Pupils at The Hammond School in Chester, Cheshire


Sophie Wright   

I trained at the Hammond from the age of 11-18. I was so lucky to have received such well rounded training from so many fantastic teachers. The technique and experience that I got for so many dance styles whilst I was at the school, I feel has really set me up for a successful career. 

I have gone on to perform in many shows and have continued to work since I graduated and I largely owe this to the school and the strong foundation they provided me. I am currently performing in my dream show, Cats and I hope to continue working in musical theatre. I loved my time at the Hammond and appreciate the brilliant training that I received while I was there.


 Georgia-Rae Rivers

Mannings Lane is home to a place that not only strengthens you as a dancer... it strengthens you as a person. From pliés to paramount life skills, nothing went untaught by the excellent faculty members. The discipline instilled in me throughout my three years has carried me through my professional career and through life teaching me how to deal with adversity and how to push to be the best person and performer I  can possibly be. I count myself as an extremely lucky individual to have had knowledge and insight about our industry from such wonderful, caring teachers who all want nothing but the best for you. The Hammond is truly a magical place.


 Eve Hughes Butterly

I  thank my stars that I was awarded to study at the Hammond School - having only started dancing at the age of 17 and from a lower class family history it was a miracle that from 2009-2012 I had the pleasure and privilege of attending the Senior School Professional Dance Diploma programme. If it wasn't for those 3 fantastic years at the Hammond I wouldn't be standing here today having travelled and worked internationally, met incredible, innovative and creative choreographers, teachers, mentors and directors and performed amongst supremely talented professionals and celebrities alike whom I can call my colleagues and lifelong friends. The Hammond boasts teachers of excellence across all genres; from Classical Ballet to Modern Jazz and Commercial Funk who really care about your development and artistic flare. Not only did they nurture and continually challenge my raw talent but they also truly cared about my wellbeing as a performer and wanted the very best success for each and every student. Amongst many things, The Hammond taught me that respect; equally to others and yourself in the Arts industry is paramount, I feel that this is such a vitally important tool. It is with great thanks and appreciation that I owe my success today to everyone at the Hammond school- I work for the largest cruise ship corporation in the world- Carnival Cruise Lines, in my 6 years with Carnival I have worked my way from dancer, to dancer/singer, to asst. dance captain, to dance captain and now to Cast Manager with experience of Dance Supervisor. In between my contracts I have attained my BA Hons degree in Professional Dance and recently I have qualified as a Yoga teacher. I will always recommend students from all walks of life, with various abilities, strengths and qualities to experience your training and start your career at the Hammond.


 Jordan Li-Smith

To me, Hammond has always been much more than a training & an education. Hammond gave me discipline, it gave me drive and it stirred my passion to do more. That’s just some of the core values and traits that I’ve carried into my work, but more importantly, my life, as I’ve grown. I made life long friends there, fellow students and teachers alike (I even met my wife there). 8 years holds a lot of good times, and bum times, but the constant is simple to remember: The Hammond is a very special place. I would defy anyone who wouldn’t walk through the doors of Hoole Bank House and say that isn’t so. 


 Kelsie-Rae Marshall

The Hammond allowed me to become an individual performer which has  helped me in the industry. The Hammond worked on my weaknesses which made me into a more rounded performer and praised my strengths to give me the confidence to get to where I am today. The dance training is world class and i am recognised as a technical, strong and artistic dancer which I wouldn’t have gained from any other training. Since Graduation I have worked in both dance and Musical Theatre, Dancing for Carnival Cruise Lines, Spirit Productions, Royal Carribean and the BBC. My Musical Theatre Credits include Demeter in CATS, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Dirty Dancing, The Producers and Emmie in Brass the Musical. I wouldn’t have got to where I am today without my training at the Hammond. It didn’t just give me amazing training, The Hammond also gave me amazing friends and memories that I will have for life.



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