Since 1993

About Us

The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word. – Mata Hari

Kelli Dixon 

A.I.S.T.D., M.R.A.D., A.R.B.S., Fellow Examiner U.K.A

 

Kelli started dancing at the age of 3 in Kent, then trained at Corona Stage school studying dance, drama and singing.
She was a child actress appearing in many TV commercials, shows & films. Professional dance training was continued at the Pamela Howard School of Dancing and Associated Arts in Ealing, before taking a further 3-year teacher training course at Stella Mann College where she graduated with honours. At the age of 21, Kelli took over the established Jeanette Johnson Dancing School, in Shepperton re-naming the school to “The Kelli Dixon Academy of Dance”.
From 1994 -2016 the school was located in Sunbury and Bedfont. Today we continue to teach in Bedfont, Ashford and Ealing.
For the future & committed, Kelli & Richard, are dedicated to providing a high quality of teaching through dance & fitness and hope to prepare and develop students into good, strong, well-rounded dancers who can go on to take up the dance profession, either as a performer or as a teacher.
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Teachers

Jacki Dixon

Jacki Dixon

Jacki has always had an interest in dance and the theatre and has performed in a few amateur productions. She has hosted and been a Judge at talent shows and is on the Development Board of a children’s charity. In 1992 she was given the opportunity to buy the Jeanette Johnson School of Dancing just at the point when Kelli was graduating from dance college. She has managed the admin side of the school for many years and supports Kelli in yearly assessments and front of house management at our bi-annual shows. Now retired from British Airways, Jacki still maintains her role in the school but in more of an advisory capacity.

Richard Norrington

Richard Norrington

Richard trained at the Pamela Howard School of Dancing and Associated Arts from the age of 3 & performed in many amateur and professional shows as a principal dancer.
Richard took a further 3-year Diploma in dance course at the Arts Educational School, Chiswick, before dancing professionally in various ballet events and toured with the then “Tarras Cossack” dance company.
Since getting married to Kelli, Richard has worked with her. Choreographing the Academy shows, and is now passing on his professional knowledge & experience by teaching ballet.
Richard also is the Director of Prima Pilates, where he runs Pilates classes in Harrow, Ealing and Sunbury.

James-Tobias Norrington

James-Tobias Norrington

Drama: ISA Competition winner Cinderella-Sister, Potted Matilda, Jungle Book, Hooray for Mr Toad, Ridiculous Nicholas – Bart Lee
LAMDA Training Bart Lee & Lorain Bertorelli
Dance: ISTD Ballet, Tap, Modern, Street Dance, Musical Theatre Kelli Dixon Academy/K.D.A.D
Singing: K.D.A.D, Hurst Lodge, Young Set, Stagebox, Phillipa Stefani
Other Training: Full training to fly on wires (Flying by Foy)

Helen Latter

Helen Latter

Helen has been dancing since the age of 5 years and attended Russell Leite Theatre School in Manchester where she qualified as a UKA teacher in ballet and tap.
During her time at Russell Leite she also supported her teachers by teaching the younger students.
For a number of years Helen focussed on her career in early years working in nurseries and soon moved into teaching young adults who wanted to work with children.
Helen moved to Greater London in 2005 where she was introduced to Kelli and reignited her passion for teaching dance.

Miss B

Miss B

Miss B here, even though I’m nearly 120 year
I started dancing classes when I was 5. Went to Corona Academy at 13. Where I fell in love with all aspects of theatre and enjoyed being a professional actress for 20 years, during which time I also started teaching. I’m proud to say Miss Kelli was one of my beloved pupils and now she’s my boss.!!
Fate stepped in some 3 years ago when we met walking our dogs. The rest as they say is history. I am chuffed to be a valued member of the KDAD family and while I feel that I bring a positive contribution to it, and my pupils still laugh at my jokes I hope to stay.

Lana Gilbert

Lana Gilbert

Lana has been dancing with Kelli since the age of 2, starting in Pre-Primary Ballet & Tap and working her way through her exams. From the age of 15 Lana has been a student teacher with the school and supported Kelli with a variety of activities until she left for university in 2014.
Since graduating from Bournemouth University in 2017 she has returned to KDAD, continuing to support Kelli around the school and attend classes.

KDAD Stage School Guest Teachers

K.D.A.D Stage School offering pupils singing, drama and dancing in a musical theatre class. Regular guest teachers from West End, Broadway and touring shows and weekly opportunities to learn West End Musical choreography, All our teachers are trained to a high standard, they are experienced performers, fully qualified and DBS checked.

Liam Lakin

Liam Lakin

Liam trained at LCPA (Leicester College of Performing Arts) graduating with Trinity Diplomas in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Musical Theatre. Liam has performed professionally as a performer for over 13 years all over the world from London’s West End to UK National Tours and aboard Cruise Liners. Including ‘Annie’ International Tour, ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ and ‘HMS Pinafore’ UK Tours and three years at The Thursford Christmas Spectacular.

Kelvin Hewlett

Kelvin Hewlett

Actor, Dancer, Singer, Marshall Artist. Graduating in 2010 from the University of Surrey, GSA – Kelvin holds a degree in Performing Arts, Musical Theatre. After graduating with a grade 1 certificate from The BVI High School, Kelvin worked for a time with the BVI Government before continuing his education with Broxbourne College, Hertford where he was selected by GSA Conservatoire to further his studies in Musical Theatre. A great actor. Loving son and brother. Devoted father, Kelvin continues to pursue his career in the performing arts.

Freddie Clements

Freddie Clements

Freddie is a Musical Theatre Performer and Dance Teacher based in London. He has taught at top UK colleges such as Italia Conti, London College of Performing Arts, D&B, Leicester College of Performing Arts and Emil Dale Academy. He also teaches for many dance schools around the UK.

Bree Smith

Bree Smith

Bree Smith has been treading the boards since the tender age of 10 and is proud to have performed at venues such as; Royal Albert Hall, London Palladium and Prince of Wales theatre in a variety of professional roles. Stage Credits: Ensemble in Evita (Regents Park Open Air Theatre); Grandma in Dick Whittington (Theatre Royal Stratford East)

Pip Stefani

Pip Stefani

Philippa Stefani is a professional actress living in London. She is well known for her work on stage and on screen. She has worked in numerous theatre and television shows. Stage Credits: Gloria Estefan – On Your Feet! (London Coliseum & UK Tour) Original Cast; Mimi – RENT (St James Theatre & UK Tour), Daniela – In The Heights (Kings Cross Theatre)

Jessica Keable

Jessica Keable

Jessica trained at London Studio Centre achieving a first in Musical Theatre.’ Musical Credits: Ensemble in Funny Girl at the Theatre Marigny Paris. Ensemble in The Producers at The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. Cover Sarah Brown & ensemble in Guys and Dolls at Kilworth House Theatre. Ensemble in 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London. Ethel in 42nd Street at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris. TV Credits: This morning, The One Show, The Royal Variety Performance & Sunday Night at the Palladium.

Amy Okley

Amy Okley

Amy trained at ArtsEd in London, graduating with a BA(Hons) Musical Theatre and the Lionel Bart Foundation Award. Her theatre credits include: Jennifer in Navity! The Musical, Dance Captain, Swing & Cover Princess Fiona in Shrek (UK Tour), Dance Captain in Evita (UK Tour), Cover Ariel in Footloose (Arts Educational Schools London) and many others.
Amy is a West End Teaching Artiste for Disney’s The Lion King & Mary Poppins and has been guest teaching at performing arts schools around the country for the past 10 years.

Joshua Piper

Joshua Piper

Joshua started training at Janne Carrington’s Hollywood Academy Of Dance at the age of 7, which led him to Performers College where he graduated with a Level 6 Diploma in Musical Theatre in 2018. Since then Joshua has performed in an array of contracts on land and at sea including Royal Caribbean Productions, Top Hat The Musical, Snow White And The Seven dwarfs, Cinderella and most recently as a featured dancer in a yet to be released marvel movie.

Katie Paine

Katie Paine

Katie Paine is a British actress and singer whose musical Theatre credits include: Fairy Godmother in ‘Cinderella’ (The Cresset Theatre); Killer Queen in ‘We Will Rock You’ (West End); Killer Queen in ‘We Will Rock You’ (Malta Arena); Mayzie La Bird in ‘Seussical’ (Southwark Playhouse); Lead Vocalist in ‘Masters of the House’ (UK Tour)

Building Confidence

HOW DANCE BUILDS CONFIDENCE

Dancing can improve a lot of things. For instance, it can increase strength, flexibility, balance, and reading of rhythm. It can also work your memory and boost your energy and serotonin levels. On top of all these things, dancing from a young age can also give a boost to your child’s self-confidence.

Testimonials

I signed my daughter up about 4 years ago to Kelli Dixon’s academy of dance. My daughter was always very shy and lacked confidence! With the help from Miss Kelli, she has become more and more confident over the years… she is so happy to go to her lessons etc and to watch my daughter perform on stage and T.V is a huge achievement for her. Miss Kelli has given my daughter amazing opportunities and I couldn’t recommend the dance school enough! Thank you KDAD

Jenny

Kelli Dixon Dance Academy provides not only a high standard of dance classes but also a community where all her students are supportive of each other.
Miss Kelli provides her students with incredible opportunities no matter what their dance ability. The performances are always fantastic and the students are all encouraged to be the best that they can be. Miss Kelli is very approachable and will quickly resolve any issues you may have. I have no reservation in wholeheartedly recommend Miss Kelli and her dance academy.

Claire

Our Project

Get Kidz Dancing provides support and limited funding for physically challenged and underprivileged children and young adults from all social backgrounds.
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