Aged 11 Tara was one of the youngest students in the country to have studied with the N.A.T.D. whilst achieving the highest marks ever awarded in Ballroom and Latin for a 'Presidents Award'. At 13, Tara started to assist her mum Stephanie with her classes. When she finished school she went to university and gained degrees in French and German but later realised that dancing was her true vocation.
Tara studied for her Associate membership of the NATD (National Association of Teachers of Dance) and then went on to qualify as a Licentiate member of the association gaining honours in every section of the examination.
FREESTYLE - 'MINI MOVERS' - LYRICAL - ROCK & ROLL - BALLROOM & LATIN - STREET
Sally has danced with SPSD since she was eight when she attended Freestyle Disco with Stephanie. During her time with the school Sally has continued her training, gaining qualifications in Rock and Roll, Street, Lyrical, Ballroom & Latin American and Jazz. Under the stewardship of Tara, Sally recently qualified, with Honours, in the Freestyle Branch of the N.A.T.D. achieving her Associate Membership.
'TOP OF THE POPS FOR TOTS' - FREESTYLE
TARA PRIOR (Principal)
Jessica trained at Bodywork Company Dance Studios Cambridge, completing a three year course in Performing Arts.
Jessica has worked as both a dancer and singer since leaving college. Her credits include: Swing/Dance Captain in “Godspell” - UK tour, Swing/ Dance Captain in “Summer Holiday” - UK tour, and Vocalist for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Jessica continues to work as a singer for various function and 'covers' bands and she has extensive teaching experience.
THEATRE KIDS - MUSICAL THEATRE - VOCAL COACHING - CONTEMPORARY
Libby trained for 14 years at Stourbridge Dance Academy before completing a year at Paul McCartneys Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts & then two years at Bodywork Company Dance Studios. After graduating, Libby joined the West End Cast of the Michael Jackson Musical 'Thriller Live' and in 2012 toured with the show in Europe, Asia & the UK.
Libby has worked with Rita Ora, Cher Lloyd, Jason Derulo, Coldplay, Wretch 32, Stooshe & Macy Gray. Libby has also featured in Mercedez and Sony Music Videos as well as other live events and television commercials. Libby has traveled to New York and Los Angeles to further her dance experience and performed in Dubai, Japan & Copenhagen. She loves teaching & passing on the knowledge she's gained, and thrives from the growth of others and their passion for dance.
STREET - JAZZ
BALLET - LYRICAL
I started dancing at the age of 3 at the Central School of Dance and Drama in Essex and took my vocational advanced exams in ballet and modern. I also took regular classes at the RAD in Battersea in senior years.
At university I was part of the dance society for 3 years where I took classes and taught peers for shows and national competitions.
After university, I moved to Milton Keynes and taught children and adults classes there before joining SPSD. I am now completing my final teaching exams with Dance Teachers Inc.
Ciara spent her childhood in Hitchin Hertfordshire and trained at Dance Steps Academy in Letchworth from the age of seven. Ciara took examinations in Modern Theatre, Tap and Ballet and performed in their dance shows. As a teenager Ciara trained at North Herts College Hitchin where she attained her National Diploma in Dance, with a Distinction. She was offered an assisting job at Aspire School of Dance in Hitchin and then attended Penny Meekings Dance College in Royston where she gained her ISTD teacher training qualifications in Tap and Modern. Ciara also took vocational dance examinations up to Advanced Two Tap and Advanced One Modern.
TAP - MODERN
Amy fell in love with dance and performance when she was 5 and attending a local theatre arts group. At 18 she gained places at the prestigious 'Urdang', 'Italia Conti' and 'Performers' arts colleges in London. She graduated from the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in 2015 after a 3 year course, gaining a Level 6 Diploma in Musical Theatre. She continued her training after college and has taken leads in performances of 'Ghost, 'Sister Act' and 'Gypsy'.
Amy teaches at various dance and theatre schools in Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire and is looking forward to offering her SPSD students her experience, enthusiasm and passion for dance and singing.
'STREET DUDES' - MIXED STREET - BOYS STREET - JAZZ
ACRO - GYMNASTICS
Alison is a level 2 Artistic and General Gymnastics Coach with 25 years coaching experience and 10 years as a competitor.
She is currently coaching at Melbourn Sports Centre, Royston Leisure Centre and Stevenage Sports and Acro Club.
Faye started dancing when she was 3 and attended ‘Stage Right’ until she was 18. She was 12 when she gained a place at the prestigious ‘Urdang Academy’ and trained there every weekend for a year. She then continued her training with a full scholarship at ‘Millennium Performing Arts’.
After graduating Faye became a parade dancer with Disneyland, Paris and continued her love of dance on ‘Celebrity Cruises’ ships. She then became a Youth Programme manager on cruise ships traveling around Asia.