Teaching staff

Miss Yvonne Plester

Miss Yvonne Plester

Principal and owner

Miss Yvonne has been the principal of the school since 1986 and teaches all genres of dance.

Miss Yvonne was originally trained at the School under the direction of Miss Yvette Sargent and Miss Mavis Butler – both well recognized examiners and teachers in their field. She has been trained in all subjects, and has achieved all her major qualifications from the ISTD. A working knowledge through years of experience enables her to adapt her teaching methods to suit all ages and abilities, whether the pupil is dancing purely for pleasure, or aiming for a career in the industry.

By attending regular courses, her skills and knowledge are kept up to date, including the changing approaches to teaching pupils. Yvonne is also an approved tutor to coach pupils for teaching qualifications in the four branches of dance.

She has been the choreographer of Chesham pantomime for several years and is currently the trophy Secretary for the Chesham Arts Dance festival.

Alongside running her school Yvonne also works as a freelance teacher. She also sits on the White Hill Centre committee. The White Hill Centre is ‘the home of the dance school’.

Yvonne is a member of the Board of Management of the Elgiva Theatre, Chesham.

Miss Isabelle Russell

Miss Isabelle Russell

Assistant to Senior Modern

Isabelle trained with Sargent and Plester from a young age in Ballet, Tap and Modern.

Isabelle has completed DDI and DDE in Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre and more recently has studied the new ISTD Contemporary syllabus.

She has enjoyed developing her teaching skills under the guidance of Miss Yvonne and feels that this strong dance background has been a huge benefit in establishing her own Personal Training business. Isabelle adores teaching and wants to keep passing on her love of dance to others.

 

Miss Freya Turton

Miss Freya Turton

Singing coach

Freya was inspired to sing, act and dance from a young age and now works as a freelance musician and teacher in and around London.

 

She studied singing as part of her degree in Music at the University of Manchester achieving a 1st in her final vocal recital.

At the age of 11, she had a solo role on the West End in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘The Woman in White’. Since University, Freya has performed roles in Musicals and Operas including Woman 1 in ‘Songs for a New World’, Mabel in ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ and The Novice in Puccini’s ‘Suor Angelica’. Freya also enjoys directing, having been assistant director for the World Premiere of a new opera, ‘Mysterious 44’, and she has directed productions of Handel’s ‘Acis and Galatea’ and Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘The Mikado’. Freya is a Choral Scholar at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London and regularly sings in other choral ensembles.

Freya learnt to Dance at Sargent and Plester from the age of 4 and she is excited to come back to the school to teach the next generation of young performers. Her future plans are to pursue a professional career in Musical Theatre and Performance.

Miss Catherine Simons

Miss Catherine Simons

Drama and LAMDA Tutor

Catherine is a local teacher/director/actor who trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, obtaining a first class degree in Drama, Applied Theatre, and Education.

She has facilitated and directed theatre in a variety of different contexts including; working in state and public schools across the county; working within the criminal justice system, and directing children’s theatre. Catherine is a versatile and energetic performer who uses movement and dance in her work. She is passionate about making theatre for social change. Previously, Catherine has performed and produced shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival based around physical theatre and movement. Her most recent credits include, Assistant Directing the immersive theatre Beatrix Potter Tea Party, at the Guernsey Literary Festival. Catherine is also a musician and has tutored and directed at the National Youth Music Camps.
Catherine has taught LAMDA for a number of years and is keen for pupils to see taking LAMDA exams as a way to build confidence in themselves and their art. Catherine is exceptional at teaching her pupils how to use narrative, voice, and movement to create high quality pieces for their LAMDA exams. She explores drama as a way to express, energize, and engage with an audience.
Catherine is very excited to teach at Sargent and Plester and spread her love of drama and theatre.