A history & introduction by Sally-Ann
Sally-Ann (MAADSTC, MMAG) has been teaching since 2006 under her Mum’s (Robin’s) umbrella but has danced since she was 3yrs old. Taught by Robin and Ms Caro Anderson (DFF, Pulborough) She gained her Student Teachers Qualification under the Association of American Dance.
Sally-Ann came up with the name Point4 Dance whilst sitting at a hostel in the Cook Islands in 2002. Number 4 is her favourite number and Point4 seemed to roll off the tongue. Both ‘to the point’ and with the obvious idea of ‘Pointing your toes/fingers’ etc. It seemed to work! The Point4 logo was drafted on the back of an envelope by a friend studying art in London. Although the logo has been neatened up for design purposes, it holds huge sentimental value!
What we do
Initially, Sally-Ann taught only Modern Dance within the school one day a week and because it offered only modern dance they named the classes Point4 to differentiate between the two sectors. In the Autumn Term of 2011, whilst continuing to teach Adult combined Modern and Tap Classes, Robin stepped back from teaching the children and handed these classes over to Sally-Ann offering Ballet, Tap, Modern and Mime. Sally-Ann also teaches 2 Adult Modern Dance Classes.
Point4 Workshops run in most of the school holidays, providing children aged 5-15 a chance to sing, dance and act.
We also offer Point4 Dance Parties. Click here for more info!
Emma joined the School as a teacher in 2009 and provided maternity cover when Sally-Ann had her first son. Emma now offers Adult Ballet Classes on a Tuesday evening.
Emma has danced with Let’s Dance! (Hassocks) since she was a child as did her sisters. Her parents were an integral part of the backstage crew and now, keeping it in the family, her sister, daughter and niece all still dance with us!
After coming through the ranks of full time stage school I started dancing professionally in 2004 aged just 16. I met Sally-Ann soon after when I started my 7 wonderful years with Gully’s Girls, turning that dance experience to cheerleading experience in front of crowds of over 20,000 people for Brighton and Hove Albion. During the ten years we have known each other I have also taken on a number of exciting dance roles including 3 company runs with the Pink Paradiso Cabaret Club as well as backing dancing for the X Factor, the Wanted and Olly Murs.
Katie began her dance training from a very young age in Sussex before moving to London to continue her studies in Dance at Roehampton University in Contemporary Dance. As well as performing, working with choreographers such as the likes of Kenrick Sandy and Edward Lynch, Katie has always enjoyed teaching dance classes to all ages, in local communities. Katie has travelled with her dance and learnt a lot from other cultures. This helped with her eclectic style. Katie’s focus is commercial, street and house dance, as well as stretch sessions.
Katie’s biggest performance was the London 2012 Opening ceremony, with millions watching it is an experience hard to beat.
What is modern dance?
Modern Dance is a free expressive style of dancing that developed in the early 20th century as a reaction to classical ballet. It gives the pupil a chance to move in a less structured fashion than ballet but still with much control and discipline. The warm up for the adults is often aerobic, making dance both fun with the benefit of keeping in shape if the pupil should wish!