Our team

We are immensely proud of our resident and guest choreographers and teachers and work hard to regularly introduce new experience to our students.

 

Renton Dance Studio offers students a uniquely enriching breadth of shared knowledge from across the industry. From an established staff with unsurpassed knowledge to West End and Global performers, our aim is to offer an 'all round' education in Performing Arts.

 

Staff deliver regular formal Grade and Vocational classes alongside themed workshops, vacation training and competitive dance choreographic work as well as private audition preparation for college.

Senta Renton

Principal

 

Some time after training with Irene Lovell (Royal Academy of Dance), in the mid sixties I began teaching when quite by chance I inherited a small group of children aged 6 to 13 years who trained at Saturday morning. In Chapel Lane Church Hall I offered classes with pianist, Pat Styles, in a school named the ‘Fox Lane School of Dancing’.

 

As numbers grew, Brenda Ridout joined the school and added tap and modern classes and with the school expanding into St Johns Church Hall & Blunden Community Hall, Lorna Tidman, who ran her own school in Camberley, also joined the team.

 

The school continued to grow and after a number of years Lesley Hayes became part of the team, when dancers began competing in the local festival at Oak Farm School. The school again relocated, moving to Tower Hill School where I was teaching and again the teaching team was expanded with Sandra Davey, a very innovative tap & modern teacher, joining us.

 

Continuing to grow year after year, success followed with some outstanding Festival and Exam results although the school although the school was forced to move once again when the Tower Hill facility was no longer suitable.

 

It was at this time, in the late nineties, when the exciting opportunity to form The Renton Dance Studio, based out of the refurbished facilities of the old Barclays Bank, came along an a new era began. The studio in Alexandra Road has been our home ever since.

 

The school has gone from strength to strength and worked with some outstanding creative spirits such as Emma Rogers (worldwide Director and Choreographer, Artistic Director - Performers College) and Nick French (Vice Chair – ISTD Tap Committee, ISTD Theatre Faculty Board, ISTD Examiner, Head of Musical Theatre – Bird College and West End Choreographer). Emma and Nick were instrumental in helping the school grow and become recognised for its high standards in RAD and ISTD syllabus work as well as National level competitions. I am so very proud that this continues today.

 

Many of our students have become very successful in the industry appearing in West End shows in the UK and around the world. 

 

The Renton Dance Studio continues to grow in strength, adapting to changes in the industry by introducing outstanding teachers and choreography to present dancers with new challenges. The school’s current creative team offers dancers a unique breadth of opportunity across a number of genres and I will continue to look for more opportunities to maintain the high standards they have the potential to achieve.

 

Loraine Willis

Resident Teacher

Ballet, Tap, Modern,

Choreographer

Ballet, Tap, Modern, National Dance, Song and Dance, Character

 

Loraine has been at the heart of the dance school since joining in 2001. A truly special teacher who has nurtured hundreds of our young students towards their first round of performances and competitions. Loraine is also a master seamstress and many of the costumes featured in our shows and competition dances are her handiwork!

 

Starting her own dance career aged just 3 years, Loraine competed from the age of 11 before leaving school to train in London with Ruth French for her RAD majors. In her mid-twenties, she joined a cabaret dance group, dancing throughout the UK for many years. Prior to joining Renton, Loraine taught ballet, tap and modern at four dance schools starting in her teenage years, developing a passion for National Dance. Many of Loraine's dances have been successful in reaching the All England Finals, with accolades including winning the Overall National Awards at the final gala.

Kate Webster

Resident Teacher

Ballet

 

Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Theatre from Guildford School of Acting (GSA) after graduating from the Royal Academy of Dance in 2009 and has been coaching Vocational RAD Ballet at the Central School of Ballet, London for over 10 years.

 

Additional teaching experience includes degree level Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Contemporary at GSA, further supporting beginner and advanced pupils aged 8 and up at the GSA Saturday school. 

 

An internationally experienced performer, choreographer and teacher, Kate has worked with the likes of Rod Stewart and Ashley Banjo from Diversity and on stages in Europe, Asia and South Africa. She performed with The English Ballet and Darcey Bussell for the 2012 Olympic Games closing ceremony "Spirit of the Flame" dance in front of a live stadium audience and worldwide television broadcast.

Olivia Willis

Resident Teacher

Tap, Modern, Jazz, Musical Theatre (dance), Contemporary

 

Olivia, former Renton student, graduated from Bird College with a First Class BA Hons Degree in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre. Prior to Vocational training, she was an Associate at the Royal Ballet School for 7 years in addition to 2 years on a scholarship at London Senior Ballet.

 

Professional performances include; Ensemble / u.s Lisa in Mamma Mia, Ensemble Blue Planet, Veronica / u.s Stephanie in Saturday Night Fever, Aerialist in In The Air, Emsemble in Puttin' On The Ritz (UK Tour), Ensemble in Jack and the Beanstalk (Hereford Courtyard).

Ashleigh Cato

Resident Teacher

Modern, Jazz, Limbering

Choreographer

Modern

 

Ashleigh was a student at the Renton dance studio from the age of 5 until she turned 19. After leaving Renton, she gained a scholarship for Performers College, one of the most prestigious musical theatre colleges in the UK.

 

After 3 years training at Performers, Ashleigh graduated with a Diploma in Musical Theatre, ISTD teaching qualifications in both tap and modern, and secured a job on the Celebrity Millennium cruise ship. She performed as a production dancer with the QDOS Company between 2011 and 2012, travelling round the Western Caribbean. 

 

Ashleigh has been teaching at Renton ever since and in 2016 began studies at the University of Surrey, updating her Diploma in Musical Theatre and graduating with a first class degree in BA Musical Theatre.

Natasha Mould

Guest Choreographer

 

Natasha is soon to be joining the West End cast of 9 to 5 as first cover Doralee at the Savoy Theatre. As a hugely successful performer she has appeared in shows such as Me and My Girl, CATS, Hairspray, Grease, Seven Brides doe Seven Brothers, BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, Annie Get Your Gun and ITV's Xtra Factor. 

 

Choreographic experience includes: BBC's Strictly Come Dancing (2013/2014/2015)
'Before We Grow Old' Mozaics (music video), Messages PR fashion shows (2015/2016), Assistant Choreographer to Matt Flint for BBC's Children in Need.

Chris Whittaker

Guest Choreographer

 

Winner of the 2018 Off West End Theatre Awards (OFFIES) - Best Choreographer for 'Top Hat' at the Gatehouse Theatre, Chris' other choreographic credits include:
Seussical - Southwark Playhouse, Judy - Arts Theatre, West End Bares - Shaftsbury Theatre, Shout - UK Tour, Blondel - Union Theatre.
Performance credits include: Tony Tap in Giglebiz - BBC, Ensemble in West End Heros - Dominion Theatre, Matt Flint Dance Company, Ensemble in 42nd Street - London Palladium.

 

Renton is honoured to benefit from Chris' innovative choreography for individuals, duets/trios/quartets and group dances.

Hannah Cleeve

Guest Teacher

 

Hannah is trained in a huge range of dance styles including modern, ballet, tap, hip-hop, commercial, contemporary, heels and more,

 

After graduating from Tiffany Theatre College in 2014, Hannah trained in Los Angeles, gaining a vast array of techniques and establishing respected contacts, including mentor, the 'Queen of Heels', Aisha Francis.

 

Since returning to the UK, Hannah has worked with Demi Lovato (The Jonathan Ross Show), Tinie Tempah (SW4 Festival), Starley (Top Of The Pops NYE Special) and was one of the two featured dancers with Camila Cabello for a number of performances of her hit song 'Havana' including; BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards, Los40 Music Awards in Madrid, MTV EMAs 2018 and two television show in Tokyo, Japan.

 

Hannah is currently appearing in Channing Tatum's "Magic Mike Live London" taking place at the Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square.

Ghislaine Ruhomutakky

Guest Teacher

 

Ghislaine graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance in 2015 achieving her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies.

 

Attaining her Vocational Grades as a former Renton student, Ghislaine was later mentored by our Principal, Senta Renton as part of her certificate. 

 

Ghislaine then went on to attain her Teaching Certificate with Acrobatic Arts in 2017. She has taught RAD Vocational Ballet at Central School of Ballet for 3 years and has worked extensively at premium London schools as well as schools in Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire, teaching Acro Dance.

Justine Jade

Guest Teacher

 

Born in Malta, Justine moved to England at the age of three when she began dancing at The Renton Dance School.

After completing her exams with Renton, Justine later successfully auditioned for and attended Reynolds Performing Arts, graduating in 2012 with a Musical Theatre Diploma.

 

Theatre Credits include; Dancer/Cover Baby in An Evening of Dirty Dancing - GAPerformers, Dancer in La Traviata - Derek Block Concert Promotions, Black and White Clown/Dancer for headline acts Teisto and Avicii - Insomniac, Dancer on The Wave Dancer, Cyprus Boat Show - SM & KC, Assistant Choreographer for Peter Pan, The Princes Hall - Hopkins Associates, Ensemble Dancer in the international tour Dora! The Explorer, Search for The City of Lost Toys - Life Like Touring, Disco Girl in David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny - Birmingham Stage Company.

 

Television Credits include; Backing Vocalist for The Maltese Entry in the Eurovision Song Contest - TVM, Backing Dancer for Kelly Schembri in The Malta Music Awards - TVM, Made in Chelsea - E4, The Only Way is Essex - ITV, Pete Vs Life - Channel 4, Nike\-Dance - MTV, EastEnders & Holby City - BBC, Huawei Phone Commercial

Danielle Cato

Guest Teacher

 

Danielle started dancing at the age of six at Renton Dance Studio and soon became a Junior Associate of the Royal Ballet School age 8.  Aged 11 she successfully auditioned for The Royal Ballet Lower School where she spent 5 years, continuing onto the Royal Ballet Upper School for a year. 

 

Suffering from an ankle injury, Danielle was prevented from pursuing a career in ballet however completed her final two years of training at Laine Theatre Arts. 

 

Following graduation, Danielle opened in London’s West End as leading lady Iris Kelly in Fame which began an extensive career on the stage and television. Other credits include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - UK TOUR, Fame - UK TOUR, We Will Rock You – West End, So You Think You Can Dance – BBC 1, Vampirette – Manchester Opera House, Grease - UK TOUR, West Side Story - UK TOUR, Cats – Blackpool and West End, Cats – UK and International Tour, Carousel – West End, 42nd Street – West End.

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