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"My son Louis started dancing with Megan and Heidi at the age of 7; they picked up very early that he was dancing with passion and helped him progress to what he has achieved now. They have had a very big influence on Louis resulting in him being accepted at Elmhurst Ballet School. He has had an amazing 4 years with the school and was given many opportunities to perform which built his confidence even further. Louis always speaks very fondly of the school, holds wonderful memories and feels he really is part of their dancing family."  Mum to Louis
 
"My girls have been dancing with the school since they were 3 or 4 and it has become a huge part of our lives. Since starting on a Saturday in little pink outfits they now dance most days and have a love for performance that will last a lifetime. They have had some wonderful opportunities as a result of being "Rhodes" girls and have danced as associates, with London Children's Ballet and at so many school shows and dance festivals!"  Mum to Robyn & Minnie

 

 

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Vocational Success

Vocational School

Hanno Opperman 
The Royal Ballet School – White Lodge & English National Ballet School. Now dancing with Estonian National Ballet Company.

Joshua Moloney 
The Royal Ballet School – White Lodge

Caleb Pinkham 
The Royal Ballet School – White Lodge

Jake Walker 
The Royal Ballet School – White Lodge

Lauren Rhodes 
Elmhurst School for Dance

Lucy Pollard 
Laine Theatre Arts - Betty Laine Scholorship

Sabrina Wyllie 
Young Dancers Academy

Emily Tomlins 
London Studio Centre

Maisie Dawkes 
Tring Park

Ines Chamba 
Tring Park

Megan Rhodes 
Legat School of Dance

Siena Pledge 
Central School of Ballet & Royal Ballet School Mid/Senior Associate

 

Other Successes

Robyn Dennis
London Senior Ballet & London Childrens Ballet

Marcia Karavis
Royal Ballet & Central School of Ballet Associate

Luca Judge 
Royal Ballet School & London Junior Ballet Associate

Louis Jones 
Royal Ballet Associate & Young Dancers Academy

Florence Claringbold 
London Senior Ballet

Clara Bardwell 
Royal Ballet Associate - Junior & Middle

 

The Royal Ballet School Associates

Joshua Moloney, Lauren Rhodes, Sally Poundall, Grace Horler, Amber-Louise Brooker, Hanno Opperman, Maisy Harthill, Jake Walker, Lucy Pollard, Sabrina Wyllie, Siena Pledge, Marcia Karavis, Clara Bardwell, Luca Judge & Louis Jones.

London Junior and Senior Ballet Associates

Marcia Karavis, Maisie Dawkes, Chloe De Glanville, Megan Rhodes, Elle-Jo Stafford, Florence Claringbold, Lauren Angood, Millie Foy, Bronaugh Cowen-Seagrove, Megan Moloney, Bethany Howell, Natasha Robert, Neve Barker, Kelsey Edwards, Ella Hastings, Charlotte Dye, Freya Angood, Cordelia Gayler, Macy Walsh, Ruthie Cheung, Georgia Basham, Robyn Dennis, Saskia Frayling, Minnie Dennis, Eleanor Bunce, Clara Bardwell, Jennifer Sauer, Aeryn Bartlett, Luca Judge, Connie Dowling & Freya Dewsnap.

Central School of Ballet Associates

Megan Rhodes, Eleanor Bunce, Marcia Karavis, Keira Jacobs-Shrivastava, Minnie Dennis & Megan Jacobs-Shrivastava.

Young Dancers Academy Associates

Andrea Casale, Louis Jones & Connie Dowling

Ballet Boost Associates

Saphyre Rich, Luca Judge, Megan Jacobs Shrivastava, Keira Jacobs Shrivastava, Keira Brooke, Macy Brooke, Pula Laughton, Clara Bardwell, Aeryn Bartlett, Freya Dewsnap, Alexis Gilbert & Lily Sinden.

Teachers

Heidi Rhodes RAD RTS ARAD LAMDA

Principal and Ballet Teacher

Heidi received formal training at ‘The Royal Ballet School’ and ‘Corona Academy Stage School’ both in London and gained her teaching qualifications at the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

As principle of the school she has choreographed numbers for performances at Sadler’s Wells, Her Majesty’s, The London Palladium, The Royal Albert Hall, Theatre Royal Windsor, Legoland Windsor, Disneyland Paris, A night at the Musicals UK Tour, Essence of Ireland UK Tour and The Theatre Academy – Oliver, Sound of Music, Annie & Honk.

Theatre credit: ‘Annie’ at Victoria Palace (Opening Cast), ‘Cats’ UK Tour, The Royal Ballet, Ballet International & Numerous Pantomines!

TV Credits: Mike Leigh’s ‘Home Sweet Home’, The Sweeney, Grange hill series 2, 3 & 4, LWT Two’s Company, Play for Today ‘Where Angels Fear’, Sunday night at the palladium.  Film: The Elephant Man, The Omen.

 

Megan Rhodes RAD CBTS ARAD & Acrobatic Arts Cert & ID-Dance Contemporary

Ballet, Contemporary & Acrobatic Arts

Megan trained at The Heidi Rhodes School of Dancing from the age of three and was accepted to be an associate at London Junior Ballet and Central School of Ballet. When Megan was fifteen she successfully auditioned and was offered a scholarship for Legat School of Dance (St Bede’s School Sussex) where she completed a further two years vocational training under the supervision of  RAD, Royal Ballet and Elmhurst teachers.  Megan was proudly awarded Head Girl of Legat in her final year!  Since a very young age Megan has loved choreography and three years ago introduced a competition team to the school that has gone on to achieve exceptional results at local, regional and national level. Megan has taken all of her RAD Ballet examinations from Primary up to and including Advanced Two gaining a Distinction in all of her exams!

Theatre Credits: London Children’s Ballet – Scarlett Pimpernel & The Secret Garden, Theatre Royal Windsor pantomine "Jack & the Beanstalk’, Mardi Gras at Sadler’s Wells, Her Majesty's, Royal Albert hall and Disneyland Paris.

 

Sarah Lavender AISTD DDE DDI

Modern and Tap Teacher

Sarah started dancing at the age of 3 at Lynne Davis School Of Dance. She then went on Spotlight and gained examinations in ISTD Modern Theatre, Tap and RAD Ballet. Sarah took part in pantomines, school shows and dance competitions, which included the All England National Finals where in 2003 she won the Tap Solo Section aged 14! Sarah has passed her DDE Modern Theatre & Tap to add to her DDI in both Modern Theatre and Tap with Distinction.

 

 

Sophie Walsh BA (Hons) Ballet Education RAD RTS

Ballet Teacher

Sophie joined the Heidi Rhodes School of Dancing at the age of eleven as a student.  During her time as a pupil she attained her graded and vocational ballet examinations as well as having the opportunity to compete in Dance festival and be part of dance groups performing in the West End.  Sophie attended Royal Academy of Dance, following her A-Levels and she achieved BA (Hons) Ballet Education and RAD Registered Teacher Status.  Since graduating she has continued as a freelance ballet teacher. 

Philippa Dewsnap LEVEL 3 PILATES & PBT CERTIFIED

Pilates Teacher

philippawebsite  Philippa trained at West Street School of Classical Dance in London's Covent Garden, graduating with a Diploma in Dance and her Associate in Cecchetti Ballet. After a 10 year career in dance in both theatre and large American Cruise Liners as Dance Captin, Philippa has gone on to teach pilates, which she has been doing for over 15 years. Philippa most recently completed the floor barre course with the RAD and became a Certified Teacher of Progressing Ballet Technique.

 

 

 

 

Examinations

The examination boards are the Royal Academy of Dancing for Classical Ballet, The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing for Modern and Tap and London College of Music for Acting. All children attending the school will be encouraged to enter examinations to achieve formal qualification and will be able to do so from the age of five. As a school we do not enter for ‘Class Awards’ or ‘standards’ as these exams are not accredited on the qualifications and credit framework (QCF) (excluding Pre-Primary). Grades start from pre-primary through to RAD and ISTD Major examinations. Graded and Vocational Graded Examinations in Dance/Acting at QCF Level 3 are allocated points on the UCAS Tariff. This means that candidates who have achieved a pass or higher in Grades 6, 7, 8, Intermediate and Advanced Foundation, can use their exam result towards their points tariff when applying to university or higher education in the UK.

Royal Academy of Dance Graded Exam results - Primary to Grade 8

Year Result Amount Result Amount Result Amount
2017

Distinction

(7 over 90%)

62 Merit 62 Pass 0
2016

Distinction

(3 over 90%

72 Merit 78 Pass

1

2015

Distinction

(1 over 90%)

57 Merit 80 Pass 2
2014

Distinction

(2 over 90%)

56 Merit 56 Pass 0
2013

Distinction

(4 over 90%)

73 Merit 74 Pass 0
2012

Distinction

(3 over 90%)

60 Merit 88 Pass 1
2011

Distinction

(1 over 90%)

24 Merit 36 Pass 0
2010

Distinction

(7 over 90%)

53 Merit 89 Pass 0

RAD Vocational Results (Since introduction of the new syllabus)

Grade Result Amount Result Amount Result Amount
Inter Foundation

Distinction

(2 over 90%)

19 Merit 23 Pass 0
Intermediate

Distinction

(1 over 90%)

6 Merit 18 Pass 2
Advanced Found

Distinction

(1 over 90%)

1 Merit 4 Pass 0
Advanced One Distinction 1 Merit 6 Pass 1
Advanced 2 Distinction 0 Merit 1 Pass 0

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing Modern & Tap Graded Exam results - Primary to Grade 8

Year Result Amount Result Amount Result Amount
2017

Distinction

(3 over 90%)

35 Merit 21 Pass 3
2016

Distinction

(5 over 90%)

24 Merit 18 Pass 2
2015

Distinction

(4 over 90%)

31 Merit 37 Pass 9
2014 Distinction 20 Merit 33 Pass 6
2013

Distinction

(6 over 90%)

61 Merit 31 Pass 7
2012 Distinction 37 Merit 44 Pass 3
2011 Distinction 13 Merit 41 Pass 3
2010 Distinction 17 Merit 29 Pass 3

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing Vocational Results (From 2010)

Grade Result Amount Result Amount Result Amount
Intermediate Foundation

Distinction

(2 over 90%)

4 Merit 1 Pass 1
Intermediate Distinction 5 Merit 9 Pass 4

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