MEET THE TEAM

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WENDY WHATLING (AISTD Dip)

CEO & PRINCIPLE

Dancing from a young age, Wendy qualified as a teacher with the ISTD at 18.

 

Whilst performing and choreographing, Wendy started her own school in 1999, training dancers from age 3 to adult, specialising in Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre, Jazz and Tap, with Contemporary Dance, Musical Theatre and Pilates also being a huge part of her studio.

Many of Wendy’s students have gone on to dance professionally & continued their studies further after successfully gaining entry into many of the top dance institutes in the country.

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AMY FITZGERALD (DDI)

CONTEMPORARY  & MODERN

Amy started studying all genres of dance at a very young age and didn’t look back. Her passion for the arts continued to grow and the stage became her home. From dance schools to theatre performances and many international jobs. It wasn’t long before her heart wanted to explore the world of teaching.

 

Amy has worked with many state and academy schools in Sussex, inspiring the young to embark on the GCSE Dance programme and perform where possible. Amy has a Diploma of Modern Theatre and is looking forward to broadening her knowledge and CPD. To teach another is to pass on a passion and help drive that passion to its’ full potential. 

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CHLOE VAN DER MEULEN  (DDE)

BALLET

Chloë has been teaching at WWSD since 2016.

 

Chloë is originally from York and trained in RAD Classical Ballet up to Advanced level.

 

After 8 years in the legal sector and the birth of her daughter, Chloë obtained her ISTD DDI in Imperial Classical Ballet. She is currently working towards her DDE in Ballet and Classical Greek (qualifying July 2020). 

 

Having a life-long passion for dance, Chloë takes regular class herself and also works for a national dance charity.

 

Chloë also has a Degree in Geology & French

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GEMMA GARDNER (DDE)

TAP

Gemma trained in all genres of dance from a young age. She then went on to study at Chichester College where she gained her DDI and DDE teaching qualifications.

 

She currently teaches Tap, Modern, Jazz and Street Dance in dance schools throughout the South. Gemma is also a member of the Further Education Team for ICTheatre Brighton teaching Jazz Technique and Tap to their Diploma Students.

 

In the past, Gemma has choreographed musicals for Brighton College Prep School (‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’ and ‘Into the Woods’) and Apollo Productions (‘High School Musical’).

Gemma’s other passion is singing and is a member of BHOS choir taking part in termly showcases, charity events and singing performances through out the south.

ELOISE JONES (DDI)

BALLET

Eloise started dancing at the age of 11 at Stonelands school of ballet and theatre arts. She then moved to London where she continued her training at London Studio Centre for 3 years graduating in 2010 with a degree in Dance.

 

Eloise travelled the world dancing in the shows on various cruise ship companies including Princess, Carnival and Costa. She also lived in Paris where she danced as a showgirl in La Nouvelle eve.

 

Eloise completed here teacher training and with such a strong passion for dance loves passing on her knowledge and experience to the next future dancers. 

LAURA TOMPKINS

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR

Laura trained at London Studio Centre gaining a BA (hons) in Dance. After a professional career performing in theatre and film, Laura moved on to work in production & management for West End, UK & International shows for David Ian Productions. 

 

During her time with the company, productions included: Magic Mike Live (London), Grease (UK Tour), Annie (UK Tour/ West End), Show Boat (West End), Evita (International Tour), Chicago (UK/European Tour), The Bodyguard (UK Tour/West End), CATS (UK Tour/West End), Jersey Boys (UK Tour), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (UK Tour), Gypsy (West End). 

Laura was also Children's Coordinator for the 2019/20 UK Tours of Annie and The Bodyguard.

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