A2 Arts Performing Arts Academy


A2 Arts are a Hove based performing arts school offering dance and musical theatre at all levels.

MARNIE WALLIS - LISTD AIDTA PBT cert. LTA dip. - Principal.
As a child, Marnie attended full time Stage School, and at 16, went on to study a three-year Musical Theatre course at Laine Theatre Arts having been awarded a full Performing Arts grant. She left college with a diploma in both Dance and Musical Theatre, as well as completing her teaching associates with distinction. Marnie began performing professionally from the age of 8 years old, having performed in numerous professional stage and TV productions, adverts, music videos and as a model. She has been lucky enough to work with some incredible professionals including David Jason, Wayne Sleep, Kylie Minogue and Pete Postlethwaite OBE.
She became the principal of A2 Arts Performing Arts Academy in 2009 having taught for over 15 years at numerous private and theatre schools. A2 is now a large school and close family, with well over 200 pupils. During her time, as principal A2 Arts have received Brighton & Hove County Council’s 'Team of the Year' award, been bronze, silver and gold medalists at Dance World Cup and All England Dance Competition national finalists and winners. We have also performed at the Mayors Charity Variety Gala for the last 5 years, the opening for The Olympic Torch Ceremony and the Rugby World Cup, as well as being selected to dance at The Royal Albert Hall during five consecutive years of Dance Proms.

Adѐle discovered her passion for performance at a very young age after joining the ‘San Toy School of Dancing’ in Thundersley, Essex. Born into a musical family she was exposed to all kinds of music and performance from an early age. Adèle soon discovered her love of Dance, and progressed to become a member and eventually a student teacher at the Prime Headford School of Dancing, in Essex. Daily classes were taken in all forms of Dance, Drama and Singing with co-founders Wendy Headford FISTD and Patricia Prime FISTD. Misses Prime and Headford were an inspiration - artistically, technically and motivationally, and both tutors have remained life-long mentors. Miss Prime’s outstanding eye for technique led her to chair the ISTD, and to take the role of Head of Ballet at Italia Conti, whilst Miss Headford’s brilliance and unfaltering ambition saw her establish the prestigious Masters Performing Arts. It was under both tutors’ guidance that Adèle achieved all her ISTD graded and vocational examinations from Primary to Advanced 2 in Ballet, Modern and Tap. Additional qualifications gained included ISTD Associate, Licentiate, History of Dance, Health & Safety in Dance, RAD Advanced and CDE certification. Adèle relocated to Sussex in 1991, and founded the Adèle Academy of Dance and Drama. Adèle enjoyed an exciting childhood successfully performing in Dance and Drama festivals across Essex and in annual shows and pantomimes. She frequently won musicality awards at the highly acclaimed Imperial Ballet Awards in London. Adèle’s drama achievements led to her being selected for the leading role in Alice Through the Looking Glass, staged at Lord Braine of Wheatley’s country residence as part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations. As a young adult, Adèle travelled the world for three years, during which time she took International lessons in traditional and folk dancing. It was this fascination, combined with an innate musicality and artistry evident in her choreography, that culminated in Adèle recognizing her vocation for teaching. Adèle has inspired numerous students to pursue a theatrical career, and pupils past and present have won leading roles in West End productions including Annie, Chicago Tap Dogs, Matilda, Billy Elliot, Oliver, Prince of Egypt and Everybody’s Talking about Jamie to name but a few. Many others enjoy exciting careers touring the world on prestigious cruise ships, whilst others manage their own dance or exercise studios as far reaching as Bali and New York. Adèle graduated from the University of Middlesex in 2018 with a Pedagogy in Modern Dance, a unique qualification specialising in the Art and Science of teaching. This in-depth knowledge, combined with an abundance of teaching experience ensures Adèle can inspire the next generation of dancers and truly enrich their dancing education.

Miss Tammy began dancing aged 2, and joined The Royal Ballet School aged 8 as a Junior Associate. At 11, now a Mid Associate of The Royal Ballet, she was awarded Barnado's Champion Child for Dance, and was lucky enough to have this presented by Princess Diana. After completing the Senior Associate programme at The Royal Ballet, Tammy went on to join The Royal Ballet Upper School, going on to win The Arnold Haskell Award in her first year. Tammy danced extensively with both The Royal Ballet Company, and The Birmingham Royal Ballet, performing in The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle, Cinderella, La Bayadere, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She later joined the European Ballet as a soloist.

GEMMA ROUTLEDGE - BA hons. (music) DIPABRSM - Musical Theatre.
Gemma is an enthusiastic, fun and very committed singing and musical theatre teacher with over 15 years teaching experience. Having started at stage school at the age of 6 studying dance, drama and singing, she then went on to have additional private classical vocal tuition, which saw gain a diploma with The Associated board of Royal schools of music (ABRSM). During her classical vocal studies she explored and studied various other styles of music including Musical Theatre, Pop, Big Band and Jazz. Whilst studying Gemma added many professional performance credits to her CV. Including various TV work, many stage performances, pantomimes, TV work and radio voice-over credits. Gemma has also performed in many vocal concerts. After gaining her A’ levels in Music, Theatre studies and English literature, Gemma went onto to study at Middlesex University where she completed a BA Honours degree in Music. During her time at Middlesex she was privileged enough to play one of the lead vocalists in a production of Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’. Following this she played lead Soprano in a London tour of ‘Amadeus’, playing venues such as The Barbican and St. Paul’s in Covent Garden. She assisted in a lot of the vocal teaching during these productions and it was then that she decided that she wanted to pursue singing as a teacher rather than a performer. As well as private lessons at her music room in Hove, Gemma currently teaches at Blatchington Mill School in Hove, where she has been for 12 years teaching singing lessons, leading vocal groups and choirs, teaching the Musical Theatre B-TEC, music theory and vocal direction for school productions. She is also vocal co-ordinator for a large school vocal project that brings 5 local Primary schools and 2 community choirs together to perform with Blatchington Mill school choirs, orchestras and bands at The Brighton Dome. “I am committed to improving my students’ ability in singing, performance and confidence, whilst of course having some fun at the same time..” Gemma Routledge

Danielle has trained young dancers all around Sussex for the last ten years. She has taught all ages and genres alongside choreographing award-winning pieces, coordinating various shows and putting on local charity dance events. With classical training being an important focus for Danielle, her passion lies with performance in dance for which she strives to pull from her students. Danielle graduated from The Centre of Performing Arts; where she trained for 3 years in Dance and Musical Theatre also gaining her ISTD teaching qualifications in Ballet, Tap and Modern and is an Advanced dancer herself. Prior to her time at college, Danielle was trained at A2 Arts where she first discovered her passion for teaching. Above all, Danielle believes that dance should be taught in a safe and encouraging environment, providing a positive experience for her students.

Miss Adrienne began dancing at the age of 4 at the Doris Isaacs School of Dancing under the direction of BBO examiner Rosemary Carden, where she was awarded a British Ballet Organisation Scholarship when she was 10. She gained her teaching qualifications there and has been a qualified ballet teacher for over 30 years. Past pupils have gone on to train at the Royal Ballet School, Arts Ed and London Studio Centre and are now performing in the West End, in the South African Ballet Company and dancing in shows internationally. She has choreographed many winning festival dances, some going on to All England semi finals and Finals. She has also taught at St Christophers School and St Marys Hall School where she choreographed many of their shows. Miss Adrienne has choreographed for many local amateur groups and also performed in numerous shows including principal roles in Oliver, Anything Goes and the Pyjama Game. Adrienne is on the cast recording for the musical Ring of Roses, in which she performed a Showcase in the West End and at the Savoy Theatre London.


A2 Arts Performing Arts Academy, Quayside House, 1, First Floor, Basin Road South, Hove, BN41 1WF
Tel: 01273 707720

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