Teachers

All of the teachers at Alexanders teach full time as their careers, they are experts in the field of teaching and understanding children's needs, ways of learning and developing their skills. I am very fortunate to have teachers who were once students and have trained through the school from a young age. They have studied all of the theatre subjects from Preparatory-Intermediate enabling them to teach all of the subjects offered by the school. I am proud of all of my teachers, they are an asset to the school.

Miss Nicky Alexander - Principal (LIDTA, UKAPTD)

I started dancing like lots of other 3 year olds and attended lessons in Ballet and Tap. I loved my dancing and so started more lessons Modern Jazz, National, Gymnastic dance, Song and Dance took part in many productions and competed in all local festivals.

Through all my years of dancing I found out early my passion was in the technique and choreography and, from a young age, started to help teaching. Although I was trained with UTD, when I set up the school of dance I decided to get my professional qualifications with the IDTA.

My passion for technique and high standards had led me to gain teachers qualifications in all the styles I teach. Knowing I have gained my knowledge through achievement ensures I am a much better teacher - and my students benefit from that knowledge.
My teachers share this commitment as they continue to train as well as teach in order to achieve further qualifications to better themselves.

Natalie Smith - Qualified Teacher (AIDTA)

"I started dancing at Alexanders at the age of 3 1/2 following in my cousin's footsteps and through my family I acquired another family in everyone at Alexanders.
My class pulled me in with open arms from the start and even though I was one of the quietest students they made sure I was still involved in every part of dancing life.

I started Student Teaching on Saturdays at the age of 17 whilst still studying my higher grades in dance. During this time I was also studying General Art and Design at College and found an interest in costume and set design.

After completing my college course I started teaching full time at Alexanders. The technical side of dance has always been of interest to me rather than performing hence I commenced training to gain my professional teaching qualifications in all genres. I have now achieved my Associate in Ballet and I am currently training for my Associate in Modern Jazz after which I will commence work on Theatre Craft. Expanding my knowledge I feel makes me a better teacher being as I have chosen teaching dance as a full time career.

Teaching for me is a passion and I feel very fortunate that I come to work every day and I really enjoy what I do."

Nicola Devitt (Little Nicky) - Qualified Teacher (AIDTA)
(BA (Hons) Primary Education)

"I have been dancing at Alexanders since the age of 2 1/2 and it has since become my extended family! I started helping on a Saturday morning at the age of 12 and this is where my passion for teaching came from. I went on to study Primary Education at Canterbury and still came back every weekend to teach dancing and take my own teaching exams.

I have enjoyed watching the girls grow from tiny dots into mature young ladies who share the same passion I do.

I also work at Widford Lodge Prep school as a Class Teacher and Head of Sport.
Teaching at Alexanders isn’t just a job for me, it is a hobby! I love being part of this fabulous family!"

Josie Joshua - Student Teacher

"I first began attending Alexanders at the age of two and have continuously been supported and guided by the wonderful teaching staff to get to where I am today!

After graduating from college with 3 A*'s in Performing Arts I took 2 years out to figure out what I wanted to do. Spending my time out assisting and teaching along side Nicky I grew to love the teaching aspects of dance & musical theatre.

I am currently studying a degree in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge in order for me to gain a PCGE which will enable me to teach in schools.
I can't wait to graduate and help guide and support students into entering this wonderful industry just as my colleagues have done for me!

Being the youngest member of the teaching family I like to continuously educate myself and keep up with current styles of dance. With Hip-Hop and Commercial being my favourite I still try to attend as many classes as possible to be inspired and see fresh new styles to bring into the school."

Sophie Clarke - Qualified Teacher (AIDTA)
(BA (Hons) Primary Education)

"Since joining Alexander’s at the age of 7, I’ve seen the school grow and grow and I now feel very privileged to be a member of the wonderful teaching staff. As a very shy child, dancing gave me confidence that I never knew I had and it really helped me growing up- not only to believe in myself but to feel valued as a part of this lovely community that has been created.

I first started assisting Nicky with the teaching of classes at the age of 16 and that sparked my passion for wanting to teach and to help others grow in confidence too- so much so that I went on to be trained as a primary school teacher at University. I currently spend my days teaching Year 6 children in a big primary school in Buckhurst Hill where I try and squeeze in as much dance and musical theatre as I can!

I’m very lucky to now also call myself a dance teacher, as every week I get to see first hand the joy that dance and Alexander’s can bring to young people, just like it did to me."

Michelle Warren - Qualified Teacher (FIDTA)

Michelle started her dancing career training as a teacher at the Yvonne Shirley School of Dancing, whilst also attending a full time performing arts college course.
She also taught dance for a season at Camp America in 1989.

Michelle has been teaching for over 25 years and has achieved a degree as a Fellow member of the I.D.T.A. for both Ballet and Tap.
Her training is ongoing and she is aiming to complete her Fellowships in other disciplines with the I.D.T.A.

Michelle has many years experience of putting on theatre productions and training students working towards examinations.
Most of all, Michelle ‘loves teaching dance’ and helping students to achieve their highest potential.

Andrea Farrant - Qualified Teacher (AIDTA)
(BA (Hons) Primary Education)

"Having been part of the Alexander’s family since the day the dance school opened, first as a pupil from age four and then as a class assistant, I really saw my love of teaching grow. It was from these experiences I gained my dance teaching qualification and decided to study as a primary school teacher. Following this I have subsequently followed my ambition to become the Headteacher of a local primary school.

As a dance student I felt well supported along my journey, honing my skills and passions for dance. I have enjoyed making long lasting friendships and being part of such a fun teaching team.

As a student and a teacher I have enjoyed many opportunities to perform locally, in London and abroad. The strong sense of family is a key element to the success of Alexander’s and I am reminded of this every time I teach, with children developing their skills, learning new steps and enthusiastically working as teams."