-Meet The Team-

Tracey Southern - Dance Centre PrincipaL
IDTA Senior Examiner 
Granddaughter of Constance Grant and Harry Silvester, Tracey is continuing the family business and following in their theatrical footsteps. Tracey was trained as a child by her mother Judith Silvester here at the Constance Grant Dance Centre, followed by a three-year Musical Theatre & Teacher Training course at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom.
 
She then trod the boards in the UK, abroad and on cruise ships before returning home to train for teacher training qualifications with the IDTA, under the guidance of Miss Judy and Emily Chadburn. 
 
On completion of her Fellowship qualifications, Tracey became an Examiner for the IDTA in 1998 and is now a senior Examiner and Assessor. She is also a coach for Teacher Training. 

Tracey is joint Chairperson of the ”Miss Dance & Dance Master of Great Britain Championships” organising committee, which is sponsored by the IDTA.
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Jessica Spick - Dance Centre Manager
Jessica trained at the Constance Grant Dance Centre from the age of 4 and then went on to study a 3 year Musical Theatre Course at The Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama in Nottingham.
 
She lived and danced professionally in London for a number of years before returning home to Sheffield to further her teaching qualifications and is now a Licentiate member of the IDTA.
Jessica is the Dance Centre Manager and runs the business side of the Dance Centre as well as teaching.
Katie Mather

Katie trained at The Constance Grant Dance Centre from the age of 3 to 18. She Graduated from The University of Sheffield with a BSc degree in Psychology in 2014.

 

Katie worked at Walt Disney World, Florida as a character performer before returning to Sheffield to teach at the dance centre.  She is involved in many local theatre groups and has been lucky to perform a variety of leading roles including Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady – STOS Theatre Company, Lyceum Theatre), Polly Baker (Crazy For You – HHTC, Montgomery Theatre) and Ariel (Footloose – SMTC, Montgomery Theatre). 

 

As of July 2020, Katie is now a qualified primary school teacher, but she still loves to share her passion for dance and the performing arts by teaching with us at the dance centre.

 

Katie will be getting married this July 2021 to Richard Granger, and is so excited for this new chapter of her life to begin!

 

Katie is an Associate/Level 4 Diploma Member of the IDTA.

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Angela Merad
Angela trained at Constance Grant Dance Centre and is a solicitor. She is an Associate member of the IDTA and has been a member of the CGDC team for many years.
Lucie Payne
Lucie trained at the Marilyn Baker School of Dance in Doncaster and then at The Central School of Ballet in London.
 
She danced professionally for a number of years before returning home to further her IDTA qualifications.
 
Lucie is a Fellowship Member of the IDTA.
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Martha Lamb

Martha trained at Constance Grant Dance Centre then at DeMontfort University in Leicester graduating with a BA (Hons) Degree in Dance. She is an Associate member of the IDTA.

Martha also works at the Crucible and Lyceum as Head Dresser in the Wardrobe Department. Credits include: Oliver, Anything Goes, Show Boat, Annie Get Your Gun, Wizard of Oz, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Kiss Me Kate, Standing at the Sky’s Edge, Last King of Scotland, Guys and Dolls as well as many touring productions.

Martha also works Front of House at Sheffield Theatres and with the education department as an assistant movement director and assistant director. She has worked on various projects including the Summer Schools and the Launchpad project working with adults with learning and physical disabilities. She was assistant movement director for the Crucible’s 40th Birthday celebrations and the Sheffield People’s Theatre production, 20 Tiny Plays.

Martha choreographed for Woodseats Musical Theatre Company for 2 consecutive years in 2016 and 2017. 

She has extensive experience working with children and has been working as a playworker in a local primary school during Covid-19.

Carly Modest
Carly trained at the Constance Grant Dance Centre and then at KC professional dance and Musical Theatre College.
 
After Graduating Carly went on to perform professionally and is now a full time freelance dance teacher.
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Mia Cotton 
Mia trained at Constance Grant Dance Centre and started teaching at CGDC in 2018. She went on to study dance at A-level, furthering her ability and knowledge. 
Great-granddaughter of Constance Grant and Harry Silvester, Mia is continuing the family tradition by following in their footsteps. 
 
In 2019 Mia appeared in Cats for Croft House Theatre Company at the Lyceum, playing the role of Luna. As part of this role, she performed an Arial Hoop solo as she did in Let's Dance Musicals, 2018.
Mia enjoys teaching a range of classes but she especially loves teaching the younger pupils and watching them grow through the school.
Mia is a Level 3 Member of the IDTA, having achieved a Distinction.
Rachel Dewhurst

Rachel trained at Constance Grant Dance Centre since the age of 4 and was very pleased to join Team CGDC as a teacher in 2018. She loves being able to pass on her passion for dance to all of her dancers, from her “littles” to her adults!

 

As well as teaching dance, she is currently studying BSc (Hons) Science with Secondary Education at Sheffield Hallam University.

Rachel is a Level 4 member of the IDTA, having achieved a Distinction in both her Ballet and Tap Teaching Diplomas.

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Georgina Allen
Georgina trained at Constance Grant Dance Centre. She then furthered her dance education at Norton college and  Leeds Beckett University where she gained BA (Hons) degree. Georgina has now returned to Sheffield to teach Street Dance and Contemporary.
Abigail Stansall
Abigail trained at Constance Grant Dance Centre since the age of 3. Whilst training here at CGDC Abigail received an IDTA Theatre Award Nomination for Grade 5 Tap, where she placed as a Finalist.  She went onto achieve a Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts Dance at college and is currently studying for a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies at Sheffield Hallam University. 

Abigail is involved in many local theatre groups and was most recently the Dance Captain for Croft House Theatre Company. 

Abigail's bubbly and fun nature creates an enjoyable atmosphere during her classes. She is a Level 3 Member of the IDTA and is undertaking further teacher training whilst teaching here at CGDC.
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Aggie Gryszel

Aggie trained at the Betty Chappelle Dance Centre and then at Phil Winstons' Theatre Works.

She has performed throughout for companies such as Qdos Entertainment and Carnival Cruise Lines.

Aggie is affiliated to several amateur operatic societies and has choreographed numerous productions in Sheffield.

She is a qualified member of the IDTA.