WHO WE ARE
HMDA Teaching Faculty
Teacher & Principal
Heidi started dancing at the age of three at The Dorothy Coleborn School of Dance in Bath where she continues to teach today!
She continued her professional training at Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts, now known as Bird College and is a fully qualified Ballet, Modern and Tap teacher with the I.S.T.D and a registered teacher of the R.A.D.
Prior to her teaching career Heidi danced professionally onboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and P&O Cruises, summer seasons, pantomimes, fashion and trade shows and on television. She played the part of Phyllis in two U.K Tours of the musical 42nd Street. Heidi has taught at Dorothy Coleborn for the last 15 years and has been lucky enough to be involved in three whole school shows at the Theatre Royal, Bath. She has co-choreographed seven Disney shows which have been performed at Eurodisney, Paris and Freckles the musical which was performed at the Greenside Theatre at Edinburgh Fringe 2016 with a 5 star review. Heidi was choreographer on four pantomimes for U.K Productions at Theatre Royal, Bath- Aladdin, Robin Hood & the Babes in the wood, Jack & the Beanstalk and Dick Whittington all alongside director Chris Harris.
Heidi has a 100% I.S.T.D exam success pass rate with many pupils achieving Distinction. She is First Aid trained, a licensed chaperone, holds enhanced DBS and is a qualified Zumba instructor.
Singing & Musical Theatre
Kiera-Marie attended the prestigious Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts studying Musical Theatre, graduating with honours in 2014. She has been acting since the age of 4 and attended Helen O'Grady Drama School, a school specifically focused on building children's confidence and communication and language skills; much like HMDA.
Alongside teaching, Kiera works as a professional actor/singer and has performed in numerous productions across TV, Film and Theatre.
As well as teaching at HMDA, Kiera also acts as a Performance Coach, teaching both 1:1 and running Masterclasses at schools throughout London and Bristol.
Kiera always makes sure lessons are fun yet informative as she believes the skills obtained through performance and play are valuable life skills that we can take with us and build upon as we grow.
Kiera says, "The most rewarding part of the job for me is seeing the children's confidence and creativity grow week by week and watching them turn into articulate and outgoing young adults."
Contemporary & Hip Hop/Commercial
Lizzie started dancing from a young age and has always had a passion for all things theatre. In 2019 she gained a place at the prestigious Bird College of Performing Arts in London, training in Musical Theatre, Tap, Commercial, Ballet, Singing, Acting and Contemporary. Whilst in training, she performed in the musical Young Frankenstein and as a dancer and ensemble singer in “Cirque” at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford.
Lizzie has performed many times in various theatres around the UK, playing parts such as Bet in Oliver!, Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street and Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical. She also played the part of Gabriella in a High School Musical show on the FantasyLand stage in DisneyLand Paris!
Lizzie has been a lead dancer in three professional pantomimes with UK Productions and in one of those understudied the part of Wendy in Peter Pan in 2014.
She now teaches in various schools and colleges in Bath and Bristol, as well as tutoring students working towards their GCSEs, A Levels and BTEC dance courses.
Quality Dance Training
The aim and ethos of the school is to nurture a love of dance and performance, and bring out the very best in each child.
Whether dancing with aspirations of a future career in performing arts or just for fun and pleasure, the school aims to create a supportive learning environment where confidence grows and high expectation challenges everyone to be the best they can be.