The Joy of Dance
It is the joy of dance which inspires achievement. We concentrate on weekly classes and occasional performances, also working towards ISTD examinations.
Fiona Ramasami LISTD Principal
Fiona trained at the world-renowned Laine Theatre Arts. She made her West End musical debut aged 11, also appearing in local and professional productions including several pantomimes, the UK tour of ‘Evita’, and a music video with Annie Lennox (choreographed by Michael Clark).
After a few years in business, she entered the teaching profession to pass on her passion for dance. Past pupils have gained places at vocational colleges and contemporary dance schools including Laban, The Place and London Studio Centre.
With fifteen years of teaching experience, Fiona offers high quality classes for girls and boys within a safe and nurturing environment. She is also qualified to train dance teachers.
Charis Holdsworth B.A. (Hons), L.I.S.T.D, Body Control Pilates Instructor
Charis completed her professional dance training at Bird College, also gaining a first-class honours degree in Dance and Theatre Performance. Since then, Charis has worked as a professional dancer and dance captain in contemporary, cabaret and commercial shows. She has travelled extensively throughout the world, working with a variety of choreographers.
On her return to the UK, Charis enjoyed teaching full-time at Insteps Dance Academy in Shropshire. She is now back in Sussex where she grew up, and is thrilled to be on the teaching staff at Grace Dance Academy.
Gemma Gardner DDE
Gemma, who is a member of the ISTD and the UDO, started dance aged three and since then has taken part in numerous shows as well as performing in pantomimes, music videos, competitions and events throughout the south.
Gemma studied at Chichester, where she was chosen to fast track her DDI and DDE teaching qualifications in Tap and Modern.
Gemma managed Dance Camp at Virgin Active. Whilst there, Gemma was given the opportunity to travel to London to train with the choreographers and performers from ‘Step Up’ the movie.
She currently teaches Tap, Modern and Street Dance, also choreographing musicals for Brighton College Prep School and Apollo Productions - including 'High School Musical'.
Gemma is very excited to be teaching at the Academy and hopes to pass on her passion for dance to her pupils.
Vicky Moteane DDE & BA (Hons)
Vicky trained through ISTD, completing Advanced Ballet and Modern. She discovered a love for Contemporary whilst studying A'level dance and so continued in her training to complete a degree in Dance and English at Middlesex University.
Vicky featured in music videos for 'Blue' 'Tall Paul' and 'Damage,' but quickly found her real passion was for teaching. She established a successful school in London, moved to Brighton following the birth of her twins and has continued her teaching career in Sussex.
She has recently gained a DDE in Imperial Ballet and continues to invest in her professional development. Vicky receives great enjoyment from seeing her students flourish under her guidance.
Charlotte Reader DDE
Charlotte started dancing at the age of 5 at Dance Industry Studios in Littlehampton, where she took exams in ballet, tap and modern. She studied A-level Dance and Performing Arts at Worthing College, on to Chichester College where she completed her DDI and DDE tap and modern.
Over the past few years Charlotte has enjoyed teaching for various local dance schools and companies, entering children for exams and choreographing for shows as well as running her own adult tap classes and after school clubs for children in local primary schools.
Abi Whiffin DDI
Abi trained at the award-winning A2Arts Performing Arts Academy in Hove, where she continues now as a teacher. Having been a finalist in the All-England Dance festival and a group medallist at the Dance World Cup, she was also part of a contemporary modern group selected by Arlene Phillips to take part in a special performance. She thoroughly enjoys working with and choreographing for children, continuing her professional development across several dance genres.