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The Florian School of Dance - The Florian Team

All our teachers hold current Enhanced DBS checks and first aid qualifications. The Florian School of Dance has recently been award the C.D.E.T. (Council of Dance Education & Training) Recognised School Award.

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- Principal: Annette FitzGerald - Ballet

Diploma, Royal Ballet School (Dip. R.B.S.) Teachers Training Course (T.T.C.); Licentiate Modern, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (L.I.S.T.D); D.D.E Cecchetti Ballet & National; Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Examiner and Registered Teacher.  Benesh Notation Teaching Certificate. Council of Dance Education & Training (C.D.E.T) Recognised Teacher.

Annette trained at the Arts Educational School, London. Following a career dancing professionally both in the UK and abroad she went on to audition successfully for the Royal Ballet School’s Teachers Training Course RBS (TTC). After graduating from the RBS Annette spent the next 3 years teaching in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, Tuscany. She opened the Florian School of Dance in 1985 and became an Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance in 1994. Annette also enjoys tutoring for the Academy and is an official mentor for the RAD Certificate in Ballet and Teaching Studies (CBTS). 

Principal: Annette FitzGerald - Ballet
- Katy Tsangaris - Ballet

National Diploma: Ballet at Pretoria Technikon, S.A; Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Teachers Certificate. 

Katy trained with Sally Sieg at East London Technical College in South Africa. 1991 – 1998 still in South Africa, Katy was demonstrating her versatility as a professional dancer performing with ballet, contemporary, jazz, flamenco and musical theatre companies. She also ran a small dance school in an underprivileged community.

After moving to Greece, Katy obtained her RAD Teaching Certificate with Distinction and taught ballet for 13 years to students of all ages and at all levels.

Katy Tsangaris - Ballet

Katy joined the Florian team in 2011 and continues to enjoy teaching ballet to students from Pre School – Advanced and Adult Ballet classes. Katy is about to start a Masters degree in Education (Dance Teaching) with RAD in collaboration with Bath University.

- Felicity West - ISTD Modern & Tap – Junior levels

BA (Hons) Dance. Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (I.S.T.D) D.D.I & D.D.E Ballet, Modern & Tap

Felicity is looking forward to joining the Florian team this term.  She is experienced teaching students at all levels - 3 years to adults, syllabus work and free classes. When Felicity isn't dancing she enjoys spending time with her beautiful 8 month old baby boy.

Felicity West - ISTD Modern & Tap – Junior levels
- Bronwen Dixie - Jazz

ISTD teaching qualifications in Ballet, Modern and Tap


Bronwen Dixie completed her dance training at Performers College in Essex and graduated with ISTD teaching qualifications in Ballet, Modern and Tap. After a number of years working as a professional dancer she decided to pursue a career in teaching. Bronwen has now been teaching along the south coast for 16 years and has particularly enjoyed working with vocational students. Until recently she was Head of Dance and 6th form students at a local full time vocational performing arts college where she was very involved with directing and choreographing the college’s performances and preparing students for auditions. Browwen is very excited to be, in her own words ‘joining the esteemed teaching faculty at Florian School of Dance’.

Bronwen Dixie - Jazz
- Amanda Watkinson - Contemporary

BA (Hons) in Choreography and Dance


Whilst at Winchester University studying for her degree Amanda was also a member of the D@win Dance Company. She participated in an overseas study program and spent a semester at Shenandoah Conservatory in the U.S.A. Amanda now enjoys working with a wide variety of young people and adults including those with learning disabilities. She runs Innov8 Dance Company which is for advanced, adult contemporary dancers. Here she takes regular classes, choreographs and organises shows, workshops and events.

Amanda Watkinson - Contemporary

Amanda is passionate about inspiring others through her dance teaching and is looking forward to developing her skills as a dance teacher and freelance artist. We warmly welcome Amanda to the Florian faculty.

- Emma Emmerson - Ballet

BA (Hons) in Dance and Culture

We are delighted to be welcoming a lovely new ballet teacher to the Florian team, Emma Emmerson. Emma graduated from the University of Surrey in 2004 with an upper second class BA (Hons) Degree in Dance and Culture. She danced professionally for a number of years both on the Royal Olympic cruise ships and with several contemporary dance companies including The Featherstonelaughs and Ludas Dance Company. Emma also worked in the education department at the Royal Opera House until 2010. Alongside her role here she also took the opportunity to attend professional open classes under former ballet mistress Romaine Grigorova.

Emma Emmerson - Ballet

After taking a break to start a family, Emma decided to pursue a teaching career. In 2016 with Annette FitzGerald as her official mentor, Emma enrolled on the Royal Academy of Dance CBTS Programme (Certificate in Ballet and Teaching Studies) and after successfully completing this was awarded Registered Teacher Status in January 2018. 

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