Meet The Team
Kerry Brooks-Ball L.I.D.T.A.
Kerry is the principal teacher and looks after the day to day running of the Academy. Since starting to dance at the age of 2, Kerry has progressed through many professional and teaching examinations with the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) including Licentiate Tap & Theatre Craft, Licentiate Modern Jazz and both the Gymnastic Dance Diplomas.
Throughout the years, Kerry has also been involved in many high profile and local community projects from both a performing and a teaching side. After being a freelance teacher for many years, in September 2008 Kerry decided to fulfil her dreams and opened the doors to Arabesque Dance and Theatre Academy.
By January 2009, the academy had become so popular it moved into its own premises in Long Eaton's town centre.
Approaching its 10-year anniversary, the Academy continues to grow from strength to strength gaining many fantastic achievements along the way. With over 150 pupils attending classes each week, the Academy is the perfect place for both children and adults to enjoy all forms of dance.
Katie Hardy A.I.D.T.A.
Katie is a valid member of the Arabesque team teaching Street, Freestyle, Adult classes, Break dance and festival/competition lessons at the Academy. Katie and Kerry trained together from an early age, travelling and performing in many venues across the UK.
They remain very close friends and work together as an excellent team. Katie has recently graduated from Derby University where she completed her Sports & Exercise and Science & Studies degree. Katie is an associate freestyle and Tap member of the IDTA and is currently working towards more professional teaching qualifications whilst freelance teaching at many other schools across the East Midlands and even runs her own after school street dance clubs.
Hollie Dawson A.I.D.T.A.
Ballet Assistant & Teacher
Hollie has been dancing since the young age of 6 and has completed all of the RAD ballet grades as well as sitting examinations in modern jazz, tap, freestyle and competed in many festivals across the Midlands.
She knew she wanted a career in dance and so went on to train full time at Bodywork Company Dance Studios (Cambridge Performing Arts) before starting to work towards her teaching exams.
After finishing her Associate in Ballet, Hollie went to teach in New Zealand for just over 2 years before returning to the UK to continue with her dancing. She's hoping to complete her advanced IDTA and RAD exams as well as continuing to work towards her professional teaching qualifications. Hollie is a highly-valued member of the teaching faculty who continues to work many hours at the Academy predominately teaching our pupils their Classical Ballet classes.
Theatre Arts Graduate
Sian has been dancing and singing from a very young age, competing in festivals and singing competitions from the ages of 4-16. At 17 Sian attended Performer's college for a foundation course which resulted in her gaining a place at the prestigious Laine Theatre Arts. Whilst Training, Sian gained a distinction in her DDI ISTD modern teaching exam.
This lead to her being offered a job teaching at The Laine children's school. Upon graduating, Sian did a year’s contract as a lead singer at Warner Leisure Hotels in Holme Lacy. She then worked as a commercial dancer for Indigo Performance before Joining the countries no 1 ABBA tribute band and touring around the UK and Europe. Currently, Sian holds the position of Vice Principal at the Pauline Quirke Academy and is currently teaching Musical Theatre, Adult Classes and is part of our Festival Teaching Faculty. She performs alongside her covers band 'The Mixers' and choreographs for many local theatre groups around Nottingham and is working toward more professional teaching qualifications with the IDTA.
Joseph Miller (Professional Choreographer & Dancer)
Joe, originally from Derbyshire in the UK, has been touring the globe with Spirit Productions since 1999. His credits include Principal Irish dancer 'Danny Boy' in 'Spirit Of The Dance' (World Tour) as well as working with celebrities such as Dolly Parton and The Osmonds.
He was also part of the original cast for ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll' (USA), 'Hooray For Hollywood' (USA) and 'Spirit Of Christmas' (UK, USA & Asian Tour). He has appeared on many different TV shows and has also been Dance Captain and Company Manager on various productions.
When Joe is not performing, he is heavily involved in choreographing and teaching at dance colleges and schools across the UK, recently adding Arabesque Dance and Theatre Academy to his list. Joe is currently headlining in Monte Carlo in Spirit of the Dance and is thrilled to be returning to China in September and joining the cast of 'Red, Hot Broadway’! And we are thrilled to have recently welcomed him onto our teaching team.
The Academy is extremely lucky to have a large group of very talented, senior dancers who also like to assist and help out with many academy classes.
Donna and Kerry have been friends for many years and her daughter has trained at Arabesque Dance and Theatre Academy since it first opened. Donna helps at the Academy by taking monthly fees, dancewear or uniform orders and helping to organise Presentation Nights and End of Term celebrations.