Meet The Team

Southern Arts Academy couldn't be where it is today without the amazing commitment of our wonderful staff...


Meet our wonderful staff

Katrina Excell

Katrina Excell

Principal & Founder - ISTD FDI/DDI/DDE & NATD

Katrina heads up the team as the School Principal after establishing SAA in 2004

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Charlotte Pilkington

Charlotte Pilkington

School Administrator - BSc (Hons) & Cover Teacher - ISTD DDI

Previously a student, Charlotte is now primarily involved with the daily operations of running the business

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Ali Lipscombe

Ali Lipscombe

Teacher - ISTD DDI/DDE

Ali has been teaching at SAA since 2008 and has recently updated her qualifications in DDI/DDE Ballet

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Bluebell Lane

Bluebell Lane

British Gymnastics Coach & Trainee Teacher - ISTD DDI

More information will be added here soon!

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Emily Brooks

Emily Brooks

Teacher - BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

We welcome Emily as she joins us in 2019/20 to teach Street & Contemporary

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Emily Dennett

Emily Dennett

Pre-School Teacher

Emily teachers our youngest dancers and enjoys helping the next generation find their passion for dance

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Lucy Willett

Lucy Willett

Teacher - ISTD DDI/DDE

We welcome Lucy as she joins us in 2019/20 to teach Advanced Technique, Jazz, Limbering & Musical Theatre after a long stint working in Las Vegas

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Sarah Nicholson

Sarah Nicholson

Teacher - ISTD & BA (Hons) Choreography and Dance

We welcome Sarah as she joins us in February 2020 to teach the Primary & Grade 1 classes on a Saturday morning

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Viki Sarker

Viki Sarker

Teacher - ISTD DDI/DDE

Viki has been teaching for SAA since 2018 after graduating from Laban Conservatoire

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Lloyd Kingston

Lloyd Kingston

Cover Teacher - ISTD DDI

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Jessica Thomas

Jessica Thomas

Currently On Maternity Leave - Teacher - ISTD DDI/DDE & Acrobatic Arts Coach

Jessica has trained with SAA since 2009 and has gone on to successfully gain her DDE and Acrobatic Arts qualificiations

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Barbara  Parsons

Barbara Parsons

General Assistant

Barbara has been a valued member of the Southern Arts Team since is was first established in 2004

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Graham  Excell

Graham Excell

Director of Finance - BA (Hons) & ACMA

Graham has worked closely with SAA for the past 10 years

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