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Pond-Grainger Performing Arts

 

FACULTY

 

 

 

Principal

 

JAKKI GRAINGER

A.I.S.T.D (MDB) (TB) MDB (Dip) A.I.D.T.A (TB) U.K.A (TB) R.A.D (MRT) BCA

 

I started dancing locally at the age of 18 months and took part in many shows and competitions.

As a child model I appeared in fashion catalogues, posters and TV commercials, two TV documentaries and a Shakespeare play for the BBC.

I won a scholarship to the original Italia Conti Stage School in London, and was the last pupil to be auditioned by Ruth, the niece of Italia from the famous Conti family.

At Conti’s I studied acting, singing and all disciplines of dance, passing all major exams in I.S.T.D Tap and Modern, R.A.D Ballet and L.A.M.D.A Speech and acting.

On leaving Stage school I studied with the Sheen Academy of Dance for my teaching qualifications in Tap and Modern.

I now hold four associate teaching certificates and have also qualified as a cheerleading coach.

With my Sister Sally (when I was still a teenager) we ran “The Pond School of Song and Dance”, I then took over the school which later became PGPA after marrying Paul.

 

I love running a busy school, always having something for my pupils to work towards and to look forward to.

Examinations are important, but my passion has always been for performing and choreography. I am always looking for performance opportunities for my pupils and hope that their time spent dancing with me will be full of wonderful memories to look back on in years to come.

 

Miss Jakki

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administration

&

Personal

Assistant

 

Yolanda Hotchkiss

 

Miss Yo is a qualified accountant.

She started dancing with PGPA at the age of 4, and has passed all Ballet, Tap and Modern grades.

 

Miss Yo has taken part in dance competitions and festivals with PGPA, and was in the original dance troupe that won a place in The All England Dance Finals in London.

Miss Yo has also danced in shows and galas at The London Palladium, New Victoria Woking, Sadlers Wells Theatre, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Royal Albert Hall, Her Majesty’s , Guildford Civic Hall, and also danced at Disneyland Paris.

Miss Yo is a registered chaperone/matron for PGPA

 

 

 

 

Teaching

Assistant

 

Hannah Hamilton

 

Miss Hannah holds a Musical Theatre Diploma with Distinction,

and is a member of the IDTA.

She started dancing with PGPA at the age of two, and has passed all her Ballet, Tap and Modern Grades up to and including Intermediate.

 

Miss Hannah has appeared in many professional pantomimes and shows at well known theatres including Victoria Palace, London, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, The London Palladium, Sadlers Wells Theatre, The Royal Albert Hall, Her Majesty’s, New London Theatre, Richmond Theatre, Wimbledon Theatre, New Victoria Woking, and the Theatre Royal, Windsor .

She has also performed at Disneyland Paris 6 times.

Miss Hannah was a cheerleader for 8 years, and is now the assistant coach to the Pink Angels Cheerleading Squad.

Miss Hannah is also a qualified first aider, and registered chaperone/matron for PGPA

 

 

 

 

Musical

Director

 

Paul Grainger

 

Paul began playing the piano at the age of 8 and holds all Royal Academy of Music classical grades up to and including grade 8 in practical and theory.

Paul is a professional musician, he plays piano for weddings, events and shows, he was musical director at The London Palladium for 4 charity galas, and played in several musical bands for many years.

Paul arranges and records all the musical songs and dances for the numerous PGPA shows, performances and productions, and also supplies music for dance schools across the country and abroad.

 

He has produced 7 music CDs for dance class and shows, which are available through the International Dance Sales and on his own music website.  

Paul is also a qualified piano teacher.

 

Paul is married to Miss Jakki.

 

 

 

 

Senior

Drama

Director

 

Alex Grainger

 

Alex started dancing with PGPA at the age of five.

He has danced at all the well known theatres and at Disneyland Paris with PGPA.

He was a babe in professional pantomimes at Woking, Richmond and Wimbledon Theatres, and played the title role in ‘Oliver!’ With The Footloose Theatre Company.

Alex had a solo role in the national tour of ‘Whistle Down The Wind’ and took part in the choir of the national tour of ‘Joseph’ at many theatres, followed by a 3 month run at The New London Theatre, Covent Garden.

He played a chimney sweep in ‘Scrooge’ with Tommy Steele at The London Palladium (2004-2005)

Alex was selected to sing on the original backing track for the Disneyland Paris Circus Parade.

He has taken roles in musicals and drama productions with Eimbridge Youth Theatre and Hinchley Manor Operatic Society.

For television, Alex made a series of promotional commercials for Sky, and played ‘Michael’ in BBC drama ‘Take a girl like you’.

Alex studied music at The Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford and plays the drums, keyboard and bass guitar.

To date Alex has written, directed and choreographed four shows.

His entry in the Elmbridge Drama Festival 2018 won three awards including ‘most original’ script.

Alex reviews musicals and plays on behalf of ‘Underdog’ and ‘Musical Theatre Review’ companies, his reviews are published on their websites.

Last year Alex directed the British Theatre Academy’s production of ‘Annie’ and was a sound tech for ‘Sleeping Beauty ‘ at Theatre Royal, Windsor for Pantomime season.

Alex is a registered chaperone.

 

 

 

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