Oxford Academy of Dance was founded in April 2001 by Paula Nattrass. It provides high quality professional tuition in RAD Ballet, ISTD Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz. Pupils are taken from the age of three right through to adults. The aim of the classes is always to have fun and enjoy the dancing, while also recognising that dance is an art form which requires hard work and dedication to succeed.
All levels of students are catered for from Nursery through to majors.
Principal – Paula Nattrass LISTD, RADrts
Paula trained at the Doreen Bird College of Dance, where she gained full teaching qualifications and at the Drama Studio, London. She worked professionally in both the West End, where shows included Jesus Christ Superstar and Hello Dolly and in repertory theatre at Bristol Old Vic and Birmingham Rep. Film work includes The Scarlet Pimpernel and Ragtime with Donald O’Connor and an Elvis Costello video called “I Write The Book”. Teaching work includes 10 years at the Guildford School of acting, teaching Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz and Historical Dance as well as choreographing operetta and drama projects.
As well as running Oxford Academy of Dance Paula also teaches Ballet at The Manor Preparatory School in Abingdon.
Laura Addison BA(Hons)BE, RADrts, LRAD, ARAD
Laura has been teaching vocational ballet and Pilates for Oxford Academy of Dance since September 2009. In 2005 she went to the Royal Academy’s headquarters in London where she completed a BA(Hons) in Ballet Education and majored in performance. There she obtained her LRAD and Advanced 2 ballet.She became a qualified mat pilates teacher with BASI pilates in 2009 and now teaches ballet, tap, modern and pilates for several schools in Oxford. She regularly enters students for ballet exams and prepares them for shows.
Karen Sellick BEd, FISTD
Karen trained at Sadlers Wells Ballet School and was a member of Sadlers Wells Theatre Ballet. After a break from dancing, she qualified as a dance teacher and became a Fellow of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing setting up her own school in South Oxford. Karen now enjoys teaching free lance part-time.
Vicky trained as an actress at The Guildford School of Acting. She is currently artistic director of Offcentre Theatre Company, head of performing arts at St. Georges School, Windsor and a part time Lamda tutor. In recent years VIcky has become a very busy musical theatre director and choreographer, recently staging “A Little Night Music” at The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.
She has danced since the age of four and became a choreographer at the age of sixteen when she took oon a school production of Grease. She has worked for Paula for the last foourteen years creating dances for examinations and helping to choreograph the bi-annual shows.
Georgina Bygott MPhil, CMath, MIMA
Georgina’s dance training has covered many styles of dance – Ballet, Modern, Tap, Ballroom, Latin and Salsa – as well as singing and drama. She trained initially under her mother at Tankerton Dancing Academy. During this time Georgina developed her talent for choreography.
Since 2004, Georgina has enjoyed working with the students at Oxford Academy of Dance, specialising in choreographing tap routines for shows and examinations.