Karen Sant – Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies, BA (Hons) Professional Practice in Teaching and Choreography
Karen started dancing at the age of 8 and reached the Advanced 2 level in the Cecchetti syllabus. At the age of 11 she was awarded a scholarship at the Cecchetti School of Ballet in Tring, London. Later she auditioned for the Northern Ballet School in Manchester and was awarded a scholarship to start training there full time in September 2004. she graduated 3 years later with a Diploma in Professional Dance and a job as a soloist in a small contemporary/ballet company. Since then she’s focused more on the teaching aspect of dance. She has a passion for teaching and takes great pleasure in passing on the knowledge and experience she has gained whilst watching dancers evolve. Karen teaches ballet at Salford University, she’s been invited by several establishments to teach workshops, including Manchester City College and the Conway Centre in Anglesey. She has also taught company class to the principals and soloists of the Chinese National Ballet during their tour with Akram Khan Dance Company. She regularly gives private tuition to young aspiring dancers, and runs classes for professional dancers who are in between jobs. She has worked with dancers from Royal Ballet School, Central School of Ballet, Elmhurst, Hammond, Northern Ballet School, Dresden Semper Oper, English National Ballet, Bern Ballet, Royal Ballet Company and La Scala. She recently founded a dance company which performs at various events (corporate and private), allowing her to pursue her other passion of choreographing.
Verity began dancing at the age of three and trained under Jill Firth and Joyce Mason at Joyce Mason School of Dance. She was also an assoiciate at Northern Ballet Theatre and attended York Scholars.
At sixteen Verity received a scholarship to study for a National Professional Diploma in Musical Theatre at Millennium Performing Arts. While at college she was fortunate to take part in many West End workshops and was also part of a pilot episode for a new ITV show.
Since graduating Verity has worked professionally and her credits include; featured vocals on ‘The Way I Feel’ Transcode, the face of TopCashBack Advertising Campaign, various pantomimes, Julia Martin Productions, singer/dancer ITV pilot and Swing for several Costa Cruise productions.
Verity has also taught all genres of dance and workshops at various schools across the UK and is a British Ballet Organisation Scholars faculty members, resident teacher for KNT at the Dance House Manchester and YSBD in Cheadle.
Lee is originally from Cheshire and completed his professional training at Merseyside Dance and Drama Centre.
His theatre credits include: Disney’s Beauty And The Beast, International Tour as Ensemble/Pepperpot. CATS, UK Tour, Lisbon, Italy, and Germany playing Coricopat and Mungojerrie. CHICAGO, London, UK Tour, Vienna (Premiere cast), Japan, and Korea as Swing/Ensemble. Three productions of STARLIGHT EXPRESS, Germany as Swing/Ensemble, UK and Scandanavian Tours as Dance Captain, and New Zealand Arena Tour as Assistant Choreographer. MIAMI NIGHTS (Workshop), Germany as Ensemble.
Lee’s pantomime credits include: Cinderella, Dubai International Centre, Jack and the Beanstalk, Yeovil Octagon and Cinderella, Barnstaple Queens Theatre.
Lee was a featured Tango Dancer performing behind Katherine Jenkins in the Classical Brit Awards at the Royal Albert Hall, he can be seen in the music video for Mouthwash by Kate Nash, he appeared in production shows for Cunard Cruise lines, across South America, and can be heard on the premiere cast recording of CHICAGO, Vienna.
Lee is a regular guest teacher, lecturer and choreographer at colleges across the North West including Northern Ballet School, Manchester.
Choreography credits include: Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty & Cinderella, floral Pavilion, New Brighton. American Musical Masters, Lights Camera Action & Flash Back To The 80s, Dancehouse Theatre, Manchester. The Works, Grand Theatre, Blackpool. Carl Alan Awards, Blackpool.
I have been teaching at KNT dance works for the last 2 years .I am a fully registered teacher with the RAD and also have teaching qualifications up to Associate Diploma level with the I.S.T.D for modern and tapI trained at a full time ballet school at the age of 18 in the North East of England under the tuition of Gillian Quinn ( ARAD examiner) . I then moved to Manchester to complete my training working with many professional choreographers such as David Needham, Richard Marcel and Sean Canning at the North Cheshire Theatre College.After moving back to Manchester, I then enrolled with The Royal Academy of Dance in London to do a further teaching distance programme, which I completed 15 years ago.
As well as teaching at KNT I also teach at The Arden School of Theatre on the BA hons musical theatre course. I deliver ballet, jazz and tap and have just become head of Musical Theatre Year 1.
I also teach RAD ballet at centre pointe and at RJL school of dance.
I think the most rewarding thing about my job is seeing how successful some of my students have become , and when you know you are responsible for that success it makes me very proud.
I was born in 1996 and I started studying dance since I was 3 years old (1999) in “Scuola di Danza Classica e
Moderna di Erica Bront” my mum dance school, in Cividale del Friuli, the small village where I am from, in Italy. Here the teachers Erica Bront and Corrado Canulli followed me in my studies.
To the study of ballet I also added the one of contemporary dance in 2008, followed by the teacher Nadia Scarpa and Erica Bront and I also started studying and dancing with the contemporary Company “Arearea” in Udine, a town close to where I was living.
Since very young I started attending, the summer schools by Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D), in London, in 2005, 2008 and 2010, awarding twice a special price for the work done.
Through the years, I passed the exams for Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D) and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (I.S.T.D) from Intermediate Foundation to Advanced 2 with excellent results, always in the highest band: Distinction.
I attended many stages of ballet and contemporary dance since young age with teachers like Darren Parrish, Elisabetta Hertel, Luigi Martelletta, Antonia Grove, Akhram Khan Company and many others.
In 2012, I have held several auditions for important professional dance schools in England and I was offered a place in Northern Ballet School, Manchester, Hammond School in Chester and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London.
In September 2012, I left my home country by myself to move to Manchester, having chosen Northern Ballet School for the eclecticism and completeness of its course of study.
I graduated in July 2015, after 3 years of studying at Northern Ballet School, 2 years focused on classical dance and 1 year focused in musical theatre and contemporary dance, after I took place in many shows like
“Swan Lake”, “The Nutcracker”, and in Showcase of Dance where I was dancing from classical pieces to contemporary and from jazz to tap.
I also danced for different companies when touring in Manchester and needed local artists, for English National Ballet and Ellen Kent’s Award Winning Productions.
From September 2015 until March 2016 I continued with my first professional contract, with the company “Alias LDN”, in London, after also had another offer for an apprentice in contemporary dance in Bologna, Italy, which I refused.
In March 2015, after I decided not to renew my contract in London, I moved back to Manchester to start my teaching studies with Imperial Society of Teacher of Dance (I.S.T.D) and start studying with Chameleon Company, in Manchester.
Since April 2015, I started teaching in different schools in Manchester area, teaching ballet, classical repertoire, jazz and contemporary.
In October 2016 and October 2017, I also had the opportunity to dance the show “Soul’s Path” with Matrafisic Dance Company and live music by Vonnegut Collective, in Manchester and I had the opportunity to choreographed various music’s video for local artists of Manchester.