In light of the current coronavirus situation, as of 19th June, all face to face classes are still suspended.This is the only time in 20 years of trading that FASBAT has had to take such drastic action as we've never postponed or cancelled lessons before. Hopefully you will all agree that this is the right decision for our FASBAT community as well as the wider community.
However we are continuing with our online drama and dance sessions. These sessions started on Monday April 6th and were free for all pupils and thier friends to join in and enjoy. We were hoping to be back into face to face classes after the May half term, but sadly this was not meant to be.
Project Over The Rainbow is our 6 week online performance project. We started this on Monday 1st June and it will end on Wednesday 8th July with an online performance and a recording of the whole project for families to watch and keep as a momento of this unusual time in our lives. There has been a fee charged for this project but we are delighted to be able to donate a percentage of the fee to our local NHS charity trust.
We are so proud of all our pupils who have joined us for the online sessions. They have adapted well to this once unknown medium. We are also extremely proud and grateful to our FASBAT team who have worked voluntarily, at first, to keep in touch with our pupils. They have also had to adapt to teaching online and have worked so hard to make the online sessions fun and productive.
We sincerely hope that in September we will be able to start our face to face classes once agian, in school and in halls. We will follow all Government guidelines on being as covid secure as we can. So please come and join us for our unique blend of drama, dance and song. Take a look at our Facebook page to see what we have been up to during the lockdown.
The unique mix of theatre, dynamic coaching and performance is used to build confidence, raise self esteem, and encourage the individual to create a personal philosophy which can be taken forward as they stand on life’s stage.
LEE COOPER - PRINCIPAL AND FOUNDER
Trained in all aspects of dance and theatre, Lee made her professional debut in pantomime at the age of 8 and later travelled the world performing in cabaret. Back in England she joined Thames Television working with Benny Hill, Jim Davidson and Spike Milligan. High profile choreographic work was followed by regular work at the BBC.
Nicky Ridley is an experienced drama practitioner, who has worked with children in The Arts for over 25 years. she began her career acting for Young Peopl'es theatre comp-anies touring nationally with educational plays. Since working as a freelancer she has taught drama to children for after-school clubs, helping boost children's self-esteem, allowing sessons to be fun and full of creativity whilst keeping them focused on the task. Nicky also works with a local charity who provide multi-sensory theatrical experiences for people with learning disabilities. She loves the theatre and wold go every night of the week if she could! She can't wait to start teaching with FASBAT at Ascot Heath Infant School on a Monday.
Alice started professional training at Laine Theatre Arts and graduated from Performers College in 2018 after studying dance and musical theatre for four years. Alongisde training Alice completed dance teaching qualifications and taught all the while at various dance and musical theatre groups. At college Alice danced at the opening of the NFL at Wembley and has enjoyed two Christmas seasons at LaplandUK. Since graduating she has performed at the Windsor Fringe with 4motion Dance theatre and has been passing on the skills she learned in training by teaching private classes and in local schools. FASBAT has always had a special place in her heart and she is excited to become part of the team.
Rosie is an actor, singer and community artist who focuses on using theatre to tell important stories and create change. She has recently graduated from the current top drama school East 15 with a degree in Acting and Community Theatre. She has performed in a range of shows from street theatre to under 5's puppetry and cabarets with companies including Peer Productions and Arc theatre. Rosie loves joyful theatre and encourages her students to be playful and imaginative.
Leo was a FASBAT pupil from the age of 8 and grew up in the Wednesday classes. He successfully auditioned for the National Youth theatre taking their master class course when he was 17 years. He got involved in teaching for FASBAT from 2014 - 2016 and alongside this he ran the Stagecoach Early Stages at the Hinchley Wood School from 2015 - 2016. Leo has recently graduated from University of York with a 2:1 in Law. Whilst at university he was involved in many "Open Barn Productions" taking leading roles in: Woyzeck, King Lear, Tons of Money, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Buried Child, The Bacchae, That Face, Image of an Unknown Woman and Closer. Leo has practised ballet for 10 years to ISTD intermediate level and has a Grade 8 qualification in LCME Musical Theatre Singing.