The Academy was founded 23 years ago and has grown to become one of the area’s most highly regarded establishments in the field of dance. The ethos of the Academy is to promote enjoyment, a love of dance and community spirit whilst at the same time achieving excellent results in a happy, non-competitive and relaxed environment.
The Academy specialises in Ballet, Modern Theatre, Tap, Acrobatic Arts and Contemporary for both girls and boys and offers a consistently high standard of teaching catering for all levels and abilities. Aspiring adults can also enjoy jazz, tap and ballet for both the novice and the more experienced dancer.
Situated on the outskirts of Binfield village, within easy reach of both Wokingham and Bracknell, the Academy has become a community in its own right where there is a real family feel and a sense of belonging. It’s warm and friendly environment appeals to everyone and as such has become an extremely popular choice of dance schooling.
All the classes are held at The Farley Wood Centre and are taught by either ‘Miss Lynn’ or ‘Miss Georgie’. Miss Lynn encourages the use of her older students to help out with the younger classes which not only builds strong bonds and friendships across the spectrum it also inspires the youngsters too. This practice has proven to work dividends and has helped to enhance the Academy’s already firm foundation and structure – indeed, Miss Georgie was a former pupil of the Academy!
The Academy has an excellent examination record in all genres. Class sizes are monitored to allow for individual attention and each pupil is encouraged to reach their potential in small friendly groups. All pupils are given the opportunity to perform in the Academy’s shows which are held at The Wilde Theatre in Bracknell every three years.
The result – a fulfilling hobby that is both fun and rewarding whilst encouraging self-discipline, self-motivation and a sense of commitment. The student will then benefit from the satisfaction and pride that comes from achieving in their dancing, as well as improving their physical fitness.
Whilst the emphasis is on enjoying dance as a hobby, many former students have gone on to full-time dance colleges or to college or university to study dance, musical theatre or the performing arts.
Classes are held after school throughout the week and on Saturdays.
Having attended local classes herself as a child, Miss Lynn went on to train as a dancer at the prestigious Bush Davies School of Theatre Arts in East Grinstead.
As a young adult, Miss Lynn was a member of two semi-professional dance groups with whom she danced throughout the UK and abroad. She was also chosen to dance in pantomimes as a professional dancer.
She later completed her teaching exams in ballet with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and Modern Theatre and Tap Dance with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) achieving Distinctions in all three genres.
Before opening the Academy, Miss Lynn gained a wealth of experience by working as a freelance dance teacher at a number of dance schools in Berkshire and Surrey as well as in the private sector at both St. Marys School and St. Georges School in Ascot and at a couple of nursery schools locally.
She remains proactive in attending courses and seminars to keep up-to-date and at the forefront of the profession and is delighted at how the Academy has grown in strength since its inception in September 2000.
Miss Georgie joined the Lynnette Stephenson Academy of Dance at the age of 9 where she flourished as a student. She achieved high marks in all her dance examinations and at the age of 18 she went on to gain a place on the degree course at the Royal Academy of Dance.
After graduating with a BA Hons in Ballet Education and gaining her teaching qualification in RAD Ballet, she later became qualified as both a DDMIX and Acrobatic Arts instructor, as well as achieving her ISTD Tap teaching qualification.
Miss Georgie has worked at a number of dance establishments, alongside teaching for LSA Dance. She now works solely for the Academy where her responsibilities have since grown and she teaches a wide variety of classes and is proving a great asset.