Charmaine Tyner, Ballet

BA Hons in Theatre and Performing Arts

Charmaine Tyner Exeter Ballet teacher Joanna Mardon School of Dance

I began dancing at the age of 3 at the Catherine Hall School of Dance. I studied: Ballet, Modern, Song and Dance, Character, Greek and National. I passed all of my R.A.D ballet exams gaining high marks from, Primary up to Intermediate level, (now known as Advanced Foundation /1). I entered many dance festivals and competitions, gaining the South West Senior Modern Champion award when I was 16. I won through to the All England Dance competition on many occasions.

At a very young age, I already knew that I wanted to be a Dance Teacher; I assisted with the younger members of my dance school every week.

I was a member of the Exeter Musical Comedy Society and Kickline Theatre Company for many years, where I gained a wealth of experience both on stage and back stage.

I performed in a wide range of professional musicals and plays around the country. Enjoying success at such venues as: the Edinburgh Festival, The Northcott Theatre and The Octagon Theatre to name a few.

I went onto Exeter College where I studied for A levels, during that time I began thinking about my future. I always knew I wanted to be a Dance Teacher but an adjudicator at a festival told me that I should perform first. Therefore, I began a course at a Full Time Vocational Dance School – London Studio Centre when I left college. I majored in Ballet and Character dance. I studied Advanced R.A.D Ballet, Character, National, Voice, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Tap, Repertoire and Pas De Deux.

Following my time in London I worked at Stonelands School of Dance and Drama (a full time vocational school for young performers). It was here that I took my Modern I.S.T.D and National exams, taught ballet, choreography and singing.

I then got itchy feet to perform again so, I worked in many holiday camps and hotels, singing, dancing and performing. I was Dance Captain at Haven Holidays and resident dancer/singer in a private holiday camp.

More recently I have worked at StageCoach Theatre Arts in their Exeter and Torquay schools, as the dance coach where I choreographed many routines and shows. It was during this time that I produced a dance troupe, who performed professionally around the country and at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London and indeed for the Queen at her Golden Jubilee celebrations.

In 1998, I went to Dartington College of Arts to study for a degree in Theatre where I gained a BA Hons. It was there that I met my husband Andy and together we have two boys Jacob and Benjamin.

For the past few years, I have been working as a Teaching Assistant in a Primary School whilst bringing up my two lovely sons. Although I really love my job, I feel that now is the right time to get back to teaching dance, as this is where my true passion lies.

I am really looking forward to beginning my new adventure teaching for Miss Jo and getting to know all of her lovely dancers.