Meet the Team

Kerry Millis

Studio B - Principal

Kerry started dancing aged 3 at Shakespeare’s Dance Studio, which helped shape her for her future development. She then moved to Academy Dance as a teenager, where she was a finalist at the All England Dance competition and the runner up for two consecutive years at Miss Dance of Great Britain. Kerry then gained a place at the prestigious Bird College, graduating in 2000 with a BA Hons in Dance and Theatre Performance. Professionally, Kerry worked for a number of years as the ‘Head Girl’ at Bourne Leisure, during this time danced with Blue, WWE, X-Factor Finalists & Angie Brown. Kerry also danced supporting Westlife, Ronan Keating, Atomic Kitten & McFly. Kerry has also choreographed for a number of companies such as Park Holidays, Warner Hotels, Haven, Cbeebies (Wooly & Tig) & Hit Entertainment (Angelina Ballerina, Barney the Dinosaur and The Tweenies).

 

As a teacher, Kerry has amassed a large number of qualifications including Associate Ballet qualification and DDI & DDE in Tap & Modern – ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) and furthered her modern training to obtain the prestigious Licentiate qualification. She also holds a certificate of Ballet Studies – RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) and by association Kerry is qualified to teach the above, following guidelines set by – IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association). Kerry has additional qualifications including level 2 – General Aerobic Instructor, level 2 – Gym Instruction, Level 2 – Business & Administration as well being a qualified Zumba Instructor.

 

Kerry’s experience of teaching is wide ranging, such as teaching GCSE & BTEC at Hanley Castle High School, Dance Lecturer at University of Gloucester on their ‘Dance for Education’ and Performing Arts degree courses. Kerry has also worked with a wide range of young people within the community from varied backgrounds as a Dance development officer for Wyre Forest district council, with WAY (Worcester Action for Youth) and was the ‘dancer in residence’ at the Swan Theatre, Worcester. Kerry was also vice-principal at Academy Dance for a number of years, during this tenure Kerry choreographed numerous dances that made national finals of All England Dance festival as well as winning the national ‘Classical Greek’ festival held by the ISTD. 

Sophie-Jo Lusted

Head of Creative Studies

Sophie-Jo is a native of Worcester and has been dancing since the age of four, dancing in all manner of disciplines to a very high level at Academy Dance. Sophie-Jo also  obtained A* in both her dance GCSE and A-Level examinations. During this time, Sophie-Jo also successfully placed as an All England Finalist numerous times. Sophie-Jo also worked as a juvenile in numerous Pantomimes at the Swan Theatre, Worcester. Sophie talent was clearly apparent to all of her teachers and she only worked harder and this led to her obtaining a place at the distinguished school London Studio Centre. It was here, she was awarded the Leverhulme Scholarship as well as a 3 year grant from The Bransford Trust.


During her time at London Studio Centre, Sophie-Jo was picked to represent the school at ‘Move It’ festival at the Olympia London as well as being asked to perform solo drama pieces to prospectus students. Sophie-Jo has performed at The Sadlers Wells Theatre, The Pleasance Theatre, The Peacock Theatre, The Royal Opera House for the Pet Shop Boys Inner Sanctum Tour, E.M Forster Theatre with The Wizard of Oz and most recently: UK Tour of The Little Mermaid. Sophie also returned home Christmas 2015 to perform as a principal character in the yearly Pantomime at Worcester Swan Theatre where she played the dual role of Tommy the Cat & Fairy Bow Bells in Dick Whittington. 

 

From a teaching perspective, Sophie-Jo has been teaching from the age of 14, initially acting as a teaching assistant for classes taught by Studio B principal, Miss Kerry. Sophie-Jo then began teaching ‘baby classes’ in her teens. Since this time, Sophie-Jo has further developed her teaching and regularly holds workshops and classes across the UK as well as working alongside national school curriculums. Sophie-Jo owns her own successful youngsters business called Monkeys in Motion which was established in July 2016. Sophie-Jo has a real passion for teaching and sharing her knowledge and expertise to young people and couldn't think of a better place to share it that at: Studio B - Performing Arts Centre.

Karen Edwards

Head of Syllabus

Karen started dancing at the age of 4, studying at Symphony Dance School in Worcester. She continued there for 17 years, and by the end of her time at the school was assisting in classes and teaching one-to-one lessons to exam students. This is where her love and passion for teaching began.

 

Karen then went on to study at Janet Marshall Dance Studios gaining her ISTD Foundation in Dance Instruction qualification for Modern. After this she went to study with the Royal Academy of Dance completing the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies course, which has given her Registered Teaching Status at the RAD that allows her to enter students in for exams. 

 

In 2007 Karen started her own dance school in Bredon, called Bredon School of Dance. The school has grown from strength to strength, which now sees the students competing in Festivals, performing annual shows at The Roses Theatre, and achieving very successful exam results in RAD Ballet, ISTD Modern and ISTD Tap.

 

Karen is qualified in teaching the Progressing Ballet Technique course and a registered teacher to teach Pirouette Surgery. With over 10 years experience in teaching, Karen has 100% pass rate in exams.

Karen is looking forward to joining the Studio B team and working with the dedicated students.

Vicky Shone

Dance Teacher

Vicky has been dancing since the age of 5, studying Ballet, Modern and Tap at Symphony Dance School in Worcestershire. At 15 started studying Contemporary dance when she joined W’ire Youth Dance Company. Vicky then went onto study Choreography at Falmouth University, having the opportunity to work with respected dance practitioners such as Emilyn Claid, Kuldip Singh-Barmi and Angus Balbernie.

During her time at university she choreographed a reworking of the play ‘The Wonderful World of Dissoica’ for THAT Dance Company, and also worked in collaboration with Musicians and Filmmakers on various projects. Throughout her stretch at University, Vicky would often utilise her breaks and spend them teaching alongside Karen at Bredon School of Dance; This is where she caught the bug for teaching.

Vicky is currently in the final stages of completing her ISTD qualifications, and then wishes to continue on to work towards gaining RAD qualified teacher status.

Vicky teaches at several dance schools around the Worcestershire and Gloucestershire area, teaching Modern, Ballet, Tap and Contemporary. She also works with students on festival and competition work.

Along side her teaching, Vicky also makes dance costumes. Having gained both a GCSE and A level in Textile Design, she loves making one off costumes to be worn on the stage. You can find her FaceBook page at VSCostumes.

Vicky is really looking forward to seeing what the future has to offer under the umbrella of Studio B.

Alice Bird

Dance Teacher

Alice has been dancing since she was 3 years old and is still dancing to a high level at Studio B. Initially starting her dancing career at Harlequin Stage School (’00 – ’10), Star Stage ‘School of Dancing’ (’10-’15) and Academy Dance (’15-’16). Alice enjoys all disciplines of dance and is highly skilled in all, achieving consistent high marks in her examinations taken in Ballet, Tap, Modern and Lyrical with IDTA, RAD and ISTD.

 

Alice attended Blessed Edwards Oldcorne Catholic College from ’09 – ’14, when she left having achieved 10 GCSE grades A-C. Alice has recently left Worcester Sixth Form College after completing her A-levels in both Dance & Performing Arts and a BTEC in business. During her time at school, college and dance schools, Alice has appeared in a number of shows such as – Pride & Prejudice, The Ladykillers, Les Miserables, Lord of the Flies, Hairspray, Dr Faustus and more. Alice also has experience performing at a numbers of dance festivals across the country as well as at the renowned ‘All England Dance Finals’.

Alice has amassed a large amount of teaching experience working as a teaching assistant from the age of 15, helping support younger students from a pre-primary level upwards. It is this experience as well as her love for dance that has helped Alice determine that she would like to become a dance teacher, therefore Alice will be working at Studio B as an apprentice being trained and mentored by Miss Kerry to help her develop into a superb fully qualified teacher at Studio B and we are all very excited to support Alice on her journey. Alice is currently undertaking her CBTS (certificate in ballet teaching studies) with the RAD and her DDI with the ISTD.