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About Us - Our Team

 
 

  

  Vickie Mitchell
     (Principal)

My name is Vickie Mitchell LIDTA (F,CL) principal and founder of TLF Dance and Drama Centre.  I qualified as a dance teacher in 2000 through the International Dance Teacher's Association (IDTA) in 2000 and upgraded my qualification to licentiate level in 2012. I also qualified as a Level 2 Wheelchair Dance Sport Instructor in July 2014.

I have been involved in dance since I was three years of age and have studied many dance genres from ballet, tap and contemporary dance to freestyle and rock 'n' roll. 

I can still (just) remember my first dance classes in tap when I still lived in Swansea.  When I was 8 years old we moved to Nailsea and I started learning ballet with Miss Adams.  I began learning ballroom dance when I was 11 years old and Freestyle Dance at 14.  After leaving Nailsea School I studied Drama, Greek Literature and Ballet at Weston College for two years. In 1987 I began at Nova Dance Company, a Contemporary Dance group. I remained with Nova until my daughter was born in 1990.

I have extensive show and performance experience including performances in the Little Theatre, Bristol; The Bristol Arts Centre; The Royal Albert Hall in London;  and TV appearances.  I love the whole performance atmosphere and the excitement during the build-up to a show.  It is my belief that offering opportunities to perform to all students provides a fantastic boost to self-confidence and improves self-esteem.  However, my enthusiasm for performance is always balanced by understanding the individual dancer and knowing when public performance is not always the best choice for a particular student without impacting on their position within the class and greater school.  I know all my students personally and ensure that I have opportunity to work with each student so they can achieve their potential.

I have always loved dancing and my greatest pleasure now comes in helping to pass this enjoyment on to others.  I have a number of new classes that are well into development and I am really looking forward to providing dance classes and dance-based fitness and exercise to more people in North Somerset, as well as drama sessions and specialist sessions for youngsters and adults with additional needs.  I am continually looking at trending dance genres and music to bring greater depth to my classes and allow students to try new techniques and styles.

Our school has a full child protection and safeguarding policy to which all staff adhere, and I have undertaken safeguarding training and first-aid as well as continual professional development.5

 
 

My name is Becky Mitchell and I am Vickie's daughter and her first pupil. In 2009 I studied at Filton College where I took a BND in Musical Theatre and passed with triple distinction grades over singing, dancing and acting skills. I have recently graduated from WAC Arts Conservatoire in London where I spent three years studying on a Level 6 Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre, and obtained the highest 'of note' grade. I have been dancing for many years and have considerable knowledge and experience of many dance forms including: Jazz, Freestyle, Line Dancing, Tap, Ballet, Lindy Hop, Rock 'n' Roll, Horton, Contemporary, Pilates, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre and African Dance. I have taken IDTA exams in Freestyle and Line dancing (both up to President's Award Level) and ISTD exams in Tap. I am planning to take my IDTA teaching qualifications in the near future.

My main passion is Musical Theatre and as such I am a triple threat performer with a vast knowledge of technique and performance skills in Singing, Dancing and Acting. I have taken graded exams in Trinity Musical Theatre Syllabus under solo and group categories, achieving distinction grades in all exams. As well as teaching and assisting classes with TLF Dance Centre I am also pursuing professional work and within weeks of graduating I have already obtained a professional acting contract.

I have been connected with TLF Dance and Drama since its establishment and love being a part of its core team. As well as assisting with classes I also do a lot of the choreography for our annual shows, exams and class work. I am very excited to further my dance education by being a part of our new wheelchair dance classes and can't wait to see what the future holds for us as a dance and drama centre.

Becky Mitchell  
(Student Teacher)  

 

 

 

 

    Sue Hampton
  (Student support &    costume designer)

My name is Sue Hampton and I am Vickie's sister.  I started dancing when I was 7 years old and danced throughout my teens and early 20s mainly Freestyle dance and Rock 'n' Roll.  I have a great deal of performance experience having taken part in shows both locally and at the Royal Albert Hall in London.  In 2007 Vickie and I performed our own very special version of The Can Can on "When Will I Be Famous" a BBC1 TV show hosted by Graham Norton. 

I have worked with TLF Dance Centre as a support teacher and class assistant since the very first class opened in 1999 and have been directly involved in all aspects of the school. I joined TLF Dance Centre as a student in 2000.   I have been in involved in all the TLF Dance Centre shows, managing to combine both backstage responsibilities and performing.  I also design and make all costumes for the shows and displays and have choreographed dances.

I have joined the wheelchair dance group as both a standing dancer and a wheelchair partner and help as part of the student support team.

I was a child minder for 10 years and have a great deal of experience in working with children of all ages.   I have  also worked with people of all ages with additional needs and other disabilities.  This experience stands me in very good stead as I also provide behavioural support within the school ensuring the consistent handling policy is applied as necessary.

I have attended a variety of training courses in supporting and working with people with disabilities as well as first aid and child protection/safeguarding.

 
 

My name is Jack Mitchell and I am Vickie's son.  I have been a part of TLF Dance and Drama since I was 5 years old and have attended classes in Line Dance, Freestyle and Rock 'n' Roll.  I have taken IDTA dancing exams up to Gold level attaining high grades in all exams.

I work as a special needs/disability support worker at TLF Dance Centre; I am also a Learning Support Assistant at our local special needs school and am studying for a degree in Education at Bath Spa University. As part of my career in education, I have spent many hours learning how to communicate in both Makaton and British sign language to fluent levels.

I enjoy the technical side of performance and have acted as lighting designer, producer and manager for all TLF shows and performances since 2005.  I am also the props manager and principal set designer for these productions.

Whilst I really enjoy dancing in a relaxed environment, I do not often perform in shows and public displays, preferring to support the team in a technical capacity. I am however currently enjoying wheelchair dance as part of our new class in Nailsea, and have already mastered the technical art of the 'wheelie'.

Jack Mitchell    
(Student Support  
& Lighting Tech.)  

 

 

 
 

 Leanne Stevens
  (Student Support)

My name is Leanne Stevens and I have been a part of TLF Dance and Drama Centre since 2006, where I started at the children's Line dancing class. I then went on to take part in the TLF Freestyle and Adult classes, where I took exams under the IDTA syllabus. I have attained up to Gold level examination in Line Dancing and completed my first solo and group freestlye exams in the last session.

Until I started TLF Dance Centre I had no formal dance training or experience, but since being a part of the team I have found a great enthusiasm for dance, especially in street and urban freestyle. I have participated in all shows since I joined TLF and attend as many display opportunities as possible.

I have a great passion for working with children and aspire to work on a cruise line in the future. As such I have been assisting with the children's special needs dance and drama classes since they were first established and act as teaching support in the adult's additional needs classes on a Tuesday.

After leaving school I studied Travel and Tourism at Nailsea School sixth form and then went onto further studies in this subject at City of Bristol College. I have been a part of an amateur dramatics club for young carers at ACTA since 2010 and love working as part of a group and devising short scenes and plays. Being a part of ACTA has helped me to further my own confidence and passion for drama.

 
 

My name is Phillip Hampton and I am Sue's son. I started working with TLF Dance Centre as cameraman in 2003, since that date I have filmed all shows as well as taking rehearsal and class video and still photographs. I love the excitement of working in a live show environment and enjoy all aspects of the process from first rehearsal to final performance.

I became interested in the dance styles offered by the school and started taking classes in 2010. I have taken IDTA exams up to Gold level passing with high grades. I am planning to take further dancing exams in the near future.

I joined the student support team with the school in 2005 and now help at a number of classes during the week including classes for both adults and children with learning difficulties. I have also joined the new wheelchair dance class as a standing dancer and support worker.

I have learned a lot about alternative communication methods and working with people with a variety of disabilities and I really enjoy supporting the students in class.

Phillip Hampton 
(Student Support   
& Cameraman)   

 

 

 
       
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