Mrs Kim Rogers - Founder & Principal (DDE)
From the early age of 3, Kim followed in her mum’s footsteps and began her dance journey and performing at the Rainbow School of Dance under the guidance of Mary Forrester in Portsmouth, Hampshire. After enjoying a young career of performing in many professional shows, pantomimes and TV commercials, at sixteen Kim moved to Essex to complete a three year intensive course at the prestigious ‘Performers Dance College’ training in all aspects of dance, drama and singing.
Upon graduating Kim began her career working as a singer/dancer for various cruise liners around the world. After many years of travelling Kim returned to the UK to work as a choreographer and it was during this time Kim embarked on the idea of her own production entitled ‘Divas’. This production took Kim to southern Spain where she continued to work for the next 3 years.
In 2009 Kim sadly lost her mum very unexpectedly and this spurred Kim to make the decision to return to the UK and reignite her passion for teaching.
After completing further qualifications and teaching for various schools and a vocational dance college, in 2012 Kim pursued her lifelong ambition of opening her own dance school to train the next generation of dancers.
Kim is always striving to better herself and is currently training within the I.S.T.D to gain further teaching qualifications.
“P.H.A.D was the obvious name choice for the dance school in memory of my Mum. She inspired me not only as a dancer, but to also work hard and be dedicated to succeed in life”
Other Work Credits Include -
Chat Show Presenter for 'VIVA TV'
Dancer on ITV1 for various programmes such as 'GMTV', 'Big Breakfast' and 'Talking Telephone Numbers'
Advert for Ford Cars
Opening Ceremony of Euro 96 alongside ‘Simply Red’
London Fashion Show with 'Joe Pasquale'
Opening Ceremony of World Rugby League alongside ‘Cliff Richard’
West End Tour 'Evita'
West End Tour of the original 'Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat'
Peppermint Patty in 'Snoopy' Directed by Nigel West, Choreographed by Stephen Mear
Singer/Dancer on Airtours Cruises & Carnival Cruises
Entertainment Executive for large Holiday Company - Cinque Ports Leisure
Miss Melissa Douglas - Head of Ballet & National (DDE)
Melissa began dancing at the age of 3, at a local ballet school in Hoddesdon training in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus. It was assisting in younger classes that made Melissa realise she wanted to teach dance.
In 2011, she began her ISTD teacher training in Imperial Classical Ballet and National Dance at Penny Meeking’s Teacher Training College in Royston, Hertfordshire.
This gave her the opportunity to volunteer at several dance schools in the area, gaining invaluable experience.
Melissa joined the PHAD team in 2013 and quickly became a firm favourite with the students and has since added other qualifications with the Progressive Ballet Technique training.
Miss Alannah Carroll - Tap & Modern & PHAD Kidz Funky
Alannah has been dancing since she was just 4yrs old and became a student at P.H.A.D in 2013.
Since joining P.H.A.D she made huge progress and was the first student to win the Pamela Hebberd Academy of Dance School cup.
Alannah performed in many local productions and summer schools and went on to complete a 2 year course at Harlow college studying dance.
Alannah continues to train at P.H.A.D to complete her ISTD exams as well as currently attending Anthony Clifford Dance College to complete her teacher training to reach her ambition to become a fully qualified teacher with the ISTD.
Miss Emma Cullip - PHAD Kidz
Emma began dancing at a very young age and attending the same dance school in Portsmouth as the Principal Kim. At the age of 18 Emma began her dance career on the Isle of Wight as a dancer at a prestigious Holiday company. Emma then moved to Clacton on Sea, Essex and spent the next 6 years working her way from Dancer to Dance captain for the largest Holiday Park company Park Dean Resorts.
Emma was also choreographer for the Pantomime at the Princess Theatre in Clacton on Sea in 2011 working alongside xxx
In 2010 Emma finished working in the Holiday sector and retrained as a Zumba instructor, adding Kids Zumba in 2011 and Zumba Gold 2012 and Zumbini training in 2014. She is one of the most successful Zumba teachers around as after 10 years her classes are still very popular. Alongside her Zumba, Emma also runs her own successful Character Parties business and is very popular in and around the area with non stop bookings.
Emma is now back in the dance world and brings her years of wealth and experience of working with children to PHAD within our early years programme PHAD Kidz.
We are super excited to have Emma as a team member as all our children love her enthusiasm and energy she brings to her classes.