Our Dance Classes Aim To…
Give an introduction to dance with a strong emphasis on having fun!
Generate a passion for music and dancing.
Develop a sense of rhythm and musicality.
Improve co-ordination and balance.
Help children to enjoy performing and sharing new skills.
Help teach children how to work with and appreciate each other.
Introduce children to the importance of exercise and fitness from an early age.
Julie has worked as a professional dancer and singer for the past 24 years. Her West End and touring credits include “Mack and Mabel,” ” West Side Story,” “Grease” “Sunset Boulevard,” “Half a Sixpence” and “Pickwick.” She has worked for award winning choreographers such as Arlene Philips, Stephen Mear, Peter Darling and Gillian Lynne. She spent 3 years performing with P&O World cruises and has worked all over the world in hair and fashion shows , car launches, corporate galas and TV appearances including The Royal Variety Performance.
For the past 10 years, Julie has performed in and choreographed musicals, plays and cabarets at The Playhouse and The Everyman theatres in Cheltenham for “Focus theatre” and choreographed “The Witches of Eastwick” for Blue Parrot productions at The Bacon Theatre. Julie has taught at The Stapleton School of Dancing and was a module tutor for the Performing Arts degree course at The University of Gloucestershire for 5 years. She now focuses entirely on Ballyhoo and her own children’s busy lives.
Heidi’s career started at age 13 when she joined the National Youth Music Theatre performing at the Edinburgh Festival and prestigious theatres. At 16 she started a full time dance training at Stella Mann in London where she got her teaching qualifications (AISTD in Ballet and National.)Whilst at Ballet school she continued to perform with NYMT at Sadlers Wells.
After training she started a 3 year contract with Princess Cruises. Her last port of call was New York where she ended up living for 8 years working as a freelance dancer and teacher. In 1994 Heidi retrained as an actress at Circle in the Square Theatre School on Broadway. In her final year she was chosen to perform for their Repertory Company.
Her final US job was with Aquila Theatre Company which toured America. Returning to UK in 2001 she worked for Pop Up Theatre in London for 2 years, before settling in Chalford. For the past 10 years Heidi has taught dance on the drama course at Stroud college, has taught at the Stapleton School of Dance and has choreographed a panto at The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury.
In 2010 Julie and Heidi launched their first Musical Theatre workshop after which Heidi joined Julie as her partner in Ballyhoo and has now established her own ballet branch within the school.
Thomas started dancing at the age of 8 attending the Ann Oliver Stage, Leicester. He then completed his training in 2008 at L.C.P.A, where after completing a 3 year vocational course he graduated with B.T.D.A Diplomas in Ballet, Tap, Modern Dance as well as a Trinity Diploma in Musical Theatre.
Since graduating, Thomas has spent 14 successful years in the industry appearing on stages in both the UK, USA and Ireland. Thomas was also lucky enough to appear on T.V numerous times for RTE (Radio & Television of Ireland) with “All Ireland Talent Show” & “Fame :The Musical”.
Among the Shows, Pantomimes, Tours and TV appearances Thomas Also Spent 10 years at Sea. Performing Shows for Carnival Cruise Line as a ‘Dancer’, ‘Dancer/Singer’ later being promoted to ‘Dance Captain’ and eventually ‘Cast Manager’.
After deciding it was time to “hang up his dancing shoes”, Thomas wanted the opportunity to share his experience and knowledge with the next generation of young performers.. which brought him to Julie, Heidi and the Ballyhoo team! He knew straight away that he wanted to be apart of the family that they have built, and help them nurture the talent that the Ballyhoo dancers bring to every class!