THE TEAM

Kayleigh Sargeant, 

RTS RAD, ISTD DDE

Principal

Kayleigh, who is a local girl, started Ballet at the age of 2. Soon taking up Modern and Tap lessons.  At the age of 12 Kayleigh became a teaching assistant for younger classes and this is where she found her love for teaching dance. After leaving school she went to study at Roynon Dance Centre in Southampton where she gained her Diploma in Dance Education in Ballet, Tap & Modern. She then went on to train with the Royal Academy of Dance completing her CBTS (Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies) to gain registered teacher status. Kayleigh has taught in various schools in the Bournemouth and New Forest area as well as taking guest workshops in London and Guernsey. Kayleigh is also a certified tutor for Progressing Ballet Technique classes. Kayleigh loves teaching and hopes to pass on her passion for dance to budding enthusiasts to help them achieve their goals and ambitions. Since taking over the school in 2015 the school has grown in size and success, in November 2016 Kayleigh was Awarded the Young Person in Business Award at the New Forest Brilliance in Business awards run by  New Forest Business Partnership, Making ourselves more known in the area  supporting local events and raising money for community projects. Producing Bi annual shows and other performances Kayleigh offers opportunities for students to showcase their achievements and build confidence to perform helping students learn more than just the techniques of the arts which can be used in everyday life! Kayleigh is very passionate about ensuring all students achieve their best in a fun and nurturing atmosphere, keeping classes fun and engaging for all. 

Jemma Codlin 

RTS RAD CBTS

Ballet Teacher 

Born in East London, Walthamstow in 1993. At the age of 4 Jemma started Ballet and Tap classes. In 2003 she moved to the New Forest and started dancing at the New Forest Academy of Dance, where she has trained ever since. In 2005 Jemma started Priestlands School where she took part in a number of productions such as "Oliver" and "Under Milk Wood", also taking part in Global Rock Challenge representing Priestlands against 13 other schools around the country. Between 2010 - 2012 she studied Dance and Performance Studies at Brockenhurst College. Then in 2016 Jemma completed her teacher training with the Royal Academy of Dance and has been teaching weekly at NFAD and is very  popular with our younger students. Dancing has always been a big part of her life and wants to help others enjoy it as much as she has. 

 

Poppy Neame, 
Dramatic Soprano
Musical Theatre and Singing Teacher

Poppy is a professional Soprano. She won scholarships to Chethams School of Music in Manchester, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance both in London. She also lived in Milan for 6 months taking part in an international Erasmus Study Placement course at the Conservatorio di musica 'Guiseppe Verdi'. making her debut in 2009 performing for HRH Princes Anne at Coutts Bank for the Royal Yacht Association charity event. Poppy has also performed ‘I Vow to Thee my Country’ for her Grandfather, Lieutenant General Sir Philip Neame’s Victoria Cross Commemoration in Faversham along side The Band of The Corps of Royal Engineers brass band as well as the Mayor of Faversham. She then performed at the Rochester Castle Concert Festival in 2016 performing 'Rule Britannia' with the Band of the Royal Engineers celebrating their 300th Anniversary with this Military Proms concert in front of thousands. While Poppy was studying at the 3 prestigious Conservatoire's, she took teaching modules as part of her degree as well as private teaching and then went onto teach in Kensington & Chelsea for 2 years after graduating. She is now looking to broaden her teaching skills and is teaching locally as well as at NFAD! Poppy is an extremely positive and fun teacher, encouraging students to work hard to achieve their best and strives to continue receiving fantastic feedback from all parents and teachers.

Kevin Thatcher,

Guest repertoire and Ballet Teacher

​Kevin started ballet at a young age at a local dance school. After being offered a place he trained at the Royal Ballet School, and Elmhurst Ballet School before embarking on an extensive performing career, with various dance companies all over the world. Then training as a fitness instructor and personal trainer. Kevin runs fitness studios in London and the New Forest, as well as The Great Fitness Escape ​for dance and fitness inspired breaks. Kevin is passionate about dance. Making classes fun and inspiring for all. Kevin specialises in repertoire, conditioning and vocational/adult ballet classes. 

Stephanie Constantine - Smith 
RTS RAD CBTS

Guest and Cover Ballet Teacher

Stephanie trained at The London Studio Centre, where she studied most dance disciplines but mainly Ballet and Contemporary. After graduating, she danced with contemporary dance companies before moving into teaching. She became Principal of her own dance school in Leicester, was Head of Dance at the YMCA Leicester and taught GCSE and A Level Dance in schools. Her choreography includes productions of The Boyfriend, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, The Nutcracker, West Side Story, Beauty & the Beast and My Fair Lady. She has also choreographed for TV, fashion shows and many dance school shows. Stephanie went on to study at the Benesh Institute to learn Choreology (the written form of dance) and after graduating she gained the Teaching Diploma in Benesh Movement Notation. She has taught Benesh at professional dance colleges, has been a Distant Learning Tutor for The Benesh Institute, and has held lectures in Benesh Notation for the Royal Academy of Dance. She recently led Benesh Notation classes for some students at NFAD for the trial exams for Benesh International. She has the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Dance and has Registered Teacher Status. She is also a Silver Swans licensee.

 

 

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