Our Success Stories

Read all about KPSD dancers and graduates who have had unique opportunities to take part in fabulous shows or study at prestigious colleges and gain invaluable experience of the wonderful world of dance and performing arts!

If you have a Success Story that you would like to share with us (or would like to update your details in an existing article), please email dianne@katiephilpott.co.uk. Thank you.

JEMIMA JOHNSTONE

Jemima has been a valuable member of the KPSD dancing family for many years. She graduates in summer 2022 and is heading to the Addict Dance Academy in Leicester to complete a BA (Hons) in Dance.

Jemima said: “Without KPSD I wouldn’t have found my love for dance. I have met friends for life along the way and I will forever cherish the teachers and experience I was so lucky to receive.”

SALLY HIRST

Sally is launching her career in the performing arts after graduating in summer 2022 from a BA Hons in Musical Theatre at Bird College - everyone at KPSD wishes her lots of luck!!

Sally studied Musical Theatre Level 3 at Mechanics Performing Arts at Wakefield College and appeared on stage at the Bradford Playhouse as Bonnie in Anything Goes! with Yorkshire Theatre Arts.

Sally began her dance career at KPSD when she was just three-years-old in the Creative Movement class and over the years took classes in tap, modern theatre, free jazz, gold jazz, contemporary, free ballet and pointe. She was awarded the Wellhouse Moravian Church 'Most Improved Dancer' Cup in 2013.

In 2013, Sally also secured a place at the Louise Browne Yorkshire Ballet Scholarship Centre in York and was accepted to perform with the Northern Youth Theatre Company in Leeds.  Sally auditioned at Stagebox alongside more than 700 applicants.  Only a handful of those who auditioned were given a place and Sally was delighted to be among them.

EMMA JONES

Emma joined KPSD at the age of three and went on to study ballet, tap, modern, jazz, contemporary, street and musical theatre.

In September 2013, she gained a place on the CAT scheme at the acclaimed Northern School of Contemporary Dance and attended classes there twice a week while also continuing her studies at KPSD.

Emma was accepted into the renowned Hammond School (Chester) and after three years of study, graduated in 2017 with a Level 6 Diploma in Professional Dance.  She then went on to work in Malta as a dancer with a professional troupe performing at hotels with KLS International. 

Now Emma is living her lifelong dream to work as a cruise ship dancer, proving that all the hard work in the KPSD studio definately can pay off!

LUCY AUTY

Lucy began dancing with KPSD when she was three and over the years has trained in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, contemporary, street and musical theatre.

While at school, she gained a place at Phoenix Dance Theatre's Youth Academy.  She graduated from the prestigious Preston College with a foundation degree in Teaching Dance in the Private Sector and also her DDI and DDE teaching qualifications in Imperial Ballet and Modern Theatre.  She has achieved her Advanced 2 Modern and Advanced 1 ballet and won Ballet Dancer of the Year in 2017!  

She enjoyed her first professional role in the wonderful world of pantomime working for James Brandon Company last Christmas in Aladdin at the Academy Theatre in Barnsley. 

Now Lucy is enjoying life on the ocean waves, dancing on cruise ships having followed in Katie's footsteps!

CARA GREENHOUGH

Cara joined KPSD in the baby ballet class at the age of three and soon showed real talent across several genres of dance including ballet, tap, modern, jazz and street.  She attended the CAT scheme at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds for three years and received the KPSD Senior Ballet award in 2012.

Cara then went on the complete a three-year professional dance training Diploma course at SLP College in Leeds. 

She has now joined the performance teams on the Queen Mary II - following in the footsteps of her mentor Katie!

FRANCESCA BARRON

Francesca joined the KPSD family at the age of three and went on to earn a coveted place to study dance at Cambridge Performing Arts (Bodywork Studios).

Fran says: “I loved every minute of my time at the School from the ‘good toes, naughty toes’ to achieving great results all the way up to intermediate level and especially performing in the shows.

“Not only have I learnt excellent technique and confidence as a dancer, I have also made friends for life!”

She graduated from Cambridge Performing Arts and, having set her sights on following in her mentor Katie’s footsteps and working as a professional dancer, Fran is now performing with The Panto Company in Aviemore, Scotland.

ISABEL MOORE

Isabel auditioned alongside 150 gifted ballet students and successfully gained a place at the Louise Browne Yorkshire Ballet Scholarship Centre studying classical ballet, contemporary ballet and repertoire.   She was then accepted into the world-renowned Elmhurst School for Dance in Birmingham. 

After completing a year at Moorlands Ballet Elite, Issy decided she wanted to diversify, rather than solely studying classical ballet, and secured a place at SLP, where she now studies ballet and more commercial dance styles.  She also studied for her DDI qualification at Moorlands and has been teaching classes herself! During her time at SLP she danced the wonderful lead role of Maria in West Side Story.

Her mum Donna said: "Issy continues to keep her ties with KPSD and misses the School and she is immensely grateful for Katie’s support over the years.”

GEORGIA GOMERSALL

GEORGIA GOMERSALL joined KPSD when she was just four and over the years has won the Choreographic Cup and the Wellhouse Cup for most improved dancer. We are delighted to announce that following her time at KPSD and CAPA she will now be flying the nest for Wilkes Academy! Georgia is over the moon at being offered a place at one of countries leading university training programs for the performing artist. She has accepted a place to study for a BA Hons Degree in Musical Theatre. Her family couldn’t be happier and are all extremely proud and excited by the news. Her hard work and dedication has paid off.
Georgia says: “My love of dance began at KPSD and I will be forever thankful for all the opportunities that have fuelled my passion for all things dance. All the support and encouragement of Katie and her team has meant so much. I have so many wonderful memories, friends and achievements I can carry with me on the next step of my performing arts journey”.

MIA HARRISON

Mia took her first dance steps aged just two and still daces at KPSD alongside studying at the prestigious Northern Ballet Academy and regularly takes home first place ballet trophies at numerous UK Dance Class Championships.

Mia's mum Claire, Mirfield Tsuki Reiki Master Practitioner, said she is delighted for her daughter: “Mia is very dedicated and works exceptionally hard.  She loves being on stage in KPSD shows and hopes one day to follow in Katie’s footsteps and become a professional dancer.”

Mia won the 2017 KPSD Choreographic Cup and has also achieved high level ISTD qualifications in tap, ballet and jazz and attends contemporary classes.  She has danced in countless KPSD shows and also performed with Heckmondwike Grammar, Youth Ballet Theatre and is taking part in a workshop with the acclaimed Joss Arnott Dance.

LARA FIRTH

Graduating from KPSD in summer 2022, Lara began her journey with the School 14 years previous and over the years she wowed audiences with her singing and dancing talents,  won the Choreographic Cup and excelled in her exams.
Lara graduated from KPSD having completed a successful round of auditions where she was offered a number of places at top performing arts colleges. She decided to continue her training with a BA (Hons) Musical Theatre at the prestigious Arts Ed Performing Arts College in London where she will go through rigorous, exceptional triple-threat training. Speaking of her 14-year journey with KPSD, she said: "KPSD is an amazing school where they not only nurture talent but teach you many life skills which I will definitely need on the next stage of my journey. I leave a much more confident performer and leave behind many friends in both the dancers and the teachers which I will cherish forever".

HOLLY SUMMERS

HOLLY graduated from the highly-acclaimed Hammond School in Chester in 2016 with a Level 6 Diploma in Professional Dance. She enjoyed a variety of opportunities before moving to Malta in May 2017 to work as a professional dancer for KLS International.  Since then she has gone on to enjoy two further contracts with KLS International in Malta, two contracts with Costa Cruises and perform in two shows at Benidorm Palace. She has also modelled for the Dancewear Central website and dance catalogues, performed as an extra on filming for various Netflix and Disney Plus shows and been busy with corporate work in the UK.

Here is quick look at Holly and her former KLS International dance troupe in action.  What an inspiration to our younger KPSD dancers!!

Holly says: “It has been my dream to be a dancer ever since I started at KPSD at the age of three!”

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