Paul has taught dance for 25 years, initially in the NATD method, swiftly moving onto ISTD when he moved to London in 1990. He has played piano for ballet, modern and tap classes, as well as examinations, for 34 years. His first accompanist work was at Frances Bleasdale School in Bolton, where he also took classes in Cecchetti ballet, NATD tap and stagecraft.
About the school
Liz Burville Performing Arts has been training children and young people in Dance, Musical Theatre, Drama and Singing for over 30 years. The fully equipped studios in Bexley have been the home to many successful professional performers and teachers.
Liz Burville Performing Arts was, until very recently, under the personal supervision of Teacher/Choreographer and ISTD and Trinity Guildhall Examiner Liz Burville. Liz first opened her school with less than 30 pupils on the register and by the time Liz had been open a few years, her school had over 200 pupils on the books.
In 2014, Liz fell ill and after a four year battle with cancer, lost her fight on 1st January 2018.
She left her school in the very capable hands of award winning choreographer Julia Pritchett who is the Artistic Director, Angela Stokes, Financial and Business Director and her husband Stuart Gain.
Thirty two years on and with many ex-pupils now performing and teaching in their own right, the school looks set to continue for another 30 years.
We are incredibly proud of our students who have successfully competed and performed all around the world, including Paris, LA and Spain. In 2007, we competed at The International Dance Awards in Barcelona, where over 65 countries around the world including America and China were represented. We came away with no less than three awards for Most Promising Young Dancer, Best Teacher for 16 years and Under and the most prestigious prize we could imagine, The Grand Prix for 16 years and under!
In recent years we have performed for passengers on luxury cruise liners as well as competing in Dance Excellence in Hollywood LA, no less than three times. On all three occasions, we came home with several awards for our performances. In 2011, 2014 and 2017, we competed in Disneyland, Paris at the International Festival of Dance and Performing Arts. Our latest trip in 2017 resulted in us being awarded the Grand Champions of the Competition.
Children are entered for ISTD exams in Ballet, Tap and Modern and LAMDA exams for Drama. We are very proud of our children who have achieved some outstanding examination results over the years.
LBPA is renowned for its excellent productions, in recent years a full-scale musical has been presented at numerous different venues including The Orchard Theatre, The Stag Theatre Sevenoaks, The Mick Jagger Centre Dartford and the Bob Hope Theatre, Eltham. Previous musicals include Annie, Peter Pan A Rock Fantasy, Disco Inferno and Billy Elliot, Seussical the Musical, Bugsy Malone, Thumbelina, The Snow Queen and in 2018 A Million Dreams in memory of Miss Burville.
At the end of every year, just before Christmas, all children will take part in an annual showcase of classwork. This will take place at an external theatre.