KATE has often been described as a pint-sized chatterbox. She is well known for telling a story via many MANY tangents - so strap in & concentrate if you ask her a question - she'll get back on track eventually! Kate is now raising a little chatterbox of her own - Jessica Paige - who is showing early signs of sharing mum's energy & mischievousness and aside from talking & teaching Kate has a passion for Argentine Tango, good food & travel - her best memories of which are with KaSo's own Sophie, her best friend of 20 odd years. But what happens on tour... jejeje
Kate’s experience in education informs KaSo’s teaching and learning ethos. She is responsible for ensuring that the studio is perpetually striving to deliver exceptional quality teaching.
Kate is a qualified secondary school Dance Teacher and previously Head of Department. Her passion for Dance and Theatre started aged 5 and she has studied a wide range of techniques to advanced level including Ballet, (ISTD and RAD syllabi) Tap, Jazz (ISTD) and Contemporary. She holds the Central YMCA Level 2 Certificate in ‘Exercise to Music’ Fitness Instruction, CYQ Level 3 Award in Adapting Exercise for the Independent Older Adult and her BuggyFit Licence.
She diversified at University and completed a degree in Drama and she has spent more than 8 years in secondary education, during which time she has turned around departments in inner city London Schools by improving A Level and GCSE results and revolutionising teaching practices.
SOPHIE is known for her love for meat (ideally on a bone - her mum gave her chicken bones to knaw on as a babe when she was teething). Funnily enough, she and her brother were once the faces of the NSPCC!
Sophie’s dance studies started age 3, embracing Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz and Greek. She trained intensively with the Birmingham Royal Ballet and in schools in both London and Buckinghamshire. Sophie achieved a first class honours degree in Dance Studies from the University of Surrey, Roehampton and also holds the Central YMCA Level 2 Certificate in ‘Exercise to Music’ Fitness Instruction.
A keen choreographer, she loves a cheeky bit of Musical Theatre and contemporary, and has enjoyed tackling an array of projects - from choreographing full scale musicals in 10 days with 250 young people, to devising intimate pieces for cabaret troupes at music and theatre festivals.
In her twenties, Sophie developed her professional theatre experience working for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group, managing theatres in the West End, including the New London Theatre on Drury Lane and the Apollo and Lyric Theatres, Shaftesbury Avenue. Her passion is for all things customer service when it comes to KaSo and helping to keep people happy and healthy is top of her list.
Margarita started ballet age 7 and in her first performance she was...a mouse! She studied professional ballet and contemporary performance and teaching in “N. KONTAXAKI” higher professional dance school, in Greece. In three years of intense studying and practice she took part in many performances, participated in international ballet competitions and got fourth place, learned Russian, Hungarian, and Polish character dances, Greek traditional dance, and followed seminars in Dalcroze rhythmic exercises, ballet for pre-primary children, Forsythe technique, Danish Ballet syllabus, and many others. She also has a degree in music theory and plays the piano!
She’s currently struggling with her MA project for the university of Bedfordshire, on choreography and dance performance, but hopefully all will be okay soon!
Margarita LOVES cake, reading, and when she's not dancing, relaxing. She daydreams most of the day, until someone stops her and she gets hyper at random, especially when thinking of cake...
GAVIN - better known as Gav, Gavlar or The Hairy Presenter, is the main man for KST BLAST.
A mad rugby fan and player with Chinnor Rugby Club, as Gavin is now a qualified Exercise to Music Intructor - we all hold our breath on match days in the hope he doesn't get too smashed up and can still take class!
While Gav loves sports from doing Triathlons to frisbee and golf, he also loves to dance and takes Tap classes whenever he can. Did you know, Gav once appeared in a Robbie Williams music video? Blink and you'll miss him! Something Beautiful
NIKKI started dancing at the ripe old age of 11 and followed the BATD syllabus which has inspired us to take it on in KaSo. She started assisting her teachers very quickly afterwards and started looking after classes herself at just 15!
Her first love has always been tap dancing, but when it comes to Nikki, you'll find her trying anything from Piloga to Fight Club to Irish Dancing to Majorettes. She thinks you're never too old to try something new, and we agree.
Nikki started with KaSo initially as a client, she fell in love with KaSoTonic and the rest is history.
Did you know, Nikki hates cotton wool and can only touch it with wet hands!!!
ISABELLE has attended regular ballet, tap and modern classes from the age of 8, and the passion has continued to grow. She likes to keep herself busy: not only is she in the throes of preparing for dance exams in Advanced 2 Ballet, Tap and Modern, and Teaching exams in Ballet and Modern, Issy thought it would be a great idea to start learning to speak Polish (courtesy of the very patient staff at her local café).
Issy is the original fidget - and lives up to the infamous saying ‘Issy-busy’. With hiking being one of her passions, she has set herself the target of completing all the Wainwright routes (that’s getting to the top of each peak in the Lake District for non-hikers!) within 15 years... with 208/214 left to go she had better get cracking!
Isabelle loves nothing more than having a lazy Sunday breakfast out followed by a walk and freshly baked scone and pot of tea (or two!) at one of the local National Trust manors or after a woodland walk; with her patient other half in tow!
Her other passions include Hazelnut coffee, Truffle chocolate… any chocolate… make that anything sweet!
AND - she can swim one hundred 25m lengths in under an hour!