Teaching Staff

  • Andrea Pridham F.I.S.T.D
  • Keeley Griffiths A.I.S.T.D Dip.
  • Hannah Lustig FDI, DDI, DDE
  • Ruth Bowman FDI, DDI

Pianist

  • Bronia Maynard

Andrea Pridham F.I.S.T.D

I started dancing at the age of three at the Marla school of dancing Wickford Essex.

At the age of twelve, we moved to the Colchester area, where upon I continued my Ballet training with The Linda Lesley School of Ballet in Kelvedon, and Modern and Tap classes with The Ivy Baker School of Dancing Clacton on Sea. At this point, I was also able to study European Folk Dance. Eventually, I became a day release student with Miss Baker.

Although I always wanted to teach dance, I thought it would be prudent to develop another skill therefore I also took a diploma in Hotel Management. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and gained distinction. Much to my college tutors’ dismay, I then ceased any further development in this area and went into full time dance training at Laine Theatre Arts Dance College.

On graduating with my teaching qualifications, I took over The Linda Lesley school of Ballet. I developed the classes for Modern, Tap, Jazz and European Folk Dance and this was the beginning of Kelvedon Dance Studio, as it is known today.

Whilst running the School, I have studied to gain my higher teaching qualifications and also became a member of the London Ballet & Modern group, thus constantly updating my skills and knowledge.

Keeley Waterson A.I.S.T.D. Dip

I started dancing at Kelvedon Dance Studio when I was nine years old, enjoying learning all genres of dance. When I left school I wanted to teach dance so I did my teachers’ training with KDS whilst attending full time college, training to be a nursery practitioner.

Once I completed college I got a full time job in a nursery, but continued to dance and completed my teachers' training, gaining Associate diploma level for Modern and Tap and Associate Ballet.

Hannah Lustig FDI, DDI, DDE

I started dancing at the age of 4 at Essex Dance Theatre in Chelmsford, and later found Kelvedon Dance Studio, during my teenage years. I loved the friendly atmosphere of the school and began student teaching for the principle (Miss Andrea) and Miss Keeley on Saturdays. From then on, knowing I would like to teach, I auditioned and gained a place at The Dance College, Hertfordshire under the direction of Penny Meekings, an examiner for the ISTD.

During my three years of training I obtained a Diploma in Dance instruction (DDI) and Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) in Imperial Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap Dance.

I have enjoyed teaching at KDS and look forward to many more exciting and challenging years with the school.

Ruth Bowman FDI Tap, DDI Modern, BSc physiotherapy, MCSP

I started dancing at Kelvedon Dance Studio when I was just three years old. I’ve grown up there and over the years I have been taught by Miss Linda, Miss Andrea and Miss Keeley. I’ve trained in tap, Ballet, Modern and Jazz and completed my vocational Tap and Modern examinations.

I briefly left Kelvedon in 2004 to attend The University of the West of England, in Bristol, to study towards my physiotherapy degree. While I was away, I was determined to keep dancing, so I enrolled at The 344 Dance School in Bristol. Here, I took my last major Tap and Modern examinations and completed my teaching qualifications, along side the full time students of the Dance Academy south West.

Although I was over the other side of the country, I never broke my ties with Kelvedon Dance Studio. I always popped in for a class or two on my visits home and I returned for good after graduating in 2007. I am now a full time senior physiotherapist and I have qualified in Pilates instruction, but at the weekends I still continue my first love, DANCING! I teach the Tap classes on Saturday and often take Modern and Jazz classes too.

In addition to my training, I feel that my physiotherapy knowledge and skills complement my teaching role. I am very conscious of individual differences in posture, flexibility and strength, therefore I encourage the students to push for their potential, but ensure they understand the limitations of their own bodies in order to avoid injury.

The limber Classes that the school offers are also a great resource. The resistance, stretching through movement and modified Pilates exercises are excellent for promoting the students’ core stability, balance, control and flexibility: all essential requirements for a dancer!

I feel very privileged to be part of KDS. As a teacher I strive to encourage technique, performance and creativity and it’s great to see the students grow in ability and confidence over the years. I am honoured to teach at Kelvedon dance studio, it is very special to me; it’s like my second home.