Meet the DanSci Dance Studio Family
Miss Ava (The Dreamer): Artistic Director and Founder
Ava Started dancing at the age of three in Great Yarmouth, enjoying experiences with the Royal Ballet junior associates and English National Youth Ballet before winning a scholarship to Northern Ballet School where she completed her Advanced major examinations in ISTD Ballet, Modern, Tap, National, Classical Ballet Teaching associate and RAD Advanced Ballet., graduating with a diploma in Classical ballet. She has danced professionally in Europe and the UK, alighting famous stages such as the London Palladium and Royal Albert Hall as well as several Television and film credits. Ava is also a published author with a series of health booklets for Dancers and Models.
Mum of three; Ava Barron Thomas retrained after injury, gaining certificates in Sports Injury Prevention and her MSc in Dance Science from Laban, London. She holds a diploma in Sports Nutrition and NVQ in Customer service. However, it was opening her babyballet Franchise in Exeter which has highlighted her passion for great quality dance instruction for all. Helping build the local dance community by then going on to create DanSci Dance studio, with her husband Anthony Thomas (the logical one in our DanSci family!)
Ava insists that Exeter deserves a professional, safe dance space to rival other major cities. She believes everyone should have opportunity to experience top quality dance classes regardless of their background or aspirations. It is really important to Ava that DanSci becomes the place to get correct, informative health information for dancers and practioners.
Ava, former Associate Lecturer at Exeter College is a registered babyballet teacher trainer, Certified as Progressing Ballet Technique & Flowetic instructors. She also holds her Dance Instructor certification through the International Dance Teaching Standards. As well as overseeing all aspects of DanSci Dance Studio she teaches the Creative Ballet Programme and heads up the Dance Science department. She is loving her new venture providing LilBeatz Hip Hop classes. Ava is proud to bring together so many qualified, proffesional dance teachers from across so many different styles under one roof. She may be the ‘Boss’ But she still sleeps with a teddy bear!
Winner of the Grow Exeter 100 Most Influential woman 2018 Winner of the Express & Echo Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Award. Winner of the Mummazing Awards 2016: Mum Entrepreneur, Finalist of the Venus Awards: Business Mother of the year 2015, Dance Teachers Hub Finalist 2015: Best New UK Dance School, Finalist of the Express & echo Business Awards: Best City Centre Business 2016,
At DanSci Dance Studio it is our passion to bring you the best instructors from the best back grounds. We do not follow traditional British Dance Syllabus although hugely important and valued we believe that tapping in to the international studio market allows us to offer our students a range of styles not necessarily found at traditional dance schools. Just Check out our classes pages to see the diverse range of styles. We offer top quality training with our core values and participants best interests at heart.
We are privileged to not only have an amazing team but every member of staff really are part of our DanSci Dance Studio Family It is important to us that our instructors are qualified in their chosen genres and hold DBS checks. Everyone at DanSci Dance Studio is fully insured and holds a first aid certificate. We have dedicated safe guarding personnel and actively encourage teacher CPD to support our faculty in becoming the best they can be. Of course we are also tapping into the latest dance science research to ensure we are always providing the highest level of care to our dancers not just the best facilities.