Teachers

Julie Hutchings LIDTA, RSA Dance exercise to music, Principal

Julie is a fully registered teacher with International Dance Teachers Association having trained with Moira Miller ( Ex-Principle and founder of Prima Stage School ) and Yvonne Goût FIDTA. Julie gained Associate qualifications in Ballet and Modern Jazz and Licentiate Tap. Also RSA Exercise to Music and teaches Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, and Adult classes. She is fully committed to bringing the best out of every single pupil and for students to achieve their full potential within the Performing Arts.

Kiran Chudasama

Kiran began dancing at the age of 19 and completed his degree with a 2:1 from the University of Chichester.

Kiran was a qualified (GTP, QTS) dance teacher and head of department for 6 years at a busy comprehensive school committed to developing and exploring dance pedagogy enabling students to develop both personal and dance skills. Kiran; now a freelance dance artist has joined the Loop Dance collective as well as working with Maths Dance, teaching for Laban CAT Outreach workshops and Prima Stage School. Kiran specialises in dynamic and athletic contemporary dance heavily influenced by music, geometry and patterns.

Kiran is also a BTEC Level 5 Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist and also teaches Vinyasa Yoga classes in Maidstone

Kate Glassock LLAM (Hons)

Kate has a wealth of experience teaching both youth groups and in secondary schools and over 20 years experience directing and producing both full-length and one-act plays. She has a Licentiate in Speech and Drama – and won the 2007 KM Secondary Teacher of the Year and was a recent nominee for the Pearson Teaching Award.

Alison Hefferon AISTD

Alison trained at  Performers Dance College and since graduating, has performed in Grease and Saturday Night Fever (West End, UK tours  and Japan / Far East).  Having also danced professionally in pantomimes, she is now the resident choreographer for New World Productions which includes pantomimes at the Hazlitt.  She has also made appearances in film and television as well as a UK tour of Kiss me Kate and Fame.  Alison will be teaching the Thursday Musical theatre, Modern Jazz Primary and Gde 3; festival troupe and Adult Song and Dance.

Grace Hume – National Diploma in Professional Dance

Grace trained in Classical ballet from the age of three and was a Junior Associate with The Royal Ballet School, for three years before commencing vocational training at Elmhurst School for Dance in Association with The Birmingham Royal Ballet, at the age of 11. During her training, she studied a variety of dance styles alongside the strong ballet training such as; jazz, tap, flamenco, contemporary and national dance. Grace has performed in many professional roles and had secured a professional contract with Atlantic City Ballet, before a bad injury meant that a career as a ballet dancer is no longer an option. She is extremely passionate about inspiring young dancers.

Katie Hutchings BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance; AIDTA

Having trained at Prima Stage School, Katie completed her degree in Contemporary Dance, where she was able to develop her keen interest in creating screen dance and film installations. Since completing her degree, Katie has taken her Street Dance Associate exam and has enjoyed teaching contemporary dance. She has also worked as a Young Ambassador for Woking Dance Festival. Katie is responsible for Prima’s showreel video.

Samantha Jeffrey BA(hons) Primary Education; AIDTA

Samantha trained locally from a very young age and has achieved an exceptionally high standard in her Advanced Performers and teaching exams. Samantha teaches the youngest children at Prima and provides them with excellent grounding for all dance disclipines.

Erica McCabe. AISTD, AIDTA

As a former pupil of Prima Stage School, Erica now teaches for us. Having left Prima at the age of 18, she went on to train professionally at The Centre, in London where she gained her Advanced 2 performers exams as well as her ISTD Teaching Associates in Modern and Tap. After leaving college she went to perform in Ibiza before returning to full time dance teaching. Erica furthered her qualifications by achieving her IDTA Freestyle Associate and went on to become a Lecturer in Dance Techniques at both Mid Kent and Canterbury College. Here she gained her Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLL’s). Erica now teaches a variety of classes at Prima as well as Bokwa (African dance based workout) in which is she a certified Level 2 Instructor.

Yasmin McCullough BA (Hons) Dance Theatre

Yasmin joined Prima when she was around 9 yrs and was one of the first students selected for the CAT (Centre of Advanced Training) at Trinity Laban, when it was first initiated. She went on to complete her degree at Trinity Laban. Amongst other professional opportunities, she has had several acting roles and has danced in the Olympics Opening Ceremony and recently in the pantomime at Gravesend. Like Grace, Yasmin has a huge passion for dance and loves creating, performing and watching dance and sharing her passion. Yasmin has just started teaching the Street Crew.

Jessica Cook-Norman BA Music Performance

Jessica trained in dance, musical theatre and drama at Prima Stage School from a young age. After achieving her A levels in music and dance she attended The Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford where she got her BA in Music Performance specialising in technical contemporary singing. She has also performed in various function bands and performed at prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the British Council in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Jessica is passionate about building up self-confidence in young people to help them achieve success in whatever they put their minds to!

Joe Shepherd BA, Dip SW, Cert

Music has been an important part of my life for well over fifty years. I started singing at the age of eight and over the years have managed to sing all four parts in church choirs.  I have been fortunate to be a soloist in a number of oratorios.

I have been privileged to have had a great amateur singing career which includes many styles including grand opera, Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, musical shows and pantomime.

I learned guitar in the sixties and played in a folk duo around the Kent area for several years. Later I formed an acoustic duo with a friend and performed locally particularly with drama groups. I have composed original music for plays and written and arranged music for several musical productions. I have also been involved in drama groups for many years and have performed most styles from Shakespeare to farce. I have also conducted two choirs for whom I did quite a lot of musical arrangements.

I am really looking forward to working with the young people in Prima and one thing I can promise – we will have a lot of fun.

Steven Shepherd

Teaches street dance.   After completing BTEC National Diplomas in Technical Theatre and Dance & Musical Theatre, Steven found he had a talent for street dance and has choreographed and performed in many shows and theatre productions and has performed with DJ Luck and MC Neat.

Michelle Smyth ABATD

Michelle’s professional training started at Laine Theater Arts where she took a 3 year diploma course in dance. During the 3 year study period she specialized in Ballet, Modern, Tap,and Jazz where she gained advanced ISTD qualifications and Modern Associate. Michelle then went on to work as a professional dancer for Cruiselines, TV, Tradeshows and cabarets in England and abroad. Whilst doing this she also taught in spare time in London. Michelle has been teaching for Prima Stage School for 5 years and teaches Modern, Ballet, Jazz and Gymnastic Dance. Michelle has also completed IDTA Ballet Graduate Part 1 and Graduate Part 2 Teaching Certificate. She is a member with The BATD. Teaches Ballet, Modern Jazz, Theatrecraft, Gymnastic Dance, and festival work.

Alice Walker AIDTA; NVQ Level 3 in Teaching and Development of the Arts

Alice has danced since she was 3 years old including a period at Prima before training at Reynolds Performing Arts in Dance and Musical Theatre. Her credits include (most recently) a pro dancer at the Olympics Closing ceremony; Nero Music Video- promises, Bollywood music videos; Glastonbury 2011 and a Costa Cruise contract but has had a wealth of other experience in other professional contracts. Alice is qualified in Teaching Arts and Development Level 3, IDTA Street Dance Associate and Exercise to Music NVQ Level 2.
Alice teaches Street Dance, Hip Hop, Commercial, Contemporary and Musical Theatre Dance.

Alice White PGCE, BA (hons)

Alice has been passionate about dance from a young age and after training locally, went on to complete her degree in Dance at the University of Bedfordshire. She has recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Dance Teaching. After achieving her Pre-Associate 1 in both ballet and tap (IDTA), Alice is continuing her training for her full teaching associates. Alice teaches the young children at the Kings Hill branch.