Taras Team

Offering the gift of Dance since 1965
Sally Bonnett
Jessica Hodge
Libby Hall
Phoebe Claydon
Ciara Hodgkiss
Maddy Hill
Alison Fuller
Alex Pritchard

Tara's Team

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Theatre Babes - Theatre Kids - Musical Theatre

Alex started dance lessons with SPSD at the age of 6, and from these beginnings ignited a passion for dance and Musical Theatre.  Alex later studied for 3 years at The Colchester Institute (University of Essex) gaining a 2:1 BA Hons degree.  Following her Study in Colchester, she auditioned for Drama School which lead her to complete her Masters at Guildford School of Acting, graduating with a First-class MA in Musical Theatre. 
After graduating  Alex Co-wrote and performed in the West-end Fringe Tour (Broadway World nominated best New Musical 2014) of ‘The Bakewell Bakeoff’ based on the hit BBC television series ‘The Great British Bake off’. Alex’s company has now sold the show to Rogers and Hammerstein Europe Ltd and is performed by many theatre groups, schools and University Drama societies throughout the UK and Europe.
Alex is thrilled to be teaching at SPSD,  where her love for performance began.

Tap - Modern


Ciara spent her childhood in Hitchin Hertfordshire and trained at Dance Steps Academy in Letchworth from the age of seven. Ciara took examinations in Modern Theatre, Tap and Ballet and performed in their dance shows. 
As a teenager Ciara trained at North Herts College Hitchin where she attained her National Diploma in Dance, with a Distinction.
She was offered an assisting job at Aspire School of Dance in Hitchin and then attended Penny Meekings Dance College in Royston where she gained her ISTD teacher training qualifications in Tap and Modern. Ciara also took vocational dance examinations up to Advanced Two Tap and Advanced One Modern. 
Phoebe  started dancing at the age of 3 at the Central School of Dance and Drama in Essex and took her vocational advanced exams in ballet and modern. She also took regular classes at the R.A.D  in Battersea in senior years.
At university she was part of the dance society for 3 years where she took classes and taught peers for shows and national competitions.
After university, she moved to Milton Keynes and taught children and adult classes  before joining SPSD. She is now completing her final teaching exams with Dance Teachers Inc.

Ballet - Lyrical



Street - Jazz

Libby trained for 14 years at Stourbridge Dance Academy before completing a year at Paul McCartneys Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts & then two years at Bodywork Company Dance Studios. After graduating, Libby joined the West End Cast of the Michael Jackson Musical 'Thriller Live' and in 2012  toured with the show in Europe, Asia & the UK.
Libby has worked with Rita Ora, Cher Lloyd, Jason Derulo, Coldplay, Wretch 32, Stooshe & Macy Gray. Libby has also featured in  Mercedez and Sony Music Videos as well as other live events and television commercials. Libby has traveled to New York and Los Angeles to further her dance experience and  performed in Dubai, Japan & Copenhagen. She loves teaching & passing on the knowledge she's gained, and thrives from the growth of others and their passion for dance.
Maddy’s passion for performing arts started at the age of 11.  She danced weekly at her local dance school before heading to Performers College at the age of 18 to study for 3 years during which she gained a level 6 diploma in musical theatre and dance.
Since then Maddy’s credits have included many music videos and performances at the FA cup, Wembley and numerous other sporting venues and stage appearances. She loves teaching and passing on her passion for dance to others.


'Street Dudes' - Mixed Street - Boys Street - Jazz

Alison is a level 2 Artistic and General Gymnastics Coach with 25 years coaching experience and 10 years as a competitor.  She is currently coaching at Melbourn Sports Centre, Royston Leisure Centre and Stevenage Sports and Acro Club.  

Acro - Gymnastics



'Top of the pops for Tots' - Freestyle

Sally has danced with SPSD since she was eight when she attended Freestyle Disco with Stephanie. Dauring her time with the school Sally has continued her training, gaining qualifications in Rock and Roll, Street, Lyrical, Ballroom & Latin American and Jazz.
Under the stewardship of Tara, Sally  qualified, with Honours, in the Freestyle Branch of the N.A.T.D. achieving her Associate Membership.
Jessica trained at Bodywork Company Dance Studios  Cambridge, completing a three year course in Performing Arts.
Jessica has worked as both a dancer and singer since leaving college. Her credits include: Swing/Dance Captain in “Godspell” - UK tour, Swing/ Dance Captain in “Summer Holiday” - UK tour, and Vocalist for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Jessica continues to work as a singer for various function and 'covers' bands and she has extensive teaching experience.

Lyrical - Contemporary


Freestyle - Street - Lyrical - Ballroom & Latin - Rock & Roll - Mini Movers

TARA PRIOR L.N.A.T.D . (Principal)

Aged 11 Tara was one of the youngest students in the country to have studied with the N.A.T.D. whilst achieving the highest marks ever awarded in Ballroom and Latin for a 'Presidents Award'.
At 13, Tara started to assist her mum Stephanie with her classes.  When she finished school she went to university and gained degrees in French and German but later realised that dancing was her true vocation.
She studied for her Associate membership of the NATD (National Association of Teachers of Dance) and then went on to qualify as a Licentiate member of the  association gaining honours in every section of the examination.
Tara is also a 'Recognised Teacher'  with CDMT - The Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre and SPSD is a 'Recognised School'.
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