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

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

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 recently completed her ballet and Tap associate exams to become a fully I.D.T.A qualified teacher and is currently studying at Middlesex University completing a degree in Dance Performance.

LUCIA CARUSO

 

FLAMENCO

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.  

KATIE DON-HUGHES   

 

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.

JASMIN HANCHANT

 BALLET - TAP - MODERN - STREET

Jasmin started dancing at Maggie Monk when she was 4 years old and during her

time with us she has trained in many styles. These include ballet, tap, modern,

street, contemporary and acro. She recently has finished her Level 3 extended diploma

in Dance at Amersham & Wycombe College. Throughout her time there she perfected many of her previously learnt styles whilst training in new ones such as commercial and musical theatre. Jasmin has also completed many high level IDTA exams progressing her as a dancer helping her teaching career. She is currently studying for her first teaching qualification with the IDTA.