Aya started as a recreational gymnast in her village Heusden/Destelbergen at the age of three. At the age of 5, she entered the world of Rhythmic Gymnastics together with a basic training in ballet. In both worlds she gradually evolved into a real competitive rhythmic gymnast and a full-fledged ballet dancer. She won a Belgian title in every age category of rhythmic gymnastics and in the senior category even two consecutive titles (2018-2019), in 2022 she added a personal 7th national title for the group performance.
During her years of ballet training, she passed the various exams of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing to the degree of intermediate dancer in 2018.
In the period from 2018, Aya herself has been teaching ballet to rhythmic gymnasts to complete their training.
She was also a top-6 finalist and golden buzzer on the TV show: “Belgiums Got Talent” in 2018 to promote her sport.
Ruth trained at London College of Dance graduating with a BA Honours Degree in Dance. Pursuing her passion for teaching she ran her own school for many years alongside tutoring the DDI and DDE qualifications.
Ruth has taught and guest lectured at vocational colleges including The Dance College, Italia Conti, SLP and held the position of Head of Teaching Studies and ballet tutor at The Centre Performing Arts College.
Other experience includes teaching GCSE and A Level dance within the public sector, mentor for the RAD CBTS programme and marker for the ISTD FDI and CDE Contextual study units. Ruth has also presented lectures for the contextual study units at the ISTD Chichester Summer School and taught on the Imperial Ballet Junior Scholars Day.
Ruth is a Fellow and examiner for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (Ballet Faculty), currently lectures for the ISTD Diploma in Dance Pedagogy and enjoys teaching ballet at Performers College.
Katie danced as a child in North East Lincolnshire, UK, taking exams and competing locally, nationally and internationally. On completing A-levels she gained a BA Hons Degree in German at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. After working in the banking sector for a couple of years, Katie re-trained as a dance teacher with Penny Meekings at The Dance College, gaining her ISTD Certificate in Dance Education in Imperial Ballet, Tap, Modern Theatre and National. Katie ran her own dance school in Bedfordshire for 10 years teaching all genres, and then continued to freelance, teaching Tap and Modern at various schools and colleges across the UK. She furthered her training with Penny Meekings, reaching Fellowship level in Tap, and becoming an Approved Tutor for the DDE qualification. Katie has been tutoring the DDE qualification through a number of Approved Dance Centres since 2010, concentrating on the academic and teaching practice units since 2016.
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