Teachers

Carol Jenkins

Carol Jenkins

B.Ed.(Hons) / BTDA Reg Teacher / BTS BodyJam Instructor / First Aid Instructor

Carol has been teaching for over 30 years. On leaving University she worked in primary education for six years before deciding to leave and open CJ’s.

During her years she has accumulated a vast array of knowledge in the teaching field including dance forms from Ballet to Ballroom and Cabaret to Street. She continually updates her expertise by attending dance technicoms and workshops. Fitness is also a vital component to being a dancer and Carol keeps up to date with current trends both personally and to enhance the well being of the dancers she trains.

She has provided the opportunity for many pupils to dance in prestigious venues in London and abroad, via the Mardi Gras Team and thus give them an insight into the professional dance world. The experiences proving invaluable as, a high percentage of CJ’s senior pupils go on to pursue dance when leaving secondary education.

Recently Carol co-produced a show at The Marlowe Theatre with Rachel, which gave every dancer the opportunity to perform in a professional theatre.

As a teacher Carol’s philosophy is that you never stop learning yourself, every pupil is different and so is every lesson, new trends and ideas are forever emerging and it is every teacher’s responsibility to embrace the forever changing world of the Performing Arts.

Carol teaches Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Dance Acro, Lyrical and Street.

Rachel Bainbridge

Rachel Bainbridge

BA Ed. (Hons) Education / Primary PE Level 3

Rachel works alongside Carol in the younger children’s classes and coaches the Tiny Toes class, where her many years as a primary school teacher give her much experience and knowledge in helping new little ones settle into their classes. Her knowledge of early years development helps CJs to keep up to date with all curriculum requirements associated with the Early Years Foundation Stages, which can then be implemented to assist young children with their motor skills at school too.

Rachel also has a background in Drama and Performing Arts which is vital when planning our performances, shows and dance festivals. She recently co-produced a dance show at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. As well as helping with the choreography, Rachel produces some of the other creative aspects of the show such as the music, scripts, props and some of the costumes. She also manages the team of chaperones and does the backstage organisation during shows.

Rachel also coaches with Carol in Dance Acro and tumbling helping children to build their confidence and develop their skills and perfect their routines.

Rachel works alongside Carol in managing the business and day to day running of CJs and is the link person for new children to the school

Carrie Marsden

Carrie Marsden

Carrie was a dancer at CJs from a young girl where she studied all dance disciplines, taking examinations to Major level and performing in many shows. On reaching 16 she auditioned for a place in the Urdang Academy where she was awarded a place with a part scholarship.

She qualified with a Level 6 Diploma in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre. Among her many performances while at Urdang she had the opportunity to dance at ‘Move It’ dance exhibition and in the closing ceremony at the Olympics in 2012 with Darcy Bussell. She was also a back up dancer on “The Wanted” on Strictly Come Dancing.’

On finishing her course Carrie opened her own dance school business, focusing on training the professionals of the future.

Carrie heads up our Aspire classes where she teaches audition technique and choreographs dance routines to stretch the ability of those dancers who have a desire to enter the profession.