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Jade Harrison – Principal

Jade has a passion for dance and shares her passion with all of the students in her school.


Jade is a registered ballet teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and is a registered teacher with the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) enabling her to teach modern Jazz and Tap dancing. She also holds qualifications with the NCSSE for Cheer Dance, Stunts and Tumbling. She has danced from the age of 3 with 19 years teaching experience.

Prior to opening her own school, she spent many years working in the building industry, working her way up through the ranks to a very senior role. The dream however was always to share her love of dance and encourage young students to follow her lead. She continued her training whilst working full time with a major house builder until the opportunity arose to join forces with her Mum to open Jade Harrison School of Dance.

As a qualified RAD teacher Jade is able to teach students safely, ensuring that young children’s bones and muscles are looked after. Dance with the correct teaching improves posture, flexibility and stamina.

Jade holds an Enhanced Disclosure (police clearance as recommended for working with children) and she undertakes continuous Professional Development attending courses held by the RAD to ensure up to the minute knowledge and teaching skills. More recently she has qualified in Progressing Ballet Technique and offers this to all of her dedicated Ballet students.

 

Lynda Harrison.

Jade's Mum and Business Partner. We finally fulfilled our dream!

Lynda worked for many years in a stressful management role in the building industry but the dream was always to join forces with Jade to open a spectacular dance school providing arguably the best facilities in the North East.  Lynda meets and greets, runs the café and dancewear shop and works behind the scenes with Jade to ensure that the school administration runs smoothly. 

 

Rebecca Tait BA(Hons) Ballet Education RAD RTS

Rebecca grew up in Morpeth, Northumberland where her love of ballet began. To pursue her dream of becoming a ballet teacher, she moved to London in 2011 where she attended the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) headquarters in Battersea. 

At the RAD Rebecca trained on the full time degree programme achieving a BA (Hons) in Ballet Education. As part of her degree, Rebecca taught on placement in various sectors, including private, public and community, giving her a well-rounded teacher training. Repertoire, choreography, anatomy and notation were covered in the course. She also took class everyday developing her own ballet technique to a very high standard. Rebecca has taken all of her examinations with the RAD. Rebecca's degree provided her with Registered Teachers Status (RTS) allowing her to enter students for examinations with the RAD. 

To take her teaching to the highest level, Rebecca specialised in the work of the RAD by training in the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance (LRAD). This intense period of study provided her with an in-depth understanding of the RAD syllabus by consolidating and developing her learning.

Upon graduating in 2014, Rebecca moved to York where she worked as a freelance ballet teacher for 3 years. She taught at 2 local ballet schools where she taught Pre-School classes all the way through to adults, choreographing dances for school shows, and entering many students for RAD graded and vocational examinations with outstanding results. In her time in York, Rebecca also taught unset ballet classes for the Dance Society at the University of York, and danced as part of the BBC documentary "Our Dancing Town".

Rebecca actively keeps her teaching practice up to date by attending various Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses provided by the RAD.

Moving back to Northumberland in 2017, Rebecca founded her own ballet school, Ballet Bleu Academy, teaching classes around the Morpeth area. Rebecca is passionate about teaching and loves sharing her knowledge and experience with her students. She is very excited to be a part of the teaching team at Jade Harrison School of Dance! 

 Rebecca

Hannah Francis.

Miss Hannah has danced with us in all genres since being a tiny tot and has already completed 5 years teacher training with Miss Jade. Having always achieved outstanding results in her Graded and Vocational Exams it is no surprise to us that she has now passed her Acrobatic Art teachers exams with flying colours. Miss Hannah is most definitely part of the family and all of our students all love her!
 Hannah Francis

Peter Allsopp.

Peter has been working as a pianist and composer for many years and we are delighted that he still finds time to play for our senior students. He studied music at Huddersfield and Newcastle Universities and gained an LRSM Diploma in Piano Performance in 1997. He is an experienced dance accompanist and has worked with the Hammond School, Royal Ballet School, Elmhurst Ballet, Mark Morris Dance company and Billy Elliot.

He recently performed in the first production of Alan Plater's final play Looking for Buddy, His other shows include West Side Story at the Sunderland Empire and High Society, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Witches of Eastwick at Theatre Royal Newcastle. He writes music for TV and Radio.

We love Peters wicked sense of humour too and he always puts our students at ease. Even during big exams!

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Cassie Valentine

Our School Mascot!

Cassie is adored by Jade and Lynda and has a very important role in that she keeps them both sane when the going gets tough.  She’s a cute school mascot too!