Principal (Miss Bell)
Amy Morgan-Bell ISTD, RAD RTS
Amy, formerly of Jill Wigham School of Dance and Metamorphosis Academy of Dance, is a trained and qualified teacher with both the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (istd.org.uk) and the Royal Academy of Dance (rad.org.uk). Amy trained locally at Bristol College of Dancing and at the London Royal Academy of Dance, where she received the best in quality of training to pass onto her pupils. After a spell of professional dance in ballet and contemporary, Amy returned to her roots in Frome and trained as a ballet teacher.
Amy is fortunate to have been mentored by some of the most elite teachers in the UK and overseas, who have inspired her to maintain a high standard of dance tuition for her many pupils, of which some have gone on to higher education organisations, and indeed into the professional world of dance. She works closely with professional dance companies which provides a wider platform for her students to perform on, and to have strong links with the professional dance industry.
When she is not teaching, Amy is often found inside either of Frome’s prestigious theatres acting both onstage in many various roles and off as an established and well reputed choreographer. Amy aspires to create a centre of top quality dance tuition where students are enabled to achieve successful examination results and have the opportunity to perform and enter for competitions, in preparation for further education of dance.
Artistic Director Theatre Academy:
Claudia has over 25 years experience as performer, director, writer and producer of theatre. She specialises in working with community groups and young people winning many awards for her work over the years.
She is based at the Merlin Theatre where she has worked for 17 years, 7 as Artistic Director, she also teaches A Level and GCSE Drama at Frome College.
Claudia is passionate in her belief that art should be for everyone; it is our job to nurture and support young people to be creative and to innovate, in order to produce quality work thus helping shape a sustainable future for the arts.
Georgiana is an experienced actress in film, stage and workshop environments. She has been running drama clubs for children between the ages of 6-14 for 8 years. Her first love is acting but she likes to diversify and transfer her knowledge and skills to many artistic disciplines. Her classes include skills in Physical Theatre, mime, film, script work, music and dance.
As well as teaching she writes, directs and produces film and theatre including: a full-length feature film called “Animal” Beyond 3000, the radio version can be heard on Frome FM at:
http://frome.fm/programmes/drama-audiobooks-and-stories/beyond-3000/, The Golden Nucleus; the original music she composed can be heard at: www.myspace.com/scholion/music/songs, and a historical ghost play, which was performed for the Frome Festival in 2016.
Georgiana also runs an actors agency and continue to make film shorts and actors show reels.
Contemporary Dance Tuition:
The dance academy are very proud to have Eleanor Duval from the Mark Bruce Dance Company providing a unique Cunningham based Contemporary dance class for ages 14 years to adults. Eleanor grew up in France and trained at the Hamburg Opera in Germany and Rambert School in London, before performing with The Mark Bruce Company in the productions of Sea of Bones in 2006-07, Love and War in 2010 and Made In Heaven in 2012. She worked with Dansconnect performing works by Scott Ambler, Jonathan Lunn, Nikki Smedley, Yael Flexer, Kenneth Tharpe, Mark Bruce and Richard Banks as well as various productions at Glyndebourne Opera and The Royal Albert Hall.
Teacher of Ballet, Tap, Modern and Contemporary:
Olia was born and raised in Athens. She took her first dance lesson at the age of 5 at a local ballet school and did not stop ever since. Shortly after this, Olia started taking music lessons in organ and accordion and a few years later she started training as a young dancer in Modern theatre, Contemporary and Tap dance, and after her graduation from high school she completed her musical education and her Diplomas in Dance Education with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.
During her professional dance education, she worked as a dancer in concerts and dance shows in Athens and she was chosen as priestess in the ceremony of the lighting of the Special Olympics cauldron with the Flame of Hope in 2013. In 2012, she started her dance teaching career in Athens and three years later she moved to Bath to complete her Master’s degree in Dance at Bath Spa Uniersity. She likes to remain up to date within the dance world, regularly attending dance seminars, workshops and summer schools.
Junior Dance Teacher:
Constance (or better known as Miss Conny) started her training as a young dancer at the Jill Wigham School of Dance at the age of 3 and has excelled in her dancing ever since. Conny became a student of Miss Bell in 2007 and was one of Tri.Art’s original students when the school opened in 2012. Alongside her dancing, Conny is an accomplished performer and has played many supporting and lead roles both for Tri.Art and other theatre societies, most notably as Iris The Dancer in Writhlington School’s production of Fame The Musical, and as Princess Aurora in Tri.Art’s 2015 production of Sleeping Beauty, The Ballet. Conny is now studying at advanced level in Ballet and Modern Dance alongside her weekly contemporary classes, and has recently completed a month long summer school at the prestigious California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA). Conny is our resident junior dance teacher, and assists Miss Bell in all of the junior classes at Tri.Art where she is much loved and admired by our young dancers.