Fiona's Fancy Feet opened in September 2012 starting with 0 pupils and we now have over 150.
The school has steadily grown and built a teaching faculty along the way with Charlotte Lee joining us in 2015, Charlotte Robinson joining us in 2016 and Heather Richmond in 2018.
We proudly offer class in ISTD Modern, ISTD Tap, Imperial Classical Ballet, ISTD Jazz, Musical Theatre, Contemporary and Groove Child.
Each year we hold our Summer School which is always full of fun and madness where students get to try new things alongside our guest teachers.
Every second year we have a Show with the next one being in July 2020.
Fiona’s Fancy Feet Ethos and Values
Here at Fiona’s Fancy Feet we have highly trained teachers who have extensive knowledge in their specific subject, continually strive to better themselves and who develop their teaching through their own training/CPD.
For those who wish to dance on to a professional level and look into a career in dance and/or teaching we can provide a strong foundation of classes, offer shows, give students the opportunity to take exams under the Imperial Society of Teacher of Dancing and offer regular guest teachers/workshops with other performing arts specialists.
As Principal I always strive to make my school the best it can be and offer the most I can to our students, but for me personally my main aim and value for FFF is that everyone enjoys the power and love that is dance.
Whether students come to be the next famous dancer, or have been sent to learn another level of discipline, maybe they come to keep fit and active, perhaps because their friends go and they enjoy the social aspect of the class and making friends? Whatever your reason may be, my aim is that you enjoy each class and get from it what YOU want. Dance can make friendships and memories that last a lifetime.
That is why I love dance, that is why I love teaching and that is why I run a school I love.
Miss Fiona xx
Fiona's Fancy Feet
Higher Poulston Farm
Fiona started dancing at the age of 8 doing Cecchetti Ballet, then soon took up ISTD Modern, Tap, Ballet and Jazz and later took up ISTD Ballet.
At 18 Fiona moved to London for 3 years where she studied dance and musical theatre at The Centre PAC. She also studied and gained her DDI and DDE teaching qualifications whilst there. She always knew teaching was her aim and after some teaching experience in both London and Devon she decided to venture out on her own.
At the age of 23 back in 2012 Fiona opened Fiona's Fancy Feet, starting with no pupils at all.
The school has steadily grown even while Fiona had two children. Fiona had her daughter Maisy in 2015 and had her son George in 2017. The school continued to run despite Fiona's absence with the support of wonderful teachers and parents.
Heather grew up in Devon and went on to complete an apprenticeship in London with Springs Dance Company in 2011 with the opportunity to also train in America. She then graduated from Northern School of Contemporary Dance with a First Class Honours degree in July 2014.
She has worked with choreographers including Gary Clarke, Charles Linehan, Balbir Singh, Charlotte Spencer, Corey Baker, Angus Balbernie and Sharon Watson.
After graduating Heather was invited to perform, choreograph and teach with Vou Dance Company in Fiji for four months, touring around Fiji Islands and New Zealand.
She then returned to Devon and founded her own professional dance company HeatherWalrondCompany with Arts Council England funding and developed 'The Rising' which over 3 years has toured all over the UK and Africa.
In August 2015, she joined Exim Dance Company as company dancer, became an Associate Lecturer and Higher Education Fellow in Dance for Plymouth University.
In 2017, she won the Marie McCluskey Dance Award and became the International Projects Project Coordinator for Plymouth Dance.
In 2018 she was awarded the Lisa Ullman Travel Scholarship and with The Rising in high demand, HeatherWalrondCompany will tour internationally throughout 2018/19.
Sonja was trained in Cheltenham by Mrs Janet Marshall, one of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (I.S.T.D) major examiners, and performed in many professional shows and pantomimes in the local area whilst growing up.
As a teenager she attended the Gloucestershire Academy of Performing Arts, studying Dance, Drama, and Music where Sonja was selected for a special performance at the Royal College of Music.
In 2001 she graduated from Liverpool Institute Of Performing Arts, gaining a BA Hons Degree in Dance and Drama and a Professional Diploma in Jazz Dance, before moving down to Devon and obtaining her qualifications as a dance teacher in I.S.T.D Tap Dance, Modern Theatre, Jazz Dance and Imperial Classical Ballet.
Sonja later returned to college in London to study for a Contemporary Music and Singing Diploma at Vocaltech Vocal School, (Part of Tech Music Schools) where she graduated top of her class and was awarded the accolade of Best Live Performer of the Year.
More recently Sonja has qualified to teach Acrobatic Dance, training with Peter Pearson, Head of Acrobatics at the Sylvia Young Theatre School.
As well as teaching Dance, Acro and Performing Arts, she currently teaches for the Monkey Music Exeter franchise, providing music and movement classes to babies and young children.
When she isn’t teaching, Sonja fronts an eight piece soul band, ‘Souled Out’ in and around the South West and is one half of the popular Plymouth singing duo, ‘Lipstick & Lashes’. She has performed at the prestigious Dartmouth Regatta on several occasions, at the Heart FM Firework Event and in front of a crowd of thousands on the MTV Crashes Stage, both on Plymouth Hoe.