Viv (A.B.A.T.D) (Principal) Viv qualified as a dance teacher many years ago and opened her school in 1979 with a handful of pupils encouraged by an old friend Jean who assured her she would be able to make a success of it! More than 39 years on she is now the Principal of schools in Dagenham, Cranham and Grays respectively. Viv sets an extremely high standard and boasts that her pupils have gained fantastic exam passes over these years. She says "It’s the most amazing feeling to see McQuade Stage School pupils on stage performing in front of a full theatre and everyone in the school makes me so proud. I have the most fantastic teachers, student teachers and class assistants who are extremely dedicated to the school and I am very grateful to each and every one of them for keeping our classes performing to the high standard of which we have always been accustomed, but most of all for making it friendly and personal"!
Sarah (A.B.A.T.D) (Principal) Sarah has recently taken over the school’s day to day running, keeping it in the family! She not only teachers at all our schools but is responsible for the music and administration for our performances and exams, she is also super organised! She is the overall manager and oversees the staff and student teachers too. She has been dancing since she was 2 years old and has been trained in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical and Acrobatic Arts. McQuade Stage School is a huge part of her life and is where she spends a lot of her time with her friends and pupils alike. Her life revolves around the school, it’s pupils and events!
Bonnie (A.B.A.T.D) (Teacher - Dagenham School) Bonnie has been with McQuade Stage School for many years. She came to the school at the age of 20 and has been here ever since! In this time she studied and acquired her teacher’s diploma and now teaches at our Thursday school. Apart from teaching many classes, Bonnie's role includes overseeing and supervising all of the other classes and teaching staff. She has proven an amazing asset to our school, has super choreography ideas and revels in every minute!
Carla (A.B.A.T.D) (Teacher) Carla is 27 and has been dancing at the school for 20 years, trained in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz and Street. She loves teaching in all of the classes as dancing is a great passion of hers. She recently passed her teachers diploma and now teaches alongside at both our Thursday and Saturday schools whilst assisting Sarah in the Acrobatic Arts classes too.
Jess (Student Teacher) Jess is also one of our long standing students and has been with McQuade since the baby class. Jess helps out at our Thursday school in Dagenham and is always willing to come and help out at our Saturday school in Grays. She is a delight to have at the school and will continue to grow with her dancing.
Bronwyn (Student Teacher) Bronwyn helps out at our Saturday school in Grays. She is also a qualified Acrobatics Arts Teacher. She joined McQuade when she was 3 years old and has blossomed into a lovely dancer. She really enjoys helping out with our classes and has started choreographing some of the steps. UPDATE: Bronwyn is at Uni and will be missed very much but we are hoping she will return to teach again when she finishes.