Dancer and choreographer Tom Dale is passing on his wisdom to the next generation, taking on the role of Principal at a West Bridgford performing arts school after more than 20 years in the arts.
Taking over Stagecoach Performing Arts West Bridgford, following the retirement of former Principal Ginny Hartman, Tom is a strong believer in inspiring and changing the lives of others with the magic of preforming arts, commenting, “I’m buzzing with creative ideas to build a strong syllabus that I hope will be fun, educational, stimulating and rewarding.”
Tom initially gained his BA (Hons) at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, winning the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography in 1998.
He then went on to perform all over the world with leading choreographers and companies, including dancing in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, before setting up his own company. The Tom Dale Company continues to tour cutting edge performing arts productions internationally and is funded as part of the Arts Council’s National Portfolio of Organisations.
Tom already has extensive teaching experience having run award-winning participatory activities which enable engagement with dance and digital technology, inspiring young people in schools, universities, conservatoires and through bespoke projects. The opportunity to pass on his experience to Stagecoach students in West Bridgford is the next step in his mission to share his passion for dance with budding young performers.
Tom adds, “Dance is such an important and wonderful skill to learn. Not only does it improve physical health but it enables children to train their musical ear, concentrate and focus. These are skills that can be adapted and used in the classroom and later in life.
“I’m so excited to be able to inspire and teach but also learn from such a wonderful set of students right here in West Bridgford, and work together to bring the town some spectacular performances – watch this space!”
Stagecoach Performing Arts West Bridgford is part of a network of more than 600 extra-curricular Performing Arts Schools worldwide. Stagecoach aims to make a difference in its students lives by teaching Creative Courage for Life and many children have gone on to study and work in performing arts from blockbuster films to countless roles in local theatre productions. Early Stages classes are available for children aged four to six and Main Stages classes take place for six to 18 year olds every Saturday.