The Siegeris Dance journey started when I was a child and started ballet lessons at the Irish Ballet School, Dublin.
I told everyone I wanted to be a ‘dancing girl’ when I grow up, something my parents soon realised was a phase I wasn’t going to grow out of. I had a dream of becoming my ballet teacher and the highlight of my week as a child was rushing straight to ballet after school to help with the younger children’s classes.
This passion grew and I knew as soon as I finished school I wanted to train as a ballet teacher. Whilst teacher training with the Royal Academy of Dance I decided to explore more professional dance opportunities. I wanted to gain as much experience as I could before embarking on a full time teaching career with the hope of fulfilling my dream of having my own dance school one day.
Gaining a place at the prestigious Laine Theatre Arts was the perfect place to gain more professional training and teaching qualifications. I will be forever grateful for my three years at Laines. It was during this time that I fully began to understand the importance of being a valuable company member – reliable, disciplined, energetic and fully focused in every class I attended. In addition to achieving the highest levels of technique in my dance training as well as confidence, people skills and presentation. To pass this on to my students helps to provide preparation for a life-long career in any field which is why I am so passionate about dance for children.
During my professional training I continued teaching whenever I could and gained incredible experience from working at well known and established ballet schools in Surrey and London. On completion of my training at Laines I embarked on an exciting adventure travelling the world whilst dancing on board cruise liners.
On my return I knew I was ready to get going with my teaching career full time and regained all my previous teaching posts as well as teaching ballet classes to professional students aged 16 + years at Performance Preparation Academy (PPA) and Guildford School of Acting (GSA).
It was at this time that my husband gave me the courage to start some of my own local classes which meant slowly giving up some of my current teaching posts. This was a big step and starting with just a couple of students who showed interest in these classes was the beginning. I can’t quite believe that those pupils are still dancing at the school 10 years later as our first set of ‘Senior/Vocational’ students. It makes me so proud to watch them become such talented dancers.
The ethos of the dance school is to capture and nurture the pupils instinctive joy movement and freedom of expression in an enjoyable, fun and happy environment. Something I hope continues for a lifetime!
I want our students to find a love of dance in whatever career path they choose and want it to benefit them in all they do.
I am excited for our story to continue….