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Performing Arts Academy in Cuffley Lead by Certified Instructors

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Sarah began dancing at the age of 3 at her local dancing school and has never looked back! From ballet classes once a week she went on to learn Tap, Modern, Jazz, Disco & National Dance. Before she knew it, dance had taken over her life — besides giving her many happy memories, dance has taught Sarah many lessons in life, discipline, dedication, and perseverance. All things she endeavours to teach her students.

After leaving college & attaining her dance teaching qualifications, Sarah worked professionally as a dancer both in the UK and abroad. Sarah appeared in several shows, cabarets, tours & music videos. She did so for several years before returning to her greatest love, teaching.

Sarah has worked in the Entertainment Industry for over 30 years and is passionate about young people fulfilling their potential & giving them every opportunity!

 

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Sarah Luke Performing Arts, established in 2015, aims to provide expert dance classes for all ages and all abilities. Examinations take place regularly as well as a show once every 2 years.  PA presentations twice a year.

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Our Team

Head of Tap Faculty

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Andrea Pollington A.I.S.T.D

Andrea trained alongside Sarah at the Harrison College of Dance & Drama and gained her Associate Teaching Qualifications in Tap, Ballet, National & Disco/Freestyle.  Andrea worked professionally as a Singer and a Dancer both in England and Overseas before settling down to have her family.  She has been teaching dance for 25 years as well as being a Deputy Head Teacher in Hertfordshire.  Andrea still loves performing and is involved in several theatre companies in the area, where she has been involved both on and off the stage.  Andrea’s daughter Macy, currently studying Musical Theatre at the prestigious Italia Conti School is our wonderful Saturday assistant.

Director of Drama

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Jade Gabriella Prestifilippo

Jade is a freelance dance artist and performing arts specialist with a vast range of experience.  She has been teaching dance & drama for over 10 years in a variety of schools and theatre companies and aims to inspire and promote confidence and individuality in every student.  Jade is a Trinity Laban Conservatoire graduate and currently completing her Masters at Rose Bruford.  Her experience includes Head of Dance & Drama at a London Independent School, delivering theatre workshops, LAMDA preparation, as well as directing and choreographing for an array of companies including Virgin and The Young Film Company.

Senior Street/Lyrical Tutor

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Zaynah Ahmed

Zaynah trained at Emil Dale Academy for 2 years and then went on the Urdang Academy where she a achieved a first class BA (Hons) in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre.  Since graduating in 2021, she has been working as a dancer on a feature film as well as continuing to teach dance which she has always had a great passion for.  In classes, Zaynah aims to create a fun and supportive environment where her students can explore movement and grow their confidence.  Training within performing arts has taught Zaynah so many valuable lessons which she would love to pass on!

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Singing/Voice Tutor

Lucy Monaghan

Lucy studied Musical Theatre at The Elstree UTC and also studied at Bodens Performing Arts. She now performs with the famous British Theatre Academy in various shows and concerts across London. Credits include:

Goodnight Mr Tom @ The Southwark Playhouse.

Cry Baby @ The Arts Depot

Adventures of Pinocchio @ The Southwark Playhouse

 

Lucy's main passion is singing and learning to Act through Song.

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Discover how enjoyable the performing arts can be with us!

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Singing/Voice Tutor

Lucy Monaghan

Lucy studied Musical Theatre at The Elstree UTC and also studied at Bodens Performing Arts. She now performs with the famous British Theatre Academy in various shows and concerts across London. Credits include:

Goodnight Mr Tom @ The Southwark Playhouse.

Cry Baby @ The Arts Depot

Adventures of Pinocchio @ The Southwark Playhouse

 

Lucy's main passion is singing and learning to Act through Song.

ISTD Ballet Teacher

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Ami Buzza

Ami first found her love for dance at the age of 3 in Baby Ballet.  She then began working her way up through the ISTD grades in Ballet, Tap & Modern.  Ami then went on to train at Creative Academy where she received a 1st class honours in Dance.  After graduation, Ami has spent her time travelling the world as a dancer on board CMV cruise lines.  She has now decided to return home to share her passion for teaching with a school that mirrors her values.  Ami is gained her ISTD DDE qualification in Imperial Ballet recently.