Katie loved performing from an early age, appearing on stage and television and attending Freestyle medal lessons and competitions. After successfully passing her A Levels at Stratford College, Katie went onto continue her studies at Leeds University’s Performing Arts Academy - Bretton Hall. It was here she achieved her BA Honours in Theatre and Acting for Broadcast Media, coming top her in her year for the solo acting module of her degree.

Katie then went onto achieve her professional teaching qualification in Freestyle Dance at Associate level with the IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association). Most recently Katie has been awarded her Associate level in Contemporary Dance with the UKA (United Kingdom Alliance of Dance).

In addition to these qualifications, Katie has a specialist Directing qualification from Central School, Birmingham, Musical Theatre qualifications and has worked professionally in Television and Radio. She has also lectured for the IDTA and written, produced and directed numerous StarStruck shows. Katie is very proud to have trained and choreographed many solo performers and teams for the West End too and strives to ‘encourage and inspire’ all her students.

SSPA Academy Ambassador & Patron – Andrew Chadwick


Andrew Chadwick is a Musical Theatre Performer, Teacher and Choreographer from Blackpool. He trained at Phil Winstons Theatreworks in Blackpool and is a long standing teacher and Lecturer for IDTA schools around the country and the world. He has taught and choreographed from Germany to Spain and Portugal and as far away as China and Australia.

Andrew has a vast experience in performing in Musicals including performing lead roles such as ‘Rusty’ in ‘Starlight Express’, ‘Mungojerry’ in ‘Cats’, ‘Bobby C’ in ‘Saturday Night Fever’, Dance captain in ‘Fame’ along with many other theatre credits. Andrew has also appeared in Disney’s recent Major Motion Picture Remake of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ where he danced the role of ‘Lumiere’. He is currently performing and playing the lead role in Disney’s hit musical Tarzan.