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Mission Statement

At Dance Works our aim is to nurture and encourage each individual regardless of skill or talent so that through discipline, enjoyment, mutual respect and guidance the dancer young or old can reach their maximum potential while developing positive self esteem and awareness. We like to think of ourselves as a BIG FAMILY!

Philosophy

Dance teaches how to use the space around us, how to move in that space and how to project our own personality into that space. Growing up is all about carving out space and finding one’s place. The beauty of dance is that it allows the body and mind to connect in such a way that self-esteem can emerge, with staying power. Success is the belief that effort-rather than perfection-is the biggest factor to overall success. If failure occurs, it is important to look at it as a problem to solve rather than a reflection of personal ability. It is important to seek out new challenges and learn from past mistakes. This creates strong, driven dancers who have the ability to deal with any situation life presents to them.

Team

Clare Merchant Andreou

Director

“Dance is music made visual” - George Balanchine

SVETLANA TOKATLIAN

Accompanist

“Do it big, do it right and do it with style” - Fred Astaire

Anastasia Paschali

Dance Instructor

“There is no greater satisfaction then accomplishing something you have worked hard for” - Anastasia Paschali

Andria Michaelidou

Dance Instructor

“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself” - Mikhail Baryshnikov

Eleni Ioannou

Dance Instructor

“I dance because there’s no greater feeling in the world than moving to a piece of music and letting the rest of the world disappear” - Eleni Ioannou

Zoe Georgallis

Dance Instructor

“Dancing on the edge is the only place to be” - Trisha Brown

Natalie Jones

Drama Facilitator and Director

“I love acting. It is so much more real than life” - Oscar Wilde

Kristina Alexandrou

Dance Instructor

“Practice like you've never won. Perform like you've never lost” - Kristina Alexandrou

Themida Christodoulou

Dance Instructor

“Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you growing.” - Themida Christodoulou

Athina Roditou

Dance Instructor

'Dancing is like dreaming with your feet'

Testimonials

”To touch, to move, to inspire. That is the true gift of dance” – Audrey Lynch "A teacher must possess many qualities- firmness and softness, patience, perseverance and sturdiness….but above all is the love for children, a burning desire to train them up-both weak & strong. And creativity in ones approach to ones task is above all. You gave me life when you taught me how to dance and I love you for it."

Galatia Savva

"As a dance student, Dance Works was home to me, a safe place where I could release all my thoughts and worries through dance. Clare is my true inspiration. She has touched me forever, teaching directly from her heart, showing me that anything is possible through hard work, determination and a passion to do what you love. "

Anna Papaxanthou

"At Dance Works I learned to be confident, independent and hard working. My love for dance became stronger with the enthusiasm and love given to us from the great teachers there. The lessons I gained form my teacher Clare have stayed with me in my training and I can still hear her voice in my head while dancing."

Zoe Georgalli

"Dance Works is my best and unforgettable school of life. There I learnt how to think, feel and express. 15 years of the most enjoyable period of my life- and creation of long life friendships- a second family. "

Amanda Iacovidou

"Dance Works opened the little hidden door to a whole new world for me - it unlocked the magical dancing world! every single lesson was filled with joy, happiness and new challenges to overcome, just like going on a treasure hunt. 🙂 "

Christiana Hartsiotis

"I remember my classes at Dance Works 20 years ago like yesterday. Clare’s energy and enthusiasm for dance were inspiring. I continued to dance all through my undergraduate studies, medical school, residency and the beginning of medical practice – until I had my first child and I intend to go back to it as soon as my 3 kids are up for it. Thank-you Clare!"

Margarita Antoniades

"Wishing you all a wonderful reunion and sending you my love. I remember my time at Dance Works with the fondest memories as you all touched my heart in so many ways, and I feel truly honored to have had the privilege of working with such a talented group of young people and an inspirational Director. I will never forget any of you! Love and hugs, Miss Carmen xxx"

Carmen Duncan

"I have so many fond and wonderful memories of being a part of the Dance Works family. It’s hard to say that one thing best describes my time there. My fondest memories are all full of laughter and smiles. Dance Works is so much more than a dance studio, it’s a place where children feel safe and secure to be the best version of themselves and real relationships and bonds are made. This studio and everyone involved will always have a special place in my heart. xx"

Chloe Brydges