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.
Courtenay has danced since the age of three at ‘Dance Scene’ in Harlow. After completing her A levels she successfully auditioned at several dance colleges and chose to concentrate on her teaching at ‘DNA Studios’. Courtenay teaches street dance and commercial, as well as ISTD modern, tap and ballet to children from the young age of 2 to 18 years old. Courtenay teaches at various schools in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and London and also teaches ((BOUNCE)) classes which are rebound exercise classes. Courtenay is an inspirational teacher who always manages to find that something special in every student she teaches.
Kathryn Pugh (Hunwick) MTeach Dance (distinction), BA (Hons), PGCE, LTCL, RAD RTS, AISTD Dip, RAD Teach. Dip
Kathie’s passion for dance ignited when she was selected to dance in the presence of HRH Princess Margaret at an RAD anniversary gala after which she performed in various musicals, reviews, professional recordings and events using her diverse skills in dance, singing and acting. Also a professional singer, highlights of her vocal work include singing on Tobin Stokes’ soundtrack of Captain Cook: Obsession and Discovery (2007) international TV documentary, playing Sarah Brown in Guys ‘n’ Dolls and singing in Video Games Live in Victoria, Canada. She has also choreographed and/or been Musical Director for a number of events and musicals such as Nutcracker in a Nutshell (principal choreographer), Oliver! (choreographer), Shrek the Musical (MD), and BC Day celebrations (Canada) as well as writing, directing and choreographing her own musical, Scrooge the True Story which toured Scotland.
Kathie has taught all ages and was Programme Manager for the PGCE: Dance Teaching at the Royal Academy of Dance and a Lecturer on Professional Dancer, Undergraduate and Master’s Programmes. Several of her students have gone on to become professional performers, teachers, tutors and practical teaching supervisors or have auditioned successfully for summer and full-time courses at top vocational schools such as The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, National Ballet School, École Superieur de Ballet, London Studio Centre, Arts Educational Schools, Scottish Ballet Associates, Stella Mann School, and Dance School of Scotland. Her interests lie in providing opportunities for all to produce their best in an encouraging atmosphere whether in teaching, choreography or performance.