We are lucky enough to have a range of guest teachers visiting us in class on a regular basis giving our students a range of different styles to learn from and industry professionals to learn from. On a weekly basis our students are taught by Hannah and Matty with support from our teaching assistants Mae, Ellie and Rhiannon. Group and private singing lessons are taught by Judith and Cris.

HANNAH

 

Hannah started dancing aged 3, studied most dance and musical theatre skills and completed her training at Arts Educational Schools, Tring (now Tring Park School for the Performing Arts) and Bird College. She then studied Street Arts (BAHons) at the University of Winchester, after graduating performed in various festivals and events across Europe before coming back to Kent to set up her own events entertainment company and begin a career in teaching. 

 

She joined The Creative Dance Company in 2000 when Valerie McDonald began classes, was a teaching assistant from 2005 and taught with the company until she took over from Valerie in 2018.

 

Miss Hannah welcomes all feedback and hopes to be providing children with an inspiring and enjoyable introduction to performance and the arts.

MATTY

 

Matty discovered dance slightly later than most, at the age of 15. He studied GCSE, BTEC & A Level Dance alongside his ballet grades before heading to university at Canterbury Christ Church to study for his (BA Hons) Dance Education course. 

 

Matty is a professional actor who often tours the UK entertaining audiences of all ages! He is very privileged to have performed in various theatres and venues from the Margate Winter Gardens to the 02 Arena. 

 

Matty runs his own theatre company, Wiley Wolf Productions, that specialises in entertainment for the Rare Breeds Centre in Woodchurch and primary schools across the UK.

 

He is very passionate about working with children and helping them develop their skills through the arts. 

Matty is a doting father to this daughter, Fosse. 

JUDITH

 

Judith Colman trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Birmingham Conservatoire and completed her studies at the Royal Academy of Music. She has worked with British Youth Opera and English Touring Opera. Further solo work includes Principal Soprano with the English Brass Group, Opera Interactive and Soprano roles with many Choral Societies across the UK.

Subsequently, Judith has worked as a choral director, voice coach for the BBC and regularly coaches several Military Multi-Capability Bands. She has worked with the Glyndebourne ‘Sing Up’ campaign and has directed productions at The Round House Theatre, London and the N.E.C. Birmingham. Judith currently very much enjoys teaching at Battle Abbey School, Millenium Performing Arts, the Creative Dance Company and co-founded the B.A.Y choir courses, bringing young singers from across the UK and Internationally to make music together.

CRIS

Christine Descher is an American soprano and singing teacher.  After receiving her Masters of Music degree, she spent several years singing, teaching, and studying in St. Louis and New York. Her teachers included some of the greats: Cornelius Reid, John Stewart, and Ellen Shade. She taught in schools and maintained a private studio. At the same time Cris was a jobbing singer both on the stage and at private events.

 

After a break from her singing career Christine returned to her musical roots with a rich and varied compendium of experiences which, when applied to music and to pedagogy, allows for a deeper connection and understanding of her students and of artistry as a vocation. She now aims to sing and teach others to sing with conviction, courage, ease and beauty!