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Meet the staff

Catherine Ingram MA L.I.S.T.D. Dip CDE Principal

As a dancer, my experience includes training in classical ballet, tap, modern and jazz dance, commencing at age 3 years to vocational level.

I then started working as an assistant teacher in a large school in South London, when I moved back to Portsmouth in 1982 I undertook my teacher training in Classical Ballet.

After working as a freelance teacher in various establishments including Portsmouth University, Portsmouth Arts Centre, Ashcroft Arts Centre, and Adult Education Centres, I established the Giselle Academy of Dance and Theatre Arts to have a permanent base from which to teach children and young people.

My qualifications include:

  • First Class Masters Degree in Dance Technique Pedagogy
  • Licentiate Diploma in Classical Ballet
  • Certificate in Dance Education in Ballet, Tap and Modern
  • Associate Diploma in Modern Theatre Dance
  • Certificate in Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • Certificate in History and Development of Western Dance
  • Registered Tutor for I.S.T.D
  • Adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals

I am completely committed to encouraging children of all ages and abilities to enjoy dance and the performing arts, bringing out the best of their talents. To help me do this, I am committed to my on-going professional training, which has included being a member of the Royal Ballet Teacher Link Course, many training courses covering teaching pointe work, boys, challenging physiques, psychological techniques for improving dance performance, bioenergetics, and residential teachers courses with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

I also incorporate the teaching of drama into the school curriculum, because not only is it a performing art in its own right, but drama is vital to dancers and singers to help with expression. I studied drama at school and college and take great pleasure in running the junior theatre companies within the school.

Meghann Buckley – Vice Principal

  • BA (Hons) WBL (In Professional Practise of Dance)
  • Level 6 National Trinity Professional Diploma in Dance with Musical Theatre

After Graduating from Laine Theatre Arts, Meghann went on to dance and teach in New York, Long Beach CA and London, teaching recreational gymnastics, dance and circus skills, and taking further training in American Rhythm Tap, and specialist classes in Turns and Leaps!

Meghann now teaches at Haslemere Performing Arts, and is very excited to take up her new role as Vice Principal at Giselle Academy.


Liza Carter – FISTD Modern and Tap: Approved Tutor with ISTD for DDI and DDE

Liza studied with Paddy and Susan Hurlings in Portsmouth. She started her teaching career working part time at Victoria School Of Dance and at Emjay School of Dance. Liza also worked free lance across the South, as well as in Portugal, coaching children and teachers. Liza has choreographed for many local shows and her students have won Janet Cram and Star Tap Awards. She enjoys training students to become qualified teachers and many of her ex students have made a professional career in dance. Liza is very pleased to be part of the teacher training team at Giselle Academy, teaching DDI and DDE Modern Theatre and Tap Dance.


Kate Hudson D.D.I. I.S.T.D Diploma, Performing Arts Teacher

Originally from Portsmouth, Kate went on to train professionally at The Centre Performing Arts College, where she gained her FDI Teaching qualifications in Ballet, Tap and Modern.

Kate’s professional experience includes Costa and Carnival Cruise Liners (dancer), Friday Night Project (dancer), Spooks BBC1 (supporting artist), Bollywood MTV dancer and various music videos, Hair Ott and Toni and Guy hair model as well as film and TV work. Kate has now settled in Portsmouth and is making a career within teaching, using her knowledge and experience as a professional dancer.

Nicola May Bishop D.D.E. in Imperial Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap Dance

Nicola started dancing at Giselle Academy aged 2 1/2. From an early age she showed an interest in teaching and use to help in classes regularly. She went to Southdowns Collage where she did A Level Dance and Drama and then onto Chichester University for a year. Nicola then trained at Giselle Academy to be a teacher. Nicola has gained her DDE qualification in Imperial Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap Dance.

Emma Weeks D.D.E in Imperial Ballet

Emma started dancing at Giselle Academy aged 5. Emma took part in festivals gaining many awards. She went to Southdowns College where she did A Level Dance and Drama and then onto Chichester University for a term. Emma then trained at Giselle Academy to be a teacher. Emma has gained her DDE qualification in Imperial Ballet.

Neil Mogridge MRSH, ADTA, Dip Drama in Education, Musical Director / Musical Theatre and Drama Teacher

Neil has been involved with theatre since an early age and has performed in London’s West End. Neil enjoys all aspects of theatre, especially musical theatre. Neil has been involved both as a performer and in the production of a number of musicals such as Oliver, RENT, The Sound of Music, Evita and Guys and Dolls as well various shows with Giselle Academy.

Neil says “I love teaching at Giselle, the sense of achievement is fantastic when you see the children put their best performances into every show”.

Student Teachers…

  • Eleanor Margaret Burns

Have all been pupils with Giselle Academy since they were pre-school pupils. They are currently training with us towards their Diploma in Dance Instruction in Ballet, Tap and Modern. They also gaining valuable teaching experience, by teaching some of our younger pupils.


Reception Staff

  • Vicki Leeming
  • Jade Rogers
  • Mel Rizzo

Vicki, Jade and Mel are our trusted reception staff! They deal with taking your weekly payments, tuck shop and Dance Wear shop. If there are any questions they are the people to speak to first!.