Our Academy Staff


Jemma King - Director

Jemma King
 
Under the guidance of her mum, Jemma started dancing at the age of 2.  By 12 she had become a BBO scholar and at 14 years old she won a scholarship to attend the prestigious Urdang Academy, Covent Garden, London, where she gained a National Diploma in Professional Dance before continuing her training at The Broadway Dance Centre in New York City, specialising in Hip Hop.  After this Jemma went on to receive a BA (Hons) in dance and 20th Century Choreography at Telford College, Edinburgh in association with Northumbria University. Jemma is currently based in London and manages the JKDA London branch.  As well as this she teaches for a variety of schools in London.  Most recently she has been choreographer and coach to Just Dance Academy’s Upstartz Dance crew, who placed 3rd at The UK Street Dance Championships.  She also coaches for Dance and Cheer 49, Hypnotik at Active Aspirations and Dakoda’s Dance Academy. Her teaching experience also includes YDance in Scotland, several private dance schools around the UK, The Byre Theatre in St Andrews and The Urdang Academy. She also introduced street dance workshops to the Isle of Skye. She has choreographed many pieces for shows in dance schools and was Assistant Choreographer of The Byre Theatre’s production of ‘The Twits’. Performing credits include pantomime with The Krankies, backing dancer for girl group ‘Nishe’, The Bernie Grant Memorial Show, Featured Dancer in The Scottish Higher Dance instructional video, Cadence ‘I Surrender’ music video, ‘Street Dance, the Movie’ and appearances on Pineapple Dance Studios.

Lorna Stewart – Assistant Dance Director

Lorna Stewart
 
Lorna has been involved with JKDA since 2003, when her young children attended the nursery class.  Lorna soon found that she herself enjoyed participating in classes and before long was attending as many as she could.  Lorna soon began sitting dance exams with excellent results and after passing her Grade 7 ballet, became a full time teaching assistant.  Lorna has a vast amount of experience with children, not only caring for her own four, she was also the District Commisioner of the Girl Guiding Association as well as a Sunday School Teacher.  Lorna has really enjoyed taking part in dance shows and loves the challenges that teaching dance brings.  Lorna is currently under taking her Level 4 Teaching Certificate with the BBO as well as managing the administrative side of JKDA.

Ashley Foster - Drama Director

Ashley Foster
 
I have worked in the industry for 8 years, mostly teaching and directing children and young adults. I'm best known for having worked at the Byre Theatre for 7 and a half years running Byre Youth Theatre, directing their productions and, more recently, taking on the role of Education and Outreach Officer. In previous years I have taught for Fife Council and Adam Smith College - to name a few and currently, my time is spent running Byre Youth Theatre, teaching for Dundee Rep and teaching here at JKDA!

Eve Sinclair - Student Teacher

Eve Sinclair
 
I first started dancing at Jenny King when I was eight and starred in my first show "The Wonderful World of Stage and Screen" in 2004. I have taken part in all shows since then and enjoyed every single one of them. I took part in the BBO dance days in Birmingham for a week in April 2012. I enjoy dancing on a huge scale, it is a big part of my life and I enjoy doing what I do. I have passed all of the 15 BBO examined exams I have done and all my school exams, having been awarded colours for my academic achievements in music for my participation in the schools senior wind band. I also had the opportunity to be part of filming for a programme called "Same Smile" that a younger pupil in the dance school was asked to take part in which I enjoyed very much.

Jenny King - Founder

(10th Jan 1951 - 17 Feb 2013)

Jenny King
 
Jenny first started dancing at the Ida Ballingal school of dance as a child and during this time she excelled in many highland exams and finally gained her BBO teaching diploma in 1970. Jenny first opened the ‘Strathkinness School of Dance’ in 1980 for a few pupils in Strathkinness Church Hall, Strathkinness.  Her passion for dance and love of children soon saw her reputation grow and before long, her hobby had turned into a full time job!  She quickly gained contracts with Newpark and St Katherines schools, then in 1988 she took over the Ann Roberts School of Dance in St Andrews. With the growing popularity of the St Andrews classes and due to the wishes of her late husband, Jenny decided to rename the school Jenny King’s Academy of Dance in the mid 1990’s.  Around this time Jenny also gained her Associate Teacher status with Distinction.  Her commitment and love for what she did saw her pupils not only receive excellent examination results but many have gone on to professional dance schools, leading to professional careers in dance.
Sadly, Jenny lost a very brave battle with cancer in February 2013.  Her love, passion and enthusiasm for dance lives through the generations of pupils that have passed through the school.  She was most likely to be heard saying “life is not a dress rehearsal” or “Don’t wait for the storm to pass, learn to dance in the rain”.