JACQUELINE FRATER SCHOOL OF DANCE
Principal – Jacqueline Frater LIDTA, CDET, Level4 Dip. in Dance
Jacqueline Frater School of Dance has been based in Radcliffe-On-Trent, a large village on the outskirts of Nottingham, for over 25 years. Jacqueline trained under the tutorage of Miss Patricia James A.R.A.D. and initially qualified as an Associate Ballet Teacher in 1974 and with continued professional development now has a Life Membership with the I.D.T.A.
The small friendly school has on average 50 pupils ranging in age from 3 years to adults and everyone is encouraged to do their best, gain confidence in their ability, express their creativity and to enjoy dance in a friendly supportive environment nurtured with respect and discipline.
The pupils attend once a week for tuition in the core subjects of Ballet, Tap, and Modern Jazz. Examinations are under the I.D.T.A. International Dance Teachers Association and are held twice a year. The school holds an annual dance show and awards ceremony, with the proceeds donated to The British Heart Foundation and the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Z-Ten Media Productions film the show and the pupils spend hours playing back their “moments of magic”.
Dancing has been a major part of my life and I love to interact with the children and watch them grow and develop their own love of movement and dance. It gives me enormous satisfaction to know that I have touched the lives of hundreds of people in a positive way, giving them wonderful memories of their dancing experience.
Nicola has been dancing in Radcliffe since her early years and she became a pupil of Jackie’s when the Jacqueline Frater School of Dance was formed in 1990. Nicola was 12 years old at this point and hasn’t looked back. Nicola enjoyed taking part in dance competitions and show work.
Whilst continuing with her own lessons, she began assisting Jackie at around the age of 16 years and as her life developed into marriage and then a mother of two daughters, she became Jackie’s assistant teacher. Both of her daughters have progressed through the school.
Nicola, is a registered DBS Chaperone and has experience in Tap, Modern and Ballet and also brings her administrative qualities to the school to assist in that area also.
Nicola has lived locally most of her life and has worked with young people through her full time employment at the Radcliffe Infant School, as well as having been involved in the Radcliffe girl guiding scene for many years. Nicola enjoyed taking part in the Gang Show at the Theatre Royal for many years. In 2016 Nicola was shortlisted for
- Supporting Young People Award – sponsored by Central College Nottingham
This award is to recognise people, clubs or teams that support young people under the age of 16. This can be through sport, mentoring or simply a youth club that keeps young people in a safe environment rather than on the streets.
Nicola is dedicated to the Dance School and her commitment to ensure that the children have a structured curriculum and safe environment in which to develop their creativity is boundless.