Meet the Team
The Team that make the magic happen.
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!
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.
Head of Acro
I have been doing gymnastics for 13 years 10 of which I was a nationally competitive gymnast which eventually lead me onto my biggest achievements, compulsory national champion and selection for GB squad in 2015. Once I finished competing in gymnastics I turned my focus onto the coaching side, which I have now been doing for the past 4-5 years working in a variety of places, with pupils of all ages and abilities, whether it be in a class scenario, small groups or individual coaching.
I am extremely passionate about gymnastics and all things tricks, and have a great interest in using structured training to help pupils progress which has stemmed from my studies in Sport & Exercise science. As a coach I aim to promote a fun and safe working environment ensuring that all pupils reach their maximum potential whilst enjoying their journey to that.
I have level 2 qualifications in gymnastics, Personal Training and level 3 qualifications in sport and exercise science all of which has given me knowledge needed to become and continue to become a better coach.
Charlie discovered her love for dance aged 4 at Starquest Performing Arts in Medway, performing in annual pantomimes and competing in many dance festivals across the region. She then trained at the Miskin Theatre obtaining a Distinction in Advanced Dance and a PDC in small scale touring. After graduation she worked as an entertainer and cabaret performer for TUI from 2004 - 2009 then returned to the UK to transition into dance teaching for the ISTD. Charlie has worked successfully as a dance teacher for many prestigious local schools and is very excited to become part of The Knights Academy of Dance. When she is not dancing, she is a mum of 2 and currently studying a BA (Hons) in Professional practice, arts and the creative industries in dance pedagogy.
After graduating with a degree in music from Exeter University Nicola went on to complete a Masters at the London College of Music and a PGCE in secondary education. She has taught music and singing to children from 3-19 and is proud to have 100% success rate with examination entries. Nicola loves all styles of musical theatre and enjoys introducing the children at Knight’s Academy to a variety of different styles of songs.
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”.
Danielle trained at the Russian School of Classical Coaching & The Australian Dance Institute in Australia. After graduation she moved to New York to study under Gelsey Kirkland gaining teaching qualifications in ATOD, Russian Vaganova Method, Acrobatic Arts and Certificate 4 in Dance Performance. In 2014 Danielle moved to London performing with London Ballet Company, Contemporary production "Duo Decor" and Cruise ships around Europe. Danielle has over 5 years teaching students dance around Australia and the United Kingdom and is looking forward to sharing her knowledge to The Knight's Academy of Dance.
April has been dancing since the age of two with a dance school in Crayford, and still performs annually in the Orchard theatre with them. After school she attending a three year course at Reynolds performing arts to extend her skills and look to work in the performing industry. She has gone on to do several performing rolls in dance, acting and singing and then decided to become a teacher as well after the birth of her little boy. She loves children and has a passion for performing, choreographing and inspiring children into the world of dance!
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.
Suzy has a BA Hons Business with Marketing degree and over 10 years experience in marketing. She has worked with companies such as Arcadia Group, Debenhams and The University of Greenwich. Managing our website, social media channels and all external marketing she has become a valuable member of our team. Having danced from the age of three she has a huge passion for dancing and a personal understanding of what we do here at Knights Academy. Her professional experience matched with her passion for dance has helped to showcase the Knights Academy brand.