RECENT SUCCESS & TESTIMONIALS
Jake Gooch - Dancer in Kylie Minogue's Tour 'Golden'
Lauren Terry - Series 6 of Morse Endeavour (2019)
Daisy Lloyd - BA Honours in Musical Theatre at Chichester University
Maya Larholm - in the film 'Christoper Robin'
Abigail M - 2nd Place in Elstree & Borhamwoods Got Talent
Caitlin Cullen - 'Annie' with RMTC
Ellie Ragan - becomes Ambassador for 'Miss Ellie' dancewear, Covent Garden
Lauren Terry - 'Ordinary Family' (Short Film by Gareth Feint - award winning director)
Ilan Galkoff - plays Ivan in 'Chess' in West End with Michael Ball & Alexandra Burke
Ilan Galkoff - plays the Tap dancing nose in 'The Nose' at Royal Opera House
Tuna D - Royal Academy of Music
Lauren Terry - 'Luna & the Dragon' (Short Film by Laura Wright)
Jake Gooch - Backing dancer for Kylie Minogue
Ilan Galkoff - plays Adrian Mole in 'Adrian Mole the Musical'
Karla Crome - joins 'Amedeus' at National Theatre
Jordan Clancy - Lead role 'Ian' in short film 'Run, Run as Fast as you can'
Ilan Galkoff - joins the cast of Bumblescratch at Adelfi Theatre
Lauren Terry - LAMDA Publicity Shoot
Karla Crome - Lead in 'The Level' ITV
Josh Ward - Plays Oliver 'Oliver Twist' the musical (EBLOS)
Liz Hammond (Adult Tapper) - National Tour of Heartbeat
Jake Gooch - Strictly Come Dancing & X-Factor Dancer
Ilan Galkoff - Elf the Musical, playing the son
Lauren Terry - Nicorette Advert
Ilan Galkoff - Quarter scholorship to Sylvia Young Theatre school
Ilan Galkoff - 'Little Simon' in 'I Cant Sing' - London Palladium Westend
Lydia Blatch - Tessie in Annie at St Albans Arena, SAOS
Carla Broad - English Youth Ballet
Charlie Sneader - Aladdin Pantomime at the Radlett Centre Theatre
Talia Ginsberg - Grease at The Radlett Centre Theatre
Keira Hyman - 3 month advertisment for ASDA
Ilan Galkoff - Les Miserables (Queens Theatre) as 'Gavroche'
Abbie Welch - appeared in Gigglebiz, series 3 on BBC1
Keira Hyman - Advert for Littlewoods with Myleene Klass
Philippe Oodian - Dorset School of Acting & East 15 school of Acting
Holly Russell - Training at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts
Daisy Lloyd - Who will be appearing in the Olympic special of Eastenders
& Jonathan Creek
Ilan Galkoff - UK Tour of the Westend Musical Oliver playing 'Nipper'
Taniya Jamil - Westend Kids shows
Aalyah Tennant - Who has successfully auditioned and won a place at the
Chicken Shed Theatre school.
Hana Minett - Margret Howard College of Performing Arts & MA acting at Arts Eductaional
Jake Lee-Gooch - Offered a scholorship in over 4 top London Professional Performing Arts Colleges in London. Accepted Laine Theatre Arts College for 3 years.
Laura Heckford - Margaret Howard College of Performing Arts & Teaching.
Yvonne Martin - Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
Tina Stimson - Margaret Howard Theatre College
Zoe Trott - Margaret Howard Theatre College
Lauren Murphy - Milennium Performing Arts
Karla Crome - Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts
Ilan started Ballet at Hertsmere Academy at the Age of 3 until he attended full time school.
He returned to take up dancing full time and studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz/Hip-hop and has taken several dance exams too. In 2014, Ilan successfully auditioned and was awarded a Quarter Scholorship to attend Sylvia Youngs Theatre school which he will be attending in Septemeber.
The Stage newspaper quoted: 'Ilan Galkoff age 10, who sang part of Where is Love from Oliver! and presented an assured dance routine has been awarded a quarter scholorship'
* Adrian Mole - West End
* Michael in Elf! - Original London Cast
* Louis in The Braille Legacy - West End
* Nose - Royal Opera House
* Chess - London Colisium
* Leopoldstadt - West End
* Brian in Good Omen - BBC1
* Nipper in OLIVER! - UK West End Tour
* Gavroche in LES MISERABLES - Queen Theatre
* Little Simon in I CANT SING - London Palladium
* Nigel in MATILDA - Cambridge Theatre
* Michael in ELF, THE MUSICAL - Dominion - (Origional Cast Recording)
* ORESTEIA - Trafalga Studios
* Emunah Young Singer of the Year national final runner up at the Royal Academy of Music
* SOFIA THE FIRST - Disney
* Grandpa in my pocket (Series 4)
* Wizards vs Aliens CBBC (series 2)
* 'Chickens' Sky 1
Various voice over work for CBBC & Disney and Various Adverts.
'This young man, now 13, started his dancing lessons age 3 with Miss Chahna at Hertsmere Academy of Performing Arts. He started with Ballet and then age 8 he started Tap. After a couple of grades he got a scholarship to Sylvia Young Theatre School and this week he will be opening with the cast of The Nose at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. He will be Tap Dancing. Ilan has already been in a few West End shows but this is his first with Tap. He always loved his Lessons with Miss Chahna and she was always a great support. He never forgets where his love of dance started and will always be grateful for Chahna's brilliant lessons, support and encouragement all of which got him to where he is today. Many thanks Chahna. We hope you continue to inspire many more boys and girls in their love of the Arts. X'
Suzanne Galkoff 2016
Karla started acting lessons at this school, aged 13. She then took up classes in tap, ballet and jazz, alongside the Saturday Theatre school to study her primary focus of acting. Throughout her time here, she studied for LAMDA exams, eventually achieving her grade 8 gold medal in acting at 16. She then gained a 3 year Acting Course at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, graduating with a First Class Honours degree and representation from International Artistes Agency. In 2009 Karla was Runner Up for The Actors Centre's prestigious Alan Bates Bursary and toured with Ben Musgraves new play, 'The Breathing Country', in which she will play the part of Lizzie.
In between Karla was teaching Performing Arts and studying to teach LAMDA Examination classes, and UKA Social and Historical Dance.
2012 Karla starred in the Sky Atlantic series HIT AND MISS as ‘Riley’ with US star Chloe Sevigny. She then had the honour of working with globally acclaimed director of THE KILLING, Birger Larsen, in MURDER for BBC2 as Coleen, which gave her outstanding reviews. Karla then joined the cast of hit E4 show MISFITS as Jess. Karla also being a keen emerging writer, her play 'If Chloe Can' is expected to tour nationally in 2013.
2013 Karla played Aisling in PRISONER’S WIVES on BBC1 and in LIGHTFIELDS on ITV1.
'Being a student at this school gave me the confidence and skills needed to begin my pursuit of an acting career. The teachers are, without exception, professionals, who make training- whether for a career in the arts or just for fun, an enjoyable and rewarding experience' - Karla Crome
PHILIPPE SUKHNANDAN (Oodian)
Philippe has been training since the age of 5 in Dance & Performing Arts and has been taught by Chahna Morgan since he was 8 and successfully reached his advanced level examinations with the ISTD in Modern and Tap. Philippe also became a member of the Rise Theatre Company who tour internationally. He has been a principal male dancer for Watford Palace Pantomine Productions and was chosen to perform infront of the Pope and 250,000 people at Hyde Park. Philippe has appeared in the TV series "Watch over me" and has appeared in a childrens series for the BBC "Little Howards Big Question". Philippe successfully gained a place at the Dorset school of Acting.
2014 - Phillippe auditioned and successfully gained a place at East 15 school of Acting to further his career in this field.
Well where can I begin, this School holds many fond memories for me which gave me the drive and determination to do what what I am doing now!
At the age of eleven I attended a workshop held by the school in Easter 2000. Having done hardly any kind of Performing Arts before, I couldn't believe what I had been missing out on and it truly became my passion!
From that day I was fixed and was attending Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Modern most nights throughout the week alongside the saturday Theatre school classes in which I studied Drama and Singing as well as Dance up until the age of sixteen.
From there, through the help of all my teachers, I achieved a Dance and Drama Scholarship Award to the Prestigious Theatre School Stella Mann.With all the guidance, support and care whilst training at Hertsmere Performing Arts I was most defiantly guided on the right path to achieve my career in Performing Arts!
Since training at Stella Mann, I have been very successful running my own Performing Arts company called 'Megastars,' where for six months I taught children between the ages of 3 to 16 years old all aspects of Performing Arts throughout Primary and Secondary schools in Hertfordshire and London.I have also done modelling work and danced in some prestigious events. I have currently just got a new agent who has recently got me some work where I had to dance in an Anti- Knife Crime Commercial which will be shown on the music channels such as 'Smash Hits 'and 'The Box'. Fingers crossed more work will be coming my way soon!
All I have is huge thanks to Hertsmere Performing Arts for guiding me and helping me achieve everything I have desired so far in my career.I will never forget all the good times I had here and all the close friendships I made. I give thanks to the training and support I received whilst attending this Wonderful School! - MEGHAN O'NEILL
"My time at this school has been wonderful, it was one of the best decisions I made by going there because it made me realise my true potential. The teachers are always highly motivated and very enthusiastic.
Diane Parks (Founder of the school) taught me when I was younger, she always had time for her students and would always be there to help, even if you needed a chat or a confidence boost. I thank Diane because I learnt an awful lot from her. Diane is a fabulous teacher and I will always remember what she has done for me.
Chahna Morgan who is now Principal of the school has made such a difference. She makes sure all the students get the best they possibly can out of each lesson. I have learnt a great deal from her. Chahna has especially helped me a lot with auditions etc…. always making time to make sure I was prepared. Chahna will go out of her way to help students and she has also been there when I have needed personal advice or support in anyway. Chahna is an amazing teacher, person and dancer herself and I feel very lucky to have been taught by her.
I am currently in my 3rd year at Margaret Howard Performing and Teaching College. So far I have been in several shows, open days, cabaret shows, fundraisers like “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, “Mirror in Image”, “Seusical”, “Kalidescope”
I have also appeared on G.M.T.V, performed in ‘Chung Si hip hop group’ show and will be performing on a Mediterranean cruise in October. I will graduate from college with my FDI and CDE teaching qualifications and a Musical Theatre Diploma. I then hope to audition for TV, Stage, Cruises etc.. - Laura Heckford
(Since leaving college, Laura has achieved her ISTD qualifications in Modern and is working as an entertainer in Chichester & will appear in Panto this year.)
"From attending this dance school I gained all the necessary skills needed to further my dance career. Chahna Morgan ensured we all became well rounded dancers and gave us an insight into the professional world.
Since leaving the school I gained a place at the Margaret Howard Performing Arts School and completed a Performers Diploma and Teaching Qualifications. I got to perform in shows and on Cruise ships, which were amazing. I am now teaching all dance genres full time and love every minute. I owe a lot to my good grounding and fun classes.' - ZOE TROTT
'My six and nine year old daughters loved doing tap and ballet at Hertsmere academy of dance. It is a down to earth dance school where technique, self esteem and teamwork are important values. Discipline and the well being of the pupils is a real focus of Miss Chahna and she is incredibly easy to talk to about any concerns or questions we have had. A real highlight was the annual dance show which was all about fun and positive learning. It was a great experience, put on by a supportive, well run and organised school of dance' - T. Behr
Yvonne joined Hertsmere Performing Arts at 12. She developed an interest in all areas of performance, taking weekly classes in dance, singing and acting. After completing a BTEC National Diploma in performing arts at West Herts College, she won a full scholorship to study at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts on the BA (Hons) Acting course. Roles whilst training included Luciana in Comedy of Errors and Louise in People on the River with award winning director Tim Roseman. Since graduating she has been given the rare opportunity of auditioning for Ridley Scott and the edge of london theatre company. Yvonne is also a highly experienced, part time teacher of performing arts.
'I loved my time at Hertsmere performing arts. It set me in good stead for the future and I left with some of my closest life long friends.' - Yvonne Martin
"I have been bringing my girls to Hertsmere Academy of Dance & Performing Arts for approx. 4 years and they absolutely love it. Chahna Morgan prides herself on bringing professionalism and fully trained/qualified teachers into the Academy over a broad spectrum of dance genres.
My girls are aged 7, 5 and 3 and all enjoy ballet with Chahna in a fun and disciplined environment. It helps to boost their self-confidence, whilst giving them a basic introduction to all types of dance.
I have been attending Chahna's Tap and Salsa classes for approx. 3 years and thoroughly enjoy them. It gives me an opportunity to meet, socialise as well as dance with lots of different people. It is fun and energetic and with Chahna's enthusiasm, her musicality and her ability to adapt her choreography - from the most basic of steps to the more advanced ones - no one should ever feel that they wouldn't be able to do it - as well as being a great way to keep fit!!!! " - MICHELLE NEWMAN
'My daughter fell in love with ballet at the age of 3 from the first class she attended at Hertsmere Performing Arts. For the following 6 years she did ballet, tap and musical theatre and thrived under the close attention she received from her teachers. She took part in a some great shows and took exams both in ballet and tap. She loved coming to the classes and got a great foundation from an early age in ballet. She only left the ballet school due to a move abroad where she is continuing with ballet. I would highly recommend Hertsmere Academy' - Suzanne Yantin
"Chahna taught me for around 5 years, and I also had the opportunity of assisting with her classes. I was very upset when I heard she was leaving the school in Queensbury. Chahna was not only an amazing teacher, but a friend. She always brought out the best in people.
Chahna taught me a lot of technique and styles, which has help me a lot in dancing, I was lucky to have her around. Chahna is a very cheerful, positive teacher who has great skills and choreography. I have taken exams, which Chahna helped me through, and came out with good grades thanks to her." - HARRIET WILCZYNSKA (Harriet went to study at North London Studio College)
On behalf of the Town Council, I would like to thank you and the Academy for your support of the festival by entering the Parade and putting on such an excellent display at Families Day. These are both a good opportunity to raise awareness of the talent and dedication of your dancers.
Thank you also, for arranging the tap dance and salsa evenings - both of which I was delighted to attend - these were great fun and something I would love to learn! With all good wishes to you, your teachers and dancers.
CLLR SANDRA PARNELL - Mayor of Elstree & Borehamwood