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Efe C - 'Eternals' Marvel Film 2021 

Ilan G - 'Leopoldstadt' play at National Theatre & Wyndham’s Theatre

Efe C - McDonalds Commercial

Jamie M - 3 months acting contract in 'Tragedy of Macbeth' in Almeria Theatre, Islington. 

Jake G - Performing in Glastonbury 2021

Jamie M - Acting part in TV series  'Homeland' BBC2

Hana M - Owner of Sounds Right Phonics (Preschool)

Zoe T - Teaches Dance at Zstep

Lauren M - Pilates Teacher and owner of The Pilates Studio, Norwich

Lily J - Successfully auditioned to gain a place at Mill Hill County & Susie Earnshaw Theatre 

Daisy L - Playing Ado Annie in Oklahoma in Chichester

Ilan G - Played Sammy Russell in BBC1 Doctors

Jake G - Dancer in Kylie Minogue's Tour  'Golden'

Lauren B-T - Series 6 of Morse Endeavour (2019)

Daisy L - attending BA Honours in Musical Theatre at Chichester University

Maya L - in the film 'Christoper Robin'

Abigail M - 2nd Place in Elstree & Borhamwoods Got Talent

Caitlin C - 'Annie' with RMTC

Ellie R - Ambassador for 'Miss Ellie' dancewear, Covent Garden

Lauren B-T - 'Ordinary Family' (Short Film by Gareth Feint - award winning director)

Ilan G - plays Ivan in 'Chess' in West End with Michael Ball & Alexandra Burke

Ilan G - plays the Tap dancing nose in 'The Nose' at Royal Opera House

Tuna D - Royal Academy of Music

Lauren B-T - 'Luna & the Dragon' (Short Film by Laura Wright)

Jake G - Backing dancer for Kylie Minogue on Saturday Night Takeaway

Ilan G - plays Adrian Mole in 'Adrian Mole the Musical'

Tina S - Teacher at Evolve Dance Academy

Karla C - joins 'Amedeus' at National Theatre

Jordan C - Lead role 'Ian' in short film 'Run, Run as Fast as you can'

Ilan G - joins the cast of Bumblescratch at Adelfi Theatre

Lauren B-T - LAMDA Publicity Shoot

Karla C - Lead in 'The Level' ITV

Josh W - Plays Oliver 'Oliver Twist' the musical (EBLOS)

Liz Hammond (Adult Tapper) - National Tour of Heartbeat 

Jake G - Strictly Come Dancing & X-Factor Dancer

Ilan G - Elf the Musical, playing the son

Lauren B-T - Nicorette Advert

Ilan G - Quarter scholorship to Sylvia Young Theatre school

Ilan G - 'Little Simon' in 'I Cant Sing' - London Palladium Westend 

Lydia B - Tessie in Annie at St Albans Arena, SAOS

Carla B - English Youth Ballet

Charlie S - Aladdin Pantomime at the Radlett Centre Theatre

Talia G - Grease at The Radlett Centre Theatre

Keira H - 3 month advertisment for ASDA 

Ilan G - Les Miserables (Queens Theatre) as 'Gavroche'

Abbie W - appeared in Gigglebiz, series 3 on BBC1

Keira H - Advert for Littlewoods with Myleene Klass 

Philippe O - Dorset School of Acting & East 15 school of Acting
Holly R - Training at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts
Daisy L - Who will be appearing in the Olympic special of Eastenders

                         & Jonathan Creek

Ilan G - UK Tour of the Westend Musical Oliver playing 'Nipper'

Taniya J - Westend Kids shows & Susie Earnshaw Theatre School

Aalyah T - Who has successfully auditioned and won a place at the

                                 Chicken Shed Theatre school.

Hana M - Margret Howard College of Performing Arts & MA acting at Arts Educational
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 H - Margaret Howard College of Performing Arts & Teaching.

Lauren M - Millennium Performing Arts

Yvonne M - Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

Tina S - Margaret Howard Theatre College

Zoe T - Margaret Howard Theatre College

Karla Crome - Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts

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                                             Ilan Galkoff


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'


* Sammy Russell in BBC1 Doctors

* 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


* 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

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                                Karla Crome

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
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                           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.

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                                       Meghan O'Neill


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  

Hertsmere Academy of Performing Arts has been a huge part of our family’s life for well over ten years. My daughter began in Chahna’s Pre-Primary classes as a tot, progressing through the RAD grades, before finally obtaining her first pointe shoes – a high point for any budding dancer! Alongside her ballet journey, she also studied and took exams in tap, jazz and contemporary styles.


All with a team who cannot be faulted for their encouragement, dedication and professionalism.


My daughter’s enthusiasm for Chahna’s lessons eventually infected me! Despite a lifetime’s love of dance, I had never taken classes as a child and thought my moment had passed. However, with Chahna’s encouragement I eventually “bit the bullet” and joined an adult ballet class in my forties. If you are looking for a fresh fitness challenge – or simply a way to meet other, like-minded people and have fun – I cannot recommend Hertsmere Academy enough.


It is no surprise that Hertsmere Academy has been at the heart of the Borehamwood community for almost twenty years. Chahna and her team are dedicated professionals which is reflected in the results their students achieve, the quality of their bi-annual shows and the sheer love of dance and performing they encourage in each and every student -   Sarah Strugnell

Hertsmere of Academy of Dance is more than just a dance school, it became a big part of my daughters life. The teachers and the friends she made became part of her family too. She started at the age of 4 and has been with the dance school for 11 years.


The school has a friendly atmosphere and excellent qualified teachers. My daughter participated in all the classes, as she loved them so much. She has always been quiet and shy and I feel the school has helped her grow and develop good life skills. The dance classes and performing in shows has made my daughter a confident and beautiful dancer. She has achieved so much from the school, from performing in many shows and performing at many local community events. She also gained excellent results in her dance exams because of the focus, details and hard work provided from the qualified teachers.


After a few years of my daughter being at the school I started to go and try the adult classes. I did ballet and tap as a child and it gave me the chance to take part in the classes again and to get fit at the same time. I enjoyed the classes and loved the fact that I could take part in the shows with my daughter. I made some really good friends as well as learning new skills. 

I cannot recommend it highly enough. I would recommend the academy for children with the desire to pursue a career in dance or those who just want to enjoy dancing. Thank you Chahna for being a positive influence in Rebecca’s life.  - Julie Abbott

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Hertsmere Academy and have fond memories of the fun and enjoyable classes, as well as the exciting show productions. Chahna Morgan taught me Ballet for 12 years and I couldn’t have wished for a more dedicated, enthusiastic and professional teacher. She was always challenging us to be our absolute best and this was reflected in the excellent exam results achieved by her classes. My love for Ballet comes from the amazing teaching provided by Chahna, and her supportive nature ensures all students are encouraged to never give up. My Ballet lessons also taught me invaluable life skills such as perseverance, resilience and patience, which I have taken forward with me during my time away at university. I feel extremely lucky to have been part of such an incredible school and to have been taught by Chahna, who is an incredibly talented dancer and teacher. I will forever remember my time at Hertsmere Academy with fondness and a smile. - Aimee Kent

My daughter started with Hertsmere Academy 10 years ago at the age of 3. Miss Chahna has taught her Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz and musical theatre during that time. Not only has she learnt performance skills and techniques but life skills and team working which will hold her in good stead for the future. My daughter was lucky enough to be accepted by the talent agency and has starred in 2 short films, been supporting actress in Top Boy, Endeavour and Eastenders, and been in 1 Nicorette advert - none of which would have been possible without Chahna’s excellent teaching skills. My daughter will miss the school very much but due to personal circumstances she can no longer attend for the foreseeable future. We wish Chahna and her team every success. 

- Sue Terry

Coming to Hertsmere Academy was the highlight of my week, with the help from the teachers I was able to come out of my shell, and found my love of performing, and making others laugh with techniques that I still use everyday. Classes are real good fun, while remaining at a professional level of learning. Some of the experiences I had here I will never forget, from taking part in shows, exams, events, parades, but particularly the boundless support from the teachers - Olivia Bennett

For the 12 years I have known you, you have helped me come out of my bubble and become the person I am today. You have put up with all my tantrums and moods (which I’m surprised by) however you have also seen me at my best times as well. Thank you for being there for me and teaching me dance, I will never forget you or Hertsmere Academy of Dance. Thank you for teaching me all my dance and making me the dancer I am today, without you I probably wouldn’t of had the opportunity’s I have. Hertsmere Academy is also the place where I met my life long best friend and a lot of other close friends that I count as family. You have taught me not only to dance but how to respect others and how to treat everyone the same, which is a massive life skill. I’m glad that I joined Hertsmere academy because it taught me what it was like for the life of a dancer. I am going to miss it a lot because it was my second home, I spent almost all of my spare time with you in classes for 12 years and I have made a lot of memories with you and the school. Thank you for everything. I wish you all the best with your dance school - Ellie

Hertsmere Academy of Dance and Performing Arts has played a huge part of my life. I first started classes with them at the age of 9 years old, where I joined the Saturday theatre school. I was extremely shy and had only really sung or danced in my bedroom, however, within two months, I was performing in my first show and I was completely hooked from there. I would take part in any opportunity they offered from summer workshops to drama exams and eventually started weekday dance classes to improve as a more technical dancer. I was fortunate enough to train in every style Hertsmere Academy offered, and took many exams in the various styles with both the RAD and the ISTD. These were never compulsory but were amazing to do, not only dance wise, but it really creates a focus having to memorize a syllabus and perform it to your best ability. The higher grades even help go towards UCAS points when applying for universities alongside you’re A-Levels.

I didn’t know anyone when I started classes with Hertsmere Academy however, it’s amazing how quickly you make friends, especially as you have so much in common. These are people I never would have met without our shared love of performing as we attended different schools in different boroughs, but these ended up being some of my best friends and has given us memories that will last forever.

We would often perform our own productions with Hertsmere Academy, however, we would also participate in a range of local events such as families day and the Borehamwood Parade, we were always working towards something to be able to show how we had improved. It really is a school for everyone, whether you want to take classes as this is something you would like to do in the future, or whether you just want to take classes for a bit of fun, it really does cater to everyone.

Hertsmere Academy has played such a huge role in my life, since starting with them at 9 years old to taking adult classes it has been a real constant and something that has brought me so much joy and happiness. It really is true what they say dance teachers are so much more than dance teachers, they are someone you trust, someone you look up to, someone you aspire to be like. They listen, they help (not just correcting your turnout) but with all aspects in life. It really is crucial you find the right performing arts school for you, one that is fully qualified (as not all are) so you can really build that bond over years to come, and that is what I found in Hertsmere Academy and is why I will always recommend them, you really won’t find anywhere better.   - Jamie Bembridge

I have been going to Chahna's dance classes for a fair number of years now in fact I started the very first adult tap class many years ago and have not looked back. I also joined the ballet class an the Thursday class to learn all the big show dances.
I love to dance and the classes are fun, you get to keep fit and have a laugh with the other adult students. I have made some good friends to. Chahna is a great teacher and she also has a lot of patients with us adult leaners as we are a range of experience in dance. I hope to still be dancing and performing with the school for a long time to come. -  Shirley

As a parent I was pleased to find something which had the right balance of fun, discipline and safe qualified teaching experience,    I was fortunate enough to find this in Chahna's classes. Little did I realise that her classes also gave the children confidence, balance, poise and academic qualification if they worked hard enough.

It was only after getting to know Chahna that I found out that 'The Performing Arts' is something which runs through her veins, having a family background on stage and consequently being on stage herself before she could walk !. This is possibly why she has been part of the teaching of numerous young people who have gone on to become professionals in this arena. But even if this is not the goal, a good grounding in what she has to offer, is, in my opinion, a great asset for any young person to carry with them on life's journey and is highly recommended - for both genders !     AMS (parent)

‘Tap your troubles away’
I have been coming to Chahna’s adult tap classes for 10 years. After a fast-paced cardio warm-up using a variety of tap steps we then learn a new routine. These can be anything from broadway , jazz, pop or film soundtracks. The classes are great fun whether you have been tapping for 40 years like me or a complete beginner! - Tam

I’ve been a tap dancer all my life and have attended many classes. Chahna is an excellent teacher with great routines, warm up and fun! - Donna ( aged 74 )

I have loved attending the adult theatre dance class. Thinking back it must be 13 years of classes with you starting with salsa.

I have learnt so much and had so much fun. Putting aside the obvious physical benefits, being an older lady I have also found the classes mentally beneficial as it helps you focus when learning new routines and also relieves stress. I have also loved the shows which I have participated in, a massive boost to confidence and self esteem.  - Debbie Harris

'I spent (almost) sixteen years attending Hertsmere Academy of Performing Arts, and I loved it. I began by learning ballet and later on started jazz and street dance, all were taught to the same high standard. I always felt supported and encouraged by Chahna and the school, we were definitely pushed to the best of our abilities but classes were still fun. I felt well prepared for exams and consistently got a good mark, along with the rest of the class. I have many fond memories of the shows I performed in with the friends I made, definitely one of the best parts was performing to so many people, it is such a good experience for growing confidence. (I also loved wearing the costumes!) The choreography was very creative, each dance was a challenge but that made the accomplishment of learning them even greater. I had a really great time here throughout my entire childhood, and it sparked a love for dancing that will stay with me for life. '  - Zanna

"I have had the absolute privilege of being taught by Miss Chahna since the age of 5. Chahna’s style of teaching is unparalleled to any other dance teacher I have had during my 16 years of dancing. Chahna always has her students’ best interests at heart, and with hard work will help anyone achieve their dreams. When I successfully secured a much sought-after secondary school place through dance, it was Chahna who took the time to choreograph and teach me the dance. It is a testament to her kindness, patience, and dedication that she gave up her personal time to give me one-on-one classes.


I feel extremely privileged to have been taught by someone who has completed their dance and teaching qualifications at prestigious institutions, and who consistently keeps up with the latest professional developments. Because of this, I have always felt safe in Chahna’s classes, knowing that I would not only be learning correct techniques but that I would be executing them in a safe manner which decreases the risk of injury. This is something I am particularly grateful for, as someone who started dancing from the age of 5 with Chahna; learning poor dance technique at a young age could have meant spending a long time correcting any errors further down the line. 


I am forever grateful that I have the opportunity to be taught by Chahna. Now that I am a mature student, Chahna is not only my dance teacher but also a friend figure I know I can turn to for advice and guidance. - Aurélie 22"

"I have attended adult ballet for best part for 5 years. Every Monday I am encouraged to improve old skills and learn new ones, to be challenged and to have fun and bit of a giggle. Chahna's classes are friendly, fun, professional and non-judgmental, no matter your level"  Katy D

Hi, my name is Gracjan and I am here to tell you how great Hertsmere Academy of Dance and Performing Arts is as a club and as a dance school and for a matter of fact, I don't know where to start honestly.

I have had great fun going there and I have made lots of new friends from day one.  I have been going there for over 5 years now. I enjoy learning new things with the people there and with the teachers.  We tell each other's stories and jokes, we also sing, dance and act together and we do everything as a team and most importantly we care for each other.

Written by Gracjan P  (11 years old)

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