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, Matty and Lucy with support from our teaching assistants Rhiannon, Ellie, Clara, Lucy B and Annabel. Group and private singing lessons are taught by Cris, Judith and Jenny.
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 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.
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.
Lucy started her performing journey in 2002 when she joined the Creative Dance Company at the age of 4. She went on to perform with Creative Dance at Euro Disney, Her Majesty’s theatre Sadler’s Wells and many more. She also took part in many dance festivals/competitions and gained first place at the All England Finals. Lucy was not only a student at Creative dance from ages 4-18 but also assisted classes a year before leaving.
She graduated from her BA (Hons) course at Performance Preparation Academy (PPA) in Guildford in 2021 and is embarking on her journey to complete a MA in Dance Performance at London Studio Center. She is very excited to be returning back to where her Musical Theatre journey all began and continue sharing her knowledge and passion for the arts.
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!
Jenny has been singing since she was small and at the age of 9 performed in the UK tour of Evita at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. As music scholar at Sutton Valence School she went on numerous tours to France, Germany and Italy where she performed in the famous St Mark's cathedral in Venice.
She went on to study Performing Arts in Liverpool where she graduated with a first class honour degree. During that time and for a total of 5 summers she worked at a summer camp in America leading the Musical Theatre department putting on a musical every week with children aged 7- 17. In Liverpool she led a comunity choir on a weekly basis for a few years and was vocal coach for a show with students from the Liverpool Intstitute of Performing Arts.
She then completed a PGCE in Drama and Music and went on to teach full time in secondary schools. This then led to her wanting to pursue teaching singing privately and she now leads a choir and teaches in two schools. She also teaches children and adults from her house and loves her job!
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.
Rhiannon started dancing with The Creative Dance Company at the age of two and a half and over the years has given her the chance to improve as both a person and a performer. She volunteered as a Teaching Assistant at Creative Dance for her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award in 2017. Since then she has continued to work at The Creative Dance Company and has enjoyed every moment of it! Rhiannon has also had vocal training with Judith Colman since 2015 hopes to study Musical Theatre at university and hopefully one day perform on the west end.
(Mid 2 Teaching Assistant)
Ellie has enjoyed dancing since a very young age and attended dance classes since the age of 3. Although she didn’t join The Creative Dance Company until much later, she has now been with us for five years and it’s helped her develop her skills and confidence significantly. Ellie was given the opportunity to be a teaching assistant in 2019 and has loved working with the younger classes on Saturday mornings ever since. Ellie says, "the experience I’ve been given is amazing and will really help me with my future goals".
(Mid 2 Teaching Assistant)
Clara has danced at The Creative Dance Company for as long as she can remember and cannot imagine a life without it! Ever since her first trial all those years ago she knew it was somewhere she would always feel welcome and would become a sort of second family. Clara says, "dancing here has made such a huge positive impact on my life and is something I always look forward to doing at the weekend. Classes not only teach you lots about dance but things about yourself too with lots of laughs along the way". Clara is currently a little unsure of what she’d like to do in the future, but wether or not it involves dance or musical theatre Clara says she knows that Creative Dance has given her invaluable life skills that she would not have gained elsewhere.
(Mid 2 LAMDA Teaching Assistant)
Lucy is 16 and in Year 12 at Claremont. She has been at Creative Dance since she was 5. Lucy is about to start A-levels and BTECs in Drama, Dance, History and Politics. She is currently working towards her silver medal in Acting and Musical theatre LAMDA and is thoroughly excited to work with the LAMDA teachers and students.
(Mid 2 Singing Group Teaching Assistant)
Annabel has been a part of The Creative Dance Company for the past 9 years. During this time, she has been on any exciting adventures performing at events such as Come Alive, One Night at The Playhouse, Disneyland Paris, Her Majesty's Theatre London and even on a Mediterranean Cruise! Annabel says, "combining my love of singing with dance is fantastic and I am so excited to be given the opportunity of supporting younger children in finding their voice"! Annabel is studying for her Grade 8 Singing and also plays the violin and flute, so music is a huge part of her life. She is currently in 3 choirs at school and has been attending the BAY choir courses since she was 8! Annabel has also been a member of West End MT which gave her the wonderful opportunities of singing with many professional artists including singing a solo at the G4 Christmas concert in Edinburgh.