Sarah Ward: ISTD (DDE)
Sarah started dancing at the age of 3. By 15 years old and after completing numerous examinations in Ballet, Tap, Modern and Drama she continued her training at The Deborah Capon Junior School. Realising her dream to teach she later auditioned for The Deborah Capon Dance College where, after 4 years, she successfully gained her DDI’s (Diploma in Dance Instruction) and DDE’s (Diploma in Dance Education) in Ballet, Modern Theatre, Tap, Health and Safety, Child Development and Lifespan. She also completed the remainder of her Vocational Examinations and performed in annual shows and choreographic evenings.
During Sarah’s teaching career she has successfully trained and entered many students for examinations as well as choreographing for various festivals, choreographic evenings, summer fetes and shows.
She will be returning to her Dance College in December 2017 to work towards gaining Tap at Licentiate level.
Sarah is fully DBS checked, a qualified First Aider and is committed to keeping up to date with the ISTD syllabus work.
PBT (Progressing ballet technique) AND PILATES TEACHER - COACH ALEX
Alexandra Sanderson is a Dance and Pilates Specialist who trained in the USA in a variety of dance styles from the age of two and relocated to the UK to complete her MSc. in Dance Science and Education. Her experience ranges from coaching students of varying ages across the USA, the UK and a nationally ranked University Dance Team. Coming from a competitive dance background, her passion lies in building her students with a solid physical foundation to execute demanding techniques safely. Implementing cross training to create stronger, smarter dancers is proven to decrease injury thereby increasing the longevity of the dancers’ career and enjoyment of the art. Her unique classes are fun and energetic while she utilizes the latest methods for success. Her students improve their technique, flexibility and strength to develop into their best athletic artist and mindful mover! Watch for her workshops and classes for children and adults at HDC!
Chris started dancing at the age of 18 with Davinci dance school after being told they were doing a Michael Jackson number in their show (who is Chris' biggest inspiration). Chris then went on to train with Phoenix Performing Arts as well, learning Hip Hop, Commercial, Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz. With PPA, Chris has been fortunate enough to travel to France, Germany and Denmark to perform with their company PPA Roadshow. This year Chris found his love and passion for teaching after being asked to teach and choreograph a show piece at Star Performers Academy. Since then, he has been holding workshops at numerous dance schools and now has regular slots at Kent based dance schools teaching commercial. To further Chris' knowledge, he has started training with the Diversity Next Generation at their studio Danceworks. Chris has also been given the opportunity to choreograph and feature In a new TV programme alongside Ashley Banjo called Flirty Dancing which airs in January 2019
Chris is so excited and feels very grateful to be able to share his passion and teach you everything he has learnt so far within the industry. Chris hopes to build your confidence as well as enjoying what you do.
Josie grew up in Deal, Kent and started dancing at the age of just two, training in all styles and following the RAD syllabus in classical ballet. She started performing professionally at the age of eight, appearing alongside Miss Heather in the Marlowe Theatre christmas pantomimes and Easter productions, as ‘Shanti’ in The Jungle Book and on Michael Barrymore’s ‘My Kind of People’ on ITV. At 16, she was awarded a full scholarship to train professionally in Musical Theatre and Dance at ‘Millennium Performing Arts’ in London.
Whilst training, Josie was given a lot of great opportunities to develop her skills as a choreographer, assisting several industry professionals and having her work selected by an outside panel of experts for the choreographic showcases and ‘best of assessments’ show all three years. She was also asked to create a piece for Sky One’s ‘Got to Dance’ and Adam Garcia described her work as ‘revolutionising Tap’.
Since graduating, Josie has been performing professionally in all areas of the theatre industry. Credits include; ‘Carmen’ UK Tour (Juanita/Dance Captain), Lead Vocalist for AIDA and Celestyal Cruise Lines, ‘One Fine Day’ (Sherry), ‘The Music of Michael Jackson and Madonna’, ‘Aladdin’ (Princess Jasmine), ‘Dick Whittington’ (Dick), ‘Peter Pan’, ‘West End Live’, ‘Legends of Las Vegas’, ‘Age of Wushu media launch’, ‘The Premier Asian Wedding show’, ‘The Showchoir’ (ITV). She is currently performing as a lead vocalist onboard the ‘Oriana’ for P&O Cruises, as part of the Headliners Theatre Company. In between contracts, Josie works as a freelance dance teacher and choreographer, in and around Kent.
Abby Bryant learnt to dance locally, and then went on to attend a top dance school London studio centre, where she won the Gillian Lynne award for Jazz dancer of the year.
After graduating, she has performed in many shows, including Loserville, Sincerely yours, and most recently on a cruise ship performing in the production shows. Her next step is joining the cast of the Bodyguard!