Sophie Martin - PRINCIPAL
Sophie started dancing with Gypsy Booth School when she was 5, she began by taking part in only Tap and Modern. She enjoyed the creative and technical elements to those styles, alongside doing gymnastics. Tamara suggested she started Ballet as she believed Sophie would enjoy the class and could progress using the need for placement in Ballet. This appeared a struggle due to the clashes between Ballet and Gymnastics, Sophie was struggling at such a young age to adapt her core between the two classes and was advised to make a choice between them. She of course chose Ballet, making her a stronger dancer and driving her to then take on more classes such as Jazz, Contemporary and Character. The extra classes began developing her already vivid creativity, to which she channelled in to choreographic competitions which her pieces were placed and awarded each time. Sophie always had a natural flare for performance, this lead her to star in the drama shows with characters the audience went home thinking about. She also sailed through her LAMDA exams achieving the highest marks to date for Gold Medal which was rushed through in 1 month before Sophie had to start her new adventure.
Sophie went on at the age of 16 to Italia Conti, where she was the youngest in her year and positioned in the top level for all her classes. Unfortunately Sophie’s knees were not made to keep up with her progression, she needed to have operations on both which lead her to make a tough choice and step away from the spotlight she had always dreamed of taking. She then went on to build her knowledge in hospitality, whilst going through her teacher’s qualification ‘Level 5 Diploma in Education & Training’. Sophie climbed up to the position of Venue Manager running the business side for The Bushey Academy, maximizing the income for the school enabling them to purchase items to benefit the student’s education. She also was asked to lecture and be a tutor for one of the classes at West Herts College on the course ‘Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Performing Arts’. Upon having lunch with Tamara, it was explained that the Gypsy Booth School needed someone to take it on. Sophie jumped at this opportunity as the school was always somewhere she felt safe and free from judgment, she treasured the thought that she could provide that for others. Tamara felt that with Sophie’s knowledge of running a business and having qualified experience in teaching, she would be good for the school. From then on meetings were had and decisions were made and everything just fell into place, leading to the official transfer to Sophie in August 2018 whereby she became Principal and Owner of Gypsy Booth School of Performing Arts.
NATALIE CARTER – HEAD OF BALLET
Natalie joined GBS in 1998. In 2009, Natalie began a four year Russian Ballet course at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. Whilst there she participated in the school concerts and received 'good' and 'excellent' in all her exams. She graduated in 2013, with an 'artist of ballet' diploma. In 2013 Natalie began dancing with the London Russian Ballet pre-professional company. There she performed principle/soloist roles as they toured. From 2013-2015 Natalie worked with Mariinsky choreographer and Golden Mask award winner Vladimir Varnava. She premiered his solo creation 'Syrinx' and was cast as the soloist in his new ballet 'Siberian tales' which premiered at Sadler's Wells in 2016. In 2014, Petr Bazaron selected Natalie to perform in his new contemporary work 'Pictures at an Exhibition' to the music of Mussorgsky. In March 2016 Natalie performed the 'Blue Bird' pas de Deux at the National Portrait Gallery in London to commemorate the opening of the Russian Art exhibition. In July 2016 Natalie was selected to participate in the International Ballet Competition in Varna. Upon finishing the competition Natalie was invited to the Bolshoi Ballet Company. During 2016/2017, Natalie was an apprentice at the Bolshoi Ballet Company. In 2017 Natalie returned to the UK to perform at the London Palladium, alongside principles of the Bolshoi. After this, Natalie received a contract with the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg; there she danced corps de ballet and soloist roles.
Giselle, Street dancer (Don Quixote), Chopiniana (waltz and prelude soloist), Esmeralda, Pas de trois (Swan Lake), Medora (Corsaire), Paquita (soloist), Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Gamzatti (La Bayadere), Dying Swan, Bolero (Don Quixote), Laurencia, Indian dancer (La Bayadere), Elegy.
PIPPA SCOTT – TEACHER/PRINIPAL’S PA
Pippa started dancing at Gypsy Booth School of Theatre Arts at the age of 2, taking part in Racheal’s ballet class. She then developed a passion for dance and enjoys taking up new styles and classes throughout the years. Jazz has always been an adoration of Pippa’s as she has attended classes since weenie boppers and continues to do so with a great deal of love and enthusiasm. Pippa has always helped teachers with assisting in lessons with girls in younger years and developed a love of teaching dance through this.
Pippa teachers our younger students at GBS, this she thoroughly enjoys as it allows her to see the students grow as dancers. She still attends regular classes in a variety of styles throughout the week as it helps to be continuously learning new things to pass on to the younger students.