Meet The Team

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


Katrina Excell

Katrina Excell

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

Miss 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, Miss 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

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

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Emily Dennett

Emily Dennett

Pre-School Teacher

From being a student at SAA, Miss Emily teaches 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

Miss Lucy joined us in 2019 after meeting her as a festival adjudicator, having recently returned from a long stint performing in Las Vegas

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Viki Sarker

Viki Sarker

Teacher - ISTD DDI/DDE

Miss 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

Another alumni of SAA, Lloyd loves to teach fun, interactive, sassy classes that make you feel confident and joyous on departure

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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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