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We are immensley proud of the quality of the teaching staff within the school, all of whom have a professional and passionate approach to teaching and a great rapport with the students, encouraging them to achieve the best possible results with their dancing.


georgie ketteman

Principal
iD-Dance
A.I.D.T.A.
BA (Hons)

Georgie found her love for dance at the age of three after starting at Maggie Monk School of Dancing. Here she learnt Ballet, Tap, Modern and Street. She also attended the Sylvia Young’s Theatre School where she studied Street Dance, Singing and Drama.

Georgie has appeared in a number of pantomimes and dance shows, including performances with the Ballet Russe. She has also been a presenter on Barbie FM and danced alongside Blue, as well as opening the show at the Disney Chanel Kids Awards in Docklands Arena. Georgie also danced in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games as part of the Thanks Tim cast.

In 2010, she went on to pursue her studies in Dance at The University of Leeds. Here she choreographed and performed in a number of productions as well as being elected the Leeds University Union Dance Representative. Having achieved a first degree in her university studie, Georgie returned home to further her passion for dance by pursuing a career in teaching. She has since completed her Associate teaching qualification with the IDTA, achieving the highest grade of Distinction.

She has experience teaching at a number of dance and theatre schools throughout Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire and took over as Principal at Maggie Monk in 2017.

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OUR TEAM OF TEACHERS



BALLET – acro – lyrical – contemporary – street

Bex

Bex has grown up with Maggie’s since she was 5 years old and it was here that her passion for dance was born. Over the years with Maggie’s Bex trained in almost every style we had on offer. Her passion for performing has meant she was raised on stage from the age of 7 and ever since Bex has never passed a year without it. Her mum always loves to comment that she may as well move in!

Within the past 12 years she has been passionately launching herself into each opportunity from the first professional show of Angelina Ballerina at the Wycombe Swan, dancing in the Elgiva pantomime in 2016, Playing Briggitta in the Panda Players production of The Sound Of Music age 11, and more recently having played the role of Diesel in the Bucks College production of West Side Story. Having studied Musical Theatre there for two years. 

More recently Bex has been training to teach dance during her gap years with Georgie and is now a qualified contemporary teacher with iD Dance Company. She has been teaching with Active Creative Bucks alongside assisting/covering here at Maggie’s. Bex is currently loving throwing herself into everything and is just incredibly grateful that after all these years Georgie is not bored of her yet!



BALLET – MODERN – TAP
troupe

Emily Bale

Emily started dancing at Maggie Monk School of Dancing at 5 years old and through her training here studied ballet, tap, modern, street and contemporary. Emily then went on to study dance at Amersham and Wycombe College where she also trained in musical theatre, singing and commercial dance. Over the years she has performed in many local pantomimes, the Ballet Russe and at the half-time show for Saracens rugby at Wembley stadium. Additionally, Emily has been an extra in a BBC drama, furthering her performing arts career. She has completed her ballet and Tap associate exams to become a fully I.D.T.A qualified teacher and has recently finished studying Dance Performance at Middlesex.



DRAMA – MUSICAL THEATRE


Katie Don-Hughes

Katie Don-Hughes trained at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) and then went on to continue her training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Her theatre credits include: Oliver (London Palladium), Sound of Music (Wycombe Swan), Me and my girl (Wycombe Swan), Brezhnev’s Children ( Battersea Arts Centre), Cinderella ( Proper Pantomime Company), Aladdin ( Proper Pantomime Company), Zac and Zara’s Cyberspace Adventure (Perform), Hey Baby ( AsOne Theatre Company) Beauty and the Beast (Creation Theatre Company), Othello ( Veni Vidi Theatre Company) The Hound of the Baskervilles (Veni Vidi Theatre Company)The Velveteen Rabbit (Edinburgh Fringe/Backhand Theatre), Greek Myths for Kids ( South Hill Arts Centre). Television Credits Include: Magic With Everything (Tetra Films), Hope and Glory (BBC Television). Film Credits Include: Don’t let him in (Coldwood Productions) and more.



MOVE WITH ME – street

Taylor Benfield

Taylor was a student at Stagecoach Performing Arts before progressing her career. In her time performing she has played lead roles such as Tracy (Hairspray), Rafiki (Lion King) and Heather Chandler (Heathers). As well as teaching, Taylor is an aspiring artist performing at local events in Reading, and Basingstoke Festival 2018.

Taylor has explored her artistry since 2016. Performing in competitions across the UK, taking inspiration from artists such as JoJo, Tori Kelly and Faith Evans. Continuing to develop her music through the lockdowns in England, Taylor released her debut single ‘Side of Life’, and followed with ‘Do It’ (with an acoustic version) earlier this year. Taylor looks forward to teaching students and expressing her passion for music with children of all ages.



BALLET – MODERN – Street

Lorella Patrizia Reggiani

Lorella took her first steps at the Pilar Sampietro Dance school Academy (Vercelli Italy founded by Pilar Sampietro Spanish National Ballet ex-Director) and continued training at the dance school founded by Carlo Pesta (Solist at the ScalaTheatre in Milan). Graduating with the Vaganova method she continued training with Walter Venditti (ex Solist and then Maitre du ballet at the Scala Theatre Milan, founder of the Ballet Ambrosiano dance company) and attended stages with the ballet Company of Liliana Cosi and Marinel Stefanescu.Lorella is an ex-professional TV dancer in several prime TV productions in Italy having worked with, and been directed by, choreographers such us: Steve La Chance (American Ballet Theatre), Ranko Yokohama (Hamburg Ballet), Garrison Rochelle (Talent scout for Italian show ”Amici” Mediaset), Joel Gaglietti and Silvano Scarpa (Ballet of Rome).She has 20 years of experience as a dancer in ballet, contemporary, modern jazz, hip hop and street dance. She has collaborated and taught in different schools in Milan and Rome. Now she is also a qualified IDTA Dance teacher working and living in London.


BALLET

Jasmin

Jasmin started dancing at Maggie Monk School of Dancing when she was 4 years old.  She started with Ballet and Tap then later on joined Street, Modern, Contemporary and Acro.  She was also in the schools Dance Troup where she had some great opportunities to perform and also do some competitions.  

Jasmin then went on to study dance at Bucks College Group where she extended her training to Musical Theatre, Singing and Commercial.  Throughout her years Jasmin has also performed in a number of local pantomimes and was in a couple of music videos.  Jasmin is currently studying for her Level 4 I.D.T.A Teaching Diploma.



Ballet

Helen Bishop

Helen found her love for dancing at a very young age and came to Maggie Monks at 8 years old. Here she attended street, modern, ballet, tap and musical theatre classes as well as being a part of Troop for a few years. At 18 she then trained in Acting at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. After leaving drama school, Helen discovered a passion for working with children through her nannying and returned to Maggie Monks to teach. She likes to make dance classes a playful and happy environment for the children involved.



tap – ballet – modern

Julie

Hi I’m Julie, a fairly new member to the Maggie Monk team but I’m loving every minute. I’ve been teaching for over 30 years – Ballet, Tap & Modern Dance for Children and Adults.  I trained many many years ago at Stella Mann College, Finchley Road, London, as a dancer but quite quickly realised that my love was teaching. After having the opportunity to teach for various Schools, I am now settled in Rickmansworth, married, with a wonderful daughter Holly, who I have taught since she was in my belly and still teach now !!

I feel very honoured to be able to say that “I love my job” a great position to be in and also very much looking forward to a future with the Maggie Monk School xx



BALLET – TAP

Fiona Kear

Fiona trained at the Arts Educational Schools in Tring and London and then went on to dance in shows all over the country. Fiona starred at the London Palladium with The Two Ronnies before travelling to Australia with them as their dance captain. Whilst there, she also performed in many television shows, including a Royal Command performance for the Queen and a Royal Variety performance for Prince Charles.

After returning home, she spent another season with the Two Ronnies at the Palladium and then straight into three years in Singin in the Rain in the West End before coming to teach at Maggie Monk School of Dancing in 1999 and achieving her teaching qualification with the International Dance Teachers Association.



FLAMENCO

Lucia Caruso

Lucia began her studies of Classical Ballet, Jazz and Folk Dances in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and soon joined Los Romeros, a professional Flamenco dance company.  She also performed as Flamenco dancer in a feature film and on Globo TV.  In 1990, Lucia went to Cuba and was invited by the Ballet Nacional de Cuba to study prior to a move to Italy for a two-year stay in Udine, Venice, working as dance teacher and choreographer at La Scuola di Danza Classica e Moderna Ceron. After a couple years, where she furthered her studies and honed her skills with great Flamenco masters, such as Merche Esmeralda, Eva La Hyerbabuena, Adrian Galia, Domingo Ortega, Yolanda Heredia, Rafaela Carrasco,, she established her own Flamenco dance company in Piracicaba and has presented various Flamenco workshops at renowned venues, as The Place, Millennium Dance 2000, Sampled Festival and Sadler’s Wells, to both adults & youth groups.

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I’m Rosetta and I have been dancing at Maggie Monks since I was 4 years old. I love that at this dance school you are able to dance with your friends but you are also able to have a laugh with your teachers too. The show that we did recently was very tiring and very sweaty but it was probably the most fun thing that I have done all year.
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I’m Eleanor and I have been dancing at Maggie Monks since I was 3 or 4. Everyone as this dance school is really fun and I really enjoy dancing here.
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EleanorAge 11
I’m Mollie and I have been dancing at Maggie Monks since I was 2 or 3. At this dance school everyone is very supportive and nice, if you get something wrong then they help you to get it right. I love to dance because I feel different to other people when I dance.
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