The Betty Chappelle Dance Centre Teaching Faculty


PRINCIPLES

BETTY CHAPPELLE
Fellow Examiner I.D.T.A (click for more info)
Betty Chappelle is a fellow, and Senior Examiner of the Theatre Branch of the International Dance Teachers Association.
She is a Member of the Modern Jazz Technical Committee and Miss Dance of Great Britain.
She has also been co-opted on to the All England Dance panel of Adjudicators.
Betty is also a gymnastic specialist and has constructed the gymnastic dance syllabus for the I.D.T.A Betty has produced and choreographed both professional and amateur shows including TV, Circus and Review Productions. She often addresses seminars and lectures to other dance teachers in the UK and abroad.
LINDA LISTER
Fellow Examiner I.D.T.A (click for more info)
Linda is a renowned and experienced Teacher, Lecturer, Adjudicator, Verifier and Senior Examiner of the International Dance Teachers Association Theatre Branches.
On completing teaching training, her love of teaching led to work with children and students of varied abilities.
To this date her energy and drive prove to be a positive influence for all age groups and standards. Presently Linda has committed involvement to the following IDTA Committee,
The Modern Jazz and Gymnastics Technical Committee, and the Miss Dance of Great Britain Organising Committee. As a sought after Examiner and Adjudicator her duties have led her to travel not only throughout the British Isles but also on numerous occasions to Cyprus, Italy, Spain, New Zealand and Norway, where she also conducts master classes and teacher training courses on the IDTA ‘s behalf. Her development and reconstruction of the Modern Jazz Syllabus has led to many invitations for her to lecture at area meetings. Linda also teaches vocational students at the Phil Winston’s Theatreworks College, Blackpool, where she is the head of examinations and teacher training.
SHANI MITCHELL
Fellow Examiner I.D.T.A (click for more info)
Shani Mitchell’s work as an international choreographer has grown naturally through her extensive performance career both in Britain and throughout the world. A Senior and Fellow Examiner of the International Dance Teachers’ Association and a member of its Modern Jazz Technical Committee, she is firmly grounded in classical technique, but the fire and passion of her choreography owes much of her time in Spain. A principal dancer and soloist on Spanish Television’s Entre Amigos, she worked with Shirley Bassey, Latoya Jackson, Donna Summer and Sacha Distel, to name but a few. Recognizing her unique ability to marry British discipline with Latin flair, she first moved into choreography with shows such as January River at Theatre Calderon, Madrid and an extravaganza at the Spanish Lido. Fluent in languages, her thirst for travel led her to join the Royal Caribbean International Cruise Lines as Principal Dance and Rehearsal Director, working throughout Scandinavia, the Mediterranean Russia and the United States, returning to England to teach master classes at the Phil Winston’s Theatreworks, Blackpool and extend her choreographic repertoire. Soon though, she was asked to join the giant Turkish show Sultans of the Dance in the Showland Theatre in Istanbul as Choreographer and Rehearsal Director, and since then she has worked on a more ambitions production Flames of Passion, both shows following their home runs with international tours. She has choreographed for “QDOS Entertainments” Grand Christmas Productions, Peter Pan at the Richmond Theatre, Newcastle Theatre Royal, Mayflower Southampton and Beauty and the Beast at the Darlington Civic Theatre. She was invited to promote the I.D.T.A Modern Jazz Dance Syllabus on behalf of “The Royal Academy of Dance for their Summer School in Hong Kong and New Zealand.

TEACHERS

LISA JONES
F.I.D.T.A (click for more info)
Lisa is a Fellow Member of the International Dance Teacher Association. She trained at the Betty Chappelle Dance Centre. Whilst attending the centre she received two scholarship recommendations for the IDTA in Modern Jazz at Solihull, Birmingham and also for Tap Dance in Manchester. At the age of fifteen she performed in a dance trio, ‘Illusions’ along with Amanda Taylor and Steven Houghton for the Saturday morning TV programme Going Live Young Entertainer of the Year. After leaving school, teaching and gaining qualifications, Lisa started her professional dancing carreer, working for Stageworks Worldwide Productions Summer Season and Pantomime with Ray Cornell Summer Season Blackpool, Eperotiki Cruise.
DANI SAMPSON
A.I.D.T.A (click for more info)
Dani became a pupil of the Betty Chappelle Dance Centre at the age of 4 and is very proud to now be a teacher there. She currently runs the Spring Vale branch of the school. In her late teens Dani began her dance teacher training and gained qualifications with the International Dance Teachers Association. This led to work as a freelance dance teacher in schools in South and West Yorkshire, teaching all styles of Theatre Dance. In addition to this she has run several dance and musical theatre workshops in out-of-school clubs in Leeds. After instigating and running after school dance classes in the Sheffield area she was asked to choreograph their Chrismas productions and was later asked to return to do the same for the summer shows. For the past few years Dani has been in charge of choreographing and rehearsing the 'Memory Lane Juniors' for when the professional theatre company 'Timeless Theatre' bring their show to Penistone. Having performed in this show herself, Dani is very happy to be able to give the children a chance to experience and be involved in a professional production. Following examination success and receiving nominations for the IDTA's International Theatre Awards Dani decided to further her own dance training, After successfully auditioning for the prestigious dance college Phil Winston's Theatreworks, she is finishing her professional training under some of the most respected names in the industry. Whilst at Theatreworks she has had the honour of perfoming in shows at the Paradise Rooms at Blackpool's Pleasure Beach. After a professional dance career it is Dani's big ambition to become an IDTA examiner. She is working to gain all her teaching qualifications with world renowned examiners Betty Chappelle, Shani Mitchell and Linda Lister.
AMANDA WILLS
L.I.D.T.A
AGGIE GRYSZEL
A.I.D.T.A
MARK ANDREW SYMONS
F.I.D.T.A
SARAH COREY
A.I.D.T.A