RSOPA: About the teachers and their commitment to your success

At 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.

Building Community

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.

Clear Communication

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.

RSOPA Principal and Teacher

Amelia Regnante (B.A.Hons/L.I.D.T.A)

Founder and Creative Director
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.

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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 looking forward to joining the singing Faculty at London Studio Centre in September 2016.

Isabella Regnante

P.A. to The Principal and Cover Teacher

Isabella’s love and passion for the industry evolved as a young child, being brought in to a musical family from both sides it was inevitable! Other then starring in the lead roles of ABBA, Spice Girls, Saturday Night Fever (the list goes on) from the Regnante house hold living room, Isabella took to the stage in many theatre productions and shows both locally and nationally.

Although Isabella’s idyllic and favourite genres were in the Commercial and Musical Theatre sectors, she trained from a toddler in all aspects of dance and later on went on to teach Street Dance and Toddler classes for RSOPA.

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Isabella has ample experience in working with children in schools, nurseries, through babysitting duties and work, and of course is now the proud mother of her very own little boy, Ronnie! Isabella also has vast experience with children with special needs and requirements.

Not all singing and dancing, Isabella has many years experience in Admin which include 6 years of retail banking, administrative/secretarial roles, promotional and networking experience and a very successful position in the telecommunications industry. These are the skills which are now being put to practice in her new role as PA to Director of RSOPA as well as the all important job of making teas and coffees!!

Having had such an involvement with the school over the years, Isabella is increasingly passionate about how we thrive and pushing forward with our favourite motto – ‘we are not about being THE BEST, but being YOUR BEST’. We are lucky to be a family run business and are keen to spread the ‘family’ and ‘community’ ethos to as many individuals as we can.

Isabella feels she has the best role in the company as she is very much a peoples person and loves to interact and be involved with all our existing customers. She looks forward to speaking with all the new clients and would like to wish you all a very warm RSOPA welcome!

Courtney Troullos

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.

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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!

Acting is a very personal process. It has to do with expressing your own personality, and discovering the character you’re playing through your own experience – so we’re all different.
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Kerry Smith

Street Dance and Cover Teacher

Kerry became interested in Dance at secondary school, taking part in a variety of festival pieces alongside her study in the Arts.

Kerry went on to achieve a National Diploma and BA (Hons) Degree at Brighton University, whilst taking several weekly classes at Pineapple Dance Studios London in commercial dance styles.

One of Kerry’s first artistic achievements was performing with Periplum at The National Theatre, London 2007.

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Other performances include working with the Bureau Of Silly Ideas, Fourkm Theatre (which received 4stars for the Brighton Festival 2009), Arundel Festival, Fringe Festival, Her Majestys Theatre, The South of England Show, as well as performing as a warm up act for Flawless at the Move It convention 2010. She has also danced for several music videos, one of which was featured on ITV Londons News as well as a live performance for ITV Meridian. Kerry also trained as a main base and dancer with the Sussex Tornados Cheerleaders, reaching the semi finals of  ITV’s ‘Lets Get Gold,’ and competing internationally. For a couple of years, Kerry trained and performed with Portsmouth based Street Dance Crew ‘Synchronize’.

Kerry enjoys performing, but she has always had a strong passion for teaching and has done so internationally. She has completed and achieved a Distinction in the only government accredited, authentic Street Dance Teacher training qualification in England with Urban Strides, and regularly attends their intensive workshops working with the most current and influential choreographers and practitioners in the Street Dance scene. With the skills acquired through her training, and 10years of teaching experience under her belt, Kerry is very passionate about delivering engaging, energetic, creative, relevant and quality street dance classes to her students. She is very enthusiastic in giving her street dancers opportunities for self expression and encourages their input and ideas in the creative process. She enjoys choreographing pieces that both challenge and excite her students, and hopes that her classes offer the chance to build and develop, not only confidence but, sense of self with in a positive, communal environment.

PATRIZIA REGGIANI

Ballet, Modern Jazz and Cover Teacher

Patrizia’s  training is Vaganova based, she danced with La Scala in Milan. RSOPA is delighted to have a real Ballerina on board!

Ms Reggiani gained Diploma’s in Professional Dance, Contemporary Dance, Classical Ballet and Modern Jazz in Italy and taught at the IALS school before moving to the UK. Her professional dance experience aside from La Scala, extends to TV also.

No matter where she’s been, Patrizia has produced top-notch work because she is dedicated to making sure that whatever, her work stands out from the crowd.

 

Hester

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.

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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.

Liam McHugh

Guest Artist

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.

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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!

Rachael (Rakki)

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.

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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.”

Lee Payne

Tap Masterclasses and Cover Teacher

The spectacular dancing of Lee Payne has inspired many dancers to get their tap shoes on! Lee is a graduate of the Millennium Performing Arts College. His musical theatre credits include Riverdance, Singing In The Rain and Magic of The Dance, whilst his theatre credits include Bouncers, Jeckyl and Hyde, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and Hamlet. Lee has many television credits to his name include Top Of The Pops and The Des O’Conner Show as well as numerous broadcasts of his Riverdance performance on television stations all over the world, including on Sky1 in the UK.

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Leaving no stone unturned this cat is deeply musical and expressive, always on the edge, always pushing the boundaries of rhythm to new heights through his feet.

Niamh

Teaching Assistant

“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.”

 

Sky

Teaching Assistant

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.

Ella

Teaching Assistant

“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.”

 

Leila

Teaching Assistant

” I started ballet with RSOPA when I was 4years old and have always enjoyed dancing. I then joined the modern class when I was 6 years old.
I really love helping in the little ones’ ballet and modern as I love to help the younger ones feel more confident I like to help them perform.
My best time ever was appearing in December 2015 celebrate show and also having the opportunity to help the younger grades on stage.”

 

Molly

Teaching Assistant

“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.”

Lizzie

Teaching Assistant

 

Olivia

Teaching Assistant

“I love to help in the Intro Street Dance class because I like to think I’m encouraging them to do their best. I also think it helps with my confidence.   I love to dance and want to get back into gymnastics too. Dancing makes me feel chilled out and happy!!”