Our Teachers

Mike Scott

Mike Scott

Mike’s interest in dance and performing began at the age of 10 when he attended a local dance school in his home town of Reading. Shortly after, he made his professional stage debut playing ‘Friedrich’ in The Sound of Music at the Apollo Theatre, Oxford. His childhood career then continued with performances in Basingstoke and Winchester in a series of C.S.Lewis plays, before making his West End debut at the age of 12 playing ‘Jason’ in the American musical March of the Falsettos at the Albery Theatre. 

As an adult, Mike has enjoyed a successful and varied career as an actor, dancer, singer and teacher. He has performed on several UK tours including 42nd Street, Aspects of Love and Smokey Joe’s Café. His West End credits include Me & My Girl, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Carousel and Thoroughly Modern Millie, the lead role of ‘Chris’ in Miss Saigon, ‘Quasimodo’ in Notre Dame de Paris and ‘Mr.Pressman’ in the Madness musical Our House. Mike played ‘Bobby’ in Stephen Sondheim’s Company at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and is currently appearing at the Victoria Palace theatre in the award winning musical Billy Elliot. 

Over the years, Mike has taught and choreographed as a guest teacher at several dance schools and colleges and brings his extensive experience in performing arts to both Spotlight Dance School and Spotlight Youth Theatre.

Rachel Barrell

Rachel Barrell

Rachel was born and grew up in Portsmouth. She started Ballet lessons at the age of two and as she got older, took up other forms of dance including Tap, Modern and Contemporary. She always had a passion for singing, taking lessons from the age of 12 and subsequently joined various amateur dramatic companies as she grew up. 

After leaving school, Rachel went to Guildford School of Acting to embark on a three year Musical Theatre Diploma course. Shortly before her graduation, Rachel landed her first professional role at the Open Air Theatre in Regents Park with the New Shakespeare Company. The summer season comprised of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, playing a fairy and understudying the role of Hermia, “Love’s Labours Lost” understudying the role of Jaquenetta and the musical “Where’s Charley?” 

Rachel then went on to appear in the Original UK Tour of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” in which she understudied the leading role of Belle, before making her West End debut at the Shaftesbury theatre in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” starring Amanda Holden and Maureen Lipman. She was a dancer in the ensemble and understudied the roles of Millie and Dorothy

Most recently Rachel has been playing the leading role of Christine in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London. 

In February 2007, Rachel took part in a one night only charity gala performance of Sondheim’s “Follies” at the London Palladium in which she played the role of Young Sally.

 

Kerrie Dearlove I.S.T.D. 

Kerrie started dancing when she was three years old at Bushey School of Dance. She trained at Margaret Howard Theatre College for three years where she received a Diploma with Distinction, studying Ballet, Tap, Modern, National, Jazz, Contemporary and Musical Theatre.  She has achieved I.S.T.D. Advanced 2 level in all genres, with I.S.T.D. Associates teaching qualification in Ballet, Tap, Modern and National. 

Kerrie has been teaching for nine years at various dance schools, state schools, outreach programmes and dance colleges.  She has experience in teaching all ages from two year olds in baby ballet to adult tap classes.

Kerrie is also very experienced in all styles of Hip-Hop dance and has trained in San Diego, Switzerland and London with top international teachers and choreographers. She has been teaching Hip-Hop dance for six years. 

Kerrie is the co director of Chung Si Dance Company, a local Hip-Hop troupe consisting of teachers and performers.  They will be representing the UK in the World Hip-Hop Campionships in LA this Summer.

Kerrie’s performing experience includes UK Hip-Hop Championships 2005-2007, Breaking convention (Sadlers Wells), Culture Shock Showcase (San Diego), Sport Relief (Featured dancer), Street Dance Weekend (The Barbican), Mardi Gras (Disneyland Paris), Cork City Ballet and various pantomimes with the Kings Langley Players.