Sam Adamson

Since I left TAPA my dancing and performing skills haven’t gone to waste! Soon after leaving in the summer of 2009 I went on to become a member of the National Youth Theatre where I had to take part in several physical theatre pieces. Where working together in groups to create something that, thanks to TAPA I was able to get a grip of quite quickly!

I then joined Fourth Monkey Theatre Company. Which is mainly physicaly based, which offers training as well as having frequent seasons in London and sending seasons up to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in repertory.

Any physical work I do with these guys I always go in with a huge amount of confidence, and I know that’s because of the 7 years I spent with TAPA. Fourth Monkey know I’ve come from a dance background and they use it to their advantage!

From clowning to slap-stick to just a movement class, it’s all exhausting! but I can tell you with my hand on my heart, I don’t think I have ever been more exhausted then after my first Jazz class lesson with you guys… seriously, it was mental! 

 

This summer I’m going to Italy for a month to study commedia dell’arte with mask work as part of my current course, and it’s amazing to think that my love for performance stemmed from TAPA. With my first stage performance aged 11 at the STAG Theatre, inspiring me to chase this profession, in all its avenues.

 

PS I have started doing stand-up all over London as well… If any of you guys want to catch up and I’ll try and make you laugh, let me know!

Thanks guys, it was great!

Francesca Malone
I went to Leeds to do history and did electives in dance and got a first for all of them. I also ran the modern dance society and had 250 members (including ex TAPA student Leila Banyard). I have not stopped dancing and have performed several times since leaving uni, with Prima Dance School in Kent and in London with a local choreographer and at pineapple. I am now a history teacher and have just choreographed my school’s first ever school musical Fame which was amazing and my history kids just passed with 90% a*-c (any excuse to brag as I’m very proud). Anyways, as you know dancing for me had its ups and downs and who knows what I would have been like without it but I’m so glad I have the skill and its literally in all that I do. I keep in touch with some people via Facebook and I’m so glad I was part of TAPA. X
Harriet Czernoby
After leaving TAPA, I started competing in Ballroom and Latin dancing for Oxford at Beginner level in 2010. It was thanks to my training and dance experience at TAPA that I was even able to get through trials and make the team in the first place – the Oxford University Dancesport team is the most successful university team in the country, so they train incredibly hard and the standard to even get on the team is very high. At the National Championships at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool in 2011, my partner and I came 2nd out of 160 competitors in the Waltz, and 2nd out of 160 competitors in the Quickstep. A year later I competed at Novice level, and came 2nd out of 170 competitors in the Novice Latin Two-Dance (Cha Cha and Jive). I have to this date won a grand total of 7 trophies and 12 medals through dancing with the Oxford team, and I was also awarded Team Colours for my performance in the Varsity match against Cambridge in May 2012. All of which would definitely not have been possible without my excellent prior training from Miss Nicki and Miss Sophie…

Amy Chilver
Having danced at Temple for 15 years there was no way I was going to give it up. I joined the dance society at university where I continued the famous: Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz and got involved in new styles such as Irish and Contemporary. I took part in numerous dance shows, charity events and competitions where we won multiple awards. In my second year at university I was elected Social Secretary for the dance society. This involved organising social events for dancers as well as being part of the choreography team for the shows. I learnt so much at TAPA about what is involved in performances (onstage and backstage) that I could be a great help in choreographing the shows at university. Everything I have done which has been related to dancing would not have happened if it hadn’t been for the years I spent dancing at TAPA, receiving the amazing training I did. Additionally, I always slip in the fact that we danced in Disneyland Paris and at the London Palladium in job interviews and they are always very impressed! Even though I do not have a career in dancing; it still has a great presence in my life. Having graduated from university, I still do dance lessons twice a week and have found ‘Bikram Ballet’ especially enjoyable!

Charlotte Huggins
I have been massively involved in dancing at University! I have participated in dance society shows, choreographic platforms, and dance competitions at Loughborough University. In my third year I have been on the dance committee responsible for helping run the UoB dance society! I also successfully auditioned to dance in a production called Symba which raised money for Meningitis UK and Macmillan Cancer Support. Aside from dancing I am a cheerleader on the UoB advanced squad and have competed in London, Leeds, Paris, Spain and Nottingham – winning many trophies! I have also coached primary school children in cheerleading, specialising in teaching the dance sections, and have my level 1 coaching qualification. None of the above would have been possible without TAPA. Not only did Miss Sophie and Miss Nicki actually teach me to dance (!), but all the performances, events, opportunities and experiences I had gave me the confidence to become so involved in dancing at Bristol. Additionally I met two of my closest friends at TAPA Amy and Harriet! Temple was our second home and we met such lovely people who we know will be friends for life. Us three see each other whenever we’re all back in London, and we had the most incredible time island hopping around Croatia last summer. Hopefully there will be many more holidays to come.

Claire Parrish
The skills I learned at Temple were more than enough to get me a place on the 3 year musical theatre diploma at Millennium Performing Arts (then Millennium Dance 2000) Upon graduation, I was offered the role of Jemima on the National Tour of Cats, and I have worked pretty solidly in musical theatre since then.Other credits include Isabel in Scrooge The Musical (West End and National Tour), How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying at Chichester Festival Theatre, Magenta/Usherette in The Rocky Horror Show (West End and National Tour), Half a Sixpence (National Tour), Blood Brothers (National Tour) Dr Who Live (BBC Arena Tour) and I have just finished playing the Strawberry seller and understudying Nancy on a 15 month National Tour of Cameron Mackintosh’ s Oliver!

My time at Temple was great and the quality of teaching was exceptional. The teachers are passionate, and the students dedicated. I’d recommend the school in an instant!!