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Meet the Performing Arts Tutors

Annarita Mazzilli
Lead Tutor Performing Arts

Annarita is from Bari in Italy. In 2003 she graduated with a BA in Dance from Bretton Hall College (Leeds University), and in 2006 she became a member of Transitions Dance Company and completed her MA in Dance Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Annarita's ballet classes are based on the Royal Academy of Dance technique and style, and her contemporary dance classes are based on principles of Release and Limon techniques. The main emphasis is placed on, breath skeletal alignment, joint articulation, ease of muscular tension and the use of gravity and momentum to facilitate movement. Classes include floor work and fast pace travelling sequences. In her classes, Annarita's aim is to develop the participants’ own movement and artistic voice through acquiring dance skills, engaging with others and providing them with opportunities for exploration and experimentation.

Annarita Mazzilli Lead Tutor Performing Arts      Annarita Mazzilli Lead Performing Arts Tutor

Rowena Ritchie
Flamenco Tutor

Rowena has been teaching children and adults since 1998. An accomplished flamenco dancer gifted with an instinctive style and spirited presence in her performance and teaching, she is a highly regarded teacher in the London Flamenco scene.

A compassionate yet ambitious teacher, Rowena particularly enjoys the achievements of her students. Rowena trained in London and in Jerez de la Frontera with many of the top flamenco teachers.

As well as her regular teaching commitments, she has delivered successful workshops for schools, events and at festivals, and for notable institutions including Sadlers Wells, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Barbican. She has also produced many flamenco shows for theatre and festivals, as well choreography and advice for film and theatre.

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Cid Shaha
Bollywood and Kathak Tutor 

Cid Shaha is a highly demanded Kathak, Folk and Contemporary dancer. Cid graduated with various awards from the prestigious Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts in Bangladesh and was invited to the UK to be the lead dancer in a variety of dance dramas. Since having come to the UK, Cid has also added ballet and stilt dancing to his dance repertoire.  

Cid is a very popular dance teacher for Bollywood and Kathak. His Kathak classes are based on the teaching of Guru Shibli Mohammad and his Bollywood classes are a fusion of various dance styles. In his classes, Cid does not only  focus on teaching his students the technical skills of dancing, but he also aims to awaken the artistic skills and passion for movement in each of his students.

Cid Shaha Bollywood Tutor

Frances Pace
Argentine Tango Tutor

Frances Pace has been teaching and performing partner dance in the UK and abroad for over 14 years.  For the last 10 years she has specialised in Argentine tango.  As well as teaching, she runs her own 'milonga' (tango night-club) - Tango Instinct - a vibrant part of the social dancing scene in London.                                                                                 
Frances's in-depth knowledge of technique really gets to the heart of tango and helps students develop their confidence and style. She is passionate about teaching – focusing on what will help each person enjoy their dance more – and she loves being inspired by the people she dances and teaches with. Frances also specialises in exploring the emotional and psychological aspects of dancing.




Donald Gamble
Hand Drumming and Percussion Skills Tutor

Donald is an accomplished percussionist who has been teaching children and adults since 1994, developing much teaching experience working in schools and colleges.  In his classes Donald's focus is on teaching the technical skills of hand drumming, but he also aims to awaken creativity and passion amongst his students.

Donald has toured, played and recorded with Courtney Pine, Ronnie Laws, Jean Toussaint, Brian Auger, Mother Earth and Corduroy amongst many others.  He has toured and travelled extensively to countries including Japan, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, West Africa, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Columbia, Australia, Israel, Turkey, Greece, Russia, Canada and many other countries.  He has much experience working with jazz, pop and world music.  He has created a unique and personal style and approach to his percussion work. 

Donald is passionate about his teaching and has established a very stimulating and successful teaching approach that continues to inspire creativity with his students.

Joyce Gyimah
Jazz, Contemporary and Ballet Tutor  

Joyce is an experienced dance teacher and movement specialist working in a range of genres from Jazz Dance, Contemporary and Ballet.  Her training began at Lewisham college followed by degree level study at Trinity Laban  conservatoire of music and Dance.  Since Graduating in 2002, Joyce has worked as a freelance dance artist and manager for a range of dance institutions and organisations including  Trinity Laban, Greenwich Dance Agency, Greenwich Musical Theatre, Union Dance, UK Foundation for Dance, Tavaziva Dance to name a few.

Joyce has delivered and facilitated workshops, residencies and choreographic projects in a range of dance styles. Joyce is well known for her passion for teaching Mattox Jazz technique, as well as Contemporary and creative dance forms.

She has taught one off workshops and long-term courses for actors, dancers and dance enthusiasts. Joyce provides a safe, fun and nurturing environment for students of all abilities. 

Claude Alexander
Piano and Keyboard Tutor

Born in Los Angeles in 1953, Claude moved to London in 1996 and works as a jazz pianist and in a broad variety of settings as a music teacher.  He is a formally qualified teacher with an honours degree in music education from London Metropolitan University, a qualification in lifelong learning from Birkbeck College, UCL, and other teacher-related training.

Committing to teaching music in 2000, Claude teaches singing and any common instrument to beginner to advanced level students of any age (6+).  Although specialising in jazz, he happily teaches in most western music genres and to advance GCSE, BTEC and ‘A’ level music skills and coursework.

Claude’s vision, ‘philosophy’ and strategies for progressing musicianship are drawn, aside from his formal training, from years of study with the globally renowned jazz saxophonist Warne Marsh and his equally famous jazz teacher and (blind) pianist Lennie Tristano, a peer and colleague of Charlie Parker’s.  Nevertheless, details of the curricula and practical exercises that Claude employs for students are his own design and tailored to meet students’ individual needs and goals.  He is particularly specialised in devising simple, musical exercise structures for advancing practical fluency with all elements of music – and prioritising student enjoyment in lessons and when practising at home!