Alexanders 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.

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Teaching Qualifications:
IDTA Licentiate – Theatre Craft
IDTA Licentiate – Freestyle
IDTA Associate – Tap
IDTA Associate – Ballet
IDTA Associate – Modern Jazz
Acrobatic Arts – Level 1
UKAPTD Associate
GPTD Member

Natalie Smith
Qualified Teacher (AIDTA)

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“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 Level 4 Diploma in Ballet & Modern Jazz and Associate Freestyle. I am currently training for my 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.”

Teaching Qualifications:
IDTA Level 4 Diploma – Ballet
IDTA Level 4 Diploma – Modern Jazz
IDTA Associate – Freestyle

Josie Joshua
PGCE Secondary Education

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"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 studied a degree in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and am currently working on gaining 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!

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."

Qualifications:

BA Performing Arts 
PGCE Secondary Education (Drama)

Michelle Warren
Qualified Teacher (FIDTA)

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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.

 

Teaching Qualifications:
IDTA Fellowship – Ballet
IDTA Fellowship – Tap
IDTA Licentiate – Modern Jazz
IDTA Licentiate – Theatre Craft

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

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“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!”

Teaching Qualifications:
IDTA Associate – Freestyle
BA (Hons) Primary Education

Grace Duke
Student Teacher

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"I first started dancing at Alexander’s at the age of 2 1/2 and have loved dancing ever since! I began helping on Saturday mornings and enjoyed working with the teachers I had known for so many years. I am currently studying Classics at King’s College London, hoping to eventually work in Law. However, dance will always be a part of my life and so I decided to also begin studying for my IDTA qualifications in Tap, as this is my favourite style. I now teach all ages and thoroughly enjoy the break from my studies that dancing offers. I love being a part of the Alexander’s family and cannot imagine my life without it."

Teaching Qualifications (Student):
Level 3 Diploma - Tap 

Grace Duffy
Student Teacher

Modern Ballet Dancers

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