Teachers

Natalie Marshall ~ AIDTA, ABATD, RAD RTS

Natalie is the schools Principal. She began dancing at the age of 6 at a local Ballet School in Essex and was trained by Maura Bowes FISTD and then progressed onto a second dance school (Beverly Marks Stage School) to train in Tap, further Ballet, Modern Jazz and Street. In 2003 she completed the first of her four Associate Dance Teaching qualifications and began teaching part time alongside attending full time Vocational Dance College (Reynolds Performing Arts College). She graduated Reynolds with a Performing Arts Development & Teaching Diploma and went on to enjoy a career as a Dancer, dancing up and down the country, as well as abroad in numerous Cabaret Shows, Music Festivals, Corporate Events, and as a Freestyle dancer. She has worked in various Dance Schools over the years, gaining knowledge and expertise in her field of training young dancers for a career in the Performing Arts, as well as examination preparation, show choreography and show production. She particularly enjoyed her time working for a well known Children's Theatre company, where she had the opportunity to choreograph numbers for West End productions at The Sadlers Wells, The Royal Albert Hall and two productions at The London Palladium, before taking a short break to start a family. She now dedicates her time solely to running and teaching at her Dance School - NM School of Dance.

Jessica has been teaching at NM School of Dance since 2012.

Jessica began dancing at the Suzanne School of Dancing in Andover at the age of 3 and hasn’t stopped since! Whilst training Jessica had many opportunities to achieve her Graded and Vocational Graded Ballet Exams, perform on stage in school shows, and take part in dance competitions such as the British Arts Awards.

In 2009 she went to study at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, where she gained her BA (Hons) in Ballet Education and completed the three levels of the RAD’s Licentiate course. After graduation with RAD registered teacher status (RTS), Jessica has been enjoying teaching dance to a variety of ages.

Following Jessica’s success in achieving her RAD Advanced 2 ballet examination, she was recently awarded the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance teaching qualification, which was presented to her by Darcey Bussell CBE. 

Jessica Coole ~ BA (Hons), LRAD, RAD RTS

Anya Fitzgerald ~ BA (Hons), ISTD

 

 

Anya teachers our Contemporary and Street Dance classes and joined us in September 2017. Anya began dancing at the age of three at her local dance school. Alongside her training in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary and Street dance, she has participated in numerous competitions around the country, both individual and group performances, and successfully passed many ISTD exams in Classical Ballet and Modern. In 2013 Anya decided to further her training and successfully gained a place on the dance and drama course at the University of Lincoln. Her studies allowed for many opportunities to work with professional contemporary dance choreographers, who created work for her and her fellow pupils which toured around different locations in England. Since graduating with a 2:1 BA honours degree in September 2016, Anya has been busy enjoying teaching a range of classes in Contemporary, Street Dance and Musical theatre. One of her most recent successes allowed her to choreograph numbers for a performance at the Royal Albert Hall.  

Gemma Hurst ~ AISTD FDI DDE

Gemma teaches Ballet & Tap at NM School of Dance at St Barnabas Hall. Gemma has been teaching for 20 years and ran her own successful Dance School 'North Herts School of Dance' for 14 years before taking a break to focus on her family. We are very lucky to have Gemma be a part of our teaching team, where she shares her wealth of knowledge and teaching experience with our pupils. 

Holly Shiels - ISTD DDE

Holly Teaches Ballet, Tap & Modern on Saturdays. Biog to follow

Betsy Piccart - MA (hons) BA (hons)

Betsy teaches Ballet on Tuesdays. Biog to follow

Susie Barraclough- BA (Hons), PGCE Early Years

Susie started teaching at NM School of Dance in February 2019, and is our resident cover teacher. 

She began dancing at the age of 4, attending ballet and tap classes.

Susie studied at Middlesex University and gained a BA Honours in Dance Performance. She went on the teach ballet and gymnastics classes to children. During her training, Susie specialised in ballet, jazz and contemporary. 

In 2013 Susie qualified as a primary school teacher and this has really complimented her dance career.

Susie also trained as a Studio Instructor for the YMCA, where she taught dance, aerobic and conditioning classes. Here, she also attended short courses in Dance Style Aerobics and Choreography Ideas.

Susie has a varied performance career, more recently working for a Bollywood dance company, performing at various functions and events.

Helena Tuff ~ Teaching Assistant
Helena is 17 years old is studying for her A levels at Sixth Form. She has been assisting in the Nursery Ballet - Primary Ballet classes for several years now and the children adore her! Helena has been with us since   Hannah has studied Ballet to a high level and has completed her RAD Grade 7 Ballet exam. Helena has performed in many shows and has helped out backstage. She is a very dedicated young person, and a very valued member of our team.