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Our principal, Leanne Edwards and her team of expert teachers of theatre arts are able to get the absolute best out of your child.
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Leanne Edwards

Licentiate Modern & Tap
DDE Ballet
Working towards Fellowship Tap and Modern
Module 1 Acrobatic Arts
Module 2 Acrobatic Arts
Module 1 & 2 Alixa Flexibility courses
Progressing Ballet technique
First Aid at trained
Mental Health Aware Training Course
Enhanced BDS
Licenced Chaperone
As a seven year old, Leanne was introduced to the exciting world of dance. Her passion for this fun, energetic and enjoyable art form grew over the years and allowed her to follow her dream of teaching others.

Having qualified as an ISTD teacher, Leanne opened her own dance school in 2005 and LESTA was born.

Sixteen years later, she moved into her own dance studios and is delighted to welcome past, existing and new students to her wonderful, purpose-built space. Leanne loves teaching and enjoys nurturing the talents of her students, seeing them blossom and grow as people as well as dancers. LESTA is a friendly, welcoming school and embraces everyone who wants to enjoy the wonderful world of dance and musical theatre.

Fun Fact: Leanne used to work in a letting agent dealing with the administration and letting contracts. This job has really helped Miss Leanne’s administration for the school.

College and Performing

Leanne has performed in many locally based theatre shows, including lead roles in Hello Dolly, Sound of Music, Oliver!, 42nd Street, Annie and Calamity Jane and has performed in two professional pantomimes.

She has also danced at the 2000 Olympics in Australia, performed in a charity gala on the stage of the London Palladium (twice) and Her Majesty’s Theatre.

Leanne choreographed two professional musicals that ran at Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe Festivals and toured the South East. She choreographed Janus Theatre Company’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” which received critical acclaim from a renowned West End producer following its production at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford and Five Star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Vicky Barclay

DDE Modern & Tap
FDI Ballet
Working towards her Licentiate qualifications in Modern & Tap
Module 1 Acrobatic Arts
Module 2 Acrobatic Arts
Module 1 Alixa Flexibility courses
First Aid trained
Enhanced BDS
Licenced Chaperone
Vicki started dancing at the age of three at a local dance school and, in her final year, was taught by Miss Leanne.

Having assisted the teachers during dance classes, she realised that teaching dance brings a great feeling of achievement and enjoyment and she trained as a teacher at the Deborah Capon College in Kent. Upon leaving, she joined the teaching staff at LESTA in 2007 and has watched the school grow and blossom over the years.

Vicki really enjoys helping young students to grow as dancers and is LESTA’s creative choreographer.

Fun Fact: Vicky is a fully qualified hairdresser and beauty therapist!

College and Performing

She studied for 3 years at Deborah Capon Dance College. She has always loved to perform taking part in Christmas pantomimes as a child at The Wimbledon Theatre, and being part of the chorus in Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat whilst it was on tour.

She also has performed on the London Palladium stage with a performance group. This led to joining the local youth theatre group where she took part in annual musical stage performances, and in her final year at college she landed the lead role as Tracey in the college’s version of Hairspray.

Angela Brierley

Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts at Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts
DDE Ballet and Tap
Working towards DDE Modern
Working towards Licentiate Ballet
Qualified Teaching and Learning Status (QTLS) which allows her to teach GCSE and A Level dance.
First Aid Trained
Licenced Chaperone
Angela has a passion for dance, and this really shows in her teaching style.

The students have fun, learning in a creative environment yet challenging themselves to broaden their knowledge and skills. Angela is currently working towards her higher teaching qualifications and is excited to be part the team at LESTA.

Fun Fact: She has two little boys, William and Oliver and they keep her very busy!!

College and Performing

Angela trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts from the age of 11yrs and gained her Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts. Angela then went on to have a 12-year professional dance career where she performed around the world on tours, cruises and theatres. (It was fantastic!!)

She has had the opportunity to dance and work with some amazing dancers and learn even more styles such as Irish, Burlesque, Aerial, Latin, Ballroom and Adage. On all these shows Angela was Dance Captain, Lead Dancer and Production Manager and has a wealth of experience in maintaining show teams and high standards in her dancers.

After returning to the U.K Angela choreographed and produced a show with her sister (a professional musician) and raised a large amount of money for the charity Marie Curie. The show team comprised of 15 professional dancers, 3 singers and an 18 piece live Big Band, an achievement she is very proud of.

Emma Harding

BA Musical Theatre
Grade 8 LAMDA
Basic APC unarmed and knife stage combat
Working towards Vocal Health First Aid
Enhanced DBS
First aid trained
Emma has a passion for teaching and loves using her skills to create really fun lessons and challenge student’s creativity and build confidence. She is currently training as a vocal health first aider and loves mixing the technical side of singing and drama with the creative side.

She loves the passion and energy the students at LESTA bring and cannot wait to meet even more new faces!

Emma is absolutely loving being part of the LESTA team.

Fun Fact - Emma didn’t take her first singing lesson until she was 11 and fell in love with the technique behind singing from that moment.

College and Performing

Emma is a Musical Theatre graduate from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and previously completed a foundation in Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting.

Her roles while training include Dance Captain/Ensemble in Spring Awakening, Jean in London Road, Ensemble in Chess and her favourite role of Violet Hilton in Side Show.

Her most recent professional credit is Maid Marian in the UK Tour of Robin Hood.

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