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, at the time he was a bundle of energy and loved to groove along to pop music he heard on the radio or TV. As a professional dancer, now teacher and choreographer, it was hugely important to me to try and find him something which would inspire a love of dance 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. How amazing would it be to create a class that taps into the instinct that every child has to move to music; the learning and challenge could be gradually drip fed and increased and over time skills will emerge! I have always been passionate about inspiring children and giving them the very best introduction to dance. In 2016, I launched Tot Bop, which delivers modern/jazz and creative movement classes to young children from the age of 1 up to the age of 9 in and around Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. In 2020 we developed our online class provision and launched Tot Bop Online; imaginative and engaging dance classes that can be accessed from the comfort of your own home.

Our Tot Bop classes are designed to deliver dance with a fresh and unique approach; the classes begin as an introduction to music, rhythm and movement for the littlest Tot Boppers and then develop on to ‘baby modern/jazz’ and again on from there as the children get older. Our classes strive to combine everything you would want in a dance and music group into one, including exposing the children to a variety of music genres. This stands the children in really good stead for whatever they go on to do in the future, providing a great foundation for any type of theatre dance, street dance, ballet or musical theatre, as the children get older.

When creating the syllabus, I’ve used both my professional and educational expertise to create classes that not only captivate children’s imaginations, but also develop essential motor, social and cognitive skills. Our classes strive to inspire children and ignite a passion for dance that will grow with them. Our aim is to not just entertain the children, but to provide an inclusive environment, that children thoroughly enjoy and want to return to each week, where the content is educational and inspirational.

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 Productions, 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 Alban Arena, St Albans and The Central Theatre, Chatham. In 2006 Rachel joined the main school dance teaching faculty at Tring Park School For The Performing Arts, specialising in teaching jazz, modern and tap to 8-19 year olds. During her time teaching at the school, she furthered her teaching qualifications and 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 further!

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!

instructor

tia marney

Tia trained at Jackie Palmers Academy and went on to develop her training into the professional performing world, performing on stage, music video and tv/film.

For the last three years, Tia has been teaching children aged 4-12 years, teaching confidence in social skills through the means of performing arts and finds nothing more rewarding than making a child’s day by filling it with fun and helping them express themselves creatively.