The Cheshire Dance Academy was founded in 1998 by Rachel Telfer. Her aim was to teach dance disciplines to an excellent standard in a professional, safe yet fun environment. Class sizes are kept small to ensure a more personal learning experience.
The school has continued to grow, with 100% pass rate in all RAD ballet and ISTD tap exams. Pupils in the school also get the opportunity to work towards a public performance every two years.
Classes are held weekly in Marple Bridge during term time only.
Summer schools and Easter courses are available in school holidays.
Rachel Telfer ARAD AISTD
From the age of sixteen Rachel studied at the Northern Ballet School in Manchester on the classical dancer’s course. During this time Rachel competed in the 1994 Digital Genee Awards.
After graduating Rachel joined Manchester City Ballet where, as well as performing, she was involved in taking dance into the community in the form of workshops in schools. This lead to the completion of all her teaching qualifications and accepting a teaching post at Northern Ballet School.
In 1998 Rachel moved to teach at the Hammond Dance School in Chester working as head of year 7 and 8 and teaching all dance disciplines.
Rachel founded the Cheshire Dance Academy in 1998 and left vocational training to concentrate on the school.
In 2011 Rachel started teaching dance at Brabyns Preparatory school (Marple) and has recently returned to vocational training teaching ballet at Centre Pointe vocational college.
Laura Green RAD (TC) AISTD
Laura Green joined the school as a partner in the business in 2002.
Laura is a graduate of Northern Ballet School in Manchester where she trained full time on the Professional Dance Teachers Course for three years from the age of sixteen.
After graduating with her diploma in 1997 Laura was then offered a job dancing aboard Carnival Cruise Lines which she accepted. During her four years with the company Laura travelled extensively throughout America and the Caribbean performing on a number of Carnival Cruise liners. Throughout this time she assisted in the choreography of shows and was given the position of lead adage dancer.
Laura left the company in November 2001 to pursue her teaching career. In between contracts with Carnival Laura gained teaching experience by freelance teaching at a number of schools in the North West returning on several occasions to guest teach at Northern Ballet School.
Laura also runs the LA school of dance in Altrincham