Miss S A Reid

Vice Principal
Miss Lucie Kemp

College Patron

Miss Kay Mellor OBE

Artistic Advisors
Mr Anthony Van Laast MBE
Mr Nick Winston



Miss Catherine Clark CTTLS, ARAD, PDTC

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 and The Bolshoi Ballet.

Miss Nathalie Leger ARAD, PDTC

Teacher of RAD Majors & Free Ballet

Miss Leger trained at the Academie de la Danse under Marika Besobrasova. Starting in the Corps de ballet, Miss Leger joined the Basler Ballet under the direction of Heinz Spoerli, and quickly became a soloist. Miss Leger went on to join Deustche Oper Am Rheim as a soloist and then Les Ballets De Monte-Carlo where she danced an extensive repertoire.  At Northern Ballet under the direction of David Nixon, Miss Leger was Odette Swan Lake, Tourvel Dangerous Liaisons, Queen Ann Three Musketeers, Lady Capulet Romeo & Juliet before having her final lead role of Gertrude, Hamlet created especially for her. After retiring from performing Miss Leger trained at the RAD gaining the PDTD with distinction. Part of the teaching team and jury panel for the International Rieti Dance Competition in Italy, Miss Leger is also a regular Guest Company Teacher with the renowned Matthew Bourne Professional Touring Company ‘New Adventures’. 

Miss Laura Carnaby BA (Hons), PGCT, LRAD, ARAD, RTS

Teacher of Ballet 

Miss Laura Carnaby is teacher of RAD majors and Pointe for SLP College and Ballet for SLP Junior Academy.  Formally and classically trained at the Royal Academy of Dance, Miss Carnaby 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, Miss Carnaby has held professional dance contracts with and choreographed for some of the most prestigious ballet companies, dance groups and industry artists in the world. Miss Carnaby names The Disney Channel and Birmingham Royal Ballet as two of her proudest career moments to date.     

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.  

Mr Vincent Cabot

Teacher of Ballet

Mr Vincent Cabot began his training at the Choreographic Center Michèle Darcy, before joining the National School of Dance of Marseille.   As Principal Dancer at the European Ballet, his repertoire included Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker and Cinderella. Diversifying his skills he moved to Germany where he performed for a year at the Deutsche Tanzkompanie in Neustrelitz in Folklore Tanzlutz, Musical Sorbas and Neo-classical Snow White, Carmina Burana. In England, Mr Cabot joined the Ballet Theatre UK for 5 years, creating a major part of their repertoire, from the main classics Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Swan Lake to the creation of Snow Queen, A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland, and The Little Mermaid.

Mr Niall McMahon

Teacher of Ballet

Mr Niall McMahon is a highly-respected ballet master having worked with Scottish Ballet, Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance. He has taught at the Royal Ballet Upper School, Elmhurst (Birmingham) and the Royal Academy of Dance, as well as at summer schools in the UK and abroad. He was    Senior Lecturer in Ballet at the Northern School of  Contemporary Dance and was a Teaching Fellow for several years.  Niall has been a Panel Assessor for the Council for Dance Education & Training (CDET) and a highly sought-after dance consultant, having worked with the Learning & Skills Council. He has also worked alongside Creative and Cultural Skills, Arts Council England and the Arts Council of Wales.   He has performed in works by Bournonville, Cranko, Kylian, Prokovsky and Muldoon, creating many solo roles during a successful professional career. 

Miss Jessica Mais BA (Hons) LRAD ARAD AIDTA QTS 

Teacher of Ballet

Miss Jessica Mais started Dance training age four at a local dance school and with Central School of Ballet. She then graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance in 2010 with a First Class Honours degree in Ballet Education. Here, she gained in depth knowledge of classical ballet teaching and practice. Jessica has been teaching in a variety of contexts and sectors for the last eight years and has qualified school teacher status. 


Mr Bradley Richardson

Teacher of Tap, Lyrical and Technical Jazz and Musical Theatre

Mr Richardson is an extremely talented dancer and choreographer with extensive experience in the industry.  He was a soloist at the Royal Albert Hall (London) and has featured in several London musicals such as Moulin Rouge, Dirty Dancing and Norma Jeane the Musical.  Mr Richardson danced on the Marvel Studios movie Avengers 2 and has toured in productions that have taken him all over the world.  Other credits include: The Shadow Tappers (Dubai), Kings of Tap (EU Tour), Dance Captain in Snow White (King’s Lynn), Christmas Spectacular (Royal Albert Hall), Red Hot Broadway (China Tour), Bernie in Geek! A New Musical (London), The Midnight Beast DRTY WKND Tour (UK), Shirley in Shaun’s Big Show (International Tour).  Mr Richardson was also a resident company member of Opera North dancing in their award winning productions of The Adventures of Pinocchio, The Merry Widow, Carmen and From the House of the Dead (UK Tours).

Miss Kirsty Sparks BA, PGCE, ISTD

Teacher of Musical Theatre and Technical Jazz,

Miss Sparks 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. Working extensively as a director and choreographer, Miss Sparks choreographs an SLP performance piece for the UK’s biggest dance event ‘Move It’ at Excel London.  As a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science Miss Sparks is also a Personal Fitness Trainer and teacher of Pilates and provides ‘return to fitness’ training for SLP students where required. 

Mr Graeme Pickering

Teacher of Musical Theatre, Technical Jazz and Audition Technique

Mr Graeme Pickering is the London Casting Co-ordinator for Celebrity Cruise Lines new production company, a role he secured after starting as an assistant choreographer. Mr Pickering works in high profile dance and theatre schools across the UK, training aspiring students to succeed in show business.  As well as choreographing for various agent showcases across the UK, other choreography credits include:  Jack and the Beanstalk (Palace Theatre, Newark), Beauty and the Beast (Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl), Loserville (Capstone Theatre, Liverpool).  Other credits   include: Prince Charming (Birmingham Arena Panto PR), David Cassidy/Donny Osmond/John Travolta (A Salute to the 1970s), The Wizard of Oz - (Easter Tour), dancer in Disney’s Camp Rock 2: Pass It On (UK Tour), White Swan (The Only Way Is Essex/Lakeside PR).

Mr Adam Scown

Teacher of Musical Theatre, Tap, Technical Jazz and Audition Technique

Mr Adam Scown is a seasoned performer in all facets of the entertainment industry and has a vast résumé of Choreographic, Directorial, Musical Theatre, TV and Film credits.  He was nominated for “Best Choreography for a New Musical” for the Broadway World Awards 2015 & 2016 and in 2013 he won the award for ‘Best Direction of a New Production of a Musical’. He toured in Flashdance (European Tour), Grease, Dirty Dancing, Joseph, Gotta Sing Gotta Dance, High School Musical (UK Tours).  Mr Scown also toured across the UK with Broadway singing sensation Natalie Weiss. His film credits include Time to Dance, Tulip Fever, The Imitation Game, Muppets Most Wanted, Closed Circuit, Bootmen, Oscar & Lucinda and the Oscar winning animated film Happy Feet. He featured in E4's Stage School as Resident Choreographer, BBC Three's Don't Tell The Bride as guest choreographer and was in Home & Away (Kym).


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.  Mr Hayes choreographs an SLP performance piece for the UK’s biggest dance event ‘Move It’ at Excel London.

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.


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.  Joelle has worked as production manager and dance captain for Costa Cruises and appeared as a featured soloist at the Sadler's Wells Chainos Gala.  Joelle has vast experience as a choreographer and has danced on Top of the Pops and in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Mr Mark Pearce BA (Hons)

Teacher of Contemporary

Mr Mark Pearce performed in Matthew Bourne’s highly acclaimed adaptation of Swan Lake and he and his fellow cast of all-male swans featured in the final scene of the Billy Elliot film.  Mr Pearce went on to train in contemporary dance and ballet and performed with exclusive Laban dance company, Transitions in Europe and Japan. Further impressive performance credits include: Join-Up Dance Company performance collaborating with the award winning poet Imtiz Dharker on a commission for the BBC Containing Strong Language Festival, working with the National Youth Dance Company, co-choreographing Get a Proper Job and Pleasures of the Test as well as featuring in Adventures in Motion Pictures.  As a teacher, Mr Pearce has extensive experience as a Course Leader and Dance Lecturer.


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 trained here at SLP College as a teacher in all subjects graduating with Distinction. Her expertise as a choreographer and technical exam coach for both children and College students was widespread throughout the North of England and she returned to SLP 12 years ago.  An experienced teacher of syllabus tap and modern Miss Rooke 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.


Miss Jade Wing

Teacher of Acro and Gymnastics

Miss Jade Wing successfully auditioned for Circus Space in London where she studied circus skills, aerial and acrobatics, specialising in acro, gymnastics and flexibility.  Returning to Yorkshire, Jade set up her own business teaching private lessons to children and adults and went on to teach in dance schools across the North of England.  Jade now travels across the UK delivering workshops to schools and colleges and has choreographed acro dances for dancing schools and competitions. 


Miss Polly Strange BA (Hons)

Teacher of Singing 

Miss Polly Strange is a successful singer, singing teacher, songwriter and musician.  A much sought after trance/EDM session vocalist and top-line writer, Polly’s vocals can be heard on many Ministry of Sound compilations.  Her teaching experience includes seven years as a College Head of Singing and Musical Director.  Polly’s specialism is in modern voice techniques and vocal physiology and she is studying to complete exams to become an Estill Certified Master Teacher, joining the elite few who hold this sought after licence. 

Mr John Atkin BA (Hons) Music, PGCE Music

Repertoire and Ensemble Coach

An extremely experienced teacher, Mr Atkin managed and directed the Performing Arts Department at a large College in Leeds for 14 years. He is currently a Senior Examiner for an international exam board and a passionate musician with a wide and varied knowledge ranging from composing to conducting. 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.  

Miss Heather Watts

Teacher of Technical Singing

Miss 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 

Miss Sarah Redgwick 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.  Miss Redgwick 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. 

Miss Elizabeth Ball B.Ed (Hons), Dip.LCM, Pg.Dip, MMus (Performance)

Teacher of Singing 

Miss Elizabeth Ball is a highly qualified and experienced teacher of singing.   Having directed many choirs and vocal ensembles, her achievements include directing a large girls’ choir that she took on tour to Salzburg.   Liz has performed extensively as a soloist in operas, roles included ‘Monica’ The Medium, ‘first witch’ Dido & Aeneas and ‘Drusilla’ The Coronation of Poppea’.  Other solo performances included soprano soloist in Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, soloist at Leeds City Varieties in The Good Old Days and the role of ‘Mrs Ford’  The Merry Wives of Windsor for West Riding Opera.  Liz regularly performs for the charity ‘Lost Chord’, providing interactive concerts for people with dementia.


Mr Damien O’ Keeffe MA

Acting Course Leader

Mr Damien O’Keeffe trained as an actor at Middlesex University. After graduation he worked as a freelance actor, director and workshop leader at a number of theatres including The Crucible, Sheffield and Leicester Haymarket. He has taught acting and performing arts for over 20 years and was Head of Performing Arts at Bradford College. Mr O’Keeffe has a Masters in Education and writes and presents on the role of the arts in education.

Miss Lucy Dexter BA (Hons)

Teacher of Acting

Miss Lucy Dexter graduated with a BA (Hons) in Drama and Theatre Practice and has enjoyed a career as a professional actor with productions in London, regional theatre and tours throughout the UK.  Theatre credits include time spent as a member of the Globe Acting Company during Emma Rice’s Winter Noir season at Shakespeare’s Globe, for the critically acclaimed production of All The Angels, directed by Jonathan Munby. Miss Dexter was a repertory actor for London Contemporary Theatre where she worked on productions including Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Mr Matt Cross 

Teacher of Acting 

Matt has an extensive CV of acting experience including television credits:  ‘Tim’ in Misfits, ‘Sean’ in Shameless, ‘Jimmy Lips’ in Life on Mars, ‘Paul’ in Law and Order, as well as appearances in Casualty, Holby City, Doctors (BBC).  Matt has acted in films such as Tarzan, Godzilla, Any Other Sense, Bypass, Trance - Danny Boyle, Come on Eileen, Double Time, Jesus Christ Superstar and Monster.  Extensive theatre credits include All My Sons, Merrily We Roll Along, Dazzle, Heavy Pencil, Romeo & Juliet, King Lear, Merry Wives of Windsor,  Macbeth (RSC), Marguerite, Assassins, West Side Story 50th Anniversary, California Suite, Our House, Cats, Days of Hope, Miss Saigon and many more.    


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.


Year 1 - Miss Lucy Dexter

Year 2 - Mr Damien O’Keeffe

Year 3 - Mr Frazer Ormondroyd



Mr Blair Murray BSc (Hons)

Teacher of Fitness, Personal Trainer, Teacher of Anatomy and Physiology

Mr Murray has been with SLP from the beginning.  He is a Biology honours 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 exercise conditioning coach, working with both personal clients and college students.  Mr Murray also provides ‘return to fitness’ training for SLP students where required. 

Miss Kirsty Sparks BA, PGCE, ISTD

Qualified Teacher of Pilates and Personal Fitness trainer.

Student Welfare:

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

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


Mr John Rutherford BA (Hons) Physiotherapy

A 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




Mr Tim English

Guest Director 

Mr Tim English was Resident Director for three years on Disney Theatrical Production’s hugely successful show The Lion King (UK and European Tour) followed by Resident Director for Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre.  He was involved in casting, directing and maintaining four shows for Mark Bradley International including the award winning The Three Waiters they performed all over the world at prestigious events and venues.  As a performer, Mr English has featured in Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Palace Theatre, West End), Mamma Mia (world tour 2 years), Oliver! (UK Tour & Canada), Always (Victoria Palace, West End), Joseph (Victoria Palace, West End)and Me & My Girl (UK Tour).

Mr Dean McDermott BA (Hons)

Guest Musical Director

Mr Dean McDermott is an accomplished Musical Director with a vast résumé of productions to his name, Musical Director and Assistant Musical Director credits include:  Spamalot (UK Tour), Beauty & The Beast (York), Joseph & His Technicolour Dreamcoat (IOM), Blood Brothers (UK Tour), Aladdin (York), Oliver! (IOM), Avenue Q (UK Tour), Peter Pan (Malvern).  Mr McDermott is the Musical Director and teaches at a prestigious London College and was previously keyboards/Assistant Musical Director for Bill Kenwright Ltd. Mr McDermott’s experience includes directing full orchestras to small ensembles and he has won awards for Best Musical Director and Outstanding Musical Contribution.

Miss Claire Corruble Cabot

Guest Teacher of Ballet  

Miss Claire Corruble Cabot was born in Paris and started Ballet at a very early age, training at the prestigious Paris Opera Ballet School and finishing her training at The National Superior Ballet School of Marseille. Miss Cabot worked freelance in Paris in various projects, including tours in Germany, before being engaged at the Badische Staatstheater of Karlsruhe.  In the UK, Miss Cabot danced in the famous Swan Lake with English National Ballet, spent 2 seasons with European Ballet and went on to work with Ballet Theatre UK for 8 years where she created most of their repertoire. Miss Cabot currently teaches Ballet, repertoire and assists in pas de deux for Ballet Theatre UK as well as teaching and performing Principal roles for English Youth Ballet.


SLP College hosts guest teachers from the Musical Theatre, TV and Dance industries to work with our students each term.  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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