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 Jazzmatazz School of Performing Arts. She furthered her training 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 Education and Training 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 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.

Dance Teacher and Choreographer (DDI)

Taylor-Ann has been dancing since the age of 3 and is an accomplished dancer in many different styles. She trained at Peggy Spencer’s School of Dance, Shirley Cox School of Dance and Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. She has competed all over the UK and won many competitions including the World Championships at the famous Blackpool Tower. Taylor has travelled the world appearing in and choreographing many dance productions and over the years has acquired experience and qualifications in Ballroom, Latin American, Modern, Ballet, Tap, Street Dance, Freestyle, Irish Dancing, Salsa, Merengue and Bachata. Taylor is a Mum and since having her daughter, started her own successful children’s party company. She is currently studying for her DDE teaching qualifications at Rye College part-time.

Dance Teacher and Choreographer (DDE)

Emily trained as a professional dancer 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 has also taught many styles of dance ranging from Irish, Contemporary, Lyrical Musical theatre and Street Dance to all ages. Emily loves interacting with children, enjoying the fun as much as the children do. 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.

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