Written by Rich on Tuesday December 4, 2018

Meet the Team VG Teaching Staff

Vicky Grant - Principal and Owner, BTDA Trainee Examiner

Vicky Grant is the principal and owner of the school. She is also the Head of Classical Ballet and Modern Jazz for the school and a trainee examiner for the British Theatre Dance Association.

Her love of dance started at age three when she started classical ballet with the Norma Terry School of Dance, followed quickly by modern jazz and tap dancing. She grew to love all forms of dance and took classes in contemporary and street dance as her training continued. At age eight, she made it into the finals of 'Young Stars of Tomorrow' with Arlene Philips describing her as 'A fabulous ball of energy'! At age 11 she started to assist with junior classes and her love for teaching was born! She told her parents that one day she wanted to own her own dance school, and the dream came true! As well as dancing, Vicky has an avid passion for Musical Theatre, and played many lead roles in shows such as 42nd Street and Guys & Dolls, as well as many, many years in the magical world of pantomime.

Vicky Grant is a Principal Member of the British Theatre Dance Association (BTDA), passing her teaching qualifications with a 100% Distinction pass rate. She also holds certificates in the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and has a Level 7 Diploma in Business Management.

Ashleigh Hackett – Dance Teacher, Head of Tap

Ashleigh started Classical Ballet with the Norma Terry School of Dance when she was three years old, soon after starting Modern Jazz and Tap classes. She gained high marks in all her BTDA exams in Ballet, Modern and Tap up to Advanced Vocational Level.  At the age of 18, she enrolled on the BTDA Teaching Qualification programme and became a Registered Teacher in 2011. In 2017, Ashleigh became Head of Tap for the school.

From a young age, Ashleigh performed in many musicals, pantomimes and cabarets which brings a wealth of knowledge to her students on both the performance side and the technical side of dance.

Charlotte Cooney - Dance Teacher, specialising in Contemporary and Street Dance

Charlotte has danced from the age of three. She was trained in RAD Ballet and ISTD Modern and Tap, gaining her grades up to and including Intermediate. When Charlotte was fifteen she joined a contemporary company, training every Sunday and getting the opportunity to perform in many shows. After Charlotte gained her GCSEs she trained at “Bodywork Company” for four years. Charlotte got the opportunity to work with the “Hofesh Shecter” contemporary company and had the privilege to be taught by a variety of professional dancers which lead her to her love of street dance. At “Bodywork” she gaining her Level 6 National Diploma in Dance awarded by Trinity College London. After this Charlotte gained her level 4 PTLLS qualification (preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector) and qualified as a BTEC Dance and Performing Arts Teacher.

Charlotte has always had a passion for teaching and choreographing dance and has choreographed many 1st place routines for competitions all around the UK and for competitions in Disney Land Paris. Alongside Teaching for Team VG, Charlotte runs her own after school Dance and Performing Arts Clubs and often takes PE sessions within a variety of primary schools in the surrounding areas.

Sarah West - Dance Teacher

Sarah started dancing with the Norma Terry School of Dance at the age of three, where she trained in Classical Ballet, Modern Jazz and Tap until the age of 18 when she went to university to study languages. Sarah began assisting in dance classes in 2010 which is where her interest in teaching began. She continued to be an active member of the dance school even when she was no longer a student and has always been a massive supporter of Team VG. 

Sarah gained a First Class undergraduate degree in French and Spanish in 2020 and is working towards gaining QTS in 2022. Sarah's travels have enabled her to gain experience teaching children and adults around the world, and have allowed her to diversify her training, especially in different styles of Tap Dancing. After years of returning as a guest choreographer for summer schools, Sarah is now a fully qualified BTDA teacher offering Adult Tap alongside her junior BTDA classes. 

Sophie Handscombe - Dance Teacher

Sophie started dancing when she was three years old and was a student of Team VG until she left at 18 to go to the Leicester College of Performing Arts (LCPA) to continue her training. During her three years at LCPA, Sophie also trained as a BTDA Teacher and taught classes in a range of styles for another BTDA school to expand her experience. She graduated from LCPA in 2022 with a Level 6 Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre and we are delighted that she has come on board to teach for us.