Anna is a choreographer and fully qualified dance teacher (Diploma in Dance Education in Imperial Classical Ballet and Modern Theatre with the ISTD), and has over 11 years of full-time dance and teaching experience. Over the years, she has experienced teaching a wide range of age ranges and abilities from the truly tiny to the novice and professional adult.
Anna started Toddle around four years ago when she realised that there were very few truly dance related classes in Cheltenham that would actually teach foundational dance basics to such tiny people AND be like coming along to a toddler group. Since then it has grown and grown and Anna has been privileged to see some of her first class members progress to becoming little dancers in Stage Four.
Anna undertook vocational training at Northern Ballet School. She began her professional career as a dancer in Exalt with Saltmine, touring throughout the UK before continuing in the world of entertainment, performing in various theatres and touring several shows, both in the UK and abroad. As an actress, Anna played Florence in Saltmine’s production of Adrian Plass’s An Alien At St Wilfreds, enjoyed two summer seasons as a dancer, at Wicksteed Park; 3 fantastic seasons at The Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy – including covering the lead in, and various touring shows (including Route 66 and Decade Explosion).
She loves her work as a choreographer and has enjoyed being on the production team for Snow White at Carnegie Hall, Dunfirmline and Cinderella at Camberley Theatre, Surrey. She is excited to be returning to Camberley Theatre later this year to be part of the team that produces Peter Pan. Anna also enjoys her position as movement lecturer at Regents Theological College in Malvern.
Anna lives in lovely Cheltenham with her husband and has her very own preschooler to try out all things Toddle related on and another young one too who has made many appearances in Toddle classes of late.
Anya Wood – Cover teacher
Anya started dancing at the age of 3 and spent all of her childhood and teenage years dancing and performing. She has a Level 4 diploma in Dance Teaching specialising in Classical Ballet and a Level 5 certificate in Safe and Effective Dance Practise from Trinity College, London.
She has also attained the ISTD Diploma in Dance Instruction (DDI) qualification in classical ballet and studied Modern to advanced level. Anya holds an emergency first aid at Work certificate and a full DBS disclosure.
Olivia Lee – Dance teacher assistant
Olivia has a wealth of experience working with small people. She has worked both as a nanny and as a qualified nursery worker in various nurseries in Cheltenham for over 8 years. Olivia loves to dance and is looking forward to hopping, skipping and jumping with the young ones during class.