Karen Heritage, MA, BA (Hons), FBATD

Principal and Company Director

Karen first opened her school in Stockton-On-Tees in 1989 working with just a few adults and children in a church hall. through hard work and dedication she has built her school into a leading and highly reputable Academy of Performing Arts with two studios in Stockton Town Centre catering to around 300 students and several outreach programmes in the area. Karen has been a qualified teacher for more than 30 years teaching tap, modern dance, ballet, jazz, acro-gymnastics, freestyle, dance drama, and dance exercise. She has a first class honours degree

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in Performance and Event Production and a post graduate certificate in Safe Dance Practice, a Masters Degree with a Distinction in Dance and is a Life member and a Fellow of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing. She teaches students from 18 months to over 80 years old in her own studio, she is a specialist teacher for Earthbeat Theatre Company teaching adults with learning difficulties and is a freelance choreographer working on professional shows and pantomimes all over the country.

Professional credits include "The Big Stage" with Bradley Walsh for Channel 5 TV. The Lido, Paris with Christian the Magician as well as many acting roles in plays and shows.

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Kayleigh Davies, ABATD

Dance Teacher and Studio Manager

Kayleigh began dancing at the age of 2 years at Heritage School and has been with us ever since, qualifying as a teacher in 2004. She is a very well-qualified and highly experienced teacher who always puts the well-being and best interests of her students first. As a Stduio Manager, Kayleigh looks after a great deal of the day to day running of the two studios, as well as managing our shop, Pirouette. She is well experienced in teaching all genres of dance and undertakes a great deal of the choreography as well as structuring classesnfor syllabus work and dance technique.

Kayleigh has taken part in every performance and production that we have made over the years and continues to work professionally in pantomime and cabaret nights.