Reach Performing Arts

has been teaching young people in Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre since 2002 . Classes include:

Little Dancers for ages 2 - 4.

Ballet, Modern and Tap to the ISTD syllabus, where we are proud of our 100% pass rate

Drama and Musical Theatre to the Trinity College London syllabus, where  a significant number of Distinctions and Merits have been achieved.

Adult Tap and Ballet classes are taken for fun and fitness in Whitstable, Canterbury and Wingham.

Past students are achieving success in further education in the performing arts and are pursuing performing as a career.

Timetables are below, along with infomation on our dedicated and qualified teachers. All staff possess a DBS.

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Wednesday - Birchington

 

Birchington Centre, Alpha Road, Birchington, CT7 9EG

PRIMARY BALLET/MODERN 3:45pm-

4:30pm

BALLET GRADE 1 4:45pm - 5:30pm

HIP HOP 5:30pm - 6:30pm

MODERN GRADE 4 5:35pm - 6:20pm

Thursday - Canterbury

 

St Dunstan's Church Hall, Canterbury CT2 8LS

ADULT TAP 12:00pm- 1:00pm

 
 

Fridays - Whitstable

Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable CT5 1AF

ADULT MODERN           10:00am - 11:00am

ADULT TAP                                                11.00am  - 12.00

 

Friday - Reculver

Reculver C of E Primary School, Hillborough, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 6TA

MODERN/BALLET   GRADE 1            3.30pm - 4.15pm

MODERN / TAP GRADE 2            4.30pm - 5:15pm

 

 

Saturday -Birchington

Methodist Church, Canterbury Road, Birchington, CT7 9BP

LITTLE DANCERS                                   9:00am - 9:35am

MINI REACH MUSICAL THEATRE AGES 5-7 10:30am - 12:00

PRIMARY BALLET 9:45 - 10:25 am

BALLET GRADE 1         11:30 - 12:15pm

BALLET GRADE 3                                              9:00am - 9:50am

MODERN GRADE 4                                        10:30am – 11:15am

GRADE 3 TAP 11:30-12:15pm

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED DRAMA 12:15pm- 1:00pm

DRAMA FOUNDATION                                  2:00pm – 2:45pm

SINGING 1:15pm - 2:00pm

 

 

 

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Our Team

 

 
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Rosita Yarboy: Co Director/ Principal

Rosita has appeared with some of the greatest names in British show business. She first came to public attention as an original member of The Second Generation. Following this she went on to be the lead dancer in An American In Paris. She partnered Wayne Sleep in a major dance tour and Bruce Forsyth  on television and at the London Palladium and went on to enjoy success in the West End as a dancer in Cats, Bubbling Brown Sugar, The Royalty Follies and Brazil Tropical.

She also appeared in countless television variety shows and films, including Little Shop of Horrors.

She has trained many established performers during her time as Head of Tap at the famous Sylvia Young Theatre School. Past students include Emma Bunton of the Spice Girls, Denise Van Outen, Amy Winehouse and Busted’s Matt Willis.

Among the shows she has choreographed are Tapping Harlem, Girls On Tap (tours), Houdini – The Musical (London), Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story (Tokyo), Dinomime which she co-produced for Butlins, Rosemarie on tour, World Culture Festival  (Milan), Vivas International (Japan), Just William for television. Bugsy Malone, Oliver, Reach Out and Annie. She has also choreographed fashion shows, beauty pageants, trade shows, summer shows, cabarets and resort shows for Centre Parcs and several Mediterranean holiday resorts, as well as many major pantomimes throughout the country.

Rosita enjoyed choreographing the National Tour of  Scooby Doo – The Mystery Of The Pyramid for CTI productions in conjunction with Warner Bros. and  was responsible for the dance casting on the tour and West End production of Fame.

During her time as Principal of Reach Performing Arts, she has been proud to have achieved a 100% pass rate in all the I.S.T.D. dance exams, with the majority of those being Distinctions and Merits.

She still finds time to perform and made a recent guest appearance at the London Palladium in a tribute to Dame Vera Lynn.

 

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Paul Mills: Co Director

“Paul possesses the unique dedication, passion, talent, and generosity of spirit needed to connect with young people through the arts no matter what careers they may ultimately pursue. He uses his deep reservoirs of professional talent to inspire young people and help them to realize their fullest potential as they grow into caring citizens of the world. This is a contribution of paramount importance.”

Kevin McCollum, Tony Award winning producer of Rent, Avenue Q, Buddy, Something Rotten

 

Paul Mills’ enjoyed success as an actor across the U.K. and in the West End where productions included Peter Pan, Jesus Christ Superstar, Anything Goes and Run for Your Wife. This led him into his career as a director / producer.

He was Associate Director of the West End hit show, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, before directing productions of that show on U.K. tours, in the U.S. A., Denmark, Japan and Germany.

His other international work includes Jolson in Toronto, The Legends Of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Spain and Oh Calcutta! – New Zealand tour.

Other U.K. productions Paul has directed include Houdini – the Musical – London, Sweet Home Chicago– U.K. tour, The Goodbye Girl – U.K. tour. Run For Your Wife at Chelmsford, Eastbourne and U.K. tour; State Of Affairs and Dumb Waiter at Ilford; Over The Rainbow -Edinburgh Festival and Bath and Scooby Doo – The Mystery Of The Pyramid U.K. tour for CTI Productions in conjunction with Warner Brothers.

He is an  Examiner in Speech and Drama subjects for Trinity College London and is a member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators

In recent years Paul has directed Spring and Autumn tours of the U.S.A. of Children's musicals and recently had productions playing simultaneously in London and New York. The production of Pinnochio in the U.S.A.  which he wrote and directed played with great success across the states through 2018. His production of Beauty And The Beast has recently begun it’s U.S. tour. Treasure Island which he, again, wrote and directed will tour China in June.

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Stephen Joesph

After leaving Laine Theatre Arts, Stephen has had a fulfilled and privileged career performing in a variety of national and international venues around the world. During his time as a professional dancer he has performed in various countries like: China, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Holland, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and around the UK. Stephen has worked extensively in television and theatre appearing in shows like: Stars in their Eyes, Top of the Pops, Royal Variety Show & Children’s Royal Variety Show, Pantomimes, Pop videos and Trade Shows. As a freelance performer he has worked with many artists including Sinitta and Vanessa Mae, as well as working for top choreographers.

Following his professional dancing career Stephen decided to enter into teaching; a natural progression that provided him with a platform to impart his knowledge of the professional workplace in an educational environment. Stephen’s passion for dance has led him into the world of videography where his ability to successfully capture aspects of the creative process has been an exciting journey.

As a creative person he has had the opportunity to maintain his knowledge of the arts into his work and apply a vision that is best suited to each production. Building on his past experience of professional engagements in various scenarios in front and behind the camera has helped him create videos for clientele with a fresh perspective of a visual artist.  

 

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Zoë Hammond BA Hons Cert Ed QTLS ATCL Cert Hum: Drama Teacher

Zoe has been working as the drama teacher at REACH since 2007 and has successfully taken students through Trinity College drama exams, where they have regularly achieved Distinctions and Merits. She has also directed and co-directed performances annually with REACH. Many of her students have progressed to studying performing arts as a career choice and as professionals.

Zoe gained her degree through the Open University whilst teaching in a specialist college, where she became head of Performing Arts, again directing shows each year, and worked alongside Trinity to very successfully pilot the exams with deaf students who had learning disabilities.

Zoe has directed and produced more than 20 shows in the past ten years, appeared on the BBC for Children in Need, participated in radio interviews and added an inclusive element to various local events including the Cultural Celebration for the Kent Schools Games in 2012, 2016, Kent Youth Theatre Festival 2010, Kent Youth Arts Festival 2011, Canterbury Festival (inclusive street performance).

In addition Zoe also plays and teaches music (woodwind, piano, vocals), with some of her students progressing to perform in TV competitions, gaining qualifications at school and university up to Masters level.

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Alexandra Rosie Paul

Alexandra (Alix) started dancing at the age of 3, where she trained at Anne Gale School of Dance achieving advanced grades in ISTD and RAD Ballet, Tap and Modern Jazz. She taught at the dance school for 7 years and undertook her dance teacher training, completing her ISTD Diploma in Dance Instruction. She also attended the Royal Academy of Dance and the Central School of Ballet for advanced ballet training.

Alix danced professionally in many shows including Giselle for the English Youth Ballet, the tour of Alice in Wonderland for Magic Beans Productions and several pantomimes for Duo Productions and Pantoni Pantomimes. Alix has also competed in national dance festivals across the country in the styles of Ballet, Modern, Greek and National Dance.

Over the last 5 years, Alix has been the Vice President, Ballet and Jazz Competition Choreographer and Stretch and Tone Teacher for the Kent Dance Society at the University of Kent. All her squads have placed at national competitions including her 2018/19 Ballet Competition Squad who are national champions. Her society has won awards such as Society of the Year and RAG Fundraising Society of Year. Alix was also a finalist for the University award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts and Culture for her work in Kent Dance.

Alix graduated from the University of Kent with a first class degree in Chemistry in 2018. She has carried on at the University to study for her Ph.D. in Chemistry.

Alix is very excited about teaching at Reach Performing Arts. 

 

Updates

CURRENT TERM DATES: 

CANTERBURY        5th September until 17th October

RECULVER              6th September until 18th October

BIRCHINGTON    4th September until 19th October