• At AIM we are passionate about dance and pride ourselves on providing first class training, taught by qualified, experienced teachers.
  • Lisa Steadman - Principal D.D.I & D.D.E Ballet

    Lisa first found her life long passion for dancing at the age of 3 with Page-Mason where she started her training, competing and performing experience. During her time as a student Lisa took part in a wide variety of shows, pantomimes, musicals, festivals and fashion shows including West End performances in Young Performers and Mardi Gras. This provided Lisa with many valuable skills across a range of genres including Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Flamenco, Russian, and Musical Theatre. At the age of 20 whilst working full time in a non dance related occupation Lisa felt compelled to further expand her dance knowledge. Through her love of dance, enthusiasm to work with children and intense desire to produce creative choreography Lisa began her teacher training and career. With Page-Mason providing her with a wealth of  diverse training experience and opportunities, Lisa attained her ISTD DDI & DDE Qualifications in Ballet. Now with over 15 years teaching experience Lisa has choreographed professionally for a number of shows, pantomimes and festivals with many successes. In addition to this Lisa has also worked in local primary schools as part of a performing arts team, teaching singing, dance and drama to students at key stage levels 1 & 2. Lisa continues to strive to broaden her knowledge and skills of dance, she recently completed a choreographing dances course at ISTD studios and plans to commence training for her DDI tap and modern qualifications this year.

    Lisa loves the rewards of teaching and believes dance has something to offer everyone! From babies through to adults Lisa feels  dance has multiple benefits to offer including building confidence, developing musicality, improving memory and concentration, increasing physical strength and flexibility, advancing social and creative skills and above all having great fun!

     

  • Sara Riley - BA single honours degree in Commercial Music from Canterbury Christ Church

    I have been singer in function bands for the past 13 years performing at weddings, corporate and charity events across the south east.  With a degree in commercial music from Canterbury Christ Church, I have been a teacher at Hartsdown Academy for 11 years and am now head of music.  The thing I enjoy most about my job is working with our school choir and developing students confidence to perform in public.  I am very excited to join the Artists In Motion team.

     

  • Jessica-Louise Wall - ISTD DDI’s and DDE’s in Ballet, Modern and Tap Dance

    Jessica-Louise began her training with Beddow Academy Studios, gaining her vocational examinations, performing experience and competing at Festivals.

    Having a passion for both dance and teaching, Jessica auditioned successfully, securing a place and completing her 3 year vocational training at Dance College Whitstable. She gained her full ISTD ( Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing ) DDI’s and DDE’s in Ballet, Modern and Tap Dance.

    She chose to further her training, gaining her PBT certification. Progressing Ballet Technique is an innovative programme developed by Marie Walton- Mahon for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in classical ballet.

    Jessica-Louise currently teaches at various different Dance Schools and has many private students and is experienced in choreographing for shows, workshops and festivals in the local area.

  • Brooke Sterland – Acro Dance Teacher

    Brooke is a dance teacher and certified Acrobatic Arts instructor. She had trained in tap, ballet Modern with the NATD and ISTD and also studied Contemporary at the University of Kent. She has danced since she was 3 years old and has taken part in many performances, including a touring production at all the major arenas including Wembley and the Millennium Dome.

    What is Acro Dance?
    It is the beautiful fusion of the artistic motion of dance and the athleticism of acrobatics. Acro Dance is not the same as gymnastics. An Acro dancer must complete all of the skills on the hard stage without the advantage of a sprung floor, while seamlessly integrating musicality, emotional expression, extension, control and line. The sprung floor allows the gymnast to complete much more difficult tumbling when compared to what is recommended in Acro Dance. Skills taught in Acro Dance might look the same as gymnastics, but they are taught differently to compensate for the conditions. Neither the ‘acro dance’ way, nor the ‘gymnastics’ way are wrong, but they are different.

    Why Acrobatic Arts?
    Through thoughtful progressions, new skills are introduced as and when the dancer is trained to be ready. This greatly reduced the potential for injury, creates more technically correct work, and helps dancers to progress more quickly in the long run. 

    What can I expect from an Acro Dance Workshop?
    The session will include cardio, flexibility, strength, balancing, limbering and tumbling skills and games. Whether you are a beginner or have previous gymnastics training, we will tailor the session to suit you. Please wear fitted dancewear and have long hair tied up. 

  • Carrie Marsden - BTDA examinations to Advanced level in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Modern

    My name is Carrie and I have been dancing my whole life going through BTDA examinations to Advanced level in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Modern. I graduated from The Urdang Academy with a Level 6 Diploma in Musical Theatre and Dance in 2013. I decided to go into teaching and set up my own private classes 6 years ago teaching dance, singing and acting. This has led me to teaching in various schools/dance schools and teaching lots of wonderful children and adults.

     

    I performed in the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics alongside Darcey Bussell and 100 other girls on pointe. I have been a backing dancer for ‘The Wanted’ on Strictly Come Dancing. Whilst at Urdang I played a number of roles including ‘Glinda’ from ‘Wicked’.

     

    I also have fitness qualifications (kettlebell, spin, exercise to music and currently training in Pilates). I teach classes at a gym in Dover.

  • Emma-Jane Packman

    I have danced since the age of 4, then qualified as a student IDTA freestyle teacher at 16. I then continued to teach and train and completed more teaching qualifications in street, cheerleading and cheer coach. During my time dancing I trained in a range of styles and completed my grades 1-8 in RAD ballet.

    In 2014 I left the school I was working for and moved to a main stream setting for a more permanent income. I currently work in a SEMH secondary school with children with a range of needs including challenging behaviour, autism etc. I still teach dance in the school on occasions.

    In 2017 I qualified a fitness instructor and gained my level 2 exercise to music and also in 2018 ran the London Marathon.

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