OUR STORY 

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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. 
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INTRODUCING OUR 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. He is proud to be the UK Charter Member of More Than Just Great Dancing and also holds his certification for Youth Protection Advocates in Dance.

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

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ALEX

RICHARDS

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

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. 

Often referred to as the string to the kite (aka Ben), Alex loves being part of the team at 7 Academy of Performing Arts.

 

When he isn't working on our next marketing campaign he can be found in the kitchen baking up a storm! 

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BELLA

FREEMAN

OPERATIONS MANAGER

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 Operations of the Academy.

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ELISE

HANNAH

ACADEMY COORDINATOR

Starting dance in her teens hasn't stopped Elise in following her dreams! Elise was proud to join the 7 Academy Dream Team back in 2019. As well as being a teacher, she also takes the lead on organising our much loved productions and events! Elise is qualified with the MASD and has also taken teaching qualifications with BGU. She also loves art and photography, and her favourite artist is Lewis Capaldi! 

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ELLIE

MADDEN

TEACHER

Ellie has performed since she was 4 years old, and went on to achieve Grade 8 Musical Theatre exams by the time she was 16! A specialist in Musical Theatre and Education, Ellie loves working with the members at 7 Academy of Performing Arts and seeing them progress each year. If Ellie could have dinner with anyone, she would choose The Queen, Peter Kay and Stacey Dooley!

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LUKE

HARDY

TEACHER

We are super excited to welcome Luke to our teaching team. Luke gained a first class degree in Musical Theatre from Wolverhampton University. His dream job as a child was to be a forensic pathologist - but a calling for the theatre changed his mind. 

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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! Her 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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AMILIA

ROWLES

TEACHING 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. She also has two fur babies, Toby and Bluey!

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AMANDA

HANNAH

GENERAL

MANAGER

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

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ALICE BALL

MUSICAL THEATRE

COORDINATOR

Alice joined us in 2021 as our Musical Theatre Coordinator to manage our new Musical Theatre programme. Alice has performed in numerous shows since starting her musical theatre training and has also been a valued member of SMTC. Alice's favourite film in Tangled and she aspires to run a marathon in the next 3 years!

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HANNAH MARSHALL

TEACHER

Hannah has been dancing since the age of 4 and currently studies at Shockout Arts in Manchester. If Hannah isn't busy being a Beyonce superfan, she can be found soaking up the sun! Her dream job as a child was to be a performer and she is well on her way!

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MOLLY

PARKER

TEACHER

Molly started performing at the age of 5, and started formal dance training when she was 9. Molly has two doggies called Fred and Rosie. Her favourite thing about being part of 7 Academy is the family feel - and we have to agree!

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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!

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TAYLOR

TREANOR

TEACHING

ASSISTANT

Taylor has been performing for just over 2 years but since then has excelled in all areas. His favourite quote is: "The most powerful thing you can do is become the image of your own imagination", which we love! If Taylor isn't performing, he's busy drawing and designing costumes!

OUR INDUSTRY AFFILIATES

What our Parents Say

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MORE THAN JUST GREAT DANCING

We are extremely proud that 7 Academy of Performing Arts is the Charter Member for the United Kingdom and shows a commitment and promise to offer a higher standard of tuition and business management. 

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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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BBO DANCE

BBO Dance was founded ​ was founded in England in 1930 by Edouard Espinosa and Eve Louise Kelland, both noted dance teachers. It was established as a dance teaching society and developed a syllabus of classical ballet training.

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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.  

WHAT OUR MEMBERS SAY

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Since Taylor started 7 Academy he's grown in confidence, he's made so many new friends and it's given him a new focus which he plans on taking further when he finishes school. 

 

Ben and his team are fantastic, always happy to help! It's more like a family to us now, and it's the best thing we could have done for Taylor

Laura Treanor, Parent

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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