Kate Ingram (AIDTA, PGCE, BA HONS)
Professionally trained at the Urdang Academy, Kate has a wealth of experience of working in mainstream secondary schools as well as private dance schools.
"At Ingram Academy we provide the students with a lot of opportunities, I am ambitious and extremely passionate about what I do. Due to my experience and training I can guide people in the right direction and offer genuine advice."
Kate Ingram is the Principal and main teacher at the Academy. Kate began learning to dance at an incredibly early age training in Ballet, Tap, Modern and Disco following and qualifying in both the IDTA and the RAD syllabus. At the age of nine she gained a place in the Junior Associates at the Urdang Academy, Covent Garden and then went on to join the Junior Ballet Company with the Urdang Academy.
During the years she has performed at a variety of establishments including the Civic Hall, Wolverhampton; Grand Theatre Wolverhampton; The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton; The Prince of Wales, Cannock; The Millennium Dome, London; The Bloomsbury Theatre, London; The Cochrane Theatre, London and The Peacock Theatre; London.
When Kate was just ten years old she performed in the pantomimes at the Grand Theatre Wolverhampton working with stars such Canon and Ball, John Altman, Sam Kane and Sinita to name just a few. The company liked Kate so much that they invited her back the following year and gave her a Principal Acting role as well.
At the age of 16 Kate was awarded a scholarship to train with the Urdang Academy part-time, attending weekends, during her Easter holidays and her Summer Holidays. Here she was trained in audition techniques and tutored in her monologues and solos ready for when she was 18 and applied for Vocational School full time.
At the age of eighteen Kate was awarded a full scholarship to train at the Urdang Academy full time and work towards a Diploma in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre continuing her training in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Gymnastics, Tap, Musical Theatre and Choreography. During her time at Urdang Kate also performed in a number of showcases in theatres in the London area.
Kate has qualifications in IDTA and RAD Ballet, IDTA Freestyle, IDTA Freestyle Associate, IDTA Modern, IDTA Theatre Craft, IDTA Tap, a BA Hons Degree in Dance Practice and Performance from Wolverhampton University and a PGCE in Dance from Brighton University.
Since finishing her PGCE and gaining Qualified Teacher Status Kate has taught Dance, Music and Drama at Thomas Telford School, worked as a choreographer at a Youth Theatre group at BMAPA based at Birmingham Metropolitan College, and taught Dance, Drama and Media at Willenhall E-Act Academy, then becoming Head of Drama and Media at Willenhall E-Act Academy before launching her own Academy.
The Academy offers lessons in a number of genres including Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Pointe, Contemporary and Commercial Street following the IDTA syllabus. IDTA Examinations are taken throughout the year and students are strongly encouraged to take as many as possible during their time at the Academy.
The Academy also have festival teams who compete in local festivals throughout the year. Entrance to the Festival Team is for those who have a particular desire to compete and for those looking to pursue a career in Dance. The festivals allow children to gain experience that they can take with them throughout their life.
Kate believes that every child matters in the academy. Therefore, if your child has a problem do not hesitate to speak to Kate about it. The welfare of the students here at the academy is something that Kate holds close to her heart.
My daughter attends Ingram academy and absolutely loves it, Kate has pushed my daughter so much in her dance, she encouraged her to audition for the Royal ballet school where she gained a place as a junior associate. I would highly recommend this dance school.
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We offer a range of professional dance lessons for children between 18 months and 19 years of age.