Miss Beverley - Principal
I trained locally in Southampton and London; following the ISTD Associate course. I gained my Advanced 2 examination in Modern Dance aged just 16 and went on to win Southampton’s Regional final of Miss Dance of Great Britain.
Over the years, I free- lanced at many local schools in Hampshire and was regularly invited to participate in London as a “demonstrating body”; for Fellowship examinations.
I was a member of Southampton Musical Society from 16 years old; performing at the Mayflower theatre and then choreographing for the society. I trained local skaters and gymnasts to improve their quality and dance performance and judged at local competitions.
I have now been Principal of Oakwood Academy for 25 years and hold qualifications of Associate diploma status (awarded with distinction) in Imperial Ballet and Modern Theatre Dance. I have enjoyed the diversity of the work program; involving children, students and adults alike. Producing a yearly show has been challenging but always successful, as is entering the students for their yearly exams within the ISTD. Over the years we have participated in local events including the Eastleigh carnival and the local French exchange. We have also taken Oakwood Academy students to perform at “Her Majesties” theatre in London. Many of our students have continued with their training and are performing all over the world.
I myself am now half way through the Diploma 6 teacher training course within the ISTD, studying Imperial Classical Ballet.