Teaching Faculty

Miss Yvonne Plester - Principal and owner of Sargent and Plester School of Dance.

(FISTD LISTD CDE)
 
The Sargent and Plester School of Dance is run by Miss Yvonne Plester who has been the principal of the school for 32 years and teaches all genres of dance.
 
Yvonne was  originally trained at the School under the direction of Miss Yvette Sargent and Miss Mavis Butler - both well recognized examiners and teachers in their field. She has been trained in all subjects, and has achieved all her major qualifications from the ISTD. A working knowledge through years of experience, enables her to adapt her teaching methods, to suit all ages and abilities, whether the pupil is dancing purely for pleasure, or aiming for a career in the industry.
 
By attending regular courses, her skills and knowledge are kept up to date, including the changing approaches to teaching pupils. Yvonne is also is an approved tutor to coach pupils for teaching qualifications in the four branches of dance.
 
 She has been the choreographer of Chesham pantomime for several years and is currently the trophy Secretary for the Chesham Arts  Dance festival.
 
Alongside running her school Yvonne also works as a freelance teacher.  She is currently teaching Advanced Ballet (for performance and teaching qualifications) at DNA Dance Studios, Waltham Abbey.
 
    Yvonne is a member of the Board of Management of the Elgiva Theatre, Chesham. 
 
 

Miss Sophie Seal - All genres

(DDI Modern)

Sophie is a former pupil of the Sargent and Plester School of dance and trained In all genres of dance. She is trained at DDI level and is furthering her studies into DDE level qualifications. Sophie is an experienced and passionate performer, who has been professionally trained to a high standard. Furthering her dance studies from Sargent and Plester, Sophie went on to attend the Performers College, an independent performing arts training collage in Essex and the Margaret Howard Theatre College, Watford. Sophie has performed in many festivals, shows, carnivals, and events, alongside her training.

 

Being an ex-pupil of the school, Sophie is very proud to now be teaching at Sargent and Plester School of Dance

 

 

Miss Elizabeth Constantine - Musical Theatre/Tap

(DDI Tap/Modern)

 Elizabeth trained in dance and singing at a Dance School in Aylesbury from the age of 6.  At the age of 16, Elizabeth was awarded a 3 year scholarship to the Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama, where her training continued including RADA examinations.
Since then, Elizabeth gained her ISTD teaching qualifications and currently works for three other Dance Schools, a Performing Arts Academy and Theatre College. Elizabeth also has a background in singing and music, having been a lead singer and song writer in a London-based band and also a lead violinist in various orchestras.
 
 Elizabeth enjoys teaching children of all ages and loves seeing them develop in confidence and enjoying all aspects of performing arts.
 
 
 Miss Zoe Sole - Contemporary movement, limbering and flexibility.
 
Zoe Sole trained with Sargent and Plester from a young age in ballet, modern, tap, national and hip hop. During this time she took part in the Chesham Arts Festival, Choreographic competitions and several Elgiva pantomimes.
 
 Zoe is a recent psychology graduate whom during her time studying became Captain of the Northampton university dance club, and choreographer for jazz and hip hop, placing in the largest inter-university dance competition in the UK. In addition to this the team won the Northampton University Sports Club of the year.
 Currently, Zoe is helping at the Dance Psychology lab at Hertfordshire University, working to investigate the benefits of dance for individuals with mental health issues. Furthermore, Zoe hopes to go on to complete her masters in mental health and wellbeing with the intent to further her research into the benefits of dancing for induvials with mental illness. 
 
 Zoe is currently teaching a NEW specialist class at the Sargent and Plester school on contemporary movement, limbering & flexibility.


Miss Isabelle Russell - Assistant  to Senior Modern

Isabelle trained with Sargent and Plester from a young age in Ballet, Tap and Modern. Following a short sabbatical from dancing, Isabelle has come back to Sargent and Plester with the aim of attaining Advanced 2 Ballet as well as continuing her training in the form of ISTD teaching qualifications in Ballet and Modern. She is enjoying the process of developing her teaching ability under the guidance of Miss Yvonne and one other school, who are both invaluable in their knowledge.

Isabelle is also in the early stages of establishing her own health and fitness business and is thrilled to be expanding her opportunities with the support of those around her.

Isabelle has fallen in love with teaching and wants to continue to pass her adoration of dance to others


 

Freya Turton - Singing Coach

 Freya was inspired to sing, act and dance from a young age and now works as a freelance musician and teacher in and around London. She studied singing as part of her degree in Music at the University of Manchester achieving a 1st in her final vocal recital.

At the age of 11, she had a solo role on the West End in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘The Woman in White’. Since University, Freya has performed roles in Musicals and Operas including Woman 1 in ‘Songs for a New World’, Mabel in ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ and The Novice in Puccini’s ‘Suor Angelica’. Freya also enjoys directing, having been assistant director for the World Premiere of a new opera, ‘Mysterious 44’, and she has directed productions of Handel’s ‘Acis and Galatea’ and Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘The Mikado’. Freya is a Choral Scholar at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London and regularly sings in other choral ensembles.

Freya learnt to Dance at Sargent and Plester from the age of 4 and she is excited to come back to the school to teach the next generation of young performers. Her future plans are to pursue a professional career in Musical Theatre and Performance. 

 

Miss Samantha Vale - Street Dance/Hip Hop advisor 

(FDI Modern)


Samantha Vale has had 16 years of experience within the performing industry as a Dancer, Teacher and Choreographer. She has worked commercially on major television shows, music videos and film and has also been a part of theatre and corporate work. 

Samantha has recently developed and produced the new ISTD Street Dance syllabus and is head of teacher training. She is the society’s leading consultant for this genre worldwide, with this work taking her to Asia, Europe and nationwide.

 Samantha advises the street dance discipline within the school and feels honoured to be part of the faculty as she was originally trained by Miss Yvonne, from a young age.