Classes and faculty

ATD is very proud to provide many varied workshops and masterclasses taken by industry professionals on a regular basis to work with our students.
Some of the workshops are taken by former students who are now teaching in dance colleges, working on the West End and touring companies.

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Ballet

Ballet is the foundation of all dance and at ATD we pride ourselves on delivering Ballet classes to the highest standard.


Ballet teaches strength, technique, musicality, artistry, and a wealth of knowledge needed to support all other core subjects.

Tiny Toes and Teeny Tiny Toes

Our Nursery classes are built on the basic fundamentals of Tap and Ballet technique combined with storytelling and the use of props and imagination

Tiny Toes three to four years of age,  Teeny Tiny Toes will be taking children from 18-months of age. A post-lockdown class to encourage interaction.

Tap

Tap is a great genre of dance to learn . Students not only gain a skill but it is great fun to learn.  Tap is an extension of the music, working with the music to create light and shade and add an additional instrument- their feet!


Students learn to listen in great detail to complex rhythms and beats, learn about musical structure all whilst mastering the tap steps.  
Tap can be addictive, students often practice anywhere and every where gaining further understanding of this great genre.  

Contemporary

Contemporary is extremely beneficial to all students. It allows them to become grounded and move in a three dimensional way. Ballet and more traditional forms of movement train us to present to our audience in front of us whereas Contemporary challenges this notion. 

Contemporary techniques such as Skinner Releasing Technique also have emphasis on the breath and how that can guide our movements pathways in and out of the floor. We believe that Contemporary is the perfect dance form to compliment all styles as it promotes softness, fluidity, stamina and strength.

Body Conditioning

Body conditioning is key to ensuring that students remain strong physically and mentally. Often conditioning can be used as a fantastic way to warm up the body before class or it can be done alongside to promote strength and flexibility.

 Dancers are athletes as well as artists and sometimes training in dance is not enough to target all muscle groups constantly. With a bit of extra training during the week students will see a massive difference in their capability in all dance styles. Strength and flexibility go hand in hand; without one the other is powerless.

Acrobatics

Acrobatics is the performance of human feats of balance, agility, motor coordination, jumping and tumbling.

Also a great tool for developing control and flexibility.

Acrobatic skills are often performed to enhance dance routines.
ATD hold classes for students of all ages in this popular genre.

Commerical/Street

Commercial dance has become an increasingly popular genre with students of all ages. 

Current styles 

Street dance, commercial dance, breakdance and Reggaeton.  

No matter which style you choose all have a lot of energy and fun involved and are great to help boost self-confidence and increase fitness levels. 

Progressive Ballet Technique

Progressive Ballet Technique was developed in Australia and is practised worldwide.


The program focuses on the understanding of the depth of muscle memory to develop the dancer’s core strength, stability and create a greater understanding of weight placement and body alignment needed for all styles of dance.

Jazz

Jazz dance took on a metamorphosis during the 1950s with innovators such as Katherine Dunham, Jake Cole and Bob Fosse.


In the academic world, what today is meant for’Jazz’ is basically a modern style that combines ballet technique, useful for jumps, leaps and pirouettes with elements of modern and contemporary dance. It is mainly characterised by body alignment, with the addition of contractions and tilts, it also includes percussive movement and fluid movement in a juxtaposition.

Nevertheless, there’s still room for experimenting, hybridising and improvising.

Musical Theatre

Music, drama and dance have played a huge part in shaping our history.

Throughout the 20th Century , Musical Theatre was communicated through the medium of film, radio and TV. Enhancing this storytelling medium to another level with the likes of Rodgers and Hammerstein (Carousel, The Sound of Music) and Bernstein (West Side Story ) the love of musicals was born.

Story telling within a musical setting can change our view points and influence many aspects of our life not to mention the feel good factor.

Music, dance and drama are languages that hold no barriers and have the ability to lift our moods, make us cry and make us think.

Teaching faculty

Adele Taylor
Adele Taylor | Principal

Adele Taylor School of Dance

From my very first steps at the age of 6 dancing has been my life force.
Starting to help my teacher from the mere age of 12, I knew that was the direction I wanted to take regarding my dance career.
At 14, I was teaching classes, entering students for competitions, helping with coaching for examinations and choreographed my first show.

Throughout the years hundreds of children have passed through my doors, I now find it a great compliment that they, in turn, are now bringing their children back to me to enjoy the same experience.

I am a fellow member of the IDTA and Registered Teacher of the RAD .
I enjoy adjudicating Dance Festivals, Championships and choreographing for Theatre Companies.
Throughout my years of teaching and running my school I have had major success in exams, shows, competitions, championships, Miss Dance, Dance Master, scholarships to colleges to leading Colleges and for students who wish to specialise in Ballet funded places to Ballet Rambert and White Lodge Royal Ballet school.
I run my school on a passion and pride myself on keeping the school up to date with the continues ever-evolving industry.

Harriet Bradbury
Harriet Bradbury | Various Genres
Harriet Bradbury

Harriet Bradbury

Harriet discovered her passion for dance at the age of 4, she studied Ballet, Tap and Modern Jazz. With Adele Taylor as her teacher, she worked through her exams and competing in competitions, culminating in Championship Titles and placing in the top six at Miss Dance of Great Britain.

Harriet began teaching dance whilst studying at Huddersfield University, gaining a BA (Hons) degree.  Harriet has now been teaching for over 15 years and is a fully qualified teacher in Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz and Theatre craft, being a Fellow of the IDTA, as well as being a Progressive Ballet Technique (PBT) teacher.

Sarah Lawson
Sarah Lawson | Tap
Sarah Lawson

Sarah Lawson

Starting at the Amanda McGlynn academy of performing arts at the tender age of 3, Sarah was part of many pantomimes and shows as a child including a trip to Disneyland California with Annie McQuitty’s ‘Young Americans’. Sarah left at 17 to further her training having gained her Associate Diplomas with the B.A.T.D.

Sarah moved on to train at Phil Winston’s Theatreworks in Blackpool and graduated from Theatreworks gaining her I.D.T.A Associate Diplomas; she has since become a Fellowship member of the I.D.T.A.

Many of Sarah’s arrangements for festivals, shows and championships are attaining great success, including the All England finals and tap dancer of the year.

Rhianydd
Rhianydd Beaumont | Vocal Coach
Rhianydd

Rhianydd Beaumont

Rhianydd is from a very musical family. Born in Huddersfield she trained at Bretton Hall, Wakefield before starting her professional career. Rhianydd’s credits include Phantom of the Opera, Disney’s Der Glockner Von Notre Dame (Hunchback of Notre Dam), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Carousel with Opera North, The Sopranos UK and European Tour, National G&S Society UK Tour and the Thursfdord Christmas Spectacular. 

When she is not performing, Rhianydd teaches singing to children and adults and considers her love for teaching as rewarding as performing.

Olivia Roach
Olivia Roach | Ballet Contemporary
Olivia Roach

Olivia Roach

Yorkshire-born Olivia trained at The Riley School of Dance in Doncaster, during which time she was a Northern Ballet Associate and a Louise Brown York Scholar, winning Young Dancer of the Year at the All England Dance Finals, runner up at Miss Dance of Great Britain and a semi-finalist on the TV show ‘Got To Dance’. 

At the age of 16, she moved to London to train at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, where she received a first-class Bachelor of Arts degree.

Harriet Bradbury

Various genres

Harriet Bradbury

Harriet discovered her passion for dance at the age of 4, she studied Ballet, Tap and Modern Jazz. With Adele Taylor as her teacher, she worked through her exams and competing in competitions, culminating in Championship Titles and placing in the top six at Miss Dance of Great Britain. Harriet began teaching dance whilst studying at Huddersfield University, gaining a BA (Hons) degree. Harriet has now been teaching for over 15 years and is a fully qualified teacher in Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz and Theatre craft, being a Fellow of the IDTA, as well as being a Progressive Ballet Technique (PBT) teacher.

Sarah Lawson

Tap

Sarah Lawson

Starting at the Amanda McGlynn academy of performing arts at the tender age of 3, Sarah was part of many pantomimes and shows as a child including a trip to Disneyland California with Annie McQuitty’s ‘Young Americans’. Sarah left at 17 to further her training having gained her Associate Diplomas with the B.A.T.D. Sarah graduated from Phil Whinston's Theatreworks with her I.D.T.A Associate Diplomas; since becoming a Fellowship member of the I.D.T.A. Many of Sarah’s arrangements for festivals, shows and championships are attaining great success, including the All England finals and tap dancer of the year.

Rhianydd Beaumont

Vocal Coach

Rhianydd Beaumont

Rhianydd is from a very musical family. Born in Huddersfield she trained at Bretton Hall, Wakefield before starting her professional career. Rhianydd’s credits include Phantom of the Opera, Disney’s Der Glockner Von Notre Dame (Hunchback of Notre Dam), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Carousel with Opera North, The Sopranos UK and European Tour, National G&S Society UK Tour and the Thursfdord Christmas Spectacular. When she is not performing, Rhianydd teaches singing to children and adults and considers her love for teaching as rewarding as performing.

Olivia Roach

Ballet Contemporary

Olivia Roach

Yorkshire-born Olivia trained at The Riley School of Dance in Doncaster, during which time she was a Northern Ballet Associate and a Louise Brown York Scholar, winning Young Dancer of the Year at the All England Dance Finals, runner up at Miss Dance of Great Britain and a semi-finalist on the TV show ‘Got To Dance’. At the age of 16, she moved to London to train at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, where she received a first-class Bachelor of Arts degree.
Erica Mulkurn
Erica Mulkern | Neo Classical
Erica Mulkurn

Erica Mulkurn

Erica Mulkern MA is a professional dancer, teacher, choreographer and mentor based in West Yorkshire, UK. She is currently a dancer with Balbir Singh Dance Company and Northern Dance.

Erica trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance where she received a First Class Hons Degree and the Carolyn Woolridge Prize for highest performance marks. She also gained a Distinction in an MA in Contemporary Dance. Prior to this, she completed the Foundation Course at NSCD with a Distinction.

During her time as a professional dancer, she has worked with Black Box Dance Company, Balbir Singh, Maxine Fell, Jana Bitterová, The Hexagon Collective, Tina Tarpgaard, Jason Mabana, Marie Brolin-Tani, Steph Giles, Joseph Reay-Reid, Jacob Stage, Melody Putu, Alexander Michael, Lila Naruse and Gerry Turvey. Other choreographers she has worked with include: Jos Baker, Laila Diallo, Vanessa Grasse, Lila Dance, Gemma Harrison and Gwen Rakotovao.

Ella Milligan
Ella Milligan | Junior/Intermediate
Ella Milligan

Ella Milligan

Ella started training at the Adele Taylor school of dance from being just 2 years old, participating in the dance school’s shows, competitions and exams from a young age.

Ella started assisting in dance classes when she was 16 and has recently qualified as an IDTA associate teacher under Adele Taylor’s supervision.

 

Amelia Fielding
Amelia-Rose Fielding | Jazz Technique
Amelia Fielding

Amelia-Rose Fielding

I danced at Adele Taylor Dance for around 8 years where she received an advanced level of training from Adele and her teachers. 

While training with Miss Taylor, I  was nominated several times for the IDTA theatre awards where I won the Tap Performer Award winner and the Modern Jazz Grades Bursary.

For me, the highlight of my time with ATD was being crowned Miss Dance of Great Britain 2013, which came after 3rd Place in the same competition a year before.

At 18, I won a place at The Urdang, London, where I trained for 3 years on the Degree Course with a college scholarship, graduating in 2017 with First Class Honours.

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Lauren Arthur | Gymnastics
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Lauren Arthur

Lauren holds a L2 Women’s Artistic Gymnastics qualification having competed in the sport and represented Yorkshire since the age of six.
Lauren spent seven years coaching at Greenhead Gymnastics Club and one year at Leeds Gymnastics Club.
Lauren has just finished an undergraduate degree in BSc (Hons) Sports and Exercise Therapy at Leeds Beckett University. 

At the age of 16, she moved to London to train at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, where she received a first-class Bachelor of Arts degree.

Erica Mulkern

Neo Classical

Erica Mulkern

Erica Mulkern MA is a professional dancer, teacher, choreographer and mentor based in West Yorkshire, UK. She is currently a dancer with Balbir Singh Dance Company and Northern Dance. Erica trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance where she received a First Class Hons Degree and the Carolyn Woolridge Prize for highest performance marks. She also gained a Distinction in an MA in Contemporary Dance. Prior to this, she completed the Foundation Course at NSCD with a Distinction.

Ella Milligan

Junior/Intermediate

Ella Milligan

Ella started training at the Adele Taylor school of dance from being just 2 years old, participating in the dance school’s shows, competitions and exams from a young age. Ella started assisting in dance classes when she was 16 and has recently qualified as an IDTA associate teacher under Adele Taylor’s supervision.

Amelia-Rose Fielding

Jazz Technique

Amelia-Rose Fielding

Amelia-Rose danced at Adele Taylor Dance for around 8 years. While training with Miss Taylor, Amelia-Rose was nominated several times for the IDTA theatre awards and won the Tap Performer Award winner and the Modern Jazz Grades Bursary.
Amelia Rose describes a highlight of her time with ATD was being crowned Miss Dance of Great Britain 2013, which came after 3rd Place in the same competition a year before.
At 18, Amelia-Rose won a place at The Urdang, London, training for 3 years on the Degree Course with a college scholarship, graduating in 2017 with First Class Honours.

Lauren Arthur

Gymnastics

Lauren Arthur

Lauren holds a L2 Women’s Artistic Gymnastics qualification having competed in the sport and represented Yorkshire since the age of six. Lauren spent seven years coaching at Greenhead Gymnastics Club and one year at Leeds Gymnastics Club. Lauren has just finished an undergraduate degree in BSc (Hons) Sports and Exercise Therapy at Leeds Beckett University. At the age of 16, she moved to London to train at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, where she received a first-class Bachelor of Arts degree.

Regular guest teachers

Antony
Anthony Cranwell | Guest Teacher
Antony

Anthony Cranwell

Anthony is a jazz stylist and technician, passionate about developing and maintaining confidence in younger dancers, students in training and professionals while instilling a strong work ethic and resilient nature. The atmosphere of the studio is positive and pro-active, allowing everyone to work to and maximise their own levels of ability.

Students must be passionate and keen to broaden their talent base. Fulfilling true potential requires a fearless hunger for learning.

Qualifications: Professional Certificate of Education, Fellowship (ISTD Modern Theatre faculty) and Associate Diploma (ISTD Classical Ballet faculty). Anthony is also a qualified gym instructor through Premier International. In 2015
he was selected as one of 20 teachers across the country to take part in the DanceUK
Mentor scheme. Its aim is to develop the knowledge and skills required to become a
future leader in the dance industry.

Lucie
Lucie Horsfall | Guest Teacher
Lucie

Lucy Horsfall

Lucie trained at ATD from the age of 3 to 16, and then successfully auditioned for Laine Theatre Arts where she was awarded a Dance and Drama Award, graduating with a diploma in dance and musical theatre.

She then went on to be in shows such as Wonderful Town, Anything Goes and Oklahoma. Lucie is currently Ensemble in the cast of Wicked in the West End!

She is very excited to be teaching at ATD where she attended for 14 years before going on into the big wide world of Dance and Musical Theatre!

Maddie
Maddie Lawton | Guest Teacher
Maddie

Maddie lawton

I joined Adele Taylor School Of Dance at the age of 11. In that time I have won numerous championships and titles including third place in Miss Dance of Great Britain, Runner up in the English Ballet Championships and Yorkshire song and dance champion! 

At the age of 18, I received a full scholarship to The Urdang Academy where I trained for a further three years in professional dance and musical theatre.

 I will be making my West End debut in Hairspray the musical this spring playing at the London Colosseum. I will be alongside Michael Ball and Marisha Wallace as Brenda and first cover Penny Pingleton. I also model and have been involved in some major campaigns, my favourite being Nike.

I am so lucky to do what I love as a job and coming back and sharing my knowledge – back where it all started!

sam
Sam Salter | Guest Teacher
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Sam Salter

Sam trained at the Sylvia Young Theatre School in London and at Laine Theatre Arts in Surrey, where he graduated with distinction

Shows include: West Side Story (UK tour), Wicked (West End), On the town (West End) Dick Whittington (London Palladium) and most recently completed the international tour of Swan Lake.

Amongst dancing and shows Sam has worked commercially for numerous brands, including Paco Raban, NIKE, Dr Marteen, Farfetch, McDonald’s, River Island, DUne and was in the 2018 RESERVED campaign choreographed by Richie Jackson (Lady Gaga’s choregrapher), last year Sam was a soloist for  Nicole Sherzinger at the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi, and also on the cover for the July 2019 issue of ATTITUDE magazine.

Sam regularly choreographs and teaches for professional dance colleges and dance schools across the country

Anthony Cranwell

Guest Teacher

Anthony Cranwell

Anthony is a jazz stylist and technician, passionate about developing and maintaining confidence in younger dancers, students in training and professionals while instilling a strong work ethic and resilient nature. Qualifications: Professional Certificate of Education, Fellowship (ISTD Modern Theatre faculty) and Associate Diploma (ISTD Classical Ballet faculty).
In 2015 he was selected as one of 20 teachers across the country to take part in the DanceUK Mentor scheme. Its aim is to develop the knowledge and skills required to become a future leader in the dance industry.

Lucie Horsfall

Guest Teacher

Lucie Horsfall

Lucie trained at ATD from the age of 3 to 16, and then successfully auditioned for Laine Theatre Arts where she was awarded a Dance and Drama Award, graduating with a diploma in dance and musical theatre. She then went on to be in shows such as Wonderful Town, Anything Goes and Oklahoma. Lucie is currently Ensemble in the cast of Wicked in the West End! She is very excited to be teaching at ATD where she attended for 14 years before going on into the big wide world of Dance and Musical Theatre!

Maddie Lawton

Guest Teacher

Maddie Lawton

I was 11 when I joined Adele Taylor School Of Dance. In that time I have won numerous championships and titles including 3rd place in Miss Dance of Great Britain, Runner up in the English Ballet Championships and Yorkshire song and dance champion! At the age of 18, I received a full scholarship to The Urdang Academy, training for a further 3 years in professional dance and musical theatre. My West End debut was in Hairspray at the London Colosseum alongside Michael Ball and Marisha Wallace as Brenda and first cover Penny Pingleton. I am so lucky to do what I love as a job and coming back and sharing my knowledge – back where it all started!

Sam Salter

Guest Teacher

Sam Salter

Sam trained at the Sylvia Young Theatre School in London and at Laine Theatre Arts in Surrey, where he graduated with distinction
Shows include: West Side Story (UK tour), Wicked (West End), On the town (West End) Dick Whittington (London Palladium) and most recently completed the international tour of Swan Lake.
Sam regularly choreographs and teaches for professional dance colleges and dance schools across the country

Pursuing a dance career

For students who have the drive, determination and ability to pursue a career in the industry ATD will do everything in its power to guide and support this journey.

Extra classes and workshops are available from our resident teachers along with coaching on a regular basis from industry professionals.
Adele Taylor is extremely proud to have many students go on to further their career in dance and Musical Theatre training in London Colleges where they have received funded places.

Moving on from there many former students are now teaching dance, working in touring companies and have landed jobs in London’s West End.

Some of our Graduates (who all received funded places)

Rosie O Hare – Arts Ed
Anthony Cranwell – Laine Theatre Arts
Sharon Cranwell – Laine Theatre Arts
Lucie Horsfall – Laine Theatre Arts
Eloise Gledhill – Laine Theatre Arts
Phoebe Roberts – Laine Theatre Arts
James Buckley – London School of Musical Theatre
Jessica Sierant – Bird
Victoria Quinlan – Bird
Leah Darby – Urdang
Felicity Nunn – Urdang
Amelia Fielding – Urdang
Maddie Lawton – Urdang
Ebony Arthur – Bird
Mario Betteridge – Royal Ballet School – White Lodge