Dance and Drama school

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.

Be Taught By The Professionals...

Claire Munday


My name is Claire Munday 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, Watford and Rickmansworth,  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 Davies

Studio Manager

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.

Daniel Gee


Daniel recently joined the Rise team as our new hip-hop teacher. Daniel's biog will be available soon.

Chelsie Innes

Street Dance

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!

Livia Massarrelli

Ballet and Contemporary

Livia Massarelli is a dance artist who performs, choreographs and teaches. She achieved a Postgraduate Diploma at London Contemporary Dance School and a Bachelor in Contemporary dance at National Dance Academy of Rome. Livia Performed with the Edge Company (London) and has participated in various projects in Italy, Austria, Germany and the Uk as both a dancer and choreographer.

Livia delivers her classes at numerous vocational establishments including The Place, Avant Garde Dance, and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, and is delighted to be part of Rise Studios, delivering her edgy contemporary and classical ballet classes to aspiring teenagers and adults.

Sarah Robinson

ISTD Tap and Modern

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.

Charlotte Hayes

Musical Theatre

Charlotte has danced since she was 3 years of age and discovered her passion for Musical Theatre at the age of 8 years old, where she learned the art of singing and drama. When she was older, the fun of the arts became her lifelong dream. Knowing this was what she wanted to do, she worked hard to gain her Dance and Drama A-levels.

She played important roles with her theatre school including Wendy in Peter Pan, one of the Ronettes in Little Shop of Horrors and also took part in numerous dance shows. The next step was De Montfort University to study a Performing Arts Degree, which passed with honours.

Charlotte has now been teaching drama, musical theatre, street, ballet, tap & modern classes since 2012, and has directed a number of productions. 

Charlotte loves to share her passion with the students. Watching them  grow and improve inspires her daily. Come along to one of Charlotte's Musical Theatre classes and we are sure she will inspire you too!

Aoife Hosford

Mini and Junior Street Dance and LAMDA

Aoife trained at Momentum Performing Arts Academy and graduated with a Diploma in Musical Theatre. She also qualified as a dance teacher, with her DDE Modern and Tap with the ISTD. Aoife performed in ‘Singin’ in the rain’ with Showtime, 48 hour at the Adelphi. She has worked for ‘West End Worldwide’, performing in Dubai and Saudi Arabia. She has performed in many Pantomimes, most recently Beauty and the Beast.

Aoife's approach to teaching is fun and energetic, you can always hear giggles coming out of her studio! She perfectly represents the ethos of Rise Studios, being both nurturing and enthusiastic. Her aim is to inspire each mini dancer to perform with confidence, and we are thrilled to have her as part of our amazing faculty!

Mark Kane

LAMDA Drama teacher

Mark is a very experienced actor and drama teacher. He trained at Royal Scottish Conservatoire. Career highlights include performing at The Globe, Barbican, West End and working regularly with Sally Cookson, performing in many of her hit shows. He has toured extensively and worked internationally, performing in America, Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai. Mark was part of the original creative team devising Stick Man. This popular show has been entertaining families for over 10 years. Mark is also Associate Director on the production.

​Mark has been a Visiting Lecturer at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama for over 15 years. He enjoys teaching on a variety of courses at Central including the Acting Diploma, Shakespeare, Youth Theatre and Audition Technique. He really enjoys helping young performers fulfil their potential and some of his students have even gone on to gain places at drama schools including RADA, and LAMDA.

Mark is fun and energetic and really looking forward to working with all the young people at Rise!

Our Patrons
Daniel De Bourg

The London born actor/singer/songwriter started professional life as a dancer.

Daniel has this to say about Rise Studios;

‘The Performing Arts will always be close to my heart and I am proud to endorse RISE. These precious years training are essential if your goal is to become a professional, and the wonderful faculty at RISE, combined with a young performers own drive and desire will give all students/pupils the best possible chance of achieving exactly that.’

Daniel secured a contract with the prestigious Royal Ballet, and then The Rambert Dance Company, after 7 years of training and graduating with honours from The Royal Ballet School at the age of 17. After 5 years of touring worldwide, De Bourg moved his attention to the music industry and was signed to DreamWorks Records, in Los Angeles, by Robbie Robertson.

Collaborations with R Kelly, Max Martin and many other Grammy award winning producers followed, and the 1st single from the project, I Need an Angel, hit the top 20 on the Billboard US chart. Daniel then exploded on YouTube after uploading Drake/Miguel/Usher covers, hitting 50 million views and gaining over 245,000 subscribers to date. Operating completely independently, Daniel created DDB MUSIC and his series of DDB Mixtapes (winner of consecutive ‘Best UK RnB Mixtape of the Year’ awards above Jay Sean, Estelle and Daley’s offerings,) have amassed over 200,000 downloads.

Most recently, Daniel turned his attention to acting and in his very first audition was cast in Disney’s Aladdin, in the West End, where he is currently playing the Principle role of Kassim and in the summer of 2018 landed his first role in a feature film as the leading man. ‘Ghost Tale’ is scheduled for release in 2019.

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Tommy Franzen


Some of you may remember Tommy as the Runner-Up of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ back in 2010. Since then Tommy has gone from strength to strength in the world of Commercial Dance and Hip-Hop and is a leading dancer and choreographer in this field. Not only did he choreograph the amazing Hip Hop routine performed by Charles and Karen on Strictly Come Dancing 2018, he also choreographed the winners, Stacey and Kevin’s, final routine!

We are so excited that Tommy has agreed to act as a Patron of Rise Studios. Having worked with Tommy back in my dancing days, I know first hand, just what a hard worker and dedicated dancer he is, and couldn’t be prouder that he supports what we do here at RISE!

Tommy was born and raised in Malmö in Sweden, and started his dance training there. Before continuing his training at the Urdang Academy in London he performed in various musicals in Sweden.

In 2013 Tommy won a Critics’ Circle National Dance Award in the “Outstanding Male Performance, modern category” for his role as Simeon in Some Like It Hip Hop with ZooNation, and his efforts in The Rodin Project with Russell Maliphant Company.

In the same year Tommy was also nominated for The Times Southbank Sky Arts Breakthrough Award and in 2012 the Laurence Olivier Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Dance”.

The following year he co-hosted the National Dance awards alongside Royal Ballet Principal Bennet Gartside. Tommy’s other theatre credits include Mad Hatter’s Tea Partyas Ernest (ZooNation, Royal Opera House and Roundhouse), The Five And The Prophecy of Prana(Boy Blue entertainment) as Wang Tang, ZooNation: Unplugged, Goldberg(Kim Brandstrup, Royal Opera House), Flashmob(Sadler’s Wells), Blaze, Sadler’s Wells, Breakin’ Convention (Sadler’s Wells), Bounceand Insane In The Brain(Bounce Streetdance Company).

Tommy appeared in the feature films Harry Potter 4, Mamma Mia!, Mamma Mia 2 – Here We Go Again, Aladdin and Cats.

Tommy’s choreography credits include: Strictly Come Dancing-Some Like It Hip Hop performed by Charles and Karen, earning them their highest score of the series! Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Blaze, Cher Lloyd’s music video Swagger Jagger and ident The Singer Takes It All with Allan Carr.

Tommy also performed at the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics 2008 with ZooNation assisting Kate Prince with the choreography.

In 2015 Tommy set up his own Production Company and performed a solo called Smile for Sadler’s Wells.

You can find out so much more about Tommy and see what he is up to by clicking the links below;