THE TEAM

Get to Know Us

MRS CHARLOTTE WARD

Director & Principal

 

Head of Dance & Acrobatics

Place of Birth: Poole, Dorset 

Qualifications:

Fully Qualified Registered Teacher with BTDA (British Theatre Dance Association)

BTDA (British Theatre Dance Association) Certificate in Dance Teaching: 100% Distinction overall

BTDA (British Theatre Dance Association) Registered Teacher

Acrobatic Arts Certified Teacher

Acrotrix Certified Teacher

iD-Company Contemporary Certified Teacher

Ballet Be Fit (soon to be) Certified Instructor

FDA Degree in Performing Arts, Dance: Merit - Bournemouth University

BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts, Dance: Triple Distinction - Bournemouth & Poole College

BTDA (British Theatre Dance Association) Dance Vocational Examinations in Modern Jazz & Tap -Distinction/Platinum

RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) Dance Vocational Examinations in Ballet - Distinction

BTDA (British Theatre Dance Association) Performance Examinations, Medal Tests in Ballet, Pointe, Modern Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Troupes, Own choreography - Distinction

Safeguarding Officer level 3

First Aider

Miss Charlotte is Principal and Head of Dance, specialising in all dance genres across the Performing Arts industry and is fully qualified in all subjects including Classical Ballet, Modern Jazz, Tap, and Acrobatics. Charlotte has danced and performed from the age of three, following and progressing through the Royal Academy of Dance, and British Theatre Dance Association training and examinations always completing with top results and achievements throughout with pure dedication and passion towards the arts. As soon as Charlotte was able to assist in classes and teach students age 2 and above, her commitment and drive allowed her to pursue her chosen career in becoming a professional fully qualified dance teacher. All further education, performances, workshops, and over ten years of teaching experiences in all aspects of the Performing Arts industry, alongside her love and enthusiasm for teaching students of all ages, allowed Charlotte to be as successful as she was in her Dance teaching qualification, completing it to the highest level with marks of 100% Distinction overall. This is passed onto each and every student, giving them the best possible experiences, with 100% pass rates with top results in all vocational and performance examinations she has put them in for, alongside giving each individual student full devotion, passion for the arts, and enjoyment in class, inspiring all.

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MISS STEPHANIE WALKER

Vice Principal

 

Head of Performing Arts

Place of birth: Poole, Dorset.

Training/Qualifications:

Registered with LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts)

Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (Performing Arts) - Wolverhampton University.

BA (Hons) degree in Musical Theatre. First Class Honours- Buckinghamshire New University.

FDa in Musical Theatre. First Class Honours- Arts University Bournemouth

National BTEC Diploma in Performing Arts. Triple Distinction- B&P College.

BTDA (British Theatre Dance Association) Dance Vocational Examinations in Modern Jazz & Tap -Distinction/Platinum

RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) Dance Vocational Examinations in Ballet - Distinction

BTDA (British Theatre Dance Association) Performance Examinations, Medal Tests in Ballet, Pointe, Modern Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Troupes, Own choreography - Distinction.

First Aider

Miss Stephanie is Head of Performing Arts, specialising in: Musical Theatre, Drama, Singing & Dance.

Stephanie started dancing at the age of three years old. Her love of the arts inspired her to pursue a career in the performing arts industry. She has had many years of professional performance and teaching experience in all subjects of the performing arts sector, holding lead roles in professional shows, pantomimes & companies. Graduating with a BA Hons degree in performing arts with a First Class Honours, and is due to complete her PGCE this year. She has taught the subjects of performing arts to a varied range of ages in Secondary schools, colleges, and private performing art schools KS3,KS4, KS5 Drama & Dance, BTEC Performing Arts & BTEC Dance. She has achieved many Vocational qualifications to the highest level of achievement throughout her training and has also taught and assisted in classes teaching under the associations of British Theatre Dance Association, Royal Academy of Dance and L.A.M.D.A.

MISS GINA BARNARD

Dance, Performing Arts, & Acrobatics  Teacher

Training/Qualifications:

Diploma in Dance Instruction (DDI) under Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD)

Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) under Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD)

Certified Acrobatic Arts Instructor 

ISTD Dance vocational examinations in Ballet, Modern Jazz, Tap, National Dance - A (Distinction/Platinum)

First Aider

Miss Gina is a very enthusiastic, passionate, lovable and fully qualified Dance, Performing Arts and Acrobatics teacher under the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, and Acrobatic Arts. Miss Gina has a lifetime of dance and performance experiences, she trained from a very young age in all main genres achieving the highest levels in all examinations.

Miss Gina has worked as a professional performer travelling all over the world. In 2012 she created her own very successful Cabaret company GJ Cabarets, where she finds the clients, creates the costumes, choreographs and produces the shows, and performs as lead dancer in the productions.
Miss Gina has over 12 years teaching experience in all abilities, ages and a vast range of dance & performing arts genres.
Gina is very excited to be teaching at Legacy Academy.

MRS SAMANTHA PARSONS

Dance, Toddler, & Performing Arts Teacher

Training/Qualifications:

Miss Sam trained full time at one of the South’s leading Dance colleges. It is here where she trained to be a Dance teacher under the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance and also completed her advance dancer’s qualifications. After graduating, she danced professionally alongside performing various lead roles in many productions!
Keen to expand her training she made a temporary move to the states where she attended the Acting Corps in Los Angeles to study the acting technique of Sandford Meisner and many more! Whilst in the USA Sam also attended one of LA’s premiere commercial dance schools training in hip hop and street dancing, to add to the list Sam is also a qualified cheerleading coach!
After settling back home she realised her real passion was teaching and choreography. It is here where she set up her own Entertainment company to supply dancers and shows nationwide. She was even lucky enough to take her show back to the states for a mini tour.
For the last 10 years Miss Sam has also been teaching in primary and secondary schools delivering dance during curriculum for pupils across the uk, alongside teaching tots to adults at prestigious performing arts & dance schools.

Miss Sam is very excited to be a part of Legacy Academy's faculty.

MISS KATIE NEAL

Dance Teacher, specialising in Contemporary & Ballet, Yoga Instructor

Training/Qualifications:

1st Class BA Hons in Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance from London Contemporary Dance School

Certified Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) teacher

200hr RYT Multi- style Yoga teacher- Yoga Alliance

Diploma in Hatha Yoga

RAD Ballet Advanced 2

ISTD Modern Intermediate

ISTD Tap Intermediate

DBS checked

Prevent COVID-19 certificate

 

Katy trained locally in RAD Ballet and ISTD Modern and Tap. This was supported with 5 years training as a Royal Ballet Associate and later a student of the CAT programme at The Place. Growing up a local Street Dance Company gave her plenty of performance and choreographic experience alongside her more classical training. Following the degree at LCDS Katy performed internationally with multiple companies, namely Avant Garde and GAP, whilst also teaching at Laban, The Place and Studio 68.

“I'm delighted to be back in Dorset teaching a multitude of dance styles alongside Yoga.”

MISS JASMINE WALL

Dance, Performing Arts & Acrobatics Teacher

Training/Qualifications:

Acrotrix Certified Teacher

BTDA (British Theatre Dance Association) Certificate in Dance Teaching: Ongoing

BTDA (British Theatre Dance Association) Provisionally Registered Teacher

Safegaurding Trained

First Aid Qualified

Level 3 early years qualified educator: Ongoing

Miss Jasmine has been performing from a very young age, taking her first ballet and tap class when she was just three years old and as she got older she also began jazz, lyrical and commercial dance as well as singing and acting. Alongside her training Miss Jasmine participated in exams and medal tests, and gained lead roles in her performing arts school shows and also school productions. Miss Jasmine was 12 when she started training with Miss Charlotte and soon became her assistant teacher, which is when she discovered her passion for teaching. Miss Jasmine has trained at Legacy since it’s doors first opened and her commitment and dedication has allowed her to pursue her dream of being a teacher, she is qualified in teaching acrobatics under Acrotrix and is very excited to be currently gaining her BTDA teaching certificate, alongside this Miss Jasmine is trained in safeguarding and is a qualified first aider. Miss Jasmine has a passion for working with children of all ages and alongside working at Legacy, she is also gaining her level three early years educator qualification at a local children’s nursery. Miss Jasmine is so excited to be a part of Legacy’s teaching faculty and is determined to expand her training and knowledge whilst also passing down the knowledge and experience she already has in order to give the academy’s students the best opportunities possible.

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