Principals

Norma Arnould - ARAD - Victoria McDonald

Both had successful careers working extensively in Theatre, Television and Commercials before joining the established Arnould School. In 1963 Norma joined her Mother Phyl Arnould in the running of the School and in the early 1990s Vicky joined her Mother and Grandmother.

Victoria McDonald
Principal

Norma Arnould
Principal

 

 

Kim Miller - Ballet

Kim started dancing with the Arnould School. At the age of Sixteen, Kim went to the Royal Ballet School and then joined the London Festival Ballet for three years. She played the part of a young "Marie Rambert" in the film "Nijinsky". In 1981 Kim joined The London City Ballet becoming Principal Ballerina. She danced all the leading roles and received superb critical acclaim for her interpretations of "Juliet" and "Gisele". Since the closing of The London City Ballet, Kim has married and retired from dancing. She is now the Senior Ballet teacher with The Arnould School.

Kim Miller
Ballet 


Jenny Luard - Senior Modern/Tap

Jenny works internationally as a Dancer and takes real pleasure in teaching at The Arnould School. Jenny first came into contact with school in 2009 whilst working as Dance Captain in Dick Whittington at Epsom Playhouse.  After being very impressed with the standard of the school, Jenny has kept in touch with Miss Vicky ever since and was thrilled to be able to take on the role of teaching Musical Theatre as of September 2014.  Jenny has worked in television, theatre and events and likes to use her varied experience to inform the students.  From performing to an audience of 15 000 as a cheerleader in Hyde Park during the Olympics to appearing as a Vegas Showgirl in last year’s MacDonalds advert, Jenny understands the importance of being a  versatile dancer and works on a large range of styles with the students.  In addition to teaching at the Arnould School, Jenny also works at Pineapple Dance Studios which enables her to keep up with the latest dance styles and techniques.  She also works regularly as a backing dancer for Hear’Say’s Danny Foster and The Big Soul Corporation.   

 

Jenny Luard
Senior Modern/Tap


Ceri Pierson - Beginner and Junior Modern/Tap

Ceri started dancing as a child appearing in Pantomimes and fashion shows. After graduating from Elliot Clarke Dance and Drama College she enjoyed many years working in the business in TV, Theatre, Commercials and Fashion Showsand once her 2 lovely children came along went to work on the other side of the fence for a Record Company. Once they were in secondary school she then upgraded her teaching courses and returned to her passion of dance.

Ceri Pierson
Beginner and Junior Modern/Tap


Susanna Klemm - Drama

Susanna trained at The Italia Conti Academy. She spent many years working in theatre for companies including: Donmar Warehouse, Hull Truck, Thorndike Theatre Leatherhead and serveral national tours. Productions included a "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Annie", "Black Comedy", "Macbeth" and "Tales of Toad Hall". Her last big tour was just before she had her son George in the aptly named George's Marvellous Medicine. T.V Includes "The Tourist Trap", "Crimewatch" and several commercials.

Susanna Klemm
Drama


Sam Giffard - Singing

Originally from Plymouth, Sam moved to Australia as a child and trained at the John Curtain College of Arts in Perth. She has most recently understudied the role of Audrey in 'The Little Shop of Horrors'. Previous to this she played Wendy Darling in 'Peter Pan', Penny Pingleton in 'Hairspray' and Mother/Tribe in 'Hair'. She has featured as a backing vocalist for Will Young, a soloist in 'Toonful' and various concerts for the new writers Tim Prottey-Jones and Jonathan Eio. TV Credits include presenting for the kids channel Nikelodeon Austalia and Lisa in 'Mamma Mia!' for 'Telethon' Network Ten, Australia. Sam has just completed a run in the ‘Children of Eden’ at the Union Theatre and will be appearing in the Christmas Show at Thursford this Christmas.

 

Sam Giffard
Singing


Brogan Ritchie - Junior Ballet

Brogan began dancing with the Arnould School of Dance and Drama at 4 years old. Following this she studied at The Margaret Howard Theatre College gaining her Foundation in Dance and performed as part of The Margaret Howard Theatre Company. Brogan has performed with "Ballet Imaginaire" The Queen Mother’s 100th birthday pageant, the DVD  for ISTD Intermediate Ballet syllabus, music video for the band Twenty Twenty, International Youth Arts Festival and Disneyland Paris Mardi Gras. Brogan extended her studies at The Royal Academy of Dance and returned to the Arnould school as a teacher in 2010.

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Brogan Ritchie
Junior Ballet


Kate - Junior Tap

Kate started dancing at the Arnould School when she was 5 years old. Over the years she completed her examinations to an advanced level in ISTD Modern and Tap, RAD Ballet and Lamda Drama. She has enjoyed various performance opportunities through the school, including Pantomimes, Music Hall, television, commercials and of course many Arnould Shows - her favourite role playing Mary Poppins! Most recently Kate has started studying Latin and Ballroom dancing and has already won a collection of trophies and competed in the ISTD finals in Blackpool! In addition to the administration at the Arnould School, Kate enjoys teaching the younger pupils and adults her favourite discipline, tap

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Kate
Junior Tap


Sarah Higginbotham - Singing

Sarah has been a professional singer and actress for 30 years. She has performed widely in Opera, Oratorio, Cabaret and Musical theatre. She graduated from Goldsmiths college in 2000 with a BMus Hons (music degree) and went on to tour  Holland with Goldsmiths gospel choir as their soloist. As a founder member of Flying intermezzi Opera Troupe Sarah performed Mozart Sopranoroles and newly commissioned operas. Recently she has taught vocal technique and musical theatre performance in several Surrey dance schools and some secondary schools coaching for GCSE and A level performers, specialising in teaching the adolescent changing Boy's voice. Currently Sarah is a member of "Beaubelles" and "Two's company"singing groups.

Sarah Higginbotham
Singing


Guest Teachers & Associates

We are delighted to have a range of guest teachers from all areas of the industry who regularly provide masterclasses, holiday workshops and choreograph for school productions.

 

Antony Johns
Choreographer/ Director

Di Cooke
Choreographer

Janet Williams
ISTD Examiner

Nicola Bacon
Choreographer

Karl Morgan
Choreographer

 
 

 

The School

 

The Arnould School of Dance and Drama has been established for 65 years and has grown into a widely acclaimed theatre academy, with classes held in the Surbiton, Kingston and Chessington areas. Under the present principals, Norma Arnould and her daughter Victoria, the school continues to excel with great professionalism as a result of their own experience working in theatre, television and film. 

 
 

 

Alumni

 

Testament to the Arnould’s success is in the sheer number of former pupils returning with their children and grandchildren. Pupils who have trained with the school, some since the age of 3 have appeared in many West End musicals, plays, television and pantomime. Our seniors students move onto dance and drama colleges including Laines, Doreen Bird, Art Educational, Brit School, Urdang and Mountview. Students have also joined the Royal Ballet and other European Ballet Companies.