Michelle trained at the Bush Davies School and Elmhurst School.
As a professional dancer her credits include The Lido in Paris where she was a Bluebell Girl and understudy to the Principal Soloist and the Flying Ballet number. She also toured Europe and the USA with The Lido tournee as principal understudy.
On the Princess Cruise Lines she danced in a cast on board ships cruising worldwide on over 10 of their fleet. She then was appointed Fitness Manager of the ships.
After her performing career, Michelle qualified as a dance teacher and holds her Licentiate ISTD. She has taught at the Edmonton & Vegreville Schools of Ballet in Canda, the Chelsea Ballet Schools, the Sandra Powell School of Ballet in Horsham and Jean Butterworth School of Dance, Worthing where she teaches ISTD modern and tap.
Michelle is thrilled to be a member of the Gielgud Academy faculty teaching modern and tap.
Laura Veazey trained at Tring Park School of Performing Arts from 2002-2011. During her training at Tring she performed in over ten Tring Park productions and she also performed with NYB (National Youth Ballet) at many venues including Sadlers Wells, Theatre Royal Drury Lane and Birmingham Hippodrome. The ballets she performed in include Alice in Wonderland (choreographed by Wayne Sleep), The Old Man of Loch Nagar (written by the Prince of the Wales and choreographed by Drew McConie) and The Four Seasons by Frank Freeman.
After graduating from Tring Park Laura worked as an intern at English National Ballet Company and then joined Gielgud Management as an agency assistant in 2011 and Gielgud Academy as both office administrator and teaching assistant. Laura has also been training at Chichester College since 2013 on the ISTD teacher training course doing the DDI (Diploma in Dance Instruction) in Ballet and Modern and was successfully awarded the qualification in 2014.
Photograph by Suzanne Gielgud
Francesca originates the Shetland Islands. She trained at the Dance School of Scotland in Glasgow
and the Arts Educational School in London. Francesca gained a place in the 25th Anniversary cast of
Les Miserables at the Queens Theatre London and was also part of the anniversary performance at
the 02 screened live in cinemas worldwide and released on DVD. She also recorded vocals for the
Les Mis movie. Francesca played Simone in The Baker's wife at the Union Theatre in London before
taking on her first role with Jordan Productions in Robin Hood in Eastbourne in 2011 and has worked
for the company as principal girl for 7 years now, choreographing 3 productions. Francesca has also
been part of various workshops and cast recordings including Once apon a time at the Adelphi and
the Original London Cast Recording of One Touch of Venus. Recent credits include Alice in
Wonderland at the Gordon Craig Theatre and The Fix at the Union Theatre in London. When
Francesca is not performing she is a very busy dance teacher teaching all over Sussex, she is a
qualified ISTD ballet teacher and also directs and choreographs many school productions.
Matt is a qualified ISTD teacher, having gained his Diploma for Dance Instruction (DDI) in both Tap and Modern. He has taught at Pineapple Dance Studios, London and is now delighted to be joining the GAPA faculty and GAPA is thrilled to welcome him back.
Matt trained at GAPA between 2011-2013 where he took his major vocational dance exams and was awarded the Senior Boys ballet medal and the Pat Ellis award for modern and tap. In 2013 Matt joined Tring Park School for the Performing Arts on their 6th form Musical Theatre Course. On completion of the course, Matt was offered a place at Bird College on their 3-year BA(Hons) Musical Theatre course and is currently in his 3rd Year of training.
Matt has been a member of TapAttack since 2011, a specialised tap group in the UK that fuels the England Tap Dance Team. Matt is a 5 times World Tap Champion in solo, group and formation categories. Matt has been out to Boston, USA and Dubrovnik, Croatia to tap festivals to train with the elite tap dancers in the world. Matt is a part of Avalon Rathgeb’s ‘Old Kent Road’ company.
Matt has appeared in Got To Dance (Opening Title Sequence, Sky1); The One Show (Special Guests, BBC), Dancer for Alternative Hair Show 2016 (Anne Veck Salon); Exile 2013 by Hurts (Music Video); Dance Proms (Royal Albert Hall); and Corporate events for Mercedes, McDonalds, Vodafone, Alton Towers.
Dr Ross McKim trained in Vancouver, then at at the Royal Ballet Upper School in London after which he was accepted into the Royal Danish Ballet Company at the young age of only 17. After the Royal Danish Ballet, he worked with the National Ballet of Canada as well as studying ballet and contemporary dance and choreography in Toronto and New York, focusing on the Martha Graham technique. At age 21, he returned to London and joined the London Contemporary Dance Theatre at the Place under the tutelage and directorship of Robert Cohan CBE, where he danced, taught and choreographed for 5 years. A critic from the Birmingham Post declared that he was “possibly the most beautiful dancer in Britain”. In 1976, McKim founded his own company, Moving Visions Dance Theatre and in 1982 he founded the Chamber Dance Theatre of Vancouver.
Most notably, in 1995 Ross was appointed the Artistic Director of the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. A post which he held with great respect for the next thirty years. His extensive knowledge of different ballet and contemporary techniques lead him to create his own unique way of moving. His contemporary classes and choreography have trained and inspired generations of professional performers from across the globe.
Ross received an MA in Dance Studies from the University of Surrey in 1990 and a PhD in Theology from Durham University only 10 years later. He has also had two books about contemporary dance published. In 2016 Ross and his legacy of contemporary dance was the subject of a feature length documentary called ‘The Gospel of Ross McKim’ which premiered at the 2016 Raindance Film Festival London and won ‘Best Feature Documentary at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards’. It has also been nominated for the Jury prize at the NICE International Film Festival 2017.
Dr Ross is delighted to be sharing his legacy and profound knowledge of contemporary dance technique to GAPA’s young dancers.