Meet the Team of The Lodge School of Theatre Dance
All staff are fully qualified members of the 'Royal Academy of Teachers of Dance' and the 'Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance'
"I have been teaching now for over 25 years and it is a passion and vocation for me. I never stop learning and wanting to develop myself further to give my pupils and students the best possible grounding to go forward with their lives in the worlds they have chosen; be it academia or theatre. I am passionate beyond anything about quality and not quantity and customer service. We live in a world where I think these things are sometimes forgotten about. There are so many Dancing schools/ colleges all saying the same things about their schools and what they offer and yet more and more we find that students who come to us late in their training need re-building technically and have absolutely no idea and education in where they're going other than the fact that they want to dance or perform for a career. This horrifies me. As a parent myself when you send your children to a hobby and let's be honest this is how anything starts you hope and trust that the people you are paying money to are qualified to work with your child and have an understanding of the profession they are in, but this is simply not the case. Franchises are also popping up everywhere, giving anyone a license to open a theatre school, these are frightening times! At The lodge all our Staff are Home grown. These are ex-pupils who have been trained by me and who I know are singing off the same hymn book. We are a small school and we have weekly staff meetings to discuss all classes and their progress and where we see what each child needs in order to develop them further. I as principal can name every child and teach 99% of all the pupils at The Lodge at least once a week giving me a hands on approach at all times. I care passionately about the standard of our work. I believe that if you are going to do something then you might as well do it well so although some of our children will always just want to dance for a hobby, how wonderful to be able to do this to a high standard and for those that want this as a career then I know we will of done our job to provide these individuals with an all-round training to go into the business. Providing them with the support when the time comes in audition technique etc. along with our many links to the Full time Vocational Colleges. Most if not all our students leave with the following qualifications as the norm. Advanced 1 Ballet RAD (passed with Merit or Distinction) Advanced 2 Modern and Tap RAD (Distinctions) DDE Modern Theatre (Awarded) this is the only mark available within the result criteria. This enables our students to go onto the top colleges to no longer worry about still taking exams but to just spend 3 years of their course perfecting their art. I hope that every child/student that walks through our doors will look back on their time with us and consider it to be one of the best parts of their lives. I want the Lodge to feel like a family a sense of belonging. If you have read this and looked at our website and would like to come and meet me and view our classes please contact me further."
"I love working with the children at The Lodge, it is a place where children flourish and are really cared about. Each week Sarah-Jane and I discuss each child and their personal needs and progress. It is a joy to work with such lovely children."
Lyndsey has trained with Sarah-Jane Bullock since age 11, when she joined the school (formally known as Beryl Jarvis School of Theatre Dance). Lyndsey has studied in RAD and ISTD Ballet and ISTD Modern. Lyndsey went on to qualify as a teacher under the guidance of Sarah-Jane and following an apprenticeship with the school, Lyndsey has become a member of the teaching staff at The Lodge.
"I met Sara-Jane 12 years ago when my daughter, Emma joined Beryl Jarvis School of Theatre Dance, now The Lodge, as a student. After a few years I volunteered to help with sewing costumes for shows. As Emma progressed through the school, my role became more involved with more costume making for the shows. Sarah-Jane then approached me to start The Lodge shop on Saturday mornings. At 18, Emma chose to go to Ballet West in Scotland. I continued my involvement at The Lodge attending to the fitting and making of costumes , as chaperone to students when performing, and with additional administration responsibilities."
"The Lodge is a wonderful school to teach at and be a part of. There are many talented dancers that are a delight to teach and work with. The Lodge provides an excellent foundation of technique in ballet, tap, modern and jazz"
Stephanie graduated from Bird College with a first class BA (hons) in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre. Stephanie is currently a member of The Pulse Collective and has performed with them at different events and shows. She is an assistant coach for the England Tap Team and co-choreographed World Champion winning dances for the adult and junior formations at the World Tap Championships in 2014. She is currently teaching tap and street dance for The Lodge.
Stephanie attended The Lodge (formerly known as Beryl Jarvis School of Theatre Dance) at the age of three and studied ballet, tap and modern until she went to Bird College at eighteen. In 2010 she captained the England Tap Team gaining the silver medal in the World Tap Championships in Germany and made it to the live semi-finals of Sky 1's Got To Dance with Tap Attack. Since graduating with a first class BA (hons) in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre, Stephanie successfully became a member of the Pulse Collective who she trains and performs regularly with. She is an assistant coach for the England Tap Team and co-choreographed the World Champion dances for the adult formation in 2013 and 2014 and the junior formation in 2014 at the World Tap Championships. Alongside performing and teaching dance, Stephanie also teaches Les Mills BodyCombat at local gyms.
After a training at Tring Park Jane then graduated from the Royal Academy of dancing and spent her first year teaching in Spain, Valencia.
She then worked with Daphne Lungaro in Malta for 3 1/2 years and returned to England and taught in the Reading area.
She's delighted and privileged to cover the classes at the lodge Theatre School of dance and loves to see the children's incredible improvement and 'upping their game' each time.
"I studied at Beryl Jarvis (now The Lodge School of Dance) from the age of 12; I was completely supported in my love for theatre and encouraged to push myself in every single class, without fail! The drive for professionalism and hard-work within the school is one of its greatest qualities. Furthermore, it is the variety of training and discipline given at The Lodge that sets its pupils apart from the competition -which is what really counts in this industry- and the tuition I received with Sarah-Jane enabled me to gain scholarship entry to my desired college for further education; I was able to start my professional career as a performer with confidence. I'm so grateful for the experiences I had whilst at Beryl Jarvis, and I wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else."
Eloise has just graduated from Bird College with distinction; she was awarded the Doreen Bird Foundation Award for Further Development and the Acting Award for her year.
Since graduating, she has worked with Simeon Qsyea (JLS, DV8) on the dance film project 'Fallen', which was released over Christmas, and was involved in a workshop for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical; she has also successfully auditioned for Sol Dans Company.
At college she enjoyed playing Maggie Jones in 42nd Street, amongst other roles, and performed in a diverse range of dance routines; she also worked hard as a dance captain.
As a child Eloise was in the Original Cast of Billy Elliot the Musical in London, and also appeared on Strictly Dance Fever as part of the company.
”My daughter has been attending classes with Sarah-Jane for the last 10 years and has thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. The tuition throughout has been second to none and this has been reflected in outstanding exam results in every dance subject, distinctions across the board! In addition there have been excellent opportunities for her to participate in numerous competitions and dance performances through the school, which have all provided great stage experience. I can highly recommend The Lodge for any young person wanting to maximise their dance potential whilst making great friends at the same time.”
- Paul Knowlson, Daughter Angela Knowlson 12 years -