As one of the leading Dance Colleges UK, The Teachers, Coaches, and Support faculty at KS Dance are highly trained an experienced individuals with experience in Professional Ballet and Musical/Commercial 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, Ballet 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. Kate Simmons strives to deliver tuition that spear heads the training at Dance Colleges UK and around the world.

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. Dance Colleges UK

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 (Dance Colleges UK) 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 the KS Dance faculty.

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.

Emma Briggs
Senior Contemporary Teacher

Emma trained at Ballet Rambert  and London Contemporary Dance School in London and after deciding to make teaching her career, successfully auditioned to gain a place on the three year teachers training course at the Royal Academy of Dancing.  Upon graduating, Emma was awarded Licentiate Diploma Certificate with the RAD and received the award for ‘Oustanding Choreographer’. Emma began teaching at the RAD headquarters in Battersea, setting up an outreach program in contemporary dance as well as various other teaching jobs around London and the UK. She choreographed for Vidal Sassoon hair shows and other Dance Colleges. Emma then worked for English National Ballet in the costume department before she accepted a post as Ballet / Contemporary teacher at ‘Centro de Danza’ school in Valencia, Spain.

While in Valencia, she was responsible for all RAD Major examinations and became ballet mistress for the touring company.  Emma was responsible for introducing the Martha Graham Technique to the company and choreographed many original pieces.

Emma has 30 year’s experience as a Contemporary teacher and Choreographer that has taken her all over the world. Emma has been part of the faculty at the International Cecchetti Competition in Manchester teaching contemporary dance to the finalists and the summer school students.

Emma has been a Contemporary teacher with the KS Dance faculty for 10 years and has been lucky enough to collaborated with Soundscape Orchestra and professional dancers for the last three years as a choreographer at KSDance in Warrington. She has choreographed for many students that have been involved in BBC Young Dancer of the Year.

Jazz Faculty

Eric Carpenter

Senior Jazz Teacher

Heather Roberts

Senior Jazz Teacher

Alex Ryan

Senior Jazz, Lyrical and Acro Teacher

Jane Bradley

Jane trained at the Arts Educational School Tring from the age of 13-16 before attending The Northern Ballet School. There she obtained her first teaching qualifications and appeared in various productions.

On graduating she worked for several years as a dancer for Cunard Cruise Lines performing on many of their Liners. She also appeared in small parts for Television, Film and Radio.

On completing her performing career she began teaching focusing on modern theatre and classical genres whilst furthering her teaching qualifications. She taught at The Bramhall School of Dancing for 12 years becoming the Vice Principal and choreographing award- winning pieces for festivals. She has been a member of the Faculty at KS Dance since 2006.

Jane always had a keen interest in Anatomy and in 2014 decided to undertake a year -long study of sports massage and soft tissue therapy. She is now able to support the students in their rehab and wellbeing offering Sports massage sessions within the college.

Jane delivers the modern theatre syllabus from Grade 1 to Advanced 2 and junior ballet classes. She is a guidance Tutor for the ISTD DDE qualifications and delivers lectures and monitors student progress for the level 6 Trinity Diploma.

L.I.S.T.D, Dip R.A.D, Dip N.B.S , DDE (IB,NB,CB)

Sharon Johnston
Senior & Junior Ballet & Hip Hop Teacher

Dance College UKSharon 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 the KS Dance faculty 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.

Sean McLoughlin

Ballet Teacher and Pas de Deux

Dance College UKSean was a Professional Dancer with Serbian National Ballet. 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. Sean comes highly recommended from Dance Colleges UK

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.

Olivia Pickford

Senior Ballet Teacher

Dance College UK

Simon Horrill

Simon started dancing at 6, training with Betty Garnet, Letty Littlewood’s Associated Arts, and the Royal Ballet Upper School. His graduate performance of the doddery old Red King in Ninette de Valois’ Checkmate secured him a place with the Royal Ballet. There he felt very privileged to have worked with de Valois as well as Sir Frederick Ashton and Sir Kenneth MacMillan, and be involved with such important creatives of the world of British ballet. He danced with other classical companies including Scottish Ballet and London City Ballet, as well as guesting in Spain, Cyprus and Japan. His roles have included the Nutcracker Prince, Romeo, James in La Sylphide, Albrecht in Giselle, and Puck in The Dream.Simon worked for Wayne Sleep on his stage shows of Dash and The Hot Shoe Show tour. This led to his working in the West End in musicals such David Essex’s Mutiny! and as Mr. Mistoffelees and Carbucketty in Cats. As well as theatre Simon worked with Geraldine Stephenson on many historic TV dramas such as House of Eliott, Love in a Cold Climate, Vanity Fair, and Dance to the Music of Time. As well as performing, Simon has also choreographed and taught. He has choreographed ballet productions in Cyprus and Japan, as well as Spelbound’s winning routine on Britain’s Got Talent. His teaching has been very diverse, from ballet companies and educational units to Reach4Dance – a programme of workshop and performance for people dealing with mental health issues – as well as Dance Colleges UK such as Laine Theatre Arts, London Studio Centre, and KS Dance. KS Dance has also provided Simon with performance opportunities including Oberon in The Dream and the Eunuch in Scheherazade. Most recently Simon graduated with Distinction after retraining at the London College of Garden Design based within Kew Gardens.

Health and Wellbeing

Rupert Wiltshire (Science in Dance)

Rupert is our resident Health/Wellness and Sport Science Director. Whilst holding a post as lead S&C Coach at Scottish Ballet, Rupert is the founder of Science in Dance and, with over 10 years of competing and coaching in International Sport, has vast experience with developing athletic performance and injury prevention strategy. Over the last 2 years Science in Dance has been built on providing current, concise and applied knowledge to the Performing Arts. Dance Colleges UK

With a track record of aiding injured Dancer’s return to performance and continually aiding individuals to perform at their best, Rupert and the Science in Dance team and facility are well equipped to offer professional and direct advice to clients, Dancers, Parents and Teachers of Dance.

Rupert’s greatest aim is to bring education surrounding health and fitness to the Dance world and thus give Dancers longer, fruitful and successful careers. On this journey, Rupert hopes to bring the art of Strength Training and effective conditioning methods to a traditional setting and harmonise the two at Dance Colleges UK.

Jodie Comer BSc. – Sports Rehabilitation and Therapy

Jodie is a qualified Sports Therapist who is an integral part to our team. Conducting weekly clinics, Jodie is able to assist the students with Injury, musculoskeletal maintenance and performance enhancement.

Chris Taggart BSc. MSc. (Pending)

Chris is a Sports medicine graduate who is pursuing a career in Strength & Conditioning. Chris is a skilled practitioner in the Coaching of Dancers specifically in the gym for performance enhancement. On top of this Chris is our resident Sports Nutrition Specialist who regularly gives lectures, programmes and advice regarding diet and systemic health.