Jason Thomas Performing Arts


Jason Thomas Performing Arts

Mallets Ope, Victoria Square, Truro, TR1 2RG

T: 01872 276365

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Email: info@jasonthomasdance.co.uk

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About us

Jason started dancing at the age of 9 at the Cornwall High School of Dancing in Camborne,run by the charismatic and inspirational Madam Norman. At the age of 12, Jason auditioned successfully for Bush Davies School and The Lagat School of Russian Ballet. After finishing the Lower school at Lagat and appearing with the Northern Ballet Theatre on numerous occasions, he attended London Studio Centre, gaining the position of Head Ballet Boy in his second year. After graduation and becoming a member of Equity, Jason has worked throughout the world. He performed in London's West End, throughout Europe and Asia in Las Vegas style revue shows, gaining soloist/dance captain and company manager positions. He performed on many cruise lines on inaugural cruises, holding the same positions.

In 2001 Jason retired from performing and decided to take on a career in teaching. He has opened seven schools in Cornwall and is the artistic director of the Foundation Course in Dance and Musical Theatre. Students enter exams yearly with the Royal Academy of Dance, Trinity College of London and the International Dance Teachers Association. The students also perform annually at the Hall for Cornwall in Truro and at the Sadlers Wells Theatre in London. He is now mentor for the Royal Academy of Dance and choreographer for local holiday camps and pantomimes. Many of his students are now at vocational dance college, as well as younger students auditioning successfully for the Royal Ballet School,
Elmhurst School of  Dance, Arts Educational - Tring Park and  The Hammond School.

Jason now teaches at Polwhele School in Truro and is on the panel for the UK audition tour for Celebrity Cruises. He also runs Cornwall Casting Agency.

Jason has made dance a safe and enjoyable experience attracting students of all ages as well a remarkable amount of boys where they will "get a life and dance for life".

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Students Successes
JTPA Alumni

2003
Taylor-Sian Paciusko- Laban Centre -BA (hons) Degree
Micheal Rounsaville- Rambert Dance School
Alex Pooley, Charlie Blackwood , Ceri Tindale , Liz Falkner and Jodie Philips-Dance College of Cornwall
Philip Grey-Performers College Scholarship

2004
Dean Wills, Ryan Matthew and Daniel Jefferies-London Studio Centre -BA (hons) Degree
Crystal Penaluna- Millennium Dance School
Michael Peters-Stella Mann College - Scholarship
Frances Speedie-Arts Educational, London

2005
Adam Warmington- London Studio Centre BA (hons) Degree
Charlie Vose-Arts Educational, London
Marianne Dawson- Bath Spa BA (hons) Degree

2006
Alex Bird-The Royal Ballet School
Josh Arnott & Jenni Fletcher-Laban Centre BA (hons) Degree
James Wilton-London Contemporary Dance school- BA (hons) Degree
Elly Guest -Performers College
Steven Crow -Stella Mann College -Scholarship
Anna Mitchell-London Theatre School
Rebecca Shipway -Royal Academy of Dance College - BA (hons) Degree

2007
Louise Burley and Jenny Kutler-Performer College
Beth Tegal, Jay Wilson and Cerian Brown- Cambridge Performing Arts- Dance & Drama Awards

2008
Elly Braund-Laban Centre- BA (hons) Degree
Thomas Greaves -London Contemporary Dance School- BA (hons) Degree
Lee Mathews - SLP College -Scholarship
Matthew Phillips, Ben Callow and Georgia Rettalick-Hammond School- Scholarships

2009
Rowan Heather- London Studio Centre -BA (hons) Degree
Lauren Butler -Royal Academy of Dance College- BA (hons) Degree
Chelsea Siegal -Cambridge Performing Arts
Ellie Mae Barrett- Legat School of Dance - Scholarship
Alex Ryan - Hammond School-Scholarship

2010
Kate Notley and Josie Brinkman-Bird College -BA (hons) Degree
Ria Gelbert -Cambridge Performing Arts
Brooke Walker -Sylvia Young Theatre School

2011
Sarah Chapman-Performers College
Dillon Bygrave-Hammond school -Scholarship
Alice White-Laban Centre- BA (hons) Degree

2012
Jake Sylvester Millennium Performing Arts -Scholarship
Ginny Thomas Cambridge performing Arts –Dance & Drama Award
Annice Winney-London Studio Centre
Megan Ledger SLP College -Dance & Drama Award
Grace Barrett Cambridge Performing Arts - Dance & Drama Awards
Maisie Newton Hammond School

2013
Poppy Shaw-Arts Educational-Tring Park
Dan Edwards and Jake Harding -Cambridge Performing Arts –Dance & Drama Awards
Becky Turner, TK & Poppy Aubery- SLP College- Dance & Drama Awards
Chloe Gallear -Ballet West
Ben Callow -Millennium Performing Arts – Dance & Drama Awards

2014
Miranda Gully-Royal Academy of Dance Ba (hons) in Dance Teaching
Amy Mules- London Studio Centre - BA (hons) Degree
Aine Reynolds, Laban Centre - BA (hons) Degree
Emily Wagland- MADD College -Scholarship
Abi Hunn -SLP College - Dance & Drama Awards
Emily Jesson Laine Theatre Arts- Dance & Drama Award
Josie Skinner - Urdang Academy
Adie Armstrong- Cambridge Performing Arts- Dance & Drama Awards -
Ben Killingback- The School of Music-Musical Theatre Course- BA (hons) Degree
Jasmine Payne- Sylvia Young Theatre School




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Testimonials


We are amazed at the high level of dance compared to many school we knew in greater London.

Leota Morris Grand Parent


I am really looking forward to moving to the new dance studio with you, it's really exciting. I love to dance and meet up with everyone each week and am looking forward to all the coming shows we are doing.
Jasmine Knights 8 years old

I would like to say also that since Jasmine has been coming to your dance classes her confidence has improved no end.
She has always loved to dance but now feels you and your dance teachers can take her to a new level where she feels she can strive to become a good dancer and have the opportunity to perform on the stage.

Mrs Jo Knight Parent


I have been dancing since I was four and I am now twelve and enjoying it even more! I started with Jason just doing ballet, but that encouraged me to try other types of dance. My favourite is still ballet but I also enjoy jazz, tap and contemporary, I even do singing now. I find dance really fun and love the opportunities it has given me like having the chance to perform in the Hall
for Cornwall and Saddlers Wells. Jason is a great teacher and always encourages me even when I find the steps tricky!

Ben Mitchell 11 years old

I like dancing with Jason Thomas because he makes it fun!  I really love Jazz because I like Jason's music.  I love being allowed to be in the Shows they are great fun for me & my friends.
Ella Woods 3 years old

'Jason Thomas dance studios gave me an amazing grounding in dance that is priceless. I am now coming to the end of my BA at Laban for which I owe a lot to Jason... I would recommend the school to anybody, for a fun hobby to keep you fit or a solid grounding in dance training in a range of styles. On a personal level Jason creates a great working atmosphere that is fun but also pushes people to work to the top of their abilities. During my time with Jason I took both RAD and IDTA vocational ballet exams, Jason dedicates a lot to his students and from this gets top grades, I also got chosen to compete in an IDTA ballet competition in Manchester through one of my ballet exams. Whilst being in the Jason Thomas Dance company I had the amazing opportunity to go on an exchange to Vancouver, Canada to the sister company Perform Art Studios, to perform and take classes and workshops over there. The best thing about being with Jason is the huge amount of performance experience I had, with anual shows at the Hall for Cornwall and also at Saddlers Well in London which is a pretty special experience performing on a huge london stage where all the massive company's perform! Without Jason's inspiration and belief in me I wouldn't be where I am today! His school is a gem and offers so many opportunities reaching out from Cornwall in dance and musical theatre.'
Elly Braund Currently Performing with The Richard Alston Dance Company


In April 2007 I made my debut on the stage at Sadlers Wells, dancing with Jason Thomas Dance Company – I was just 15 years old. On 30th November 2010 I was back on that same stage for my first full professional role, in Matthew Bourne’s ‘Cinderella’. I can say that without the one experience – in other words the excellent tuition, large-scale performances and tour to Canada I enjoyed with Jason – I believe I could not have achieved the second.
'I couldn't have asked for a better teacher for a teenage boy starting off in dance, his complete understanding of doing it himself is invaluable'.
I guess that is important too!
Thomas Greaves Currently performing in Cinderella by Matthew Bourne at Sadlers Wells Theatre London

 


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