Georgina Wootten (Miss G) - Principal
Miss G (Miss Georgina Wootten) founded her School in September 2009. She has performed in a number of professionally produced stage shows and also performed in the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games as Annie Lennox’s backing dancer. Miss G trained at The dance College Teaching Training Centre under the guidance and direction of ISTD Fellow and Examiner Miss Penny Meekings to receive her CDE qualifications in Imperial Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre, Tap and National Dance. Miss G received Distinctions for all her Advanced 2 Level Examinations. In 2015, she graduated from the 2 year Level 6 Dance Pedagogy course, and in 2017 she achieved her Imperial Classical Ballet Licentiate – making her the most qualified ISTD teacher in the local area in both Royston, Hertfordshire and Tiptree, Essex. Miss G is exceptionally passionate about her School and hopes her love, dedication and enthusiasm will continue to help students to have fantastic experiences and opportunities. Miss G was asked to go to Shanghai and Beijing back in October 2017 for six weeks to work on a production of Sleeping Beauty at a top ballet school, CISCA (Conservatory for International Style and Cultural Arts). This was an incredible opportunity and she was extremely honoured to have received this amazing invitation. She was excited to work alongside these exceptional professionals, learn huge amounts and bring her new-found knowledge home to share with the students of Miss G’s. She then returned to Shanghai in April 2018 where she was the judge of CISCA’s ‘iDance’ Competition for their Pre–Competitive Section with the famous Derek Deane as Judge for the Competitive Section. Miss G spent the 4 weeks out there teaching ISTD Modern Theatre and Tap Dance for Shanghai’s first set of ISTD Examinations as well choreographing for CISCA’s trip to the American Dance Awards where her students choreography won Gold for a Contemporary Solo which Miss G had created for her. Miss G’s passion for teaching young people is the driving force behind her Academy with past and present students continuing to appear in theatre, television and film productions and be successful in their auditions for full time dance colleges.
Emma Shouksmith - Assistant Manager
Emma has been dancing since the age of 4 training in ISTD Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz and was taught by Miss Georgina in Ballet and Tap! It was through Miss Georgina’s encouragement and excellent teaching that Emma found her passion for Tap. Emma studied Drama & Theatre at college, as well as A level Contemporary Dance, and graduated from Chichester University with a Degree in Musical Theatre Triple Threat. Throughout her degree, Emma taught Musical Theatre, Commercial Dance and Singing to children aged 4-15 years of age and found her love for teaching. She is extremely excited to be working alongside the Miss G’s team, using her experience to encourage and develop the school’s talented students.
Lisa Connell - Head of Junior Ballet
Lisa has always had a passion for dance and began her dance training at 3 years old. After studying dance at GCSE and A-Level, Lisa completed a 3-year teacher training course at The Dance College. Lisa enjoys teaching various dance styles to all ages and she wants to pass on her knowledge and fulfilment that dance provides to her students at Miss G’s. She wants them to have fun, encourage skills and reach their highest potential.
Charli Gladwyn - Head of Acrobatics
Charli began dancing when she was 3 years old and has completed exams to a vocational level in ISTD Tap, Modern and Ballet as well as RAD Ballet. She also participated in a number of competitions including the All England Regional and National Finals as well as taking part in productions with The English Youth Ballet. After gaining experience as a teaching assistant for a few years, Charli then went on to take her ISTD teaching qualifications at The dance College. She is currently also undertaking her CBTS teaching qualification in RAD Ballet. Charli now teaches a variety of classes including ISTD syllabus lessons, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Street as well as choreographing numbers for competitions.
Hayley Faulkner - Head of Musical Theatre and Singing
Hayley is an enthusiastic singer songwriter from Royston, with a background in Dance and Musical Theatre and a great passion for the Arts. Hayley trained at a local dance school and went on to study at Bodyworks, Cambridge. At 18, she went on to get her Professional Diploma in Song Writing at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. Singing is Hayley’s passion and she loves to help people find their singing voice too as she feels that music is the food of the soul – what better way to feel the music, than to sing it yourself? Hayley loves to work with all our talented singers at Miss G’s and continue to help our students grow as performers.