Masque Theatre School was opened in 1996 by Husband & Wife Team, Dean & Kerree Bray at The Broadstairs Youth & Leisure Centre. They offered two classes, one in Drama & one in Freestyle Dance. Since then they have expanded the timetable to accommodate the increasing demand for these subjects & developed new ideas that give pupils a more comprehensive range of training. Over the years, Masque has become a ver highly regarded Dance School in Thanet. During this time they have been involved in many facets of dance and theatre and have continued to train and gain further experience and qualifications within their individual genres. In 2001 it soon became apparent that due to increasing demand for there classes, they would have to find a new home and started the search for their own premises. In 2009 after a long summer renovating The Former United Reform Church, Masque moved into their new home, which is now located in Ramsgate and is equipped with 4 fully fitted dance studios. The studios currently run 60 classes per week with approximately 350 students attending each week.
Kerree Bray School Principal
Kerree Bray AIDTA
Principal of Masque Theatre School
Registered Member and Professional Teacher of the IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association)
Qualifications: Kerree continues to study for further qualifications in both acting and dance
Associate: Freestyle Disco
Associate: Rock ‘n’ Roll
Gold Medal LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts)
Melody Ashton | Creative Director
Registered Member & Professional Teacher of the IDTA & ISTD.
Teaches IDTA Grades and vocational grades
Continues to study for IDTA for Licentiate Modern Jazz
IDTA Fellowship Ballet
IDTA Licentiate Tap
IDTA Associate Modern Jazz
ISTD Associates in Tap & Modern
Melody was a late comer to dance not beginning her training until she was 14, however by the time she was 18 she had not only caught up to her peers but was also achieving top marks. Her dancing career took off when she was invited to Japan to be dance captain of the British Kumamoto Dance Team, shortly after she was invited to Vladimir, Russia to assist in dance displays and instruction at the local ballet and gymnastic schools. After dancing professionally at home and abroad Melody became an associate teacher with the ISTD but opted to advance her teacher training with the IDTA up to Fellowship level.
Melody loves being the Creative Director of Masque Theatre School, running both exam sessions and producing their annual show. If you have any queries she’s the one to go to!
Anna Stevens | Contemporary and Ballet Specialist
Anna started danicing at the age of 5. At age 11 she was fotunate enough to be accepted into ‘The Royal Ballet School’, boarding at White Lodge in London. At 16 she went on to study at ‘Central School of Ballet’ where she grauated with a diploma in Dance. After touring with ‘Ballet Central’, she was cast in ‘Phantom Of The Opera’, ‘Cats’, ‘Nine’, and then ‘Miss Saigon’ in Sweden. She later went onto study musical theatre & acting on Broadway in New York, at the respected ‘Circle In The Square Theatre School’. After graduating Anna performed in cabarets and plays in New York including ‘The two Gentlemen Of Verona’, ‘The Tempest’ and other off broadway productions. She was then fortunate enough to land the role of ‘Anybody’s’ in the 50th Anniversary productions of ‘West Side Story’. This production (directed by Tony nominated director Joey McKneeley) took Anna all over the world, and eventually back to her own country on the UK tour of the show. Anna is now training for her pre-associates IDTA ballet with ‘Masque Theatre School’ and excited about her new journey as a teacher.
We have been open as one of the foremost Dance Schools in Thanet since 1996 and over the years we have had a lot of success from our students.
IDTA INTERNATIONAL THEATRE DANCE AWARDS:
Pupils have been nominated for the International Theatre Dance Award Scholarships. These are only accessible when a pupil is awarded 90% or above in the higher grade and Vocational examinations. Not all students gaining these marks will be nominated. The nomination is based on wether the candidate has exceptional talent alongside a good technical ability. Student have currently been nominated for scholarships in Classical Ballet, Modern Jazz & Tap (Ken Dodd Tap Award).
PERFORMING ARTS COLLEGES:
Pupils have gone on to train professionally at the following colleges:
Bird Performing Arts
Phil Winstons Theatre Works
Body Works College (Cambridge Performing Arts)
Masters Performing Arts
National Youth Theatre
The Brit School
London College of Music
GRADUATES OF MASQUE:
Mature students have graduated directly from masque & have have gone on to perform in the following:
Cats: German Tour
Chicago: West End
Dirty Dancing: West End
Grease: West End
Costa Cruises: Caribean and Med
The Thorn Birds Musical: UK Tour
Channel 4 Musicality
Royal Ballet Associates
National Youth Ballet
Winter Gardens Pantomime
Theatre Royal Pantomime
LLoyd Hollet Showtime
Dance Exams in Thanet
We have been open since 1996 and have a 100% pass rate history with Dance Exams in Thanet. We are also a CDET (Council for Dance Education & Training) Recognised School. Our students are trained using both internationally recognised syllabi and non-syllabus techniques. It is our feeling that by exposing students to many techniques and approaches that they will benefit from a more rounded dance & drama training which will prepare them for a potential career in the performing arts should they choose this profession. International Dance Teachers Association Examinations: Examinations are available in Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Musical Theatre, Freestyle Disco, Street Dance, Theatre Craft & Rock ‘n’ Roll. The IDTA is a modern, progressive and forward thinking association. The IDTA is a Member of the British Dance Council. Members of the Council for Dance Education & Training (UK), Central Council of Physical Recreation & The Stage Dance Council International. Examinations are not compulsory, but we find the majority of students wish to take part. We hold between three to four examination sessions a year and teach all amateur levels from Preparatory Grade to Grade 6, and Major Grades; Intermediate, Advanced 1 & 2, (Professional Performer Level). All graded examinations are now OfQual Accredited. London Academy Of Music & Dramatic Art: LAMDA offer a graded examination system which covers Acting, Verse & Prose and Mime to name a few. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious drama training schools in England. LAMDA mission is to: improve standards in communication through the spoken word foster an appreciation of literature, poems and drama acknowledge levels of achievement support the creative, intellectual and social development of the individual as a whole. LAMDA examinations are designed to equip candidates, whatever their age or aspirations, with a range of skills that will serve them throughout life.
At MTS performance experience is offered in a variety of ways. There is our annual Junior & Senior Dance Shows, which all of our dance pupils are involved in, and our annual Drama & Musical Theatre Productions. Our students are encouraged to take part in dance and drama festivals. These are a great way for students to develop there performance skills and gain feedback from those professionals who work in the performing arts industry, and form an important part of their development. We also have the wonderful opportunity to take part in performances in London’s West End at Her Majesties Theatre, Sadlers Wells Theatre, London Palladium & The Theatre Royal Drury, Lane. These are amateur events held for performing arts students from schools all over the UK, giving them the opportunity to experience what it is like to perform in a professional theatre. Alongside these events those pupils who wish to do so may take part in Festival Work, Competitive Work and Demonstration Work. Our pupils are regularly invited to take part in local Pantomimes, Charity Galas and Modelling.