Dancer performing a pirouette

Staff at Hoylake School of Dance

Clare Calder-Behzadi (Principal) RAD Teach Cert, Advanced RAD Ballet, IDTA Associate Ballet, Tap & Modern

Clare trained at The Elliott-Clarke School of Dance and Drama and taught her first ballet class at the age of 14. At 16 she attended The West Street School for Classical Ballet and Performing Arts in Covent Garden, London. She also held several titles for Disco dancing (now called Freestyle) and worked on many professional shows at theatres such as the Liverpool Empire, Neptune Theatre Liverpool, Floral Pavilion and many more, performing in pantomimes and variety shows with various celebrities. At 16 she also performed in Yorkshire Television's production of Demob with Les Dawson, Gryff Rhys-Jones, Martin Clunes and Samantha (Janus) Womack. Clare was the Juvenile Co-ordinator for First Family Entertainment on their Christmas pantomimes at the Liverpool Empire for 3 years running, and has just finished 5 years on the North of England committee for the Royal Academy of Dance. Clare has been the school's principal since it opened in 1996.

Louise Rutter ALAM (Deputy Principal) LAMDA Acting ALAM & LLAM, IDTA Associate Ballet, Tap & Modern

Louise trained at the Elliott-Clarke School of Dance and Drama then later at Hoylake School of Dance. She graduated from Liverpool Hope University with a degree in Creative & Performing Arts in 2004. She has taught dance and drama at Hoylake School of Dance for many years and was appointed Deputy Principal in 2006. Louise teaches right across the age ranges at the school and has also taught in several Primary & Secondary Schools across the Wirral. Louise worked professionally with the Everyman Theatre Company and also appeared in Brookside & Hollyoaks. Louise teaches various subjects and oversees the running of the school's 10 competition teams.

Tilly Parry - MA in Education

Tilly started dancing at the age of 7, studying Freestyle, Latin and Ballroom styles, she competed most weekends nationwide. Her main successes were: British freestyle champion, 3rd in Europe, winning the prestigious ‘La Classique de Danse’ award and being a part of Team England and Team Norway in international competitions. While dancing competitively, Tilly also trained in theatre styles starting at Elliott Clarke School and then later Hoylake School of Dance, where she trained in RAD Ballet, ISTD Modern and Tap, and Drama. She danced in many pantomimes and shows at the Floral Pavillion,  Neptune Theatre (now the Epstein), Playhouse and the Liverpool Empire. Her early diverse dance training prepared her to progress through to degree level, and university is where she found her love for teaching. Tilly is qualified to teach Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Freestyle, Movement to Music, 11-18 education covering GCSE, A LEVEL and BTEC qualifications. She has furthered her own knowledge and understanding by successfully completing an MA in Education.

Charlotte Kelly-Mohamed - Dance IDTA Associate

Charl has been part of HSOD since she was 6 and has been on the teaching staff for several years. She is a big part of the commercial side of the school sharing her passion for Contemporary and Street dance. She works on 4 of the school's competition teams and her enthusiasm is infectious!

Clare Tucker - Singing (Classical & Musical Theatre)

Clare is a professional opera singer who performs across the UK as well as teaching both privately and for our school. She has many musical qualifications and has been with us for many years. Musical theatre songs are worked on in the lesson as well as scales, breathing, music theory etc. Clare teaches the many elements required to sing technically correctly.

Rebecca Chapman - Dance IDTA Associate

Rebecca has been a pupil at the school since the age of 4, she holds her Advanced RAD ballet exam (Merit) and Advanced Jazz (Distinction.) Rebecca joined the team in 2013 was delighted to be offered a full time position in Sept 2015, she assists the principal with the preparation of candidates for the RAD ballet exams, teaches a mixture of subjects and works on 2 of the school comp teams. Rebecca also holds her Gold LAMDA Acting exam (Merit).

Kate Mellors - Dance, Drama & Singing

Kate trained at HSOD from the age of 6 when the school opened until 17 when she took her training to professional level gaining Btec level 6 in Professional Musical Theatre at Liverpool Theatre School. During Kate's 3 years at LTSC she was the original Musical Theatre teacher as well as a drama teacher at the school. Upon graduation a move to London followed where she performed in several shows in and around London, since then Kate has travelled the world as a featured vocalist for Aida Cruise Line. Home called and we are delighed to welcome Kate back full time onto the team to teach a wide range of subjects.

Natalie Griffiths - Irish Dance IDTA Associate

Natalie has been a pupil at the school since the age of 3, she holds her Advanced RAD ballet exam (Merit) and Advanced 2 Jazz (Distinction) she is currently working for her Advanced 2 RAD ballet. Natalie assisted Charlotte with the Irish during the last school year and joined the team in September 2014 and is delighted to be teaching Irish to some of our younger pupils.

Sam Hulse - IDTA Associate

Sam studies at Merseyside Dance & Drama College and joined the team in 2016 to teach commercial. Sam is trained in many styles including Ballroom, Latin American, Ballet, Tap & Jazz but his main passion is Street style & Hip Hop. He is a Bboy and his crew the Funkymentals travel worldwide represtenting Liverpool.

Jean-Paul Jesstiece - Freerunning / Tumbling Coach L3

JP is Creative Director and part owner at Airborn Academy and is also a Stuntman. He has many film credits such as Pan, Street Fighter Resurrection & I Am Soldier and has worked on films with many famour actors such as Johnny Depp, Hugh Jackman & Billy Bob Thornton, we are delighted to have JP sharing his skills with us here at Hoylake.

Stephanie Brennan, Sophie Gradden, Charlotte English, Emily Chapman & Louise Jones also hold their Associate Teaching exams with IDTA and are available to cover classes when regular teaching staff are unavailable.

Several of our staff are Matrons with Wirral Borough Council and we fully support the new government ISA Vetting and Barring scheme.

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