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 Award winning Advanced Lyrical duet, choreographed by Suzanne Nikolic

Award winning Advanced Lyrical duet, choreographed by Suzanne Nikolic

 

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Jayne Wilson AISTD (Dip) FMBA, British Arts Fellow & Examiner

Jayne formed the Jayne Marie Dancing School in 1983. She trained at Norwood Green Academy in West London and Harrison College in Watford and has extensive experience with the British Arts Association. Jayne is an Examiner for the British Arts - since 1999 - which has taken her all over the country as well as to Italy and Los Angeles. Jayne was proud to receive the British Arts Leading Teacher Award in 1997, 1999 and 2016 and has received the British Arts Display of the Year award three times, for The Nutcracker in 1993, The Wonderful Land of Oz in 1996 and Sleeping Beauty in 2016. She has two children, Ellena and Luke, and lives in Redbourn.

Hollie Bishop ISTD DDE

Hollie attended JMDS from age three to 18 and was Head Girl from the age of 16. She went on to gain her ISTD teaching qualifications at The College in Royston. Hollie attended the London Junior and Senior Ballet's Associate programme in ballet, contemporary and tap for five years. She is a talented and accomplished choreographer and has choreographed many of JMDS's award-winning solos, duets and group dances.

 

Karen Tower AISTD

Karen started dancing at the age of two, winning competitions and performing professionally from a young age. She gained her ISTD Associates and ISTD Advanced in Ballet, Tap, Modern and National from Harrison College, Watford. After graduating Karen performed on Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Lines and at the Thomson Gold hotel in Rhodes, where she was Dance Captain. After having her two children Karen taught fitness to celebrities including Amanda Holden and Laura Whitmore. As well as teaching at JMDS she is currently a Fitness presenter for Fitsteps, alongside Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe.  

 

Nicola Casserley BA (Hons)

Nicola's passion for theatre started at age three, watching her mum rehearsing shows while her dad built the sets! Soon after, she started dance classes in ballet, tap and modern. She studied Theatre, Film and Television at Aberystwyth University, during which time she performed in several productions and short films. Back home, after a few years helping to direct a local youth theatre group, she trod the boards at the Playhouse, taking on various roles including Sally Hardcastle in Love on The Dole, Mme de Tourvelle in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Laurie in Oklahoma and Nellie in South Pacific. Most recently she was Hermione in The Winter's Tale in collaboration with the RSC. She also taught drama for a time at The Hemel Hempstead School. Nicola has three children.

 

Suzanne Nikolic RAD RTS, Dip HE Dance Education

Suzanne commenced her ballet tuition at the Joan Ward School of Dance in Lancaster. When she was 10 she successfully auditioned for the Royal Ballet School. She graduated at 18, having successfully passed Cecchetti ballet examinations up to Advanced level and performed numerous times at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Suzanne was then awarded solo contracts with the State Theatres in Hagen and Hanover in Germany. With the arrival of her daughter, Suzanne gained an internationally-recognised qualification in professional make-up artistry and subsequently worked in the hair and make-up department of the Theatre des Westens, Berlin. After moving back to the UK, Suzanne began teaching her self-devised Creative Dance programme in local primary schools, before launching her career as a professional freelance dance teacher. 

 

Vanessa Baldwin ISTD DDE

Vanessa has been dancing since the age of four and trained at Marcia Jones School of Dance in Nottingham, studying ISTD Ballet, Tap, Modern and Disco/Freestyle. At the age of eighteen Vanessa moved to Watford to pursue a three-year musical theatre and teacher training course at Margaret Howard Theatre College, graduating with a National Diploma in Musical Theatre. Whilst at college she also completed ISTD DDE teaching qualifications in Ballet, Tap and Modern. Since leaving she has been teaching a range of classes and ages from babies to adults at the Margaret Howard Theatre School and teaching Ballet and Tap at a local private school.


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