The Staff at Studio 5 Stage School
Heather Peskett – Principle
Heather Peskett began her study of dance at the Norton School of Dance in Birmingham. She then continued her education at the Madame Lemisky Dance Academy in Birmingham and Betty Patterson’s Theatre School, Coventry, also taking teaching qualifications at Jean Johnston’s ‘Silver Slipper’ Ballroom School in Birmingham.
Numerous professional cabaret jobs followed, including work at ‘La Reserve’ in Sutton, and at the age of just 16 a performance on ITV’s ‘Opportunity Knocks’.
Heather formed her first dance school in 1971, which became Studio 5 when it moved to its current location in 1985.
Heather Peskett’s Qualifications:
- Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) – Registered Teacher / Advanced Ballet
- British Theatre Dance Association – Registered Teacher
- Modern Teachers of Dance – Registered Teacher
- International Dance Teachers Association – Teacher’s Modern Stage Certificate
- American Assoc.of the Teachers of Dance – Ballroom Teacher’s Certificate – Advanced Stage
Regular members of the teaching staff:
Gayle Peskett is in demand both in the Midlands and in London, performing and teaching in a number of disciplines including drama, singing and dance.
In our modern stage classes Gayle infuses her choreography with elements of ‘street’ and ‘commercial’ styles of dance.
Chris Peskett specialises in tap, but also provides tuition in circus skills including juggling, uni-cycling and stilt-walking.
Chris also works as a childrens’ entertainer and magician. Websites: ChrisPeskett.co.uk – Childrens’ Magician AND Closeupchris.co.uk – Birmingham & Staffordshire Magician.
The school also benefits greatly from the presence of a number of visiting teachers, for instance in ballet and acrobatics. This is a great way for pupils to gain experience in a wide range of choreography styles.