Linda Greene – Principal
AISTD, AIDTA, Registered Teacher of the Royal Academy of Dancing.
Trained at Pattison Theatre Arts, Coventry, and became a professional dancer appearing in many theatre and TV productions with stars such as Cilla Black, Jimmy Tarbuck, Gemma Craven, Max Wall and Don Maclean. Studied Jazz Dance in Paris with Molly Molloy and spent a year with Jean Marie Riviere’s ‘L’Ange Blue’ Revue in Paris, Biarritz and Barcelona.
Linda then established, choreographed and performed with her own dancing and singing shows which toured extensively and appeared in top cabaret venues in London and Jersey and as far afield as the Falkland Islands, Finland and South Africa. Other choreography includes international cabaret, promotional videos and Granada TV’s ‘All for Love’.
Linda is now the Principal of Harborough Academy of Performing Arts (previously Harborough Dance Academy) which she founded in 1995
Georgia Greene – Teacher
Georgia started her dance & theatre training at Harborough Academy of Performing Arts and Leicestershire Arts in Education with Graham Fletcher. She also studied singing and drama privately, and gained Distinction in Grade 8 Singing ABRSM and Distinction in Gold Speech and Drama LAMDA. She attained Advanced 1 Modern ISTD, Advanced 1 Tap ISTD, Advanced Foundation Ballet RAD, Intermediate Ballet ISTD and won numerous awards and trophies from competitions in dance, drama and singing whilst in training.
At the age of 16, Georgia gained a place to top theatre school Laine Theatre Arts. Whilst training there, she gained her Modern FDI with the ISTD. At 18, Georgia continued her training at Bird College where she graduated from with a National Diploma in Musical Theatre and FDI qualification with the ISTD in Tap.
Her performance experience includes; ‘Oliver’ and ‘Wizard of Oz’ at The Haymarket Theatre, Leicester; ‘Richard III’ with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, Michigan USA and The Young Vic, London; ‘The Name of the Game’ Epsom Playhouse; ‘Legends, Icons & Idols’ & ‘Who Could Ask For Anything More’ at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford; ‘The Kevin Bishop Show’, Channel 4, featured dancer; ‘Aladdin’, Sheffield Lyceum as a dancer; ‘Aladdin’, Kettering Lighthouse Theatre, choreographer, So Shy and dancer; ‘A Viennese Strauss Gala’, choreographer; ‘Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs’ as a dancer, ‘Cinderella’ Lyceum Theatre Sheffield, ensemble.
Georgia loves her teaching work at Harborough Academy and has a strong loyalty to the school after training here herself from a young age. She has also, alongside teaching, taken over the admin for the school.
Susi Cox- Teacher
Susi started her dance training at the age of 3 with Miss Vivien Lowe, and took part in shows at Dergate and local theatres from the age of 8. Dancing with Northamptonshire Youth Dance Company extended her dance experience into contemporary repertoire whilst continuing her more traditional training during GCSE and ‘A’ level examinations. She continued her ISTD training after completing a BA (Hons) in Dance Studies at Roehampton University, and completed her Associate and Certificate in Dance Education.
Susi’s dual training facilitated opportunites to teach GCSE and ‘A’ Level Dance, and choreograph for Contemporary Youth Dance groups, as well as teaching for several dancing schools. She started teaching for HAPA in 1998 and, since starting her family, has predominantly taught for HAPA and relishes working with the experienced and exciting staff and motivated students at the school.
Kirsty Day – Teacher
Kirsty has gained a First Class Honours BA Degree in Professional Studies: Performing Arts from DeMontfort University, Leicester.
After completing a GCSE in Dance she moved onto Leicester college, where she completed a Level 3 National Diploma in Performing Arts Dance achieving the top mark of triple distinction at the age of 17. Kirsty was given the opportunity to study for the day at the renowned Martha Grahams School of Contemporary Dance in New York.
Kirsty has performed in professional shows such as the famous operas Tosca and Aida, the pantomime Aladdin at the Kettering Lighthouse theatre and both danced and sang at the NIA in Birmingham. She has performed with Arts in Education in Pocahontas and Wizard of Oz at the Haymarket Theatre in Leicester and various ballet productions including Swan Lake, La Sylphide and The Nutcracker at the De Monfort Hall.