Teachers

Principal – Keely Power LISTD

I received professional training at the Hammond School of Dance before continuing my education at the London College of Dance. During my training at these vocational schools, I won awards for choreography and teaching skills.

I have performed in a number of shows including the Clothes Show ‘Live’, the Radio1 Roadshow, as well as more traditional productions such as the Nutcracker and Cinderella.

I am a fully qualified dance teacher with the ISTD. I hold my Licentiate in Imperial ballet, have a B.A. Honours degree in dance and my CDE (Certificate in Dance Education and Training) in five dance styles including ballet, modern, national & tap, from the ISTD (the Imperial Society for Teachers of Dance).  I attend courses regularly to keep my knowledge fresh and have recently trained as a PBT (Progressing Ballet Technique) teacher and as an Acrobatic Arts.

With over 20 years of teaching experience, I have successfully entered many students for exams as well as choreographing and producing many shows.  My teaching experience has been in the local area, Birmingham and a dance studio in New York USA.

My passion is teaching dance and seeing my students enjoy the buzz of a dance class or performance. I get a real thrill from seeing a student work hard, improve and then achieve, whether it is in performance, exams or class

Holly Goodwin 

Holly started teaching for us in January 2015. Holly has been dancing for 15 years, learning the dance technique for Ballet, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz and Musical Theatre. She is qualified to teach Ballet, Modern and Tap.

Holly began her studies at The Crescent Academy, where her training was led by Ellen Ekers. She later trained at Stella Mann College where she was involved in many professional shows including “The Boyfriend”, “Fame” and “Smokey Joe’s Cafe”. She graduated in July 2011 and qualified with a Dance Diploma and her teaching qualification in ISTD.

Olivia Gilchrist

I have been dancing and performing since the age of 3, taking part in many dance shows, competitions and pantomimes. I trained at Leanne Hughes Theatre School and Arts1 School of performance where I gained triple distinction for my BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Musical Theatre. I currently attend a teacher training college where I have taken my practical exam for DDE Ballet and am now preparing for Licentiate and Advance 2 Ballet.

Kieran Smith 

Kieran is a fun and creative teacher with a B.A Honours degree in performing arts and a background in dance and gymnastics. Studying Performing arts at University was the next step to his career in the arts. While at university he joined the cheerleading team, placing at national competitions and working hard to grow the team. Since graduating Kieran has trained with BGU becoming a qualified level 3 Cheerleading coach and now coaches his old team, placing first at national competitions.

Teaching since 2016 Kieran has helped to created both dance and drama shows for multiple schools, including taking groups to competitions and placing nationally.

Kieran is currently focused on teaching acro dance and is greatly enjoying the level of enthusiasm his students have for this growing style.

Holly McCarthy

Holly has graduated from University with a 2:1 in Performing Arts Bachelor Honors in 2016 and has proven herself a successful performer. During her time at University she has spent time directing pieces in her Staging New Writings, she’s participated in her second year Musical Theatre mashup for her assessments. As well as this in dance she has learnt several different styles which she applies to her own teachings, such as contemporary, jazz, flying low, performing through movement, Martha Graham technique, dance through camera.

Her interest and passion for performing began when she joined Stagecoach in 1998 where she developed her skills as a performer, dancer and a singer. The training she has had makes her capable of understanding different aspects of Musical Theatre. She has performed, sung, danced and acted in many productions including: “Seussical”, “We Will Rock You”, “Honk” and has performed on many different theatre stages such as Her Majesty’s Theatre, Haymarket, London, as part of the West End Stage Summer School, and the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury.

She is a dedicated worker to the stage and enjoys helping and teaching others the Arts she has worked in. Holly has taken many LAMDA exams in Musical Theatre and Singing and is now teaching acting LAMDA to students who wish to further their own performance skills and gain their own grades thought LAMDA.

Because of this, she has developed a teaching role, in many different after school and theatre school businesses. She enjoys helping students develop their own dramatic abilities and helping them build confidence whilst sharing her passion for the arts with the students. Her energetic personality shines through her work and she’s excited to work at PAD.

Keely
Holly D
Olivia
Kieran
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