About Us

Miss Danni

Hi!  I am Miss Danni, founder and director of GDND Academy (formally Get dan ‘n dance, now abbreviated).   I started teaching at the age of 18 when I started my first class at The Albany in Deptford, whilst I was a jobbing dancer and part time receptionist. Get dan ‘n dance was created in 2003 when my passion for teaching became my main drive; I slowly grew the classes from one a week, to where we are today.

I thoroughly enjoy dance, and teaching it! Throughout my life dance and performing has been where I felt confident, where I felt I could be myself and where I expressed myself on a weekly basis. Dance has been, and still is, my life’s passion. For those attending my school I constantly strive to give the best experience possible to each child, and aim to hire teachers just as passionate about this as myself.

My training began at the age of 3 at the Dorothy Marshall School of Dance where I remained until the age of 16,  reaching Intermediate level in RAD Ballet and Advanced levels in ISTD Tap, Modern, and Jazz, as well a taking part in regular dance competitions. I then took a 3 year Musical theatre diploma at the Arts Educational School, Chiswick. I have furthered my teaching skills with the IDTA gaining Freestyle and Ballet teaching qualifications. I continue to perform and grow as a dancer, and  love to pass on my knowledge to the children who attend my classes. I feel it’s important to keep up to date with the latest dance styles and teaching techniques, and will continue to do so as long as my legs will carry me!

Credits include: Dancing at the London 2012 Olympics,  MOBO awards opening act 2012 with ‘Project G’. Serious about Street dance O2 2012 with ‘Boy Blue’, Got to dance semi finalist 2012 with’Project G’, Walkers Crisps Fish n’ chips commercial 2009, Terri Walker backing dancer.


Miss Katy

Where did you train as a dancer?

I started modern when I was 3years old at Dragonfly School in Stafford. At the age of 12yrs I was introduced to Street Dance and loved it. I danced with Dance Nuvo from the age of 12-18yrs until I left for university. I studied dance at Kingston University and graduated with a 2/1 degree.

Why do you enjoy teaching?

Seeing a child improve. There is nothing better than seeing a child working really hard and watching them grow as a dancer.

Credits include: Adidas advert, T4 advert, Red bull carnival party- acts included Major Lazer, Rita Ora. 2012 Olympics, Mobo Awards 2012 opening act


Miss Emma

Can you tell us about your dance training background?

I started my first dance classes at the age of 15 at Huskys Studios. Followed by 3 years at Lewisham College,taking A Level dance and Access to Dance.I then took my IDTA Dance Teacher training qualifications withDancemode. My styles of dance vary from African, Street, Contemporary, Jazz.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I enjoy the flexibility of being able to teach a number of different dance styles, which opens up the student’s knowledge and experiences of learning different dance techniques.

Tell us something interesting about you.

I sang on stage with Elvis Presley’s band for Elvis’ Tribute concert.

Credits include: ELC teaching dance theatre in Brazil 2013 to trafficked females. Rebirth, Jahaziel, East london dance – Flashmob, Mavis Stewart MBE. 

 

 


Miss Ibs

Where did you train as a dancer?

My Dance training took place at Croydon College and Kingston University in various dance styles such as, Jazz, contemporary, Classical Indian to name a few and I continue to train in Street dance via girl group, Project-G.

What is your greatest achievement as a dancer?

Performing before Queen Elizabeth at the Albany Theatre alongside opening for the MOBO awards November 2012.

What aspect of teaching do you enjoy most?

Being able to share my knowledge and skills with movement with those I teach.Dance has played a big part in my life over the years and I continue to strive to exceed expectations in myself and my students.

Credits include: BA hons – Dance. Hip hop championships – Las Vegas. Olympics 2012 – opening acts boxing and volleyball.  Opening act Mobo’s 2012.  Semi finalist of Got to Dance 2012.  Glastonbury 2013.

 

 


Miss Leticia

Can you tell our dancers about your dance training background?

I trained at Lewisham College in Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz. I have also trained in all all different styles of Hip Hop Dance including Breakdance, Locking, Popping, Commercial and Street Dance.

Tell us something interesting about you.

If I wasn’t a dancer I would be a professional footballer!

Are you part of any dance crews or companies?

I am a member of Avant Garde Dance, and also belong to ZooNation.

How long have you been dancing?

I’ve been dancing for 19 years.

Credits include: Nike D-Clash all female dance troupe, Kelly Rowland, Bounce Swedish Street Dance Company, Basement Jaxx, T-Mobile, Nokia, 4 Music.


Karim

What are your influences within Dance?

I have been dancing for long while now. Early influences were, Dancehall but have since been inspired by many different styles including Hip Hop, Contemporary and African.

Can you tell us about your Dance training?

I started dancing when a friend took me to Husky’s Dance Studios and my journey began from that point on.  I was introduced to the wide world of dancers. I trained RSDC (South West), then Ruthless (South East) and Dance 2xs which started my progress into the commercial world. I now currently dance with my east London family Boy Blue, one of the best hip hop companies in the country.

How passionate are you about your Dance Career?

I am very passionate about my craft.  I intend to inspire the next generation of dancers by creating work and leave behind a legacy. Whilst working as a dancer/teacher, I am also trying to change the dance industry to make dancers voices finally be heard.

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Miss Prisca

Can you tell our dancers about your dance training background?

I started my training in ballet at 6 years old in a private dance school in Italy, studying the RAD and Vaganova methods and participating in national dance competitions, courses and RAD syllabus exams.

At the age of 12, I started to train in contemporary and jazz alongside ballet, also attending regular workshops with international teachers. At the age of 19, I passed the audition for the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, I moved to the UK and I trained daily in Ballet, Contemporary, Improvisation and Choreography, gaining a Foundation Diploma first and then a BPA (Hons) degree in 2011.

During my last year at NSCD, I also majored in Dance Artist in Education, in order to deepen my knowledge in the teaching area.

Tell us something interesting about you.

When I was a child I never thought about being a dancer or a dance teacher, but when I grew up I realised that it was my true and only passion, the only discipline that never bored me!

Credits include: Dancer for the “Samarcanda” agency, Italy, Tempered Body Dance Theatre Contemporary art installation Props, Binge-Brighton Fringe Festival, the Rich Mix, The Junction in Cambridge and as part of Drunken Nights in Tooting. “The whole and the p’arts” , “Nybble” by the artist Ollie Palmer at the V&A Museum, annual commissioned pieces as part of the NSCD showcases.