Abbie Jennings LISTD DDP – Principal and Teacher
Abbie started dancing with a local dance school, Oakwood Academy of Dance, when she was only two and a half years old studying Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) Imperial Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap Dance and hasn’t stopped since. Whilst dancing with Oakwood Academy Abbie completed her major dancing exams in all three genres.
Abbie also attended the Urdang Academy in Covent Garden for two years from the ages of 11 to 13 on a Musical Theatre course where she got to perform in a revue show and also in the musical Godspell.
Abbie has also had the opportunity to perform in Young Performers 2000 which took place at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London; this is an experience she will never forget. Abbie hopes to take some of her own students to London this year to give them the same experience.
Other opportunities Abbie has had include a master class with Ian Waite from Strictly Come Dancing, a dance workshop with the cast of ‘Our House’ at The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton and a week course with Hofesh Shechter at The Point in Eastleigh.
Abbie attended the Toynbee School where she was Head Girl in Year 11 and chose to study GCSE Dance, Drama and Music which she passed with A’s and A*’s. As well as a love for dancing herself she has always wanted to teach dance and pass her passion of dancing on to people of all ages.
To further her studies Abbie attended Chichester College after leaving school and studied a BTEC National Diploma in Dance and a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Musical Theatre, passed with Distinction and Distinction*, alongside the ISTD Teaching Qualifications, Diploma in Dance Instruction (DDI) and Diploma in Dance Education (DDE).
Abbie is a fully qualified and registered ISTD Dance Teacher in Imperial Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap Dance. As well as running AJ Dance and Fitness, Abbie also teaches for Oakwood Academy of Dance, Funtime Dance and Drama and is an Associate Lecturer in Tap Dance at the University of Chichester. Abbie also holds a qualification as a Fitsteps Instructor which she gained in 2013. Abbie has also now completed the Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy course held at ISTD2, Old Street, London, specialising in Tap Dance, which she graduated from on 2nd February 2017.
Jemma Conner ISTD DDE – Teacher
Jemma first started dancing when she was just 4 years old at Oakwood Academy of Dance, studying Imperial Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap Dance and has passed her major examinations in all three subjects.
Jemma has always had a love for dancing and chose to study GCSE Dance at school followed by studying A Level Dance and a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Dance at Totton College, alongside English Language and Sociology. She went on to study at Chichester College where she gained her ISTD teaching qualification, Diploma in Dance Instruction (DDI) in all three dance genres in 2015. She then went on to study for her Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) which she successfully completed in July 2016.
Whilst studying at Totton College, Jemma had the opportunity to perform as part of the curtain raiser for Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton, after taking part in a weeks workshop with the company. She has also performed in several shows with the Christchurch Gilbert and Sullivan Society as a dancer. In October 2015, Jemma had the opportunity to perform at Her Majesties Theatre in London with Oakwood Academy, which she was very excited to be part of.
Hayley Roberts ISTD DDE – Teacher
Hayley gained her DDI and DDE ISTD Dance Teaching qualifications at Chichester college in Imperial Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap Dance. Whilst at college she also studied a BTEC National Diploma in Dance for two years as well as an AS Level in Musical Theatre which she passed with Distinctions across the board. Alongside this Hayley was also running her own dance school from 2012 and merged with a local dance school. Hayley has had experience working for other Dance schools and colleges in Hampshire since leaving college in 2012. Hayley’s passion for dancing started when she attended her first Jazz class at the age of three. Since then she has gone on to achieve high grades in exams and has placed many times in local festivals, which granted her a chance to dance at Saddlers wells and achieved 2nd place in the All England Dance final. Hayley has recently set up another dance school to challenge her teaching profession. Hayley is looking forward to teaching for AJ Dance and Fitness and can’t wait to get started.
Dance Class Testimonials
Abbie is an amazing teacher. She is brilliant with young children as well as adults and always pitches the lesson just right. I cannot recommend Abbie highly enough. I am very happy to have her as a teacher for both myself and my daughter. She always choreographs interesting and varied routines suited to the ability of her pupils. If you are looking to keep fit, refresh some old skills, or learn some new ones in a fun environment then Abbie’s classes are for you!
A really brilliant adult tap class! It is extremely friendly, fun and a great way to escape for an evening and get some exercise! Abbie is an amazing teacher and keeps us on our toes
This is a fantastic tap class, we work at a good pace and Abbie always makes it interesting and challenging for us all. A great work out with lots of enjoyment. Highly recommended.
Fitsteps on a Monday eve is brilliant fun and great exercise!! Can’t recommend enough, well done Abbie.