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!

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Holly Summers

HOLLY SUMMERS 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 also been busy with corporate work in the UK.

 Here is a link of Holly and her fellow KLS International dance troupe in action..  What an inspiration to our younger KPSD dancers!! 

Holly says: “It is hard work with long days but I wouldn’t want to do anything else. It has been my dream to be a dancer ever since I started at KPSD at the age of three!”

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".

 

Mia Harrison

MIA HARRISON took her first dance steps aged just two and has now landed herself a coveted Academy place at the prestigious Northern Ballet.

She successfully auditioned to join the Intermediate Associate training programme and attends weekly classes alongside her school studies at Heckmondwike Grammar School and dancing at KPSD.

Mia's mum Claire, Mirfield Tsuki Reiki Master Practitioner, said she was 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 KPSDChoreographic Cup and has also achieved Grade 4 in Tap, Bronze in Jazz and is about to take the Grade 6 examination in ballet and begin 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 Dancein October.

 

Francesca Barron

FRANCESCA BARRON 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!”

Fran graduated from Cambridge Performing Arts and, having always dreamed of following in her mentor Katie’s footsteps and working as a professional dancer, she is now delighted to be performing in Aviemore (Scotland), with The Panto Company.

Georgia Gomersall

GEORGIA GOMERSALL joined KPSD when she was just four and over the years has won the Choreographic Cup in 2013 and the Wellhouse Cup for most improved dancer in 2017.

She has performed in many of the School's shows, community events, competitions and workshops, including representing the school with her fellow students at the Mirfield Show for eight years!

Georgia currently takes classes in intermediate ballet, grade 5 tap, intermediate modern, gold jazz and senior acro as well as helping with the younger students at every opportunity.

She continues to thrive with her studies at performing arts school CAPA - Cathedral Academy of Performing Arts in Wakefield. She has danced at the Yorkshire Schools Dance Festival for the past three years, performed in Bugsy Malone and Little Shop of Horrors and is to play Khoshoggi in We Will Rrock You at Wakefield Theatre Royal.

She has also had the wonderful opportunity to dance with various choreographers, including dancing at the renowned Pineapple Dance Studios in London! 

Sally Hirst

SALLY HIRST is flying high after being offered an unconditional place to study for a BA Hons in Musical Theatre at Bird College in September 2019 - congratulations from everyone at KPSD!!

Sally is currently studying Musical Theatre Level 3 at Mechanics Performing Arts at Wakefield College and recently 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 now does tap, modern theatre, free jazz, gold jazz, contemporary, free ballet and pointe and 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 JONES 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 AUTY 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 GREENHOUGH 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 is now busy rehearsing in Southampton in readiness to join the performance teams on the Queen Mary II for its world cruise in June 2019 - following in the footsteps of her mentor Katie!

Isabel Moore

ISABEL MOORE 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! This summer at SLP she will dance the lead role of Maria in West Side Story.

Her mum Donna said: "Issy is happy to be closer to home after such a long time of living away.  She continues to keep her ties with KPSD and misses the School and she is immensely grateful for Katie’s support over the years.”

Hannah Hatfield

HANNAH HATFIELD studied at Katie Philpott School of Dance with the KPSD teaching team and its Principal Katie Philpott.  She began dancing at the school many years ago, aged just three!

Over the years, she has studied Intermediate Ballet, Contemporary, Modern and Jazz, including the ISTD Gold Jazz Award.  Back in 2013 she received the coveted Senior Ballet Award at the annual KPSD award ceremony.

Hannah now attends SLP College in Leeds where she studies a range of performing arts including various styles of dance and also has singing and acting classes.  She is hoping to achieve a Level 6 Diploma. 

Katie said: "We still miss Hannah but I'm delighted that training at KPSD has given her the opportunity to follow her dream!"

 

 

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