We are immensley proud of the quality of the teaching staff within the school, all of whom have a professional and passionate approach to teaching and a great rapport with the students, encouraging them to achieve the best possible results with their dancing.
GEORGINA KETTEMAN - Principal - A.I.D.T.A., iD-Dance, B.A(Hons)
BALLET - TAP - MODERN - CONTEMPORARY - STREET - ACRO - PBT - THEATRE CRAFT
Georgie found her love for dance at the age of three after starting at Maggie Monk
School of Dancing. Here she learnt Ballet, Tap, Modern and Street. She also attended
the Sylvia Young’s Theatre School where she studied Street Dance, Singing and Drama.
Georgie has appeared in a number of pantomimes and dance shows, including
performances with the Ballet Russe. She has also been a presenter on Barbie FM and
danced alongside Blue, as well as opening the show at the Disney Chanel Kids Awards
in Docklands Arena. Georgie also danced in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012
Olympic Games as part of the Thanks Tim cast.
In 2010, she went on to pursue her studies in Dance at The University of Leeds. Here she choreographed and performed in a number of productions as well as being elected the Leeds University Union Dance Representative. Having achieved a first degree in her university studie, Georgie returned home to further her passion for dance by pursuing a career in teaching. She has since completed her Associate teaching qualification with the IDTA, achieving the highest grade of Distinction.
She has experience teaching at a number of dance and theatre schools throughout Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire and took over as Principal at Maggie Monk in 2017.
FIONA KEAR - A.I.D.T.A
BALLET - TAP - MODERN
Fiona trained at the Arts Educational Schools in Tring and London and then went on to dance in shows all over the country. Fiona starred at the London Palladium with The Two Ronnies before travelling to Australia with them as their dance captain. Whilst there, she also performed in many television shows, including a Royal Command performance for the Queen and a Royal Variety performance for Prince Charles.
After returning home, she spent another season with the Two Ronnies at the Palladium and then straight into three years in Singin in the Rain in the West End before coming to teach at Maggie Monk School of Dancing in 1999 and acheiving her teaching qualification with the International Dance Teachers Association.
EMILY BALE - A.I.D.T.A
BALLET - MODERN - TAP - CONTEMPORARY - THEATRE CRAFT
Emily started dancing at Maggie Monk School of Dancing when just 5 years old and
through her training here studied ballet, tap, modern, street and contemporary. Emily
then went on to study dance at Amersham and Wycombe College where she also
trained in musical theatre, singing and commercial dance. Over the years she has performed in many local pantomimes, with the Ballet Russe and at the half time show for Saracens rugby at Wembley stadium. Additionally, Emily has been an extra in a BBC drama, furthering her performing arts career.
She has completed her ballet and Tap associate exams to become a fully I.D.T.A qualified teacher and has recently finished studying at Middlesex University completing a degree in Dance Performance.
Lucia began her studies of Classical Ballet, Jazz and Folk Dances in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
and soon joined Los Romeros, a professional Flamenco dance company. She also
performed as Flamenco dancer in a feature film and on Globo TV. In 1990, Lucia went
to Cuba and was invited by the Ballet Nacional de Cuba to study and teach at the Gran
Teatro de La Habana, as well as to create and present one choreographic work of her
own. She then moved to Italy for a two-year stay in Udine, Venice, working as dance
teacher and choreographer at La Scuola di Danza Classica e Moderna Ceron. Her
constant quest for professional development and artistic achievement led her to
Madrid and Sevilla, in Spain for a couple years, where she furthered her studies and
honed her skills with great Flamenco masters, such as Merche Esmeralda, Eva La Hyerbabuena, Adrian Galia, Domingo Ortega, Yolanda Heredia, Rafaela Carrasco, among others.
Returning to Brazil in 1994, Lucia worked as Flamenco dance teacher in São Paulo at Ballet Cisne Negro. She also established her own Flamenco dance company in Piracicaba, directing and choreographing several stage presentations, and successfully took part in various major dance competitions around the country.
In 2005, she moved to London and has presented various Flamenco workshops at renowned venues, as The Place, Millennium Dance 2000, Sampled Festival and Sadler’s Wells, to both adults and youth groups. Between 2009 and 2014, Lucia joined Kingston University's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and delivered the Module "From Street to Stage", teaching Flamenco dance steps and the history of how this traditional dance has evolved from underground cultural expression to mainstream show business. Lucia was invited by Jason Piper, Director of Dance and Drama Studies to participate in his film Dali’s Dreams, playing the part of Dali’s muse Gala. Well-known in her genre, Lucia was brought into Strictly Come Dancing, in November 2012, to inject passion into Fern Britton’s Paso Doble with Artem Chigvintsev.
Lucia is currently teaching Flamenco dance at Danceworks and Castanets classes at Claremont Project.
DRAMA - MUSICAL THEATRE
Katie Don-Hughes trained at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) and
then went on to continue her training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in
New York. Her theatre credits include: Oliver (London Palladium), Sound of Music
(Wycombe Swan), Me and my girl (Wycombe Swan), Brezhnev's Children (Battersea Arts
Centre), Cinderella (Proper Pantomime Company), Aladdin (Proper Pantomime Company),
Zac and Zara's Cyberspace Adventure (Perform), Hey Baby (UK Tour), Beauty and the Beast
(Creation Theatre Company), Othello (Lauderdale House), The Hound of the Baskervilles
(Veni Vidi Theatre Company). Her television credits include: Magic With Everything
(Tetra Films), Hope and Glory (BBC Television).
Her film credits include: Don't let him in (Coldwood Productions).
She currently performs with 3 vocal groups: The Estrellas, The Polka Dots and The Disco Divas.
MOVE WITH ME! and DRAMA - MUSICAL THEATRE (Maternity Cover)
Taylor was a student at Stagecoach Performing Arts before progressing her career.
In her time performing she has played lead roles such as Tracy (Hairspray), Rafiki (Lion King) and Heather Chandler (Heathers). As well as teaching, Taylor is an aspiring artist performing at local events in Reading, and Basingstoke Festival 2018. Taylor has explored her artistry since 2016. Performing in competitions across the UK, taking inspiration from artists such as JoJo, Tori Kelly and Faith Evans. Continuing to develop her music through the lockdowns in England, Taylor released her debut single 'Side of Life', and followed with 'Do It' (with an acoustic version) earlier this year. Taylor looks forward to teaching students and expressing her passion for music with the children.
Molly grew up in the North West, where she started tap dancing at the age of 7 and loved it
so much she learnt jazz, ballet, street and contemporary as well. Molly is also an actor,
singer and musician and completed a foundation course at the Guildford School of Acting
before going on to train in Musical Theatre at London Studio Centre. Since graduating, she has worked on several fringe theatre productions and choreographed for a graduate festival. She recently appeared in the music video for the Theatre Support Fund+ charity single. Molly has been teaching dance and drama for several years now, at schools across London and a school in Cheshire.