After teaching for over 10 years for several Dance Schools, Theatre Schools, Colleges and Companies and following the arrival of my second child, I finally decided to set up my own business. With experience teaching 3 year olds to adults in a mixture of genres, from Pre-School Ballet to BTEC Students to Hen Parties and Wedding Couples, this was an exciting prospect.
Due to being around a lot of pre-schoolers with my daughter and friends, and loving watching them grow and develop, I started classes in September 2011 under the name of Tippy Toes, focussing on pre-school Ballet classes. These Tippy Toes classes soon grew covering Ashford, Canterbury, Faversham, Herne Bay and Whitstable. Due to the fact they were all pre-school classes, as the children grew and went to school we soon had a natural demand for older classes after school and on Saturday mornings. This is where Reactive Dance started in January 2012, soon becoming Miss Sophie's Dance Academy, with all after-school and weekend classes based at the newly opened West Faversham Community Centre. Classes started off in Ballet and Tap with Street following quickly after, and now growing with Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. We soon started to offer a more upbeat class for pre-schoolers too with Mini Groovers and Mini Tappers.
We have now grown from just myself to five other experienced teachers .
We also currently visit Dee Dee's Day Nursery in Boughton weekly, offering the children extra activities outside of their daily routine.
We now have a pupil list of over 300 students with new classes starting frequently, with
Tipp-Toes popping up in new locations and the Faversham classes introducing Teen and Adult Classes.
We are always on the look out for experienced Teachers to bring something fresh to
Miss Sophie’s Dance Academy.
Miss Sophie, Principal
Sophie started dancing at the age of 3 years old for a short time as a ballet tot. Then at a later age of 9 years old, discovered a passion for dance that is now her career. Sophie trained full time at ‘The Centre Performing Arts College’ in London on a Teaching and Performance course graduating after 3 years with a Diploma in Theatre Performance and Associates in ISTD Tap & Modern. Since teaching she has also become a member of the I.D.T.A in Ballet, Tap & Modern. After teaching for over 10 years for various local Dance, Theatre, Primary and Secondary schools, Sophie had the opportunity to start Tippy Toes the pre-school Ballet Classes. One year on Sophie saw a great opportunity to start the sister part of the school Reactive Dance based in Faversham focusing on older children’s classes in Ballet, Tap, Modern & Street. Sophie has experience in Performing in a number of professional events including Millennium Dome, Best Parties Ever, JCB Launch, London Broncos Cheerleader, ITV - The Mint, Café de Paris, Vagina Monologues.
MUSICAL THEATRE, HIP HOP, BALLET, TAP, TIPP TOES & ADMIN (currently on maternity leave)
Naomi graduated from Guildford School of Acting's Musical Theatre degree course in August 2013. Before and during training Naomi had the opportunity to perform in many different styles of show, including playing lead roles in productions for Phoenix Performing Arts (Canterbury). These included Ariel in 'Footloose', Maria in 'West Side Story' and Carmen in 'Fame'. Since graduating, Naomi has danced in 'The Get Happy Show' in Margate and played Christine in a night of 'Phantom of the Opera' in Guildford, as well as organising and performing in a number of charity concerts. Naomi qualified as a dance teacher under the IDTA in March 2010 but has been teaching regularly since the age of 16 for many different dance and stage schools. After graduating from GSA, Naomi decided to focus on teaching and performing locally, whilst also now looking after her son who was born in 2018. Naomi has been teaching for MSDA since 2014, starting the hip hop, musical theatre and singing & drama classes as well as teaching most of the Tippy Toes classes at various times.
ACRO, STREET, PBT, ADULT BALLET & ADULT TAP
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 DDE ballet, tap and modern. Emily has also qualified in Acrobatic Arts Module 1 , Ariel silks, hoop, trapese and rope and pre-school Acro as well as Progressive Ballet Technique. Emily has taught many styles of dance ranging from Irish, contemporary, lyrical and musical theatre to all ages of children.
Emily loves interacting with children, and dancing and party games are what she loves doing, so she becomes one of them, enjoying the fun as much as the children do. Emily is known as “Emily Cheese” by the children she has met, because she is always happy and smiling.
She loves being on stage performing and entertaining. She has worked at Haven Holiday Park as a Fun Star dancer, been on tour with Ben - Michael Jackson Tribute around the UK and abroad and been in the film Cuban Fury.
ACRO, STREET, BALLET & TAP
Jodie-Anne has been dancing since the age of 2 and completed her dance training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance at the age of 17. She then moved away from Leeds to start dancing professionally where she experienced a wide variety of shows. Jodie then decided to settle in Kent and start her own Performing Arts Academy that has been established for 16 years now. She has also enjoyed teaching in different Schools and Performing Arts Academies across Kent and is thrilled to be joining Miss Sophie’s Dance Academy!
TIPP TOES & MUSICAL THEATRE
Sophie's interest in performing began when she was 14 and she enjoyed taking part in many local shows and musicals. Since then, she has gone on to train professionally at Guildford School of Acting, where she completed her MA in Musical Theatre. Whilst training, she appeared in musicals and plays such as The Card, If/Then, Colette Collage, The Importance of Being Earnest and August: Osage County. Alongside performing, Sophie has been teaching since 2013 at performing arts and music schools across Kent and London, such as TheatreTrain, Stage Antics, Phoenix Performing Arts and E Street Music and has experience in teaching dance, drama, singing, flute and piano in both group classes and private lessons. Sophie also gained Qualified Teacher Status from Canterbury Christ Church University in 2019 and is currently completing her ISTD DDE teaching qualification in Modern and Ballet