Amy Topham

Founder and CEO

Amy opening the show at Science On Stage, The Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

How did Spritzer start? I held auditions to form a performance group which I named Spritzer. The name was chosen because I wanted the company to be fresh, fizzy and funky and to combine a  fusion of dance styles. From the auditions a performance group was formed who became and remain the heart of Spritzer. The dancers now represent the company at different dance platforms, professional events and competitions locally and nationally.

 

How did Spritzer develop? I began to expand the company by setting up classes across Nottinghamshire offering  Hip Hop, Break Dance, Contemporary and Street Dance.  As I began to offer different dance styles I also decided to introduce a project called ‘Co.Lab’. Co.Lab is a collaborative group of dance artists and aged 16 – adult. We created professional works for local dance platforms and events, which led to one of our biggest achievements to date; performing as part of the 30th anniversary at The Royal Concert Hall.

 

My TrainingI began my training aged four in ISTD Ballet at a private dance school. At aged 8 I starting training in Tap and Modern Theatre also. I worked through examinations to a professional level in all three disciplines, as well as completing two Jazz awards. I continued in the arts at A-level where I took Drama and Theatre Studies. I then went on to complete a BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance Degree at Bretton Hall (University Of Leeds). Later, I started my teacher training in a professional syllabus (ISTD) in Ballet, Tap and Modern Theatre. Since graduating from University in 2006 I have taught BTEC and GCSE dance in secondary schools, as well as freelance dance and drama classes in a variety of schools, community settings, council run projects and private dance and drama schools. I worked closely with Bluecoat Academy and Ellis Guilford School, leading Bluecoat’s Dance Academy and teaching on their Enrichment Programme and teaching BTEC dance and dance through PE at Ellis Guilford School. I teach all of Spritzer’s performance groups and classes with a fantastic group of young leaders who shadow me at different venues. 


“I love…Ballet because the technique is one of the most difficult; challenge yourself!”

“I am inspired by…the creative people I work with; children, teenagers and peers.”

“I hate…Marmite, it stinks!!!”

 


Practice. Perform. Progress.

 



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