Footloose Academy of Performing Arts began in Feb 2005 after Kerry Verdu had been teaching for a few other schools, and decided to open her own in Chester.
Kerry studied at Merseyside Dance and Drama Centre, Bojangles Dance college Birmingham and Kate Simmons Ltd. She has also studied at the RAD under the University of Surrey, and Trinity Laban conservatoire of dance and music, Gaining her Teaching degree in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Freestyle, Latin American, National and Streetdance. Her Ba Hons Dance Education and Recently her Level 5 Safe and Effective Dance Practice. She can also teach Bollywood, and Contemporary/lyrical, Irish and cheerleading Drama, Singing and Musical theatre.
She has performed in numerous shows consisting of all different dance genres over the years and is a classically trained singer with the Associated Board of the Royal schools of Music.
Her early years were with Excelsior Dance studios, Masquerade school of Performing Arts and Alkins school of Ballet.
Masquerade performed once a week at the Alvaston Hall Warner hotel, Nantwich where she danced and sung in cabaret's for roughly 8 years, and took part in multiple Panto's and charity fundraisers.
She was in the Opera Carmen by director Chris Monks at the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle under lymme at 13 years old, and also played Mowgli in the Jungle book aged 8.
She has also worked with many many actors whilst being a member of the English National Youth Theatre for 8 years performing in Hamlet, Macbeth and others.
Along side taking her RAD, ISTD, LAMDA, and singing examinations to advanced levels.
Kerry is also the Fine Arts Coordinator for The Thundersprint Europes biggest motorcycle weekend, and deals with all aspects of looking after and providing the entertainment by Local groups.
"I have worked for quite a few schools whilst training for my teaching diploma's and wanted to open a school offering all aspects of the dance industry to anyone wanting to learn. But also to give performing oppertunities as I feel here is where a student can really grow and learn alot about who they are as a performer.
To know about all aspects of this industry really helps a dancer in the long term, to be prepared for how hard and sometimes down on your luck this career really can be.
My students are offered every angle from directing, choreography, stage management and costume making to help them find their place and aid them along their journey whilst here. Plus this helps when they are collaberating their Cv's.
I personally take students to festival's, Competitions and help with all auditions, and I love to watch them grown in talent but mostly in confidence."
Kerry is an experienced teacher in different genres. She has an enthusiastic approach to teaching and always had the pupil at the centre of her approach. Good luck for the future.
Tracey Bentley Examiner for the IDTA