YVONNE MAKINS

 

Principal and founder of Trevonne Stage School

Trevonne was established in 1973- Yvonne took over the school at the age of 21, when she was a newly qualified teacher. It was initially a small school of 12 pupils and the first classes were held in the Drill Hall on Asfordby Road. Trevonne was originally a small branch from Ann Oliver’s dance school in Leicester. Yvonne started as just a teacher of this branch, and when it was threatened with closure she offered to take it over – and the success she made of these 12 pupils is Trevonne today!. The most rewarding part of being principal for Yvonne is seeing the progress the children make during their time at Trevonne with examinations and seeing their enjoyment on the stage. Yvonne says that after running the school for so many years it is always nice to see a former pupil return with their children- to date we have not yet had a pupil return with Grandchild. Yvonne’s main role at Trevonne now is overseeing the running of the school.

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HAYLEY SESSIONS

 

Artistic Director

Specialises in:Modern/Tap 

Qualified Without Limits teacher

Qualified teacher of Acrobatics/Ballet 

Trained in: Ballet, Tap, Modern and Acrobatics

 

Hayley says: I danced at Trevonne from the young age of 2 & never really looked back.  Until I was about 13 I just attended my dance lessons as so many young girls do, it was then that I made up my first dance for a show, little did I know this then set me off on a path for my future.  When I reached university age I left Melton and started a 3 year course at London College of Dance.  Whilst at university I travelled back on weekends and Thursday evenings to continue teaching at Trevonne.  When I finished university I had gained a BA Hons degree, ITDA & ISTD teaching qualification and “The up & coming Choreographer Award”. I then returned to Melton & Trevonne and really began getting my teeth into teaching & choreography.

 

“A teacher effects eternity, She will never know where her influences will stop” H Adams

 

The above quote is so true & I feel so privileged to have a job that means so much to me.  Going to work is such a pleasure; you never know who is going to learn that tricky step they have been struggling with, or by slowly working with someone you can build their confidence & self-worth.  I love passing on my knowledge & enthusiasm.  Seeing pupils obtain fantastic exam results is also so rewarding particularly when you know how much hard work they have put in to achieve their results.

 

Children learn to dance for so many different reasons, fitness, confidence or living out their mums dream to name but a few.  But those who carry on with it take with them not only the years of training but a lifetime of memories & friendship.  My closest friends are all part of Trevonne in some shape or form.

 

I wouldn’t wish to change being born into Trevonne, it is all I have ever known but I have a genuine passion for.  Maybe that is why Trevonne is such so successful because we are a family run business with a team that have such a desire for what we do.  All our teachers & staff were once young dancers themselves, then colleagues & now great friends.

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ZOE ELLIOT

Head of Musical Theatre 

Specialises in: Ballet and RAD ballet 

Teacher of: Tap, Modern and Acrobatics

Trained in: RAD Ballet, Ballet, Tap Modern and Acrobatics

Zoe has been at Trevonne since starting dancing at the age of 14.  Zoe discovered Trevonne through a friend at school and has been a massive part ever since. Whilst Zoe is trained in all areas, her main focus is teaching Ballet, Musical theatre and Vocal coaching.  Zoe finds being a teacher at Trevonne so rewarding as she loves being a part of helping pupils achieve their fullest potential in a caring and supportive environment. She loves being a part of such a wonderful team and she sees Trevonne as her extended family. Zoe says “Trevonne is all about inclusion, it is such a friendly place with talented people to work with and the caring and fun environment always shines through”.  Zoe is proud to be a part of something so very special and dear to her heart.

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JOCELYN BISHUTY-CLARKE

Head of Pre-School Classes

Specialises in: Acrobatics 

Qualified Without Limits teacher

Teacher of: Ballet,Tap and Modern

Trained in: Ballet, Tap, Modern, Acrobatics

Jocelyn has been as Trevonne since she was 7 years old and began teaching at the age of 14. Jocelyn specialises in teaching our ‘teeny movers’, ‘dinky dancers’ & ‘Without Limits’.  Jocelyn is trained in all of our dance genres and levels. Jo finds teaching at Trevonne rewarding as she can see how much the kids grow over the years. Jo favourite thing about teaching at Trevonne is being part of the Trevonne Family & loves the friendly atmosphere and attitude.

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ELIZABETH WARD

 

Specialises in Senior/Adult classes

Teacher of: Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Ballet, Acrobatics and Stretch/Flexibility

Trained in: Ballet, Tap, Modern and Acrobatics

Lizzie says: My performing arts journey started with Trevonne having danced here since the age of 3 and so it is a privilege and a pleasure to have returned to teach here. I went on to train professionally at The Centre PAC where I gained my diploma and ISTD DDI in Modern, followed by teaching in London and dancing professionally, whereby I gained experience as Dance Captain and Choreographer. 

Prior to this I danced throughout my time at University within the 'Dance Expose' society and I trained in New York at Broadway Dance Center. 

Trevonne is more than just a performing arts school, it is a community and truly feels like a second family as so many teachers and students will say. When I returned to teach, my exact words were, 'It feels like coming home'. It feels very special that my love for performing started with Trevonne and now my love for teaching is flourishing here too. 

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VICKY HOYLES

 

Specialises in: Musical Theatre and Singing 

Teacher of: Toddler classes, Ballet, Tap, Modern and Acrobatics

Trained in: Ballet, Tap, Modern and Acrobatics

Vicky says:

Hi everyone!

I have been part of the ‘Trevonne family’ since the age of 6-where I have thoroughly enjoyed my

lessons in Tap, Ballet, Modern and Acro also performing in their annual pantomimes and shows each

year, until I was 22. This is where my passion started for wanting to have a career in singing, dancing

and performing. After leaving school I attended Melton Brooksby College where I did a BTEC in performing Arts

which then lead to me taking things further.

I then went on to train at London School Of Musical Theatre in 2009 after appearing and coming

third in the reality TV programme Grease Is The Word to play Sandy in the West End. I had such an

amazing experience and was very supported by everyone at Trevonne who came down to cheer me

on in the studios every week! After qualifying I have been lucky enough to appear in many shows, tours, musicals, pantomimes

and cruise ships which has taken me around the world!

Whilst I am still enjoying my performing in shows I am very happy to be back with my Trevonne family teaching and encouraging all the children on their performing journey!

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MEGAN JONES

 

Assistant Teacher of: Tap, Ballet, Modern, Acrobatics, Dinky Dance and Without Limits

Trained in: Ballet Tap, Modern, Acrobatics and Musical Theatre

Megan has been with Trevonne for 12 years and has been dancing since the age of 5 years old. Ever since she was little she loved to perform which is one of the reasons she started at Trevonne. The amazing group of teachers inspired Megan to one day teach at the school her self. So at the age of 14 she started out as volunteer teacher in Musical Theatre. Soon after that, she began teaching different styles of dance at Trevonne aswell. She is also currently a pupil at the dance school and she finds it fulfilling being part of the family who introduced her to her love for dance. Trevonne is such a supportive environment to develop new skills and make new friends. Dance has became such a big part of her life and Megan is honoured to be able to share her love for it here.

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TILLY SESSIONS

 

Assistant Teacher of: Tap, Ballet, Modern, Acrobatics, Dinky Dance, Without Limits and Toddler Classes

Trained in: Ballet, Tap and Modern

Tilly started dancing Trevonne at the age of 2 and has been at Trevonne ever since. Tilly was introduced to Trevonne as her Nan, Yvonne is the principal and her Mum ,Hayley is Artistic director and she couldn’t imagine her life without it. Tilly assists in teaching the 'dinky dancers', tap, modern, ballet and Acrobatics and is also a valuable assistant Without Limit teacher. Tilly finds teaching at Trevonne rewarding because she loves seeing the children enjoy themselves, progress and seeing how much dancing and the school means to them. Tilly’s favourite thing about teaching at Trevonne is seeing the pantomime dances come to life and also seeing the pupils progress to achieve examinations. For Tilly being part of Trevonne is just one big happy family and she loves how it has touched so many people's lives.