RSOPA: About the teachers and their commitment to your successAt RSOPA we believe in helping you be your best
Committed to Development
We were award the 2016 Sunny Worthing Award for Children’s Development. At the heart of RSOPA is a desire to encourage our students to develop uniqueness and individuality, which we believe will serve them for life.
Continuing our Professional Development
At RSOPA all our teachers and staff work their hardest to be at their best for you. Our teachers are passionate about learning too and strive to be at the top of their game in order to serve their students, which we believe in turn help them to be their best.
We love Community! We host family fun days for all our clients to come together, many of them are free. It’s a commitment we uphold to our customers who we value beyond measure.
We have a dedicated P.A. who works Mon/Wed/Fri 9-5 to serve our customers. We also subscribe to DanceBiz who provide us with the best software to manage our communications with you.
Amelia Regnante (B.A.Hons/L.I.D.T.A)
Founder and Creative Director. Singing, Musical Theatre & Dance
Amelia founded RSOPA and the Theatre Group in 2006 with the idea of adding something different and exciting to performing arts locally.
Amelia loved to perform as a child, taking part in many local productions and classes in Worthing. From a young age, Amelia was keen to set up an environment that was all-inclusive, her schooling at Davison High School was key to her attitude towards the community and in understanding the vital role it plays in the lives of young people.
Amelia’s main passion is providing an environment in which children and young people can be their best, feel their best and achieve their best.
Amelia trained at the acclaimed Bird College in Theatre Performance and completed her degree in Musical Theatre at London Studio Centre. Amelia took part in two professional tours before realising that teaching was her first and biggest love, despite the fact her mother had told her she was destined that way from a young age!Amelia is now Licentiate level in Ballet teaching, and holds Associates for Modern and Tap, accredited by the IDTA. She continues to work towards her Fellowship qualifications which she hopes will lead to being an examiner of dance in the near future.
Amelia is a professionally trained and accomplished singer. Never being one to settle for anything but the best, Amelia is also working towards her dream of achieving a PhD in vocal studies and is part of the singing Faculty at London Studio Centre.
Drama, Acting and Theatre Group
Courtney became interested in theatre and acting whilst at school – joining in school productions and trips. Courtney studied her BA (Hons) Degree at Brighton University and has been involved in performances at The Brighton Fringe Festival, The Great Escape Festival and various short films. Her theatre credits include Pearl in Steven Berkoff’s West, Peter Quince in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream, and Feste in Shakespeares Twelfth Night. Courtney’s love of acting isn’t about performing a Shakespearean Sonnet word for word, or being able to die the most dramatic death at the end of a sword fight.
Drama provides students with many transferrable skills. Courtney isn’t interested in making you the ‘best actor’ she is interested in making the ‘best people’ who are individual, can speak well, with good clarity and diction and confidence. The performance aspect of drama is just an added bonus! She loves seeing her students, from her diddy’s to her seniors, not being afraid to lose inhibitions, not be afraid to play and make mistakes, build in confidence and blossom into lovely young people! Courtney hopes to add a very diverse programme of contemporary, classical, stage and screen acting classes allowing students to explore different characters and different styles of theatre!
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Hester Gill BA (Hons)
Contemporary Dance and Cover Teacher
Hester began dancing at the age of four taking classes in ballet and modern. After being taught and hugely inspired by Amelia, Hester then joined RSOPA at the age of 12. Her passion is in contemporary dance which she was first introduced to with Puppik Youth Dance. Hester then went on to join the Centre for Advanced Training at Trinity Laban and also completed her BA (Hons) there.
Hester is currently studying her Masters in performance at Chichester University where she is a member of a national and international touring company, Map Dance. Having opportunities to lead workshops with Map Dance has driven Hester’s passion for teaching the next generation of young dancers. Hester is very excited to be working with Amelia again and looks forward to being a part of the RSOPA team.
Street Dance, Hip Hop, Crew and Tap Teacher
Liam started training at R.S.O.P.A many years ago after his mum enrolled him into one of their summer camps, previously Liam sang for “The Royal School Of Choir Music” so the change was very dramatic however straight away he fell in love with all aspects of dancing and performing and RSOPA gave him that and so much more.
He later furthered his training with YDF (Young Dancers Foundation) before finally obtaining a full three year scholarship to one of Europe’s leading dance schools, Performers College.
Whilst at the college Liam has performed around the country at multiple events, including dancing on Wembleys pitch at the FA Cup Final. Last December you would have caught him at the Pavillion Theatre in Worthing’s production of ‘Cinderella’ Most recently he has worked for ITV on the new game show hosted by Steven Mulhern ‘Go For It’.
Liam lost both his parents to cancer by the age of 16 and it really was RSOPA that helped him through this difficult time, and for every opportunity that was made available to him. Liam is Guest Teacher for Workshops, to give back to this brilliant school so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for when he’s back in town!
Trainee Teacher and Teaching Assistant
“I have been with Amelia since I was 5 years old and I have participated in many shows over the years including, Pirates of Penzance and Guys and Dolls as well as the annual Christmas shows. Through these shows I have grown in confidence. At RSOPA I have received a well rounded training and have also made a second family and gained lots of friends.
RSOPA has a wonderfully encouraging atmosphere and the teachers are supportive of my own growth and development, not only as a dancer but as an individual too. I am passionate about Dance, the dedicated teachers have encouraged me to advance my dance career by going to dance college. Thanks to the support of the RSOPA team and their loving students I wouldn’t be the confident bubbly person that I am today.”
“My name is Niamh and I love dancing. I have loved it since I was 2 and a half years old. It is my passion and I do dancing 5 days a week. RSOPA is the best dance school and has the best teachers too. To me it’s a family rather than a dance school. You get loads of friends and it teaches you to just to have fun. I hope that I can help other children learn to love dancing as much as I do.”
I am Sky. I’m ten years old and have been dancing at RSOPA for 6 years. I really enjoy dancing and performing and love helping the tots in their class.
“I joined RSOPA five years ago and enjoy classes in Ballet, Tap, modern, drama, theatre group and help with two tots classes per week.
I love seeing the tots learn and develop and it’s really nice to know that I can help them learn and enjoy their classes as much as I do.”
“Hi I’m Molly. I have been dancing with RSOPA since I was 3. I love performing with the friends I have made here and always look forward to the shows that the school put on each year. I started by taking ballet and tap classes, but now take modern, street, singing and musical theatre as well, and can be found at RSOPA at least 5 times a week. I love helping the younger students, as some of my favourite memories of my early days at RSOPA are of the older girls helping with classes and making them really enjoyable. I hope I make the younger students feel the same, so that they will grow to enjoy dancing as much as I do.”