Juliet has been principal of the Juliet Ratnage School of Performing Arts for over 20 years. Juliet started dancing at the tender age of three under the watchful eyes of Kathleen Woollard (RAD Presidents award) and Myra Tiffin (ISTD Chairman/Senior examiner) at a local school here in Milton Keynes. Over the years Juliet took part in festivals and competitions, gaining many trophies and awards. She was even nominated by her comprehensive school for a national competition, ‘Champion Children Of The Year’ and reached the final three out of thousands of entrants.
At sixteen Juliet successfully auditioned for the Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts, in London. During her final year she was given the accolade of Head Girl. Juliet left the Italia Conti academy with five teaching qualifications in both dance and drama. This was something which had never been achieved before and at her graduation received the title ‘Student of the Year’.
Juliet spent the next ten years travelling all over the world performing. This included countries such as Portugal, Greece, Turkey and Japan until she finally decided it was time to turn to teaching.
Juliet has also been involved with professional pantomimes for the Milton Keynes Theatre and Royal Derngate Theatre, she has worked with Jimmy Osmond, Julian Clary, Brian Blessed and Gary Wilmot to name but a few. Juliet is currently the resident choreographer for Milton Keynes Amateur operatic Society (MKAOS) including there Pantomimes under the Dreams “n” Wishes banner whom have won best regional pantomime 10 years running.
The school has gone from strength to strength with many students going on to full time performing arts colleges and working professionally.
Katie began dancing at the age of 4 locally with Kathleen Woollard (RAD Presidents award) and Myra Tiffin (ISTD Chairman/Senior examiner). Achieving Major grades in Ballet, Tap and Modern dance, Katie was also a demonstrator for the RAD and ISTD.
Alongside this she was an Associate of the Birmingham Royal Ballet and was chosen by Sir Peter Wright to perform in his new production of the “Nutcracker” at the Birmingham Hippodrome. Katie then continued her training at Tring Park and also successfully auditioned to perform with the Lewis London Ballet (Janet Lewis – English Youth Ballet) in their production of “The Nutcracker”.
Katie holds an IDTA Anatomy & Physiology Diploma, Theatrical makeup and wigs Diploma, NVQ level 3 in Childcare and has 18 years experience working backstage at Milton Keynes Theatre. She is currently furthering her studies with the IDTA.
Katie has been involved with local performance companies; Roundabout Theatre and MKAOS. Recently she directed “The Wedding Singer” at Stantonbury Theatre. You may have also seen her playing her cornet with Milton Keynes Brass Band at various concerts and competitions around the UK.
Diane began dancing at 2 and a half yrs old with Jennifer Brazier in her living room. She then joined Kay Woollard at 4 where she continued until 16 years of age. During that time Diane took part in many shows and competed in many competitions such as St Albans, Milton Keynes and Bedford Festival’s and All England Sunshine Dance Competition. Diane took many Major exams before attending a 2 year dance and teachers course at Stella Mann in London.
At 18 Diane joined the Lakatos dance show travelling to Iran… Japan and Hong Kong on a 9 month contract.
Then in 1978 joined the Gerry Atkins Show, specialising in The French CanCan performing in Thailand, Italy and Luxembourg. Later whilst working in Portugal Diane met her future husband and married in 1986. Diane turned to teaching at MK Dance centre in 1993 after having her son.
In 2004 Diane joined Chaplin Theatre Arts the until the school was taken over by Juliet Ratnage School of performing arts and continue to love teaching Ballet, Tap and Modern and preparing pupils for exams and biannual school shows.
Peter is a professional Actor and Musical Theatre Performer.
His Credits include
Priest / Understudy Jesus – Jesus Christ Superstar UK & Ireland Tour, Really Useful Group
Sammy – Blood Brothers UK & Ireland Tour, and West End, Bill Kenwright Ltd
Father / Soldier / Announcer – Men Who March Away, Damatico Productions, Mike Batt
Peter has recently filmed the feature film “Goodbye Mary”.
He holds an IDTA Anatomy & Physiology Diploma and is furthering his studies in Musical Theatre alongside working professionally on stage and backstage at Milton Keynes Theatre.
Juliet is the most wonderful teacher. Our girls have been doing ballet and tap for the past 2 years with Juliet and they love her and dancing with her.
Juliet is fantastic with the little ones, making learning dance fun yet they still understand the steps and how to behave as a group. Juliet is just as great as they progress through onto their next levels.
Whilst our girls have dropped other hobbies, ballet and tap have ‘stuck’ and that’s thanks to Juliet!
Juliet also has adult classes which has encouraged a complete novice like me to begin tap lessons – and I love it!
Thanks Juliet xx