Fiona Carratu – Principal
F.IDTA, LAMDA Gold Medal, Acrobatic Arts Level 1
Fiona started dancing at the age of 3 at The Hughes School of Dance and Drama in Derby her teaching experience started there and she went on to take her Associate Ballet and Modern under the direction of Miss Lisa Peach, training continued under the instruction of Miss Patricia Straw, she also attended M.A.D.D. for a year and was one of their first full time pupils.
In 1990 she started dance classes in Sinfin and further classes in Mickleover in 1992 and Allestree in 2013. Over the past 30 years the school has grown and now has over 250 pupils. Many past pupils have gone on to have successful professional careers performing and teaching and many are now qualified and teaching at Tiptoe. Fiona continued her training under the direction of Miss Judith Sylvester and qualified up to Fellowship level. Fiona has over the years choreographed for both local amateur companies and professional companies in the East Midlands and has competed in International Musical Theatre competitions.
Fiona also ran a Stagecoach franchise in Nottingham for 9 years and is mum to 2 beautiful daughters and is soon to be a Nanna.
Kathryn Vincent L.I.D.T.A
At the age of 16 she started teaching dance and has successfully completed numerous teaching exams up to and including Licentiate level. As well as training students of various ages and levels for exams, choreographing routines for the annual show she has also been part of the team thatchoreographs for competitions.
Kathryn has worked for many years as a teaching assistant in a primary school but has recently decided to take a career break so that she can spend more time at home with her 2 boys Ray and Lenny.
She has recently passed her Pre-Associate exam in Ballet and continues her teacher training under the direction of Fiona.
Amber also works at Thornhill Day Nursery.
Since joining Tiptoe Jade has done all the annual shows as well as numerous exams including teaching exams and performing within TPG and Terminators at a variety of venues and competitions.
Throughout the years of performing Jade has performed in the professional Derby Live pantomime as well as performing with Rolls Royce Operatic society and more recently with Central Musical Theatre Company.
As well as teaching and dancing Jade also works at JCB as a Design Engineer.
Téa now teaches for Stagecoach Derby and Street for Tiptoe including choreographing for Mini Terminators. She is currently on a Business Degree Apprenticeship at Mercedes Benz Head Office in Milton Keynes.
Jordanna started at Tiptoe at the age of 3 and continued until the age of 16 gaining all of her Intermediate level exams, she successfully auditioned for Italia Conti and Tring Park, but settled on LCPA training there for 3 years. After graduating she worked as Sleeping Beauty in Euro Disney and then Macau in China. She appeared as a Charleston Dancer in Peaky Blinders and performed in 6 professional Pantos, 2 as Dance Captain. Jordanna now teaches all core subjects for Tiptoe and Street and works at Stagecoach Derby and Litchfield. She also teaches Body Pump, Body Combat and Barre at various health clubs.
Sammie has been teaching at Tiptoe since 2014 and has lead the Cheerleading and Rosette classes. She is so happy to be part of such an incredibly talented teaching team.
Jennifer was part of Centre Stage Theatre School and Good Companions and has performed in shows such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserables, Little Shop of Horrors and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Jennifer has achieved Grades 4 & 5 in LAMDA (Drama) and Grades 5 & 6 in London College of Music (Singing, Musical Theatre). Her professional credits are as follows:
Stage Manager/Non-Acting Credits:
The Lincoln Company 2010 (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) Bonus Material Directed by Ben Keaton and The Dumb Waiter Directed by Adam Sleporownski, Cross Cut Theatre Company 2011 (UK Tour) The Dumb Waiter Directed by Adam Sleporownski, Cirque Di Ciel Shanghi (UK Tour, Hospitality Manager, Theatre Productions LTD), In the Night Garden Live (Front of House Supervisor), Ruckus in the Garden (Assistant Director, Derby Theatre Youth Theatre), Zero for the Young Dudes (National Theatre Connections, Director), Kessoku: Tales of Togetherness (Hubbub Theatre Company, East Midlands Tour, Stage Manager), These Bridges (National Theatre Connections, Director), Chaos(National Theatre Connections, Director). Actor Credits (Film & Stage):Leibe (4 Scene Productions), Spinning Down the Derwent (Maypole Productions), The Musician(LightFilm Productons).Volpone (PaintDry Productions), Entropy (PaintDry Productions), PaintDry on the Pavement (PaintDryProductions, Charity Performance), Do You Expect me to Talk? (Cognito Theatre, Leicester), DarkClouds (Collective Unconscious), Due Course (STEP UP Creatives, New Perspectives Theatre
Company, East Midlands Rural Tour), 2.8 Hours Later & Asylum: 2.8 Hours Later (Sling Shot Productions, Nottingham and Birmingham), Kessoku: Tales of Togetherness (Hubbub Theatre Company Performer).