Guest Teachers

Jay Wilson - Commercial Dancer
Kieren Brown- Commercial Dancer
Abby Evans - Commercial Dancer
Lauen Cole - Commercial Dancer
Fiona Sheldon - Commercial Dancer
James Wilton - James Wilton Dance Company
Elly Braund- Richard Alston Dance Company
Lisa McLean - IDTA Examniner
Jason Thomas

Jason Thomas (R.A.D.R.T.S (Cert. Ed) A.I.D.T.A.) started dancing at the age of 9 at the Cornwall High School of Dancing in Camborne, run by the charismatic and inspirational Madam Norman. At the age of 12, Jason auditioned successfully for Bush Davies School and The Lagat School of Russian Ballet. After finishing the Lower school at Lagat and appearing with the Northern Ballet Theatre on numerous occasions, he attended London Studio Centre, gaining the position of Head Ballet Boy in his second year. After graduation and becoming a member of Equity, Jason has worked throughout the world. He performed in London's West End, throughout Europe and Asia in Las Vegas style revue shows, gaining soloist/dance captain and company manager positions. He has performed on many cruise lines on inaugural cruises, holding the same positions.

Terry Etheridge

Terry Etheridge has an extensive career in Dance and has performed with the English National Ballet, Northern Dance Theatre and in various West End musicals, television programmes He has taught at some of the World’s best Dance Schools these include, The Royal ballet School, Ballet West, Rambert School (Principal and Ballet Master) and Urdang Academy (Head of Dance), Hong Kong ballet, Icelandic Ballet Company, Royal Swedish Ballet Company, Finish National Ballet, Ballet Gulbenkian Portugal, London City Ballet Terry has choreographed pieces for the Royal Opera House London, the Vienna Festival Ballet London , Cape Town Opera, Die Fledermaus Gothenburg, Merry Widow Opera Sweden , Don Carlos the Opera South Africa, Chess the Musical Denmark, Sweeny Todd Finish National Opera and New Ballet Youth Ballet Australia.

Rob Mannear

Robert Mennear left Cornwall in 2003 to further his studies in London at ‘The Place’ (London Contemporary Dance School). There he gained both his BA (hons) Degree in Contemporary Dance and his Postgraduate Diploma in Performance with the touring company EDg07. He then went on to tour nationally and internationally with such professional companies as IJAD Dance Company, FFIN Dance, Jose Vidal and Angela Praed. Robert established himself as a freelance Dance Practitioner and Artist in such institutes as The Place, where he aided in developing youth dance as well as leading C.A.T Out-Reach Dance Schemes. Now Robert is excited about his return to the county in hope to further fuel dance in Cornwall.

Sally Geater

Sally Geater RGRT.MCSP.MAACP. Sally is a Chartered Physiotherapist specialising in dance injuries, technical correction and pilates. On returning to London Sally was lucky enough to work with Shirley Hancock and along with Alan Herdman, developed a lifelong passion for dance and pilates, encorporating these skills in her clinical work. During this time, Sally worked with a variety of performing arts schools, musical theatre, Royal Ballet School, Royal Academy of Dancing and was Physiotherapist with the English National Ballet for 10 years. After re-locating to Cornwall, Sally has focused her interest in dance and pilates on assisting young dancers and teaching pilates in the community. During the past few years, she has been working with the Youth Dance Academy in Exeter. Sally is excited to be working with Jason once again.

David Warner

David Warner B.A (Hons). David graduated in November 2014 with a B.A (Hons) degree in Urban Dance Practice and has studied at the University of East London. He has extensive knowledge in most urban styles which include; B-boying, Popping, Locking, House, Waacking, Hip-Hop, Capoeira. David's knowledge of these styles includes the History, Foundations and development of the style. He thoroughly enjoys training in Lyrical, Ballet, Jazz and Tap. David is currently living and working as a freelance dance teacher/performer in Devon and Cornwall. He currently teaches regularly at Jason Thomas School of Performing Arts in Truro.

Tom Hare

Tom is a Cornish Actor, Singer and Teacher and has worked up and down the country in Theatre, Film and T.V. After graduating from The Guildford School of Acting, Tom toured the UK before eventually returning to Cornwall. Tom has worked as a singing teacher and audition coach for nearly 10 years, working with all ages of performers. He is delighted to be teaching on the Foundation Course.

Stephanie Johnson

Stephanie began her professional career at the age of 18 playing the part of Dainty June in “Gypsy” at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.

Other Regional credits include:

Godspell- National tour, Oklahoma- National tour, Hold Tight, It's Sixties Night – National tour,

Chicago- Oldham Rep, Dame Yankees – Birmingham rep, Slice of Saturday Night- Colchester Rep, You Never Can Tell- Colchester Rep,

Pantomime: The role of Cinderella- Crucible Theatre + Oldham Rep. Aladdin – Players Theatre, West End + Chichester Rep.

West End Credits: - Which – Witch – Piccadilly Theatre, Aspects of Love – 1st cover Juliette Trapani- Prince of Wales Theatre, Miss Lynch + Jan in Grease – Cambridge Theatre, Gumby Cat and Grizabella, Cats – New London Theatre. My one and Only – Palladium, Songs from the shows with Ruthy Henshall – Albert Hall, Howard Goodalls – Girlfriends – Mermaid theatre.

During this time, Stephanie worked closely with industry professionals such as Andrew Lloyd Webber, Arlene Phillips, Cameron Mackintosh and Jason Gardener.

Penelope Whiting

BPHIL (Hons) Ballet and Contextual Studies, FISTD Cecchetti, AISTD DIP Modern, RAD Teaching Diploma, PDB Spanish Dance Society

Penny graduated from the Urdang Academy, London having studied with some of the most influential dancers and teachers around including Terence Etheridge. With performing experience in the UK, Turkey, Belgium and Italy, Penny also has teaching experience in Germany, Belgium, Cyprus, Spain all over the UK and Italy. This includes International summer schools for the RAD and Cecchetti Society in Italy, assistant choreographer and ballet mistress in Northern Italy with works touring Italy, Spain and Portugal. Penny has also supervised for the RAD CBTS teaching programme for many years in Italy. Many ex students are in ballet companies, West End, Cruise ships, musicals and in television. Based in Italy Penny loves returning home to Cornwall to teach.

Soo Drouet

After graduating from The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, Soo Drouet worked extensively in film, t.v., musical and straight theatre and radio. She is most well known for her role as 'Fanny', Little Johns wife in "Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves" with Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman and Alan Rickman. She is also known for "Casualty"and "The Krays". She has appeared in "Eastenders", "The Bill","Minder", "Lovejoy","Murder Most Horrid","London's Burning","Alas Smith and Jones", "Agony Again","The Upper Hand","Surgical Spirit" and "Mr.Wroes Virgins", and many other productions. She has most recently played 'Mrs.Hyacinth Bouquet' in a theatre production of "Keeping Up Appearances" and has appeared in "The Cafe" for Sky 1 and is in the next series of "Doc Martin".

Soo is also a qualified Dramatherapist, after graduating with a Post Graduate Diploma in dramatherapy in 2001.She sings in the well loved a capella group "Angel Tongue", based in Penzance and has performed all over the south west.

She is looking forward to being part of the great team of teachers that work with Jason Thomas.

Susan Tyne

RAD Teachers Certificate & Diploma. (RAD Retired Examiner). OCR Pilates Instructor. BSY Hatha Yoga Teacher. Vegetarian/Vegan Nutritional Therapist & Scientific Nutritionist. I commenced my dance training at 3 years and have been dancing ever since. I studied full time at the prestigious Bush Davies School, and was taught by Noreen Bush and Joy Camden, where I explored many genre and took exams in dance, drama and singing. After leaving school I primarily went into teaching dance, choreography and ran creative and dance therapy workshops both in the UK and Cyprus. For many years I was director of Bomballet Community Dance Company and was principal of my own dance school. In 2007, after my own children had left home and started their own families, I trained to be an international examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance from which I retired in 2016. During this period I focused on freelance teaching, private classes and clients. Now I have returned to Cornwall, my home as a teenager. I believe that everyone can dance with their Heart. Dance is a form of non-verbal communication and expressing emotion. A dancer bares their soul so the audience can feel what is being portrayed. It can give so much to the participants: Control of mind and body Anatomical awareness Syllabi terminology Enhanced musicality and performance skills Physical, spiritual and emotional health Self confidence through meeting exam standards It is a wonderful way to keep fit, whatever the age or ability. Not everyone can be a professional dancer but all can be enriched by the ” Joy of Dance”.

Clare Meardon

In 1999 Clare left Cornwall to train for 3 years at Performers Dance College where she gained her Modern Dance Associate teaching qualification with distinction (AISTD). Upon graduation, Clare became a backing dancer for Lionel Ritchie, Shirley Bassey, Engelbert Humperdinck, Russell Watson, Boyz 2K, Joe Pasquale and Brian Connelly. Fashion, Trade and Hair shows for Next, Wella and various bridal wear. Cruise work; Celebrity Cruises – M/V Horizon, M/V Zenith, Costa Serena. Casinos – Solverde Casino Chaves (Portugal), Figueira Da Foz – Dance Captain and Soloist (Portugal), Casino Madeira, Casino St Vincent – Soloist (Italy). UK Credits include Thursford Christmas Spectacular, Hippodrome Circus – Great Yarmouth, Spirit of the Dance, Sunday Night Live from the Palladium, London Broncos Cheerleader, Sky Sports, BBC, The Lady Beau Peep Burlesque Show, C-Scape and Rogue Theatre. Bollywood Film Credits include RACE, DE TAALI and MONEY HAI TOH HONEY HAI. Music Videos – SURMA. Clare has been teaching and choreographing alongside performing for 8 years in Rome, Portugal, Paris and London. Clare has been fortunate enough to travel the world and realise that there is no place like home and after working at La Nouvelle Eve in Paris as a Can Can dancer she returned to Cornwall to work for Duchy Ballet, Rogue Theatre, Cornwall Youth Dance and Jason Thomas.

Jennifer Spafford

TTP (Dip) – NBS, BFA Honours Dance, ISTD (Cecchetti & National), MRT RAD As a graduate of the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School, Jennifer has had the privilege of training with some of the world’s leading professionals in dance, ballet and related fields. A native of Canada, Jennifer moved to Cornwall from the island of Bermuda where she was the head Ballet Mistress for the In Motion School of Dance. Jennifer has worked with a wide variety of age groups in professional, recreational and competitive programs, elevating her students to new levels of technique and professionalism. She is proud to have staged Bermuda’s annual production of The Nutcracker for the past 4 years, as well as many other “big ballets” for the island. In addition to receiving a Diploma from NBS, Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in dance from York University in Toronto. She holds teaching qualifications in National Dance through the Imperial Society of Teachers and Dancing, as well as an Associate standing with the Cecchetti Society of Canada and Royal Academy of Dance. Beyond dancing, Jennifer is also trained and qualified in Barre Fitness through Exhale Studios in New York City. This year, Jennifer is thrilled to be joining the Jason Thomas team!

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Jason Thomas Performing Arts
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