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Bounce Dance Academy

Here at Bounce we are passionate about dance and how our sessions are delivered. All our sessions are inclusive, are in a safe and fun environment and our teaching policy is to encourage, nurture and use praise. We aim to deliver high quality classes where individual’s needs are met within a group environment. All our staff at Bounce Dance Academy are professionally trained and have industry experience. All Staff participate in continued professional development (CPD), including first aid, fire training and genre specific courses.

We organise Royal Academy of Dance exams and class awards on a regular basis. They are held in one of our studios and give students an excellent opportunity to perform and excel as well as giving students a great sense of achievement.

We organise as many opportunities as possible for our students to perform. We organise performances for students so they can show-case their work and show off their talent.

Performances create an opportunity for students to work towards a goal and push themselves. These opportunities help to improve students’ confidence and self-esteem in a friendly and supportive environment.

Performances vary from class presentations at the end of term in front of parents and carers to yearly theatre productions where we collaborate all our schools and classes together. The whole show is costumed and is a great opportunity for students!

For students who show great potential, dedication and determination we have performance groups that are by invite only. For students who are part of these groups, their past performances include ‘Royal Cornwall Show’, ‘The Hall for Cornwall’, Kids for Cornwall, The Platform, Move it and many more in and across Cornwall.

Rachel Pearse

Rachel trained at the Hammond School of Dance where she gained her Advanced Vocational grade and teaching exams in; RAD Ballet, ISTD Ballet, Modern Theatre, Tap and National and in 2007 gained her Cert. Ed. Rachel taught at the Hammond School for 2 years where she was head of Year 7 vocational students, the Associates and the Hammond JA’s.

Rachel then went on to perform across the UK for many years, acting as Head girl on all her contracts and choreographing shows. Rachel then travelled the world working as a dancer on cruise ships!

When Rachel decided to settle down in Cornwall, Bounce Dance Academy was established! Over the last 12 years the school has grown from strength to strength and Rachel is very proud of the students and staff and the achievements that have been made. Rachel also still choreographs shows for professional dancers in the UK.

Emma Handley

Emma achieved her BA (Hons) Dance at Wolverhampton University back in 2008. Emma has been a dancer in several performances with Wayne Sleep and has been a backing dancer for many famous music artistes such as Katrina and the Waves.

Emma was a dance coach in Birmingham and the West Midlands before returning to Cornwall where she has since been working for Bounce Dance academy. Emma has now been working for Bounce Dance Academy for 7 years and has an excellent rapport with the students.

Hayley Mottershead

Hayley has been part of Bounce for 10 years. Throughout this time Hayley has taught Ballet and Street dance and worked in the office, as well as taking time to see the world!

Hayley has worked all over the world with renowned coaches in hip hop, cheer leading, gymnastics and has a wealth of knowledge. We are looking forward to welcoming Hayley back to a permanent position in September!

Jan Chamberlain

Jan trained at the Northern Ballet School in Manchester. Jan then went on to perform in pantomimes across the UK and travelled the world performing on cruise ships. Jan recently performed on Britain’s Got Talent and is part of a singing group the ‘Velvet Divas’.

Jan has been working for Bounce Dance Academy for 11 years and is a dedicated member of the team teaching her students throughout this time.

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