In March 2017 we moved to our lovely school building, adjacent to Cornwall Gold. It provides us with two studio spaces – Fonteyn and Astaire – plus bathrooms, changing facilities and a large waiting space. Light and airy, they provide a wonderful environment for our students.

Cutting the ribbon

To discuss hiring the spaces please contact Richard by emailing or by calling 01209 211377.

Cathy Bonds

Cathy Bonds

Cathy Bonds, Teacher: Jazz, Tap, Modern, Contemporary & Ballet

BA Performing Arts (Dance), Prof. Dip. Arts Educational Schools, PGCE in Primary School Teaching

Cathy left Bev-Lyn at the age of 16 to attend The Arts Educational School in London full-time and then gained her BA at Northern School of Contemporary Dance (Leeds University).

Cathy has worked as a contemporary and jazz dancer in Britain and Europe for stage, television and film productions ranging from documentaries to pop videos. She joined Springs Dance Company in 1998 and became Artistic Director in January 2001.

Cathy has taught in an impressive range of organisations including, schools, community classes, colleges, conferences and festivals in the UK, Europe and China, America and Australia.

Cathy worked for the Shaftsbury Society as a lecturer for young people with severe and multiple physical and learning difficulties where she was responsible for devising the dance curriculum. She also worked free-lance for Theatre Train and Stagecoach schools within London, and was involved in teacher training and moderating for JC2000, the Millennium Arts Project for schools in the UK.

Cathy married Craig Bonds in July 2003 and returned to Cornwall where she completed her PGCE and now teaches in Camborne, as well as being mum to three gorgeous kiddies.

We are delighted that Cathy is teaching with us and bringing her wealth of expertise to the school.

Beverly Matthews

Beverly Matthews—Founder: Ballet, Tap, Modern

Qualifications: Registered Teacher Status of the RAD, Teaching Certificate & Diploma, Certificates in Anatomy and History of Ballet, Associate Member of the ISTD

“My first strong dance recollection was passing RAD Grade 1 ballet; and what a thrill I felt. I had also sung from a very early age. My father, a great singer, belonged to a concert party and I frequently went with him and sang solos or stood on a stool and sang a duet with him. I feel very proud of our school. Over the years many, many children have been through our doors and have experienced the joy and fun of dancing. What’s more they keep returning to let me know what they are doing now and what dancing meant to them which is wonderful. I now have daughters of pupils attending and so the cycle begins again”.

Beverly studied dancing as a child with Miss McGowan in Penzance. She successfully auditioned for a place at London College of Dance and Drama, but without the funds to go away turned instead to teaching dance. At 17 she was asked to teach two girls a dance for a Sunday School concert. Soon other children followed and the rest is history. From these early participants the school has grown to over 200 pupils but retains the feeling of a “big family”. For over 20 years Beverly was the only Cornish teacher who had the Dance Teacher’s Diploma of the RAD as well as the Teaching Certificate. In 2002 another teacher gained this award—her daughter Melissa. Beverly has had the honour of being asked to train as an examiner for the RAD several times, but prefers to concentrate on the school. She has choreographed for numerous societies all over the county (literally hundreds of shows) and was for many years Chairman of Redruth Amateur Musical and Pantomime Society.

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