Meet the Teachers

Sue Coles

Joint Principal

Sue has been teaching for 30 years and has run “Sue Coles School of Dance” in Milton Keynes, for 25. She has been on the RAD South East committee and is an RAD mentor for trainee teachers.

Sue is fully qualified in RAD ballet, ISTD modern, tap and national. She started dancing in Portsmouth with Brenda Horner and then with Susan and Paddy Hurlings, where she competed in local and the All England Dance Festivals and danced with Northern Ballet. At 20, she graduated from London College of Dance and Drama with Distinction, the Most Promising Teacher cup and the Drama cup.

Sue has helped students of all ages and abilities to achieve their potential. With Sue's help students have been able to reach the highest levels of performance including the All England Finals and The Royal Ballet School.

Laura Forsyth

Joint Principal

Laura is known for her fun classes and is always popular with the children. Laura believes in a very positive and fun teaching environment. She loves choreographing and working with all age groups within the School.

Laura trained at ‘The Dance College’ in Royston where she gained her ISTD Teaching qualifications in Ballet, Modern, Tap and National. She also gained her Advanced 2 Modern, Tap and National examinations and her Advanced 1 Ballet.

She also holds the Royal Academy of Dance teaching qualification which requires lessons to be observed and approved by RAD examiners. Laura has danced professionally in music videos and at promotional events. She was also very privileged to perform at the Olympics Closing Ceremony in 2012 with Darcey Bussell.

Charissa Halliday

Modern Theatre Dance, Tap and Commercial

Charissa is one of the newest members of the team and has quickly become popular with the students. Students love her fresh and modern approach to dance. Charissa graduated from Laine Theatre Arts in July 2013 with a National Diploma in professional musical theatre. She is also working on her ISTD Modern and Tap Qualifications.

Charissa has just completed appearing in a professional pantomime season at the Grove Theatre and has experience in a number of shows

Katie Christy

RAD Ballet

Katie teaches serveral RAD Ballet classes at Coles Foryth Dance Academy during the week. Katie is super friendly and great with all age groups. She was a former pupil of Sue Coles School of Dance and trained at Northern Ballet School in Manchester.

Katie holds an NBS Teaching Diploma. She is a fully qualified Royal Academy of Dance Ballet teacher and she holds teaching qualifications in ISTD Tap, Modern, Ballet and National.

Jo Wood

Musical Theatre

Jo trained at The Hylton Bromley School of Dance and Drama on Merseyside, where she started her professional career as a child in pantomimes. Jo has toured the UK with major productions and has worked extensively in the West End. Some of her credits include 'Cats' at the New London Theatre, 'Crazy for You' at the Prince Edward Theatre, Royal Variety and Olivier award shows. As well as musical theatre work she has danced in tv shows, commercials, hair shows, trade shows and many charity concerts including ones at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, The London Palladium and The Royal Albert Hall. Jo enjoys passing on her enthusiasm for musical theatre to students of all ages.

Ana Iverson

LAMDA Drama Teacher

After graduating from East 15 with a BA in Acting, Ana has featured in various short films and theatre productions, including devising a piece for the Camden Fringe Festival which was very well recieved. Ana is a trustee for Independent Cinema Milton Keynes and has produced and directed several short films. She also runs acting agency D&G Artist Management for new graduates in the industry. She has been teaching drama and acting skills to children for many years, and has recently started tutoring students to take LAMDA exams. She is very excited to join the lovely team at CFDA!

Helen Parlor

Contemporary Teacher

Helen teaches dynamic contemporary which will combine fun and dynamic routines, using the floor, exploring lifts alongside defining a strong and fluid contemporary technique throughout her sessions. Helen spent 17 years touring the UK and internationally performing for companies Motionhouse and Panta Rei Danse Teater (Norway) before directing large scale work across the UK to include being the Assistant Choreographer for the London Opening Ceremony for the Paralympic Games in 2012. Helen directs MÓTUS based in Milton Keynes and works collaboratively with a variety of companies and artists to create work.

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