Heights Ballet & Theatre School

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Miss Caroline Ambery AISTD (CB)

Principal and Dance Teacher: Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap

Miss Ambery attended The Northern Ballet Lower School in Manchester. Whilst there she performed with The English National Ballet and The Manchester City Ballet Companies. She then began full time training at Kate Simmons Dance Limited on the Classical course. During her training she studied Ballet, Tap, Modern, Flamenco, Jazz, Contemporary and Musical Theatre. Whilst training she toured with the school’s ‘Allegro Dance’ company and performed in the school’s annual productions. After gained all the Advanced 2 examinations and her teaching certificate in Classical Ballet she accepted a teaching post at The Derby Academy, where she taught on the professional performer’s course, alongside freelance teaching. Miss Ambery is a member of the ISTD and became owner of The Heights Ballet & Theatre School in 2002. Miss Ambery also delivers ballet classes at Sheffield High School for Girls.


Miss Alix Sutch AISTD

Dance Teacher: Ballet, Modern Theatre, Tap & Spanish

Miss Sutch trained at Kate Simmons Dance Limited, studying ballet, tap, modern, flamenco, jazz, contemporary and musical theatre. She performed in all the school's annual shows and toured with the school's company 'Allegrodance'. Before leaving the college, Miss Sutch passed up to her Advanced 2 in ballet, tap and modern theatre, as well as her teaching qualifications in all three genres. Miss Sutch as continued her professional development by gaining her licenciate tap and cecchetti ballet exams, and is currently working towards her modern theatre. Miss Sutch has a passion for flamenco, having been to many courses held by the Spanish dance society in the UK and Spain. Miss Sutch is a member of the I.S.T.D and joined The Heights Ballet & Theatre School in 2011.

Miss Kirsty Jeeves

Dance Teacher

Miss Jeeves trained at Dore School of Performance Arts, studying Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Freestyle and Gymnastic Dance, IDTA syllabus. During her time there, Miss Jeeves had the opportunity to tour with their show team, performing on stages such as Her Majesty’s Theatre in London and the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. Miss Jeeves continued her career dancing in The Sheffield City Hall Pantomime with the Manor Operatic Society for three years, also having the chance to dance at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield.

At the age of 19, Miss Jeeves started auditioning for dance contracts abroad, including cruise liners, hotel touring teams and casinos. She was recruited to dance in Cyprus, Corfu, Spain, Portugal, Morocco and many more, for companies such as Presumed Innocent Show, Jango Entertainment and Cirque, gaining the ability to develop circus skills including tumbling, hoops, silks, fire dancing and breathing, and stilts. Miss Jeeves is qualified to teach Zumba, Bokwa, Exercise to music and Acrobatic/Gymnastic Dance.

After travelling Miss Jeeves settled in the UK and has worked at many schools doing workshop days and teaching adults and children with additional needs and learning difficulties, including putting on annual shows. Miss Jeeves joined The Heights in 2012 and is currently continuing her dance teacher training.

Miss Rachel Fearnley AISTD

Dance Teacher: Ballet, Modern Theatre, Tap & Contemporary

Miss Fearnley graduated from Kate Simmons in the summer of 2012 where she had studied full-time to train to be an ISTD teacher in ballet, tap and modern. Whilst training at Kate Simmons she also participated in their annual shows and toured with Allegro dance. Touring with Allegro dance, she would deliver dance workshops that varied in styles to different year groups at school. Alongside training for her teaching qualifications, she also studied jazz, contemporary, flamenco, and musical theatre. When Miss Fearnley graduated she was presented a teaching award 'most promising teacher'. Miss Fearnley has a passion for contemporary dance and leads the contemporary dance classes at The Heights. She has now expanded this genre of dance to the younger end of the school. Miss Fearnley is also expanding her choreography skills teaching musical theatre alongside Miss Wall.

Miss Sophie Wall

Dance Teacher

Miss Wall has recently graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech having gained a 2:1 Degree in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education. Throughout Drama School, Miss Wall gained her teaching experience working for a number of theatre companies including Jigsaw Performing Arts, Access All Areas, Dreamcatcher Parties & Artburst. Miss Wall has also worked abroad using music and drama to teach English at children's summer camps. Having worked with various groups from under-fives to adults, Miss Wall feels passionate that everyone can benefit from using drama and singing techniques, from preparing for auditions to developing confidence and social skills.  Miss Wall is excited to be joining the Heights and is looking forward to expanding the Musical Theatre Programme.

Miss Michelle Hathway

Dance Teacher: Modern, Tap and Street Dance

Miss Michelle trained at Staples School of Dance and Drama in Nottinghamshire, until the age of 18 where she worked as a student teacher. She gained a BA(Hons) degree in Dance and Performing Arts at Middlesex University and regularly attended Pineapple Dance Studios in London. She went on to perform around the UK and Europe in various showteams and productions as a singer, dancer and choreographer  for companies including Bourne Leisure, One Stop Entertainment and Jango Entertainment. She then completed her DDI teaching qualifications through the ISTD in ballet, tap and modern theatre. She began teaching freelance around Gloucestershire teaching ballet, tap, modern, street dance and musical theatre and now enjoys teaching modern, tap and street dance at The Heights Ballet and Theatre School.