I have always been passionate about working with young people and since settling back in Devon 3 years ago have set up my own dance company ‘ Step Up & Dance’ with my main aim to develop dance workshops for children of all ages and abilities within primary and secondary schools. I firmly believe that dance can be enjoyed and beneficial to all improving physical and mental wellbeing as well as developing confidence and belief in young people through the medium of dance.
I am constantly developing new material for my workshops, shows and displays that I believe my students will enjoy and I will continue to get youngsters active and share my love for the performing arts.
I first had the pleasure of working with the Beacon Primary school just over two years ago when I accepted the role of teaching assistant, which initially I thought would work hand in hand with my evening dance classes. This soon developed into a dance teacher role...read more
“Having Katie teach dance in school is brilliant. She delivers lessons that are a fantastic and fun approach to the curriculum. It’s great to see the children, even the shy ones, really joining in and developing their movement and performance skills.”
Amanda Pow, PE co-ordinator, The Beacon CE Primary School.
“I like dancing to the different types of music. It’s fabulaous dancing news moves with my friends.”
Lucy, year 2 pupil
“Katie came to our school to deliver Street Dance sessions to our pupils across KS1 and KS2. All of our children had a great time, finding the sessions fun,very active and purposeful. The sessions culminated in a short performance in front of family and friends. The children relished the opportunity to show off their skills. I believe these sessions offered an opportunity for both boys and girls of all abilities to enjoy working and performing together as a group.”
Jacky Pinder-White, P.E. Co-ordination, Drakes Primary School
More examples of my work
I was first introduced to West Hill Primary school 3 years ago when I was asked to lead a Rainforest dance Workshop day for Key Stage 1 and a Street Dance workshop for key stage 2. After two great days of dance with the children and lots of positive feedback from...read more
Initially I came to St Joseph’s Primary school 2 years ago to run a one off Street dance workshop, but as it proved to be so popular with the children was then asked to teach dance throughout the school on a regular basics. I enjoy creating workshops that inspire...read more
Over the years I have run dance clubs for Otterton Primary school which have proved popular with students of all ages and abilities. The students were delighted to make the paper with their Michal Jackson Thriller routine which they soon learnt and costumed and gave a...read more
I have had the pleasure of running after school Dance clubs for students both of key stage 1 and 2. I am always impressed with the student’s energy, stamina and commitment to dance. Every lesson is designed to work on style and technique whilst having fun to some...read more
I have enjoyed working with students of all ages and abilities to produce different workshop ideas from Street dance to musical Theatre, the children have plenty of energy and enthusiasm. The students always give a good performance from their lively street dance for...read more