Carol Vasko

Dip LCD, FISTD & Examiner, RAD Reg

 

Carol trained at London College of Dance, where she studied a variety of dance genre. She was trained by Tereza Theodoulou, Victoria Chappell, Katie Morea and Myra Tiffin. She graduated with Distiction for Teaching Studies and was awarded the Audrey MacBeath Shield for Most Promising Teacher.

 

She started her career in Canada, as Head of Ballet at the Northwestern Ontario Dance Studio. Upon returning to the UK she freelanced in some of the most respected dance studios in Hampshire, developing her skills and undertaking a range of CPD courses to be sure that she stays up to date with current teaching methodology, styles and issues. She has been a teacher at the Southsea School of Dancing since 1996; and in September 2009 took on the additional role of Principal of the Hayling Dance Academy an  is enjoying the challenge that this brings.

 

Carol is a Fellow of the ISTD, and an examiner for the society. She holds Fellowship status in Classical Greek Dance, Licentiate status in Imperial Classical Ballet, and DDE in Modern, Tap & National Dance. She is also a Registered Teacher (RAD Reg) of the Royal Academy of Dance and is experienced in preparing and entering dancers for the GCSE and A level examinations in Dance.

 

Carol has a special interest in Classical Greek Dance. She fell in love with this form of dance because of its diversity, freedom of movement and the opportunities for creativity it offers.

 

Carol is an examiner  for the Classical Greek Dance Faculty, and is current Vice Chairman having served on the Faculty Committee for over ten years. She is responsible for syllabi review; the provision of Courses of Study and the delivery of Teacher Training. She is frequently asked to give lectures and workshops in this dance style within the UK and Europe; regularly teaches on the Classical Greek Summer Schools; gives lectures and presents demonstratons at ISTD Congresses. She is also the Classical Greek representative on the Theatre Faculty Board of the ISTD.

 

Carol's main aim is to provide all students who study with her a sound technical grounding and an essential understanding of the mechanics of dance technique. from there, artistry and individuality can be explored with integrity and personality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liz Hewson

Liz began piano and composition aged 4 and went on to study with Alan Richardson at the Royal Academy of Music, followed by a few years in music publishing. She began working as pianist/musical director in the '80s for ballet classes and theatre productions, as well as a brief but glittering episode of pop "stardom" on Top of the Pops and in France. Since '91 Liz has composed and played for the ISTD London Mabel Ryan and Southern awards and accompanied the grades video and later the inter-foundation/grades dvd. She plays for regular ballet classes at various schools and enjoys extensive freelance exam accompaniment around the country, as well as playing her beloved chamber music.

 

 

Michelle Walkhouse

FISTD Modern & Tap

Michelle trained at Bush Davies and Elmhurst Ballet School.

 

She travelled worldwide as a professional dancer for over ten years with some of the highlights including Bluebell and Principal Understudy at the Lido de Paris, Princess Cruises, Friedrichsbau Theatre Stuttgart, Germany, and la Lido Tournee world tour.

 

After her professional career Michelle trained as a teacher and holds her ISTD Licentiate in both Modern and Tap and DDE Cecchetti ballet. Michelle taught at the Edmonton and Vegreville School of Ballet in Canada before moving back to England where she is a freelance modern, tap, and Pilates instructor.

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