SA Dance covers a wide range of opportunities to dance, whether you want to be a professional dancer or simply explore artistic expression. From ages 2 years to adults, the school offers classes in Ballet, Contemporary, Modern Jazz and Tap in West London. The aim of each class is to attain the correct balance between good technique and communication.
Dance is a gift: it builds confidence through a pure art form, and thus opens the heart. It’s in that spirit that our dancers are given the opportunity to be in the spotlight and allow the choreography to take shape.
Through the years, our dancers have performed in several venues across London, such as the Royal Albert Hall, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Westfield, Regent Street Festival, Trafalgar Square, Big Dance Youth Day - Dancing City at Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, to mention a few. We also hold Annual Shows that brings everyone to dance together, sharing the pleasure of music and joy of dancing. At SA Dance we believe that dance is a state of mind, an openness of the heart, in order to become a physical experience through technique and elaborate movement. It is a unique way to talk without words, to spread joy and explore the endless possibilities of form through the body. SA Dance draws inspiration from this incredible ability to express joy.
Aretha Marques - Artistic Director
A passionate dance teacher who graduated in 1999 from Rose Ballet School's Dance College in Brazil. In 2003 she moved to America where she worked at Walt Disney World and at American Hospitality Academy, during this time she also studied at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Centre and at Alvin Ailey in New York. In 2004, she moved to the UK to pursue her dream to choreograph and direct dance shows, she studied with renowned dance mentors and attended several courses to deepen her knowledge. In 2008 she co-founded Stage Art Dance where she is now the Artistic Director. In 2012 her choreography was chosen to be part of a project by Wayne McGregor and English National Ballet. Aretha dedicates her life to inspire dancers to pursue their dreams, she has been teaching and choreographing Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary for over 20 years and is an IDTA Ballet Associate, NATD in Contemporary Dance, STOTT PILATES, Zenga, TotalBarre and Progressive Ballet Technique teacher. Aretha is a believer that to dance is to be free.
Sara Beatrice Larsson - Teacher
Sara Beatrice Larsson is originally from Sweden where she trained and taught at Performing Arts College and the Academy of Ballet. She lived in California for seven years where she earned a BA in Dance from San Diego State University. In the UK Sara trained with IDTA for her dance teachers qualification, she is also a Yoga and Zumba instructor. Sara is a Senior Teacher and Artistic Assistant at SA Dance and co-runs the Adult Contemporary Classes with Aretha Marques.
Giuliana Caiazzo - Teacher
Giuliana has studied ballet, modern jazz and contemporary in a dance school in Italy since the age of five, following the Vaganova and Cecchetti methods. Giuliana passed exams every year, until she completed her studies as a dancer with a Solo Seal Award in 2007. In 2008, Giuliana won a bursary and performed the Pas De Deux “Western Symphony by George Balanchine”, dancing with one of the principal dancers from the popular San Carlo Theatre in Naples, Italy. From 2008 to 2012, Giuliana continued to perform in various shows and taught in many different dance schools and environments in Italy, gaining a wide experience in teaching different ages and abilities. She also continued to train and improve herself as a dancer. In the 2013, Giuliana decided to move to London and in 2014, Giuliana won a place in the Certificate Ballet Teaching Study (CBTS) course at the Royal Academy of Dance. Giuliana successfully passed all her modules to then become a Royal Academy of Dance Registered Teacher (RTS) in 2016. In June 2016, Giuliana had the priviledge to perform at Her Majesty’s 90th birthday, sharing the stage with other dancers and the President of the Royal Academy of Dance, Darcey Bussel.
Amelia Evans - Teacher
'Amelia Evans grew up in the heart of mid Wales, where her dance passion started in small local schools. She began full time training at the Northern Ballet School in Manchester at sixteen, and completed it at Creative Academy dance in Slough, where she has recently gained her BA(hons) in professional dance. Freelance performing also, she has started her journey in London teaching ballet and modern jazz to early years, where she hopes to inspire the youngest generation of performers with creativity, imagination and love for dance.
Elodie Girelli - Teacher
Elodie began to study dance at the age of 8 at the conservatoire of Lyon, France. She went on to train at the conservatoire supérieur of Paris and then at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York where she received a scholarship. She performed in a few shows with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and danced in several companies in New York, such as Rod Rodgers Dance Company, Victoria Schwinning Dance Company. She moved to Italy in 2004 where she worked with different choreographers, Alex La Rosa, Massimiliano Sellati, Marco Ierva, Fabio Garau and danced with the Bolly Masala Dance Company for 4 years, performing in theaters in Europe and on national television.
Tamlyn Nicoll - Teacher
A passionate dance teacher and performer with training in jazz, ballet, tap, commercial and street. She is a IDTA Associate and an IIFT qualified Aerobics and Step instructor. Tamlyn has danced professionally in the UK doing various music videos, cabaret shows and online virals as well as performances for dance shows on Sky1 and ITV. She also danced in Bollywood in numerous movies and music videos for some of India's top choreographers. She has taught all ages in the styles of jazz, commercial and street in South Africa and the UK for many years and is also an aerobics and fitness instructor and yoga fanatic.
Tamlyn lives her passion every day by still taking classes herself and exercising every day. She is passionate about living a healthy life by keeping your body fit, agile and strong, and believes the joy of dancing, along with the amazing mental and physical benefits it has, make it the most effective and fun way to keep fit.
''The dance is over, the applause subsided but the joy and feeling will stay with you forever.'' - W.M Tory.