Teaching Staff

Topaz Dance Studios

Principal: Harriet Dunford BA(Hons), ISTD DDE, RAD RTS

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Harriet Dunford is the principal of Topaz Dance Studios. Harriet has trained since the age of 4 in ISTD Tap and Modern, and RAD Ballet. After completing her GCSE and A-Level studies in Dance at Crispin School and Strode College, she went onto study Ballet Education at the Royal Academy of Dance, graduating with a BA(Hons) degree.

Harriet then successfully secured a teaching job at one of the leading dance schools in South West London, working with over 150 children a week within a diverse range of dance styles. She has also worked in nurseries across the south west of London, gaining valuable knowledge about teaching dance to younger children.

Alongside this work, Harriet has continued with her professional training and gained two Level 4 Diplomas from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in Tap and Modern Dance Education.

Assistant Principal; Daisy Gray

Daisy Gray is the Assistant Principal at Topaz Dance Studios. Daisy attended weekly dance classes from the age of 6, training in RAD Ballet, ISTD Modern, Musical Theatre, contemporary and Speech & Drama. After completing her GCSE she went on to Bridgwater college leaving with triple distinction stars in performing arts.

After auditioning for professional schools in London, she was accepted into London Studio Centre where she completed a foundation degree. Daisy then went on to be accepted to Bird College on their Dance and Musical Theatre programme.

After finishing her training in London, Daisy joined the Topaz Team in September 2018.

Since joining Topaz Dance Studios, Daisy has gained a teaching qualification in performing arts.

Daisy specialises in Musical Theatre, Commercial and Drama.

Dance Teacher – Phoebe Glauert

I started dancing when I was 3 years old at Mountway School of Dance, and then later I attended Trull School of Dance. During my time at these schools, I gained high results in both the ISTD and RAD syllabi. As well as this, I have studied in both GCSE at secondary school and BTEC Level 3 at Bridgwater and Taunton College, leaving with 2 Distinction Stars and a Distinction.

After finishing college I auditioned for London Studio Centre and MEPA College, receiving places at both. However, I later realised that performance path was not for me.

I am proud of my achievements in dance and my love and passion for it is ever growing. I’m super excited to be carrying on my dancing journey with Topaz.

Miss Abby – Saturday School Teacher

 

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