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.
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Aretha Marques - Director
A passionate teacher that started dancing very early at her mother’s dance school in Brazil. Graduated from Rose Ballet School's Dance College in 1999, performed with PUC University Contemporary Dance Company, with Christiane Matallo Tap Company and Open Jazz Dance Company. When she lived in USA she worked at Walt Disney World, as a dance teacher at American Hospitality Academy and studied at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Centre and Alvin Ailey School. The highlight of her time in America was performing at the Symphony Space Theatre on Broadway in New York. In 2004, she moved to the UK, performed at BBC, music videos, festivals and choreographed a piece for the Big Dance 2012, a Wayne McGregor and English National Ballet project. Aretha has been teaching dance for over 15 years and is an IDTA Associate, NATD in Contemporary Dance, STOTT PILATES, Zenga, TotalBarre and Progressive Ballet Technique teacher.
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.
Nina Rostron - Teacher
Nina has been dancing Ballet for 25 years as well as other dance styles including Contemporary, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Musical Theatre and Flamenco. Nina started training at Pat Eakets School of Dance in Blackburn where she achieved a BBO scholarship and then went onto receive a scholarship to train at the Hammond School from the age of 16, achieving a Diploma in Professional Dance Level 6. Nina also reached advanced level under professional bodies ISTD, RAD, BBO and BTDA and studied A Level dance and Anatomy. Nina has danced professionally in countries across Europe and the UK in soloist roles and choreographed for professional and amateur productions. Nina gained a Diploma in Dance Instruction under the institution of Cecchetti ISTD Ballet and now works towards a Diploma in Dance Education. Nina has over 8 years’ experience teaching all levels of dance student from beginners to highly advance and all ages from age 2 to adult. Nina is especially proud of her work with Manchester University, having an unbeaten record of 1st place for every competition her teams entered and winning best choreography each year.
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.