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.
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.
SINGING & MUSICAL THEATRE TEACHER
Jess trained in Dance, Musical Theatre, Drama and Singing from a young age. After achieving her A levels in music and dance she attended The Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford where she got her BA in Music Performance specialising in technical contemporary singing.
Jess has also performed in various function bands for over 12 years and performed at prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the British High Commission and Irish Embassy in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Jess now teaches singing, musical theatre and drama at various venues across Kent and is passionate about building up self-confidence in young people to help them achieve success!