Ex-Students

We are delighted with the continuing success of many ex-students and will feature a number of them here over the coming months. If you have any news or updates, please let us know by sending an email to

Sophie Bloom

Trained at the London School of Musical Theatre and has since appeared in a short film and two pantomimes. She is about to start work as a production singer on the Thompson cruise ship, The Emerald (as at Summer 2008)

Karen Bruce

Choreographer and Director of Footloose, Karen (and her sister Gillian) undertook her early training at The Weston. Following vocational training at Laine Theatre Arts and dance experience she found her niche in choreography. A winner of the Olivier Award she has choreographed a number of West End productions including Far Pavilions, Brighton Rock, Fame, Saturday Night Fever, and Footloose. She choreographed and directed the opening ceremony of the 2002 commonwealth Games in Manchester and has choreographed for BBC television. From little acorns . . . Long may her success continue.

Lucy Hayden

Lucy, who has always had an amazing voice, left The Weston a few years ago after being discovered by a talent scout. During 2008 she was launched as Tigriss!

Verity Jones

Verity studied ballet at The Weston up to 2006 when at 18 she attended  the London Studio Centre and graduated in 2009. Since then she has enjoyed a successful career as a musician/dancer/singer/performer.   She has appeared in  the UK and Toronto tour of Chess as the White Queen, when she was made Dance Captain by Craig Revel Horwood.  This role also involved playing clarinet!  Verity appeared in production of Sweet Charity at The Mac, Belfast as dancer/musician.  She was a Dancer/Actress in UK tour of Save The Last Dance for Me and a UK tour in Dirty Dancing as a Dancer/Singer. In early 2016 commenced a role as a Dancer/Singer  in UK tour of The Bodyguard (the choreographer was ex-student Karen Bruce - see above). After the uk tour of The Bodyguard, Verity continued in the West End Production of The Bodyguard until early January 2017 and then she continued in The Bodyguard in Toronto until May 2017.  Following a short break she then performed in the uk tour of Flashdance and was understudy for the lead Jo Clifton (ex Strictly dancer)  Verity actually performed the lead role for a week in Edinburgh and a week in High Wycombe early 2018.  Her contract for Flashdance has recently ended in Autumn 2018 after which she was resting!  (Although she also does other work such as book-keeping and writing for websites)  She also appeared in an episode of The Big Audition, a programme on i.t.v which started on 6th October.  There are six programmes and she expected to be featured in week 2.    She has also had a small part  in a film which is yet to be edited and released etc. called The Man With The Silver Case and was shot in Switzerland!

Claire Orme

Claire graduated from the London Studio Centre in 2006 with a Foundation Degree in Performing Arts.  Since leaving college, she has been employed continuously as a professional dancer in the UK and Europe and has appeared on television in the BBC production of ‘Tess of the d’Ubervilles’.  In 2008 Claire successfully auditioned for Explosive Productions, a large entertainment  company based in Cumbria,  and for the last three years  has been performing as a dancer in their production shows  on cruise ships.  She is currently on the new Saga Sapphire cruise liner as dance captain and is enjoying a winter in the Canary Islands and Caribbean! (as at November 2012).

Chloe Staines

Chloe was one of the last ten girls in ITV's Pop Stars - The Rivals.  Although she did not make it through to Girls Aloud she was determined that hers would be a career in music.  With three other finalists she formed Clea, who released a single which reached 21 in the charts and their first album was released in February 2004.  However, Chloe left the group in May 2004 to further pursue her own career. She joined nineties girlband Fierce with whom she auditioned for the first series of the X-Factor. She has now left the UK to live in Canada with her fiancée.

Ashleigh Wadforth-Frost

After graduating with a Diploma in Professional Dance from Bodyworks Cambridge, Ashleigh continued her dance studies at Broadway Dance Center, New York. During 2011 Ashleigh worked with Beyonce on her ‘Run the World Girls’ video, was the assistant choreographer and dancer in Pixie Lott’s video ‘What Do You Take Me For’ and performed for La Toya Jackson at the ‘Michael Jackson Forever’ Tribute Concert at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (October 2011). She continues to perform onstage, including as principal dancer and back up singer in the West End Musical 'Thriller Live'; resident dancer for ‘Mariah Carey’ at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, dancer for ‘Jessie J’ at the Halo Awards, Miami; dancer for 'Ariana Grande' and 'Nicki Minaj' at Madison Square Gardens in NYC; and principal dancer for industrial show ‘Nike’ in Puerto Rico. Her TV appearances have included dancer on XFactor for 'Rihanna', 'Little Mix' and 'Fleur East'. She has appeared on music videos for Justin Bieber - ‘Lolly’, Coldplay - ‘Charlie Brown’ and Jessie J - ‘Burnin Up’. Ashleigh is currently rehearsing for the MTV movie awards show in LA and will then return to Las Vegas for the 'Mariah Carey' residency in June.