Sophie Gallie RAD RTS began dancing at the age of three, during her formative training at The Hammond School Associates she successfully auditioned for the National Youth Ballet of Great Britain.
MBNA granted Sophie a scholarship at the age of 11 to begin her vocational dance training at the Hammond School, Chester. Later, at age 16, Sophie was awarded a Dance and Drama Award to continue her training. Sophie graduated in 2009 with a Distinction, the accolade of Most Improved Dancer and a Level 6 TRINITY diploma in Professional Dance.
Teaching has always been Sophie's real passion and long-time career goal so on completion of her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies she was delighted to be awarded the Registered Teachers Status by The Royal Academy of Dance.
Sophie has become a highly regarded and recognised dance teacher across the country and internationally, being commissioned to teach in Norway and South Africa since embarking on her teaching profession.
Sophie established SGDA because she felt so passionately about wanting to create a fair, positive & encouraging environment for children to train. She fully understands the importance of each student and so strives to provide the best learning experience for each individual, doing her utmost to ensure that the students and parents within the academy focus not on student competition, but peer encouragement and appreciation.
Sophie was accoladed with the 'recognised teacher' status by the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre in 2016 and shortly thereafter the Academy was awarded the 'recognised school' status by the CDMT also.
Sophie holds qualifications with The Royal Academy of Dance, the Australian Teachers of Dance and the Acrobatic Arts.
Sophie holds a valid DBS certificate, is a Licensed Matron with Cheshire West and Chester Council, has valid First Aid certifications, a diploma in Counselling Children & Adolescents, an Autism Awareness Diploma, is a certified Fire Marshall and holds a certification from the NSPCC in Child Safeguarding.
David Day is the husband of Sophie, his role is within the office providing administration and logistical support.
Although he has never had a formal dance class in his life, he is a dance enthusiast and it isn't rare to see him trying his hand at ballet!
Dave holds a DBS certificate, he is trained and licensed with the Security Industry Authority as a Private Security operative and Door Man; he also holds a certification with the NSPCC in Child Safeguarding.
Lucy Warburton began dancing at the age of six, Lucy started training under the tutelage of Sophie Day at age 10. When SGDA was established in 2011 Lucy was the first student on the SGDA books and she thrived under the academy's training programme which enabled her to become a Hammond Dance Associate at age 13.
Lucy graduated from SGDA in 2016 when she successfully auditioned for full-time training at The Hammond School on their Post-16 Professional Dance Course, she was initially awarded a scholarship to train there and then latterly a Dance and Drama Award.
Lucy was a Student Assistant at SGDA from 2011 - 2016 and was a Teaching Assistant and Cover Teacher at the Academy from 2016 - 2019.
Lucy has been a fully-fledged SGDA Teaching Staff member since 2019, despite being in the early stages of her teaching career she has a decade of experience under her belt, this means that she is very familiar with the ethos of SGDA and Lucy's teaching style echoes that of Mrs Day's.
Miss Warburton is a very well-respected member of the SGDA Teaching Team, she unfailingly brings out the best in each and every student under her care whilst instilling in them discipline, excellent dance technique and self-confidence.
Miss Warburton is a fully-qualified MK Pilates Matwork Stage One instructor, she also holds a DBS Certificate, and is working towards being a qualified RAD Ballet Teacher.
Lucy graduated from The Hammond School in July 2019, and holds a Level 6 Trinity Diploma in Professional Dance, she is a certified Fire Marshall and holds a certification from the NSPCC in Child Safeguarding.