‘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.
Meet The Adage Team
Making The Magic Happen!
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 to successfully 7 years earlier.
She is now the very proud owner of Adage Dance & Fitness Studios.
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 a 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 education 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.
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
Pilates is satisfying form of exercise for your mind and body that can improve your strength, flexibility and overall mobility. It helps restore your body to balance. As a result, your posture will change and you will move more efficiently. You’ll achieve a strong core, develop longer, leaner muscles and improve your overall sense of well-being. Pilates is a safe and effective exercise method that will enable you to look and feel your very best.
Pole dancing has gained popularity as a form of exercise, with increased awareness of the benefits to general strength and fitness. This form of exercise increases core and general body strength by using the body itself as resistance, while toning the body as a whole. It is also an addictive and empowering experience that is great fun and helps to build confidence.
Contemporary dance was developed in the early 20th century as a reaction against the rigid techniques of ballet. Pioneers such as Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham searched for ease of movement using the body’s natural lines and energy, allowing a greater range and fluidity of movement than conventional dance techniques. Contemporary dance is characterised by its versatility: contemporary can be danced to almost any style of music, or united with other dance forms to create new styles of movement. Contemporary seeks to work with the natural alignment of the body, and is therefore safe and accessible for beginners. At the same time, the ease of movement promoted by contemporary dance technique allows experienced dancers to push new boundaries of body movement.
Jazz has become one of the most popular dance styles in recent years, mainly due to its popularity on television shows, movies, music videos and commercials. People enjoy watching jazz dancers, as the dancing is fun and energetic. Jazz dancing is a form of dance that showcases a dancer’s individual style and originality. Every jazz dancer interprets and executes moves and steps in their own way. Jazz dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. Within our classes we cover all styles of jazz including Commercial, Street, Classical and Hip Hop.
Burlesque is a fun, social class that explores the bodies lines and positions. We look at the art of strip tease, working our corsets, gloves and tassels! We work on various showgirl routines using both traditional and up to date music. The class is designed to help build confidence and encourages clients to love themselves regardless of shape or size. Bring you heels and your sass.
Commercial refers to dancing done in concerts, live shows, music videos and movies etc. There are many different styles of dance that can be worked into the commercial category, such as hip hop, jazz, breakdancing, and more. Sometimes, you’ll find ballet and ballroom thrown into the mix, although “street dance” is more common. Generally speaking, commercial dance is super sexy and super entertaining.