Wendy Sandercock RAD RTS - Principal at the Wendy Sandercock Academy of Dance

OUR HISTORY

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For generations, human civilizations have been dancing. Whether for cultural reasons or pure enjoyment, there’s a wonderful feeling that one gets from the art of movement. Just ask the dedicated dancers who come to practice every single day.

 

When you decide to join us at The Wendy Sandercock Academy of Dance, you too will be able to take advantage of our professional staff at your choice of location. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced dancer looking to improve your technique, we guarantee you’ll find it here.

Wendy Sandercock RAD RTS

The Wendy Sandercock Academy of Dance is a well established and extremely successful school, run by Principal Wendy Sandercock RAD RTS, a fully qualified and registered teacher of The Royal Academy, with classes held in Torquay, Newton-Abbot and Teignmouth.   We ensure our classes are always of manageable sizes in order to provide individual attention to each pupil at every stage of their development. We believe in quality and not quantity thus retaining our very high standards.  Pupils follow the syllabus of The Royal Academy of Dance and examaminations are held twice a year for those wishing to take grades and Vocational examinations, in Ballet, Modern and Tap and NEW for 2019 is our Royal Ballet School Pre-Associate Programme.

The results always reflect the very high standards of the school, and pupils always attain 100% pass rate. The children always enjoy taking part in local and national competitions, again winning lots of cups and medals, with a number of pupils taking part in “All England Finals” over the years (please also see our News Pages). The school stages its own show yearly, which is great fun!

Some of our pupils take a step further and take part in professional shows and dance alongside the “stars” in Pantomimes, Ballet companies and Summer Shows. Many have taken part within productions of the English Youth Ballet Company (See Gallery). Pupils over the years have been readily accepted by vocational schools, such as, The Royal Ballet School, Elmhurst Ballet School in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Ballet Rambert, Northern Ballet School, Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and more. A lot of former pupils are dancing in Ballet companies in this country and abroad or involved in television and west end productions as well as characters and performers in DisneyLand (Paris) as well as the Disney Cruise Line.  We as a school have a number of junior and mid associates of The Royal Ballet School, where children are selected by audition for a place.

 

We welcome all newcomers to the school and there is a class suitable for everyone from the age of 3 years to student level.

Our Team

Alicia Rose Sandercock

Alicia was trained by the Royal Ballet School and attended Tring Park School for the performing arts.  Upon graduating, Alicia landed character and parade performer roles at DisneyLand Paris. Alicia has performed at the Royal Albert Hall in "Phantom of the Opera" and has danced with the English Youth Ballet Company where she was a scholarship winner for all her performances.

Alicia held the title South West Ballet and Modern Champion for 6 years before she represented the South West of England in the IDTA Ballet Championships at the Blackpool Winter Gardens. Alicia was also a medal winner on several occasions at the All England Dance finals in London.    Alica has also modeled for the  limited-edition catalogue and yearly edition catalogue for International Dance Supplies.

In between auditions and contracts, Alicia is a student teacher at the school

Fiona Harvey (Guest Teacher)

Fiona has performed with the Royal Ballet Company on many productions including, Swan Lake, Coppelia and Nutcracker. Fiona has also toured with the Company to Moscow performing in Swan Lake and Don Quixote.

After graduating from the Royal Ballet School Fiona joined London Studio Centre’s sister company Images, and toured Britain performing in various productions including work by Frederick Ashton, Christopher Wheeldon and Will Tucket.

On her return to Devon Fiona completed the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies with The Royal Academy of Dance.

In 2011 Fiona was offered the prestigious role of teaching for the Royal Ballet School’s Junior Associate programme in Devon. This programme has been designed to train children aged 8 -11 who the Royal Ballet believe have the potential to go on to receive vocational training. Fiona has been teaching for 9 nine years now and is passionate about passing on her performing and training knowledge onto enthusiastic and talented ballet dancers.

Olivia Smith (Guest Teacher)

Olivia discovered a passion for dance at a very early age following her grandfathers footsteps and began ballet at the age of 3 with tap and modern at the age of 8.

 

Olivia was a mid-associate at the Hammond School Of Dance aged 11 and attended the Yorkshire Ballet Seminars under Marguerite Porter also performing with the English Youth Ballet starring in Sleeping Beauty.  Aged 18, after completing her A levels and Btec in dance she received two full scholarships, from Northern Ballet School and the Hammond School Of Dance.

 

Olivia also received a place onto the RAD’s BA honours in Ballet Education but decided she wanted to perform first. Accepting her place at Northern Ballet School, she completed her DDI’s and was trained by David Needham and Eric Carpenter.

 

Olivia has always been considered as a very good ‘all rounder’ and has been trained in a variety of styles of ballet, including RAD and Cecchetti. She went on to accept her first professional performing contract immediately with MSC Cruise Line after graduating. Olivia has worked with a variety of professional companies, mainly cruise ship based for almost 6 years and has thoroughly enjoyed being able to travel globally sharing her passion for performing with many other talented individuals. Olivia has recently set up her own dance agency recruiting talented performers.

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