After training at Tozer for 15 years, Rachel went to train at the prestigious college Laine Theatre Arts. During her three years there she performed with Kerry Ellis at the London Palladium, she performed 42nd Street for Arlene Philips, played the lead role of ‘Cassie’ in A Chorus Line and landed her first job with Qdos pantomimes. Since then Rachel has worked professionally for over 11 years. Most of that time was spent at sea with Carnival Cruise Lines where she travelled the world performing in shows 6 nights a week. She then moved back to land where she performed in numerous tours, pantomimes and corporate shows as well as the world famous ‘Thursford Christmas Spectacular‘ and 2.5 years at Boulevard in Newcastle. Rachel has now settled in North Yorkshire and is passionate about using her talents to inspire the next generation. She is currently studying for her ISTD DDE in Tap and Modern Theatre, which she teaches at various dance schools in the area. She also has her own theatre school, called Frances Lyn Theatre School which she opened in September 2018. And some how, between everything, she qualified as a bookkeeper and runs her own bookkeeping business for performers and dancers.
Francesca grew up going to Tozer which fuelled her passion for the Performing Arts. Since leaving Tozer, Francesca studied at the esteemed Urdang Academy in London, throughout her three years training she performed in many theatres around London and at Move It and worked with renowned choreographers such as Bill Deamer, Dean Lee, Arthur Gourounlian and Flawless. After graduating she got her first job with The Tiller Girls on John Bishop’s Christmas Show which performed on the West End Lyceum Theatre and broadcast on BBC One. Shortly after Francesca got a job with Oceania Cruises. Since then Francesca has been able to combine her two passions of performing and travelling where she has worked for Cruise companies Princess Cruise Lines, Oceania and Holland America performing a variety of shows and Ariel work around the globe. When at home Francesca is part of Ultimate Event Dancers and Event Model Management where she has performed at many big corporate events, danced in Geneva and even a Great Gatsby themed show on a luxurious private Yacht in Italy. Francesca is now about to start her ISTD and DDE teaching qualifications and looks forward to sharing her passion with the next generation.
After leaving Tozer, Emily trained for 3 years at London Studio Centre. She has since been lucky enough to sing at some of the most amazing venues, and been involved in some incredible shows and concerts. Her favourite two being ‘The Lloreal Colour & Style Show’ in New York, and joining ‘Le Bouge Neon’ in the Seychelles. Although performing isn’t her sole career now, Tozer (more specifically Miss Haynes and Miss Burnett!) definitely taught her about the importance of hard work and dedication, which now transpires into everything she does. She also took away with her some friends for life and amazing childhood memories. Tozer will definitely always have a special place in her heart!
After completing her training at Tozer dance studios, Emily auditioned for professional dance schools. She completed a BA honours degree at London Studio Centre after three years of training. As part of this training in her third year she was involved in a small tour with the schools jazz company to expose ourselves to performance agents. After signing with an agency and attending numerous auditions, she was cast to dance on the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, travelling around Europe. Shortly after returning home and missing cruise ship life, Emily decided to take another contract, embarking on a world cruise. After being away from home for long periods of time having had such a wonderful travelling experience, she decided to change her direction. Emily wanted to keep the physicality of dancing still present in her life whilst also having a flair for teaching, so wanted to focus on something that combined the two. She completed a nutritional diploma alongside her Level 2 and 3 personal training qualifications and began to audition to work for boutique gyms in London. She is now a trainer at Heartcore, and teach dynamic Pilates on the reformer machine and Barre. Her journey took a different route to maybe what was planned. However she is incredibly happy in where her training has taken her and believes her Tozer training provided her with the discipline and drive to get where she wants to be, and for that she will always thank Tozer.
I pretty much grew up at Tozer, dancing there from the age of 3years! As well as fully participating in all genres of dance offered at Tozer, my Christmases were spent performing in pantomimes at Newark Palace Theatre representing the school. Through my teenage years I was a teaching assistant at Tozer Studios where I discovered my love of teaching dance. After A-levels, I began professional training in dance and musical theatre at Performers College and during this time obtained my ISTD teaching qualifications. Since graduating from Performers College, I have taught ballet, tap and modern back at Tozer Studios where I realised that my true passion lay with teaching and inspiring a new generation of young dancers. I have now moved to London where I work at the South London Dance School, teaching and choreographing. I also work as a teaching assistant in a local school for children with severe additional needs. Tozer will always hold a special place in my heart. I not only learned to dance and perform but also learned valuable life skills which will will stay with me always.
After leaving Tozer Studios in the summer of 2018, Emily did a 1 year foundation in Musical Theatre at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London. She successfully auditioned for a place on the BA(Hons) at Trinity and is really enjoying her full-time training there. The course is split between acting, singing and dance and there is a fantastic faculty of staff who are all industry professionals. Emily also works part time at a West End theatre doing front of house which is good fun and an opportunity to see a lot of theatre, and theatre operations close up. She is also involved in a workshopping a new play which she and a group of friends are hoping to take to the Edinburgh Fringe one day.
Since leaving Tozer, i have gone on to study mass communications at Northumbria university whilst continuing my love for dance by being part of the dance society and competing against other universities. I have very fond memories of my time at Tozer where I made long lasting friendships who still play an important part in my life!
After leaving Tozer in the summer of 2018, I started studying at Manchester Metropolitan University where I joined a dance society for weekly classes with a fellow Tozer student. Although performing isn’t my future career, my many years at Tozer cemented the skills of dedication and hard work which I applied to my studies. Being part of a community alongside the guidance and commitment from my teachers has grown my confidence in all aspects of life. I also made great friends in a supportive environment and gained many happy memories there over the years! I will always be thankful that Tozer taught me important lessons that I will always carry with me..
After leaving Tozer, I continued following my passion for Dance and Musical Theatre at Bird College Conservatoire for dance and musical theatre studying for a BA Honours degree. I am thoroughly enjoying the diverse and outstanding training I am receiving at Bird. During my first year at Bird I was selected to perform in the opening of MOVE IT 2020 representing the college and also had the opportunity to work with some excellent choreographers for an external professional production yet to take place. Going into my second year at Bird I’m very excited for all that’s to come.
Eleanor has been passionate about musical theatre since she saw Matilda in the West End as a child. After completing her A Levels and graduating from Tozer Studios, Eleanor spent a year training in Musical Theatre at Mountview before continuing her training on the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre course at ArtsEd, London.
After leaving Tozer Studios Imogen auditioned for Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, successfully getting onto the ballet and contemporary BA (Hons) course. She credits this to all her many years at Tozer Studios for not only teaching her the art of dance but discipline, confidence and dedication. Being a part of Tozer Studios will always play a big part in her heart, a second family. Now moving into her second year at Laban choreographing, creating and performing, she couldn’t be loving it more, taking it all in every step of the way.
After finding a huge passion for dance and performance at Tozer, Abi decided to carry on her training in the area after achieving her A-Levels. She is now studying for a BA Honours degree in Performing Arts at Stella Mann College of Performing Arts. She has just started her second year of training and is loving it! She has met so many amazing performers and had the pleasure of working with some very experienced and talented choreographers. She can’t wait to carry on her training and see where this journey takes her!
After leaving Tozer, Isabel continued with her love for the performing arts and now attends Bird College Conservatoire for Dance and Musical Theatre studying for a BA Honours degree. She is loving her time at Bird and has been honoured to receive such amazing and challenging training preparing her for the industry. Currently in her second year, Isabel is very much looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that third year will present her.
Paegan says “I basically lived at Tozer for 15 years and wouldn’t want to change it one bit! I spent most days there getting all the versatile training I needed and spending time with the best teachers and best of friends. Tozer had always felt like home, but after the training there I had to move on and carry on my goals of being a professional dancer and performer doing the BA Hons course training at Addict Dance Academy.”
Ben says “I joined Tozer at the age of 12 and my only regret when leaving was not joining when I was younger. Since leaving in 2020 I have gone on to train at Arts Educational School studying a BA Honours degree in Musical Theatre. I am absolutely loving my time at Arts Ed taking what I did at Tozer into full-time training. I have just started second year, have loved the opportunities of working with industry professionals and can’t wait to see what these next two years have in store. I value Tozer as my second family and cannot wait to come back for classes when I can. I cannot thank everybody enough for without Tozer I wouldn’t be where I am today. ”