Teachers

Carol Jenkins

Carol Jenkins

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

Carol has been teaching for 35 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

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 and Dance Acro.

Rachel Bainbridge

Rachel Bainbridge

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

Rachel has years of expertise to draw upon as she has worked with primary aged children all her working life. 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. Rachel produces some of the other creative aspects of our shows 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 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

Niamh Connor

Niamh Connor

BA First Class Hons Degree

Niamh trained at Bird College studying Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Commercial, Contemporary, Singing, Acting and Musical Theatre.

As a 2020 graduate, she has current knowledge of the industry that she is excited to pass on to younger performers. Niamh was trained by well established teachers, choreographers and directors as well as working with current industry professionals from west end productions.

Niamh has teaching experience in Classical Ballet, Musical Theatre and Jazz dance and has 17 years dance experience in a variety of different styles. Joining CJs is a fantastic opportunity to inspire the younger generation and expand the schools programme of dance genres.

Niamh will now be teaching Street,Performers, Ballet and Commercial/Contemporary.