Roots Dance Studio

musical theatre

from age 3+

from just
per term
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The RDS team is led by Bonnie Roots. Bonnie has been involved in the teaching of young people for many years and is passionate about creating a community for young people which allows them the embodiment of creativity at its heart. Her team aims to deliver opportunities for young people to obtain their aspirations.

RDS embodies a dance community, where everyone is nurtured to fulfil their potential. The RDS team aim to infuse the magic of dance into young people by using creativity, fun and inspiration.

By creating a positive experience we nurture young talent, enabling them to set and obtain high standards of achievement.

Each student gets individual attention within the class setting. Students are continually assessed to ensure they are progressing at a pace that matches their ability.

We encourage access for all and operate an inclusive policy offering a range of exam routes that cater for each individual need and physical ability.
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Autumn Term Starts

Monday 14 September 2020

Half term

Monday 26 October - Saturday 31 October 2020

Last Day of Dance

Saturday 05 December 2020

Spring Term Starts

Monday 04 January 2021

Half term

Monday 15 February - Saturday 20 February 2021

Last Day of Dance

Saturday 27 March 2021

Summer Term Starts

Monday 19 April 2021

No classes on Monday 03 May due to Bank Holiday

Half term

Monday 31 May - Saturday 05 June 2021

Last Day of Dance

Saturday 10 July 2021



Hair must be worn in a bun

Pre Primary/primary

1st Position Milly Voile skirted cap sleeves leotard in Lilac
1st Position crossover cardigan in lavender (optional)
Ballet Socks
Pink Leather ballet shoes

Grade 1 Ballet and above

1st Position Anna Princess Line Ruche leotard in Lavender
1st Position cross over cardigan in lavender (optional)
Ballet tights
Ballet sock
Black Character Skirt with pastel ribbons
Black low heel Character shoe

Intermediate/Advance Ballet

1st Position Isabella Princess line camisole leotard in Royal Blue
Ballet Tights
Leather/Canvas Ballet Shoes


Primary, Grade 1,2,3

ABT Rebecca Leotard in Magenta
Black Strirrup Tights

Grade 4 and above

ISTD Modern Cap Sleeved Leotard Magenta
Black Silky footless tights


Primary, Grades 1,2,3

ABT Rebecca Leotard in Magenta
Black Jazz Pant
Low Heel Oxford with tele-tone taps

Grade 4 and above

ISTD Modern Cap Sleeved Leotard Magenta
Black Jazz Pant or Black silky footless tights
Low Heel Oxford tele-tone taps

Street & Musical Performance.

RDS t-shirts & students' own leggings.
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Emma Woods
West End Choreographer

Choreography credits include UK Associate Choreographer for The King and I (London Palladium), movement director for Cosi Fan Tutte for NI Opera (Belfast Grand Theatre); assistant choreographer for Oklahoma (Royal Albert Hall); assistant choreographer for The Addams Family (UK Tour); assistant choreographer for Annie Get Your Gun (Sheffield Crucible Theatre); associate choreographer for Only The Brave (WMC); assistant choreographer for the Olivier nominated production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at London's Regents Park Open Air Theatre; choreographed Sister Act (Bird College Theatre). Directed Lights,Camera,Action!, American Musical Masters and Musical Bites (Dancehouse Theatre, Manchester), choreographed Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast (Chatham Central Theatre) Cinderella (Basildon Towngate Theatre) and Spring Awakening (Catford Broadway Theatre).

Theatre credits include Oklahoma (Royal Albert Hall), Annie Get Your Gun (Sheffield Crucible Theatre) Seven Brides for Seven Brothers ( Regents Park Open Air Theatre, London); Kiss Me Kate (Royal Albert Hall); Sister Act (London Palladium) original cast Dance Captain; Dirty Dancing (Aldwych Theatre, London) original cast; Sinatra at the London Palladium, original cast Mia Farrow and Dance Captain; Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre, London) original cast; We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre, London); Copacabana (Scandinavian Tour and Premiere); Cats (New London Theatre), Hot Stuff (UK Tour) Dance Captain ,Oliver! and Singin’ in the Rain (Leicester Haymarket Theatre).

Television and Film credits include ITV's Victoria, ITV's Endeavour, Disney's Cinderella and the televised productions of Oklahoma and Kiss Me Kate with the John Wilson Orchestra as part of the BBC Proms festival.

Dr. Jessica Hartley

After a successful career as a secondary school teacher, Jessica ‘risked everything’ to run away with the circus. This led to years working freelance as an educator, director and performer for companies such as Tara Arts, The Why Not Institute and Unclaimed Creatures. Jessica was shortlisted for the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust award on 4 occasions between 2001 and 2006 and finally secured an Elsie Fogerty Scholarship in 2006 for Doctoral Study into Risk and Pedagogy at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Alongside this, she worked with GCSE examinations as a Senior Examiner and Moderator; and consulted with circus schools in the creation of circus curricula.

Jessica became a Lecturer on MA Actor Training and Coaching at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2014, and supports various courses through an engagement with Teaching and Learning, Critical Frameworks and Research Methods.

Jessica's practice involves directing, education work, production management and stage management. Select examples include: 2009-present. Performer/Collaborator for Unclaimed Creatures, Battersea Arts Centre, The Roundhouse, Old Vic Tunnels (director Anna Brownsted) | 2008. Production Manager La Boheme. The Blackheath Halls (director Ian Rutherford) | 2007. Director, Hitting Home, Tour of Essex Schools | 2006. Deputy Stage Manager, Only Fools (No Horses), Tour (director John Wright) | 2003. Assistant Director, Sob Stories, The Battersea Arts Centre (director Orla O’Loughlin) | 2002. Performer, The Fire Raisers, The Battersea Arts Centre (director Orla O’Loughlin | 2001-2. Education Director, Journey to the West, National Tour (director Jatinder Verma)

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Classes held at:
MBA Dance
18A Lansdown Rd
DA14 4EG

Classes held at:
Dance Wise
370 Footscray Rd

Classes held at:
Foots Cray Baptist Church Hall
137 Sidcup Hill
DA14 6JS

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