At Aspire Dance Studio there are 3 teachers:
- Alex Bennett the Principal teaches Monday to Saturday for Tap, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Competition and Acrobatic Arts.
- Penny Hemms teaches Monday to Saturdays for Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Musical Theatre
- Donna Reid teaches Musical Theatre on Saturdays
- Olivia Sheppard Senior Student – Dance Captain
Alex Bennett nee (Thomas) – Principal
Trained as a child at Hereford Ballet School for 15 years and after completing A-Levels at Hereford Sixth Form, completed a 3 year BA (Hons) QTS Degree at Worcester University, to become a qualified Primary Teacher.
Started Aspire Dance Studio in 2008 along side studying at Dance Academy South West in Bristol. Fully qualified to teach up to major level in ISTD Tap, Modern and Jazz. Alex has many years’ experience in choreographing solos, duets, trios and groups dances for festivals, exams, shows and local events.
Alex has also taught Dance GCSE at Weobley High School for the past 8 years, and will be continuing to develop the subject within the school over the next few years.
Over the last 3 years Alex has lead Aspire Dance Studio to success at both Worcester and Gloucester Festivals where a number of dancers have qualified for championships and won many medals in both senior and junior age ranges.
Alex has recently completed her Acrobatic Arts training and is now a qualified Acrobatic Arts Module 2 Teacher.
Miss Penny Hemms
Penny began her dance training at the age of four in Charlton Kings. Her family relocated to Gloucester in 1986 and she enrolled at Gloucester Dance Studio where she continued her training in B.B.O Ballet, Modern and Tap until she was sixteen. She then attended Performers College in Essex and completed a three year full-time course in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre, gaining her Associate teaching certificates in I.S.T.D. Modern, Tap, Jazz and Ballet. Penny also choreographs festival solos and group pieces.
Penny has danced professionally in cabaret in London’s West End and performed at various famous locations including Wembley Stadium, the London Palladium and Her Majesty’s Theatre. Penny returned to Gloucester in 2001 and has been dance teaching around the county ever since. She has also continued to attend further teacher training and lectures in order to keep her qualifications up to date.
Penny joined the faculty of Aspire Dance Studios in January 2012 and is excited and proud to be part of a young, vibrant and talented school.
Penny has recently updated her ISTD Classical Ballet Qualification allowing her to enter pupils for exams up to Major Level.
Penny Hemms A.I.S.T.D. DDE
Olivia Sheppard – Senior Student Dance Captain – Olivia assists in a variety of classes as she has a keen interest to teach at some point in the future. Olivia is a great inspiration for the younger students as she has such a professional approach to her dance training and is determined to achieve her dream of going to dance college next year.