OUR FACULTY INCLUDES
KATIE MOREA (PRINCIPAL)
Contemporary, Jazz, Improvisation & Tap Faculty
Audition Preparation Tutor
Katie started her professional training at the Stella Mann College, graduating to the London Contemporary Dance School and the Alvin Ailey School, NYC.
After a varied performing career that included Pantomimes, Cabaret and Contemporary companies, she then pursued her main passions, teaching and choreography.
She has taught at Elmhurst Ballet School, the London College of Dance and Bird College; this included teaching Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary and Choreography, as well as being Head of Contemporary and Composition and Dance Director for the Bird Theatre Company (Bird College).
It was at Bird College that Miss Doreen Bird and Sue Passmore encouraged Katie's choreographic abilities and alongside the numerous pieces for Bird College and the syllabi for the ISTD, as a guest teacher she has also taught and/or created pieces for many other colleges such as the Brit School, The Centre, The Dance College, The Hammond School, London Contemporary Dance School, London Studio Centre, Merseyside Dance Centre, Performers College, Preston College, Urdang Academy and many schools overseas, creating countless choreographies for graduation shows at professional colleges. She has also choreographed for a variety of organisations such as professional contemporary dance companies, Channel 4, the BAFTA Academy and Move It.
She is an international examiner and lecturer for the ISTD Modern and Tap faculties and a member of the ISTD Modern Theatre Faculty’s Committee. Katie is part of the creative team that devised the ISTD Modern Theatre Grades 1-6, the Advanced 1 and 2 and part of the Advanced 2 Tap.
As a lecturer for the ISTD, Katie delivers the syllabi and trains examiners and teachers worldwide. She has lectured at the ISTD’s Chichester Teachers’ course for the last 17 years, taught and adjudicated for the ISTD’s Janet Cram Award and Star Tap Award and at many ISTD congresses. She has also taught for the Royal Academy of Dance.
Katie has won awards, scholarships and development grants for her teaching and choreography, including those from the Lisa Ullmann Dance Trust award, London Contemporary Dance School, Bird College and the London College of Dance.
Katie has worked with many inspirational teachers and choreographers throughout her training and career such as Jane Dudley (original dancer for the Martha Graham Dance Company), Juliet Fisher (LCDS) and Molly Molloy (jazz teacher and choreographer). She has also been lucky enough to be guided and supported in her dance and teaching development and career by Muriel Ashcroft, Daphne Peterson and Tereza Theodoulou.
Katie continually increases her professional knowledge in many ways including travelling to NYC to update her with the training program at the Alvin Ailey School and at the Broadway Dance Centre as well as the annual ISTD Examiners’ training (where she is normally also a tutor for the course). Furthermore, she regularly takes courses such as First Aid, Safeguarding and Health and Safety.
Katie is also the Artistic Director of The Dance Summer School organisation, which supports young dancers and teachers in their dance development.
Italian born Antonio trained in The Netherlands at CODARTS, Rotterdam Dance Academy, graduating with a Bachelor Honours Degree in Dance Performance.
He has danced professionally with Phoenix Dance Theatre (England), Scapino Ballet Rotterdam (The Netherlands) and Florence Dance Company (Italy).
He has worked with internationally renowned choreographers such as Sharon Watson, Richard Alston, Regina Van Berkel and danced repertoire by Jiri Kylian, Natcho Duato, Hans Van Manen, Henri Oguike and many others.
Teaching credits include Phoenix Dance Theatre, A.C.E Dance and Music, National Dance Company of Wales, Mobius, Emergence, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, The Hammond School, KS Dance, Renaissance Arts, The Place, Greenwich Dance, ProDance Leeds among others.
Since December 2017 Antonio has worked with Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and Dr Ross McKim on the Research & Development, filming and launch of the new ISTD Contemporary Syllabus. He is now part of the ISTD Contemporary teaching team delivering teachers training courses across England and Italy.
Commercial, Body Conditioning and Jazz Pax de Deux Tutor
Audition Preparation Tutor
Tom trained at Laine Theatre Arts on a Scholarship and immediately started his professional career in ‘Saturday Night Fever’, Germany choreographed by Arlene Phillips, where he played the roles of Joey and Ceasar.
After his time in Germany, Tom toured with ‘Saturday Night Fever’ which included a Scandinavian arena tour and two UK tours. He continued to perform in ‘Saturday Night Fever’ as the main featured dancer Ceasar in the West End London Apollo Theatre.
In 2006 Tom performed again at The Apollo Theatre West End in ‘Movin Out’ choreographed by the world-famous Twyla Tharp.
Tom then ventured into the commercial scene where he was lucky enough to be a part of the ‘Take That Stadium Tour’ & ‘Ultimate Tour’. He continued to work with artists on tour including Anastacia on her World Arena Tour.
Toms Film & Television credits include ‘Mamma Mia’ (Film), ‘How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria’, ‘Mobo Awards’, ‘Brit Awards’, ‘Royal Variety Performance’, ‘Children In Need’, ‘Strictly Dance Fever’ where he performed a duet for Leanne Rimes, Sam Sparrow ‘Black and Gold’ music video, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ performing for Duffy and ‘X Factor’ performing for Rihanna, as well as many other wonderful experiences.
One highlight of Toms career was being a part of the UK tour with the London philharmonic orchestra performing a theatre jazz show starring Erin Boag and Anton Du Beke, where he enjoyed teaching Anton du Beke private tap and jazz lessons.
Tom is now holding dance Workshops, teaching and judging competitions across the UK
Jess Blatchley has worked professionally as a singer for the last 3 decades developing an extremely broad and varied repertoire which includes Musical Theatre, Classical, Jazz, Folk, Country, Rock, Pop and Gospel music.
Educated at the prestigious Purcell School of Music, Jess went on to do a Bachelor of Music at Goldsmith’s College, London. She has also studied singing with Harvey Rathbone (BBC Singers), Helen Kucharek (Sadlers Wells) and Jo Thompson (coach to Craig David, Pixie Lott etc.) and has also taken part in Gospel workshops run by vocal coaches David and Carrie Grant.
Jess began her career as a freelance choral singer, performing with The BBC Symphony Chorus and The Mozart Festival Chorus. As a jazz artist, she has worked extensively in the UK and abroad and currently collaborates with guitarist Andy Rushton in duo Jazz Rouge performing jazz, Latin, pop and funk music. Her studio experience includes working with well-known composers such as Dru Masters “The Apprentice” as well as up and coming artists, and in 2013 she released her debut solo Gospel album “Restless Heart”.
As a teacher, Jess has worked in Performing Arts and Theatre Schools all over the country, including Drama Studio, London (DSL) and Liberatus School of Performing Arts, Swindon. Her past students have gone on to work professionally in the West End and on TV, and have been scouted for future boy and girl bands, as well as launching their own solo careers.
Guest Tap Faculty
Avalon Rathgeb graduated from Bird college in 2009 after studying on a three-year full-time scholarship. Since graduating she has received two internships from the American Tap Dance Foundation 2009/11, a scholarship for the Los Angeles Tap festival 2012 and was the winner of the 2013 cutting contest at Stockholm Tap Festival. Avalon was invited to accept 1 of 25 places reserved for outstanding dancers in the 2014 Tap programme at the School at Jacob’s Pillow in Massachusetts, USA. Her career highlights include dancing in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games and the closing ceremony of the European Games, Baku, Azerbaijan 2015.
Avalon was a company member of Grant Swift’s TeAyPe in Melbourne, Australia, was asked in 2014 to join Tapestry Dance Company, North America’s only full time and paid Tap dance company. Avalon is the Artistic Director of Old Kent Road which she founded in London in 2014. Her first show ‘Fall Out’ was accepted to perform at Resolution! 2015, it received Arts Council England funding and premiered their first full-length show in 2016 and are currently preparing for a 2017 and 2018 tour.
As a solo artist Avalon frequently teaches and performs internationally for tap festivals and events including; Dubrovnik Tap Festival - Croatia, Taptastic - Germany, Stockholm Tap festival - Sweden, Prague City Tap festival - Czech Republic, Australian Tap festival, Escola Luthier Dansa, Tanzhaus - Dusseldorf, Tip-Tap - Poland, Moscato Tap Festival - Italy, Tapworks - Malaysia, workshops in Singapore and she was featured in the documentary ‘Tapworld’. In the UK she has recently performed at the Harrods Boxing day opening celebration, the 1st International Chinese Film Awards and interviewed for BBC Radio London. In the UK Avalon also teaches at Bird College and Pineapple Dance Studios.
Ballet Faculty / ISTD DDE Tutor
Sadie’s early training began at White Lodge and later at Bush Davies.
She has previously taught at professional Colleges such as Bird College and Liberatus and now is on the ballet staff at Morea Performing Arts.
Following graduation in 1989, Sadie worked in various pantomimes, and danced on-board the Q.E.2 for Jean Ann Ryan Productions and was also principle dancer with Opera North. Theatre credits include Carousel (The Royal National Theatre and Shaftesbury Theatre, West End) and a year UK tour of Oklahoma.
Sadie holds the fellowship status of the ISTD Imperial Ballet & Modern Theatre Faculty, as well as Licentiate Tap and Associate National.
Sadie has extensive teaching experience and is an ISTD Examiner in the Ballet, Tap and Modern Theatre faculties.
Elizabeth trained at Elmhurst and The Upper Royal Ballet School in London.
She performed as a classical dancer in Switzerland with the Lucerne Ballet Company for five and a half years. Elizabeth was promoted to a soloist after two years and performed in many ballets & operas such as Transfigured Night, Coppelia, Las Emanus, The House of Bernarda Alba, Don Giovanni, Giselle, La Bayadere, La Traviata & Carmina Burana.
Elizabeth has worked with many choreographers including Job Sanders and Dieter Amman.
Elizabeth achieved the level 4 & 5 BBO Dance teaching course and in 2008 she graduated with the DTLLS at Trinity College London. In January 2007 the BBO appointed Elizabeth as a personal mentor to students training for their Level 4 Diploma teaching qualifications. Elizabeth was invited to train as a BBO examiner which she became in 2014.
She also continues as both a teacher and official examiner for the scholar programmes run by BBO Dance. Elizabeth regularly teaches CPD workshops for BBO Dance students and teachers, as well as ballet classes at the Morea Performing Arts in Cheltenham. Elizabeth has recently gained a certification in Progressive Ballet Techinque (PBT).
Tap Faculty & ISTD DDE Tutor
Andrea received her early training at the Corraine Collins Dance Studios and went on to complete four years at Laine Theatre Arts.
After graduation from the College, she completed a number of professional dance engagements before beginning her teaching career. She has over 20 years of experience in teaching and choreographing. She was on the tap faculty of Bird College for four years and successfully ran her own school in Gloucestershire for 10 years before starting a family.
Andrea is a Modern Theatre and Tap Dance Examiner for the ISTD, and is a Lecturer for the Tap Dance Faculty. As well as teaching at Morea Performing Arts Andrea teaches ballet & movement in various nurseries.
ATS/Musical Theatre Repertoire Faculty
Audition Preparation Tutor
Alex has worked closely with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber as a performer and dance captain in London's West End for over 15 years.
Alex was born and raised in London, England. His first job was at the age of 12 working with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber on a show called Young Apollo. He went on to train at the prestigious Arts Educational School in London where he was awarded the Andrew Lloyd Webber Scholarship for Musical Theatre.
During his time at college, Alex performed at the Royal Variety Performance and the Brit Awards working for Arlene Phillips. After graduating, Alex went straight into work. His first job was Sir Andrew Lloyd Webbers "Sunset Boulevard", working with Sir Trevor Nunn and the legendary Bob Avion. Alex was the youngest cast member in the history of the show.
His next show was "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", teaming up with Andrew Lloyd Webber and again becoming the youngest person in the history of the show to play the title role of Joseph on stage.
Many shows followed including "LES MISERABLES","RENT" and "WE WILL ROCK YOU" which he made his home for 6 years. Alex performed and acted as Dance Captain, working alongside Ben Elton, the legendary Brian May, and again with Arlene Phillips.
Other Theatre work includes: Guys and Dolls, My Favourite Year, Born to Live & Summer Holiday.
Television & Film work includes: The Worlds End, The Queens Lost Uncle King George V1, Face 2 Face, CO OP Commercial ITV, The IT Crowd & Levis Nationwide Modelling Campaign.
Jazz/Technique & Style
Bio coming soon
Laura began her professional career as a First Soloist for the Birmingham Royal Ballet from 1999 - 2019. During these years she also trained and coached the corps de ballet and assisted in the creative side of choreographing for the company. Some of her choreographic credits with BRB include; 'Shakespeare Refashioned' a catwalk event for Selfridges, a flashmob for Pandora Jewellery at Birmingham Grand Central Station and organised a premiere for the indie film 'Balance'. Laura's work with BRB did not stop there, as she also became Company Manager for the Birmingham Royal Ballet Midscale Tour in 2013.
In September of 2018, Laura qualified as a postural stability instructor, which allowed her to be part of the Dance to Health Project that was run at St. Andrews in Birmingham.
Bio coming soon.
EDUARDO MARTINEZ (VICE-PRINCIPAL)
Head of Student Welfare, Tap, Folk, Latin, ISTD DDE Tutor.
Eduardo Martinez Yañez studied in Mexico under the renowned teachers Auda de Los Cobos, Joan Mondellini and Mario Mejia and in the UK under Elizabeth Harrison, Hazel Burrows and Robina Smith, gaining his Fellow status. In 2003 he was awarded the Helen Wingrave Scholarship by the ISTD National Faculty.
He has a Diploma in Early and Artistic Stimulation for Children and specialises in teaching European and Mexican Folk Dance, Tap and Pre School classes. He is also the Director of The Dance Summer School organisation, which specialises in creating courses for children, students and teachers in the UK and abroad.
In Mexico, he taught in private dance and academic schools and at the National University of Mexico and also ran his own successful dance school in Pachuca City.
A former Mexican folk dancer, he is an ISTD National Faculty Examiner and has taught at Bird College (junior section) and was in charge of delivering the practical units for the DDI and DDE ISTD National qualifications at The Dance College. Eduardo has also choreographed and taught for many organisations such as The Wells Summer School organised by Francesca Filpi, the ISTD, The Centre and schools such as Corraine Collins Dance Studios.
His professional activities as a dancer, teacher and Artistic Director have taken him around the world to places including South Korea, Malaysia, Japan and much of Europe.