Karen North (Principal )
AISTD Modern, Tap, Ballet & National, DIP RAD, Diploma London College of Dance & Drama
Karen studied at the London College of Dance & Drama and obtained her professional teaching qualifications with the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance) in Ballet, Modern, Tap and National Dance. Karen is also a qualified RAD (DIP RAD) teacher and has been teaching all dance genres for over 30 years.
Karen gained extensive professional experience in Italy for a number of years (as well as having to learn to speak Italian) and taught in a vocational school involving both television and theatre work.
She has taught in many dance schools in the Reading, Newbury, Hook, Datchet and Eton area as well as working for both Reading and Wokingham Councils teaching every dance genre from ballet to ballroom before starting Karen North School of Dance.
Karen is constantly updating her qualifications and styles to give a variation in this ever changing market, providing proven technical tuition whilst maintaining her ethos of individual nurturing and encouragement.
Tara Lily Dungate
Tara started dancing at the age of 3, training in different types of dance including ballroom, Latin and Disco.
At the age of 12 she gained a place at The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts and after 5 years at the Junior School, Tara progressed on to the 3 yr diploma course. Graduating in 2011 with a Level 6 Trinity Diploma, she pursued a career in the industry.
TV Credits as a commercial dancer include, X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. Tara has been very privileged to work with choreographers including Brian Burke, Lizzie Gough and Christina Andrea.
Tara has also choreographed for numerous events including the Unilever Conference at Twickenham Stadium. A passionate teacher, she now teaches at various schools and colleges in addition to the Karen North School of Dance, including Read College In Reading, and Italia Conti Associates.
Natalie studied at Read Dance and Theatre College – Foundation Course for One year. After this she gained at place at the highly recognised ‘Urdang Academy’ London on their 3-year course, studying Musical Theatre.
Professional credits include dancing in many live shows on Cruise ships and resorts around the world. She was lucky enough to spend 4 months in India learning Bollywood in the heart of Mumbai. Here she was flown to various places to perform in many music videos and famous TV productions such as Dance India Dance and India’s got Talent.
Whilst training and after graduating Natalie has continued to teach in various schools and companies around Berkshire. She is very keen to pass on all the knowledge she gains in the Industry to young budding performers. Dance styles include – Jazz, Lyrical, Street Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Irish, Bollywood, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, and Singing and Acting to young children.
Samantha is from Yateley and trained at The Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts and graduated with Honours.
She has been a teacher and choreographer for many years at various schools including Italia Conti, She also has choreographed for large corporate events such as a worldwide product launch for "Yale".
THEATRE CREDITS INCLUDE, STARLIGHT EXPRESS- Bochum, UK Tour and International Tour, THRILLER LIVE UK Tour -(assistant dance captain) IRVING BERLINS WHITE CHRISTMAS THE MUSICAL-U.K Tour, THE RAT PACK LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS-European Tour, THE MAGIC OF THE MUSICALS WITH MARTY WEBB AND WAYNE SLEEP -West end and U.K Tour,SPIRIT OF THE DANCE -U.S Tour, MACBETH-U.K Tour, ROMEO AND JULIET (RSC)-The Barbican Theatre London, THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS- The London cruise terminal,
THE ROYAL VARIETY SHOW- The London Palladium, P&O AURORA , P&O AURORA WORLD CRUISE, P&O ARCADIA (Vocal captain), SILJA LINE CRUISE and VARIOUS PANTOMIMES.
T.V and film: ADVERTS for BOOTS, and TROPICANA , Viral adverts for Sony music’s “THRILLER ON THE TUBE” and SANEX CAMPAIGN, GUITAR HERO LIVE! (VIDEO GAME), THE BAFTAS, THE MOBO AWARDS, BLUE PETER, learning video for EMI RECORDS and Voice over work for Oxford university press.