Helena learned to dance at the
Gaynor Cameron School of Dance
(now Juliet Ratnage School of
Performing Arts) taking her graded
examinations with the Royal
Academy of Dance and Imperial
Society of Teachers of Dancing.
Whilst there she had the opportunity
to take part in a variety of shows and competitions,
performing in venues including Her Majesty’s Theatre, Sadlers’ Wells, The Royal Albert Hall and Disneyland Paris. In her final year she danced the lead role of the ‘Fairy’ in the school show.
During her teens, Helena also took Saturday classes to broaden her dance skills – firstly in ballet and jazz at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, then studying A Level Dance at the Royal Academy of Dance.
After completing her A Levels Helena was successful in gaining a place at Laban (now Trinity Laban). She trained in ballet and contemporary dance and had the privilege of learning from a number of inspirational teachers and industry artists. Helena graduated Laban with a Certificate of Higher Education in
Helena’s first teaching experience was at Camp Matoaka in Maine, USA, where she taught ballet and contemporary to children ranging in age from 8 to 15. Over the nine-week summer season she taught six days a week and organised two shows for the campers. It was non-stop but a huge amount of fun – and that was where her love of teaching began!
Since then Helena has gained teaching qualifications with the Imperial Society for Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). She is fully insured, DBS checked and certified in paediatric first aid.
Helena has previously taught ballet, tap, modern and contemporary to children and adults at dance schools across Gloucestershire and Warwickshire. She also currently teaches at Midlands-based Pointe The Way Ballet School.
JUMP Dance Academy's classes take place on Wednesdays at Abbots Morton Village Hall and on Fridays at St Peter's Church Hall in Inkberrow.
Both halls have disabled access, baby changing facilities and plenty of free parking.