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.

Claire Greenwood
Principal

Principal


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 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.

Annie Farr

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!

Beth Revens

Singing


Beth graduated from Chickenshed Theatre Company where she studied Performing arts and Inclusive Theatre for 4 years. She has also completed her Grade 8 Musical Theatre Diploma. She is currently working towards her British Sign language qualification and hoping to bring the two together.

She has been acting and singing in her local theatre company and been performing at the Radlett centre from when she was 3 years old. She has performed Annie, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Children of Eden and many more. She has also performed in galas at the Hard Rock Cafe and the Royal Albert hall.

She hopes to inspire all her students to pursue their careers no matter what, and believe in themselves! Beth teaches our Performing Arts singing and Musical Theatre classes and has a fantastic rapport with her students.

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.

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!

Julie Bailey

Funky Jazz, Pre-primary
and Baby Ballet


After completing her dance training Julie became a member of a five-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

Mini’s Drama


Biog to follow soon.

Micah

Street Dance


Micah Mcleod is a dance artist, performer & creator. His Training includes The Brit School , GOP , Zoonation , Manifest Nation and Khronos Agoria, where he trained in Street dance styles, contemporary and Afro . His work explores innovative ways to push arts to the next level.

Credits include: Itv (goohoo media), Move it [2018) Mr Eazi – AfroRepublik (o2 Arena), BBC Radio Reading and Leeds festival , Royal Albert Hall (Dance Prom) & Xxl Championship: special Guest.

Micah is delighted to be heading up our hip hop crew- elev8, and teaching our teen street classes.

Nikola McMurtrie

Performing Arts Dance Teacher


Nikola began her training in ballet at The Dance School of Scotland before going on to study musical theatre at Bird college. Since then she has danced at Sadler’s Wells for Haus of Projects, Cromer’s Christmas Seaside Special (ensemble) and Secret Cinema’s Grease (ensemble).

She has also performed at The Pleasance Theatre as “Kat” in the production of “Joy Division”, as well appearing in adverts for Paddy Power and Aqua Riva Tequila. Most recently she was featured in UNRD’s “Who Killed Callux” episode as “Kirsty”.

Since 2014 she has been a key member of the Ashton Collective and performed in many of their shows including“Flight” at The Platform Theatre (2015) and “Sophie” at The Old Dairy (2018).

Additionally, she teaches dance; regularly holding classes at Pineapple Dance Studios on behalf of Sol Dans Company as well as spending 5 years as Head of Dance at Fresh Arts Theatre.

Nikola is currently choreographing two new musicals that will be premiering in April, under the title Herstoric.

Emily Bull

Regular Cover Teacher


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.

Biography and history will be added soon.

Anita Gregory

Receptionist


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.

Our Patrons

Daniel De Bourg

Patron


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.’

TRAINING
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.

CAREER
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.

WEST-END
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

Patron


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!

TRAINING
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.

CAREER and AWARDS
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).

FILMS
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.

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