Christina Kandrettis – Principal
It has always been Christina’s dream to open up her own dance school and after many long months of planning, Impact Dance Studios is the end result. Christina began dancing at the age of 4 and hasn’t stopped since. In her childhood she completed exams in ISTD Modern and Tap, RAD Ballet, LAMDA Verse and Prose and LAMDA Acting, working her way up through the grades.
At the age of 16, Christina was awarded a place at the Arts Educational Schools in London where she took A Levels in Art, Dance, Performing Arts and Drama. It was here that she was given the opportunity to perform in various influential theatres in London.
After completing her A Levels, Christina went on to gain a BSc Psychology degree at University. It was while studying that Christina went back to her roots and began pursuing ways to get into dance teaching. She gained her ISTD qualifications in Tap and Modern in 2012 and began teaching full time at local schools and dance schools in Surrey and West London in April 2013. She then went on to gain her Acrobatic Arts qualifications in 2016.
Christina is delighted to have Impact Dance Studios up and running and absolutely loves watching the school grow, working with some incredible members of staff and fantastic students!
Jessica Westbrook – Early Years
Jessica has always had a love for ballet as long as she can remember. She trained at a ballet school in South Africa and went on to dance professionally. Following an injury she left the ballet company but still wanted to be part of it all. Jessica decided to train as a teacher so she would have the ability to pass on her love and knowledge of this wonderful art form to others, and Fairy Footsteps was born!
Jessica and Christina met in 2014 and have since begun a collaboration of their two dance schools. With Christina working with Jess at Fairy Footsteps, the children have the opportunity to complete their basic ballet training at a young age with Jessica, before moving up to Impact Dance Studios to explore different genres of dance with Christina. If you have a preschool child interested in doing ballet classes during the day, check out Fairy Footsteps website www.fairyfootsteps.co.uk
Katie Martin – ISTD Tap, ISTD Modern, ISTD Imperial Ballet
Katie has been dancing from the age of 2 years old. She attended the BRITS Performing Arts School at the age of 14. Once she finished her time there she went on to the North London Dance Studios, where she received a full scholarship and was given the opportunity to perform at many prestigious places. Katie then decided that she wanted to go into teaching so went to The Centre were she gained her AISTD Modern, Tap and Ballet.
One of Katie’s main strengths is her choreography and she has been extremely lucky to choreograph dance numbers for Disneyland Paris, Her Majesties Theatre, Indigo O2, Sadler’s Wells and many more. Katie has taught in some fantastic schools throughout her time teaching and now joins the family at Impact Dance Studios.
Alice McDermott – RAD Ballet
Alice grew up in Jersey, Channel Islands, where she started dancing at the age of 5 studying ballet, tap and modern dance in the RAD, IDTA and ISTD syllabi.
Alice enjoyed participating in showcases with principal dancers of the Royal Ballet, and competing in local festivals and national competitions, where she was successful in winning a bronze medal at the Bloch Dance World Cup Finals in 2016.
After completing her A-levels, Alice decided to move to London so she could pursue her dream to become a dance teacher and pass on her love of dance to others. Alice graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance in 2020, with a BA (Hons) in Ballet Education and the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance giving her an in-depth knowledge of the RAD syllabi from pre-primary to Advanced 2 as well as gaining registered teachers status. Throughout her studies and since graduating, Alice has taught a range of ages from 2 year olds to adults in schools across London. She is super excited to be a part of the team at Impact Dance Studios!
Kira Golightly – LAMDA Drama & Singing
Kira has been acting since she was 7. From various school productions to shows in her living room for her family, Kira decided early on that theatre was what she wanted to pursue as a career. She gained her 1st class theatre degree at the University of Chichester, and went on to study directing at the Royal Central School of Speech and drama. Kira is also an acting company member of the National Youth theatre and often leads workshops/ auditions for prospective NYT members. Having completed her training at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City, Kira has since worked with Olivier Award winning directors internationally and in London. She has performed in venues including the Yard Theatre, Royal Festival Hall, Camden Peoples Theatre and Cafe De Paris. Kira has taught LAMDA exams from entry grades to medals, and leads theatre practice workshops across the UK. She is delighted to be working with Impact Studios and to see students explore their passions in theatre!
Sophie Hardie – LAMDA Drama
Sophie Hardie has been involved with different aspects of theatre for over 30 years. She has acted, directed, and choreographed with involvement in over 100 shows. She has taught drama, dance and musical theatre since 1999. Sophie is a LAMDA graduate with acting credits including; Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan in Peter Pan the Musical and Mimi Marquez in Rent. Director and choreographer credits include; Grease the Musical, Big the Musical, Into the Woods, Annie, Oliver, High School Musical, Guys and Dolls, Blackbird and The Collector. Sophie’s students over the years have had the privilege of performing at venues including; Her Majesty’s Theatre, Disneyland Paris, Fuertaventura and The O2.