The Teachers

The Teachers

the Dance School

The Teachers

the Dance School

The Teachers

the Dance School

The Teachers

the Dance School

The Teachers

the Dance School
Miss Kaye

Led by Miss Kaye we are lucky to have an array of visiting teachers.

Each teacher specialises in a different type of dance or performing art. They come from college, teaching and performing backgrounds bringing with them a vast amount of experience and knowledge. This allows students to have an excellent all round and well balanced training.

  • F.I.D.T.A (Modern Jazz).
  • L.I.D.T.A (Ballet, Theatrecraft, Tap)

All staff both teaching and administrative have been checked and cleared with the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) – Formally known as Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) to ensure parents peace of mind.

Miss Jessica

Moving to London at 18 I studied for my professional diploma in ballet and performing arts at The Urdang Academy Of Dance.

During this time I:

  • Danced with The European Ballet Company.
  • Choreographed and danced in Showcase of Talent 2000.
  • Performed in Aspects of Dance at the prestigious Lyceum Theatre in the West End.
  • Joined the London Urdang Company.

My international and television credits include:

  • Carnival cruise lines and Disneyland Paris.
  • Tribute to Hot Gossip, Kristine Blonds Love Shy, American Power Company, Enion and the BBC TV drama Family Tree.

More recently I have choreographed ‘Kiss Me Kate‘ for the Community Guild in 2009 and am currently co-choreographing ‘Footloose‘ for the Youth Theatre for 2012.

I have gained honours with 90% in Associate ballet and 93% in my anatomy diploma and I am now a full member of the IDTA.

  • L.I.D.T.A (Ballet)

I love working with children, they are the best audience you could wish for! Dancing is both my profession and my passion having successfully achieved my goal of becoming a professional dancer. I have taught at Rochelle for over 5 years and my aim is to inspire children so that they have an understanding of dance and hopefully enjoy it as much as I do!

Miss Karen

Miss Karen’s love, passion and enthusiasm for dance was nurtured from a very early age as Miss Karen’s mother was also a dance teacher. She is as we would refer to as a ‘good all-rounder’ in all of the Theatre Branch genres.

  • A.I.D.T.A. (Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz)

Miss Karen runs her own successful school and her daughter Katie is following in her mother’s footsteps and has just secured a place Bird College on a 3-year degree course.

Miss Hannah

From my first dance lesson at Rochelle, at the age of two when I told Miss Kaye she was making me ‘extremely tired’ to graduating from dance college, I have not stopped loving dancing and performing.

Through my years of training at Rochelle I learnt such fundamental techniques that set me up for my professional training. At the age of 18 I moved to London and studied ‘Professional Dance and Musical Theatre’ at Bird College.

In 2015 I graduated with a 1st Class Honours and was granted the most professional student award across my year.

Since then my passion for dance and teaching has grown even further. I always aspire to improve my techniques and learn new skills by regularly taking professional workshops and classes. I thoroughly enjoyed my panto experience in 2015 where I performed in Cinderella over the Christmas period. I still regularly audition for professional performing contracts all over the UK and the world.

  • A.I.D.T.A. (Modern Jazz)
  • Also accredited by Acrobatic Arts

In March 2016 I completed my associate Modern Jazz exam with 92 Distinction. My love for teaching and helping students to grow and develop their skills is another passions of mine. I want to pass on the knowledge that teachers at Rochelle and Bird have given me to all those I teach.

Miss Debbie

I began my dance lessons at Rochelle’s Sapcote Branch where I was the first pupil of age 2 and half, over the years I have achieved IDTA Intermediate Qualifications in Ballet, Tap and Modern Jazz.


In 1994 I started to help in class at Sapcote where I began to learn the skills and art of teaching and Choreography. Four years later I taught my first class at Rochelle and have since never looked back.


Dancing started as a hobby for me and I enjoy it just as much as the first day I started.I am very glad Miss Kaye let me start on that day back in 1984!


I recently passed my Licentiate Ballet and Associate Theatre Craft exams and I am now working towards my Licentiate Teachers exam in Tap.

  • L.I.D.T.A (Modern Jazz & Ballet)
  • A.I.D.T.A (Tap & Theatre Craft)

I have performed at:

  • Hinckley Concordia Theatre with the Amateur Operatic Society and the Tinhatters.
  • The Y Theatre (Leicester) in Pantomime.
  • The Three Spires Amateur Operatic Society (Coventry).
  • The Royal Albert Hall (London) with a youth group.
  • The Haymarket Theatre (Leicester).
Miss Lisa

I trained with Miss Smith from age 2 1/2, turning professional at 18 years with tv choreographer Brian Rogers and later working with Nicky Hinckley.

Many tours, caberets,fashion shows and conferences followed before returning to Hinckley and having two children.

Over the last 10 years I’ve choreographed 20 musicals for Hinckley Concordia Amateur Operatic Society as well as running a Theatrical Costumiers at The Loft in Barwell.

I have now come full circle and am teaching Commercial Jazz at Rochelle!

Theatre credits include:

  • Pantomimes and Summer Seasons with Cilla Black, Les Dawson, Freddie Starr and Little and Large.

TV credits include:

  • Variety work and Christmas specials with Ken Dodd at The London Palladium.
  • TV award show with Cliff Richard.
  • The Royal Variety Performance
  • Poll Winner’s Party
  • Docklands Arena with Take That.
  • Hale and Pace comedy series.
  • Jim Davidson’s Generation Game

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