Karen Blackburn Dance Academy

Our Teachers

Roberta McClelland – BA (Hons) LRAD RAD RTS

Miss Roberta trained with the Gillian Cartwright Schools of Dance on the Isle of Wight, was a Senior Associate of the Royal Ballet School and finalist for Young Dancer of the Year in 1999. She went on to train professionally at the English National Ballet School London before continuing her study at the Royal Academy of Dance where she graduated in 2005 with a 1st class degree in the Art and Teaching of Ballet from Durham University.

Miss Roberta is now a freelance ballet teacher at the The Karen Blackburn Dance Academy and the Gillian Cartwright School of Dance. She is an appointed distance learning tutor on the RAD CBTS and DDTS programmes for trainee teachers and conducts courses on behalf of the RAD CPD and training departments throughout the UK and abroad. She has previously tutored on the RAD BABE, PDTC, PDPTC and LRAD courses as well as freelance teaching at Arts Educational School and Urdang Academy in London. Miss Roberta is also an examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance.

Molly Moffitt – BA (Hons) LRAD RAD RTS

Miss Molly started dancing age four studying Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Commercial/Street, Musical Theatre and Contemporary and performed the lead role in Alice in Wonderland for the KBDA Showcase. During her time as a student, Molly also performed at venues such as Theatre Royal in Winchester, The Mayflower in Southampton and The Lighthouse in Poole. She first discovered her love for teaching as a student teaching assistant with KBDA.

Molly pursued her love for teaching and gained a place on The Royal Academy of Dance 3-year degree course. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Ballet Education as well as achieving The Licentiate of The Royal Academy of Dance with Distinction. Her experience in teaching and choreography ranges over multiple genres, working with ages 2-83 year olds! Some personal highlights include working with Magpie Dance in London, Dance For Lifelong Wellbeing in London and of course the Karen Blackburn Dance Academy. She is also a registered Acrobatic Arts teacher.

Michelle Paull

Miss Michelle  started her dance training at Emjay School of Dance, run by her mother and two aunts. At 18 she gained a degree in Performance from Southampton University; she then started her teaching career with Emjay and other local schools. She is fully qualified through the ISTD in both Tap and Modern and is a keen choreographer, having won several awards in the past for her choreographic skills.

Michelle now runs her own school in Southampton teaching various genres and teaches Modern and Tap

Fiona Creelie – BPA

Miss Fiona attended classes with Loose Moose Theatre Arts from the age of eight and we are delighted she has returned to teach Acrobatic Arts and Contemporary Dance for us at KBDA.  Miss Fiona, a formerly trained gymnast continued her training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance where she gained her Batchelor of Performing Arts Degree.  She then went on to perform with companies such as Quicksilver and the Street Dance Company  Surge’ performing at Sadlers Wells, and events such as Big Dance Pledge London and Cambridge Big Weekend.  Her performance career not only included contemporary and street dance genres but also Music Theatre and pantomime, working with the The Proper Pantomime Company in Dorking.

She has also been a rehearsal director for Quicksilver (Rambert Youth Company) and has taught Aerial Acrobatics for Elevate Aerial Arts. She is currently a gymnastics coach at Basingstoke Gymnastic Club and head coach at Riverpark Leisure Centre in Winchester.

Bex Steer

Miss Bex is an experienced Early Years and Primary school teacher at a local school and is currently co head of the nursery.  She runs after school dance classes and holiday dance workshops and has been instrumental in organising the school’s entry into the national J Rock competition. She has participated in amateur dance classes and performances for many years, having been trained in ballet, modern and tap as a girl. Miss Bex is a busy mother of three but jumped at the chance to teach KBDA ‘Mini’ classes when she saw how much her own children loved and benefited from the academy.

Sally Brenner – Greek

Sally Brenner is a graduate of Arts Educational Schools, London, and is fully qualified in teaching ISTD Classical Ballet and ISTD Classical Greek.
After graduating from ArtsED, Sally danced professionally in Germany for 14 years. She has taught classical Greek at the Ruby Ginner Awards, ISTD Greek Workshops and the BRIT School. Sally is passionate about choreographing classical Greek and her pupils have been successful in winning the All England Finals, ISTD Classical Greek Festival finals and the Ruby Ginner Awards as well as taking ISTD Greek exams up to and including Advanced 1 level.
Sally currently teaches regular Greek workshops and Festival choreography for the Karen Blackburn Dance Academy.

Danni Taylor-Stembridge MA PGCE BA (Hons) Bio coming soon…

 

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