The Ballet Teachers, Coaches, and Support Staff at KS Dance are highly trained an experienced individuals with experience in Professional Ballet Companies and Musical Theatre Productions and Contemporary Dance Companies. Kate Simmons herself, performed alongside Rudolf Nureyev and was trained during one of the most infamous eras at The Royal Ballet School. Kate Simmons and all of her Dance Teachers and Staff take pride in delivering coaching and training to ever increasing levels whilst also giving insight and advice when applying for jobs in the world of Dance.

Ballet Teacher

Kate Simmons
Director & Founder

Kate Simmons

Kate Simmons

Fellow and Senior Examiner ISTD (Cecchetti Faculty) Holder of Enrico Cecchetti Diploma, Ex London Festival Ballet, Cecchetti Faculty Committee Member, CICB, UK Delegate.

Expert Coach of Ballet Teachers and Dancers alike. Kate’s record of producing world class Dancers is ever-growing and she continues to set the standard for Coaching in the UK.

Gillian Hurst
Deputy Principal Upper School

RBS Dip (TTC), ARAD,DDE (NB), Fellow & Senior Examiner ISTD, Holder of Enrico Cecchetti Diploma,

Head of Teacher Training Course, over 25 years with KS Dance. Gillian Trained at Bush Davies School from the age of 11 to 16, after which she spent three years at The Royal Ballet School where she was Head Girl in her final year. She embarked upon a teaching career at Elmhurst Ballet School, where introduced the Cecchetti Method alongside a well established RAD syllabus. After 6 years, she moved abroad to Malta taking up a post as Principal of a large school, before returning to teach in the UK and at KS Dance. Gillian travels all over the world as a Teacher and Examiner.

Gillian Hurst

Tracey Moss
Deputy Principal Junior Programme and Senior Tap Teacher

Tracey Moss has experience with developing talent from the age of 3 years old all the way to over 18 years. Tracey has a unique insight into talent pathways for Dancers and is compassionate and pro-active part of KS Dance.

FISTD (Tap Branch), LISTD (Cecchetti Ballet) Holder of the Enrico Cecchetti Diploma IDB (Spanish Dance Society, Lecturer of Level 6 Diploma, over 28 years with KS Dance.

Natalie Leger
Upper School Ballet Teachers

Nathalie, French nationality, trained at the “Academie de la Danse Classique “ under the tutelage of Russian ballet teacher Marika Besobrasova , achieving with distinction four years diploma of Professional Classical training. At age 17, starting in the Corps de ballet, she joined the Basler Ballet under the direction of choreographer Heinz Spoerli. In 1990 Nathalie became semi-soloist and quickly a soloist The Director/choreographer created the role of Clara on his new Nutcraker, as well as the complete ballet Miniaturen.  In 1991 she joined Deustche Oper Am Rhein, Dusseldorf, Germany, as a soloist, dancing all main roles of the classical repertoire.

In 1997 she joined Les Ballets De Monte-Carlo where she danced an extensive repertoire from George Balanchine to Michel Fokine. In 2004, she joined Northern Ballet under the direction of David Nixon. Dancing roles from Odette Swan Lake, Tourvel Dangerous Liaisons, Queen Ann Three Musketeers, Lady Capulet Romeo & Juliette, before having her last lead role of Gertrude, Hamlet,,created  especially for her. Throughout her career Nathalie has worked with renowned choreographers such as Hans Van Mannen, William Forsythe, Maurice Béjart, Paul Taylor, Nacho Duato, Lucinda Childs Gillian Lynne , Jiri Kylian, to name only a few.

Tracey Baxter
Senior Jazz Teacher

Internationally renowned choreographer within commercial theatre, ISTD Modern, International fashion shows & Productions, teaches Jazz and Audition Technique, over 10 years with KS Dance.

Emma Briggs
Senior Contemporary Teacher

LRAD, ARAD, trained with Ballet Rambert School and Royal Academy of Dance, Innovative choreographer, Student Show Reel and CV Advisor, 10 years with KS Dance.

Jane Bradley

Sharon Johnston
Senior & Junior Ballet & Hip Hop Teacher

Sharon Louise Johnston LISTD (CB) Holder of the Enrico Cecchetti Diploma- Sharon is a Graduate of KS Dance. At 19 Sharon secured her first professional contract touring the USA and Canada with ‘Spirit of the Dance.’

Aged just 21 Sharon danced and performed in the Michael Jackson and Friends Concert for Kosovo Pop Concert, in Korea and Munich as a dancer. After dancing in many popular Musicals in Germany as a Dancer/Singer/Actress and also in various TV Shows there, Sharon decided to turn her career to teaching, where in 2010 she opened her own successful dance school in Dublin, Ireland. In 2012 Sharon was awarded the Grety Salomonsen Scholarship and the Rita Emmerson Award for her work within the Cecchetti Society. In  2017 she was the recipient of the Diana Barker Memorial Award and the Margaret Marsh Scholarship, which took her to Michigan, USA working towards her Enrico Cechetti Diploma Final Ballet Exam.

Since Sharon’s return to KS Dance in 2014, Sharon teaches Free Ballet Classes, Syllabus Cecchetti Grades and the Major Levels up to ADV2 to both the Junior and Senior students of KS Dance, along with the Commercial Street. Sharon is thrilled to be a member of the KS Dance Faculty and teach alongside such fantastic and experienced teachers.

Jonathon Payne

Ballet Teachers and Pas de Deux

Jonathon is currently a Professional Dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet. During his season he is a regular feature in the KS Dance timetable; coaching repertoire and ballet class as well delivering Pas de Deux to 2nd and 3rd year students.

Chris Gaskell
Musical Theatre Coach

Chris has huge talent and experience as a performer in his own right. However, his unique approach to coaching students in Musical Theatre Study demonstrates his knowledge of the industry. Chris ensures to bring out the best in even those with little/no Musical Theatre Experience.

Elizabeth Gibbs

Elizabeth trained at Elmhurst and The Upper Royal Ballet School in London.

She performed as a classical dancer in Switzerland with the Lucerne Ballet Company where she danced for five and a half years. Elizabeth was promoted to a soloist after two years and performed in many ballets & operas such as Transfigured Night, Coppelia, Las Emanus, The House of Bernarda Alba, Don Giovanni, Giselle, La Bayadere, La Traviata & Carmina Burana.

Elizabeth worked with many choreographers including Job Sanders and Dieter Amman.

As a teacher she has 15 years’ experience of teaching at dance schools and as a guest teacher in vocational schools.

In January 2007 the BBO appointed Elizabeth as a personal tutor to students training for the Level 4 Diploma teaching qualifications and was later invited to train as an examiner which she became in 2014.

She is both an examiner and teacher for the scholar programme run by BBO Dance.

Simon Horrill