Paul Groarke

Ballet, Tap and Modern
 Paul Groarke

Paul Groarke

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.

In 1984 Paul worked at Hammond School in Chester, playing for lower and upper classes and became head of music in 1989. Moving to London in 1990, Paul worked as an accompanist at Doreen Bird College, Central Ballet School, London Studio Centre, Elmhurst Ballet School and Performers College, as well as teaching music theory to students at Doreen Bird College.

Trained to teach ISTD ballet, modern and tap since 1992, Paul initially worked with Elizabeth Harrison, Liz Burville and Penny Meekings. He continued training at Chichester teacher summer schools over the years in order to achieve Licenciate and Fellowship status.

Paul is currently at LBPA and teaches tap dance from Grade 4 to Advanced 2. He also teaches DDI and DDE students in tap, modern and Vocational Grades up to Advance 2 in ballet, modern and tap. Ballet DDI and DDE students benefit from his musical past to help them improve their knowledge of music, as they prepare for their teaching exams in ballet.

Paul also teaches Imperial ballet to Advanced 1, tap and modern at DanceHouseUK in Eastbourne. He is an approved tutor in tap and modern at DanceHouseUK, as well as at LBPA. In addition, Paul is an accomplished pianist for ballet examinations for ISTD, RAD and BBO.