Team Biographies

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Diana Freedman - F.B.A.T.D. F.I.D.T.A. K.F.A.

Examiner, adjudicator, lecturer, Vice President and Chairman of the London Region and officer on the Executive Council. Principle & Managing Director of DFSD.

Miss Diana started dancing at 6 years of age at Searles Stage School and took all her grade Examinations in Ballet, Tap and Modern, plus Medals in Song and Dance. Miss Diana successfully entered many Dance Festivals in London, helping to teach in classes and choreograph group numbers for the Principal of her Stage School, then progressed to jointly running a branch of her own connected to the Stage School. At 18 years old Miss Diana joined a professional Dance troupe, Dancing and Singing all around the London area whilst attending Professional Classes at the London Studio Centre, appearing at The Royal Albert Hall and appearing on television and in Review Companies. Diana was offered a Professional Dance Career in ‘The Bluebell girls’ in Las Vegas, but decided to turn this down to continue her passion and dreams of Teaching Dance and opening her own School. After becoming a Mum to 3 daughters, Miss Diana relocated to Bexhill -on -Sea and fulfilled her dream by opening The Diana Freedman’s School of Dance & Performing Arts in Pevensey Bay & Little Common in 1989. Diana continued to add to her expertise by adding Keep Fit Teaching Qualifications onto her already extensive qualifications.

Miss Diana now runs two Professional Studios in Eastbourne and Bexhill, and continued her Professional Training to the highest level possible -Fellowship, and then was honoured to be one of the very few to be selected as an Examiner for the British Association of Teachers of Dancing. She examines subjects such as Ballet, Tap, Stage, Modern, Cheer Pom, National and Freestyle, plus those training to be BATD teachers, and does this throughout the UK and Northern Ireland. Miss Diana is also a successful Lecturer and Festival Adjudicator, often demonstrating and leading discussions in the BATD syllabi in the South. Diana has been voted as Chairperson for the London Region for several years, and as part of this committee organises and maintains the running of the largest BATD Stage Dance Festival in Essex.

2 years ago Miss Diana received the most votes at The BATD Conference and was chosen to represent England on the BATD’s Executive Council. Here she attends meetings to flourish the general running’s of the BATD, and to make improvements to the dance world for our up and coming BATD dancers all around the world.

Diana has been delighted and honoured to have trained pupils who have been chosen for scholarships, become professional performers in the West End, touring companies, Disney land performers and professional Dance teachers, teaching in primary, senior, private education and local Dance schools. Miss Diana has a full CRB, First Aid and licenses, and attends quarterly training to keep her examining and dance skills up to date.

Alexandra Tomlins- BA (HONS) Theatre Arts 2:1 M.B.A.T.D.
Freestyle, Cheer Pom, Ballet

Miss Alex began dancing at age 2, gaining exams in ballet, tap, modern and freestyle with the BATD. At the age of 11 she had already taken part in several Pantomimes and Shows in the local area, often taking lead roles and expanding her experience by training in singing and drama. During this time, Alex was fortunate enough to compete in the All England Finals and local dance festivals/competitions.

After achieving top grades in A Level Performing Arts, Alex studied for three years at The Southern Theatre Arts Centre to gain a BA (Hons) in Theatre Arts: Musical Theatre. During this time she performed as the role of ‘The Boss’ in the first UK performance of ‘Sideshow’ at the Northbrook Theatre, As ‘Lucy’ in ‘Sweeney Todd’ and performed in Professional Showcases at the London Battersea Arts Centre, and the Brighton Pavilion.

After graduating from STAC Alex became a professional Cheerleader for Brighton Hove Albion Football club, supporting the Seagulls and performing to 25,000 people twice weekly. This also involved charity work, Cheer coaching and modelling. During this time and under the guidance and expertise of Diana Freedman, Alex gained her Associate Teachers qualification and then her Member Teachers Qualifications with the British Association of Teachers of Dance, which involves training in child development, health and safety, observation, teaching skills, choreography, musicality and syllabus training. Since qualifying, Alex regularly attends the BATD Teacher Training Schemes, and all syllabus courses to keep updated with the latest news. She has undertaken full first aid training and holds a DBS Disclosure. Miss Alex set up a Cheerleading Troupe with Miss Laura, and they successfully performed at various events including the Brighton American Football Club, and FDMCC motorcycle events.

On qualifying, Alex was offered the position of Cheer and Freestyle Representative for the BATD’s London Region Committee and in 2017 was voted on as the Press Representative for the entire British Association of Teachers of Dance. She has always achieved a 100% pass rate with all examination entries, with a high percentage achieving 'Honours', and invitations to Scholarships! Additional, to teaching the syllabus work, Alex has choreographed routines for Dance shows, professional work, and for local and regional dance festivals, of which many have achieved 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place, and qualified for the All England Regional and National Finals.

Charlotte Pink- Dance, Teaching & Musical Theatre Diploma A.B.A.T.D. Ballet

Miss Charlotte began dancing at the age of 5 at the Janice Blake Dance School, performing in various dance festivals around the country often winning first places for her Tap and Modern solos. At the age of 10 she auditioned for the Professional Tour of ‘Annie’ winning the part of ‘Pepper’ against stiff competition from girls who auditioned from all over the country, and understudy to the leading role of Annie! Charlotte performed her first performance alongside celebrity Bill Maynard at the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne and was asked to continue performing her roles on the National Tour. Unfortunately, Charlottes mother thought she was too young and declined the opportunity on this occasion. Charlotte then carried on dancing every year in professional productions and Pantomimes at The De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill, and the White Rock Theatre, Hastings.

In 2002 she auditioned and successfully won a fully paid Scholarship to the prestigious Stage School ‘Laine’s Theatre Arts’ training in Dance, Choreography, LAMDA drama, and singing. After her 3 years of training Miss Charlotte qualified with a Musical Theatre 3-year Diploma and her teaching Associates in Ballet, Tap and Modern.

Charlotte then went on to work professionally for ‘Carnival’ Cruise Ships, dancing and singing travelling across the Mediterranean for 6 months. She then fulfilled her childhood dream and completed a Professional Tour of ‘Annie’ in a Chorus role. After this successful Tour and also taking part in Professional Companies Summer Seasons, Miss Charlotte went on to audition for the part of ‘Rizzo’ in the West End performance of ‘Grease’ at The Dominion Theatre, London. Charlotte was very proud that on two occasions she got down to the final auditions for this role which is a massive achievement!

Following this success Charlotte had a short break from dancing to have her beautiful children Abbie and Seb, and then decided her passion lay in Teaching. She joined the DFSD in 2006 and was delighted to return to the studio’s in which she originally learnt in Bexhill. Charlotte has had enormous success at the DFSD, training for her Associate teaching qualification and successfully putting girls through examinations and winning various awards for her choreography. Her recent Street dance piece ‘Better have my Money’ performed by the Allstars has won many Festivals, performed at many events, and successfully performed at The All England Regional Finals! Charlotte has a full DBS, Chaperone license and is First Aid trained.

Laura Staff- Performers Diploma in Musical Theatre & Dance A.B.A.T.D Ballet BA (HONS) Dance Education with the RAD

Miss Laura started dancing at the age of 4 with the Sussex school of dance in Eastbourne, East Sussex, training in Ballet, Modern, Tap, National, Classical Greek, Disco, Ballroom & Latin American with the exam board ISTD. She took exams in all subjects including taking her Advanced 1 Greek exam, which left one qualification before being able to teach the subject.

After 11 years of fun and dance with the Sussex, Laura started a new dance career at the Performance Factory. It was here that she realised she wanted to train to dance professionally and had many opportunities to perform in shows and festivals which ignited her passion even further, including working as dance captain for several performances.

During this time Laura was also studying her BTEC National diploma in Performing arts at Park 6th Form College. The course provided Laura with many performance experiences such as The Hours, Aladdin, Saturday night fever, Rent and We will rock you. She completed her BTEC and received a Distinction, Merit, Merit (3 A level equivalent).

In September 2008, after a year of extra training and audition experience Laura successfully auditioned at LIPA, The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, and received a place on the Dance Diploma 1 year foundation course. This year was a turning point for Laura and she performed alongside her fellow classmates in many shows including Cabaret and a show devised by her and her classmates. She also had the opportunity to perform in a fashion show in the Liverpool One shopping centre in front of 100s of shoppers.

After a successful year at LIPA, in which she graduated with a Merit and met Sir Paul McCartney, she successfully auditioned for several London stage schools and accepted a place at The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts on the three year Musical theatre course.

This year included working with teachers who were performing in the West End and performing in shows at the Islington Assembly hall for a Christmas carol concert. After an amazing year, Laura left Italia Conti due to a lack of funding for the next two years.

She returned home and after a year of settling in, she started teaching with the Diana Freedman’s School of Dance and Performing Arts in September 2011.

While teaching she studied for her Associate Ballet which she took in July 2014 and received Top marks - 97/100 for practical and theory. Alongside this with fellow dance teacher Alex Tomlins she set up a cheerleading troupe who performed at an American football match and at the FDMCC grass track motorbike events. In September 2012, Laura started a degree with the Royal Academy of Dance in dance education. She completed this degree whilst working two jobs and having a family and graduated in 2015 with a 2:2. Through studying her degree Laura developed a passion for Dance and its link with Parkinson's disease after her Grandfathers diagnosis. She attended a three day course in Leicester by People Dancing and Dance for Parkinson's U.K. Laura intends to start dance for Parkinson's classes in 2018.

Laura continues to attend her professional development courses with the BATD, which includes her first aid training. After the birth of her daughter Darcy in 2016, Laura is now looking forward to another exciting and successful year at DFSD in which she hopes to take her Membership Ballet exam.

Lois Attwater- A.B.A.T.D. Freestyle. DFSD Teacher with BATD, BTEC Level 3 Dance Diploma

Miss Lois has been dancing since she was 5 years old with the Diana Freedman School of Dance in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Contemporary and Performance work. Lois has participated in several DFSD shows including ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at the De La Warr pavilion in 2017, several shows at The White Rock Theatre including ‘Pirates Rock’ in 2015, and continual festivals in Eastbourne, Hastings and Essex. Miss Lois has also performed with the school in Pasha Kovalevs shows in 2015 and 2017, a live tv piece on BBC1 for ‘Children in Need’ in November 2016 and danced at Eastbourne’s ‘Airbourne’ amongst many other performances.

At Park College Lois studied for 2 years for her BTEC Level 3 and subsidiary Diploma in Dance where she achieved high Distinctions in all. Lois also competed in ‘The Rock Challenge’ achieving a 3rd place overall in a stiff competition. Whilst at college Lois had many great experiences such as taking part in a workshop at Rambert dance company in London and was invited to visit and see the Royal Ballet company in action, also achieving a Merit in her Level 3 Acting.

Miss Lois has continually achieved High examination results through the BATD and is qualified up to Intermediate Level in Ballet and Modern, and Elementary in Tap. Lois successfully achieved the top mark of Honours in her Grade 5 Tap exam, and it was the first tap exam she had ever taken- a fantastic achievement!

In 2015 Lois auditioned for Dance Universities and was accepted at all. However, at this point she decided she wanted to pursue a Dance Teaching career instead and joined the DFSD Teacher Training Scheme currently working towards her Teaching Associate in Ballet, Modern and Tap with the BATD. Miss Lois loves working with the children and teaching them to Dance, and has discovered her passion through Teaching. Miss Lois took her Associate Freestyle in July 2019 and is looking forward to developing her Dance Teaching career and learning further dance styles in the future.

Cassie Matthews- Trainee Teacher

Cassie helps in our classes at Bexhill Studio. She is in our Associate classes and has passed all her recent examinations with top marks. Miss Cassie is training to pass her Dance Associates in Ballet, Tap and Modern.