Be Taught By The Professionals
All our teachers are professionals or ex-professional dancers and actors, who have worked in the dance, television and performing arts industries for several years. All are highly qualified and DBS checked, so you can rest assured that your child is getting the best training available, in a safe and positive environment.
My name is Claire Greenwood and I am the Principal and Founder of RISE Studios, and the creator of baby and toddler franchise Tappy Toes. I am a Mother of two and have been dancing all my life (since the age of three!), so you can rest assured that I have many years experience teaching children of all ages, and an in-depth knowledge of dance technique. Not to mention the life experience of dealing with my two small children!
After graduating from Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom, Surrey, I worked as a dancer for 10 years. I performed with Destiny’s Child, KT Tunstal, Catherine Jenkins and Geri Haliwell on TOTP’s, the Brit Awards and MTV. Also appearing in numerous prestigious venues around the world including the London Paladium and the Royal Albert Hall. I have danced in countless hair, fashion and trade shows for companies like Wella, L’oreal, Levi, Coca Cola and Marks and Spencers, and TV and cinema ad campaigns for companies including Lynx and Sainsburys.
I also worked as a choreographer for a national events company for a number of years, putting on Fashion Shows around the UK, and corporate gigs in Ireland, the UK and Europe. I was one of the choreographers on the musical ‘On Eagles Wing’, which toured Ireland and Holland, and was also a featured choreographer on ITV1 show ‘First Dance’. I have choreographed adverts for Moshi Monsters, LUMI Jewellery and the Olympics 2012, as well as episodes of CBeebies Nuzzle and Scratch and Teacher’s TV, which a number of my students had the opportunity to be a part of.
After 10 years of teaching experience in other schools, I opened up Rise Studios, in 2006. I hope that my passion and enthusiasm for the school, and teaching the art of dance is infectious and this is paramount to the success of the school, which has grown from just 10 students that first week, to over 450 students!
I am also the creator of the toddler Dance/Movement Franchise ‘Tappy Toes.‘ My mission is to get all children into dance as early as possible, as I truly believe it offers life lessons and not just dance technique!
Mandy is our fantastic Studio Manager. She started working for RISE many years ago and in January 2017 she took over the day to day running of the studio. She is friendly, approachable, thorough, organised and very passionate about all things dance, so you can be confident that you will be kept informed and up-to-date with all the events going on here.
Mandy trained at Performers College in Essex. Since graduating in 2008, she has worked as a dancer in both the theatre and commercial industries. She has also worked aboard the Majesty of the Seas, with Royal Caribbean and toured the UK with Spirit of the Dance in 2008. She has performed in numerous corporate events and commercials for companies including Heinz and Cadbury’s, and appeared in the BBC series ‘Family Business’. She is featured on the computer game Just Dance2.
Mandy was a dancer in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.
Whilst attending Performer’s Mandy gained her FDI teaching qualifications in Ballet, Tap and Modern, and has been teaching since 2005. She keeps up to date by attending regular courses with the ISTD, so you know your children are getting current and precise exam training, which is reflected in her consistently excellent exam results.
Head of Performing Arts
Annie graduated from the University of London with a degree In English and Drama.
She has been a professional Actress since 1991 working extensively in Theatre, TV, Film and Radio. Her Theatre credits include The Alchemist, Peer Gynt, and Playboy of the Western World at the National Theatre. Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice at Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Translations and Queens English at Watford Palace Theatre. Recent TV credits include Worst Week of my Life with Ben Miller, Never Better with Stephen Mangan and Mr Charity with Stephen Tompinkson.
Annie has been teaching Drama in Ireland and the UK for over 20 years and teaches our Performing Arts acting classes and our LAMDA drama classes. Her students are entered for LAMDA examinations with the majority of them achieving a Distinction and the others a Merit, which is outstanding! She has also been a workshop leader for the National Theatre Education Department working on many Shakespeare in Schools and Storytelling Projects. Interestingly Annie often works at Buckingham Palace advising the staff on deportment and voice projection!
We are delighted to have such a talented and creative actress as our Head of Performing Arts!
Kiera trained at Julie Sianne Theatre Arts, then began full time training at Sylvia Young Theatre School. She then went on to study a three year diploma in Musical Theatre at Bird College, where she graduated in 2015.
Kiera’s professional credits include
Sharron Percy in Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace Theatre), Louisa Von Trapp in
The Sound Of Music (The Palladium), Closer To Heaven, Pet Shop Boys The Musical (Union Theatre).
Other professions work includes The Sound of Music on the Alan Titchmarsh Show,
Chute (BBC), YAZOO advert, Co2 advert, Pearson education.
Kiera is thrilled to be teaching such talented students at Rise Studios and is enjoying watching them progress into mini professionals.
‘I am so grateful to now be part of the singing side of musical theatre. I am really looking forward to challenging and broadening their skills.’
Ballet and Contemporary
Renée Bull was born in South Wales where she started dancing at the age of 5. She trained at Mellin Theatre Arts at the Swansea Grand Theatre, studying Dance and Musical Theatre. She specializes in RAD Ballet and has achieved top grades in RAD Advanced 1 along with ISTD Modern and Tap. After completing her studies she worked as a professional performer and teacher. Renée has previously been invited to attend master classes with prestigious companies such as Ballet Cymru and English National Ballet.
Her professional credits include, Fairy Godmother in Cinderella and Principal Dancer and understudy Snow White in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Renée is also part of a vocal trio called ERA and perform all over the country.
ISTD Tap and
Sarah trained at Stella Mann, passing her Advanced Ballet, Advanced 2 Tap, Advanced 2 Modern and Advanced 2 National ALL with Honours.
She has her ISTD Level 4 Certificate in Dance Education in Ballet, Modern, Tap and National, and RAD teaching diplomas, and has attended several recent refresher courses to keep her fully up to date with the syllabus.
Sarah has been entering candidates for exams for over 20 years with outstanding results. She is First Aid trained and has attended the Level 1 safeguarding children course.
We are thrilled to have her join us for our ISTD Tap and Modern classes on Thursdays.
After graduating from Creative Academy with a first class BA Honors in Dance, Chelsie went on to dance professionally around the world touring with various celebrities such as Cheryl Cole, Mary J Blige and Will.I.AM.
Although she dances professionally in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz and Bollywood, she followed her passion in Street Dance recently performing in various music videos adverts and live shows.
Since 2013, Chelsie has choreographed various productions such as the remake of ‘Fame’ and a performance seen on the popular TV show ‘The Apprentice.’ She now runs her own Street and Bollywood company hiring and performing all over the world.
She is thrilled to be part of the RISE Studios team, and bring her expertise in Street dance to all our budding dancers!
Funky Jazz, Pre-primary
and Baby Ballet
After completing her dance training Julie became a member of a 5 girl dance group called ‘A touch of Class’. She appeared in Royal Command Performances and the TV programme ‘Game for a laugh’. Not fully content being a supporting act she learnt to fire eat and ‘Walk a Ladder of Swords’, and spent 7 years travelling the world with her act. After starting her family of 4 children!! She returned to teaching, and joined the Rise team in 2008. Julie teaches our Kids Jazz classes.
Julie`s ethos is ‘to have fun whilst learning’ and despite her many years of experience is still 21ish, and never intends to age!
Julie’s teaches on Monday’s at the St Johns, Rickmansworth branch.
Hannah Bella was one of our first ever students here at RISE Studios, and now rejoins us as a teacher!
She is currently studying for a Foundation degree in Inclusive Theatre at Chicken Shed in North London. As a child while training at Rise Studios she took part in many Rise productions and performances . She also worked professionally at the Watford Palace Theatre in Jack and the Beanstalk directed by Joyce Branagh, and in the West End at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in Oliver! directed by Rupert Goold. She has a really natural way with the little ones, and manages to keep them all completely enthralled throughout.
Hannah is delighted to be back at Rise working with our budding actors and actresses on our Mini Performers course.
Andrew’s biography coming soon!
Performing Arts Dance Teacher
Emily tained at Arts Educational Schools London.
She is a West End veteran having performed in the following shows- Jennie Brinker in ALLEGRO (Southwark Playhouse), Heather in SUNSET BOULEVARD (ENO, London Coliseum), Anna in THE STATIONMASTER (Tristan Bates), SWEENEY TODD (ENO, London Coliseum), Fritzie u/s Sally Bowles in CABARET (Bill Kenwright Ltd), Young Lucy u/s Johanna in SWEENEY TODD (Adelphi Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre), Cosette in LES MISERABLES (Queen’s Theatre), Frenchie u/s Sandy in GREASE (Piccadilly Theatre) Bobbie in THE RAILWAY CHILDREN (Sevenoaks Playhouse), Belle in BEAUTY & THE BEAST (Devonshire Park Theatre), Princess Mia in JACK & THE BEANSTALK and Belle in BEAUTY & THE BEAST (The Mercury Theatre Colchester).
Further Credits include Standby Maria Von Trapp in THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE! (ITV), LONDON ROAD (National Theatre, BBC Films and Cuba Pictures), HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING (Royal Festival Hall), Gaia in GULLIVER’S TRAVELS (Another Way Theatre); Accidental Inspiration (MoFilm), Sweeney Todd London Cast Recording 2012, Les Miserables 21st Anniversary Concert (BBC Radio 2), The Railway Children (Original cast recording).
Emily is currently on tour with Mary Poppins.
Daniel De Bourg
Ballet (inc. Ballet Barre
Daniel trained at the Royal Ballet School for seven years, graduating with honours and top of his final ‘test class’.
He performed numerous classics at the Royal Opera House in London with the Royal ballet company for a year as a member of the Corps de Ballet, including Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, before signing a contract with Rambert Dance Company as a Soloist under new Director and world renowned choreographer Christopher Bruce. Daniel toured the world with Rambert for 5 years performing lead roles in Rooster, Swan Song, Sgt Early’s Dream, Ghost Dances, Petite Mort and countless other productions.
Daniel then moved into the commercial world of dance, signing with the exclusive London agent Production Team for the next 5 years. Clients: Nike. Adidas. Puma. Speedo. Armani. Zenga. TiGi. Calvin Klein.
Music Videos: Take That. Kelly Rowland. Usher. Brandy and more, He is currently Head of Commercial Dance at Renaissance Arts Collage of Performing Arts in Leeds.
Specialised in teaching:
Classical Ballet, Commercial, Contemporary, Barre fitness
Daniel is currently performing in the cast of Aladdin in the West End, understudy to Kassim. We hope to have him back soon!
Anita is our lovely receptionist in Rickmansworth.
Anita first discovered RISE Studios when she brought her Granddaughter along to a Tappy Toes class. She loved us so much she joined us as receptionist in 2009. Having raised 6 children of her own she’s great with the little ones, and always there to lend a hand fitting ballet shoes, or helping with ballet buns.
If you need any help ordering uniform, sorting out fees or have any general enquiries, she will be more than happy to help.