Amber Brookes - aged 14
I have danced at Whittaker’s Dance and Drama Centre since the age of three years old, my first lesson, with Miss Whittaker herself. I loved dancing from the minute I put on my first pair of ballet shoes, and through the support and passion of the teachers at Whittaker’s, it is a feeling that is still as strong today.
I will never forget the ‘Thunder’ exercise we used to do in Pre-primary ballet, we were meant to elegantly run round the Lucy studio and when we heard Mr Ganley playing thunderous notes on the piano, quickly get into a hoop, I always found my mum’s knee much more appealing and far less frightening than Mr Ganley’s loud notes! However, I am glad to say my confidence has since grown and I appreciate the sound of the piano in my lessons and of course Mr Ganley.
My first show was in 2006, I was part of the Tinnies routine, Pinocchio. I was so excited to be part of the show; there is something special about being in a Whittaker’s show. The costume, make-up, backstage ‘buzz’ and response from the audience all left me wanting to be on the stage every day, it was truly an amazing experience and something I am still as excited about now as I was at the age of six.
During my time at Whittaker’s I have increased the amount of disciplines I study, to include Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz and Irish. Many of my friends who do not dance can’t believe the time I spend at the Centre, especially when we are rehearsing as well as doing normal lessons, however for me, it is time spent with friends and my ‘Whittaker’ family, which is always a pleasure.
Whilst I love performing, my development as a dancer is equally important and working hard to improve and obtain good exam results in something I am passionate about, it gives me a true sense of achievement. Dance exams are not easy, and take a lot of effort and commitment on both the dancers and teachers parts, something there is never a shortage of at Whittaker’s. Through my development at the Centre, I was lucky enough to be chosen to dance with the English Youth Ballet, in their production of Swan Lake, In Preston, this was a fantastic opportunity.
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Welcome to Whittaker's,
Do you love dance? Have a passion for theatre? Or simply want to have fun while keeping fit?
If so, then Whittaker's is the place for you!
We offer classes for everyone aged 2 to 102 with no previous experience required, just an enthusiasm for dance and a sense of humour!
Whittaker's first opened its doors on February 11th, 1952 with the aim of introducing children and adults to the delights and challenges of the performing arts. We never pretend that the learning will be easy but we try to provide every support and encouragement.
Here at Whittaker's we provide lessons in: Classical Ballet, Tap, Modern Stage Dance, Hip-Hop Street Dance, Riverdance, Jazz, Speech Drama and Acting and we also have our children's Terra Nova Choir.
Students are entered into examinations for the Royal Academy of Dancing, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, London College of Music and Media and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music examinations.
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