Talented entertainers bring performing arts workshops to Bromley
PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 May 2014
Two talented performers who are aiming to encourage confidence and self belief in young people have brought their successful performing arts classes to Bromley.
Kelsey Hardwick and Kelsey Gallagher have added another location to their growing list of ‘K2K stars’ performing arts schools, and now run ‘Bromley Stars’ workshops in Bishop Justus School, Magpie Hall Lane, Bromley.
They already run classes in Petts Wood, Orpington and Pimlico and are enthusiastic about their new venture.
Kelsey Hardwick said: “It was absolutely fantastic. We have got three schools already so it was the fourth one we opened, but it was really good feedback.”
The school opened on April 26 and Kelsey said that around 23 children had attended on the first day.
Those who attend are split into groups called “shining, sparkling and twinkling”.
“They’re divided into three groups, mainly to do with age, and they all get to have a go at dancing, singing and acting and get 40 minutes doing each thing,” Kelsey explained.
“In September we decided to start the schools off. The schools are really new, but it’s the way forward now.
“I absolutely love teaching.”
The two met when they studied at prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts and have been inseperable ever since.
Kelsey jokes: “It was like X Factor every day of our lives!
“We both met there when we were thirteen.”
Both of them have gone on to enjoy successful careers with Kelsey Hardwick appearing in Eastenders, Deadbeats and various adverts and Kelsey Gallagher recently appearing in Call the Midwife, The Devil’s Dosh and numerous theatre productions.
“We are both very much in the industry,” Kelsey said.
Kelsey believes it is important for those who teach at the K2K schools to be involved in the performing arts industry too.
“We employ staff members so they come in, but we are very fussy with the teachers we pick. Everyone who works for us actually works in the industry as well.
“Our staff members are all young, they are all working. For the kids that’s brilliant, it’s something for them to look up to and actually have a focus.”
The schools want to encourage confidence, positivity and self belief. Kelsey said that positive energy is very important to the work that they do and that telling a child their performance was great but there was something they could have done a little better was a good way to work.
Kelsey, who lives with her boyfriend Tom Parker from boyband The Wanted in Petts Wood, is optimistic about the future.
“Definitely next term we are looking at spreading our wings, but I want to stick around this area. I am from round here,” she said.
“We just want to keep expanding and growing and I think it’s a really positive experience.”
The schools cater for children and young adults aged between three and 18. For more information visit k2kstars.com.
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