Hello and welcome to Evolve Academy of Performing Arts. My name is Nicki Ford, I trained for 3 years at SLP College in Leeds, graduating in 2008 with the National Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre. In addition, I gained my Associate of the London College of Music in Musical Theatre Performance. I have also completed my Diploma in Dance Instruction for the ISTD (Imperial Ballet).
Since Leaving college, I have performed professionally for various children's theatre companies throughout the UK, Ireland and Italy. I have gained extensive teaching experience working for Stage Central, Harrogate, Freedom Performing Arts, Knaresborough and West Oxfordshire Academy of Performing Arts, Oxford.
I have a passion for teaching and I aim to draw from my professional experience in order to provide children with fun, energetic and engaging classes at Evolve!
Amy trained professionally at SLP College Leeds where she gained a National Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre and also became an Associate of the London College of Music. She has a variety of experience within the industry. Her credits include; Guys And Dolls (Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage), Footloose (Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage), CoLaS Awards 2008 – Dance Captain (Harrogate International Centre), That’s Entertainment (The Alhambra, Bradford), Barney’s Girl (City Varieties, Leeds). Amy has been teaching for 10 years now and has choreographed for various different shows and events including a recent show at the Royal Hall for Harrogate St. Andrews Players.
Amy owns her own dance school - FREEDOM PERFORMING ARTS - in Yorskhire. Check out her school at: http://www.freedomperformingarts.co.uk
Sam trained at SLP College on their 3 year musical theatre course where she also gained her teaching qualifications with the ISTD. After graduating Sam taught at several schools across the Leeds area whilst auditioning for work as a dancer.
For the past three years she has worked as a professional dancer and dance captain abroad. On returning to the UK Sam has begun teaching again at several schools in the area for children from the ages of 1 1/2 to 18 years, covering several different genres of dance including Tap, Ballet, Modern, Street and Contemporary.
Born and raised on the small island of Holyhead in North Wales, Kayleigh was always one to be performing. Age 5, Kayleigh joined her local dance school where her love of performing truly began.
In 2005, Kayleigh was offered a scholarship at Studio La Point Dance College in Leeds for three years. Kayleigh received a Higher National Diploma in Musical Theatre and also a distinction award in ATCL.
After graduating, Kayleigh took to the Caribbean Sea with Carnival Cruise Line as a performer/solo dancer. Australia was Kayleigh’s next port of call where she lived for 6 months. Here she toured with a variety of dance companies, danced on Australian TV and taught contemporary dance at MAD dance house in Brisbane.
On returning to the UK, Kayleigh jetted off to start a dance contract in Egypt.
Kayleigh then moved to London where she lived for 2 years. During this time, Kayleigh performed in music videos, charity events, singing concerts and various productions throughout London.
She is now living in Newcastle and has taken part in various workshops around the UK.
She is excited to be part of Evolve’s team!
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