Meet the Team

The Team That Make The Magic Happen

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Stacey Knight

Academy Principal

Hi, my name is Stacey Knight and I am the Dance School Principle of The Knights Academy of Dance. I graduated from The Centre of Performing Arts in 2009 with all of my dance teaching qualifications. Knights Academy was born in 2012 with just 15 children and 2 classes a week, just over 7 years later and its incredible how we have grown! We are now a dance school with over 100 students, teaching 30 different classes per week with successful competition teams. I am so proud and thrilled to be able to offer professional training to our children with the opportunity to dance in such amazing facilities which include mirrors, ballet barres, harlequin floors and our very own theatre!

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Natalie Hammond

Vice Principal

Natalie started dancing at the age of three at Tori Moss Academy of Dance. After training at The Centre of Performing Arts College she worked for P&O Australia where she performed on the cruise liners, Pacific Down and the Pacific Jewel as a dancer and dance captain. Natalie has also performed in various showcases, charity galas, pantomimes and music videos. Natalie has been working for Knights Academy since 2015 and has choreographed many of our winning competition team dances. She is a huge asset to our team and much loved teacher.

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Joanna Chandler

Business Manager

Joanna has been dancing for 40 years, she trained at Lewisham college where she obtained a diploma in dance and then with Karen King before becoming a qualified teacher with the Imperial Society of Teachers of dance (ISTD) at Licenciate.
Joanna has choreographed in and around the South East of England for various teaching posts and projects producing various dance shows that have been held at venues in London. Joanna began her teaching career in Bexley, Kent working for several dance establishments before taking over at
Dance-A-Round her own school which she still runs to date back in 1990 in Highbury, North London.

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Rebecca Peters

Head of Ballet

Born in Preston, Lancashire, Rebecca began dancing at the early age of three at The Carol May academy of dance, following the RAD ballet syllabus and the ISTD tap and modern syllabus. Rebecca gained distinction at all levels of RAD and achieved the ARAD (associate of The Royal Academy of dance) in 2006. Rebecca danced as an associate of The Royal Ballet School, and then went on to gain a place at White Lodge, The Royal Ballet lower School. Whilst at The Royal Ballet School, Rebecca danced with The Royal Ballet company in The Nutcracker for three seasons. She also danced at the opening ceremony of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in front of her majesty the Queen. Another highlight of her time at White Lodge was dancing in the opening of Mick Jagger's performing arts school, and being in a BBC documentary with Jennifer Saunders. Rebecca continued her training at Elmhurst School in association with The Birmingham Royal Ballet. Here she gained her Trinity Diploma in professional dance., and worked with world renowned choreographers such as Michael Corder and Irek Mukhamedov. Whilst at Elmhurst Rebecca began dancing and went on tour with The Birmingham Royal ballet and danced numerous roles whilst doing so. Rebecca then danced with The Birmingham Royal Ballet as an apprentice in productions such as The nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Firebird and The Sleeping Beauty. Rebecca successfully auditioned for The Estonian Vanemuine Ballet company. Rebecca danced as a professional ballet dancer here for three years; dancing many roles in numerous classical and neoclassical ballets. Rebecca danced with Cork City Ballet and London Ballet Ensemble. Rebecca went onto complete the Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma with the Royal Academy of Dance, gaining a Distinction and her RAD registered teacher status. Rebecca is currently a member of the ballet faculty at the Royal Academy of Dance’s Dance School, at the headquarters in Battersea. Here she teaches students as young as three years old up to Advanced 2 vocational graded classes. Rebecca also teaches for The Royal Academy of Dance on their national and international workshops and summer programmes. Most recently Rebecca has helped to establish the junior’s syllabus for English National Ballet School and is their current juniors tutor. Whilst teaching for the English National Ballet school Rebecca has produced and directed their junior’s productions each year and choreographed a piece for the Building futures gala. Rebecca will be joining the school on their move to London City Island, to set up the Juniors programme for the school. Rebecca also teaches the Students on the Ballet Boost associate programme in London and Devon, and provides private tuition for the older students on the programme to further assist their training. Rebecca teaches The Royal Academy of Dance syllabus classes to the students at Dakoda’s Dance Academy in London at their Knightbridge school, and enjoys training and preparing these students for their examinations.Rebecca loves sharing her passion for dance and passing on her performance and technical knowledge with the children she teaches

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Jonathan Mawson

Head of Commercial/Jazz

In 2001 Jonathan began training at Laine Theatre Arts towards a diploma in Professional Dance. Since then, he has performed internationally, appearing in Music Videos, Commercials, TV shows/ live performances UK Tours and Londonʼs Westend.


Theatre credits include: Starlight Express, Bochum (Purse), Legally Blonde, West End (Swing), An Evening of Dirty Dancing, Uk Tour (Rob, Dance Captain), High School Rocks! UK Tour (Ensemble, Dance Captain).


Other credits include: Dancer for Kylie Minogue, Anastacia, Enrique Inglesias, Will Young and Gareth Gates Royal Variety Show (2002), Olivier Performance (Legally Blonde), The film ‘Confettiʼ (Ball Boy), Carnival Cruises as lead vocalist/ dancer.


Choreography Credits Include: 

  • Associate choreographer for MBP Productions (Carnival Cruise Lines).

  • Choreographer “Britannia Beat” (Carnival cruise lines ‘Britanniaʼ). 

  • Resident choreographer “An Evening of Dirty Dancing” (Stage Acts Productions).

  • Associate choreographer 'The Roller Boys' (Micheal Quinn Productions).

  • Choreographer "A Velvet Affair" (Jammy Shows & Productions).

  • Associate choreographer ‘Uptown Funk' (Micheal Quinn Productions).

  • Choreographer “The Jersey Quartet” (Michael Quinn Productions).

  • Choreographer “The Greatest Showmen” (Michael Quinn Productions).

  • Choreographer "Jack & The Beanstalk" (The Capitol Theatre Horsham).

  • Choreographer "Sleeping Beauty" (Capitol Theatre, Horsham). 

  • Choreographer “Galileo” (Michael Quinn Productions).

  • Choreographer “Peter Pan" (Capitol Theatre, Horsham). 


Creative Director - Jammy Shows & Productions. Since the launch of their company in 2013. Involved as part of the creation and installation of multiple shows for the Jammy production team, to be performed on board Tallink and Silja cruise lines. Latest shows are to be released March 2020.


Director - Tina Das Musical (Reset Productions). Grease (Capitol Theatre Horsham), Our House (Capitol Theatre Horsham), 


Co-Producer, Director “Tina Das Musical” (Reset Productions).


Producer - “Pop Factor, The Concert” through his company Adrenaline Productions which toured 2014-2017.

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Amy Robinson

Head of Drama

Amy graduated from university with a degree in drama and theatre arts. She moved on to work in theatres in London and got to see the running of professional shows on a daily basis. More recently she has been working with young people of all ages and abilities in drama. She thoroughly enjoys teaching different drama techniques to encourage creativity and understanding when performing. “Seeing young people engage and grow in confidence when doing drama is so rewarding and it lets my passion grow even more”.

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Gracie Marie Stiling

Dance Teacher

Gracie is so excited to start with us in 2021. Gracie began her training at Toni Moss Academy in Strood when she was just 6 years old. From there, Gracie furthered her training at Performers College, gaining a national diploma in Musical Theatre, plus earning her ISTD qualifications. After graduating in 2018 Gracie flew to Australia to join Greyboy on P&O Cruises for 9 months as a dancer. Once returning Gracie joined the ensemble cast of ELF the musical, touring arenas in the UK. Since then, she joined the concert shows 'Whitney Queen of the night' and ‘What’s love got to do with it' as a backing singer/dancer for Live nations, which she was doing up until lockdown. Since then Gracie has dived back into her teaching and is looking forward to sharing her experiences and knowledge with the wonderful students at Knights Academy.