About us! (T&C's at the bottom of this page too!)
Hello and welcome to our #jamily!!!
We are Helen & Cass,
the directors of the Jam Place CIC.
(Think Ant and Dec in legwarmers!)
We call ourselves the Jamily!
It's a bit corney but that's what Jam is, a wee family.
We're not a huge franchise but that's the beauty of what we have. This means we get to know each child (and their parents and carers) well and can meet their needs and go with them at their own pace.
We are 14 years old now and are so lucky to be teaching the younger siblings of children who first began with us.
We are both parents to girls (3 between us). We are passionate about the world of dance, music, theatre, arts, mindfulness, mental health awareness and well, making people know their worth!
We welcome children with all personalities here. Helen has a daughter with Kabuki Syndrome and ASD and between us we have learned lots about how best to respond and encourage children with additional needs.
If you are worried about bringing your child to us because they didn't quite fit in elsewhere, then please be assured we will welcome you with open jazz handed arms!!!
As a community interest company, for some of our classes we receive funding,
so that we can provide classes that are affordable to all.
We have been fortunate to be supported by Active Surrey, Sported, Community Foundation of Surrey and The Peter Harrison Foundation
for our Teens classes and Special Education Needs classes.
We keep bidding to one day get our own building where we can have our dream of being
able to provide more classes for all abilities for both children and adults.
Helen is a professional actress, dancer and singer who trained from the age of 3 at Livingston Academy in the West Midlands. There she gained all of her IDTA, ISTD and RAD exams in Ballet, Tap and Modern and Lamda exams for Drama. She was also West Midlands Ballet and Tap Champion.
At 16 she moved to London where she attended Arts Educational Schools. After that, and a stint on a cruise ship, she has been in musicals (west end and touring), tv, radio, film, album recordings, voice-overs and mostly advertising and tv commercial campaigns for major brands like McDonalds, Boots, Barclays, T-Mobile, Nokia, KFC, Bonjela, Vanish, Sainsbury and many more.
Cass is a qualifield NATD dance teacher also gaining her exams in Ballet, Tap and Modern. She has performed in numerous shows and festivals and has choreographed for company events such as Waitrose, John Lewis and many more. She has organised flashmobs for many companies and is the one to go call for Street classes in the area!
Together Cass & Helen have written shows and pantomimes that have been used around the country. They have also choreographed, directed and staged many show in and around Epsom for many years, including the Epsom and Ewell Dance Festivals.
Helen and Cass are both:
First Aid trained
Courses completed in:
Eatind Disorder Awareness
Old Age Psychology
Counselling and Physiotherapy
Awareness of Domestic Abuse
Depression and Anxiety
Wellness and Fitness
Aerobic and Cardio fitness training
Children's Mental Health
Meet other members of the Jamily!
Catherine Sullivan FCA (a chartered accountant with 15 years’ experience in the Charity sector)
is part of our Board to ensure that we are following best practice in all financial and governance matters. We are extremely fortunate to have Catherine's knowledge and experience at Jam.
Aimee Clarke - our SENsational Dance Teacher!
Aimee has a wealth of experience in teaching dance to all ages and abilities, from babies to adults. She also thoroughly enjoys teaching courses to children and adults with learning disabilities. Aimee has her own successful school "Feetbeats" so we are so grateful for her sharing her expertise with us as Jam.
Klaus White - Guest teacher. Klaus is a professional musician, actor, writer and comedian who you may see on occasion at Jam when he joins us for workshops or helps us out on show days!
Klaus played the leading role of Buddy in the West End show "The Buddy Holly Story" amongst many other shows and concerts. We are so pleased when he joins us at Jam!
Terms & Conditions
PLEASE READ BEFORE ATTENDING
In accordance with GDPR rules:
Any details we have for you will not be passed on to anyone or any company.
Emails are only sent out for the purpose of our own school information:
Invoices, dates, show information etc
Once you have left the school, unless you wish us to stay in touch, your details will be deleted/destroyed.
For our website, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube channel we like to post pictures and videos of the children in the class. If you have any objection to this please let us know. We will never post up personal information about your children.
Any conversation between yourselves, Cass and Helen will be confidential.
The Jam Place has full public liabilty insurance.
The Jam Place has a PRS licence
The Jam Place are First Aid Trained.
The Jam Place are DBS checked.
The Jam Place is Covid Safe and a Risk Assessment is in place.
A full half terms’ notice must be given if you wish to stop classes. If you haven’t let us know and we have saved your child’s space, then 50% of the full term’s fees will be payable.
Any pupil not able to attend lessons should notify Helen by email or text on 07870 192266 if possible.
Please check the website and facebook page if you are in any doubt of dates etc. Or if we have had to cancel a class and aren’t able to contact you. www.thejamplace.com
Please advice us if there are any change of contact details.
Please advise us who is collecting your child if it isn’t someone we are already familiar with.
The Jam Place cannot accept responsibility for the loss or damage to any articles left on the premises.
The Jam Place reserves the right to alter the price and times of classes with half a terms notice to parents.
Fees are due in advance of each term. Invoices for fees will be given during the holidays before the new term and should be settled by the first lesson of the following term.
Please pay by bank or cash. All classes are payable per term, not weekly. First class is free.
It is necessary at times for teachers to place their hands on pupils and physically place them into a correct position or movement. All our teachers are fully qualified and hold current DBS certificates (Police Checks). If parents or carers object to this method of teaching they should inform the Principles immediately as it is probable that The
Jam Place will not be able to include those pupils in our classes.
PLEASE NOTE DURING COVID WE WILL NOT BE CORRECTING POSITIONS BY HAND AS WE WILL BE MAINTAINING THE SAFE DISTANCE REQUIRED.
For our Musical Theatre Class parents can arrive 5-1o minutes before the end of the session to see the dance we have been learning in the second hour of the class. (during covid we can not offer this)
Musical Theatre Class:
Please send your son/daughter in clothes he/she can move and dance easily in.
We don’t have a uniform.
Layers of clothes are good as we get warm with all our dancing about.
Leotards, leggings, t-shirts etc are perfect. We ask that hair be tied back off their faces.
Appropriate footwear they can move in…trainers, jazz shoes. Please no sandals, Crocs, Heelies, Ugg boots etc.
Please send a drink and small snack for our break time. Thanks x (DURING COVID THE CLASSES HAVE BEEN SPLIT INTO ONE HOUR CLASSES SO NO SNACK NEEDED)
If they have any allergies or anxieties then please let us know. We understand that all children aren’t the same and we want them to feel happy and comfortable with their time with us.
For Ballet classes:
We ask that we can see their legs so no long dresses or baggy trousers as we like to make sure their placing in correct.
Ballet shoes are perfect but if you wish to wait until you know your son/daughter wishes to continue the term, then bare feet are fine.
Parents may stay in the class if their child is not settled but we do ask that any other parents, or as soon as your child is settled that you sit in the café.
At the end of each half term we invite parents in so that you can see how brilliantly your children have done!
PLEASE NOTE: The Jam Place is run by performers still actively involved in showbusiness. This way children get first hand experience of training and performing. On the occasion that a teacher is away filming or working in their professional capacity there will be a teacher of an equally high standard to cover the classes. If ever the safety or the standard of the school is compromised due to teachers being away (whether it be working or sick) the classes will be cancelled for that week, with a refund or rolled over to the following term.
IN THE EVENT OF A LOCKDOWN DUE TO COVID 19, CLASSES WILL CONTINUE ON ZOOM.
Helen McNee & Cassandra Hounslow – The Jam Place