‘Adage Dance & Fitness Studios’ was established in January 2003. It was previously known as ‘Richard Rose Academy’ where the core subjects were Ballroom and Latin.

Kerrey Warr, the principal of the school, altered the timetable considerably to create a theatre school concentrating mainly on Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Tap. Since 2003 the timetable has extended greatly introducing new subjects such as Commercial, Lyrical, Burlesque and Pole dance Exercise.

Kerrey Warr L.I.D.T.A

Kerrey Warr L.I.D.T.A (Principal)

Kerrey’s love for dance started at an early age. She started attending regular dance classes from the age of 9 and before long was taking classes 4 nights a week and all day Saturdays. She became an assistant teacher at 14 and a graduate teacher at 16. She became fully qualified at 18 whilst she was studying for her A-levels. After gaining dance teacher status she trained with Phil Winston as a professional dancer and before long found herself on board the MSS Atlanta cruise ship. This was the beginning of an exciting career that allowed her to combine two of her passions: travel and dance. Along with her cruise ship contracts she has also worked land based all over of the world. Most of her land based work has been corporate and cabaret with some theatre shows. She has worked with and for many celebrities including Robbie Williams, The Sugar Babes and Leona Lewis to mention a few. Now semi retired from performing her professional work is generally one off shows and concerts.

Her educational teaching commenced in 1997. This work started as freelance workshops but soon became full time covering both curriculum and extra curriculum dance. Her teaching involved pupils from nursery schools right up to A-level students and in 2000 she was awarded Sport England ‘Coach of the Year’ award.

In 2004 she went on to take further teaching qualifications allowing her to adjudicate both theatre and freestyle competitions. This year also saw her become the co-ordinator for the ‘Dance Coach Scheme’ accredited by Wolverhampton University. This scheme trains dance school teachers to cross over into education just as she had managed so successfully 7 years earlier.

She is now the very proud owner of Adage Dance & Fitness Studios.

Siobhan Thomas A.I.D.T.A.

Siobhan Thomas A.I.D.T.A.

Siobhan began dancing at age 2 and her professional dance training commenced at Phil Winston’s Theatre works in 2000.

Once leaving there she embarked on a professional dance career. She danced in various show and events throughout the UK and Ireland including work with and for celebrities such as Robbie Williams, Geoff Hurst and Bobby Davro. Her career also gave her fantastic opportunities to travel and work in many countries including Dubai, Greece, Norway, Sweden, France and Qatar, where she was head dancer. One highlight of her career was performing for the British army troops in a tour of Germany, Croatia and Bosnia.

In 2004 she completed a certificate to teach dance in education accredited by the University of Wolverhampton. This year also saw her qualify as an Associate Dance Teacher with the I.D.T.A with a 94% pass rate.

Siobhan has taught in many private run dance schools, primary and secondary educational schools, nurseries, and also at the University of Aston. Teaching I.D.T.A syllabus, G.C.S.C dance, B.TEC dance and dancing for fun classes.

Samantha Steatham A.I.D.T.A

Samantha Steatham A.I.D.T.A

Sam first developed her love for dancing at the age of 4. Her passion for dance grew very quickly and she went on to achieve her A levels at college. Next came university where she began teacher training and gained experience working in many schools and eventually completing her certificate to teach dance in education. During this time she was training at Adage Dance & Fitness Studios.

Sam is a qualified dance and drama teacher through the I.D.T.A and L.A.M.D.A. She has taught dance in education throughout Sandwell, Birmingham, Staffordshire and Walsall. Sam competently delivers dance in the form of a BTEC, GCSE, ALEVELs, and also a dance leadership course and has an excellent pass rate. She has given her students great opportunities to perform on stages in theatres such as the Regent Theatre, Albert Hall, Birmingham Hippodrome. Her passion lies in teaching which she enjoys immensely. She is now a full time teacher in a secondary school and is still looking to forward her teaching career. As well as working as a teacher Sam also works for a professional dance agency working up and down the country from Scotland to the Channel Isles and is a natural performer and entertainer.

Anita Joanna Gough

Anita Joanna Gough

Was born in Birmingham in 1968. She left school in 1984 at the age of 15 with 8 O’levels. Most of her working life was in administration management within the car industry. In 2002 she decided on a career change and went to work for RoSPA The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents in Birmingham, her current role is as Health and Safety officer and Management Co-ordinator for the society. Since being with RoSPA she has gained full qualifications in health and safety and she is also a Tech member of IOSH (The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health).

For several years Anita has been involved in the running of Adage Dance and Fitness, taking on tasks such as Stage Manager, Secretary, Administrator and First Aid