Meet the Team
Miss Harriet, Miss Lauren & Miss Aimee
Principles of Avian Dance School
'We started Avian Dance School because of our love of the Arts. Combined with our experience in dancing, the education sector, competing, examinations and stage performances, we wanted to bring the exhilaration, discipline, joy and sense of belonging to a family to future generations through dance and performing arts. We worked so hard to achieve our dream, of opening our own studio and now we are working twice as hard to help other achieve absolutely anything your heart desires if you're willing to believe in yourself. We appreciate every student that chooses us to be a part of their journey and it fills us with happiness helping to guide the way'.
Harriet has always had a passion for teaching and learning and when she had the opportunity to form Avian Dance School, which combined two things that she loved (dance and teaching), it was like a dream come true!
She has gained many qualifications over the years. These include:
IDTA Level 4 Diploma in Ballet
IDTA Acro Dance Diploma
Acrobatic Arts Certified teacher and adjudicator
PGCE (M) in Education
BBTSA Level 1 coach
BBTSA National judge
England squad coach
Moreover, she has used her knowledge of both the dance industry and qualified teacher status in education to bring dance into numerous schools and after school clubs from KS1 through to KS4.
Lauren has been dancing since the age of 4. She had competed both nationally and internationally in the sport of baton twirling. With twirling, she has competed all over the would in countries including: Ireland, Florida, Sweden, Netherlands, Canada and Croatia. By far her biggest achievement was winning the gold medal in her individual event at the WBTF World International Cup 2017 in Croatia. Furthermore, she is a BBTSA Level 1 coach, holds an Acrobatics Arts qualification and is a qualified teacher in education.
Aimee has always had a love for music and dance. Because of this, she has been dancing for 23 years! From the age of 4, she started to learn dance genres including: ballroom, modern and jazz. As she got older, she grew a passion for commercial and street. She was fortunate enough to dance on some incredible stages along the way starting with Norwich's Playhouse and the Theatre Royal. Leading on from this, she performed on the West end stages: Her Majesties Theatre, Sadler's Wells and Theatre Royal Dury Lane. By far her biggest achievement was winning a nationwide competition to perform on Disney stages in both Paris and Florida. Over the last 6 years her love for dance has directed her towards choreography and teaching which led her to find Avian Dance School, where she became Principal alongside Harriet and Lauren. Currently, she is studying for her IDTA qualification in Freestyle and a diploma in Baby Massage.
Together, they have brought enthusiastic, highly qualified, dedicated, patient and energetic teachers to Avian Dance School with the view to make dance accessible to all, as well as making dreams come true.
Baton Twirling Teacher
Dani is a BBTSA qualified level 1 coach, grade examiner and judge. She has been in the sport of twirling for over 10 years and has not only competed, winning National Champion titles, but has also been a successful coach teaching all over the country. Not only this, but her daughter is also a student in Avian Dance School and has started competing and performing in displays making Dani not only a proud coach, but also a proud dance mum!
Musical Theatre Teacher
Amy initially qualified in early years education but has worked as Instructor of dance and drama for the last 7 years, from KS1 to KS5. She is HLTA qualified with a specialism in SEN. Furthermore, she has stage managed and choreographed the last 5 years of Sprowston Community Academy’s school musicals. To further her knowledge and education in this discipline, Amy has attended training run by Matthew Bourne's New Directions, Ballet Rambert and multiple CPD sessions at Pineapple Dance Studios with current west end musical cast.
Ballet, Tap and Fitness teacher
Miss Chloe has been dancing since she was a toddler and has trained in a variety of genres including ballet, tap, modern, acrobatics, jazz, musical theatre and contemporary. In 2019, she graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a first class degree in Dance BA (Hons). Miss Chloe is a teaching assistant by day and has been working and volunteering in schools for the past 8 years and has specialised working with children with SEND. Miss Chloe has performed in venues across the UK, from Sadler Well's Theatre in London to the Lemon Tree theatre in Aberdeen, as well as Norwich's very own theatre royal.
Ballet Teacher and cover teacher
Teaching Assistant and Cover Teacher
Miss Jodie started dancing at the age of 7 in a range of styles including ballet, tap and jazz. As dancing became her passion she was able to perform across Norfolk as well as taking UTD exams in Ballet. In 2020 Jodie received a Higher National Certificate with Distinction in Performing Arts. Her specialism was dance - focusing on ballet, contemporary, jazz and choreography as well as training in all three disciplines of acting, singing and dancing. Her biggest achievement was being able to perform in the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival for a week long run of “And They Whisper Down the Lane...”. Jodie will continue her studies in Performing Arts as well as teacher qualifications as she begins a Level 6 Double Diploma in September.
Front of House
Charli is Miss Organisation! She works hard behind the scenes to keep all the admin and paperwork ship shape for the school. She works during the day so you may see her if you attend daytime classes, or workshops in hand terms. She may also be the one who replies to your enquiry with lots of information or is helping you with something dance school related.