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We are excited to be opening our doors to members of the public from the 26th April 2022

Guildford School of Acting at the University of Surrey is one of the most highly regarded locations for delivering musical theatre training. As member of GSA Evening Dance Classes you will be inspired by industry-leading professionals and be a part of the vibrant community of performers. We offer evening classes in Ballet, Jazz, Commercial Jazz, Pilates and Contemporary.

Our classes aim to introduce and develop a secure and consistent technique in dance and physical skills, and expand existing knowledge and ability. All of our classes are led by industry experts who have danced professionally and bring a wealth of experience to the Evening Dance Classes.

Class details

GSA offers evening dance classes to anyone over the age of 18 with some dance experience, and adults that also have some knowledge in dance or movement. These classes run Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm to 9.30pm. All evening dance classes are 1hour 15mins long and take place at the GSA main building on the Stag Hill campus at the University of Surrey. 

Safety and Security

The main doors to the GSA building are swipe only after 7pm, so you will need to gain access using your student card.

 

Timetable

DAY

TUESDAY

THURSDAY

 

 

7PM

Intermediate Jazz

Phoebe Henderson

Beginners Ballet

Wendy O'Dowd

Intermediate Ballet

Emily Golburn

Beginners Gymnastics

Lauren Hobbs

(GSA students only)

Studio

 

Simon

2nd Floor

Hargraves

1st Floor

McGrath

2nd Floor

Mitchley

1st Floor

8.15PM

Advanced Jazz

Phoebe Henderson

Pilates

Wendy O'dowd

Intermediate Tap

Emily Golburn

Intermediate Gymnastics

Lauren Hobbs

(GSA students only)

Studio

Simon

2nd Floor

Hargraves 

1st Floor

McGrath 

2nd Floor

Mitchley 

1st Floor

 

Tutors

Wendy O Dowd

Wendy started her full time Dance training at the Dance School of Scotland after being a junior associate at Scottish Ballet. She then continued her studies at Laine Theatre Arts. 

Her professional career as a dancer took her around the world as well as performing in London. Returning home, she embarked on her teaching career.

After continuing her teaching qualifications Wendy became a duel examiner for the ISTD in 2004 and has progressed to examining at Vocational and DDE level exams. Wendy is also on the teaching teams for both ISTD Modern and Tap faculties and has delivered student and teacher courses both in the UK and Internationally. 

Wendy has extensive teaching experience. She  has taught at many schools and full time colleges and currently teaches at Italia Conti, Bird College and Wilkes Academy.

Wendy has always had a passion for conditioning for dancers, injury prevention and rehabilitation which naturally led her towards Pilates and she became a qualified Pilates Mat teacher in 2019. Wendy is also a qualified RAD teacher and certified PBT teacher.

Phoebe Henderson Headshot

Phoebe started dancing at the age of 3 and then went on to train for 3 years at Performers College graduating in 2013. Whilst still in training, Phoebe was picked to be one of Olly Murs' dancer's at the Brit Awards. Since graduating, Phoebe has performed at some of the best theatres in the UK whilst in the shows 'New Jersey Nights' and 'Puttin' on the Ritz' and has appeared in some of the biggest selling pantomimes at the Manchester Opera House, Bristol Hippodrome, Plymouth Theatre Royal and Dartford’s Orchard Theatre. Other credits include: 'Classical Spectacular' at the Royal Albert Hall, 'Spirit of the Dance' at Niagara Falls Fallsview Casino, TUC biscuit advert featuring Jessie J and P&O Australia Cruiselines. Whilst working for Princess Cruises for 3 years, Phoebe was lucky enough to perform the award winning show ‘Fantastic Journey’ alongside many other amazing shows. 

Phoebe has become a well recognised teacher and choreographer over the past 4 years and has become a faculty member of many professional colleges such as Italia Conti Arts Centre. As well as teaching full time students, she has taught at some of the most well known dance schools in Surrey and has led the students to great results in competitions and exams and college entries. Alongside teaching permanently, she also offers industry workshops across the UK helping to inspire the next generation of performers. 

Phoebe is so happy to be part of the GSA team and to be teaching Jazz to the students. 

Emily Golborn

MA Performance Dance, BA (hons) Dance and Music, ISTD DDE, RAD DDTS RTS

Emily spent her early childhood in Australia and then moved to England. She is a creative artist working in both the dance and music sectors. She regularly choreographs for live shows and music videos working with a variety of artists and this has led to an international career choreographing for live shows. Her music video choreography sees her working for companies such as Sony Music, Dreamworks, Universal as well as working independently with singers and artists, and she has choreographed for live TV performances on CBBC . In recent years she has started working more with the medium of film and her piece "4.23" was featured in Alexandre Magazine for pieces of inspiring contemporary choreography. Live she has been privileged to create work for large scale productions at prestigious venues such as LANXESS Arena Cologne, IndigoO2, The Excel, Metropolis Halle Berlin as well as festivals and smaller venues both across the UK and abroad. 

Emily has a Masters degree in Performance Dance specialising in dance pedagogy as well as a BA (hons) Degree in Dance and Music. She is a Licentiate with the ISTD and has a level 5 Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies from the RAD. She has over 15 years’ teaching experience in state and private sectors, preparing young people for careers in performing arts, and coaching professional dancers. Throughout her teaching career she has been lucky to meet and nurture young performers both in her own dance school and at vocational schools and organisations, including Rambert, Italia Conti, GSA, Hampshire Dance and University of Chichester, as well as teaching workshops at various schools, colleges and organisations, GCSE Dance and private wedding dance lessons.

Music is intrinsic to both her dance practise and her life. She has created a career in music alongside that of dance and the two regularly cross paths. She is a multi-instrumentalist and has performed at venues around the country, the biggest of which include Buckingham Palace, Birmingham NEC and The Albert Hall as well as festivals and smaller music venues nationally. She regularly plays with an alternative rock band (Vocals and Bass Guitar), a ska band (Vocals, Piano, Saxophone) and a metal band (Vocals) as well as performing her solo work as a singer-songwriter on a variety of instruments. She composes music both for collaboration with dance artists and for her own choreography. Over the 2020/21 lockdowns she hosted and performed at a variety of online music shows/virtual gigs raising money for struggling music venues.

Lauren Hobbs

Lauren has been involved in gymnastics since she was seven, with experience performing internationally within display gymnastics. She has been coaching gymnastics for over 10 years, completing her level 1 General Gymnastics and levels 2 & 3 in Men’s Artistic Gymnastics qualifications. Lauren has a degree in Sport & Exercise Sciences from the University of Leeds, which compliments her gymnastics teaching with a thorough understanding of biomechanics and conditioning.  

Lauren has extensive coaching experience, working at numerous clubs, including Tolworth, Leeds and Woking Gymnastics Club. She has worked with a range of ages and ability, from pre-school children to adults and beginner to national squad level.  

Lauren has a passion for teaching gymnastics, aiding each individual to achieve their best in a safe and friendly environment. 

 

Summer

The summer term runs from 26th April - 9th June. Please note that our Gymnastics classes are for GSA full-time students only. There is no half term break, but Thursday classes won’t run on 2nd June due to the bank holiday.

Tuesday fees for students are £8 per class, for the full 7-week term the total will be £56

Tuesday fees for externals are £10 per class, for the full 7-week term the total will be £70

Thursday fees for students are £8 per class, for the full 6-week term the total will be £48

Thursday fees for externals are £10 per class, for the full 6-week term the total will be £60