Rhiannon Annandale started dancing at the age of 2, and before long was participating in many different theatre genres of dance. While at secondary school, Rhiannon developed her dance technique gaining qualifications in Ballet, Tap, Modern Theatre, Musical Theatre and Freestyle. It was also here that Rhiannon had her first experiences of teaching, working towards the Level 2 Qualification in Sports Leadership and volunteering at her local ballet school.
Following on from this Rhiannon went on to gain a 2:1 in Dance and Psychology at Bath Spa university, and became an IDTA registered Freestyle teacher. She is currently employed in two establishments, Exe Dance Arts and Monkton Combe School, to deliver dance lessons to young students. The youngest students she currently teach is 6 years old, and the oldest at 17. Her teaching experience is very varied and wide, able to offer lessons in Ballet, Contemporary, Freestyle, Jazz and Tap. Rhiannon has also been involved in choreographing for touring productions and dance competitions. She offers group and 1:1 tuition to her students, click on the classes page for more information about the group classes taking place and use the contact page for information about 1:1 classes.
While she currently does a lot of teaching work, Rhiannon still holds an interest in the field of Dance Science, a field of study that may be best known for the recent Dance For Parkinson’s movement. This was as a result of research that found many Parkinson sufferer’s physical symptoms improved significantly when taking part in dance classes when compared to those doing other types of exercise for the same amount of time. The field of Dance Science also has many other areas in which to explore, of which are few are; What is the best teaching style for dance? How do we get the best out of our performers? What are the impacts dance can have on the wider community? and How do dancers differ in their improvisational style? And through reading research and her own teaching practise she hopes to explore these questions through on the website and may also look further at a Dance Science Master’s.