founder

rachel kenning

DTLLS, DDE(ISTD), LTA MTC Dip

Rachel Kenning - Dance Class InstructorDance Classes in Leighton Buzzard - Tot Bop

my concept

Tot Bop began after I set about looking for a modern & funky dance class for my own son, Alfie. Like most 3 year old boys he’s a bundle of energy and loves to dance to pop music he hears on the radio or TV. As a professional dancer, now teacher and choreographer, it was hugely important to me to try and find something which would inspire and sow the seeds of dance, rhythm, movement and expression. So I thought, why not create something myself, which would strive to incorporate all that into a class for younger children as a foundation for things to come and which would specifically cater for kids that gravitate towards pop, jazz and street dance. In 2016, I launched Tot Bop, which delivers technical modern/jazz and creative movement to young children up to the age of 7 in and around Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. I am passionate about inspiring children and giving them the very best introduction to dance.

my history

In a past life, somewhere before children, Rachel trained at Laine Theatre Arts in dance, musical theatre and teacher training, leaving with her Diploma in Musical Theatre and her ISTD teaching qualifications. Professionally as a dancer, Rachel was lucky enough to travel the UK and abroad with numerous contracts in musical theatre and jazz dance for production companies such as P&O Cruises, Evolution, Nottingham Playhouse to name a few. She has choreographed extensively in UK theatre venues such as the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, The Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield, the St Albans Arena and The Central Theatre, Chatham. In 2006 Rachel joined the main school teaching faculty at Tring Park School For The Performing Arts, specialising in jazz, modern and tap to 8-19 year olds. During her time teaching at the school, she furthered her teaching qualifications, she managed the Junior Conservatoire (now Tring Park Associates) for 2 years as well as creating, writing and delivering the course of Integrated Professional Studies, as part of the Trinity National Diploma in Professional Dance to the 6thform dance course students. In 2018, Rachel left Tring Park to focus and expand Tot Bop!

instructor

sara clayton

Sara began her professional training at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts where she was awarded a scholarship to further her education. Sara gained valuable performance experience and then decided to pass on her love of dance to others and train as a teacher. She completed her ISTD dance teaching qualifications with Penny Meekings at The College, and has since been teaching at The Dance Studio, based in St Albans and Harpenden. Sara has experience working with all ages from teaching Tot Bop and baby ballet to professional jazz and adult ballet! She always strives to achieve the best from her students in a comfortable and friendly environment, and pass on her passion for dance.

instructor

sophie seal

Sophie has been dancing since the age of 3, and began her professional training at the age of 18. She attended Margaret Howard Theatre College in which she started her ISTD teaching qualifications, and then later attended Performers college with a DaDa scholarship to further her training in Musical theatre and Dance. Sophie is now completing her final steps of her ISTD DDE qualifications at Linda Sweetzer teacher training college. Sophie has worked for Sargent and Plester school of dance in Chesham for 3 years, and since starting there her passion for teaching has only blossomed. Sophie is experienced with many ages, from babies to adults, and has a love for teaching little ones how to get creative and widen their imagination through singing and dance!