Qualified Teaching Staff in Chorleywood and Gerrards Cross
CK Theatre School is a well-known dance, drama and musical theatre school Chorleywood Rickmansworth and Gerrards Cross, offering a wide range of classes for kids of all ages. Contact us to find out more.
BA (Hons) First Class ProfGCE (DET)
Lucy's first taste of dance came aged three, at her local ballet school. Passionate about performing, Lucy went on to train at the prestigious Urdang Academy, graduating with a First Class BA (Hons) in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre.
Lucy's professional performance credits include the UK Tour of A Christmas Carol and the European premiere of Cole Porter's Jubilee, where she also acted as dance captain. Since 2013 Lucy has performed regularly as a soprano for the Polka Dots, a 1940s vintage trio, including performances at the BBC Good Food Festival, Epsom Races and the Enfield Pageant.
Lucy went on to become an Animateur and Learning & Participation Coordinator at the world renowned Rambert, where she developed and delivered the company’s Arts Award programme as well as teaching Rambert repertoire and choreography in schools and colleges.
Lucy taught ballet at the Urdang Academy on the associates programme as well as being cover teacher on the diploma and degree courses. In 2014 Lucy became a Performing Arts Lecturer at Uxbridge College leading the Level 3 dance course, as well as designing the Level 2 UAL performing arts course.
Lucy became Principal and co-owner of CK Theatre School in 2016 where she has overseen a range of developments including the introduction of Contemporary dance classes, entries to regional dance competitions, multiple wins at the Watford Speech & Drama Festival, and four full school productions. Lucy has always been passionate about teaching and sharing her love of the performing arts with young people and is thrilled to be able to inspire the wonderful students at CKTS.
JP BA (Hons) ProfGCE (DET)
With a background in stage management, directing, producing and theatre management Josh has a diverse and wide ranging experience across the performing arts industry.
Josh studied production management at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and went on to work as a stage manager and production coordinator on numerous productions including The Woman in Black, Fortune Theatre (West End), Rain Man starring Josh Hartnett, Apollo Theatre (West End), Fiddler on the Roof staring Henry Goodman, Savoy Theatre (West End) and Adrian Nobel’s production of Summer and Smoke starring Rosamund Pike, Apollo Theatre (West End), as well as touring productions of Stephen Daldry’s production of An Inspector Calls, Great Expectations and Guinness World Records Live!
In 2008 Josh founded Talkwood Productions where he has produced and directed multiple productions including an Off West End run and two national tours of A Christmas Carol, and the comedy Jurassic Lark the Musical: from the perspective of the dinosaurs. Other directing credits include Around the World in 80 Days CKTS, Heroes & Villains CKTS, Silver Screen CKTS, High School Musical TheatreTrain, Little Shop of Horrors Amersham & Wycombe College, Jungle Book CKTS, Great Expectations Amersham & Wycombe College, Oliver! TheatreTrain, Peter Pan CKTS, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat TheatreTrain, Around the World in 80 Days Talkwood Productions, Hair the Musical Meme Productions, Fairy Tales II CKTS, Chess the Musical HLOC, Alice in Wonderland Talkwood Productions, Fairy Tales CKTS, One of the Gang EduStage, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe Talkwood Productions, The Music Box EduStage, Alice in Wonderland CKTS. Assistant Director credits include Cover Resident Director on Stephen Daldry’s An Inspector Calls, The House of Bernarda Alba at London School of Musical Theatre, Springboard at Trinity College of Music, and Gore at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
From 2013 Josh spent 3 years lecturing acting and production arts at Amersham & Wycombe College (now Buckinghamshire College Group) and as course leader for level 2 Musical Theatre whilst completing his teaching qualification before going on to become General Manager of Watersmeet Theatre in 2016, where he has overall responsibility for all areas of the 515 seat theatre including co-producing the annual pantomime. In addition to Josh’s theatre career he sits as a Magistrate in Bedfordshire.
Josh is a former student of CK Theatre School, having been a pupil of the school from the age of six to eighteen. CKTS inspired Josh to pursue a career in the theatre industry and so has experienced first hand the fantastic environment and opportunities CKTS has to offer. Now as Managing Director and co-owner with his wife Lucy he is delighted to be able to lead the school through its next phase, inspiring the students to be the best that they can be.
Naomi Luggar CDE
Ballet, Modern and Tap Dance Teacher
Naomi studied dance performance and teaching at The Stella Mann School of Dancing where she gained her Teaching Diploma. During her time there she was part of the Pineapple Cheerleaders Dance Troupe promoting American Football, performed in a music video (Feargal Sharkey), took on a cover teacher role at the college and was a student teacher at CKTS. On leaving college Naomi taught at Ballett Atalier, Mainz, Germany before returning to Chorleywood to teach at CKTS. Naomi also taught Dance and Movement at Gayhurst School, Gerrards Cross for 11 years.
During my years teaching at CKTS I have occasionally been asked why I haven't moved on to teach at other dance schools. My answer? Why would I move when I'm at a school where excellent, enthusiastic staff genuinely care and want the best for their wonderful students, where staff support each other and where we have outstanding shows supported by a team of fabulous past pupils and parents. CKTS is a great place to learn, make friends and have fun.
Amanda Henman BA (Hons) AISTD
Ballet, Modern and Tap Dance Teacher
I started dancing at the age of 7 after begging my mother to let me go to ballet class. As an ex dancer herself she said I had to take it seriously and no messing around. I must have listened to those words as dance ended up being my passion and career. At 18 I gained my first teaching qualification from the ISTD in tap. I knew I wanted to Inspire others to have the same enjoyment of dance that I had growing up. I went on to gain my BA (Hons) degree in dance from The London College of Dance and also completed my teaching qualifications from the ISTD in modern and ballet.
After graduating in 1998 I moved to Mo I Rana in Norway to teach at the Tiptoe Ballettstudio. In my two years there I discovered my passion for choreography. I was commissioned to choreograph two ballet shows for the studio, Swan lake and sleeping Beauty. I worked with Den Norske Opera on the dance sections of 2 shows touring Norway. I was commissioned to choreograph a dance for the opening ceremony of the national skiing championship and for the opening of a new statue in Mo I Rana. I was also a judge on a Norway talent competition! I had an amazing time in Norway but it was cold. The average temperature was about -20 and if you know me you know I love the sun! I moved back to England and was lucky to start at CKTS in September 1998 and I have enjoyed it so much I am still here.
CKTS is a wonderful school and I have been lucky to teach many amazing pupils who I hope I have inspired to love dance as much as I do. My highlight has always been the amazing shows at CKTS and seeing the students shine on stage and having fun, and finding friends for life.
Jack Buchanan BA (Hons) First Class DDE
Ballet & Contemporary
Jack trained professionally at the internationally renowned Doreen Bird College, graduating with a First Class BA Hons. degree and the award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Dance’. Whilst a student he also completed his teaching qualifications, gaining his DDE in Modern dance with ISTD.
Jack has appeared in a number of West End productions including, The Mikado (2019) and Madam Butterfly (2020) with the English National Opera at the London Coliseum. In addition, he has also performed in Qdos Pantomimes as Ensemble/Understudy Aladdin in ‘Aladdin’ at the New Wimbledon Theatre (2018) alongside Lee Ryan and Paul Merton, and he played the role of ‘Skipper’ in ‘Snow White’ (2020) at Manchester Opera House alongside Craig Revel Horwood. In addition to this he has danced commercially on BBC and ITV for the likes of George Ezra and Nile Rodgers & Chic.
As a choreographer Jack has created numerous solo, duet and group pieces which have won multiple national and local awards. He has also had the privilege of working with the third years of Bird College to create a show piece for their show ‘Wars’ (2019) and assisted Thomas Ashton (Artistic Director of the Ashton Dance Collective) on the creation of his show ‘Woo-Ah!’ (2019). You can also see his work as co-choreographer of upcoming artist THOMA’s music video ‘More’.
Jack is delighted to be a part of the team at CKTS, working with such talented and passionate students every week is a joy!
I joined CKTS when I was 6 years old and since then I have taken part in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, contemporary and drama classes. I have met so many great friends and I am very thankful for the teachers - they have given me training as well as creating a fun and exciting atmosphere. My confidence, professionalism and attitude towards learning has developed so much over the past 10 years and the skills I have earned I will carry forward into the future. Currently I am studying A Level Dance, Drama, Biology and Chemistry and hope to continue performing when I am older.
Deputy Head Girl
I started at CKTS in year three and originally joined with just modern and tap and over the years I have also picked up jazz, drama and ballet. I have gained so much during my time here, not only have I gained confidence and determination, skills that will help me later in life no matter what i do, but I have also created amazing friendships. I can’t wait to be able to give back to the school over my last year here in my role as Deputy Head Girl and make the most of every last second. Currently I am in year 13 studying biology, chemistry and maths and once I leave school I am planning on following my dream of becoming a Forensic Scientist by going to university to study Forensic and Analytical Investigation with Integrated Masters.
Suzanne Bazso BA (Hons)
Ballet, Modern, Tap & Contemporary Dance Teacher
Suzanne is a professional dancer, choreographer and instructor from Vancouver Canada. After high-school graduation, Suzanne trained for 2 years under Out Inner Space Dance Theatre’s “Emerging Artists Program – Modus Operandi.” She also travelled to New York City to train at the Rockette Dance Intensive at Radio City Music Hall.
She has performed in various films including Center Stage Two and had the honour of tap dancing in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremonies. Suzanne has spent two contracts travelling the world as a dancer for Disney Cruise Line. She was a part of the opening Cast aboard the Disney Fantasy where she performed in the ship’s christening ceremony alongside Neil Patrick Harris and Mariah Carey in New York City. She performed in various Disney Broadway style productions such as Disney’s Villains Tonight, Disney Dreams, Disney’s Twice Charmed and was a member of the original cast of Disney’s Wishes. Suzanne danced in the Turner Classic Movies’ Christmas Gala alongside Robert Osborne and Jane Powell. Theatrical credits include Royal City Musical Theatre Company’s “My Fair Lady.” Most recently she appeared in Tokyo Disneyland’s “One Man’s Dream 2.”
Suzanne loves teaching at CKTS! She gets to share her passion for dance at a school that values their teachers, and provides an environment that encourages creativity with a focus on training dancers for ‘real world’ success.
Stephen Leask BA (Hons) First Class
Drama & Musical Theatre Teacher
Stephen trained at LAMDA graduating in 2008. He was part of the original West End cast of WAITRESS (Adelphi Theatre) playing the role of Cal and prior to that was Dewey Finn in School of Rock (Gillian Lynne Theatre).
Other theatre credits include: The Wicker Husband (The Watermill Theatre), Being Groucho (Workshop), Robin Hood (The Egg Theatre, Bath), The Canterbury Tales (UK Tour), Rumpelstiltskin (The Egg Theatre Bath), I Killed Rasputin (Edinburgh Festival), One Man, Two Guv’nors (Theatre Royal Haymarket), A Little Hotel on the Side (Theatre Royal Bath), Potted Panto (Vaudeville Theatre), The Secret Garden (Birmingham Rep), Troilus & Cressida (RSC).
Film & Television includes; County Lines, True Horror: The Witches Prison (Channel Four), Doctors (BBC), Our World War (BBC), The Intern (Boundless/Channel 4) and EastEnders (BBC).
Stephen recently appeared in a new musical being developed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Curtis called Unmasked.
Stephen is delighted to be teaching the talented students at CKTS, where he is able to share his wealth of experience.
Beth Davies BA (Hons)
Drama & Musical Theatre Teacher
Beth trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, gaining a first class honours degree in musical theatre, where she received the Peter Coxhead Memorial Scholarship and the Elizabeth Evans Trust Scholarship.
Beth made her professional debut in the 25th Anniversary production of Les Miserables, understudying the role of Madame Thenardier. Other professional credits include Cameron Mackintosh's Oliver!, and most recently playing Katie Nanna and understudying the role of Mrs Brill and the Bird Women in Cameron Mackintosh's and Walt Disney's Mary Poppins. Beth was invited to be a featured cast member in the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2.
Beth loves being a part of the CKTS family and working with the talented students every week.
Ballet, Modern & Tap Dance Teacher
Chloe trained at Leanne Hughes Theatre School between 2006-2013 before going on to continue studying at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Creative Academy.
Chloe then went on to work for Fred Olsen cruise lines working as a dancer and Dance Captain for three contracts with Mirage Shows and Productions. Chloe returned home and performed in "Peter Pan" Pantomime in Billingham Forum Theatre. Chloe then worked at Disneyland Paris as a character and parade performer as well as performing in "The Wild West Show with Mickey and friends". She then returned to sea as Dance Captain on Fred Olsen's Boudicca.
Chloe is thrilled to be teaching the brilliant students at CKTS.
Leaving Letter from the John family
John and I want to thank you so much for all that you have done for our boys over so many years.
When we spoke recently, on the day of the LAMDA exams, you have helped them in so many life skills, you have inspired, equipped and coached them, instilling good discipline and essential team ethics that will be so helpful in whatever they turn their hand to.
From Killy and J John
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