Meet the Team at 815 Dance & Performing Arts Training Centre

Tara Hembry

Tara Hembry

UK born Tara Hembry has 16 years of experience as a dance school owner, teacher and choreographer. She is a motivated, enthusiastic instructor with a passion to teach. Tara has experience in various styles of dance that include Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Freestyle Disco, Street dance, Rock & Roll, Latin American and Ballroom.

Tara’s passion for Freestyle dance, lead her to compete all over the UK in dance competitions for over eleven years. During this time, she won many Freestyle and Street dance competitions; including The Freestyle World Cup Championship of 1993 and The Street Dance Championship of 2000.

In 2005 Tara obtained her IDTA Teaching qualification and launched her own dance school in the UK where she taught over 500 students from beginner to advanced levels for all ages over a period of 8 years. During this time she trained her students to compete in competitions all over the UK, where they won many titles. Tara has choreographed many formation teams and dance shows and her students had a 100% pass rate in IDTA dance examinations and some went on to become professional dance teachers & performers.

Tara moved to Dubai in 2013 and launched 815 Dancentre offering dance classes in various venues all over Dubai.

In 2015 she opened her own studio in Dubai Silicon Oasis ‘815 Arts Training Centre’. This enabled 815 to expand from a dance school to a performing arts school offering training in all styles of performing arts under the instruction of experienced, qualified teachers.

Tara is driven by her passion for performing arts and being able to offer students the very best training in a safe, disciplined and exciting atmosphere.

Alice Forde

Alice Forde

Alice has been a dance teacher for more than 8 years. She was spotted at age 14 as a gifted choreographer by John Moores University in Liverpool where she was chosen to teach classes, give workshops and dance camps. Alice also assisted in the setting up of the, ‘JMUP,’ Start Programme for talented local children. She has performed and competed across the UK in a variety of arenas, theatres and TV shows. Alice has won titles along the way such as, ‘UK Hip Hop Champions 2009,’ and, ‘British Troupe Champions 2010.’ 

Alice has been trained in ballet, tap, street dance, contemporary and musical theatre since the age of 4 and has continued to train in these styles while in attendance at Dolphin Dance Studios Performing Arts College of Liverpool, where she gained her IDTA (International Dance Teachers’ Association) Teaching Qualification. Alice has continued to study and expand her knowledge by taking on her Master’s Degree in Dance Technique Pedagogy and Professional Practice, which she completed in April 2018. 

Alice continued her involvement when she moved to Qatar in 2014, where she acted as a Production Choreographer for local schools over a 3 year period and then created and operated her own dance school for 2 years before moving on to Dubai and joining 815 in 2017. 

Alice has always been incredibly passionate about teaching from a very young age and prides herself on letting each student explore and discover their own potential in her classes. 

Olivia Galvin

Olivia Galvin

Olivia trained at Loretta Legge theatre school from age 3 to age 12 in ballet, tap, modern and theatre craft. At age 12 she was cast in the musical “Our day out” by Willy Russell at the Royal court theatre, Liverpool. Olivia then went on to train at Dolphin performing arts & stage school and went on to study at Dolphin college. Alongside training Olivia was cast in two pantomimes at the Empire theatre, Liverpool; Peter pan and Aladdin and also cast in A Nightmare on Lime street at The Royal court theatre. Olivia also performed at many corporate events during her time at college.

Olivia graduated aged 19 from performing arts college and went on to a professional career in performing.

Over the past 6 years Olivia has had successful performing work with Peel talent, as a singer/dancer onboard The Thomson majesty, Costa cruise line as lead singer and most recently Carnival cruise line based out of Miami as a singer/dancer.

In between all the traveling, she has taught at many theatre schools in the UK.

Olivia is excited to be part of 815 Arts Training Centre and is looking forward to sharing her professional experience and training with the students.

Trude Bang

Trude Bang

Trude is from Denmark and has 25 years of experience in teaching a variety of group classes. In 1997 she studied at the Danish Trainers Academy and took an Elite Trainers course, where she majored in Aerobic and fitness. Beside from teaching classes in gyms she has also been training athletes towards competitions, educating upcoming instructors, performing and instructing aerobic shows and has been a presenter at aerobic conventions. The last 10 years she has been focusing more on functional training, as she believes that the best way to stay fit is to have solid body strength and balance. In 2012 she gained a qualification as a Reformer Pilates Instructor. Trude loves to teach and as a teacher she knows how to differentiate the level of the exercises so they fit the student.

Suze

Suze

Suzanne Clandon, usually referred to as ‘Suze’ or ‘Suzy Q’, is a Tap Dancer, Educator and Event Producer, originally from the UK, who has also performed, taught and produced internationally (www.suzanneclandon.com). She began her training at the Broomfield Academy of Ballet in Wigan, UK where she studied RAD Ballet and BTDA Modern Jazz and Tap Dance. Then later studying commercial styles with Sharmila Dance in Dubai. Suzanne found her passion for teaching in the Tap Dance studio, where she began teaching and choreographing at the tender age of 15.

In 2015 Suzanne relocated from Dubai to New York City where she continued her journey as a Tap Dancer and had the opportunity to work intimately and train with the contemporary Masters of Tap Dance. During this time Suzanne was a company member of International Tap Dance sensation and Emmy nominated Choreographer Chloe Arnold’s Apartment 33 Tap Dance Company.

Some of Suzanne’s Dancing career highlights include founding Dubai Desert Dance (2011), performing for HRH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Makhtoum at The Dubai World Cup (2012), representing the UAE at the IDO World Tap Dance Championships in Germany (2014) and being chosen as a UK Fulbright recipient (2015). Also producing and performing in Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies LIVE in Dubai (2015), appearing in Syncopated Ladies Tap Dance music video to Beyonce’s #Formation, which was graciously shared by Queen Bey herself and went viral to millions around the globe (2016); performing in front of thousands at The Lincoln Center Out Of Doors Festival (2017). Since 2017 Suzanne founded and co-produces the UK’s only dedicated Tap Dance convention (TDFUK) (www.tapdancefestival.uk), where she brings together Tap Dancers annually from all over the world to educate, inspire and accelerate their journeys as Tap Dancers.

Suzanne’s other professional qualifications include a BA Hons with QTS in teaching from Liverpool John Moores University and a MSc in Organizational Change Management and a Post Masters Degree in Leadership Development from The New School, New York City. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge and passion with others to further their journeys.