Jenny L.I.S.T.D dip, is the Principal of the school. Having trained with Ivy Baker who was a respected Major Examiner with the I.S.T.D and an original director of Laine Theatre Arts, Miss Jenny studied and gained Advanced Examinations in Ballet, Modern and Tap.
In the early 80’s Jenny went to teach for Mavis Cooke at the Elmstead School of Dancing, alongside teaching she continued to train with Miss Baker for more than 10 years, gaining numerous teaching qualifications. Although Jenny gained a place to study dance full-time at Laine Theatre Arts she couldn’t turn down the teaching opportunity opened for her as she knew this was the career path she wanted to take. Miss Jenny also worked for Essex County Council for 10 years during the 1980's, teaching dance and fitness within Adult Education, and also within the Youth Service.
Although Jenny has also choreographed for Cruise Liners, School musicals and various Operatic groups, her real passion has been building Colne Bank School of Dancing into the success it is today, which has been made easier by the support she has had from her friends family and teaching faculty.
Emily started attending dance lessons at the age of 3 at a disco and freestyle dance school, where she developed in a range of styles and began competing at local competitions, which eventually led to Emily winning the ISTD Guildford National Grand Finals for her age category two years in a row. However, it wasn’t until Emily joined the Colne Bank family that she started to explore her technique potential and discovered her love for ballet, tap and modern. Emily studied dance throughout her time in secondary school and worked her way through the ISTD grading system with the help of Miss Jenny and Miss Gemma, before moving to London at 18 when she gained a place at the highly regarded dance school London Studio Centre. Emily looks back at her time as a student at Colne Bank with nothing but fond memories and is excited to pass this on to future pupils as a part of the teaching staff.
Having trained at Colne Bank School of Dance from the ages of 10-19, Megan became a professional in the entertainments industry when gaining a job at Butlins as a Redcoat. Through being at Butlins she gained a whole variety of new skills that opened up many more opportunities for her such as; hosting children's shows, character animation, circus skills and many more. She was also cast in many on site shows like Warner Bros Scooby Doo Live (Daphne) and HIT Little Big Adventure (female host). The next few years she worked for companies including; Legoland Malaysia, Chaplins Pantomime, Chessington World of Adventures and Haven holidays as an entertainments host, actor and dancer. For the last 3 years Megan has been working in Dubai for Global Village as a dancer and on Viking Line Cruises as a magician and puppeteer. She is currently about to start her 3rd season at Global Village in Dubai as 'BEAU' in Globo Gang and animation swing.
Vice-principal Gemma A.I.S.T.D started dancing at the Colne Bank School of Dancing at the age of three. By the time she had reached 16 she had reached an Advanced level in Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz.
Following this she gained a place at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary. After two years of training Gemma was forced to leave due to injury. It was at this time that Jenny invited her to teach at Colne Bank and to study for her teaching examinations.
Gemma has been teaching at Colne Bank now for 25 years. Gemma would like to acknowledge the support and encouragement that Miss Jenny has given her throughout her dance career.
Samuel has been dancing since he was four training in the styles of Ballet, Modern, Tap and Jazz. However he only joined the Colne Bank family when he was in his early teens after a year spent in London attending a stage school. Studying dance and drama in school and college, Samuel then went onto receiving a First Class BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre in 2014 at Colchester Institute.
Since graduating Samuel has found his feet with getting himself an agent and hopes to be successful in pursuing a career in professional performing. He has recently gone on to perform in the renowned touring show ‘Pop Factor 2016’ where he was a lead vocalist and dancer. He will also make his panto debut this Christmas as the title role in ‘Peter Pan’ at The Embassy Theatre in Skegness and The Majestic Theatre in Retford.
Katie received a First Class BA (Hons) in Performing Arts at the University of Winchester in 2018 and now works as an LSA in a primary school. Whilst at university she taught Tap for the dance society and thoroughly enjoyed choreographing ‘Anything Goes’ in 2017. Katie is qualified as a DDMIX Instructor and teaches dance aerobic classes in Brightlingsea. Her workouts are inspired by dance genres from all over the world. She loves to share her passion for dance and performance and is thoroughly looking forward to teaching at Colne Bank, the place that initially developed her love for dance.
Stephanie has been dancing with Colne Bank since the age of six, where she progressed through the graded examinations in Modern, Tap, Ballet and Jazz.
Stephanie took dance at both GCSE & A Level and then progressed on to University Campus Suffolk where she achieved a BA Hons (2.1) Dance in the Community Degree. Alongside her degree she also undertook her ISTD teacher training at Tiffany Theatre College in both Modern and Tap and also has gained her Associate in Disco Freestyle and Rock ‘n’ roll.
Stephanie would like to say a Big Thank You to Jenny for her continued encouragement and support as she has played such a huge part in helping Stephanie achieved all of the above.
Kylie started attending Colne Bank School of Dancing aged 4 ½ . It has given her many opportunities which includes being one of 6 to participate in a music video for the ordinary boys. She has also been involved in many competitions one which led her to perform on stage at Her Majesty's Theatre.
Kylie was also extremely lucky to be taught by the founder of Colne Bank, Mavis Cooke, her love for tap made it Kylie's personal favourite. This has resulted in Kylie following in Mrs Cookes footsteps by choreographing the Senior Tap numbers for the shows which she herself has taken part in since 1994. Kylie is extremely excited to be part of the teaching staff and to continue being part of such a family orientated and supportive dance school.
Dance Captain and examination assistant.