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 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 Hathaway.

Miss Kirsty Jeeves

Dance Teacher: Acro

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 now qualified in Acro and provides all the Acro classes at The Heights which have proved very popular.

Miss Michelle Hathway

Dance Teacher: Modern, Tap and Street Dance

Miss Hathway 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.

Miss Joanna Smith

Student Dance Teacher: Ballet, Tap, Modern & Contemporary

Miss Smith attended The Heights as a pupil from 2002-2016, training in Ballet, Tap, Modern and Contemporary. She took part in all the annual shows and completed exams up to Advanced 2 Tap. From the age of 11, she began helping out in younger children's lessons which sparked a passion for teaching. In 2016, she began teaching as maternity cover for Miss Hathway. Following a year away, she returned to the Heights to continue her teaching career and complete her Vocational Exams. She is currently training towards her DDE teaching qualifications in Modern, Tap, and Ballet, attending weekly teacher training classes every Sunday, alongside teaching at The Heights Ballet and Theatre School.

Pete Hurst

Resident Pianist

Pete was born in Sheffield and studied Music at Exeter University. He began his career as a freelance pianist and teacher in London before moving to Devon in 1997 and then returning to his home town in 2012. Pete has worked at the Sheffield School of Music, as a piano teacher at High Storrs School, and as an accompanying pianist in in music exams around Sheffield. Pete started playing for exams at The Heights in 2014 and came in regularly for exam sessions ever since. In 2019, Pete became our residential pianist at The Heights Ballet and Theatre, bringing a new lease of life to ballet lessons here at the The Heights. We are currently the only school in Sheffield to have a full time pianist.

Miss Alix Sutch AISTD

Guest 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. She left the school in 2018, but is still a regular face at school events and shows.