ballerina Girl which was broadcast on tv, performed a dance routine on the CBBC programme called The Lowdown and was a backing dancer for a dance video which appeared on MTV.

Her love in dance has always been teaching since starting to teach at the age of 13 in Bath, taking warm-up exercises and slowly progressing onto taking an entire dance class.

Charlotte joined Cirencester Ballet Club at 13 alongside her dancing in Bath to gain performance experience, additional techniques and styles.

She trained at the Royal Academy of Dance teacher training centre in Bristol and then at the RAD Headquarters in London to obtain her teaching qualifications. 

Charlotte had her own successful dance school and built the pupil numbers to over 200 before taking 5 years away from teaching to start her own family.

She has also taught dance at many private schools including Kingswood, Wells Cathedral School, Overndale Prep School, Ferndale Prep School, Hatherop Castle and Westonbirt School.

Charlotte is very excited to return to teaching dance again and to teach at Cirencester Dance Club, a club she enjoyed as a child.

Andrea Bond

Andrea has many passions in life- dance, fitness and theatre to name but a few! She has successfully combined these in her teaching role as Head of Dance, teacher of P.E and Drama for the past 12 years, in state schools across the country.

Andrea is able to inspire students of all ages to pursue their love of dance, no matter what level they are at. She firmly believes that dance should be about creativity, expression and performance, not solely reliant on skill. Throughout her time as Head of Dance Andrea has produced and choreographed musicals such as West Side Story, Fame, Annie, Grease, We Will Rock You, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Beauty and the Beast and the Wizard of Oz. She has also produced dance shows based on films and books, such as, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Aladdin, Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland, putting her own creative spin on these classics to enable the story to be told through many styles of dance.

Andrea has an in depth knowledge of learning and education having undertaken a Masters in Education and is also in her experience as an assistant head of year. She understands how to motivate her students to achieve their full potential and this is clear by the growth of the dance departments she has been involved with, going from 20 to over 100 students.

In her spare time she still likes to perform in panto- taking lead roles in Aladdin, Jack and the Beanstalk and most recently The Snow Queen. She has also developed a love for Ballroom and Latin dance and dances competitively for a school in Stroud.

Andrea is very excited to be joining the club, teaching ballet and Street Dance classes on a Monday evening.

Marie-Louise Flexen

Currently Marie-Louise dances on projects with Swerve Dance Theatre, a profes-sional contemporary dance company, based at Swindon Dance. She is choreogra-pher and core performer with Curious Company, who make themed and beautifully costumed shows for events, festivals, private functions and high profile clients. Her vintage song and dance double act, The Mary Lou Revue, is hugely popular and has gained a reputation as being highly engaging, top class entertainment for a broad audience.

Previously Marie-Louise danced with the all female tap company Sole Rebel Tap over a period of five years, touring three different shows across the UK. Between 1994 and 2002, she performed with internationally renowned dance company, Se-ven Sisters Group, who’s groundbreaking site-specific productions ran at The Royal Opera House, Royal Festival Hall, The National Theatre, St Pancreas Chambers, V&A Museum, Selfridges, The Place Theatre and train stations across Europe.

She then spent a few years in Girona, dancing with ‘off the wall’ Catalan company El Paller, while working extensively as a freelance performer for independent chore-ographers, including the renowned Yael Flexer of Bedlam Dance.

Her work in the corporate entertainment sector has taken her far afield to clients in the UK and abroad, including BBC, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Pierre Cardin, Star Cruises Asia to name a few. She has entertained at a host of celebrity events, par-ties, award ceremonies, film premieres and music concerts.

As a child, Marie-Louise attended dance classes with her mother Ethna Flexen and with Cirencester Dance Club. She went on to train at Swindon Dance and London Contemporary Dance School where she won a scholarship to California Institute of the Arts. Marie-Louise received a Dance UK Award for inspiring dance leader of the future in 2015. She was a finalist in major contemporary choreography award The Place Prize in 2005 and nominated for a Total Theatre Award 2007. She created Arts Council funded projects and gained many dance commissions for a range of exciting collaborations and productions of her own between 2004 and 2014.

She now teaches a range of dance styles including contemporary, ballet, tap and vintage dance. Marie-Louise has many years experience of leading inclusive dance practice and has become a positive voice for disability dance. She also works as a dance movement specialist in care homes.

Marie-Louise will be heading up our performance contemporary group and also offering lots of different workshops over the year.

Victoria Clifford

La Vicky, Flamenco dancer, performer and teacher

Vicky fell in love with Flamenco because of the intensity of the expression of all human emotion through the singing, music, rhythms and dance of this passionate art form.

Vicky is an expressive and dramatic performer having come to Flamenco from a background in the performing art, having achieved a BA Performance Arts Degree from Middlesex University.  After spending many years studying flamenco with Felipe de Algeciras, she also returns to Spain to study in Sevilla regularly.

Vicky has been teaching flamenco classes and workshops for over 10 years. Her classes are a combination of flamenco technique and choreography. 

Vicky performs with Suspiro Flamenco and Flamenco Loco in the South West and will be teaching our Flamenco class on Monday evening.

 

Astrid Ocariz

Astrid is a Venezuelan dance teacher, choreographer and performer based in the UK since August 2015.  She started her dance career in Venezuela while she was a teenager and had her first contact with Middle Eastern Dance.  Since then, she has been training in different dance styles such as Latin-american dance, Jazz, Ballet and Contemporary dance but keeping her main focus in different styles of bellydance.

Astrid studied ballet and contemporary dance in a recognised university in Caracas, Venezuela, Instituto Universitario de Danza.  At the same time she studied to become a French language teacher in a Pedagogic University in Caracas, Venezuela.  This is where she discovered her passion for teaching.  Lastly in August 2017,  she became certified as an American Tribal Style Bellydance Teacher by Caroleena Nericcio-Bohlman and Megha Galvin in Southend-on-sea, UK.

Astrid has over 6 years of performing dance experience in her own country and has gain valuable teaching experience, which includes an apprenticeship with Marie-Louise as a teaching assistant,  other teaching assistant positions, teacher cover and as a main teacher in various dance schools in the UK since 2016.  Astrid believes that the learning process must be achieved by the creation of the right atmosphere, memories and feelings.  This is made by finding a balance between enjoyment and technique whilst students are being encouraged to be part of a family where every member loves dance just like them!

Astrid will be teaching our Thursday dance classes, which includes our adult dance fitness class and bellydancing.

Claire Marriott

UKCC Level 3 Women's Artistic

Claire is the Head Coach at Cotswold Gymnastics Club.  Claire  joins the club to teach our gymnastic dance classes on a Tuesday at Cirencester Primary School.

Jessica Marriott

UKCC Level 2 Women's Artistic

Jessica is the Assistant Head Coach at Cotswold Gymnastics Club.  Jessica joins the club to teach our gymnastic dance classes on a Tuesday at Cirencester Primary School.

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