Christina studied dance at her local dance school from a young age. Here, as a child she performed in many shows and dance festivals, and at the age of 13 she knew that she wanted some sort of future career in dance.
At 18, after completing her A-levels, Christina successfully auditioned at many prestigious dance colleges in the UK, and decided to go to ‘The Dance College’, which specialised in dance teaching. Here she studied Imperial Classical Ballet, Modern-Theatre, Tap Dance and National Dance, all under the ISTD (Imperial Society Teachers of Dancing). She gained x4 DDE’s (Diploma in Dance Education), therefore being fully qualified and able to enter students for dance exams under one of the most prestigious examining board in the world. Christina also took weekly classes in Contemporary, free jazz, commercial and singing.
At The Dance College, Christina achieved high marks in her practical exams, written exams, and teaching assessments, and learnt all of the dance syllabus from Pre-Primary to Advanced 2 in all 4 genres. Since then she has also had the opportunity to learn and teach Cecchetti Ballet, another famous method, as well as IDTA and BTDA Modern and Tap.
Christina has now been teaching dance for over 10 years in dance schools, educational schools and colleges, from children from the age of 2 and a half and upwards, to students working towards dance as a career and to adults for fun and fitness. Her students so far have passed their dance exams with 100% pass rate. Her love is choreographing dances for shows, auditions and competitions, which have all resulted in fantastic marks and commendations from dance specialists. Christina has also choreographed dances for professional pantomimes over the last 3 years which she loves.
As well as teaching, Christina has performed in many professionally produced stage shows, touring with Andy Mawbey and the Big Band across the UK and Germany as a cabaret dancer, as well as performing with the National Youth Ballet, and dancing as a soloist and a group in many theatres.
With all of these different dance styles under her belt, as well as years of teaching, choreographing and performing experience, she felt ready to start her own classes in Sawston. Dance Dedication in Sawston was set up in September 2013 and has grown fro strength to strength, starting with just 5 pupils 3 years ago, to over 100 pupils in 2016. We have have our own Public Liability Insurance, Music Licence and all teachers are DBS checked. Teachers are also First Aid trained and full members of the ISTD.
Christina is an inspirational teacher, full of boundless energy and fun who motivates her students to achieve the best they can. She is sensitive to the needs of her students and especially caring with the little ones. Her classes for the younger children are creative and taught with a wonderful sense of fun and her work with the older students is both challenging and motivating.
I started dancing at the age of three at The Quay School of Theatre Dance in my home town of Sudbury, Suffolk. I continued my dance training here for fifteen years until, on completion of my A Levels, I gained a place at Penny Meekings Teacher Training College in Hertfordshire.
Whilst at college I studied the genres of Ballet, Modern Theatre, Tap and National and was awarded my Diploma in Dance Education. I am always striving to develop my knowledge and skills as a dance teacher and regularly attend courses held by the I.S.T.D. I get real pleasure out of teaching children to do something that I am so passionate about.
Abbey’s love for dance has only grown throughout the years of training and studying within the industry. She’s been dancing since the age of 3 and always knew growing up she wanted to be a dance teacher. As soon as she could leave school and persue her dreams she went to Stage Right Performing Arts College in Royston where she gained her Level 3 BTEC qualification. Here she grasped the knowledge and understanding of the dance industry where she then successfully auditioned for many vocational dance colleges and chose to go to The Centre Performing Arts College in Maidstone, Kent where she graduated in 2018.
Abbey gained professional performance training, a Level 4 Diploma in Teaching Studies and three DDE Teaching qualifications in Ballet, Modern and Tap. She currently teaches at other various dance schools across Hertfordshire and is always looking to broaden her knowledge within the industry. Abbey’s enthusiasm and personality portrays in her lessons and always wants the best for her students.