The Team (Key Staff)
Peter Coenen (Artistic Director)
Having started dancing at the age of 10 at the Dorothy Stevens Ballet School (Halifax), Peter became a scholar with The Royal Academy of Dance (York) from the age of 11, being awarded Scholar of the Year for the entire country at the age of 13.
Peter was accepted to The Rambert School aged 16. Whilst at Rambert he worked with Christopher Bruce, Richard Alston, Robert Cohan and Anthony Van Laast amongst others. Upon leaving Rambert School with Distinction Peter performed with Ballet Rambert at Sadler's Wells and Bristol Old Vic performing Dancing Day choreographed by Christopher Bruce. Peter then joined Southern Ballet Company, Bournemouth as Principal performing both Classical and Contemporary works. His work included 'Focus On Dance' Bournemouth, an educational contemporary dance company working in Schools all over the South of England delivering workshops and performing for young people.
Further performance credits include:
The Champions Jazz Troupe (Performing in Europe and Middle East), Pop Videos including Sinitta, Bonnie Tyler, Kate Bush, working with West End Choreographers Stuart Arnold and Paul Henry. Also various Pantomimes and films.
Since retiring from performing Peter has been teaching in the Calderdale area of West Yorkshire for the last 20 years and was the Academy Director for the Calderdale College Dance Academy in Halifax. He is a Qualified Exercise to Music Instructor, Zumba Instructor and Mat based Pilates Instructor and has Level 4 Certificate in Teaching (F.E.). Peter has recently taught contemporary dance technique at the Louise Browne Yorkshire Ballet Scholarship Centre, which takes only the top ballet students from across the North of England.
Toni started taking ballet lessons at the age of 6. These were quickly followed by modern and tap classes as her interest in the subject took off. Her other passion at that age was gymnastics, 2 things which complemented each other perfectly.
At 16 Toni entered full time dance teacher training at the Dorothy Stevens School of Dance in Lightcliffe, Halifax, studying ballet, modern and tap and by the time she left full time training had acquired teaching qualifications in all three disciplines.
Toni has worked in Ireland and Germany as well as England teaching dance in a variety of settings. She has worked in dance schools teaching from age 2 up to adults in recreational dance. She has also taught vocational dance students from age 16 in ballet, modern and tap.
Toni has been trained extensively in National Curriculum Dance through Leeds City Council and also through Kirklees Council and has used this training to run schemes of work in many primary school settings for both councils from day workshops to a whole term scheme of work linking to other areas being covered in the curriculum. She also has close links with the Halifax Sports Acro gymnastics club doing choreography for their competition squad.
Currently Toni has qualifications with the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) in ballet, modern jazz and tap, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD) in ballet, modern and tap and the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in ballet. She gained her Certificate of Education (FE) from Leeds Uni. She is also working towards her Freestyle Associate with the IDTA to be able to enter children for exams and competitions in freestyle, rock and roll and street dance.
Toni firmly believes in ongoing professional development and regularly attends seminars to remain up to date on current practices and is an active member of the Yorkshire teachers Group, and continues to take professional examinations.
Kelly Started dancing at the age of 3 at a local dance school in Devon. By the age of 7 Kelly's competitive dancing career where she had much success gaining many accolades, including representing the south east at regional and national level, gaining a place in the top 6 in the senior ballet class. Kelly has had many opportunities perusing her love of performing, including professional pantomimes, West End Performances and taking lead roles in youth ballet companies.
By the age of 18 Kelly's love and passion for dance lead her to the University of Surrey where she went onto achieve a 2:1 dance degree. After taking a gap year Kelly realised her passion was teaching, this lead her to follow her dream and do a course in community dance teaching, at the prestigious Trinity Laban Contemporary School in London, this provided her with many opportunities including guest choreographing for the all-inclusive Chicken Shed Theatre Company. Whilst taking a gap year Kelly worked for Disneyland Paris in their parade and shows department, performing to thousands of people on a daily basis and taking part in exclusive special events for the company.
On return to the UK Kelly took her teaching exams with the IDTA gaining her associate level in Ballet and Modern. Since achieving her qualifications Kelly has worked on a freelance basis around schools in the local area.
Kelly is continuing to improve upon her qualifications and has since become a qualified Progressive Ballet Technique (PBT) and Acrobatic Arts teacher (Module 1).
Before Sophie began her career teaching, she was a regular performer; from Carnival main stage to various competitions up and down the country. Sophie's experience in dance styles include; Street, Hip Hop, Commercial, Contemporary, Ballet, Urban, Lyrical and Modern.
On a personal note, Sophie has placed 5th in Over 16's Intermediate solo at UDO regionals and 1st place in Over 16's Open advanced Duo�s at SDI regionals. Previous success include 1st place Crews at UDO regional with her former team and is delighted to have trained pupils to National acclaim in Street. Sophie started her training with Suga Brown in 2006. She went on to study Dance at GCSE and graduated at college with triple Distinction* in Dance and Performing Arts. Sophie has experience of teaching for over 5 years, and has branched out delivering workshops in the UK and abroad.