our story

Since August 2016, 7 Academy of Performing Arts has quickly become Shropshire's first choice for performing arts. Offering the area's most extensive range of classes, we have built a reputation for offering reliable and affordable tuition in a highly exclusive environment.

 

7 Academy of Performing Arts exists to create opportunities and make dance and musical theatre accessible within our community.  Through teaching of the highest standards, we grow our students confidence, self-esteem and ability to look towards the future whilst nurturing their individuality and ability to create. In short: We bring talent to life!
 
Our mission is to impact our community by inspiring and celebrating individuality and the following statements are what we refer to as THE 7 PILLARS - they guide everything we do at 7 Academy of Performing Arts. 
Text: The 7 Pillars of 7 Academy of Performing Arts
Everyone is welcome, life lessons through the arts, inspiring role models, create memorable experiences, nurture self confidence, give back to our comunity, keep it age appropriate

meet
the
dream
team

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BEN ANDERSON 
founder & director

In August 2016, Ben founded 7 Academy of Performing Arts by ordering 500 leaflets online and spending many weekends actively promoting his new venture.

 

From learning to dance locally before studying professionally in London, Ben has since taken his Teaching Exams after many years of teaching and choreographing professionally across the country.

Ben is a member and registered teacher with UKA Dance, BBO Dance and the National Association of Teachers of Dancing.

Ben loves an early morning walk, exploring new cities and all things Kylie Minogue!

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ALEX RICHARDS 
marketing manager

Alex graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in English Literature in 2017. Since graduating Alex began working within the National Health Service, and also developed a flair for Marketing and Design.

Alex continues to work within the NHS, but also manages our creative efforts and works closely with Ben to ensure we remain at the forefront of dance and musical theatre training in Shropshire. 

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AMANDA HANNAH
general manager

Amanda is the mother to 4 children and is often referred to as the 'mom' at the studio.

Amanda loves learning new recipes - cooking up a storm in the kitchen - as well as ghost hunting!

 

Having been on her own journey of discovering her confidence, we are proud to have had Amanda on our team since 2017 where she is now a wealth of 7 Academy knowledge and your first port of call.

JACQUI RICHARDS 
education & programme manager

Jacqui joined 7 Academy in 2022, tasked with maintaining and enhancing our teaching programmes, ensuring our members are getting the very best.

Jacqui's latest qualification's include ISTD DDP Diploma in Classical Ballet Pedagogy , Associate Diploma ISTD Tap/Modern Theatre.

When Jacqui is not teaching, she is busy doing yoga or gardening!

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REBECCA SHIPTON
events coordinator

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OLLY DERHAM
teacher

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SAMANTHA THOMAS
teacher

Samantha has performed since a young age and was part of a local amateur musical theatre company before joining 7 Academy of Performing Arts.

 

Samantha has not one, but TWO degrees! She has a dog called Cassie and is also training to be a make-up artist!

GRACE MARSHALL
teacher

Grace has performed in a number of shows and pantomimes since she started dancing 13 years ago under the teachings of Ben!

 

Grace's dream job as a child was a dentist, but now aspires to become a surgeon. Her favourite artist is Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

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AIDYN GREEN
studio assistant

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AMILIA ROWLES
studio assistant

Amilia performed in her first show aged 8 and has gone on to be a part of 26 shows over 6 years!

 

Amilia's favourite thing about 7 Academy is the safe and comforting environment we create.

 

Amilia also has two fur babies, Toby and Bluey!

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BECKY PUGH
operations assistant 

Becky initially joined the academy as a dance mom herself, before joining the dream team! She can now be found in reception working alongside Amanda, ensuring the smooth day to day running of the school.

Becky's all time favourite film is Mamma Mia, and loves being a part of the best performing arts academy!

NICKY STAFFORD
wardrobe coordinator

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MELANIE TABBRON
operations assistant

Mel joined the Dream Team very recently - ensuring the school and events run efficiently - but has been a long time supporter of the school since the very beginning!

Mel also owns a successful hair salon in Much Wenlock, 'Envision' - something she has always wanted since a young age.

If Mel could have dinner with any three people, she would chose her dad, George Michael, and Ben!

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Amilia performed in her first show aged 8 and has gone on to be a part of 26 shows over 6 years! Amilia's favourite thing about 7 Academy is the safe and comforting environment we create. She also has two fur babies, Toby and Bluey!

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BELLA FREEMAN
enrolment advisor

Having danced her entire life and as the parent of 3 beautiful children, Bella understands first hand how impactful dance and musical theatre can be.

 

Bella first joined our community as a parent and then as teacher, before transitioning to her role today where she is responsible for Enrolment.

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LYDIA EVANS
member success coordinator

Lydia studied for 3 years at SCAT, achieved DD*D*D* and a merit in HNC, and danced with 7 Academy for 3 years participating in a number of exams and shows. Lydia also studied at Phil Winston's in Blackpool. She has since returned to the school, ensuring our members are getting the very best out of their training.

Lydia once performed in David Walliams' Gangsta Granny!

our industry affiliates

What our Parents Say

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UKA DANCE

UKA Dance, formally known as the United Kingdom Alliance, is a dance teaching and examination board that was founded in 1902 and is based in Blackpool, whilst operating internationally. 

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THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS OF DANCE

The National Association of Teachers of Dancing is an internationally recognised association for qualified teachers of dancing and examination board.

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YOUTH PROTECTION ADVOCATES IN DANCE

Based in the US, Youth Protection Advocates in Dance is teacher certification that is heavily focussed on the health and wellness of students and completion shows a commitment to keeping them happy, healthy and safe in dance.  

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INSTITUTE OF CHILDREN'S ACTIVITY PROVIDERS

ICAP are a professional membership body and community of business owners and leaders operating in the children’s activity sector. Their aim is to champion best practice, raise standards and innovate, driving positive change and progression across the industry.

what our members say

Before Connie started dancing at 7 Academy of Performing Arts, I never believed that she would grow to become so confident at such a young age. She never stops dancing and her dance class is her favourite part of the week. I can't wait for many more years at 7 Academy of Performing Arts to come!

Paula Armstrong, Parent