Julie Sianne Evans founded Julie Sianne School of Dance in June 1983. As a talented and promising dancer training at Laine Theatre Arts, Julie’s dance career was brought to an abrupt halt by a difficult back injury. Undaunted by this set back, Julie simply transferred her energy, drive and technical brilliance from dancing to teaching which also provided a wonderful showcase for her skill as a choreographer.
Starting her school with a single jazz class of 15 students in Byfleet, Julie’s passion and commitment meant that her single class quickly expanded. Within a year she had added classes in ballet, modern and tap as well as the original jazz class. In November 1983 she entered her first Festival competition, winning gold for a modern trio. Competing amongst many well established schools, it was clear that the Julie Sianne School of Dance had firmly cemented its place on the dance map and in 1991 she won the All England National Finals with two pieces.
The school continued to grow introducing Drama, Musical Theatre and Singing to its programme and changing its name to Julie Sianne Theatre Arts. In 2005 Ray Franklin joined the teaching staff thereby completing the transition from dance school to performing arts school.
Julie Sianne Theatre Arts continues to thrive, with a burgeoning student body of over 300 students. The School’s national reputation has led to invitations to perform at Downing Street, the annual Royal Albert Hall Dance Proms, Pantomimes and Regional Touring Theatre productions such as Annie, Fiddler on the Roof and with Strictly Come Dancing champion Pasha Kovalev.
2015 year saw Julie being presented for the second time with the prestigious Joanne Marsden Blackwell Choreographic Award for outstanding choreography by Wayne Sleep.
The school has consistently performed at the highest level with 2017 being another successful year at the All England Dance National Finals in London. Over 50 entries qualified for Finals winning 6 gold medals. In 2017 the school was also chosen to provide the Babes for Woking’s New Victoria Theatre Pantomime Robin Hood.
Testament to the excellence of her abilities in providing the very best teaching and choreography both creatively and technically and the care she shows to all her students are the number of them who choose to return to the school, as teachers, guest choreographers or as parents with their own children.