HMDA Teaching Faculty

Heidi Postlethwaite

Teacher & Principle

Heidi started dancing at the age of three at The Dorothy Coleborn School of Dance in Bath where she continues to teach today!
She continued her professional training at Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts, now known as Bird College and is a fully qualified Ballet, Modern and Tap teacher with the I.S.T.D and a registered teacher of the R.A.D.
Prior to her teaching career Heidi danced professionally onboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and P&O Cruises, summer seasons, pantomimes, fashion and trade shows and on television. She played the part of Phyllis in two U.K Tours of the musical 42nd Street. Heidi has taught at Dorothy Coleborn for the last 15 years and has been lucky enough to be involved in three whole school shows at the Theatre Royal, Bath. She has co-choreographed seven Disney shows which have been performed at Eurodisney, Paris and Freckles the musical which was performed at the Greenside Theatre at Edinburgh Fringe 2016 with a 5 star review. Heidi was choreographer on four pantomimes for U.K Productions at Theatre Royal, Bath- Aladdin, Robin Hood & the Babes in the wood, Jack & the Beanstalk and Dick Whittington all alongside director Chris Harris.
Heidi has a 100% I.S.T.D exam success pass rate with many pupils achieving Distinction. She is First Aid trained, a licensed chaperone, holds enhanced DBS and is a qualified Zumba instructor.

Faye Elvin

Singing, Acting & Musical theatre

Faye fell in love with theatre at the age of two and a half by studying dance at The Dorothy Colborn School of Dance in Bath and was indeed taught by the incredible Heidi! At the age of 11 she began exploring acting and musical theatre by joining local groups, including the multi award winning Zenith Youth Theatre Company. Alongside this Faye took LAMDA examinations and at the age of thirteen gained a place with National Youth Theatre. 
At the age of eighteen Faye gained a place as a Genesis Scholar at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), During her time here Faye gained her Advanced Stage combat certificate attaining Gold standard and represented LAMDA at the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year Awards.
On graduating Faye attained one of only three First Class Honours degrees to be presented that year in Professional Acting and went onto make her professional debut at The Globe Theatre in Neuss, Germany playing Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, a role she also played at London's Globe Theatre with the Sam Wanamaker festival.
A short time after her graduation Faye was asked back to LAMDA to join the teaching faculty as a freelance movement specialist. Whilst teaching at LAMDA Faye undertook a Historical Dance apprenticeship with the much revered Diana Scrivener (Credits include; The Witcher, Downton Abbey, Elizabeth.) Faye enjoyed this time immensely and had the honor of working on the Audition Panel at Preliminary and Re-call stages. 
Since returning to the south west she has found the ultimate fulfillment in continuing to pass on her knowledge and passion for theatre as a singing and acting coach from beginner to professional, young to old(er)!

Chloe Carrett

Contemporary Dance

Chloe hails all the way from Australia where she danced from a young age, taking ballet and jazz exams up to Advanced level.
During her professional dance training she gained a Certificate IV- Level 4 & 5 in Dance- studying ballet, contemporary, jazz technique and modern.
As well as her dance qualifications Chloe has a Diploma of Fitness with Sage Institute of Fitness and is a qualified Pilates instructor.
Her professional dance career took her to Disneyland Paris where she performed as a parade dancer.
Chloe has 8 years of dance teaching experience having taught children from the age of 2 years up to adults of 60 years.
She's choreographed solos and duets for competition teams and musicals for school theatre productions.


Quality Dance Training

The aim and ethos of the school is to nurture a love of dance and performance, and bring out the very best in each child.
Whether dancing with aspirations of a future career in performing arts or just for fun and pleasure, the school aims to create a supportive learning environment where confidence grows and high expectation challenges everyone to be the best they can be.

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