Sophie Huntley- Principal
(DDE BALLET, TAP, MODERN THEATRE)
Sophie Huntley trained at the highly regarded Deborah Lamb Theatre school from the age of 9, completing her ISTD vocational dance exams in Modern, Tap, Jazz and RAD examinations in Ballet. Whilst training, she had many performance opportunities in Professional Pantomimes in Eastbourne and Tunbridge Wells, Performances at West End Theatres with the “Young Performers Production” and “Mardi Gras Challenge”, on board the MSC Armonia cruise ship for five evening performances and many annual shows and festivals.
Following her completion of A Levels she then went on to study at Performers College in Essex on a 1 year foundation course. She studied a range of different dance styles and received training in acting and singing as well. After completing this course Sophie was accepted onto 4 different Musical Theatre courses at professional colleges. She received sponsorship from the Lionel Bart Foundation to pursue her teachers training.
Choosing to pursue a teaching career Sophie is a member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and has completed her Diploma in Dance Education for Modern Theatre, Tap and Imperial Ballet under the tuition of Deborah Lamb. Sophie has a full DBS check and is first aid trained.
She currently works at many local dance schools in the Sussex area teaching a variety of ages from 2 years- 18years. She established SLH Dance Academy in September 2014 and since opening many of Sophie’s students have gained brilliant examination results under her tuition and she has a 100% pass rate of students entered in for exams with many achieving high distinctions and merits.
(Musical Theatre and modern Teacher)
Zara trained at Deborah Lamb Theatre Arts and then London Studio Centre on their BA (Hons) Theatre Dance course. During this time she studied a variety of styles of dance, singing and acting, before joining the musical theatre company ‘Seedtime’ in her third year. Upon graduation, Zara flew to Florida for rehearsals with Jean Ann Ryan productions and performed on board the Voyager for Regent Seven seas cruises. Returning from this Zara worked for Siblu Europe over in France and choreographed their shows. Working Freelance, Zara has performed within the UK and in Geneva. In the past few years Zara has turned her focus to teaching Dance and singing. She holds a Diploma in Teaching Contemporary singing and is just in the final stages of her Diploma in Dance Education in modern dance. Zara also loves tap dance and holds a Foundation Diploma in Tap Dancing. Zara is very much looking forward to continuing teaching at SLH dance academy and hopes to share her passion for musical theatre with the students.
Tabitha Mcconnell –
(Modern and tap teacher)
Tabitha has enjoyed dancing from a young age: attaining vocational examinations across Tap; Classical Greek; Modern Theatre; Imperial and Cecchetti ballet. She additionally has musical and dramatic training. Having recently achieved a first class (Hons) in her BSc Sport and Exercise Science at Brighton university Tabitha wishes to use this to assist her dancers. She has choreographed from a young age for both competitions and performances, which is what inspired her to teach and share her knowledge with children. Tabitha will be continuing her higher-level teacher training in Tap, one of her favourite genres, and thoroughly enjoys teaching and choreographing for all ages.