Karen Blackburn Dance Academy

Our Teachers

Roberta McClelland – BA (Hons) LRAD RAD RTS – RAD Ballet & Classical Coaching 

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 – RAD Ballet

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.

Millie Collyer – BA (Hons) – ISTD Tap & Modern 

Miss Millie started dancing at the tender age of 2 years old and trained in Modern, Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Commercial and Musical Theatre at Summerscales Performing Arts. Throughout her training, she successfully competed in the ISTD Modern, Tap and Ballet Awards and whilst competing at festivals, Miss Millie also danced at The Royal Albert Hall, Sadler’s Wells and at Disneyland Paris, achieving gold medals at both All England National Finals and the Dance World Cup. Miss Millie furthered her training at Bird College, London, and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre.

Miss Millie has always had a love for teaching and is fully qualified through the ISTD in both Modern Theatre and Tap Dance. She has previously been taught at Dance Company Studios, London, and is loving teaching and choreographing for all of the students at the Karen Blackburn Dance Academy.

Fiona Creelie – BPA – Acro, ISTD Tap & Rambert Contemporary Grades 

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 Sadler’s 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 – Nursery & Reception

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.

Sian Nabbs – Musical Theatre, Commercial and Body Conditioning Teacher 

Sian began her dance training at The Jayne A Coleman Academy of Dance in Wokingham before furthering her training at Laine Theatre Arts, where she graduated with a level 6 diploma in Professional Dance. In addition to her dance qualification, Sian also has a level 2 in Fitness Instructing and a level 3 in Personal Training.

Her theatre credits include Pacific Jewel (Grayboy/P&O Australia), Peter Pan (Harlow Playhouse/Debbie O’Brien), Laine Leaps Ahead/Flying in at 40/Laine Aflame (Epsom Playhouse), Valerie Clark in the production of ’A Chorus Line’ directed by Sally O’Brien and Alex Jessop, BBC Dance Proms (Royal Albert Hall), ‘Eugenius’ the Musical (West End Live), swing at Thriller Live UK & international tour & ensemble/cover Fairy godmother in Cinderella at Plymouth Theatre Royal.

Television includes BBC Comic Relief Strictly Come Dancing.

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.

Deborah Norris – Regular Contemporary Dance Guest Teacher & Choreographer

A graduate of Elmhurst Ballet School, Deborah continued her training at the University College of Ripon and York St John, completing her MA in Dance Studies at De Montfort University under the supervision of Ramsay Burt. Deborah then gained a scholarship to study at the Jose Limon Institute of Contemporary Dance, in New York. She has worked internationally as a dancer, teacher and choreographer in both Musical Theatre and Contemporary Dance contexts. Deborah is a Lecturer in Dance at Edge Hill University specialising in teaching Limon-Based Technique and Ballet for Contemporary dancers. As an early career researcher Deborah is a PhD candidate at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow and is exploring narratives in contemporary ballet.

Nicole Reeves – Regular Guest Teacher

Miss Nicole attended Julie Sianne Theatre Arts from the age of 11 where she trained in all genres and  was part of the competition team. At the age of 18 she furthered her training at Vocational College, Doreen Bird Dance College.

Nicole has since taught at many different dance schools and colleges based around Surrey, Karen Blackburn Dance Academy being one of her first dance schools to teach and train with. She loves sharing her passion and joy for dance and especially enjoys choreography and seeing her students develop and grow as performers.

Nicole’s credits include First Family Pantomimes (Juvenile Chorus); Billy Elliot (Ballet Girl); Carnival Cruise Lines (Dancer/Singer) and Evolution Pantomimes (Ensemble 1st Cover Snow White/Dance Captain).

 

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