The guest tutors below will join our regular teaching faculty. The course is headed up by Felicity Cutting.
Vivian Gayle is a professional Dancer, model, teacher and choreographer based in the UK. At 7 years old Vivian enrolled in Martial arts training which he competed in competitions in fight and stage choreography all around UK arenas.
Many years of physical and mental disciplined training left Vivian with a passion and flair for Dance and performing. At 21 years old he successfully auditioned at the Urdang Academy London gaining a DADA Scholarship and graduated with a distinction in Professional dance and Musical theatre.
Since graduating Vivian has successfully had experience in both TV and Film work. Performance credits include The Brit Awards,MOBO Awards, X-Factor IRAN, Royals E!TV, ITV, BBC, SKY1, Comedy Central TV, Alternative Hair Show, ZNF TV Germany, Bollywood Movie screens and SYTYCD UK. His professional stage and performance career have taken him around the world where he has worked alongside pop artists and fashion brands such has Ellie Goulding, Fuse ODG, DJ Fresh, Lee Copper jeans, Ministry of sound, GiffGaff, River Island, Jack&Jones and many more. Furthermore Vivian has worked on stage shows, UK theatre tours, cruise ships, fashion shows, trade show events and music videos, thus cementing a range of disciplines across the performing arts spectrum.
At the present moment Vivian is performing and choreographing various projects across the UK , as well as running dance masterclasses and workshops.
Roberta McClelland – BA (Hons) LRAD RAD RTS
Roberta trained with the Gillian Cartwright Schools of Dance on the Isle of Wight, was a Senior Associate of the Royal Ballet School and finalist for Young Dancer of the Year in 1999. She went on to train professionally at the English National Ballet School London before continuing her study at the Royal Academy of Dance where she graduated in 2005 with a 1st class degree in the Art and Teaching of Ballet from Durham University.
Roberta is now a freelance ballet teacher at the The Karen Blackburn Dance Academy and the Gillian Cartwright School of Dance. She is an appointed distance learning tutor on the RAD CBTS and DDTS programmes for trainee teachers and conducts courses on behalf of the RAD CPD and training departments throughout the UK and abroad. She has previously tutored on the RAD BABE, PDTC, PDPTC and LRAD courses as well as freelance teaching at Arts Educational School and Urdang Academy in London. Roberta is also an examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance and guest tutor for Ballet Boost Associates in London.
Rebecca was born in Wakefield but moved to Derbyshire at the age of 11. She studied at Belper School. She also attended Ripley Academy of Dance and Drama and studied in Ballet, LAMDA, Tap and Jazz dance. At 18, she got a full scholarship to study Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting where she trained for 3 years. After graduating from drama school in 2010, Rebecca got her first job playing Jenny in Trevor Nunn's 2010 revival of Aspects of Love. She has since worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, National Theatre, Almeida Theatre as well as numerous times in the West End. Her credits are very lengthy. In addiction tot this, Rebecca runs her own theatre company andis currently working with Ballet Theatre UK on a project to develop their approach to storytelling through dance.
Pierre Lafayette Marsh
Pierre is a charismatic positive person who is recognised for his unstoppable energy and creative mind. His passion is shown in everything he does/produces in this entertainment world.
He began dancing and entertaining from the late age of 18. After his success on top TV dance programmes and worldwide commercials he became recognised as one of the finest performers and personalities in UK street dance. Pierre has a unique creative choreographic style, and is highly skilled in many street dance disciplines. He is unique because of his unpredictable infectious personality that naturally brings warmth to whatever he is involved with.
Pierre is very versatile and it shows with the feats he has achieved and the skills he has acquired so far. Presenting, teaching, performing, modeling, acting, singing, drawing and event management.
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Credits include: Snoop Dog, Lethal Bizzle, Jermaine Jackson, Ashley Banjo, X Factor, Host of Breakin Convention and so many more.
Ashley will be joining us to lecture in Musical Theatre Repertoire. He trained at Scala Kids and Bodywork Dance Studios.
Theatre Credits: Production Vocalist in They Live In You (Churchill Theatre), Ensemble in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Adelphi), Ensemble in 42nd Street (Grand Opera House, Leeds), Baz/Shaft in Boogie Wonderland (Qdos Entertainment), Principle Dancer in Simply Ballroom (Qdos Entertainment), DAMUUS Dance Company (City Varieties, Leeds & Wakefield Theatre Royal), Dance Captain/Ensemble in Snow White (Grand Opera House, York), Principle Dancer/Choreographer/1st Cover in Aladdin, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Jack and the Beanstalk (Kings Theatre, Southsea), Production Vocalist with “The Dance Mob” (Liverpool Arena), and appeared as Ben in “Below” (Short Film).
Television Credits: Ladbrokes (Advert), Emmerdale (ITV), My Parents Are Aliens (CITV), Heartbeat (ITV), My Spy Family (Boomerang), Eastenders (BBC), The Football Show (Ident), Iconoclast (Ident), You Me and Apocalypse (Sky 1).
Choreography Credits: Isle Of Woman (UK Tour), Costa UK Awards (Ricoh Arena), Strictly Musicals (Park Theatre), Fame (Bodywork), Fame (Kings Theatre), Grease (Bruton), West End Summer Schools (Throughout the UK), Get On Stage (Kings Theatre), Dance Rocks & Let the Good Times Roll (Broadway Theatre, London), Great Ormond Street Christmas DVD (Whitbread).
Savannah recently completed work on HBO film ‘My Dinner with Hervé’ playing Rothstein’s Secretary and as Anna Cole on BBC’s Holby City.
In October 2016 Savannah completed her run as Glinda in the West End production of Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre after 3 years and close to 1,000 performances.
She trained at The Guildford School of Acting, winning a scholarship to the three year degree course and graduating with First Class Honours in Performance and the Principals Award. Prior to this, she was accepted to join the prestigious National Youth Music Theatre.
Previously, she played Sybil Evers in the stage adaptation of Oscar winning film 'Chariots of Fire.' The production was transferred from Hampstead theatre to the West End in summer 2012 and played at the Gielgud theatre. It was nominated for 5 Whatsonstage Awards including Best New Play. Along side this, she has been involved in workshops for new stage adaptations of Evelyn Waugh's 'The loved One' and Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice.' She workshopped the Lincoln Centre's production of 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown' in London, playing Paulina, directed by Barlett Sher and most recently ‘The Navigator’ a new musical directed by Michael Vivian.
Savannah made West End headlines when she played the iconic role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind, directed by Sir Trevor Nunn, with no rehearsal. She stepped in for the matinee performance opposite Pop Idol's Darius Danesh as Rhett Butler the day after opening night. Savannah was understudy to the role but had not yet been rehearsed. She was word perfect however and played to standing ovations and rave reviews for her following performances.
Since that time Savannah has gone on to play leading roles both on stage and screen, including creating the role of Cinderella in the world premiere of Simply Cinderella opening Leicester's new £60million Curve Theatre. She played Kate Croy in the play The Wings of the Dove opposite Susannah York and seasons at The West Yorkshire Playhouse and The Royal and Derngate Theatres. She was chosen after worldwide auditions to play Mary, Mother of Jesus in new film version of The New Testament for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, which was filmed on location in the USA.
She was in the Original Cast of Mary Poppins at The Prince Edward Theatre directed by Sir Richard Eyre and has worked with Sir Trevor Nunn again on The Menier Chocolate Factory's major revival of Aspects of Love by Andrew Lloyd-Webber. Guest roles in episodes of television dramas include Doctors, Casualty, Playing The Field and Peak Practice. She has also been in numerous television commercials.
Savannah can be heard on the original cast recordings for Mary Poppins (Disney/Cameron Macintosh) and the concept album for Love Never Dies the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd-Webber.
John is a familiar face to the studios. He has taken several masterclasses for us before in Drama. We are really looking forward to seeing him in September.
John trained at Bristol Old Vic and has had a wonderful career in Acting. He has run his own theatre company - Rumpus Theatre Company - for many years now which tours around the country. His credits are literally too long to list so here is a link to his Spotlight CV....
Bless trained at London Studio Centre – Theatre Dance, Ludomir Rozycki Ballet Academy and with Jacek Luminski Contemporary Silesian Company. Theatre Credits: Footloose (European premiere) 42nd Street, The Best of Musicals (European tour) Mamma Mia (European tour), Hercules, Chicago, Oklahoma, 101 Dalmatians, Little Red Riding Hood, The Nutcracker, Carmen (Royal Albert Hall) The Red Balloon (Royal Opera House), Jazz Dance Company (UK Tour London Studio Centre), Back to the 80’s (Portugal Tour) Aida (Royal Albert Hall), The Brown Bomber 2012 Cultural Olympiad (Sadler’s Wells Theatre) Dirty Dancing (UK Tour), Speak Easy Show (Troxy Theatre), Speak Easy Secrets (Broadway Theatre), Musical Rocks (German Tour), Romeo and Juliet (Sadler’s Wells Theatre – National Ballet of Canada), La Traviata ( Royal Opera House) Victor – Pina Bausch Company ( Sadler’s Wells Theatre) Other Credits: BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT 2016 Semi Finalists, West End Gala 2015, British Medical Awards 2014/2015, International Netball Tour 2014, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Peugeot commercial, Lyca Mobile advert, Mercedes Benz show, Guardian advert, Jay Sean Dancer (Wembley Stadium), Dancer (The One Show, BBC), Dancer (Alan Carr Chatty Man), Dancer (Strictly Live Dancing), Shanghai Fashion Week, Sony commercial, Honda HR-V commercial, Morrison’s commercial, Live Theatre Performance Play (Peterborough Arena) Movies: A Midsummer Night’s Dream chor by Arlene Phillips, Thor 2 The Dark World, Been So Long, Anna Karenina chor by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Sherlock Holmes 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, Critical TV Series, EastEnders Tv series and Humans TV Series Teaching: London Dance Studio, Hampstead University, Spotlight Musical Theatre, Kingston University, Bristol Dance Associate, King’s College London, Oxford Foundation College, DanceWorks, HMDT Music Company, Escuela Europea de Alicante in Spain and Warsaw Academy of Dance in Poland. Choreographer: "Ynfiniti" pop group (Shortlisted for Britain’s Got Talent 2014), “Peugeot” commercial, ”Cinderella” musical Hounslow Theatre, “Welcome to the 60’s” -musical, “Guys and Dolls” musical in Hampstead University, “Scheherazade and 1001 Nights” - oriental dance show, “The Surface” musical The Vaults Theatre, “Fred and Ginger” - dance show, “Every Monday” - Angle Maxkenzie music video, Adrianna Edwards music video and Lotties Music Video – Popatron Episode 6 - BBC
Wendy Bates - NATD Examiner
N.A.T.D Fellowship - Freestyle, Ballet, Modern, Tap
N.A.T.D Licentiate - Ballroom, Latin American
N.A.T.D Associate - Rock n Roll
N.A.T.D Diploma in Contemporary dance
Member of Guild of Professional Dance Teachers
Wendy has her own school in the Midlands and has been teaching for years. In January 2012 she was made a Theatrical Examiner with NATD. She is looking forward to sharing her expertise in Tap and Ballroom and Latin with the students of CAPA!