Our Teachers

Our Teachers

AMELIA ARNOLD
DipTCL CBTS RAD RTS (PRINCIPAL)

Amelia trained at the prestigious Laine Theatre Arts, graduating in July 2016 with a Trinity College London Professional Diploma in Musical Theatre, Laine Theatre Arts Level 6 Diploma in Musical Theatre. Amelia is a fully qualified teacher with the following exam boards: Royal Academy of Dance, ISTD, IDTA, BBOdance and the NATD. She is also a registered teacher with the CDMT - so you can rest assured you are receiving the highest quality training at AKA. Amelia has extensive performing experience including West End, Pantomime and TV work. As a competitive dancer, Amelia won numerous Awards and Trophies, including being placed numerous times, as a soloist and as part of group dances, at the All England Finals. Amelia has a huge passion for teaching and choreography, she loves passing on her knowledge of all things Dance and Musical Theatre to help transform her students into fabulous budding performers. Amelia prides herself on the highest quality teaching ensuring every student achieves their full potential! 


I have trained professionally as a ballet dancer from the age of 10 starting with the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Junior associates then to the Royal Ballet School (White Lodge). Upon graduating I chose to continue my training at Elmhurst Ballet School due to its close association with the Birmingham Royal Ballet where I was lucky enough to work with the company on their production of the Nutcracker for two consecutive years and touring to the Royal Albert Hall. I also worked with the Birmingham Royal Ballet as a member of the Ballet Training program where I toured to Salford and Sunderland to deliver sleeping beauty repertoire workshops to ages 7 and above. All of this experience led me to be accepted on the Royal Academy Of Dances’ Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma which I completed in August 2021 with Distinction. Since graduating in 2019 I have been teaching in various dance, stage and primary schools across the Birmingham area. I take a professional and educational approach to teaching whilst ensuring that there is always a place for enjoyment.

ALEX JOHNSON

SOPHIE FEATHERSTONE

Sophie started dancing at the age of 5 at Hereford Ballet School for 10 years before moving to Aspire Dance Studio to continue her training. She studied both GCSE and A-Level Dance before moving to Worcester to study at University, graduating in 2016 with a 1st Class Degree in PE and Sports Studies. During her time at University, she continued her dance training achieving her Advanced Grades in both ISTD Tap and Modern Theatre. Since graduating, Sophie has been teaching dance and PE across many of the Primary Schools in Herefordshire and surrounding areas sharing her knowledge and passion for the subject. This summer Sophie has just graduated from bbodance with a Level 6 Extended Diploma in dance teaching and is excited to start teaching at AKA in the Autumn Term. She has also taught Rhythmic Gymnasts for 6 years in Worcester and is a level 2 British Gymnastics Coach in both Rhythmic and Pre-School Disciplines, as well as being certified to teach GroovyKids Yoga.

I have been dancing for over 18 years, training in a variety of styles such as ballet, jazz, contemporary and commercial. I have just graduated from Addict Dance Academy where I got to train with some of the most successful and sought after teachers and working professionals in the industry. I am so excited to nurture and pass on my experience and knowledge with the students at AKA.

CHARLIE JONES

HARRIET MORTON

Harriet has been based at theatre school in London since she was 12 years old, having recently graduated from Italia Conti with a Diploma in Musical Theatre. She recently participated in a female-led production at the Canal Café Theatre in London and has just returned from an acting course at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Harriet is excited to teach the students and watch the students learn, grow, and achieve. 

Sophie started her training at Harlequin Stage School then continuing further at Central School of Ballet in London. In her younger years she competed in many competitions winning many awards, particularly winning All England Finals in her ballet solo. She has worked closely with the likes of Matthew Bourne, Christopher Bruce and Liam Scarlett. She performed at Sadlers Wells with Scottish Ballet in a Crystal Pite piece. She worked for Michael Clark Company for a year before becoming a ballet girl at Phantom of the opera in the West End. Sophie is looking forward to passing on some of her professional knowledge and experience to the students at AKA.

SOPHIE COTTRILL

JEN MARSHALL

Jenny has been dancing since she was little and has studied dance throughout her education. She received a 2.1 from the University of Worcester in Dance and Community Practice BA(HONS) where she discovered her passion for contemporary dance and choreography. As a teacher she empowers individuals to explore their own ideas, so her classes tend to take on a collaborative approach. Jenny has recently been dancing with Critical Mass 2022 who have been performing across West Midlands dance events, including BIDF and Commonwealth Games Ceremonies. She is still studying on a postgraduate course in Worcester but is super excited to teach choreography and contemporary at AKA!
Bio coming soon

EMILY MUSCHAMP

LAUREN COLLYER

Lauren has been dancing since she was 4 years old. Whilst competing in many dance competitions from a young age within her local dance school, Lauren also pursued dance at Sutton Coldfield BMET College receiving a distinction. She has recently graduated with a 1st Class Degree in Dance and Performance from The University of Gloucestershire and during this time taught a range of dance classes within primary schools on placements as well as choreographing the Tap and Jazz routines for the university’s dance society. Not only does she have a passion for teaching/choreographing, she also enjoys performing and has a vast experience of different performance settings from competitions, to being on stage in shows. Lauren specialises in Tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical and Ballet and also has experience in Acro, Commercial/Street and Contemporary. She is ecstatic to be joining Amelia K Academy and looks forward to working with the students on building their technique and performance skills.