Natalie Thompson ~ Principal
Natalie Thompson ISTD DDI DDE, BBO ATS & LAMDA. Acrobatic Arts certified teacher.
The School Principal is originally from London and began her studies at Doreen Birds Dance school at aged 4 she continued her studies at Rohan Dance School and then on to study a 3 year musical theatre course at the prestigious London Studio Centre. She appeared in four professional pantomimes in Kent, and performed in two ballets at the Sadlers Wells Theatre, London & The West End show of ' Babes in Arms'. On leaving college Natalie taught dance in U.S.A , she then worked on several cruise ships around Caribbean Islands, African tour and Mediterranean Islands and Baltic cruises. Natalie performed in stage productions in Japan, Greece and France and toured with a dance company in Italy before she settled in Cyprus. Having completed level 4 dance teacher status with ISTD and BBO Dance and a qualified Acrobatic Arts Teacher she is sharing her knowledge and experience with the children offering professional dance examinations with all students holding a 100% pass rate to date.
Emma Bott ~ Dance Teacher
Emma started dancing aged 3 with The Leicester Dance Company where she studied ballet, tap, modern and musical theatre. She appeared in many pantomimes from age 7 and took in the role of dance captain for pantomimes at Leicester's The Little Theatre from age 15. She achieved her IDTA Licentiate qualification before re-locating to Cyprus in 2005. Since then she has performed in hotels and on the boats as part of the TOTT Events show team and more recently has choreographed 2 charity shows for Stage One Theatre Company as well as their well received production of The Sound Of Music. She has been teaching and inspiring children and adults within the school for the past 3 years.
Denise Ward ~ Dance Teacher
Denise started dancing at 5 years old. She has ISTD qualifications in ballet, modern, national dance & tap, and is a BBO approved teacher. She has trained under and been examined by the now Artistic director at ISTD, Paddy Hurlings. Denise has competed successfully in many dance festivals, as a soloist and as part of a duo, trio & troupe, she won a modern dance trophy at 11 for outstanding performance for her modern dance solo. Denise’s passion is tap dancing and started working for Natalie in 2010 where she now teaches many of the BBO tap classes which she enjoys immensely.
Hannah Cave ~ Dance Teacher
Hannah started dancing from the age of 3 in the UK, training in all ISTD syllabuses for Ballet, Modern and Tap, also training in acrobatics. At the age of 15 she was the 3rd in the world to be awarded 100% in her intermediate modern exam. She has performed on the island star cruise ship, Royal Albert Hall, Disney land Paris and more. And at the age of 18, she obtained her 1st professional performance contract in Greece. Since then she has managed a touring performance team around the island of Cyprus choreographing shows for hotels whilst also teaching at Thompson school of dance in street, contemporary and Aerial hoop. Hannah is also a certified teacher in aerial Lyra.
Kaela Santosh ~ Singing Teacher
Kaela trained at Starlite school of performing arts in Liverpool, training in vocal, Theatre and Dance. She left college with a BTEC in Performing Arts ‘with distinctions’ at this leading UK Theatre School now known as Lomax as attended by ‘Gemini’ (Eurovision Song Contest), Natasha and Liz from ‘Atomic Kitten’, ‘Hear’Say’s’ Kim Marsh and 'The X Factor's' Rebecca Ferguson. Skilled in performance delivery, audience interaction and professionalism. Extensive repertoire of songs covering all genres; disco, jazz, blues soul R and B, musical theatre, classical, pop, rock, Motown, easy listening, indie and Greek. Kaela Santosh is renowned all over Europe for her spectacular tribute to the Diva Tina Turner. Before Tina, Kaela was part of successful Duo; DioSa working all around the North West of England before returning to Cyprus to form one half of a dynamic Diva Show covering all the big Divas in history. 21 years of experience performing all around UK, Cyprus and Europe in all types of venues.
Melanie Ballard~ Singing Teacher