Teacher Bio

Colours of Dance is happy to work with Dance teachers of all disciplines. Here you will find the bio's for each teacher working with Colours of Dance.

Imogen Knight

Principal

BA, Dip. RAD, Dip. TD (NBS), ARAD, AISTD, RAD Registered Teacher

Imogen Knight is a classical ballet & modern dance teacher. Trained at Northern Ballet School in Manchester UK, she holds Diplomas in the Teaching of Dance, is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and is an Associate of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance. 'Miss Imogen' continues to learn and to be curious about dance & education, attending courses & classes throughout the year as part of her Continuing Professional Development.

Prior to establishing Colours of Dance in Cambridge in 2010, Imogen set up and taught an extra-curricular Dance Programme at the Taipei European School, offering ballet and modern dance. The Dance Programme continues to grow with a new teacher. Imogen was also involved in various other dance-related activities for the International Community in Taipei, such as teaching the Scottish Country Dance classes for the annual St Andrew's Ball and to the children and staff at the SOS Children's Village located just outside Taipei.

Imogen relocated to Taipei from Singapore, where she owned and ran a dance school. Her students in Singapore successfully passed RAD exams and took part in dance recitals & other performances. The school continues to flourish under its new owners.

Miss Imogen's approach is to teach correct technique and educate students about the art and style of the dance type they are studying in an appropriately disciplined class, whilst ensuring that learning dance is an enjoyable hobby for anybody who likes to dance.  At Colours of Dance, Miss Imogen has established a shool founded on the principles of openness, respect, inclusion and hard work, which reflect her personal ethos.

In 2013, Imogen was thrilled to be asked to establish the role of Dance Coordinator for St Mary's School in Cambridge, working alongside staff to raise the profile of dance in the school as part of the successful education of the whole child.  With the growth of Colours of Dance, Miss Imogen stepped back from this role in 2017, after assisting in the recruitment of her successor.

In the wider dance community, Imogen was a member of the RAD Regional Panel for the East of England and Midlands region, serving a maximum 6 year term and in 2016, she became a Trustee of the Royal Acedemy of Dance.

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Lili Kurcsis

Associate Teacher & Studio Administrator
Teaches: Pre-School, Contemporary & Modern, Ballet

I graduated at the H.D.A. in Budapest as a Classical Ballet Dancer. Dance and music captured me at a very young age. I started dancing and Rhythmic Gymnastics at 3 years of age but fell in love with dance. My early studies were at the Ballet and Art school of Gyor in Hungary. Here I played the lead of the Nutcracker when I was 10 years old. I continued my studies in Budapest at the world famous Ballet Academy, where I studied ballet, contemporary, modern ballroom, folk, latin and tap for 9 years. Out of 60 dancers only 7 girls graduated from this prestigious academy. The academy toured around Europe in National Theatres.

I came to England about 1year ago to improve my English, and also because I am interested in the English method and would like to further my teaching qualifications here, which I have now begun. 

I joined Colours of Dance in Septeber 2017 and have taken a duel role as administrator assisting Miss Imogen as well as dance teacher.  I am loving getting to know all our young dancers, and also learning all about running a busy dance school.

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Charlotte Middleton

Associate Teacher: Ballet, Modern, Jazz

A Cambridgeshire girl, Charlotte trained at The Dance College where she gained her FDI in Tap Dance with the ISTD. She also is an Associate of the Classical Ballet Faculty with NATD.  Charlotte is also currently performing as an arielist and is passionate about all forms of dance.

At Colours of Dance Charlotte works both with adults and children in Ballet and Tap.  In 2014, she is launching a Jazz class for Colours of Dance in Gt Wilbraham.

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Chrissie Moore

Associate Teacher: Latin & Ballroom

I trained at The Lane School of Dance in Hertfordshire from the age of 9, in Ballroom, Latin, Disco freestyle and Rock & Roll and more recently, Street Dance.

I am an Associate of The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance and have been teaching dance for 25 years. I have my own dance school, 'CAM Dance' and teach regular classes for children and adults in Ballroom and Latin, and Street Dance and Disco freestyle.

Imogen and I were introduced in 2012 by a mutual friend as she was in the middle of renovating the building that became the Colours of Dance Studios.  We sat on upturned buckets in the kitchen and realised we were kindred spirits, and so I have taught at Colours of Dance ever since. I currently teach Ballroom and Latin to children from age 5 upwards on Thursdays, and assist Miss Imogen in the leadership of Streetdance.  

CAM-Dance

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Hannah Pyrah

Associate Teacher: Tap Dance

As a passionate and dedicated dance practitioner I thrive off inspiring and engaging the younger generation through creative dance.  My compassionate and caring nature combined with my enthusiasm for dance means I am a dynamic yet approachable teacher who uses a variety of teaching styles to target different ages and abilities.

I aim to inspire children, transfering my knowledge and skills onto them as well as providing the opportunity for them to work creativly, exploring their imagination whilst learning. By using dance as an active way of learning I aim to develop childrens knowledge and understanding of a variety of subjects, enhancing their education, social and emotional development, physical health and welbeing. 

After studying GCSE and A-Level Dance I went on to study at Edge Hill University where I received a First Class BA Hons degree in Dance and Aerial Performance.  I am an associate member of the NATD and I have studied RAD and NATD Ballet, and ISTD Tap to Intermediate level.  I am currently extending my teaching qualifications with the ISTD.

 

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Christina Habib

Associate Teacher: Ballet

I enrolled in dance classes at a young age and quickly fell in love with Classical ballet, which led to a 16-year career as a professional dancer with Ballet Magnificat in Jackson Mississippi.   I had the privilege of performing in over 15 original classical and contemporary works traveling extensively stateside and abroad.

Trained in the Russian Vaganova Method I had the honour to assist and then teach classes of students from a young age whilst still performing.   As is often the case for many professional dancers, I also taught master classes all over the world in addition to a daily studio setting. I really love challenging dancers in the fundamentals of classical ballet, whilst applying the artistry of expression within that medium!

I have just reloacted to Cambridge and will be continuing my devlopment as a teacher by training in the RAD method and taking over some syllabus classes at Colours of Dance.   I will also be assiting Miss Imogen with the more senior students, helping her to develop them to their full portential and perhaps prepare them for a career in dance.

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Sally Parker

Associate Teacher: Pilates (Body Control)

I am a Body Control Pilates instructor, and began teaching in 2002 in South Devon. I bring to Cambridge and Colours of Dance a wealth of experience following early training and a career in dance. My ongoing career development through the Body Control Pilates Education programme help ensure my classes are always fresh, safe and relevant to all members of the community; from the complete beginner with no previous exercise knowledge, to people who are already active and interested in sport and fitness, through to the older generation.

I am qualified to Matwork Master Teacher (Advanced) level; trained to teach Beginner, through to Intermediate and Advanced matwork classes. I am a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals, Level 3 qualified.

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Federica Gambardella

Associate Teacher: Ballet, Vaganova Method

I started teaching ballet at 21, soon after completing the 8 year-long course for the graduation in the Vaganova Classical and Contemporary Ballet technique, in 1991 at the Accademia di Danza LYCEUM of Mara Fusco, in Naples.

My teaching career starts in 1992, after the attendance of teaching methodology for Vaganova technique, at the Centro Regionale della Danza “Lyceum” di Mara Fusco, in Naples.

I continue to improve my teaching skills year after year, attending classes and workshops with world-renowned ballet masters, like R. Nunez, M. Berkut, T. Weikel, E. Piperno, D. Wayne, along with teachers from London Contemporary School.

In 1997–98 I took part in two seasons of a production of “Sleeping Beauty” with the “Balletto di Napoli” company.

In 2002 I achieved the Master Graduation in Classical Italian Leterature at the University of Naples “Federico II”, with a master thesis about archeologic evidences of dance in ancient Greece.

In 2004-2005 I attended a Master for Educational Dance, at the Mousiké Centre in Bologna (Italy). After the attendance of a number of classes and workshops on History of Dance and of Educational Dance at the “DAMS” in the University of Bologna (held by Eugenia Casini Ropa and Marion Gough), I began teaching Educational Dance both in Dance Schools and in Primary and Secondary schools.

In 2012 I worked with two different Dance School: “Patty Schisa” and “La Ribalta” Scuola di Teatro Cinema e Danza and then in September 2013 I moved to Cambridge and started teaching classes at Colours of Dance.

I have now re-trained as a teacher of Gyrotonics and am steadily building my own business.  However, I can't leave the world of dance completely, so I am really pleased to continue teaching ballet to adults on Wednesday mornings and Monday evenings.

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Jane Mansley

Associate Teacher: Pilates (Body Control)

I am a Body Control and ActiveIQ Level 3 qualified Pilates instructor, trained to the Intermediate Matwork level. I am also a qualified Exercise to Music teacher, and run a range of Pilates and aerobics classes in and around Cambridge. My guiding principle is that improving health and fitness should be open to all, whether or not you consider yourself to be strong, coordinated, or flexible. Exercise should be safe and fun, and give a sense of achievement, so that you can enjoy looking after yourself for life. 

Before moving into fitness instruction, I was a scientist, gaining a PhD in genetics, and going on to work as a conservation biologist for ten years. I apply my scientific thinking to my work, and my practice is based on an objective analysis of the latest research. As a Registered Exercise Professional, I am committed to continued professional development, and keep my skills up-to-date with regular courses and workshops.

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Lucy McMahon

Associate Teacher: Contemporary & Choreography

 

Lucy is studying for a MFA in Choreography at the University of Roehampton, and teaches contemporary dance, yoga and dance fitness all around Cambridge. She is trained in Graham, Limon and Cunningham technique and has a special interest in Brazilian funk and the dance style of 'passinho' after spending several months in Rio de Janeiro completing fieldwork for a PhD at the University of Cambridge. Recent choreographic work includes 'Treatise', 'Kepler's Trial' and '2 sides of the moon' (see http://lucymcmahon.wixsite.com/home/2-sides-of-the-moon for more details). She is currently working on a new piece for February 2018 that explores people's experiences of the justice system through dance and spoken word and is always interested to hear new ideas to expand the visibility and power of dance in Cambridge.

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Karim Niangane

Body Transformation Specialist

I am a qualified body transformation specialist with over 27 years of sports experience. I developed the CoreXperience Programme, which is a unique series of movements designed to help clients develop their balance, flexibility, core strength and a positive mind-set. I trained at The Body Transformation Academy in London and qualified as a Personal Trainer [Level 3]​​ as well as a Pre- and Post-natal Trainer [Level 4]. I am also a qualified in Sports and Exercise Nutrition; Advanced Nutrition for Extreme Weight Loss and Child Nutrition for Obesity and Diabetes.

Check out our website for more information (https://www.corexperience.co.uk/core-office)

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Colours of Dance Studio Hirers

Harriet Blizzard

((BOUNCE))™

10 minutes at ((BOUNCE))™ is the same as a 30 minute run - plus the whole point of jumping on a trampoline is to have fun! There's oodles of scientific research on the benefits, but most notably, NASA calls it "The most effective exercise yet devised by man" due to the extra gravitational force that the trampoline pad adds.

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Performed on mini trampolines, ((BOUNCE))™ makes exercise fun with choreographed dance routines. ((BOUNCE))™ improves weight loss 3 times quicker than floor based workouts due to opposing gravity and added g-force.

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Our 1 hour class features the first 40 mins of choreographed dance-cardio jumping routines to burn calories fast and finishes with 20 minutes of muscle toning concentrating on abs, legs, triceps and glutes. A focus on 'interval training' provides short breaks throughout the class to programme the body to burn calories at rest. It's fun, friendly and fierce with one requirement: you can't jump without a smile!

For more information please visit our website (https://bouncefitbody.com/)

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Emma Cuadrado

Cambridge Barre Workout

BARRE WORKOUT - inspired by ballet, Pilates and dance. 

This challenging but fun workout focusing on the whole body.  The class mixes cardio, resistance and strengthening exercises which can be low impact or high, depending on the individuals ability. This fun but challenging workout is choreographed to motivational music and NO dance experience required. So if you have two left feet... don’t worry! This workout just requires a love to keep fit. 

BARRECONCEPT classes run at Colours of Dance Studios on Wednesdays and include classes for Adults (am/pm), Babies & mums (am) and Teens (pm)
For more info and to register go to: 
www.cambridgebarreworkout.co.uk/

 

I started my dance career many years ago. Originally from Cambridge, I studied at Impington Village College and then went on to pursue vocational dance studies at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, where I graduated with a BA in Performing Arts and along with colleagues danced professionally in various locations.

After graduating from I took time out of the dance industry and later had my daughter. While on maternity leave all I could think about was getting back in shape and my wish to join a class that pushed me as much as dance did, but after this time out, I lacked the confidence to actually join a class. That's when I found BarreConcept and I was hooked! My body has bounced back to when I was a dancer and it excites me. I am now a qualified BarreConcept teacher and enjoy every moment.

Now I run my own business, am REPS qualified and I'm currently training to become a Les Mills instructor – Body Attack May 2016.

 

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Petra Enrico

Physiotherapist

Petra Enrico

MSc MACP MCSP HCPC, Chartered Physiotherapist

Petra is a physiotherapist who has specialised in musculoskeletal rehabilitation for many years and currently works at Bury Physio, a large private physiotherapy practice.  She has previously worked in the NHS for 19 years, the last twelve years of this was at Addenbrookes hospital, where the majority of this time was part time in the spinal triage service. This involved working closely with rheumatologists & neurosurgeons, seeing patients with neck and back pain  and being involved with investigations. 

Currently, Petra commonly sees people with sports injuries, sprains and strains, back or neck pain, and overuse injuries. Treatment usually involves advice, hands on therapy and active exercises, with the aim to improve symptoms and to reduce recurrence. She is also interested in prevention and aiming to optimise the way people move to reduce strain and improve efficiency of body movement.  

Petra also enjoys attending adult ballet classes regularly at Colours of Dance.

 

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Demelza Fox

Burlesque, Bellydance Teacher

Demelza Fox is a professional performer, and an experienced and passionate dancer teacher. 

She performs nationally as a creative Burlesque performer, real-life mermaid, belly dancer and as a part of her dance company The Serpentine Fatale. 

Burlesque Dance is a great way to build body confidence and have fun playing sexy in a safe and welcoming space. It's a great way to have fun, laugh, feel like a diva and get fit - we will be working those muscles and be moving non-stop to get a fun low-impact workout! 

Each course has a different theme - please visit the website for this course's theme and for booking.  

Website and Booking!

http://www.cambridgeburlesque.co.uk/

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Bridget Griffin


We are a group of flamenco dance students and guitarists who organize monthly flamenco workshops for adult students in Cambridgeshire, bringing in a professional teacher from Spain, FELIPE DE ALGECIRAS. The workshops include a beginners class, general technique class, and intermediate level choreography class. The classes are accompanied by live flamenco guitarists.

We welcome new students and would love to see more people experience learning flamenco technique and dance with Felipe. The classes are challenging but also a lot of fun, once you have your first taste of learning flamenco with Felipe you will be addicted!

We also offer informal practice sessions for any student to come along and practice the choreography being taught at the time. We use a local dance studio with a sprung wooden floor and mirrors for both the workshops and practice sessions.

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Luca Lukats

Power Pilates

My name is Luca, I am originally from Budapest, just moved to Cambridge from Berlin with my husband's new job. Pilates has been a great passion of mine, started teaching end of 2016 in Berlin.

I named my course Power Pilates as it is an intensive training incorporating mostly advanced Pilates and some advanced Yoga exercises with Relaxation at the end. 

I believe Power Pilates is a great series of exercises to develop control over your body and mind, to improve your core strength and the flexibility of your spine, to reach and exceed your limits and to get to love and accept yourself, and become more balanced.

I am looking forward to seeing you all for a great training, relaxation and a small massage a the end!

Mondays 6pm, Thursadys 6.30pm

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Victoria Quirke

DDMIX

 Victoria Quirke

Having a passion and enthusiasm of dancing and performing from a young age Victoria continued this on through her studies in Dance / Dance at Liverpool University and onto Laban Contemporary School, London. Performing and teaching with the Jiving Lindy Hoppers Dance Company for a few years took her to New York and perform at the Celebration of Frankie Manning a founder in the dance style was a highlight.

Working as a Dance Development Artist at Epping Forest Arts for many years has given Victoria lots of teaching experience in schools as well as working with the Elderly and the general community. Developing and teaching the youth dance program in the district and hosting dance platforms using a wide variety of dance styles to capture the audience.

More recently having become a DDMIX instructor (Dance, Diverse, Mix), a fun, energetic full body aerobic workout using dance steps created by Darcey Bussell is a new focus to get more people up and dancing. 

Thursday 9.30am-10.30am

To book your place contact: Victoria Quirke 07967 220497 victoriaquirke@gmail.com

Check out our website for more information and exciting news (https://diversedancemix.com/about/about-ddmix)

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