Faculty

Principal
Miss S A Reid

Vice Principal
Miss Lucie Kemp

Educational Co-ordinator
Mrs Kim Buckley BA (hons)

Artistic Advisors
Mr Anthony Van Laast MBE
Mr Nick Winston

 

FACULTY OF DANCE

BALLET 

Miss Catherine Clark CTTLS, ARAD, PDTC - Head of Ballet

Teacher of Ballet and Choreography, Coach for RAD Examinations.

Miss Clark trained at the Royal Ballet School and gained her PDTC at The Royal Academy of Dance. Miss Clark has extensive teaching experience and has performed as a Classical Soloist with several international Ballet Companies including the Nureyev Festival, Ballets Theatre de Nancy, Taller Choreographico, Cedar Dance, Vienna Festival Ballet, Alexander Roy Ballet Theatre, The Bolshi Ballet.

Miss Nathalie Leger ARAD, PDTC

Teacher of RAD Majors & Free Ballet.

Miss Leger trained at the Academie de la Danse under Marika Besobrasova and has performed internationally as Principal Dancer with several major Ballet Companies including as Deutsche Open Am Rheim, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, ending her career as a Principal dancer in Northern Ballet.  She has worked with reknowned choreographers such as Gillian Lynne, William Forsythe and Maurice Bejart.  Miss Leger gained her PDTC (teaching qualification) at The Royal Academy of Dance. Performances include: Swan Lake, Three Musketeers, Dangerous Liaisons, Romeo & Juliet, Dové La Luna.

Miss Gemma Fisher  PTLLS, ISTD DDI Tap     

Teacher of Ballet 

Through continued development of teaching methods and techniques, Miss Gemma Fisher inspires others to learn. Trained at the Royal Ballet School and Laine Theatre Arts, Miss Fisher secured the lead role in ‘Spirit of the Dance’ touring Europe, Asia, Israel and America before gaining the role of ‘Millie’ in ‘Spirit of Broadway’ in America. Miss Fisher has experience choreographing live shows and has worked as a performer and choreographer in commercial pop videos and television productions. 

Miss Laura Carnaby BA (Hons) Ballet Education

Teacher of Ballet 

Laura is teacher of Pointe for SLP College and Ballet for SLP Junior Academy.  Formally and classically trained at the Royal Academy of Dance, Laura gained her BA (Hons) Ballet Education, Registered Teaching Status of the Academy, Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance (Tr.1&2) and Distinction in all her teaching examinations, later majoring in Education (Dance) at both Degree and Masters Level.  Since graduating, Laura has held professional dance contracts with and choreographed for some of the most prestigious ballet companies, dance groups and industry artists in the world. Laura names The Disney Channel and Birmingham Royal Ballet as two of her proudest career moments to date.    Laura has also held the position of “Head of Ballet” at one of the UK’s leading preparatory dance institutes, tutors and examines on the Royal Academy of Dance’s Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies Programme and worked as Business Development Manager for one of the Strictly Come Dancing’s Professional Dancer’s Chelsea Based Studios and her award-winning Agency. 

Mr Eric Assandri  RAD-RTS, RAD Examiner, PGCLTHE, FHEA, MSET, QTLS

Teacher of Ballet 

Mr Assandri trained at the Conservatoire de Nice and Académie Princesse Grace in Monaco.  He has worked in Toulon, Marseille, Toulouse and Salzburg as Soloist and as a guest he danced Bournonville Pas de Deux with the Soloists of the Royal Danish Ballet in Denmark, France and Spain.  Promoted to ballet master and assistant of the Artistic Director leading rehearsals, Mr Assandri taught the Company and represented the Director when called upon. Roles include The Nutcracker, Coppelius, Nomi, Chaplin, ETA Hoffman and Baby John in West Side Story.  

JAZZ

Miss Kirsty Sparks BA, PGCE, ISTD

Teacher of Musical Theatre and Jazz.

Miss Sparks is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science and is a Personal Fitness Trainer and teacher of Pilates. She trained at Laine Theatre Arts and went directly into the West End show Me and My Girl. Further performances include: CATS, Starlight Express, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Saturday Night Fever. Miss Sparks has also worked extensively as a Director and Choreographer.

Mr Damien Poole BA (Hons) 

Teacher of Musical Theatre Repertoire

Damien has recently performed at Wembley Arena backing Adele on her number one tour, just prior to recording the soundtrack for the new Mary Poppins Return motion picture.  In the original casts of Groundhog Day, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Shrek the Musical, Damien also performed in Grease and was Dance Captain in the revival cast of Gypsy.  Damien regularly Workshops new musicals with Peter Darling, including the workshops for Frozen the Musical on Broadway, as well as Groundhog Day and Charlie. He can be heard on the Soundtracks of Gypsy, the Josh Groban Collection, Chess in Concert and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Damien regularly adjudicates at major dance competitions and leads dance and musical theatre masterclasses across the UK and The Netherlands.

Miss Charlie Woodcock IDTA Freestyle

Teacher of Jazz, Commercial and Professional Practice

Charlie is a teacher of Commercial and Professional Practice in SLP College and also teaches Singing, Musical Theatre and Jazz in SLP’s Junior Academy.  Having worked around the world at corporate events, choreographing for fashion shows (Selfridges, Tiffany & Co) and working in Dance Camps, Charlie continues to work across the globe.  As well as graduating with a Musical Theatre Diploma (Distinction) from SLP Charlie is also a qualified make-up artist.

Mr Darren Charles

Teacher of Jazz  

Darren has over 25 year’s professional experience in dance, theatre, choreography, circus arts and equestrian arts. He has recently returned from the North American Tour (2011-2017) of Cavalia’s Odysseo where he was resident artistic director & choreographer, the tour included an Odysseo special appearance on the Jay Leno Show that Darren created, choreographed and directed.  Prior to this, Darren was choreographer/assistant director for Butterflies Opera (operatic theatrical show) at the Beijing Olympic Village.  Darren has many other credits including Zambezi Express (UK tour), La Tosca - Amore Disperato (Rome), Notre Dame De Paris (West End & world tour).

COMMERCIAL AND STREET 

Mr Stuart Hayes

Teacher of Commercial.

Mr Hayes trained at Performers College and has worked world-wide as a dancer and choreographer with performers such as Diana Ross, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Steps, Atomic Kitten, Holly Valance, Boyzone, Hear’say, Danni Minogue, Jamelia and The Wanted. He continues to choreograph for TV and stage shows and is frequently in demand to lecture for both the IDTA and ISTD.

Miss Kelly Clayton

Teacher of Commercial and Street.

Miss Clayton trained at Phil Winston’s Theatreworks and has worked in both the UK and Australia. She has a wealth of experience teaching, performing and choreographing and her credits include choreography for television and theatre, performance in pantomime, cruises and modeling. Miss Clayton is renowned for her choreography of both Street and Commercial Jazz.

CONTEMPORARY

Mr De-Napoli Clarke

Teacher of Contemporary

Mr Clarke trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and is a founder member of the National Youth Dance Company. He has performed with Kokuma, Nexus and RJC Dance and was Movement Director for The Juju Girl (Scotland) and Master Juba (London). Choreographer for Rainbirds and Drumbeats, he also performed with the hit musical show Stomp.

Miss Joelle Le Boutillier AISTD

Teacher of Lyrical Contemporary

Miss Le Boutillier trained at Performers College and has extensive experience in classical ballet, lyrical contemporary, jazz and choreography.  She has worked as production manager and dance captain for Costa  Cruises and appeared as a featured soloist at the Sadler's Wells 'Chains Gala'.  She has many years experience as a cabaret singer and has danced on Top of the Pops and in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

TAP AND MODERN

Miss Hannah Rooke CTLLS, AISTD Dip (TB) (MB) (NB), AIDTA (Ballet)

Exam Co-ordinator - ISTD Majors and FDI Coaching
Teacher of Tap and Modern

Miss Rooke is an experienced teacher of syllabus tap and modern. She has worked extensively both with College students and children from the Junior Academy. Miss Rooke works both as a free tap teacher and with those students who wish to pursue major tap and modern examinations.

Miss Daisy Jones DDI, DDE, ISTD Ballet, Tap, Modern, National, Disco & Freestyle Lamda PCert.

Teacher of Tap and Modern

Miss Jones graduated from Merseyside Dance and Drama Centre and has gained qualifications for Ballet, Tap, Modern and National, Disco & Freestyle ISTD, DDI, DDE and LAMDA Teaching Certificate. She has extensive teaching experience with both young students and adults and spent three years teaching at LlarDansa in Palma.

FACULTY OF MUSIC AND SINGING 

Head of Singing

Mr Frazer Ormondroyd 

Mr Ormondroyd is a highly qualified teacher of singing who graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts with a Professional Diploma in Acting and Musical Theatre.  He is one of the very few professionals in the UK to hold the Estill Certificate of Figure Proficiency qualification and has also gained the Advanced Professional Diploma in Contemporary Vocal Technique. He has worked at home and abroad as an Acting & Musical Theatre Teacher, Performing Arts Lecturer and Vocal Coach.  Mr Ormondroyd has also extensive experience performing as a soloist, in ensemble and as a Musical Director.  Prior to this, Mr Ormondroyd performed professionally across the globe and for many years was a member of the renowned vocal harmony group Stutz Bear Cats.

Mr Ben Levy BA (Hons) Music, LLCM (MT), ATCL & DipLCM (Classical Singing), DipMusLCM (Theory of Music)

Musical Director, Teacher of Singing 

Mr Levy is a highly qualified and accomplished musical director and singing teacher specializing in theatre and choral work.  Recent MD work includes Underneath the Arches (Plowright Theatre). Cinderella (Grimsby Auditorium) Lizzie and the Dark (Opera Schmopera) and Songs for a New World (Orillo Studios).  Mr Levy is the Musical Director for Military Wives Choir, York, leading the ensemble through a very busy schedule of concerts and album recordings.  In addition to his MD work, Mr Levy works extensively as a singing teacher, both privately and for workshops and masterclasses.  These include engagements for BBC Radio York, Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton and Ulster University.  He is also a registered music examiner for ICMA. Mr Levy is Musical Director for SLP College and Head of Singing for SLP Junior Academy, he also teaches Musical Theatre for the SLP Junior Associates Programme. 

Mr John Atkin BA (Hons) Music, PGCE Music

Repertoire and Ensemble Coach

An extremely experienced teacher, Mr Atkin manages and directs the Performing Arts Department at a large College in Leeds. A passionate musician, he has a wide and varied knowledge ranging from composing to conducting and as an MD, Pianist and Conductor he has played in and directed professional and amateur productions including among others:  BBC Radio, Amadeus Orchestra, York Theatre Royal, The National Trust, The John Miller Orchestra.  

Mrs Heather Watts

Teacher of Technical Singing

Mrs Watts is a professional Soprano who was born in Texas and studied music at the University of Texas. She came to the UK to study Opera Performance at the Royal College of Music, London and also studied for 2 years at the Austrian/American Mozart Academy in Salzburg. Mrs Watts has performed in the West End of London and many other European centres.

Miss Sarah Redgwick PGDip Opera, Music Performance BMus (Hons), LGSM, Estill Levels 1 and 2

Teacher of Singing 

Sarah is a professional soprano and a highly qualified teacher specialising in musical theatre.  She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama graduating with First Class Honours, completed her studies on the Post Graduate Opera Course and was the winner of the prestigious gold medal for singers. Performance highlights include Mrs Morrell in the world premiere of Silver Birch for Garsington Opera, Mrs Maurant in Street Scene at the Theatre du Chatelet Paris and Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni for English National Opera.  Sarah has regularly appeared as a soloist for Classical Spectacular Concerts at The Royal Albert Hall and has performed an extensive solo repertoire with leading national opera companies and orchestras including The Royal Opera, Opera North, Welsh National Opera and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. 

 FACULTY OF ACTING 

Head of Acting

Mr Adam Stadius MA, PGCE

Teacher of Acting, Voice, Acting Through Song

Mr Stadius graduated with an MA Distinction from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and is now a successful lecturer, acting coach, teacher and director. He has delivered classes in Acting Techniques, Physical Theatre, Voice and Musical Theatre. Mr Stadius specialises in the Meisner Technique of acting and is on the audition panel for the MA Music Theatre course at RCSSD. Directing credits include Seussical, The Drowsy Chaperone, Witches of Eastwick.

Miss Leah Hamilton BA(Hons)

Teacher of Acting and Voice

An experienced drama teacher Miss Hamilton gained her Post Graduate Certificate of Education with Masters Level credits, graded ‘Outstanding’. Prior to this, her performance experience briefly includes ‘Lion, Witch & Wardrobe’ West Yorkshire Playhouse, ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ English Touring Theatre, ‘Poppy The Musical’ Landor Theatre, London, independent short films with the Northern Film School and other advert and TV work.   

Mrs Kim Buckley BA (Hons)

Teacher of Acting

Mrs Buckley graduated from York St. John University with a BA (Hons) in Theatre, Film & Television. She gained a passion for performing has performed on stage and screen in the UK and abroad. Later, she went on to gain Qualified Teacher Status and now has over 10 years of experience as a classroom teacher and Head of Department. She specialises in teaching Acting, Theatre Studies and Theatre History as well as developing the use of new Teaching and Learning strategies. Mrs Buckley's teaching has been consistently judged as Outstanding by Ofsted, she has also delivered teacher training courses for universities and exam boards. Her extensive directing experience includes musical theatre productions, contemporary plays and several Shakespearean plays. Mrs Buckley also coaches students who would like to achieve LAMDA Acting qualifications.

Mrs Philippa Anderson  CTTLS, Levels 1,2, & advanced Estill      

Teacher of Voice

Pippa’s motto is ‘your voice is your signature!’ and she draws on a wealth of knowledge gained through her vast training and experience. A freelance voice and singing teacher, performance coach and facilitator delivering voice, communication and public speaking workshops, Pippa has an extensive background in Voice and Singing.  Amongst many other professional appointments Pippa has delivered Broadway technique and accent coaching for Bishopwearmouth Choral Society’s performance of ‘Stephen Sondheim’s Side by Side’ and was Acting Coach for Miranda Wright Singers on the production ‘Tell Me The Truth About Love’ at The Witham, Barnard Castle.

Miss Natasha Harrison MA, BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance 

Movement Director

Natasha is a Movement Director, Choreographer and Lecturer based in Leeds and London.  After training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Natasha completed her Masters in Movement: Directing and Teaching, graduating from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.  Natasha’s work as a Movement Director focusses on the context, vision and nature of the theatrical piece in question, supporting the production by translating the world of the piece through the art of movement. Current and upcoming Movement Director credits include: (2018) First Encounters: Julius Caesar - Royal Shakespeare Company, (2018) The Crucible - Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton, (2017) Dear Brutus - Southwark Playhouse, (2017) Zoetrope - West Yorkshire Playhouse, (2017) Les Mamelles de Tirésias/Une education manqué - Royal College of Music

 

ACCOMPANISTS

Mr David Plumpton

Classical and Singing Accompanist, Jazz and Tap Pianist and Musical Arranger. Versatile pianist, percussionist and composer with extensive musical experience.

Miss Alena Panasenka, MA

Miss Panasenka is a graduate of the Belarusian State University and also the Mogilev Music College in Belarus as a qualified piano teacher and piano accompanist.

 

FACULTY OF INTEGRATED PROFESSIONAL STUDIES 

Mrs Kim Buckley BA (Hons)

Head of Integrated Professional Studies. Learning Support Tutor.

Miss Charlie Woodcock

Teacher of Professional Practice 

 

FITNESS

Mr Blair Murray BSc (Hons)


Teacher of Fitness, Personal Trainer, Teacher of Anatomy

Mr Murray is a Biology hounours degree graduate from Strathclyde University and a former professional dancer in the West End and on tours.  Since retraining in fitness, he has been an experienced exercise conditioning coach over the past 15 years, working with both personal clients and college students.

Miss Kirsty Sparks
Qualified Teacher of Pilates and Personal Fitness trainer.

Pastoral Care

Miss Lucie Kemp AISTD (CB) (NB) (TB) (MB), AISTD (TB) Dip
Vice Principal, Student and Staff Advisor and Safeguarding Officer.

Pastoral Care:

Miss Hannah Rooke CTLLS, AISTD Dip (TB) (MB) (NB), AIDTA (Ballet).

Student Support:
Miss Daisy Jones DDI, DDE, ISTD Ballet, Tap, Modern, National, Lamda Gold

Physiotherapy

Mr John Rutherford BA (Hons) Physiotherapy, Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, Member of the Health Professional Council.

Mr Rutherford is based in Leeds and holds weekly treatment clinics at the College


Guest Teachers

MR ANDREW HOPKINS BA (Hons) Musical Theatre 

Guest Musical Director 

Mr Hopkins graduated from the GSA Conservatoire and went on to be Musical Director for the play ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ at Hampton Court Palace.  He recently worked with Dame Julie Andrews in the casting process of ‘My Fair Lady’ at Sydney Opera House and as resident conductor of The Welsh Musical Theatre Orchestra, Mr Hopkins has conducted ‘Shows & Soundtracks’ (UK Tour), ‘The Mikado in Concert’ and ‘An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein’.  Further credits include ‘Call me Merman’ (UK Tour), ‘A-Z of Musical Theatre’ (UK Tour) and ‘Just a Housewife’ (UK Tour).  

We regularly employ guest teachers from the Musical Theatre, TV and Dance industries to work with our students.  This has included principal players, resident directors, choreographers and creatives from shows such as Wicked, The Lion King, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Annie, The Last Tango, Hollyoaks, Beautiful, Loserville, KYLIE (International Tour), War Horse and many more

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