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HARRIET WISE (FOUNDER)

EARLY YEARS TRAINING

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'. 

COLLEGE

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'.

UNIVERSITY

Harriet gained a BA(Hons) In Dance, Theatre and Professional Practice from Coventry University. 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'.

DRAMA SCHOOL

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.

QUALIFICATION

Since leaving further education Harriet has gained

- Level's 1, 2 & 3 Cheerleading Qualification in Stunting and Tumbling from 'BGU' (Her 2019 cheer team she coached came 1st at every competition in their season)

- Pom and Jazz All Star Coaching from BGU

- BGU Foundations in Pre-Stunts and Tumbling for age 3-6

- BGU Cheer Strength Module 1

- Level 4 Dance with in the Community Award' from 'Pineapple Dance Studios and The Movement Factory'

- Diploma in Authentic Street Dance Teaching' from 'Urban Strides'

- BGU Advanced Pom, Jazz and Lyrical ALL STAR Coaching

COMMUNITY WORK

Harriet has also done a lot of work with 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' 

COMPETITIONS

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

INDUSTRY WORK

All of Harriets profetional industry work can be found on her Spotlight page. Spotlight Pin 6212-4535-2096

Some of her choreographic and dance credits include work for MOVE IT, Britains Got Talent, Kids London Fashion Week, Whine Game the Official Music Video - and more!

 

MEET THE TEAM

You’re in Great Hands

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.

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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.

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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!
Leanna also has a Level 1&2 Cheer, Stunt, Jump and Tumble from BGU, and is a qualified Progressive Ballet Technique Teacher.

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CHARLOTTE STEPHENS

Drama Teacher

Charlotte has a Masters in Musical Theatre Performance, with Distinction, from Associated Studios and Wolverhampton University. She has sung and acted from an early age having taken both extra drama and singing exams throughout her school years.


She co-founded and ran an award-winning Musical Theatre Society at her undergrad University and loves to share her passion for Drama and Singing with her students.


Charlotte believes that there is no such thing as a “silly question” and strives to ensure that the rehearsal room is always a nurturing and supportive place for students to explore the performing arts.

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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.