Seahaven Dance - About Us
Seahaven Dance; Ballet, tap, Modern & Jazz Seahaven Dance was established in 1995 and has grown from one ballet class a week to classes being held in ballet, modern, jazz and tap throughout the week from Monday to Saturday. Classes are held mainly in Seaford at the Seahaven District Scout Headquarters, Chichester drive, and Claremont Hall, with some classes in Newhaven at Studio Tempo, Meeching road.
The staff are all qualified, CRB checked, registered chaperones and ex-professional dancers. They are passionate about teaching dance and the enjoyment learning this skill can bring. Pupils are prepared for exams, competitions and shows or can dance purely as a recreational pastime. Seahaven dance is known for its friendly, happy, family atmosphere, the pupils being encouraged to be supportive of each other and their achievements.
Mechele Lefkaridi - Principal
Mechele lefkaridi trained at Studio Tempo, Newhaven and with Molly Caulder in Brighton before gaining a place at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. During her time at Italia Conti Mechele won the Joyce Brierley award and passed her initial teaching exams. After dancing professionally Mechele taught at Italia Conti until starting her family. She returned to Studio Tempo in the 1980's as a teacher and established Seahaven Dance in 1995. Mechele is a licentiate of the ISTD and IDTA. She is a member of the Cecchetti group and a committee member of the junior and senior central Cecchetti associates. Mechele has taught both the Cecchetti associates and scholars and choreogaphed for the 10th anniversary celelbration of the Cecchetti associates at the Royal Ballet School.
Jacky Wood - Teacher
Jacky first took ballet classes in Eastbourne at the age of 8 and always enjoyed performing in shows and festivals. She very quickly realised her love of dancing, especially ballet. At 13 she went to Bush Davies for weekly classes and then as a full time student for 3 years, training in all types of dance and gaining her Associate of Ballet with the ISTD. On leaving Bush Davies, Jacky joined Southern Ballet directed by Shirley Rees-Edwards and enjoyed performing at UK venues. After this Jacky danced in modern jazz groups in the Far East. Jacky danced professionally for 10 years and then a change of career saw her working as cabin crew before raising a family and settling in Seaford. Jacky still loves performing and as well as being a member of Eastbourne Operatic and Dramatic Society, she enjoys an appearance in Seahaven Dance's bi-annual show! Jacky has been happy teaching at Seahaven Dance for the past 3 years and when possible enjoys going on dance courses with Mechele. Apart from dancing Jacky enjoys cooking, especially cakes!
Amy Heather - Teacher
Amy started ballet with Mechele at Seahaven Dance from the age of three, later adding Modern, Jazz and Tap to her studies. She has always achieved excellent exam results gaining 99/100 in her Cecchetti Ballet Senior Certificate 1 Exam and won the senior class at the Cecchetti Southern Area Awards at the age of 14. A stylish and accomplished performer she qualified to teach in 2012 obtaining the DDI in Cecchetti Classical Ballet, training both at Seahaven Dance and at the Cecchetti Centre in London. Amy is currently working towards her DDE in Cecchetti Classical Ballet whilst enjoying teaching during the week at Seahaven Dance!