Meet The Team
Kerry Brooks-Ball FIDTA
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 Fellowship Modern Jazz, Licentiate Tap & Theatre Craft and Ballet. Kerry is also a qualified gymnastic dance teacher with both the IDTA and the Acrobatic Arts programme.
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.
Having just celebrated the Academy's 10 Year Anniversary to school 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 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.
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.
Classical Ballet Teacher
Previously, Amy began dancing from the age of 3, completing ISTD Advanced examinations in ballet, tap and modern and RAD Advanced Foundation ballet. She has taken part in several professional pantomimes and performed in the English Youth Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty; Amy also competed in festivals from the age of 5 winning numerous trophies & gaining multiple places as a Bursary Finalist. From the age of 16, she began gaining teaching experience, working at her dance school as a teaching assistant in ballet, tap and modern. Amy then furthered her professional training at Masters Performing Arts College in Essex, where she discovered a passion for Classical Ballet and upon leaving, decided to pursue a career in teaching dance.
Amy joined our teaching faculty in September 2017, where she currently teaches our Saturday Ballet Classes.
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. Joe continues to tour the world with Spirit of the dance as a professional dancer.
When Joe is not performing, he is heavily involved in choreographing and teaching at dance colleges and schools across the UK, adding Arabesque Dance and Theatre Academy to his list. And we are thrilled to have 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.
Maddie has recently qualified for her Level 3 Business Administration and Associate Freestyle Qualification.
Maddie helps with our day to day admin work and also runs our reception at the studios.
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 helping to organise Presentation Nights and End of Term celebrations.