Professional training for future performers

Meet the principals

Hayley Pitts

Hayley comes from Reading, Berkshire and trained locally until the age of sixteen. Having had the opportunity to work professionally at a young age she then went on to complete three years training at Laine Theatre Arts and achieved her Diploma in Musical Theatre. Since then she has attained her Diploma in Dance Instruction (DDE) teaching qualification in Modern and Tap with the ISTD and has benefited from training with Barbara Evans, Graham Henderson, Sarah Wilson, Katie Morea, Theresa Theodoulou, Linda Sweetzer and many others.

In 2011 Hayley became the owner and principal of JLD School of Dancing, teaching Modern, Tap, Musical Theatre and Commercial Jazz, and has recently sent students to top colleges including Laine Theatre Arts, Bird College and GSA. Some of Hayley’s younger students have gained entry to Elmhurst Ballet School, The Royal Ballet, and two have starred in Billy Elliot in the West End and on tour.

Recently, Hayley has worked on a unique production of Cats for Cheam Preparatory School with special permission by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber who attended the final performance. Since the production in March 2016, Lloyd Webber and the Really Useful Theatre Company have contacted Cheam and asked that they premiere the UK schools’ edition of School of Rock with Hayley as choreographer.

Hayley is passionate about Kings PA and looks forward to bringing her knowledge and experience to aspiring students.

Hannah Horton

Hannah trained in her home county of Norfolk prior to receiving a BA (Hons) Degree in Dance from the University of Bedfordshire. Hannah embarked on a professional dance career which has taken her around the world including France, USA, and South Korea. She has danced for several international corporations including Disney, Costa Cruises, Princess and P&O.

After Hannah moved to Manchester she was commissioned by the Arts Council of England to choreograph for “Big Dance”. In 2013 and 2014 Hannah trained in Sweden with US Tap Masters Jason Samuels Smith, Dormeshia Sumbry- Edwards and Chloe Arnold amongst others. Hannah received her PGCE qualification from the University of Greenwich and has been teaching dance for over a decade; eight years at Pendleton Sixth Form College in Salford.

As Head of Dance there, Hannah taught A-Level Dance and BTEC Extended Diplomas in Dance and Musical Theatre. She choreographed many musical theatre and dance productions for the college and choreographed over 400 dancers in the largest ever student flash mob at the Trafford Centre. She has been instrumental in helping many young performers secure places in professional training establishments including LSCD, NSCD, London Studios Centre, Arts Ed, and GSA.

Hannah’s former students are currently working in West End shows (including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and Showboat), in UK touring productions (including Guys and Dolls and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), dancing with X Factor on ITV and in the Michael Clark Company. As Course Director, Hannah looks forward to sharing her skills and enthusiasm with the students of Kings PA.