Charlotte Spooner   

Astara Creative Director

Creative Dance Teacher/Tap Dance Teacher

 

Astara founder, Charlotte Spooner begun her professional career in 2007 after graduating from Performers College in Essex, with a Diploma in Dance Theatre.  Charlotte has had a colourful decade of professional performing jobs starting with dancing in the Premier UK Tour of 'Le Grande Cirque', walk on parts in EastEnders and The Bill, modelling, dancing at huge events around the UK, choreographing touring fashion shows and singing in a pop/rock band which toured around Essex and London.  She is a trained TV Presenter and has had experience presenting live on the QVC TV Channel. 

 

However, it was back in 2005 when Charlotte discovered her love and passion for teaching and qualified with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) in Modern and Tap. After teaching for many different dance schools, Astara was born in September 2010 through Charlotte's desire for nurturing children's own creativity and self-expression. Through a combination of hard work and luck, Astara attracted unlimited opportunities and the company grew and expanded to schools, holiday workshops and parties. Along the way, Charlotte has written and produced many unique shows and loves giving the students opportunity to perform on stage.

 

Charlotte has a huge passion for self and spiritual development.  She has trained in Angelic Reiki Healing Level 1 & 2 and offers Angelic Guidance Readings to adults.  She is looking to integrate her many years of healing experience into her teaching and future projects to help others, especially children and her own son Toby.  The things that most excite Charlotte are teaching, dancing, working with children, helping people, learning, presenting, performing, truth seeking and anything spiritual!

 

 

 

Dawn Lucht de Freibruch 

Family Yoga Teacher  

 

Dawn is a mum, a certified kids and adult yoga teacher and Plant-based Nutritionist.  She has a large lust for life and is passionate about creating ease and peace in our every day lives.  Inspired by children, she believes that we are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves or more deeply engaged than when we are at play.  To her, yoga is all about deepening the relationships we have with each other, ourselves, food, nature, everything.

 

Dawn completed her Rainbow Kids Yoga training in 2013 and has since taught kids yoga in her community, at after school clubs and birthday parties too after setting up her own business called Stardust Yoga.

 

Dawn believes yoga is great for creating a feeing of calm and happiness and the family yoga classes that Dawn will be teaching at Astara are designed to help parents and children re-connect and relax in each other's presence.

 

 

 

Andy Franklin

Drum Teacher 

  

Andy is a Rockschool accredited drum tutorwith over 30 years experience of playing drums and percussion.  He has been teaching one to one lessons and workshops for the past 20 years and currently teaches drums up to Grade 8.  Andy holds a SL Level 4 Diploma in Music Teaching (QCF) Foundation BA (Hons) Music (performance/composition), Chakardar Music Award for Tabla Summer School and Rockschool Teacher Examination Training.

 

Andy enjoys seeing his students gain confidence and realize their full potential through music and the diversity it brings. Lessons with him are educational but fun and are suitable for all ages and abilities. Andy looks forward to meeting your child at Astara where he will be teaching practical, theory and performance in drums, hand drumming and percussion skills. He is especially excited to observe how dance and drums can merge into an incredible experience.

 

 

 

Emma Nelson

Street Dance Teacher

 

Emma started her training age 7 with Bam Bam Boogies dance company.  Since 2005 she has performed on many stages across Essex and the U.K.  Some of her most notable performances include the Indigo O2, Birmingham Hippodrome, Sky 1's 'Got To Dance' and being crowned 'Nations Best Dance Crew' in 2012.  She has also received the highest standard of training from a range of pioneers and innovators of hip hop, including The Electric Boogaloos, The Twilight Players, Elite Force, Jeffrey Daniel (Shalamar), Kumari Suraj, Princess Lockeroo and many more!

 

At age 16 Emma started her teacher training at Bam Bam Boogies before becoming a full time dance teacher in 2016, specializing in street dance styles such as Popping, Locking, House, Waacking and Hip Hop. Emma has qualifications in Dance and Performing Arts at both GCSE and A Level, and has since taught in many primary and secondary schools, local dance schools and held workshops around Essex.

 

Since Emma started teaching at Astara in 2016, she has seen such an improvement in the students. Not only in their dance ability but also within their confidence and performance skills. She feels that the children at Astara are great to work with because they are so enthusiastic, hardworking and creative.

 

 

 

Lauren Radley

Musical Theatre Teacher

 

Lauren joined Astara in 2006 when she was 7 years old and has been involved in the company ever since, attending a variety of classes, assisting with teaching and bringing many characters to life at children's parties.

 

Lauren completed a Subsidiary Diploma Level 3 in Performing Arts, in which she received a Distinction*, whilst studying her A-Levels at Chelmer Valley High School. Lauren has extensive experience working with large groups of children having completed her work experience at both Up, Up and Away Pre-School and Great Waltham C of E Primary School, as well as helping with an annual football event at Moulsham High School which entertains up to 150 children! Lauren started her training in dance at just 5 years old with Marcelle's School of Dance where she completed her I.D.T.A grades in Ballet, Tap and Modern. She has since developed her skills in Musical Theatre, Hip-Hop and Jazz at both Astara and Pixie Lott's Italia Conti Associate School. Lauren has performed in many shows and feels as though the stage is a second home, a place where she can truly express herself! Lauren has also discovered her love for creating shows as well as performing in them, having choreographed, directed and written an original musical as part of her coursework.

 

Lauren loved the safe, fun and nurturing environment that Astara provided allowing her to freely express her creativity and now wishes to continue offering this to the next generation. Lauren loves to watch her students grow and develop in confidence and skill and is looking forward to continuing working with Charlotte and the rest of the Astara team to provide a fun and rewarding class for everyone to enjoy.

 

 

 

Phoebe Roe

Musical Theatre Teacher

 

Phoebe trained at Astara from 2006 - 2016, where she developed skills in Musical Theatre and later Cecchetti Ballet.  Currently she is training for a level 3 Musical Theatre extended diploma at Colchester Institute and is aspiring to become an early year's teacher.  Phoebe has 5 years experience in working with children, through being an Astara Entertainer with Astara Parties, an Assistant Teacher at Astara's Musical Theatre classes and many holiday workshops, a volunteer at Broomfield Library and a Party Host/Marshall at Jump Street.  As well as a huge love for nurturing children, she has a passion for performing and has recently been a part of her college production of 'Into the Woods' as well as in previous years taken part in numerous Astara shows.

 

Phoebe has a passion for encouraging children to learn and try new things. Before becoming a student at Astara Phoebe was extremely shy and lacked confidence but her time at Astara turned her into the confident, kind hearted person she is today. She would like to bring out the confidence in the students at Astara like previous Astara teachers did for her. Her aim is to inspire children to reach for their dreams and encourage them to express themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

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