HARRIET WISE (FOUNDER)

Harriet has had a passion for dance from a young age. She started dancing at the age of two and a half, and moved on to study ballet, tap and jazz at 'Julie Morton School of Dancing', Pointe work at 'Jo De Suza Dance Centre' and Street Dance at 'Urban Strides'.

Harriet gained a BETCH in 'Performing Arts' from 'West Herts College', graduating with a triple distinction. She gained a scholarship to Coventry University to study 'Dance, Theatre and Professional Practice'.


While at university Harriet join the Cheerleading Squad and competed for the university, as well as supporting the varsity teams at games. In her third year of cheerleading she joined a professional AllStar team and competed in the European Championships at 'JamFest Europe' in front of over four thousand people.

While at university Harriet also was a very active member of the Musical Theatre Society, and became one of their youngest and long standing choreographers, winning awards for her work, such as 'Student of the Year in Art and Design', 'Best Female in a Society' and 'Full Colours'.


After university Harriet gained a place at KSA Academy to study Musical Theatre. While there she was fortunate enough to perform in 2 off West End shows, and a cabaret at 'Battersea Barge'. She graduated from KSA with a diploma and ACTL in Musical Theatre.

Since leaving further education Harriet has gained a 'Level 3 Cheerleading Qualification in Stunting and Tumbling' from 'BGU'(Her 2019 cheer team she coached came 1st at every competition in their season), A 'Level 4 Dance with in the Community Award' from 'Pineapple Dance Studios and The Movement Factory' and a 'Diploma in Authentic Street Dance Teaching' from 'Urban Strides'

Harriet is also a very active member of TYTP and CTL at 'The David Evans Court Theatre' in Tring. Choreographing pantomimes and kids and youth shows. She won the NODA District Youth Show award, as well as winning over all in the London Category for her Choreography and Directing in 'Jungle Cats' 

Harriet has also coached competitive dance teams, including winning a National Championship in 2020.

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MEET THE TEAM

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Meet our talented team of instructors and current work expirence students at HW Dance. Focused on teaching exceptional technique and creating unforgettable experiences, our team is committed to our dancers’ satisfaction and success. Read through our instructors’ bios below, and if you’d like to set up an introductory meeting don’t hesitate to reach out.

HARRIET WISE

Founder and Lead Dance Teacher

Harriet Will be your main port of call and your main dance teacher! To find out more about Harriets training please see the 'Founders' section above.

CAMERON MCALLISTER

Acro Teacher

Cameron has recently graduated from the "Guildford School of Acting” with a First Class Honours in Musical Theatre. Cameron started breakdancing and acrobatics nine years ago when he joined “Watford Ground Breakers Crew”, since then Cameron has competed in National competitions over the UK and has hosted his own International competition in Surrey named “Makes n Breaks”.  Having trained in Musical Theatre his credits in training include (Pat Gilbert “State fair”), (Jimmy Winter “Nice Work If You Can Get It”) (Carl Moreland “The Fix") and (Tumble Brutus “Cats) Directed by Chrissie Cartwright. Cameron has recently performed with the BBC Orchestra twice (Oliviers In Concert) and (Performances of Alan Jay Learner). Upon Graduating Cameron is now a member of the ”Other Guys” and has recently performed in Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

LEANNA PURKIS

Acro Teacher

Leanna started her dance journey age 2½ at the Julie Morton school of Dance in Tring. There she was trained in classical ballet, modern, tap and musical theatre, reaching intermediate level in RAD ballet. She went on to train at West Herts College in Musical Theatre, gaining a distinction grade btec national diploma, and gaining lead roles in college productions of Chicago and Godspell, and then went on to Mountview Academy studying foundation Musical Theatre. During this time Leanna performed the main dance lead in Carousel at the El Giva theatre with the Rickmansworth Players. Leanna also trained in Irish dancing for many years, competing til the age of 18, gaining open championship status, and winning many awards and trophies. In 2017 she began teaching at the Adele Peters Performing Arts School, teaching ballet, lyrical, Irish dance and Musical Theatre, and is excited to be joining the HW dance team!

 CHLOE WILDISH

Acro, Baby Ballet & Mini Moverz Teacher and 1st Cover

Chloe has graduated after studying dance at Amersham and Wycombe College and has been doing work experience with HW Dance while she was at college. Chloe is one of my 'original girls' and has been with HW Dance since day 1! Chloe is skilled in many styles of dance, and has performed at events such as 'Dance @ Wembley' as well as various different performances while she was at college, Chloe also trains when she can with Ricky Jinx's dance company up in London!

JULIE WISE

Child Protection Officer

Our number one aim at HW Dance is to protect your children and to keep them safe. Julie has worked in the education system for many years, undergoing many child protection and special educational needs training programs. Although you do not see Julie around the studio often she is always contactable should you require.

 

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