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 - 9:30am

BALLET / MODERN   PRIMARY                    11:30am - 12:10am

BALLET GRADE 1 /MODERN GRADE 2        11:40am - 12:25pm

BALLET GRADE 3                                              9:00am - 9:45am

BALLET GRADE 5                                              10:35am – 11:25am

MODERN GRADE 3                                         9:45am – 10:30am

MODERN GRADE 4                                        10:35am – 11:25am

MODERN GRADE 6                                        9:50am – 10:30am

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED DRAMA 12:10pm- 12:55pm

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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Cayleigh Hall

Cayleigh began dancing at the age of 3 and found the passion to continue with her training at a dance school in Sandwich. She had the amazing opportunities of dancing at many London theatres such as Sadler’s Wells and the Royal Albert Hall, as well as at Disneyland, Paris.

She began her professional training at Dance College, Whitstable, which is where she furthered her dance education and took her teaching exams, achieving her DDI in Modern and Tap. She is currently working towards her DDE exams.

Cayleigh’s future goal is to someday own her own school, in order to give children the opportunities to express their emotions and to reach their ultimate potential.

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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.

 

Updates

CURRENT TERM DATES: 

MARGATE Wednesday 27th February until 3rd April

WINGHAM           Thursday 28th February until 4th April

CANTERBURY        Thursday 28th February until 4th April

RECULVER              Friday 1st March until 5th April

BIRCHINGTON        Saturday 2nd March until 6th April