About Owner Becky Petersen
My name is Becky Petersen and I am the Founder, Principle and Coach here at Academy One Dance Company.
I am a working professional dancer, who's danced from the age of 2, growing up in the competition world until the age of 16. At 16 I moved away to train as a professional dancer at the Wilkes Academy and since then working in the industry is no longer a dream but reality.
My career working as a professional dancer is still ongoing and I have many more goals working on dream jobs to achieve.
I love to be able to share my current knowledge and experience with my AODC students. Most recent credits include backing dancing for Little Mix on shows such as
The X factor and the Brit Awards at the O2. Backing dancer on X Factor for other groups, such as boy group Rak-su and dancing on a UK tour for Radio 1 last summer.
I have trained in the ISTD syllabus in ballet, tap and modern for the majority of my lifetime. As well as the RAD (royal academy of dance syIlabus in ballet). I have my qualifications to teach the ISTD modern and ballet syllabus. Even though, for now, I have chosen not to run the ISTD exam syllabus at my academy its something that I definitely have in mind. I do however run the RAD ballet syllabus here at AODC with my exceptional ballet coaches, Olivia Saunders and Madelaine Kelly. Please check out the RAD ballet page. My training throughout my dancing life includes, Ballet, Tap, Modern, Commercial, Hip hop, Musical theatre, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Freestyle disco, Acro, Latin and ballroom, Cat walking and Voguing.
Alongside my professional career, teaching has always been part of my life from the age of just 13. From working as a professional dancer previously, currently and from dancing my whole life training and competing, I feel I have so much to offer my students. I believe every child has the potential to be their very best if they have someone to believe in them.
I pride myself on having an academy that can not only help the kids achieve things they never thought possible but to love what they do. I opened Academy on April 6th 2019, hoping to be able to create dancers who can go out and compete on the competition circuit, and to have a great love and knowledge for what we do.
AODC is like one big family which I think is so important. I love seeing the bond between my dancers grow and how they support each other through anything. I belive here at AODC I am not only teaching my students lessons to be great dancers, but lessons to take with them in to the big wide world that they can use forever.