Kerry and Alexandra are both the Principal dance teachers and owners of K&A Dance Academy. They are passionate about
dancing; having danced all their lives they are keen to share their experience & knowledge with you. Please read below a brief
description of their journey to becoming the proud owners of K&A Dance Academy.
Kerry Payne L.I.S.T.D.
Alexandra has been teaching Tap, Ballet and Musical Theatre for over 20 years, in various schools in the South East including Campbell School of Dance, Shimmi Shake, St Aidans School, Caterham School and several primary schools.
Alexandra began dancing at the age of 3 and continued her training at The Urdang Academy of Performing Arts in Covent Garden where at the age of 10 she gained a scholarship.
Alexandra Palmieri M.A.S.D.
Having trained at the ' Alexandra Barnes' School of dance in Hurst Green for 10 years, Kerry went on to study at 'Laine Theatre Arts' in Epsom , Surrey, qualifying with an A.I.S.T.D in Imperial Classical Ballet, along with her Advanced I.S.T.D Ballet/Advanced I.S.T.D Modern/Cecchetti Ballet/R.A.D Ballet and Silver Senior Tap.
Kerry then went on to dance professionally with various dance companies, with contracts taking her worldwide such as Mexico, Japan , Italy and the U.S.A as well as working in England.
She has also appeared in television adverts in the U.S.A and British T.V.
programs and gained great acclaim as Dance Captain and lead/adagio
dancer on various contracts.
She toured with The Urdang Academy Dance Company in the
Nutcracker in the role of Clara and performed in many theatres across
London, also appearing on London Tonight, Sky TV alongside Mikhail
Baryshnikov and Italian TV.
After successfully completing her Major exams in Ballet & Tap, Alexandra studied Dance Performance at Middlesex University for 2 years before starting her family. She is a qualified MASD teacher.
The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is one of the world’s leading dance examinations boards. The syllabus provides an all-round dance education - students will be encouraged to reach their full potential whilst ensuring the sessions are always enjoyable and fun, within a safe, caring and nurturing environment.
Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart is another.
The Midland Academy of Stage Dancing (MASD) provides an all-round comprehensive syllabus, developing a "thinking dancer" at all ages and for all abilities. Focus is not left to solely memorise a sequence of steps, but rather it is to gain an understanding of the fluidity of dance and the theory behind the steps.