INSPIRING PASSION, CREATIVITY AND CONFIDENCE Summer Term: Mon 19th Apr - Mon 19th Jul
INSPIRING PASSION, CREATIVITY AND CONFIDENCE Summer Term: Mon 19th Apr - Mon 19th Jul
Kathryn began her training at the Corraine Collins Dance Studios before completing a BA (Hons) Degree in Dance and Theatre Performance at the prestigious Bird College of Performing Arts. Whilst here, Kathryn gained her teaching qualifications with Honours. Since then her versatile training has enabled her to work within different dance genres gaining valuable performance and teaching experience.
Upon graduation she toured Germany in Sesame Street - The Musical. Kathryn danced aboard MS Braemar for Fred.Olsen Cruises travelling throughout Europe, Africa and Scandinavia. She was a member of NCDC (Newbury Contemporary Dance Company) and then went on to perform with Meridian Dance Theatre and 'All You Can Eat' an Arts Council Funded Project promoting Healthy Eating in Schools. Kathryn worked as a dancer and Choreographer for 3 years for Welsh language theatre company Cwmni Mega. She has vast experience teaching dance in primary and secondary schools and dancing schools throughout the South West and the University of Bristol. Kathryn has also performed at the Bristol Harbourside Festival. In 2006, Kathryn created Phase One Contemporary Youth Dance Company, a professionally led Company which toured schools and venues across Bristol and South Gloucestershire to high acclaim. The company won 'Best Dance Bid' for their work in 2007.
ROKH Dance was honoured to be a finalist in the 2016 Dance School of the Year Awards.
Kathryn was ecstatic to lead a group to a successful audition to perform in Disneyland Paris in May 2020 (now postponed to June 2021).
"I am so proud that I am able to provide a safe space for students to explore their creativity and share my passion for dance, performance and music.
The ROKH Dance family is a very special community and
I cannot express the joy and pride I experience watching the children flourish. I am very fortunate to have such an opportunity".
When not teaching, Kathryn enjoys dancing round the kitchen with her (very patient) husband, two amazing children, Austin and Imogen, Beau and Betty the crazy pups and Neville and Oreo the guinea pigs!
Sophie started dancing at the age of 3, at the Stapleton School of Dancing in Bristol, training in a range of genres whilst enjoying various performance opportunities and competing in Eisteddfods. From the age of 19, she continued her training full time at the Judith Hockaday College of Dance and Drama in Swindon. There she achieved her qualifications up to Advanced 2 in Modern, Tap and National and took her teaching exams.
Sophie graduated college having passed her DDI and DDE exams in ISTD Ballet, Tap, Modern and National.
Sophie hopes to further her career development by taking her Licentiate examinations in the future. For now, her
little boy, William, keeps her busy at home and she's yet to try out good toes and naughty toes with him (just yet!!).
Charlotte has been working full time as a freelance Drama facilitator since 2013, working for companies including; Travelling Light Theatre Company and The Tobacco Factory Theatres. She also works across many schools in and around Bristol offering Drama, theatre making and LAMDA tuition.
She has a Higher National Diploma in Acting and Theatre Making from the South West Academy of Dramatic Arts and has a degree (BA Hons) in Drama and performance from Worcester University where she specialised in Theatre in Education / Theatre for young audiences.
In 2016 she set up her own company to be able to provide fun and affordable Drama provisions to children and young people in and around Bristol.
In 2019 she became the owner of ‘Rhubarb Speech and Drama School’ having taught there for many years, later merging the two companies.
At the heart of her teaching is giving young people both the knowledge and skills to be great theatre makers in a fun and nurturing environment. Whether this is through boosting confidence, helping them find their voice, or finding opportunities for creative expression.
When she is not teaching; you can probably find Charlotte in a Theatre either watching or making work in the rehearsal room, and once a week she attends an Adult Irish Dance class for fun. – We are currently third in Great Britain in Adult Ceilidh!
Kirsty started attending the Bristol School of Performing Arts from the age of 6, where over the years she performed in many musicals such as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down the Wind and Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the Bristol Hippodrome. Kirsty successfully auditioned for First Family Entertainment and performed in the Cinderella and Dick Whittington pantomimes at the Bristol Hippodrome as part of the junior ensemble.
After leaving school, Kirsty gained a place at Liberatus School of Performing Arts where she studied for 3 years completing a HND in Performing Arts (Dance). Since graduating, Kirsty has featured in an EE tv advert and performed in a touring show for Daisy-Chain Productions, where she visited and sang for hundreds of elderly residents in homes all over the South West during the Christmas period.
Over the years, Kirsty has competed in UDO street dance competitions all over the UK, most recently with the team Notorious from South Wales (TDM Stage School) who were crowned advanced champions in several different regions. It is because of this experience that Kirsty has such a passion for teaching street, as she is eager to pass on all of the knowledge and skills that she has learnt herself over time. Kirsty thrives off the love that her students have for dancing and is constantly uplifted by their dedication and determination. The thing she loves the most about teaching is being able to witness the journey that each individual student takes, watching their confidence grow and blossoming into absolutely beautiful dancers. Kirsty’s aim for the future would be to revisit her competing days, whether it be as a dancer or a teacher, and is determined to have another shot at auditioning after having a short break from the industry.
Ella started dancing at 3 years old with Stapleton School of Dancing in Bristol where she studied RAD Ballet and ISTD Tap and Modern gaining graded and major examinations in all three disciplines. During this time she also competed in numerous dance festivals including the All England National Finals where she placed 1st with her Irish Solo.
Ella studied at Morea Performing Arts for 3 years, gaining valuable technical tuition and performance experience and her teaching qualifications.
Since graduating in July 2018, Ella now teaches in a number of schools in Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and Bristol. She is also studying for further qualifications at Dance Station in Bristol. Her main aim is to pass on her knowledge and help each and every child reach their full potential.
Ellie started dancing at 2.5 years old at First Steps and Carly Elizabeth School of Dance in Bristol, where she gained graded and major examinations in ISTD Tap, Modern and Ballet. She competed at many festivals over the years and even attended The All England Finals where she placed 1st in the Classical Trio section. She also trained at the Bristol School of Performing Arts and successfully auditioned for many shows at the Bristol Hippodrome, such as Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Abba Mania and Cinderella the Pantomime.
Since then, Ellie has continued her dance training at the Judith Hockaday College of Dance & Drama in Swindon and has been studying for her teacher training qualifications. She has also performed in many shows and cabarets that has helped to further her dance knowledge.
Ellie hopes to pass on the skills she has learnt from her own experiences and enjoys seeing the love that all her students have for dance.
Lesley is married to Ian and they have 2 children and 3 grandchildren!
Lesley has a dog called Barney and she loves going for walks with him to different places.
Lesley's passion is singing in harmony with Fascinating Rhythm which she has been doing for nearly 25 years!
Lesley enjoys travelling, gardening and trying different foods. She loves spending time with her family and really enjoys being able to help Kathryn with the ROKH Dance admin.
I see how much thought and consideration you’ve given to the children and families, and your commitment to giving the children the best learning experience.
Mrs I Morgan, 23/6/2020