Sammi has just completed a three year course at London Studio Centre. Sammi danced with us from about the age of 6. During her time with us she completed all of her RAD Grade Exams, and achieved the ISTD Advanced 1 exams in Imperial Ballet, Modern & Advanced 2 Tap. She was also a Senior Associate of the Royal Ballet.
Sammi runs summer workshops with the South Coast Performers where children have the opportunity to work with professional dancers performing across the globe and on London's West End.
Sammi is currently touring with the Vienna Festival Ballet Company.
Natalie joined us as a baby, and she too completed all of the RAD Grade Exams, and the ISTD Advanced 1 exams in Imperial Ballet, Modern and Advanced 2 Tap. She too was a Senior Associate of the Royal Ballet School and was awarded a full scholarship to study for three years at Laines Theatre Arts college.
Natalie has been dancing as dance captain at Holme Lacy House Hotel with Warner Leisure and also been dancing on various cruise ships - dancing, singing and pas de deux with principal dancer Sergei from the Ukraine on the Louis Olympia Greek cruise liner, touring round Turkey and the Greek Islands.
Natalie has just started another 9 month cruise contract with Mirage Shows & Productions and will be sailing the seas around the world.
Nicole attended the Southsea School for many years, starting at around the age of 8 years until 18years. During that time she completed all her RAD grades, Adv 2 Modern and Tap and Inter Ballet. She went on to study at the Performing Arts Centre under Karen King. She has enjoyed a successful dance career since then including:
Dance Captain Costa Cruises Costa Magica April 08-April 09
Production Dancer Costa Cruises Costa Europa Sep 07-Mar 08
Performing Artist Centre Stage The Cochrane Theatre July 2007
Performing Artist Acting Showcase Bridewell Theatre Jan 2007
Performing Artist Dick Whittington Panto The Centre Dec 2006
Performing Artist Centre Stage The Cochrane Theatre June 2006
Promotions Model Corporate Glorious Goodwood July 2006
Background Artist Corporate Green Piece` 2006 Performing Artist Centre Stage Peacock Theatre June 2005
I’m currently looking forward to my next adventure on board the Celebrity Summit where I will be cruising out of New York and I am excited to be working for the fantastic Qdos entertainment from March 2014.
My other credits include Aditya Birla Awards in Mumbi, film extra in a Bollywood Movie, extra in Music video with Lemonade Money, Illusionist Lipan JR Magic show.
Nicole is currently teaching at various schools and enjoys
having the opportunity to inspire children to dance and to have fun as they
grow and develop.
Lucy Hart: (Formerly Lucy Penketh)
Lucy was a pupil at Southsea School of Dancing studying for her senior ballet, tap and modern achieving her intermediate ballet and advanced 2 tap. She went on to study at Stella Mann College, and got a level 6 National diploma in Professional Dance, along with her DDI teaching qualification in ballet and Tap. She performed in West End Live in Leicester Square and move it at Kensington Olympia, graduating in July 2012,
Lucy has danced in shows for 4&5* Louis Hotels in Cyprus following her graduation.
Lucy has just accepted a contract as a dancer for Costa Cruises. Cruising around the far east, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, China & Japan to name a few! beginning April 2014.
Naomi, better known as Taddy, attended Southsea School of Dance for many years from a young age. She completed her RAD Ballet, Advanced 1 ISTD Ballet, Advanced 1 Modern syllabus and completed Advanced 2 Tap. She studied at South Downs College completing a BTEC National Diploma in Dance before attending London Contemporary Dance School, BA Hons degree program from 2008 – 2011, graduating with a Fir...st class Hons Degree. She joined the National Dance Company Wales as an apprentice dancer from 2011- 2012 completing her Post-graduate qualification, working with choreographers such as; Christopher Bruce, Ohad Naharin and Itzik Galili. Where she performed and toured these works around the UK and in India. She joined the company as a Guest Artist performing in Belarus, Vitebsk and Bolshoi Opera & Ballet Theatre in Minsk followed by a UK Autumn and spring tour. In 2013 she achieved an MA in Dance with a distinction. She performed with Wales National Opera (WNO) as the Female Principle dance soloist in Janáček’s opera ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’. The same year she performed Merce Cunningham Repertoire ‘The Bride and the Bachelors’ at The Barbican Art Gallery in London, Re-staged by Jeannie Steele. At the end of 2013 she performed as part of the Rugby League World Cup 2013 at Wembley Stadium and Cardiff Millennium Stadium with choreography by James Wilton. She has recently joined James Wilton Dance as a full time company member touring his most recent work ‘Last Man Standing’.
Hannah Ducharme (formerly Findlay):
Hannah started her dance training at the Southsea school of dancing when she was around six years old. She continued there until she left school at age 16 to start her training at Doreen birds college of performing arts. After graduating from 'birds' she started her professional career with spirit of the dance. She performed with them for 8 years including performing the lead female Irish roll.whilst there she also starred in their other show 'Broadway, a star spangled celebration' singing and dancing.other credits with company include 'the rat pack' and 'ABBA! The celebration'. In 2006, she accepted a position with royal Caribbean as a featured singer, singing all kinds of genres ranging from rock/pop to classical on some of the largest ships in the world, still performing with them to date.
Jessica Hughes (formerly Nevett):
Jessica became a pupil of Southsea School of Dance at a
young age studying ballet, tap, modern & national, completing her advanced
levels in all disciplines before leaving at 18 to train at Italia Conti in
London. During this time she took part in many junior dance groups, in
particular the Urdang Junior Ballet Company, performing in venues such as
Sadlers Wells, London.
Upon finishing college Jessica enjoyed a varied and
successful dance career working professionally for many years with Spirit of the
Dance, touring the world including American and European tours as well as a
residency contract based in Reno, Nevada. She also danced aboard various
cruise liners, covering Mediterranean, Norwegian and Caribbean routes.
Jessica currently works as Brand Engagement and
Communications Manager for The Southern Co-operative head office, is happily
married and the very proud mummy of Amalie-Cariad.