Platinum Dance School is a family run dance school with 4 main branches. 3 are based in Dorset (Portland, Weymouth and Preston) and just recently Liane has taken over a dance school in Hayling Island. We would like to welcome our new students to the Platinum Family.

Until 2010, we were known as Portland Dance School, but as the school expanded from Portland to Weymouth and Preston, we decided that the school needed a new name Platinum Dance School was formed.

Having taken over what was Portland Dance School in July 2008, Liane and Platinum Dance School have achieved many new and exciting ventures. As a school we have held 6 shows, In 2009, 2011 and 2013 we held a review show at Weymouth College, giving our students the chance to show parents and carers what they had been learning in their lessons. In 2010, 2012 and 2014 we held our big themed costumed show at Weymouth Pavilion. Due to the number of students in our school, we are unable to hold our review shows at the college, so we plan to do our main costumed themed show at the Pavilion every 18 months. The first show will be held in November 2015. As well as this, we hold annual assessment days and an awards afternoon. We can also enter students for ISTD exams if they so wish. Children also have the chance to dance and compete in Weymouth Dance Festival, and over the past couple of years we have had several of our students placed. For 2 years running we were asked to provide dancers and choreograph several numbers for the professional show ‘The Heat Is On’ held at the Weymouth Pavilion during the summer holidays. We also took part in Weymouth Carnival in 2011. In 2012 we were invited to take part in the Jubilee Show at the Pavilion and our Stamina Performers group participated in both the matinee and evening shows. In 2015 we had Chris from Tap Dogs come and teach a workshop for our students, which was very well attended and we hope that Chris will soon be part of the Platinum Dance School teaching team. Each year we hold a summer school which is held at Holy Trinity Primary School. We also try and arrange a west end trip whenever possible.

Platinum Dance School offers ISTD Ballet, Tap and Modern, IDTA ballet as well as Performance, Boys, Singing, Drama, Street Dance, Strength and Flex and Adults

Liane Jeffries
Principal, Owner and Teacher (ISTD FDI; Acrobatic Arts AAC1)

Liane started dancing at the age of two and a half in Weymouth. Whilst there, Liane performed in many bi-annual shows, as well as the Spillers pantomimes, all of which were held at the Pavilion.

At the age of 13, Liane started helping with the younger children at Portland Dance School (now known as Platinum Dance School), as well as in Weymouth.

In 2006, Liane started her FDI teacher training in ISTD Tap and Modern at Stage Door in Bournemouth. Liane completed her ISTD FDI in 2010.

In 2016, Liane attended an Acrobatics Arts Module 1 training course and qualified, achieving a 100% pass in the written exam and a pass in the practical exam. Liane is now qualified to teach Primary to Level 6 Acrobatic Arts.

In February 2017 she attended the Acrobatic Arts Aerial and Back Handspring training course. 

During Liane’s teaching career she has taught all grades of ISTD Tap and Modern as well as Jazz, Hip-Hop, Street Dance, Strength & Flex, Boys and Adults. Liane also choreographs dances for festivals and auditions.  Liane teaches all classes in the Hampshire area, as well as teaching class assistant classes in both Dorset and Hampshire.

Liane keeps up to date with her paediatric first aid qualification.  She also has an up to date enhanced DBS as well as Public Liability Insurance.

In 2023, Liane undertook her Level 2 and 3 Personal Trainer qualification and is now fully qualified.  She has already worked and helped  multiple clients with their personal fitness and weight loss goals.

Liane has now also qualified as an aerial silks instructor and is delighted to bring these new classes to the Hampshire timetable.

 

Tegan King
Dance Teacher – (ISTD DDI & DDE; Acrobatic Arts AAC1)

Tegan started dancing at the age of 2 and a half in Weymouth but moved to Platinum in 2010. She dances all genres of dance and has performed as a dancer in several Spillers Pantomimes at Weymouth Pavilion as well as many dance shows.

In 2014, Tegan started training at Stage Door College in Bournemouth with two top ISTD examiners, working towards her DDI (Diploma in Dance Instruction) in Modern Theatre and Tap Dance, not only furthering her qualifications but also her own personal development.  This was completed in 2017 and Tegan continued her training towards her DDE (Diploma in Dance Education) in Modern Theatre and Tap Dance.

In February 2016, Tegan attended an Acrobatics Arts Module 1 training course and qualified, achieving a 100% pass in the written exam and a pass in the practical exam. Tegan is now qualified to teach Primary to Level 6 Acrobatic Arts.  In February 2017 she attended the Acrobatic Arts Aerial and Back Handspring training course.

In March 2019, Tegan spent a weekend studying for the ISTD Contemporary Syllabus and was the first teacher in our area to complete this training.

Early in 2020, Tegan completed her ISTD DDE (Diploma in Dance Education) in Modern Theatre and Tap Dance.

Tegan is a member of the ISTD and is able to enter students for official ISTD examinations.

Tegan keeps up to date with her paediatric first aid training qualification and also has an up to date enhanced DBS, a Chaperones Licence and Public Liability Insurance.

Tegan teaches all classes in the Dorset area, including the Platinum Performance Group.  She also assists with the class assistant training classes.

In 2023, Tegan spent the week with one of the Dorset students for her work experience, giving her insight into all aspects of becoming a Dance Teacher.

Also in 2023, Tegan qualified as an aerial silks teacher.   Classes have been added to the Portland and Weymouth timetable.

Shannon Vranch-Wellman
Musical Theatre & After School Clubs Teacher (Acrobatic Arts AAC1)

Shannon was a member of Platinum Dance & Acrobatics School as well as a dancer in the Performance Team for over 15 years.  During her years with us, she also helped as a class assistant with some of our younger students.  Shannon also danced  in many shows for Platinum as well as performing as a senior dancer for Pirates of the Pavilion and Christmas Pantomimes at Weymouth Pavilion. 

Shannon then went to Bath Spa Uni UCW to study Dance for Commercial Performance, where she achieved a First Class Honours Degree. 

Shannon has now returned to her home on Portland and will start teaching Acro in After School Clubs as well as Adult Classes on Portland.  August 2022, Shannon attended an Acrobatics Arts Module 1 training course and qualified, achieving a 100% pass in the written exam and a pass in the practical exam and is now qualified to teach Primary to Level 6 Acrobatic Arts.  Shannon has recently completed her paediatric first aid training and has a fully enhanced DBS and is covered by Platinum’s Public Liability Insurance. 

In 2023, Shannon qualified as an aerial silks instructor and is teaching classes in Dorchester and Portland.

Alisha Cleaver
Senior Class Assistant

Alisha has been dancing with Platinum Dance & Acrobatics School (PDAS) since she was just 2 years and 6 months and hasn’t looked back since.  She dances all genres throughout the week and is a valuable member of the Performance team.  Alisha started helping out with the younger Ballet students and has now progressed to also helping with Modern, Tap and Acro.  In 2023, Alisha did her work experience with PDAS, learning syllabus work as well as Health and Safety and many other aspects towards teaching.  Once Alisha has taken her GSCE exams, she hopes to undertake her training to become a dance teacher.

Poppy Houlston
Class Assistant – Dorset

Poppy has been dancing with Platinum Dance & Acrobatics School (PDAS) since she was 7 years old and dances all genres of dancing and is a valuable member of the Performance Team.  She started helping out with the younger ballet, modern and acro classes and now helps with all the Acro classes on Portland, as well as the After School Club at Holy Trinity Primary School in Weymouth.

Scarlett Northing
Class Assistant – Dorset

Scarlett has been dancing with Platinum Dance & Acrobatics School (PDAS) since she was 4 years old and takes classes in Ballet, Modern, Street, Contemporary and Pointe and is also a valuable member of the Performance Team.  Scarlett helps with the younger Ballet, Modern and Junior Street classes.

Emily Levi
After School Club Assistant

Emily has been a part of Platinum Dance & Acrobatics School (PDAS) since we took the school over in 2008.  Whilst actively dancing with the school, Emily was a member of the performance team, as well as taking classes in all genres.  She was also a class assistant in some of our Portland classes.  In 2023, Emily returned to help out with the acro classes in some of our After School Clubs on Portland.

Chloe
Class Assistant – Fawley

Chloe has been dancing with Platinum Dance & Acrobatics School (PDAS) since the Fawley branch opened in 2018.  She is part of the performance team and also dances Ballet, Street, Tap, Pointe, Acro, Commercial and Contemporary.  Chloe helps with Mini Ballet & Acro, Junior Street and Acro.