Laura Dudman

Principal & Artistic Director
Caterpillar Dance School and Essence Dance Company

“In my opinion, teaching dance is about encouragement through enjoyment, whilst maintaining focus and discipline. I am passionate about dance and have been lucky enough to have experience in many different dance styles. Through my teaching, I am able to share my knowledge and experience with others, in order to produce confident and aspiring dancers”.

Laura was initially a student at Laurel Turner’s Jazzmatazz School of Performing Arts. She furthered her training under the direction of Karen King, at the Centre Performing Arts College, where she undertook 3 years professional dance training, completing Advanced Vocational dance exams and Associate teaching qualifications in ISTD Imperial Ballet, Modern and Tap.

In June 2006, Laura graduated from the University of Surrey with an upper-second class honours degree in Dance and Culture. In June 2007, Laura graduated from the University of Greenwich, with a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education and Training.

Laura has been teaching dance since November 2002, and is a recognised teacher through the Council of Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre and Foundation for Community Dance. As well as running her own business, Laura also freelances as a Community Dance Practitioner in and around Kent.

In June 2008, Laura gained her UKA Diploma in Salsa running Salsa nights under the name Latin Essence and dancing professionally until December 2014. She also had her own Zumba® Fitness classes and is a qualified gym instructor, exercise to music instructor, exercise referral instructor and personal trainer. Laura also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Dance Cultures, Histories and Practices in 2013 at The University of Surrey.

Laura is qualified as a Module 1 Acrobatic Arts Dance Instructor, and was one of the first dance schools in Medway to offer this syllabus. She also teaches primary school gymnastics and prepares children for BGA Key steps competitions and proficiency awards.

Currently Laura is completing an MA in Professional Practice Dance Pedagogy at Middlesex University and studying for her ISTD Licentiate Tap at DC College in Whitstable.

ISTD DDE Dance Teacher and Choreographer

Emily trained as a professional dancer at Performers College in Essex. She has a Trinity Diploma in Dance Theatre and is a qualified ISTD dance teacher in Ballet, Tap and Modern Jazz. Emily is also a qualified Acrobatic Arts Module 1 Instructor and Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) Instructor. Emily has taught many styles of dance ranging from Irish, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical theatre and Street Dance to all ages. Emily loves working with children, and successfully runs her own workshops and childrens parties. She has worked at Haven Holiday Park as dancer, been on tour with Ben – The Michael Jackson tribute Act, and appeared in the film Cuban Fury. She is currently completing further ISTD Teaching Qualifications at DC College in Whitstable.

LISTD, ARAD Dance Teacher and Choreographer

Mrs Turner trained for three years at Bird College, graduating with her Associate Modern and National, her Advanced RAD and ISTD Ballet and Advanced Tap and Modern.

She enjoyed a long professional dance career performing in numerous Summer Shows and Pantomimes in Number 1 theatres across the country including The London Palladium. She also worked at Her Majesty’s Theatre,London where she was the Wardrobe Mistress for the Musical Bugsy Malone.

Mrs Turner had her own Dance School for twenty years during which time she added to her qualifications by attaining her ISTD Licentiate Modern and Associate Diploma in Tap and Ballet. 

She now works freelance in other schools, as well as teaching Ballet and Tap classes for Adults at Hextable Dance.

ISTD DDI Musical Theatre Teacher and Festival Choreographer

Beth taught Little Caterpillars classes before embarking on her performing career. She also guest teaches musical theatre and choreographs under 9s festival solos. Beth completed her training at The Centre Performing Arts College, and performed with Royal Caribbean Cruises playing Scaramouche in the Musical – “We Will Rock you!”.

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