Meet the Teachers

Sue Coles

Joint Principal - Head of Ballet - RAD - ISTD

Sue has been teaching for 30 years and has run “Sue Coles School of Dance” in Milton Keynes, for 25. She has been on the RAD South East committee and is an RAD mentor for trainee teachers.

Sue is fully qualified in RAD ballet, ISTD modern, tap and national. She started dancing in Portsmouth with Brenda Horner and then with Susan and Paddy Hurlings, where she competed in local and the All England Dance Festivals and danced with Northern Ballet. At 20, she graduated from London College of Dance and Drama with Distinction, the Most Promising Teacher cup and the Drama cup.

Sue has helped students of all ages and abilities to achieve their potential. With Sue's help students have been able to reach the highest levels of performance including the All England Finals and The Royal Ballet School.

Laura Forsyth

Joint Principal/Head of Modern & Tap- RAD - ISTD - 200 RYT - Children’s Yoga

Laura is known for her fun classes and is always popular with the children. Laura believes in a very positive and fun teaching environment. She loves choreographing and working with all age groups within the School.

Laura trained at ‘The Dance College’ in Royston where she gained her ISTD Teaching qualifications in Ballet, Modern, Tap and National. She also gained her Advanced 2 Modern, Tap and National examinations and her Advanced 1 Ballet.

She also holds the Royal Academy of Dance teaching qualification which requires lessons to be observed and approved by RAD examiners. Laura has danced professionally in music videos and at promotional events. She was also very privileged to perform at the Olympics Closing Ceremony in 2012 with Darcey Bussell.

Charissa Halliday

Head of Street & Commercial - ISTD Tap & Modern - ISTD Street

Abi Muir

RAD Ballet Teacher - BA Hons

Abi is a friendly, energetic teacher who teaches RAD Ballet classes at Coles Forsyth Dance Academy. She enjoys teaching a variety of age groups and always sets out to make her classes fun and inclusive for all students.

Abi started dancing at the age of 4 and is a former pupil of Coles Forsyth Dance Academy. She continued her training at the Royal Academy of Dance on their BA(Hons) Degree in Ballet Education, as well as the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance programme. Both of which she graduated from in 2019. Whilst studying in London, Abi was a member of Semaphore Ballet Company, with whom she participated in many photoshoots, performances and workshops. Abi has also gained her RAD Advanced 2 Ballet examination as well as reaching Advanced levels in ISTD Modern and Tap.

Mikki Ruff

ISTD Tap & Modern

Katie Christy

CFDA Finance Manager

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