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Lorna Timms ~ Founder ~ Sadly passed away 12th May 2016
Lorna started dancing at an early age and remembers her first walk-on part with an amateur dramatic society at the age of five...

Lorna studied with the Joy Tidman School of Dance, Farnborough until leaving school, when she decided to take up dance professionally and went to study in London under Phyllis Bedells, Tom Parry & Janet Cram.

Lorna is a qualified teacher with the Royal Academy of Dancing, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, the International Dance Teachers Association, and is also qualified in the Laban Art of Movement, making her one of the highest qualified dance teachers in the area. During 1995, she was Chairman of the Surrey Region of the Royal Academy of Dancing.

She has worked in theatres in Derby, Chester, Bournemouth and Southampton to name a few, ‘earning her money on the boards’, working with personalities such as Diana Dores and Charlie Chester. Lorna started her dancing school, then called the Stirling School of Dancing, in 1960 with just a handful of pupils in the Royal British Legion Hall, Camberley, and went on to run branches in Farnborough, Crowthorne and Owlsmoor.

Lorna has many strings to her bow and is a qualified Nursery School Teacher, and at one time ran her own play school. For seventeen years she was head of the P.E department at Robert Haining County Secondary School, Mytchett, and later taught P.E and dance at St.Catherine’s Prep School, Camberley. Lorna also worked at Paddock Wood Finishing School, Lightwater, and at the Guildford School of Acting, taking students for the Laban Art of Movement.

Gymnastics has always been one of Lorna’s passions, she is a BAGA Gymnastics Coach, and at one time was the Dance Coach for the Women’s Olympic Team. She has choreographed floor routines for gymnasts from Bagshot and Woking Gym Clubs and Fox Gym in Aldershot, and has tutored teachers at Loughborough University summer school and Lilleshall National Sports Centre.

Choreographing for local musical societies is just another of Lorna’s sidelines, in the past she has worked with CAMUS, Savoy Singers and Farnborough and Woking Operatic Societies.

Lorna has been awarded Life Membership of the RAD and IDTA and has been made Honorary Patron of CAMUS and Vice President of The Savoy Singers.

Melissa Timms ~ Principal
Melissa began dancing at the age of five under the tuition of her mother, Lorna Timms. She passed examinations for ballet with the Royal Academy of Dancing...

Melissa has won many competitions and festivals throughout the local area and danced at local fetes and fashion shows.

She appeared in Pantomime at the Camberley Theatre as a juvenile dancer for 3 years in a row and during her teenage years she successfully auditioned as a senior dancer for Jack and the BeanStalk at the Princes Hall, Aldershot.

At the age of 17, Melissa successfully auditioned for London Studio Centre, one of the premier dance and stage schools in the country, founded by Bridget Espinosa, and completed a three year professional theatre-dance course. After leaving college she returned to Camberley where she joined her mother, to teach ballet, tap, modern-jazz and drama.

Melissa danced in Germany with the Town Twinning Association, has appeared in a touring production of 42nd Street and worked in the theatre both on the stage and back stage.

Melissa has become heavily involved in choreographing for fashion shows and local amateur dramatic societies. She is well known locally for her expertise in choreography and has worked on many shows with the Camberley Musical Society (CAMUS) and The Savoy Singers. Melissa received a NODA award for her routines in Cabaret.

Melissa is qualified with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. She is a member of the Spanish Dance Society and is continuing her studies to become a teacher of Spanish Dance and Flamenco.

Sue Curry - RAD Ballet and Higher Grades and Repertoire
Sue started dancing at the age of nine and never wanted to do anything else. Her teenage years were spent...

...at what is now the Northen School of Ballet, when she appeared in many productions in Manchester.

From the age of 18 she trained at the London College of Dance and Drama under the auspices of the Arts Educational School, where she became an associate of both the Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance.

Her teachers included Beryl Grey, Robert Cohan and many members of the Martha Graham Company. After graduating she wanted to join the Festival Ballet but as both the Rambert and Royal Opera Ballet closed down that year, leaving 100 dancers without work, it proved impossible.

Sue decided to complete her teaching qualifications and did a supplementary course at Chelsea College of Education, during this time she was invited to join London Contemporasry Dance. Unable to survive on a dancer’s salary, she turned to teach in state schools.

Mrs Curry founded the Bagshot and Windlesham School of Dance in 1978 and has enjoyed teaching hundreds of children since then. She regularly enters children for the Royal Academy of Dance ballet exams and choreographs dances for the children to perform at the Windlesham Fete. Pupils have performed every year in Pantomime at the Windlesham Club and Theatre.

At present, in addition to teaching the higher and professional grade ballet classes, she is co-ordinator of Music, Dance and French at Connaught Junior School in Bagshot. Mrs Curry organises the Christmas production at school, arranging the music, costumes and choreography. One of her hidden talents is sewing, and she designs and makes all the costumes for her productions.

In her dotage she drags her long suffering husband off to ballroom dancing classes every week; determined to carry on some form of dancing when she becomes too decrepit for ballet.

Victoria French - Students & Tap Exam technique
Vicki loves to perform and during her teenage years appeared with the Asparagus Youth Theatre...

...dancing in Oliver, King and I, Guys and Dolls & Oklahoma at the Camberley Theatre. After leaving school she successfully auditioned for Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead and completed a two year full time Performing Arts Course studying all aspects of dance and theatre.

Victoria joined Lorna Timms Theatre Arts to study ballet as a teenager, after meeting Miss Timms at the Asparagus Youth Theatre Group. Miss Vicki attended Summer Schools, workshops and classes with Miss Timms, gaining exams and medals for Ballet, Tap & Theatre.

During this time she also attended the famous Sylvia Young Theatre School in London, as a part time student and also participated in their summer schools.

After leaving college she danced with the Jiving Lindy Hoppers at the South Bank London and continued her studies gaining an RSA Exercise to Music & Fitness and Exercise studies. She now teaches her own private classes locally and has choreographed amateur musical productions in Ascot. Vicki works at the College Town Montessori Nursery School in the role of Supervisor and brings her dance into the curriculum at the school.

Miss Vicki has been teaching at Lorna Timms Theatre Arts for many years, taking classes of all levels in ballet, tap and modern, as well as examination coaching and rehearsals.

In December ’07 Miss Vicki was married to Ian at the Royal Berkshire Hotel, Ascot.

Emma Wilson - Modern Jazz & Street Dance
Emma Wilson studied dance from the age of nine with the Lorna Timms Theatre Arts...

...attaining examinations and medals for IDTA Tap & Theatre and Royal Academy of Dance Ballet.

Over the years, Emma has taken part in all aspects of the school - Caberets, Shows, Fete’s, Exams, Dance Galas and also performed with the European Ballet Company.

During this time she successfully auditioned for the Berkshire Youth Dance Company and performed with them for four years, dancing a range of syles from Contemporary to Street Dance. With the Berkshire Youth Dance Company she took part in an Israeli Dance Exchange and spent three years participating in a Schools Tour, where the company would tour schools in Berkshire, perfoming and teaching Dance Workshops.

Recently she has worked with Newbury Dance Company and taught various Dance Workshops for children aged 7-18 years.

Emma went to Middlesex University to study Dance and then went on to Farnborough College of Technology where she studied Television and Radio Production. She now has a career with Sky Television, but loves to teach and dance with us as well as continuing her dance studies in Yoga and Contemporary & Street Dance.

Emma’s other love is her two cars - an old yellow mini and a new mini cooper !!