ZOE HARWOOD - PRINCIPAL
Zoe always had a love of music and started her dance training at three years old studying Imperial Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap. Her passion meant she attended dance classes almost every day of the week.
At nine years old Zoe was chosen out of all of her dance school for the lead child’s roll in a touring Russian Ballet company.
At 19 years old, Zoe studied in Cheltenham for her ISTD DDE qualifications and then went on to gain her Licentiate in Modern Theatre.
Zoe has choreographed many musicals for amateur dramatic groups in Gloucestershire including Little Shop of Horrors, Jekyll and Hyde and Beauty and the Beast. In 2016 she choreographed Guys and Dolls for local company ‘CODS’ which resulted in her winning the NODA Award for Choreographer of the year out of over 500 choreographers in the South West.
The following year she choreographed Legally Blonde and was short listed to the final 6 for the same award!
In her spare time Zoe is an avid yogi and is currently studying to become a Spiritual Life and Mind Coach for teens and women.
Miss Becks started dancing at a young age. At 14 she was a Birmingham Royal Ballet Associate. Her love of dance took her to Northern Ballet school in Manchester at 16 years old after gaining a full scholarship. Here she trained in all styles of dance and majored in ballet. She graduated with a National Diploma in Professional Dance. In 2002 she performed in the Manchester Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.
Since graduating she has had a 14 year career as a professional dancer working on cruise ships which took her all over the world and gave her the opportunity to work with many renowned choreographers. A highlight of her career was being involved in many new shows onboard and especially being part of the original cast on Costa Diadema’s inaugural cruise working with choreographers Nathan Clarke, Karen Bruce, Cookie Ramos.
She is an ISTD qualified teacher in Ballet, Tap and Modern, Acrobatic Arts and PBT( Progressing Ballet Technique).
Liz aka lil Z has been dancing since the age of two, in all styles of dance from ballet to hip hop. From the age of four she was involved with the South Cerney Players, taking part in many on-stage productions. Liz trainee at CCDA in Cirencester in ballet, tap and jazz but it wasn’t until she moved to Cheltenham at 11 that she found street dance and break. Liz also studied at Theatre Studios, taking LAMDA exams and auditioning successfully for many Cheltenham Playhouse Theatre productions. She continued her training at Cirencester College with a BTEC in Performing Arts, gaining four distinctions and an invitation to return to choreograph two further shows in song and dance.
As a dancer, Liz has had the opportunity to train and learn from award-winning b-boys and hip hop dancers, UK and international, including members of Flawless and Boy Blue and continues to do so. She has competed in many competitions in the UK and abroad, bringing home medals, trophies and a scholarship to train at Urdang for a year in hip hop when she was 18.
Recently managed by a member of ‘Britain's Got Talent’ semi-finalists ‘Nemesis,’ she has performed at many events showcasing all styles in street, commercial, breakin, locking and even stomping, including such events as MOVE IT and London Lion’s basketball games broadcast on Sky Sports.
Liz has also choreographed street dances two years running as support acts for the Strictly Come Dancing Tour and support acts for Britain got talent finalists KNE. She was also a Team GB Games Maker in 2019 following the announcement of Breakin coming to the Olympics. To this day Liz continues to perform, choreograph, teach and share her knowledge across the UK as well as judge for dance competitions and schools.
Lily started dancing at the age of six and stayed at Harwood Dance until the age of 18. Whilst a pupil Lily gained distinctions in all exams taken and reached her majors in both tap and modern. In addition, she assisted in classes which gave her the opportunity to work with younger students and to choreograph her own pieces. Her passion for choreography continues to drive her.
Unsure of what career path to take, Lily decided to take a gap year before university and joined the Harwood teaching faculty for a year. During this time, Lily choreographed several dances for festivals which were awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze, and she also choreographed dances for the HD annual show. This year of experience showed her just how much she loves to teach and choreograph.
Lily is now at the University of Bath, studying Social Policy. In her first year, she joined the Dance Society and was chosen to be part of the jazz, tap, contemporary and wildcard advanced competition teams that placed in both London and Loughborough competitions. Having thoroughly enjoyed this experience, she is now part of the Dance Society committee as ‘class coordinator’ and she is the choreographer for the advanced jazz competition team. Lily has absolutely loved being able to keep dance in her life whilst at university, especially being able to return home to Harwood Dance and still teach when she can.
Anya has been dancing her socks off since she was three. Anya has been teaching for ten years and has taught at a number of schools in the county. She also has a passion for musical theatre and has choreographed for local shows including Fame, High School Musical, Oklahoma and a musical version of A Christmas Carol. Also studying modern, jazz and musical theatre, it was always ballet where Anya's heart lay and she achieved a diploma in teaching classical ballet through the British Ballet Organisation. A period of study with the ISTD followed. She now loves to teach syllabus coach technique and is famous for using fun and games to bring her sessions to life.