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- DDI/DDE ballet, tap and modern

- BTEC National Diploma in Dance

- Diploma in Musical Theatre

- Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Dance

- YMCA Exercise to Music Award


Our Teachers

Joanna Mortimer - 'Miss Jo'

Inspire Founder and Principal


I'm so proud of our achievments at Inspire. We've gone from having only a handful of children to over 300 fantastic students.


Seeing our pupils return each term and watching them progress is the most special part of my job, and what drives me to continue expanding. My favourite part about Inspire is the shows - showing off the exceptional talent of our students, and seeing their reactions to performing in front of a huge crowd is priceless. 


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Kristina Hewitt - 'Miss Kristina'

Horsham and Copthorne Dance teacher

Kristina started dancing aged 2, and hasn't stopped since! When she was younger she trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Greek and Irish, and completed her ISTD Advanced 2 with distinction in Tap, Modern and Greek.  Whilst at school she completed GCSE dance and drama and BTEC Performing Arts at A Level with a double distinction star. As a child she performed in many professional pantomines and acting work, including playing human Glenda in the film Seed Of Chucky. She also competed in many festivals around the country. Since leaving school she has attended The Urdang Academy where she has recieved a BA Hons degree in Professional Dance and Musical theatre.  Whilst at Urdang she has also studied styles such as contemporary, commercial and street, and furthered her learning in acting and singing.  


Kristina has taught at various schools around the area and has a DDI in modern.  She hopes to further her teaching qualifications within the next year. She is really excited to be joining Inspire Academy of  dance and cannot wait for the future of the school.


- BA Hons in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre - The Urdang Academy

- ISTD DDI Modern

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Amira Kendall - 'Miss Amira'

Horsham and Copthorne Dance Teacher

Alex was dancing before she could walk , She comes from a line of theatrical family. Alex’s mother is an ex Westend hoofer and highly qualified ballet teacher .Alex trained at her families school ‘the silver ribbons Dance and performing arts school’ until the age of 16 achieving distinction in ballet and tap then went on to Italia Conti Academy London at the age of 17 for 3 years to obtain her trinity national diploma in performing arts , A level  drama as well has studying and completing her teachers grades in classical ballet . Alex has worked all over London theatres as well as performing with the royal Shakespeare company In the children’s version of ‘as you like it ‘ , has been in my fair lady at the Wimbledon theatre, chorus dancer in one from the heart production company’  pantomimes for 5 years running , danced at the Britt awards as a backing dancer , worked as a show girl for YD promotions limited,  has worked for Warner brothers in Harry Potter and the goblet of fire , been on GMTV this morning , worked for Disney recording singing greeting cards with hallmark . Alex also writes and directs children’s pantomimes . She has her own dance and theater school but is very happy to be joining the inspire team and looks forward being apart of your children’s growth and development.

Horsham Dance Teacher

Alex Vallance 'Miss Alex'


Julia Jones 'Miss Julia'

Horsham Dance Teacher

Opal Weaver 'Miss Opal'

Horsham Dance Teacher

Laura Ellis 'Miss Laura'

Handcross Dance Teacher

Jessica Wood 'Miss Jess'

Handcross and Great Walstead Dance Teacher

Helen Gomez

Dance School Administration Manager

Katie Schoen 'Miss Katie'

Reigate Dance Teacher



Katie Schoen is a dance teacher and choreographer from Surrey. Katie trained at Bird college graduating with a National Diploma in professional dance and musical theatre.

She then went on to work as a parade dancer in Disney land Paris, and later embarked on several contracts as a production dancer/trapeze aerialist for Celebrity X cruises. She was then promoted to 'aerial captain' for her final cruise contract.


Katie has choreographed for summer youth projects at the Electric theatre in Guildford including shows 'Aladdin' Easter 2017 and 'Singing in the Rain' summer 2017. Also a production of ‘West side Story’ in Belfast summer 2018.

Katie coaches children at various dance schools in the Surrey and West Sussex area. She enters children for dance festivals and examinations in Jazz, Ballet and Tap.

Katie likes to use all the skills she learnt as a professional dancer in her teaching practise. And she throughly enjoys passing on her passion for dance to children.

Julia started dancing at the age of 5 at the Adele Academy of Dancing, Brighton, where she trained in Ballet, Modern and Tap and took part in various festival competitions and shows throughout her time there.

She was selected to perform in The English Youth Ballet’s production of ‘Coppelia’ when she was 17 at The Connaught Theatre in Worthing and also ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ Panto at The Old Market in Brighton at 18.

At 18 Julia went to The Margaret Howard Theatre College in Hertfordshire to complete a Performing Arts Diploma and to start her teaching qualifications. It was here that her passion for teaching began. Whilst at the college she participated in a number of shows and pantomimes, being selected to perform a duet at her graduation show.

Once graduated, Julia performed in Panto at The Watford Palace Theatre before moving back home to Brighton to start her teaching career.

In 2016 her choreography was selected to compete at the Dance World Championships in New York. She is looking forward to joining the team at Inspire and the challenges ahead.


Julia is a qualified teacher with the ISTD in Ballet, Tap and Modern, DBS checked, a registered chaperone with the relevant public liability insurance.

List Qualifications:

DDI/DDE – Ballet, Tap and Modern

Performing Arts Diploma – Margaret Howard Theatre College




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Laura trained at Elmhurst School of Dance where she toured the UK with the Birmingham Royal Ballet & Laine Theatre Arts where she graduated with a Diploma in Musical Theatre.


Her credits include, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (Resident Director & Resident Choreographer Canadian Tour), "Thoroughly Modern Millie" (Resident Choreographer & Swing, UK Tour), "Kiss Me Kate" (Ensemble, Kilworth House), "Swallows & Amazons" (BBC Film V/O) "In The Dark" (BBC Series V/O) "Memphis the Musical" (Teenage Girl, Shaftesbury Theatre West End), Laurence Olivier Awards 2015 (Royal Opera Hotuse), "Sunday Night at the Palladium" (London Palladium), "BBC Proms in the Park", Jack & The Beanstalk (Dance Captain, Norwich Theatre Royal), "An Evening of Dirty Dancing" (UK Tour, Dance Captain), "Cinderella" Richmond Theatre (Ensemble U/S Cinderella), "Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs" (Evolution Productions, U/S Wicked Queen), "P&O Australia" (Cruise Liner, Singer/Dancer), "Cinderella" (Qdos U/S Fairy Godmother)


Laura can also be heard on the London cast recording of "Memphis the Musical".


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Abbie Guiver 'Miss Abbie'

Copthorne and Horsham Dance Teacher

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Phoebe Henderson 'Miss Phoebe'

Dorking Dance Teacher

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Eftychia Karamouta 'Miss Effy'

Copthorne and Haywards Heath Dance Teacher

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