BA (Hons), AISTD (DDI), AIDTA, RAD mutually recognised teacher
Kat began her dancing career at a local dance school at a young age, training firstly in ballet before expanding to tap, modern, jazz, freestyle and commercial. Kat undertook major examinations in modern, tap and ballet, completing Advanced 2 in both modern and tap. As a young student, Kat regularly performed in shows and festivals. She was also invited to be part of syllabi demonstrations at teaching courses for the ISTD Ceccheti Ballet Faculty progressing into her teenage years. Kat spent a year dancing for Surrey County Dance Company, followed by a further 2 years with Berkshire Youth Dance Company.
Not only a trained dancer, Kat also undertook singing lessons with Fraser Skeoch, the then Musical Director for The Lion King in London's West End. Kat performed as a soloist in the Royal Memorial Chapel, RMA Sandhurst, during both her school years and in her 20's.
In 2002, Kat completed her teaching qualifications and began teaching for 2 schools within Hampshire and Surrey, primarily teaching tap, free jazz and freestyle, before moving on to teaching modern and then finally ballet.
2008 saw Kat return to the University of Winchester to complete her degree in Choreography & Dance Studies and Sports Studies, graduating in 2011.
Alongside her dance career, Kat also has a successful career with Tesco, currently working as a Group Business and Finance Manager for the South East of England group of Tesco Extra stores. Kat manages the financial key performance indicators of the group, along with improving underlying productivity of the stores.
BA (Hons), PGCE, DDI, LAMDA teacher
Jessica graduated from The University of Winchester in 2011 with a BA Hons degree in Choreography and Dance combined with Drama Studies. Since a young age, Jessica has had a passion for dancing and acting. She received her initial training at The Grand Theatre School of Dance and Drama in her home town of Swansea. During her time at the dance school Jessica studied Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz and Drama, taking many RAD, ISTD and LAMDA examinations.
As well as examinations, Jessica appeared in many professional shows including ballets such as La Fille mal Gardee and The Nutcracker, and pantomimes Jack and the Beanstalk and Snow White, to name a few. Jessica has also worked as an extra on several welsh television programmes.
Whilst at school Jessica discovered her passion for teaching and choreography and developed this further at University where she ran a dance society called Let’s Dance, producing two shows during her year as leader.
She continued to study teaching and completed a PGCE at Reading university specialising in Drama.
Jessica is currently Head of Performing Arts at LVS Ascot and pastoral Head of House. She has choreographed many productions whilst at the school including, Bugsy Malone, Fame, Rock of Ages, Joseph, West Side Story, The Wiz and mostly recently directed and choreographed Kipps: A New Half a Sixpence Musical.
Jessica hopes to study for a Masters degree in Dance Education within the next few years.
Nicola Conry (on maternity leave)
BA Hons, DDE
Nicola began dancing at a local dance school, starting with Ballet, and going on to train in Modern, Tap, Jazz and Disco. As well as taking many ISTD, IDTA and Ceccheti exams, Nicola took part in several dance festivals and many shows, including professional pantomimes.
After successfully auditioning, Nicola was a Cecchetti Ballet Junior Associate for 2 years.
Nicola went on to train as a semi-student at Laine Theatre Arts whilst at college studying A Levels in Dance and Theatre Studies. Her training continued at the University of Winchester, studying a Bachelor of Arts degree in Choreography and Dance Studies.
Here, she trained in Contemporary techniques such as Lamone, Graham and Cunningham and successfully auditioned for the University's Dance Company D@win. With D@win, she toured local schools in Hampshire, performing shows including some of her own choreography and teaching workshops to pupils.
Whilst at University, Nicola pursued her passion for Hip Hop and Street Dance outside of her study, as part of a Hip Hop group, and also with the University’s Dance Society ‘Dance Squad’. Nicola was Vice Captain of the 'Dance Squad' who performed regularly at events, and competed each year in a national University Dance Competition. Nicola has taught Hip Hop workshops at youth clubs including a dance group working towards Activate Youth Dance Festival.
Nicola has successfully completed her Advanced 2 examinations in both Modern and Tap and more recently passed her DDE teaching qualification in Modern. She is leaving us this year on maternity leave and hopes to join the team again next year.