Belle Etoile Academy of Dance launched in 2016 to provide fun and friendly dance classes to children and young people in Bedford. We are committed to providing a safe and positive environment for young dancers to grow in confidence, develop strong technique and find their way to shine!
Our team of teachers and assistant teachers have been carefully chosen for their love of dance, outstanding training and experience, and their love of working with children. All teachers are DBS checked and fully insured (certificates can be provided on request). In every class we hold, there will always be at least one teacher who is a fully trained Paediatric First Aider. We hope you enjoy finding out more about the team...
Carly Jones - Principal
Member of the Associated Board of Dance
Carly was born in Bedfordshire and started dancing at the age of two and a half with Sylvia Bebb. Carly realised at a young age that dancing was more than just a hobby
and that her dream was to become a professional dancer. During Carly's time with Miss Sylvia she took exams in RAD Ballet, ISTD modern, tap, jazz and national to an advanced level. She enjoyed taking
part in shows and competitions which included the amazing opportunity of performing at Sadlers Wells in the All England Finals in dances choreographed by Sian Sandford.
At the age of 16 Carly auditioned successfully for the prestigious Northern Ballet School, Manchester and was awarded a scholarship to train for a Diploma in Professional Dance. It was here that Carly learnt the technique, discipline and stamina required to succeed in the highly competitive world of performing arts. She is incredibly proud of her training having been taught by world renowned teachers and choreographers including Patricia MacDonald, David Needham and Eric Carpenter. On graduating from NBS Carly set out on a career that has seen her perform, teach and choreograph all over the UK and the world.
Carly has danced for companies including Costa Cruises, Compagnie du Ponant with Dancers International and various cabarets across Europe. Most recently Carly has been a member of the teaching faculty at Bella Danza Studios - an elite dance school for children in Cheshire. During her time at Bella Danza Carly has been passionate in offering high class training in a positive and encouraging atmosphere and is constantly inspired by the dancers and teachers she works with. It is a privilege to continue to be part of the outstanding team and be given opportunities to choreograph for performances at venues including the Royal Albert Hall and The Dancehouse, Manchester.
Carly is very excited to be starting a new chapter in the launch of Belle Etoile Academy of Dance where she hopes to be able to pass on her knowledge as well as her love of dance to children and young people in Bedfordshire. Carly is registered with the Associated Board of Dance which offers regulated examinations in dance core subjects which are accredited by GQAL & OFQUAL and offers accredited technical examinations and medal tests in all forms of dance.
Carly is a fully qualified Paediatric First Aider.
Grace started dancing at the age of 2. She has trained in ballet, tap, modern, jazz, contemporary, street, hip hop, singing and musical theatre. Grace has
performed and competed in many dance festivals over the years, including the All England.
Grace is an active member of her school's Dance Company and Street Crew, regularly entering local and national dance competitions. In 2016 Grace went to the finals of Rock Challenge. Grace's best dance moments were in 2017, when she represented England along with her team mates in a commercial dance group at the Dance World Cup in Germany where they came 5th. Grace was also lucky enough to be given the opportunity to dance at the Dance Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. Grace has a strong love of Musical Theatre and in the last 2 years she has played "Bangles " in Bugsy Malone, "The Wicked Witch " in The Wizard of Oz, "Thea" in Spring Awakening and "Jan" in Grease.
Grace has experience of supporting pre-school children in ballet and tap, and she finds it very rewarding to see the children's enjoyment of dance. Her aim for the future is to continue to dance, sing and perform in musicals for fun, as it's what she loves to do! She has always wanted to work in the Social Care sector, and is currently studying for a qualification in Health and Social Care at Bedford College.
Grace is very excited to be part of Belle Etoile!
Miss Lauren, BA (Hons)
Lauren is a fully qualified primary school teacher, with over ten years of experience working in Bedfordshire Primary Schools. She has a First Class Honours Degree in Education Studies. Lauren brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in helping young children to learn, grow and develop. She has specialist qualifications and experience in supporting children with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities).
As a child Lauren enjoyed a wide variety of hobbies including horse riding, ballet, gymnastics, drama, choir and playing the clarinet. She loves the creative arts, and supports our holiday clubs with arts and crafts activities.
Lauren currently works as a part-time school teacher and private tutor. She is excited to be a part of her sister Carly's growing dance school wherever possible. Lauren is always on hand on Saturday mornings to help with class and uniform queries.
Miss Lauren is a fully qualified Paediatric First Aider.
Miss Sophie, BA (Hons)
Sophie started to dance at the age of two, beginning with ballet. Her love for dance developed over the years as she began to try new styles such as flamenco and tap. Sophie’s family moved to France where, at school, she studied dance and at the age of 15 she joined a jazz company with whom she performed for a year. During that time she also began contemporary classes at the Conservatoire. When she moved back to Bedford at 17, she went on to study English and Theatre at the University of Bedfordshire but did not give up dancing. She joined Initiate Youth Dance Company in September 2014. In that same year, she performed in her very first musical as principal dancer and has since gone on to perform in many more amateur productions such as High School Musical and West Side Story. In March 2016, Sophie was lucky enough to work in the most magical place on earth, Disneyland Paris, for 6 months in one of their beautiful stores.
Sophie has years of experience directing and choreographing for RARE Productions, a youth musical theatre company.
She is delighted to have worked alongside her cousin Carly, watching her dream come to life.
Sophie has taken break from teaching with Belle Etoile to pursue a contract with AMTA (American Musical Theatre Academy) teaching in Shanghai, China and we wish her the best with this exciting adventure.
Miss Chloë, BA (Hons)
Chloë started dancing at a very young age with Sylvia Bebb in Bedford and continued when she moved to France at the age of 4 with dance school ACDAC. As a child, Chloë pursued many hobbies with dance being the most prominent, she trained in a variety of dance styles including jazz, ballet and contemporary.
When she moved back to England at the age of 16, Chloë joined the contemporary company Initiate YDC and performed at multiple events in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas. She also found a passion for musical theatre when she started to perform with RARE Productions.
While studying for her International Business BA (Hons) degree, Chloë has found time to continue performing. During her first year in Brighton she joined The Waves, a cheerleading dance squad, and competed at two events including the ICC British Open Cheerleading Championships where her team came in 1st place for jazz and pom in their division. Whilst studying for her degree, Chloë joined the Bedford University dance team.
Chloë has now graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in International Business and has a full time position with a consultancy company, but we look forward to her joining us to teach and assist classes again soon!