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Evening dance classes at GSA

Over 30 years ago the University of Surrey was the first university to set up an academic dance department. Since then, we have continued to build on our reputation as an internationally leading centre for dance practice and research.

New for 2018 we are offering evening classes in Ballet, Jazz, Commercial Jazz, Tap, Pilates, Classical point work, Contemporary and Tumbling. Our classes aim to introduce and develop a secure and consistent technique in dance and physical skills, and extend existing knowledge and ability. All of our classes are lead by industry experts who have danced professionally and offer a wealth of experience to students.

Class details

Currently GSA offer evening classes to anyone over the age of 17 with some dance experience, and adults that also have some knowledge in dance or movement. These classes run Monday to Friday 19:00 to 22:00.  All evening classes are 1 ½ hours long and taken by an industry professional. All the classes take place at the GSA main building on the Stag Hill campus at the University of Surrey. Classes are booked as a package. This means that you will purchase a package of classes which can then be used in any class over the course of a term, provided you book the class in advance. 

Fees

Please enquire for information about fees or any other enquiries s.fox-chaffer@gsa.surrey.ac.uk

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If you are a current student you can book additional classes here 

Timetable

Our current timetable can be downloaded here

Please note that as we do not run classes on bank holidays, these Mondays will be made up in week 12 and 13 with extra sessions available

Term Dates

12th February -  Evening classes commence and run for 5 weeks. (university weeks 2-6)

19th March  - 20th  April  - University Easter break.

23rd April – 1st June  - Evening classes recommence and run for 6 weeks. (university weeks 8-13)

Tutors

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Stuart Fox-Chaffer ARAD (PDTD)

Evening Class Programme Leader

Stuart trained at the West Street Ballet School, Covent Garden, where he danced with the Royal Opera Ballet Company and the London City Ballet Company. On graduating Stuart took a different direction deciding to go into musical theatre and joined the Chichester Festivals production of Pickwick choreographed by Gillian Lynne. Credits include Grease the musical ( Cambridge Theatre, London) Great Balls of Fire (Cambridge Theatre, London) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Original Cast, London Palladium) Boogie Nights (National UK Tour). Stuart has taught at The Urdang, Pineapple Studios, Pineapple Performing Arts School, Royal Central School for Speech and Drama and Arts Educational (Tring) before taking up a full-time position at GSA.    

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Simon Williams

Simon trained at the Royal Ballet Lower and Upper School and joined English National Ballet Company in 1997, where he performed all the major Classical Ballets. In 2003 he joined the Michael Clark Company,  where he performed in the World premiere of 'Oh My Goddess'.  He  went on to perform in productions including 'The Stravinsky Project ', 'O', 'I DO' and 'Les Noces'.  In 2005 he returned to 'Swan Lake' to perform the leading roles for the world tour. He performed with Kylie Minogue at the ‘X Factor Final” 2012. Simon has worked with world-renowned choreographers including Finn Walker, Christopher Hampson, Alex Reynalds, Will Baker and Aaron Sillis. Film credits include:  'Billy Elliot' dir. Stephen Daldry (2000),  'Beyond the Sea' dir. Kevin Spacey (2004) and  'Kinky Boots' dir. Julian Jarrold (2005),  ‘World War Z’ dir. Marc Foster (2011), ‘Great Expectations’ dir. Mike Newell (2011)

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Jay Hardy

Since graduating from Bird College in 2004, Jay has performed in shows and at corporate events around the world. He was the lead tapper in the UK, South Africa and Canada tours of Strictly Tap Dance Fever. He was also one of the creators and choreographers of Tap company Solidfeet, who started busking in London's Covent Garden and carried on to perform at corporate events across Europe. Alongside performing, Jay has also taught and choreographed at many colleges including Guildford School Of Acting, Bird College, Arts Ed, MADD, Masters Dance College and has also taught master classes at Pineapple Dance Studios, Move It and IDTA events.

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Michaël Raynaud

Michaël began his formal training at The Paris Opera Ballet School at the age of ten for six years and went on to train at the National Conservatoire in Paris, where he gained his Baccalauréat in Arts and Dance and Unités de Valeurs in anatomy , ballet history and music. 

On completing his training Michael joined the English National Ballet for their worldwide tour of Swan Lake then became a permanent member of the company, performing corps and soloists roles worldwide. Michael has taught ballet classes, workshops and summer schools across the country to students of all ages and backgrounds for a wide range of organisations. He also helps ice skaters with ballet training and choreography for international competitions. Michael just obtained his Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma with the Royal Academy of Dance

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Tania Whatley

Tania trained at Laine Theatre Arts, studying all aspects of Musical Theatre.  Her theatre work includes, Sunset Boulevard (Frankfurt) playing a Beautician, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat playing Narrator, Barnum as cover Jenny Lind, Great Expectations playing Clara, Robin – Prince of Sherwood playing Maid Marion, and Patsy Cline – The Musical playing Loretta Lynn. Tania’s television appearances include, Happy Birthday Peter Pan, playing Mrs Darling.  Die Another Day, Holby City, Home and Away, The Bill, Little Britain, One Chance and various appearances in Law & Order and Midsomer Murders. Pantomime appearances include Jack and the Beanstalk, Mother Goose, Cinderella, Dick Whittington, Jack and the Beanstalk, the title role of Aladdin, Cinderella and Dick Whittington at the theatre. Royal Bath, and again at the Anvil, Basingstoke. This year she appeared in an Ident for Lorraine GMTV advertising Dove and appears regularly in Murder Mysteries. Tania now teaches L.A.M.D.A/Musical Theatre in schools and Pilates at Health Clubs.

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Alice Walker

Alice Walker has been dancing professionally for over 10 years.  She has performed all over the world doing everything from cruise ships to bollywood movies.  Her credits include Rita Ora Tour, London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony- Jessie J, One Direction, Taio Cruz, Tinie Tempah and The Petshop Boys. She has choreographed for The Vamps, been dance captain for the Adidas Fashion show and featured in TV commercials such as the Health Lottery and DNRC. Alice loves teaching and seeing pupils progress, she specializes in Commercial/Street Dance styles as well as Jazz and Contemporary.

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Robert Crisall

Robert trained at the Huntingdon Olympic Gymnastics Centre. Where he trained in all pieces of Apparatus but specialised in Tumbling. He competed and won at the British Tumbling Championships in 1989 and then began training for the Olympic team in 1991 at age 17. Robert toured international during that time and was also trained by members of the Russian Gymnastics team. In 1992 Robert decided to concentrate on Power Tumbling and competed in National and European Championships. In 1995 Robert's career changed direction as he decided to go to GSA where he obtained a BA in Musical Theatre.  

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Jo McShane

Jo is from Liverpool and trained at Laine Theatre Arts. She has been part of the teaching faculty at GSA since 2009. In her professional career she has worked in Musicals such as Cats, Blood Brothers, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Legally Blonde, Chicago, Sister Act, Grease, Singing in the Rain, Chess and South Pacific. She has recently been a finalist for Best Choreographer at the Off West End Awards, for her work on Bad Girls the Musical and Soho Cinders both at Union Theatre. She has recently choreographed Salad Days the Musical which will be going on a UK tour in the New Year. She is passionate about teaching here at GSA and is dedicated to helping students grow and achieve.