Meet the Team


Meet The Team

Welcome to our friendly, enthusiastic and loyal team. We like to reassure customers that our teachers all hold nationally recognized professional dance teaching qualifications. We endeavour to not only achieve excellent standards and enthusiasm within our school but create a warm friendly family of which many students have been with us since young children through to professional themselves, opening the path way to every aspect of dance for the individual this may just mean being part of a community or to perform and achieve all that dance has to offer as a career.

 

Cara-Lea Beesley
Cara-Lea-Beesley

Principal of the dance school. L.I.S.T.D. IN BOTH DISCO FREESTYLE AND ROCK ‘N’ ROLL, Zumba trained and Burlesque Fitness, E.T.M, Lecturer and adjudicator for I.S.T.D

Cara-Lea Beesley established the dance school in 1992 with a wealth of knowledge in a variety of dance styles from Ballet, Tap and Modern, all 10 Ballroom and Latin styles, Disco Freestyle, Street and Rock ‘n’ Roll. Covering festival work and competing in the Freestyle, and Ballroom and Latin circles. With high standard of teaching abilities Cara-Lea was put forward for the Phyllis Taylor Scholarship at the start of her career. She has lectured for the Imperial freestyle congresses on many occasions and has adjudicated for I.S.T.D. area competitions for over 15 years all over the country.

 

 

 

 

 

Sian Marshall 

Sian MarshallA.I.S.T.D., First qualification for Rock ‘n’ Roll, Burlesque Fitness, and Fight Klub

I have been dancing with Cara-Lea Dance Studios for over 16 years. In this time I have competed at many area competitions, and I was a finalist at the Grand National Finals Day. At the age of 8 Cara-Lea kindly asked me if I would demonstrate in a lecture for the Imperial. I have passed all my Disco Freestyle and Rock ‘n’ Roll examinations, including distinctions and 99% passes. I am also proud to say that I passed my Grade 1 – 6 ALL with Distinction. I have been lucky enough to perform at Disneyland Paris, Royal Albert Hall, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Sadlers Wells, Pontins and all of our local school shows. I have over 8 year’s class assistance experience within the school which is invaluable to creating knowledge. I have choreographed for many dances in shows for the school. For my work experience in year 10 I had the privilege to work for Cara-Lea Dance Studios, and now that dream has come true and I work full time as Cara-Lea’s Personal Assistant, as well as teaching many classes for the school in the area and heading many of our parties.

 

 

Abigail Stearn 

Abigail StearnA.I.S.T.D., First qualification for Rock ‘n’ Roll and Burlesque Fitness

I have been dancing at Cara-Lea Dance Studios since the age of 5. I entered my first under 6 exam and from there went on to complete all my Disco Freestyle and Rock ’n’ Roll examinations. I have competed in competitions for over 12 years where I not only competed solo but with a partner and in teams. I have also performed in many venues such as Her Majesty’s Theatre, Sadlers Wells, Royal Albert Hall, Disneyland Paris and many local events as well as school shows. I have completed all grade examinations 1-6 and recently passed my student and teachers exams both with distinctions. I currently do ballet where I have done grade 6 and 7 and now am working towards grade 8, which compliments one of my favorite styles in freestyle which the lyrical work. I currently teach at the dance studio on Thursdays from preschool classes to the advanced competitors, I also enjoy supporting the competitions and encouraging our up and coming talents within the school.

 

 

 

 

 

Hayley Mead  

Hayley Mead

 A.I.S.T.D., First qualification for Rock ‘n’ Roll

I’ve been dancing with the Cara-Lea School of Dance for 14 years (I was 6 when I first started) and I fell in love with the hobby straight away. By the age of 7 I was competing in area competitions and have made it to the national finals on 3 occasions. I have also had the opportunity and pleasure of dancing on amazing stages such as Her Majesty’s Theatre, Sadlers Wells, The Royal Albert Hall, Disneyland Paris and not forgetting Pontins! I have passed all Disco Freestyle exams including the Peggy Spencer Award and have passed up to Supreme award in Rock n Roll and with distinctions. I have also passed all 6 graded examinations. It was after passing grade 6 that I chose to leave competing behind and concentrate on studying for my professional exams. I was already assisting in a weekly class at the time and it seemed the natural progression given my love of dance and teaching. I also love the Latin section of the Saturday classes which I would love to develop in the future. I have now passed both my student teacher disco freestyle exam and student teacher rock ‘n’ roll exam and have most recently passed my associate exam in disco freestyle. I have now been assisting in classes for over 3 years and still love dancing as much as I did (if not more!) than in that first lesson!