Teachers

Marina Fairhead

Principal

Miss Marina has been dancing since she was 3 years old and doesn’t imagine she will ever stop! After much success in her childhood with exceptional exam results, numerous festival medals and trophies, professional pantomimes, shows, and more, Miss Marina went on to graduate with a degree in Dance and then toured with two contemporary dance companies across America, Austria, Germany and the UK. Miss Marina has always been passionate about choreography and began choreographing for various companies while performing. After having her first child, Miss Marina returned to Weston and began teaching locally and returned to her own training to gain Licentiate level teaching qualifications with the ISTD and IDTA and her ballet teaching qualifications with the RAD.

Miss Marina has choreographed several musicals including La Cage Aux Folles, Guys & Dolls, Acorn Antiques, The Addams Family and Legally Blonde to name a few and is the proud recipient of the David Beach Award for ‘Best Choreography’ in both 2012 and 2016.

Miss Marina was thrilled when The Dance Company won the Gold award in the IDS competition ‘Dance School of the Year’ 2014 and continues to love teaching, creating and nurturing the dancers of the future.

Carla Dakin

Head of Modern & Tap

Miss Carla started dancing at a young age and soon realised it was something she wanted to do for the rest of her life. After completing many dance exams, shows and pantomimes, Miss Carla joined the Bristol College of Dance in Clifton for 3 years after completing her GCSE’S and A-Levels. During those 3 years, Miss Carla obtained a Diploma in Dance and her teaching qualifications with the ISTD and RAD.

Over the last 20 years, Miss Carla has had much experience, running and co-running a school for 12 years, choreographing and producing shows, training pupils for examinations and festivals, working and assisting with theatre and t.v productions and performing her self on stage and t.v, whilst still training and furthering her teaching career and achieved her Licentiate teaching qualification in 2012.

In 2016, Miss Carla was made Head of Modern and Tap and and wishes to pass on her experience, knowledge, creativity and passion, to help provide every pupil with the tools needed to realise their dreams.

Emma Sage

Head of Ballet

Having trained for 3 years at the Hammond Ballet School, Chester, Miss Emma graduated with Distinction in 1993, with teaching qualifications from the RAD and ISTD. Her dancing career flourished both UK and abroad, working with top choreographers Linda Crockett and Arlene Philips. Miss Emma’s roots brought her back to Bristol, teaching freelance around the Southwest and she became Ballet Mistress of Bristol Youth Ballet under Artistic Director, Ruth Lewis. Emma became Owner and Principal of the Annette Adams School of Dancing, Bristol, in 1995 whereby many students taught at the school went on to vocational dance schools and professional dancing and teaching careers, UK and abroad. Miss Emma began teaching for The Dance Company in 2011 and enjoys her position as Head of Ballet whereby she coaches pupils for auditions such as the Junior Associate programme with the Royal Ballet and continues to inspire dancers of all ages throughout the school.

Jane Hamrouni

Senior Dance Teacher

Miss Jane began dancing at the age of 3 and it has been her life ever since. She trained at the Bristol School of Dancing and received her teaching qualifications. She performed in pantomimes and was a member of a Road Show Cabaret touring the Isle of Wight and South Coast before travelling further afield to dance in various shows on some beautiful islands - Crete, Fuerteventura, Corsica and different countries including, Greece, Turkey and Tunisia. She moved on to choreograph shows and danced extensively throughout Europe with the German holiday company Robinson Club, which is where she met her husband. Now back and settled in England with two children keeping her busy she is enjoying teaching and wishes to pass on her passion and love of dance! Miss Jane joined The Dance Company in 2014 teaching ballet, tap and modern classes as well as the high level ballet grades and ballet Majors. In 2016, Miss Jane was lead choreographer for the Snow White ballet in ‘The Secrets Within’.

Naomi Jeffrey

Commercial, Hip-Hop and Body Conditioning Teacher

Miss Naomi was a scholarship student at the London Studio Centre (LSC) and graduated with Distinction in Theatre Dance. After graduation, Miss Naomi was a featured dancer in numerous productions including ‘The Illusionists’ (Shaftesbury Theatre, London, Broadway and World Tour), 'Rock Around the Clock’ (UK & US Tour), ‘Spirit Of The Dance’ (World Tour) to name just a few. During this time Miss Naomi also performed in hair and fashion shows for companies such as L’Oreal. As well as performing, Miss Naomi has numerous choreography credits including ‘The World Television Awards’ (Monte Carlo), 'Hot New Country' (Niagra Falls, Canada) and ‘Twist and Shout’ (London, UK Tour & USA). After living in LA for many years and being the personal trainer of many celebrity clients, Miss Naomi returned to the UK and now teaches for The Dance Company, The Big Act in Bristol and numerous primary school across the southwest as well as continuing her personal training. Miss Naomi loves all aspects of dance, theatre and fitness and inspires young people with her passion and zest for life.

Sophie Hannaford

Dance Teacher

Miss Hannaford started dancing at the age of 3, where she attended the Stapleton School of Dancing in Bristol and trained in a range of genres whilst enjoying various performance opportunities and competing in Eisteddfods. From the age of 19, she continued her training full time at the Judith Hockaday College of Dance and Drama in Swindon. There she progressed her own qualifications up to Advanced 2 in modern, tap and national and took her teacher training exams. Miss Hannaford graduated college having passed her DDI and DDE exams in ISTD ballet, tap, modern and national. Recently, she has returned to Judith Hockaday to further develop her teaching qualifications in modern and tap to Licentiate level. Miss Hannaford joined The Dance Company at the start of 2014 and has thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the pupils and be able to help them achieve their goals.

Julie Patrick

Dance Teacher

Miss Julie has been involved in dance since she was 2.5yrs and at the age of 16, obtained her full teaching qualifications in ballet, tap and modern. Miss Julie has performed both professionally and locally as well as on cruise ships and playing lead roles in professional pantomimes. Miss Julie owned her own dancing school for over 20 years during which time she taught Miss Marina! So it is a great pleasure to continue teaching as part of The Dance Company and share her expertise and experience with the next generation of dancers

Aaron Pengelly

Head of Drama & Musical Theatre

Aaron has been involved in theatre all his life and completed a degree in Musical Theatre to further his already extensive experience of the theatre world. Aaron has enjoyed the challenge of putting on three musicals in the last two years for TDC and is looking forward to many more! In the past few years Aaron has directed several productions with WODS Musical Theatre Company, taught for Stagecoach Theatre Arts and is always involved in many other projects and teaching opportunities. Aaron loves working with TDC who continue to support his some-what wacky ideas, many of which don’t make the cut but are embraced and this is what theatre is all about, so he hopes to pass onto the students the ability to take positive risks and learn to be proud of who you are.

Kirsty Slater

Drama & Musical Theatre Teacher

Miss Kirsty has been part of the musical theatre circle for the past 15 years, performing in many shows at The Blakehay Theatre and The Playhouse Theatre in Weston with Worle Operatic Society. Miss Kirsty enjoys all aspects of theatre, but has a passion for acting and singing and has had the opportunity to play many lead roles as well as enjoy the buzz of being in the ensemble. Miss Kirsty studied Performing arts at Weston college and since then has been teaching musical theatre to young pupils in several different groups across Weston and enjoys watching children grow in confidence and ability and develop their own passion for the theatre.

Class Assistants

  • Isla Hurst
  • Isobel Persaud
  • Flora Littlewood
  • Lili-Mae Gullick
  • Emily Hurst
  • Isabelle Bird