Sylvan School of Dance was established in 2012 following the retirement of the school’s former principal. With the help of the new teaching team the school continues to go from strength to strength.
Principal – Jena Tyler LRAD AISTD
I started dancing at the age of 3 as I was ‘clumsy’ and quickly decided that dance was my favourite pastime. My secondary education was at Thornden School and then Barton Peveril College whilst training at a local dance school where I loved performing in dance festivals and school shows. I then spent three years studying at the Royal Academy of Dance in London gaining a First Class honours degree in the Art and Teaching of Ballet and my teaching qualifications from the RAD and ISTD.
I have now been teaching for over 15 years and take great pride in providing quality dance education to the young people in my care.
I started dancing at the age of 3 at my local dancing school and very quickly realised I had a passion for dancing. At 16 I furthered my dance training at English National Ballet School and Central School of Ballet in London.
After graduating I spent many years touring Europe in several shows including ‘Elvis the Musical’ and ‘Fame’. Eventually I decided I wanted a more settled lifestyle and began teaching at several different dance schools in the area. I love teaching and passing on my passion for ballet to the next generation.
I began dancing at a young age at my mother’s dance school and enjoyed all aspects of dance but my passion has always been tap. I have now been teaching for 18 years at a number of local dance schools and Southampton University. My teaching has also enabled me to pursue my love of choreography. I have had the privilege of choreographing several award-winning numbers as well as school shows and university events.
Joanna trained with the Dorothy Coleborn School of Dance in Bath and Bristol School of Dance before gaining a place at Doreen Bird College of Performing arts in Sidcup, Kent. Throughout her training, Joanna took all her dance exams with both the ISTD and RAD and studied all aspects of performing arts. She also studied for all three of her ISTD teaching qualifications gaining distinction in her tap, modern and ballet exams. Since graduating, Joanna has danced for Princess and Thomson Cruise Lines and performed in several National Pantomimes. Other theatre credits include ‘Spirit of Broadway’, ‘Dance Jubilee’ and ‘Dance Crazy’. She has toured internationally with both ‘Spirit of the Dance and Belinda King Ltd Dance as Dance Captain and has been assistant choreographer to Paul Walsh and Keith Dunn with Princess Cruises. Joanna has been teaching for the last 15 years in various schools in & around London specialising in modern, tap and jazz dance. She was previously Deputy Head of Dance for the Day school at The Arts Educational School, Chiswick, London.
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