About

Nicky Bate (School Owner and Principal)

I am a Primary School Teacher and a fully qualified Dance Teacher with the International Dance Teachers Association. I trained at Sylvera School of Dance from the age of 4 in the three disciplines of ballet, tap and jazz. Ballet being my particular passion. I had the most wonderful dance teachers and they helped nurture my love of dance and encouraged me to go on to become a dance teacher and set up my own dance school.

I have performed in numerous dance shows over the years. I have also choreographed and appeared in many Pantomimes and Musicals at various local theatres; I have been part of a chorus and have had lead roles. I have acted in a variety of plays of different genre, taking both main parts and supporting roles.

I love all aspects of performing arts and I feel very privileged that I am able to give others the opportunity to have access to this wonderful experience.

Running a dance school combines my passions of dancing, teaching and performance. I am always looking for innovative ways to make dancing and performing enjoyable and fulfilling.

Tamsin Renno (Deputy Principle)

I started dancing at the age of 3½ at Sylvera School of Dance where I met and trained with Nicky. Since then I have always had a love and passion for dance thanks to our wonderful dance teachers who were a great inspiration. I trained in Ballet, Tap and Jazz and worked through the various grades to achieve awards in all disciplines. This led me to achieve my teaching qualification with the IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association).

I have always loved being on stage and performed in various dance shows from a young age and was a chorus dancer in my first pantomime at Erith Playhouse when I was a teenager! I went on to perform in many musicals and pantomimes over the years and now you tend to find me behind the scenes choreographing the shows instead!

I very much enjoy teaching dance and working with the students to help them achieve their grades, medals and certificates. Also it is wonderful to give them the opportunity to be on stage. It’s a great feeling to watch them progress and grow into very talented dancers and performers.

Tracey Percival (Dance Teacher)

I began to learn to dance from age 4 when I joined Sylvera School of Dance. I have appeared in many dance shows and productions/pantomimes on stage. Later moving on to help backstage on productions and most recently chaperoning and assisting the young performers.

Teaching dancing is the highlight of my week. We have a lot of fun during classes and it is a joy to watch the students progress and learn each grade. I then love to see them looking so confident and smart entering their exams. I especially enjoy our bi-annual show, where I get to see the vision I have in my head progress to a performance on the stage. We are always made proud by everyone who is performing and seeing the excitement backstage is priceless.

Jenny Brookes (Teaching Assistant)

I studied ballet at Madge French School of Dance as a child and I’ve been involved at Erith Playhouse all my life. This is where my parents met and where I started performing from the age of seventeen.

I have lost count of all the shows I have been involved with over the years, both on stage and behind the scenes. I have been helping with the teaching at Nicky Bate School of Dance since March 1999.

Both my daughters attended Nicky’s School from the age of 3 ½.  My eldest daughter passed her Grade work examinations and then went onto university to study Theatre Design. My youngest daughter discovered her love for ballet here and continues to attended classes, as well as gaining a place at Bird College to study ballet further, she now attends Beckenham Balley Academy, a selective school based in Beckenham and Sidcup. Those of you were here for our ‘Alice’ ballet in 2014 may Remember her as the White Rabbit.

I enjoy getting to know the students and seeing them learn and progress.  I love to be part of our bi-annual show; it is wonderful to be able to help the children have access to this wonderful experience.

Jenny Tallowin Snee (Musical Theatre Teacher)

I first painted a stage with my dad at the age of three and theatre has been my passion ever since.

I’ve performed at the Geoffrey WhitworthTheatre, the Churchill Bromley and the Waterloo East Theatre,among others, but have always considered Erith Playhouse as ‘home’. My favourite roles to date include Maria (the Sound of Music), Nancy (Oliver), Emily (Hired Man) and any panto –from the camel to the Queen and everything in between! I also enjoy writing and directing.

Since having the first of my three children (they all attend the Nicky Bate School) I completed an English degree, specialising in speech and language and have taught in schools in various capacities for the last seven years.

I now run ‘Play On!’ delivering drama workshops in local schools and theatres. I’m passionate about the positive effects of drama and am excited to have joined Nicky’s team.