Kay Ball – Principal

Dip L.C.D.D F.I.S.T.D.
Registered member R.A.D
Examiner I.S.T.D.

Kay Ball trained at the London College of Dance & Drama, after graduating she taught for a number of prestigious schools in the West Sussex area. She has been principal of the Redhurst Schools of Dancing since January 1986.

Kay is qualified to teach Classical Ballet (RAD & ISTD), Modern, Tap and Classical Greek, and is an examiner for the Classical Greek & Modern Faculties.

She has sat on the Classical Greek Dance Association Faculty Committee of the ISTD since February 1988 and took over as Chair of the Faculty in 2001 and one of the CGDAF representatives on the ISTD Theatre Faculties Board. Kay became Vice Chairman of the Theatre Faculties Board in 2007 and was voted Chair of that Board this year (2015).

In 2008 Kay was appointed onto the Board of Trustees of ISTD Council and in September 2014 became Chair of the ISTD Teacher’s Benevolent Fund.

In 2015 Kay was awarded Imperial Theatre Award, which is the highest accolade the ISTD can present to a member given for outstanding achievements and service to the society.

As Principal of the Redhurst Schools of Dancing her first priority is to provide enjoyment for the children and encourage a happy and friendly atmosphere throughout the school.

Patricia Prime

A.R.A.D. (Solo Seal)
FISTD Examiner for Imperial Classical Ballet (All levels)
Member of Grand Council ISTD

Patricia Prime received her training at the Bush Davies Schools and at the Royal Ballet Upper School. Having gained her RAD Solo Seal and all of her teaching qualifications, she successfully ran her own school of dancing, for a great number of years, with pupils going on to dance in the Royal Ballet Company, Birmingham Royal Ballet, The Northern Theatre Ballet, Phoenix Dance Company and West End Musical Theatre.

Patricia is an ISTD Examiner for the Imperial Classical Ballet Faculty, examining all Grade & Vocational levels along with the teaching qualifications DDI. DDE. Licentiate and Fellowship.

Patricia was Chair of the ISTD Theatre Faculty Board, Chair of the Imperial Ballet Faculty, and Vice Chair of the ISTD Council. She is now a member of the ISTD Grand Council.

At present she coaches Ballet for Kay Ball at the Redhurst School of Dancing and is teaches at the Italia Conti Academy in Guildford, coaching their Vocational Graded examinations and teaching qualifications.

Jodie Clark

FISTD / ARAD / BA (Hons.) / QTS /
Adjudicator for Federation of Festivals

Jodie has taught for many well-known events and institutions including Laine Theatre Arts and ISTD Janet Cram Awards.

Her past students are performing across the dance genre for companies such as RADC, Rambert & Akram Khan, commercially for X Factor & well known Music Artists, in the West End and on Cruises.

Trained at Bird College where she won the Dancing Times Choreography Award and graduated with Distinction. Jodie enjoyed a diverse performing career across many genres including Musical Theatre, Cabaret and Contemporary Dance throughout the UK, Europe and Worldwide on board luxury cruise liners.

Jodie is Director of Dance at The BRIT School where she teaches a range of techniques and writes, choreographs and directs performance work. She also choreographs for various corporate events, pantomimes and local theatre projects. Jodie holds BA (Hons.) from Christchurch Canterbury University, QTS and Fellowship status with the ISTD.

She was in the first cohort to benefit from The Dance UK Teacher mentoring programme and is an adjudicator member of The British and International Federation of Festivals.

Carol Vasko

Dip. L.C.D.D., L.I.S.T.D.(Ballet, Modern) A.I.S.T.D.(Tap)
Registered member RAD F.I.S.T.D. (Greek), Examiner ISTD

Carol trained at London College of Dance, graduating with an overall teaching grade of Distinction, and the winner of the Audrey MacBeath Award for Most Promising Teacher.

She spent two years teaching in Canada as Head of Ballet at a studio in Northwest Ontario. Since her return to the UK, Carol has worked as a freelance teacher, privileged to work in some of the most respected dance studios in Hampshire and Sussex.

Carol is qualified to teach Classical Ballet, Classical Greek, Modern, Tap & National, and is experienced in teaching Choreography, GCSE and A level Dance.

Carol is an active member of the Classical Greek Dance Faculty, she is the current Vice-Chairman; and is a representative on the Theatre Faculties Board of the ISTD.

Michelle Campbell

Michelle studied at The BRIT School for Performing Arts, then went on to further her training and Graduate from Bird College in 2009.

Michelle was part of the Bird Company and performed regularly at “Move It” at Kensington Olympia.

Theatre credits include “Who could ask for anything more” “Legends, Icons and Idols” “Noitamina” and “Sweet Charity”.

In 2011 Michelle joined the cast of “Shaun’s Big Show” (UK Tour). She also performed at the Amphitheatre in Oman for their international Dance Festival in 2013

Michelle has some great tips and advice for students who wish to pursue a career in Dance and Performing Arts

In 2016 Michelle gained a BA Hons in Performance Studies from City University, which is a great achievement and hopes that it will spur on many opportunities in her teaching career.

Michelle is very passionate about the ISTD examining boards and has recently completed her DDE teacher qualifications in Tap Dance and Modern Theatre. She plans to continue her way through her teacher exams and hopes to work her way up the ISTD ladder and to one day become a Tap and Modern examiner.

Michelle is thrilled to be a part of the Redhurst Schools of Dancing team and will give as much as she can to ensure that the students in their training and have fun