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 ‘Our Culture’ - they guide everything we do at 7 Academy of Performing Arts.
INTRODUCING OUR DREAM TEAM
Founder & Director
In August 2016, Ben founded 7 Academy of Performing Arts by ordering 500 leaflets online for £30.00 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.
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.
Starting dance in her teens hasn't stopped Elise in following her dreams and 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.
Since graduating from the University of Birmingham, Alex began to work for the NHS however developed a flair for marketing and design.
Alex continues to work at a General Practice in an administrative capacity but also manages our creative efforts and works closely with Ben to ensure we remain at the forefront of dance and musical theatre education in Shropshire.
Often referred to as the string to the kite (aka Ben), Alex loves being apart of the team at 7 Academy of Performing Arts and we simply couldn't do it without him.
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.
Ellie is our longest serving member of the team (other than Ben & Alex) and was in fact our first ever member when we opened back in 2016. As well as teaching both dance and musical theatre at the Academy, Ellie is also Teaching Assistant at a local primary school.
It gets confusing when you have 3 team members called Ellie, however we love having Ellie M on our team. 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.
PHOTOGRAPHS COMING SOON FOR HANNAH MARSHALL, MOLLY PARKER & GRACE MARSHALL
OUR INDUSTRY AFFILIATES
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.
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.
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.
The National Association of Teachers of Dancing is an internationally recognised association for qualified teachers of dancing and examination board.
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.
"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 of done for Taylor"
Laura Treanor - Parent
"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