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Our Teachers

Meet your child’s teachers

Our class doors are always open. if you have anything that you feel we should know about your child, whether it be a long term need or just something that we should be aware of on a particular day then please come in to let us know.

If your query would take longer to deal with we ask you to email us or if you feel a longer more personal discussion is necessary, email us to arrange a convenient time so that we don’t eat into our class time. We are always happy to talk to you.

We have a small amount of teachers who are all very well qualified and all wonderful at interacting with our students. We are very grateful to them for all of their hard work.

We are thankful also to Vicki Clarke who does a huge amount of hard work to keep the admin side of the school organised and running smoothly as well as many parents who do endless jobs that help support the school and its events. We thank Sandra Hopkins who continues to make us beautiful costumes, Chris Berry for the design of our lovely new website and also Central Studio Staff for their continuing kindness, support and hard work. NHAD are so lucky that we are supported by so many on so many levels. Our school is what it is because of all of these people.

Kelly Hopkins


As a younger student Kelly trained under Susanne Amos going on to study at The Royal Ballet School and Elmhurst Ballet School. After spending a summer with The National Ballet of Canada, Kelly then went on to professional performing arts colleges London Studio Centre and Laine Theatre Arts. Kelly performed in many professional productions at some of the countries largest theatres. Kelly completed her teaching qualifications at The Royal Academy of Dance and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and took over at NHAD in 2001. Kelly has taken NHAD from a small local school to an extremely successful academy of over 200 students. Kelly has taught at many professional schools and was head of ballet at Sylvia Young Theatre School for five years. Kelly is an adjudicator with the British and International Federation of Festivals and continues her professional training with the ISTD. Kelly teaches senior ballet and modern and competition choreography.

Katy Richards

Ballet, Tap, Modern

Katy trained for her vocational ballet, modern and tap exams at NHAD going on to study for her certificate in ballet teaching studies at The Royal Academy of Dance and working at RAD events. Katy is currently studying for her ISTD DDE and teaches ballet, modern and tap grades and vocational tap.

Katie Dramby

Modern, Tap and Jazz

Katie trained from an early age at NHAD gaining her vocational dance exams and musical theatre singing exams. Katie went on to gain places as a number of performing arts colleges choosing to study at London Studio Centre studying many forms of dance, singing an acting gaining a BA hons in  Theatre Dance. Katie performed throughout 2016 with Seedtime Musical theatre company performing at Saddlers Wells Theatre, London.
Katie teaches junior modern, junior tap and Jazz

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Rosie, Natasha and Grace


Rosie, Natasha and Grace have been students at NHAD from an early age. They are currently working on their Intermediate/Advanced 1 vocational exams and are soloists on our senior competition team and over many years of training they have reached an extremely high level in all genres of performing arts. The girls attend our junior classes from pre-primary to grade 1 levels in order to provide an example and support to our younger students.