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The Team

All of our Teachers have Enhanced DBS Checks and First Aid Training. 

At LAR, we are all about building confidence. Our class sizes are kept small, so that all children receive individual tuition and feedback from our teachers. 

LAR Performing Arts was founded in January 2018 by Louisa Alice-Rose.

LAR has since grown to encompass 3 locations around the country, each with individual timetables tailored to the children in each area. Julius and / or Louisa (husband and wife team) teach at every location and know each student personally. 

The success of LAR Performing Arts led to the founding of LAR Talent Agency in 2020, representing both adults and children for professional work in theatre, musical theatre, television and film.

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Don Francis

Founder & Principal

Louisa Alice-Rose is a highly versatile soprano and actress. She is also the founder of LAR Performing Arts and the LAR Talent Agency.

Louisa studied at Sylvia Young Theatre School, Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, Glyndebourne Youth Opera and the Royal Northern College of Music, graduating with First Class Honours in Vocal Studies and Opera.

Louisa has been performing on the professional stage since her West End debut at aged 8 in Les Miserables. At aged 9, Louisa played the role of Tilly in the World Première performance of The Bear by Howard Blake at The Barbican Centre and Birmingham Symphony Hall.

At aged 17, Louisa was runner-up in both the Next BRIT Thing competition (sponsored by Classic FM) and the Rotary Club of Great Britain and Ireland Young Musician of the Year. Louisa was nominated for a Classic BRIT Award in 2018. In 2019 Louisa was one of the final 6 singers at the Llangollen Eisteddfod Pendine International Voice of the Future.  

In 2020 and 2021 Louisa was top of the iTunes Classical Charts with ‘The Cold Of Winter’ and ‘You Are Not Alone’ composed by Lyndon Samuel.

Louisa’s stage roles for 2022-23 include Phyllis (Iolanthe) for White Knight, Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and Fanny Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility UK Premiere) with Surrey Opera, Yum Yum (The Mikado) for Opera South East, Constance (The Sorcerer), Kate (The Pirates of Penzance) and Leila (Iolanthe) for Grim’s Dyke Opera, Phoebe (The Yeomen Of The Guard) for Kentish Opera.

Other career highlights include solo recitals at Hampton Court Palace, Windsor Castle, The Royal Albert Hall, Cardiff Millennium Centre and Bournemouth International Centre. 

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Julius Wills

Ashley Jones

Artistic Director

Julius Wills is an actor, writer and director. He trained first with the Year Out Drama Company, based in Stratford-Upon-Avon and then continued his studies with the Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company. Julius is the Artistic Director for Tell No Tales Theatre Company and LAR Performing Arts. He is also a peripatetic LAMDA Teacher at St Paul’s School.

 

Julius’ Shakepeare roles include Edmund (King Lear), Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing), Antonio (The Merchant of Venice), Rodrigo (Othello) and Bertram (All’s Well That Ends Well) with Bowler Crab Productions and Duke Senior / Oliver / Duke Frederick (As You Like It) with The Menagerie of the Lost and Found. 

Other theatre credits include The Gentleman /Robert Suydam (The Atrocities at Arkham) with Tell No Tales, Lollio (The Changeling) with Ovo Theatre, Smirnov (The Bear, Chekov) and The Conductor (Train Journey) with Broken Word Productions, Tiresias (Antigone) with SE Theatre Company, Goblin Ringleader (Goblin Market) and Probeus (Medusa) with Fourth Monkey at the Edinburgh and Camden Fringe Festivals. 

Julius’ pantomime credits include Button (Cinderella) with Chaplins Entertainment and operatic credits include Raoul St Brioche (The Merry Widow) and Scynthius (Less Miserable) with Aquarian Opera.

 

For Tell No Tales Theatre Company, Julius wrote and directed ‘The Atrocities at Arkham’ and ‘The Lurking Fear’ as part of the London Lovecraft Festival. He also wrote and directed two audio dramas, ‘Echo’ and ‘The Hotel, the Basement and the Laboratory.’  For Broken Word Productions, Julius directed ‘The Proposal’ (Chekov) and he wrote and directed ‘Train Journey.’ 

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Tess Brown

Street Dance / Musical Theatre/ LAR Elite

Helayna is a graduate of Performers College, where she received a Level 6 Diploma in Dance Theatre in 2017. A qualified Street Dance teacher, Helayna gained her Level 4 Diploma with Distinction back in 2012 under Urban Strides, after training and performing with them for 7 years. 

 

Helayna thoroughly enjoys teaching children of all ages, having choreographed and taught in a variety of schools in the Buckinghamshire area, including teaching the Junior School at Performers College whilst she was still in training. Her background is heavily commercial based and has had training in all female company ‘Sirens’ and Locking company ‘FunkOfTheFuture.’ 

Teaching the foundations of Street Dance, including Locking, Popping and Hip Hop, Helayna is passionate about giving children the confidence and ability to believe they can succeed- all whilst having fun!   

Credits include:  

John Newman Live TV Performance/ Dubai Expo, Living The Dream/ Global Village Dubai/ Beauty and the Beast Pantomime, UK Productions/ Peter Pan Pantomime, UK Productions/ 10th Anniversary Japan Matsuri as a Dancer & Catwalk Model/ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Pantomime, UK Productions/ Aladdin Pantomime, Paul Holman Associates, as Ms Bassett & Dancer/ 2016 AQA GCSE Contemporary choreography demonstration video/ NFL Opening Ceremony, Mass Movement/ Young Voices Arena Tour, Urban Strides 

Helayna teaches Musical Theatre, Street Dance and LAR Elite for LAR Tring and LAR Welwyn.

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Hannah Moss

Lisa Rose

Street Dance / Performing Arts / Drama

Hannah Moss is a physical theatre actor/maker with an interest in visual storytelling, comedy and interactive work. She likes to create work in both the mediums of theatre & film.

 

Previous theatre credits include; historical comedy ‘Countess Jeanne & The Necklace Scam’ at The Drayton Arms, physical comedy ‘Sorry…What Did You Say?’ at Watford Palace Theatre, and Offie nominated ‘Valhalla’ by Gecko associate director Rich Rusk. Her most recent screen credits include the supporting role of Lily in ‘Don’t You Want Me Baby’ by Sisu Productions and ‘Loo Chats’ created by BBC sketch writer Beth Noonan-Roberts.

Hannah has lots of performing arts teaching experience, ranging from early years to 17 for dance (street, modern, musical theatre), drama and screen acting. Nothing brings Hannah more joy than teaching young performers new skills, growing their confidence and most importantly having fun!

Hannah teaches weekly at LAR Brixton and is a cover teacher for our Tring & Welwyn classes.

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Syanne Day

Dance Teacher 

Syanne trained at English National Ballet School and Elmhurst Ballet School, graduating in 2015 with a Diploma in Professional Dance.

 

Syanne’s professional career began with English National Ballet, performing in their touring production of Swan Lake, followed by their Swan Lake in-the-round production at the Royal Albert Hall. Syanne joined Cork City Ballet in 2019 for a season and afterwards joined Let’s All Dance for their tour of The Nutcracker, where she performed the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. She has since worked with the company again for two tours of the Sleeping Beauty, performing as the Lilac Fairy and two more tours of The Nutcracker. Syanne has also ventured into contemporary work with Mercurial Dance, who she worked with in 2018 for site specific performances in Birmingham and Coventry. Syanne joined the Connecting Stars project with Constella OperaBallet at the start of 2022, which delivers live virtual performances to care homes around the UK and Ireland. 

 

Syanne also studied at Middlesex University and has a BA in Professional Practice. Syanne is a qualified personal trainer and started her own business in 2020 called DanceWithSyanne, where she teaches weekly dance and fitness classes for adults. Classes range from Adult Ballet to Stretch/Tone/Relax classes as well as dance inspired HIIT workouts. All classes stream online, plus Syanne teaches Adult Ballet classes in-person in Hemel Hempstead and Leighton Buzzard.

Ashley Turner

Singing Teacher

Ashley is a Singing Coach and Musical Director with over 14 years experience and is Head of Singing at Platinum Academy (London) and on the singing faculty at London Studio Centre (London). He has also taught singing at Wilkes Academy, Arts Educational, Bucks New University and University of Cumbria.

Ashley holds a 1st class BA (hons) in Performing Arts and an MA in Opera and Music Theatre. 

He has extensive experience working in education teaching and course leading modules in singing, voice and Musical Directing full scale second and third year productions at training colleges and Universities. His private clients often perform in West End, UK and international touring productions and he supports his clients in healthy and sustainable vocal use. He works with students of all ages with specialism in Musical Theatre. 

As well as working in formal eduction, he runs community based project such as his Musical Theatre Choir - Aylesbury which was founded in 2015 offering adults a chance to engage with quality and fun weekly rehearsals in musical theatre singing. He is passionate about his work and continues to take part in CPD and has recently been accepted to be a Vocal Process Accredited Teacher. He is keen to promote and run a fully inclusive teaching practice and takes particular interest in research surrounding transgender/non-binary voice and testosterone effected voice. 

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