Kerry Whitfield: Principal
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After 17 very fulfilling years training and working both in London and abroad, Kerry finally moved back to her Yorkshire roots in 2013, and now runs her own dance school 'Yorkshire Rose Academy of Dance (YRAD)' in York.
Kerry has also trained and worked with The Royal Ballet School for a number of years and is privileged to be The Royal Ballet Junior and Mid Associate (JA and MA) teacher in Newcastle, which she does on Saturdays. This programme is designed for talented children from across the UK who audition and train (at one of just eight centres) to be our next generation of Ballet dancers for professional companies.
Born and raised in Norton, North Yorkshire, Kerry started her training at her local dance school - Kirkham Henry Performing Arts. Following time spent herself as a JA (Junior Associate of the Royal Ballet) and York Scholar, she continued her training in London at the world famous Royal Ballet School, White Lodge for a further five years. After this time she desired a career in Musical Theatre so developed her training further at London Studio Centre where she gained a Diploma of Higher Education in Theatre Dance.
Kerry has appeared as both a singer and dancer in many productions including Seussical The Musical (Arts Depot), Godspell (UK tour),
Cinderella (New Theatre, Cardiff), A Journey Of Jazz (Sadler’s Wells), Classical Spectacular (The Royal Albert Hall), numerous performances with The Royal Ballet School, and production shows onboard Holland America cruise lines at sea.
In 2010 Kerry graduated the Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma with a distinction at the Royal Academy of Dance, and holds Registered Teacher Status with the RAD. Whilst in London she taught a range of dance genres and styles to children and adults at various schools, including teaching at Pineapple Dance Studios, Dance Attic and at the RAD headquarters. She also acted as a mentor for the RAD BA (Hons) Ballet Education (BABE) level 5 and 6 students. Kerry continues with her mentoring role in York and also teaches on the RAD’s International Summer School's and UK workshops.
Having gained her qualification in 2012, Kerry also teaches a number of Zumba classes for adults and kids and is a self-confessed Zumba addict! In 2013 she was fortunate to have been asked to perform at Twickenham Stadium with the Zumba head office for the Chime for Change concert.
Qualified in a range of Zumba classes Kerry is lucky to teach Zumba to little humans of 4yrs old all the way through to older humans of (currently) 85yrs old! Zumba is a fantastic dance / fitness release for Kerry amongst the many Ballet classes she teaches in the week.
Kerry has a genuine passion for dance with a desire to help people grow and develop as dancers and artists, and is a true believer of Dance teaching children so much more than just dance!
Kerry Whitfield is a Registered teacher for the Royal Academy of Dance, The Royal Ballet School and Zumba fitness. She is also certified in First Aid and Child protection and holds a valid Disclosure Barring Service check (DBS, formerly known as CRB check) Click to view CERTIFICATES