Nicola started dancing with Lordswood Dancentre at the age of 5 after her parents decided she was too hyperactive! Nicola has worked through all her examinations completing her bbodance Advanced Ballet in 2016, as well as the bbodance Intermediate Tap and ISTD Intermediate Modern.
Nicola has obtained her Level 6 Diploma in Dance Teaching via bbodance and is a bbodance Registered Teacher. Nicola has a GCSE and A-level in Dance as well as a BTec National in Performing Arts and is also a certified pointe shoe fitter.
Nicola was lucky enough to dance at the Rambert School of Ballet in London and the Northern Contemporary Dance School in Leeds and has also danced with Wayne Sleep.
Nicola has a passion for dance and all things fitness, she enjoys competing in half marathons and triathlons.
Nicola loves to continue to learn, she is continually furthering her knowledge in accountancy, diet and nutrition, Fitness instruction and as a legal secretary.
Sam first started dancing at the age of 4 at a local dance school. At 16 years old after completing her major BBO exam grades in Tap & Ballet she started to help out in the younger classes to then become a teaching assistant, progressing to teaching full time when she was 20. After having her first child Sam continued to teach until the school was closed. After a break from dancing, Sam started classes again as a student with Frances at Lordswood Dancentre, re – training and learning the new BBO grades. She has worked through all her examinations up to Foundation – Intermediate Ballet and Advance 1 Tap. She even danced in a show whilst pregnant with her daughter – dedication or madness? – no, just a love for dance!
Sam has been teaching at LDC for over 10 years now. She has watched as the students progress and grow up through dance, including her daughter. Seeing their achievements and happiness at dancing is what keeps her passion going!
Outside of dancing, Sam regularly runs. Having only been running for just over a year she completed her first half marathon in 2018! Sam also loves to travel, slowly ticking off places on her destination bucket list!
Miss Kayleigh began her training at the age of 2 at the Lordswood Dancentre under Frances Richman and hasn't stopped since. While she was still very young Kayleigh got to perform on some of London's most famous stages with famous faces and made TV appearances. She qualified as a teacher in 2008 with the British Ballet Organisation (now BBO Dance) and then began her career working as a professional dancer and entertainer. During this time Kayleigh worked both in the UK and abroad as a choreographer and dance captain, performing musicals and cabarets. Kayleigh has worked for big companies and colleges such as Razzamatazz, First Choice and Mandy Ellen Performing Arts College, as well as working along side local amateur companies. Once Miss Kayleigh met her husband she stopped travelling for professional contracts and started freelance teaching at local dance schools. Her own school, Kayleigh Carina Performing Arts was created just before her daughter's 1st birthday.
Since gaining her teaching qualifications Miss Kayleigh has continued to study and develop her knowledge. Miss Kayleigh has an enhanced DBS, first aid certificate and is a registered chaperone with KCC. She also holds a Zumba licence, Spin Instructors licence, Personal Trainers qualification and is qualified to teach Acrobatic Arts. Most recently Kayleigh gained her Boogie Bounce instructors licence and is now also a qualified Sling Strong instructor, teaching post natal baby wearing fitness classes.
As well as running KCPA, Miss Kayleigh also works as an entertainer at a local holiday park and performs in professional touring pantomimes every year at Christmas, with Shooting Star Entertainments.
Miss Kayleigh has been teaching Acrobatic Arts for almost 5 years and enjoys seeing students progress and develop their flexibility, strength and confidence. She also has a 100% pass rate for her students entered into the Acrobatic Arts exams each year and is super excited to be back teaching where her story began.
Miss Kayleigh is married and mummy to 1 daughter who also loves to dance. Kayleigh prides herself in being open to the mindset that everyone can, and should have the chance to perform and express themselves through dance regardless of their circumstances.
I’m Holly, I’ve been dancing since the age of 10, when I used to do Morris dancing. I started at a local dance school and loved my time there growing up, I trained there until the age of 18. I was lucky enough to take part in many exams in different dance genres through IDTA and perform in various shows.
I’ve always loved having dancing as my outlet and enjoyed performing. After attending sports college for 2years I wanted to progress further in the dance field and gain my teaching qualifications. So at the age of 18 I went on to train at Starquest Performers College for 3 years where I gained my Level 4 Modern Jazz Diploma.
I’ve had the opportunity over the past few years to play roles in local pantos, been a dancer and head girl in touring productions of AIDA Opera and had the opportunity to perform and head girl various cabaret shows.
I’ve been teaching for the past 8years at a local dance school and offering after schools clubs at a local pre-school and primary school. As much as I enjoy performing, teaching is where my heart is. I’ve continued to take my qualifications and I’ve now gained my Associate&Licentiate Freestyle, Associate&Licentiate Street Dance and Dance Exercise Diploma all with distinctions, through International Dance Teachers Association. I hope to continue this and progress further.
As well as dancing, I’m very interested in the Anatomy of the body and love developing my knowledge in this subject. I run my own fitness classes offering a range of classes. I’m also a very keen runner and love taking part in charity runs and challenges.”
Lacey Morgan, Lily-Rose Smith, Isabelle Wildgoose, Grace Wellings and Emily Maynard have all successfully completed their bbodance Level 3 Teaching qualification.
They will continue to further their teaching experience by teaching classes at LDC and expanding their knowledge by assisting Nicola and the other LDC teachers.
All students above the age of 14 and once successfully completed their Grade 4 Ballet exam are able to qualify as an assistant teacher.