Rosie Dorsett

After receiving places at Bodywork Company (Cambridge),
Stella Mann College of Performing Arts (Bedford), Masters
Performing Arts (Essex) for their 3 year Level 6 Diploma
Course in Professional Musical Theatre, Rosie accepted
her offer from Bodywork Company with a DADA funding
award. After 14 years with us here at First Stage we wish
you all the luck with your new chapter.

Alisha Skevington

After successfully auditioning for full time
professional dance training starting September
2016. Alisha gained places on the 3 year Diploma
course in Professional Dance at Performers College
(Essex), Stella Mann College of Performing Arts
(Bedford), Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts
(London) and Wilkes Academy (Swindon). Alisha
decided to take her place at Performers college and
we wish her every success in the future.

Bethany Unwin

Well done and congratulations to First Stage student
Bethany Unwin who started at Bodyworks in Cambridge in
September 2016 with a DADA award after completing a
foundation course at SLP. We wish you all the luck in the

Alice Thompson

Many Congratulations to First Stage pupil Alice
Thompson who successfully auditioned for a place on
the 3 year full time vocational Musical Theatre course
at Expressions School of Performing Arts, working
towards a level 6 Diploma in Professional Musical
Theatre. Alice, who is now in her 2nd year, was
awarded the schools full three year Young Persons
Scholarship , in recognition for her potential in
Musical Theatre. Alice had been a pupil of First Stage
for over 12 years. We are very proud of her
achievements and wish her every success in the

Neve Alexandra

In 2009, at the age of 11, Neve successfully
auditioned for Elmhurst School of Dance in
Birmingham, where she was awarded a full time
vocational place with an MDS funding award. Neve
decided to continue her studies with First Stage until
2011 when she joined Tring Park School for the
Performing Arts in Hertfordshire, where she studied
Dance for 3 years. In 2014, at the age of 16, Neve
successfully auditioned for The Urdang Academy,
Bird College and Performers College. Neve accepted
her place at The Urdang Academy and moved to
Central London to continue her training with a
scholarship funding award. She graduated in June
2017 with Level 6 National Diploma in Professional

Musical Theatre.

Abbie Blurton

Abbie started at First Stage when she was 3 years
old and was involved in all the shows and festivals
up until she left at the age of 16. Abbie won many
trophies and medals during her festival days as
well as winning the Bursary at Four Counties
Festival. She then proceeded with her dance
training at Expressions School of Performing Arts
in Mansfield where she trained for 3 years in
Musical Theatre. She graduated in the summer of
2016 with a level 6 Diploma in Professional
Musical Theatre.

Johara House

Johara joined First Stage at the Age of 11 after
moving to England from Spain. At 17 she began her
full time training at Expressions School of
Performing Arts whilst continuing as a teaching
assistant at First Stage. Johara graduated from
Expressions in the summer of 2015 with a level 6
Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre. Johara
was awarded “The Stage” Musical Theatre
Scholarship which funded her 3 year full time

Elliot David Hawker

After spending 7 years with First Stage, Elliot moved
away from home to continue his studying at Elmhurst,
the school of The Birmingham Royal Ballet before
moving to London to Study a Degree at Central School
of Ballet in London at 16. In his final year of training
Elliot performed with the Bolshoi Ballet and then
completed a 6 month U.K tour of Angelina's Ballerinas's
Big Audition with the English National Ballet. He then
started to work for Jean Ann Ryan Productions in
Miami, performing on the Norwegian Sun. In 2010 Elliot
then started working for Royal Caribbean International
and spent 5 years traveling the world performing on

some of the worlds largest Cruise Ships as Dance Captain.

Becky Wheldon

Becky has danced since the age of 6 when First Stage
first started. She completed her exams there in tap, ballet
and modern and attended various arts festivals where she
was very successful. Since leaving she played the lead
role in numerous travelling Panto productions and spent
6 years working for Parkdean. During this time she was
Head dancer, Lead vocalist and Assistant manager. Then
in the last 12 months she has had her first child, a little
girl who may enter the world of singing and dancing in
the years to come!

Carly Bradshaw

Carly started her dance career at Marjorie
Armstrong School of Dance when she was 5 years
old and began classes at First Stage at age 14. She
took numerous examinations and became a
teaching assistant at the academy. Carly loved
studying all sorts of classes, but primarily focused
on ballet, modern, tap and acrobatics.  She
performed in numerous shows and was also been
involved with local theatres throughout Derbyshire
as well as performing in five professional
pantomimes at the Derby Playhouse. Carly
graduated with a BA Honours Certificate in Dance
Studies from Roehampton Institute, London in
2001 and then furthered her career in the Dance
Industry by living in Spain for 6 months and performing in a children's Disney
Show. She has been working in the Leisure Industry for 13 years now as a
Studio Instructor, teaching Body Pump, Body Combat and Body Attack at
health clubs across the City, regularly taking part in Les Mills Launch Days.

Michelle Wheldon

Michelle began dancing at the age of two and
hasn't stopped since! After continuing her training
in ballet, tap and modern dance at First Stage, her
performance career began at Pontins as one of the
famous & Bluecoats. After a season in Blackpool
she began to tour with shows in the UK and
abroad. One such show inspired a love of Irish
dance and Michelle joined and performed with an
Irish company near her current home. As well as
performance, Michelle has a passion for teaching
and sharing her love of dance with others. She has

worked extensively as a teacher in primary schools throughout the country,
introducing many different cultural styles of dance into her repertoire through her workshops. She also co-founded her own production company, Well Done Productions, with the aim of taking quality entertainment to those who couldn't get to a theatre. As director, choreographer and producer, and together with her partner, they grew this into a national business. Recently, whilst bringing up her two daughters, Michelle has completed a degree in Dance Education with the
Royal Academy of Dance, graduating with First class honours, probably one of her proudest (and most difficult!) achievements to date. During this course she has developed a love for contemporary and community dance and this will likely be a strong influence in her future projects in dance.

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