Karen Dear is our class co-coordinator and Melody Bear Teacher. Parents will
see Karen regularly at our dance venues as studio assistant and receptionist. She
also works at the Melody Bear HQ as an advisor to Melody Movement Early Learning
teachers and office assistant. Look out for Karen in her Melody Bear van!
Karen Dear AISTD
Jill Bridger, Principal
RAD Teaching Diploma
AISTD Dip & MNATD
Creator of Melody Bear and Melody Movement Early Learning
Jill Bridger started the school in 1988 in Cambridge and has seen it grow from 30
children at the Cambridge Drama Centre to over 600 students.
Jill is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance, Imperial Society of
Teachers of Dance and National Association of Teachers of Dance.
Her creation, Melody Bear, is now taught and enjoyed by 450 teachers across the UK
and oversea. Visit www.melodymovement.com for further details.
Stephanie Holden teaches our ISTD modern and tap grades. Stephanie’s classes also
include opportunities for students to do a variety of dance styles including jazz,
Hip Hop, as well as limbering and body conditioning sessions. Stephanie is involved
in choreographing new TEAM JB routines.
Stephanie also teachers our popular Musical Theatre class on Saturdays. An hour’s
session of singing, acting and dancing.
Recruitment: Due to the demand for our Melody Movement pre-school dance classes,
we are looking for high quality, enthusiastic and inspirational people to join our
team and teach new Melody Movement classes scheduled to open in the Cambridgeshire
Full training will be provided through our Melody Movement training programme. Click
here for details:
Saturday Receptionists: Nicola Evans-Bailey and Michelle Roberts
Helen Ellis joined our team in 2011 and is a trained Melody Movement teacher. Helen
is part of our exciting new project, taking Melody Movement classes to local nursery
schools in addition to teaching classes here at our school. Helen is also a singing
teachers and joins Stephanie to teach singing at our Musical Theatre classes.
Judith Purton is the School Secretary and Administrator and is kept very busy organising
the school database, festival and exam timetables, invoice system, show details and
Please contact Judith with any school queries and changes of your email or address
Jo Turner joined our offices in May 2010 and her assistance with both our Melody
Movement Early Learning projects and busy school events has been invaluable.
Glenn Nairn is the Melody Bear HQ Accounts administrator. Glenn is currently on maternity
leave and we are delighted to announce the birth of her son Jack Osbert Hicks, born
on 1 September 2012.