We pride ourselves on having the highest calibre of teaching at our school. All of our teachers are fully qualified and DBS checked.
Anna Morgan F.I.S.T.D - artistic director
Anna trained at the Deborah Capon College, where she achieved her Diploma in Dance Education in Ballet, Modern and Tap, as well as also training at various dance centres in New York City. After an ankle injury cut Anna's performing career short, she became Principal of the Hasland Dance Studios which she owned for 6 years. Anna went on to achieve her Licentiate and Fellowship qualifications, and she is also a mutually recognised teacher with the RAD and an Approved Tutor for all units of the ISTD's DDI and DDE qualifications. Anna worked with Terpsichore Entertainment in New York for a number of years on various projects in theatre and television, and later as a UK talent representative for the company, identifying talented performers suitable for representation in the US. She regularly visits the US to teach workshops to students from various Ballet schools and conservatoires.
In 2015, she opened her own Teacher Training College, offering DDI and DDE qualifications in Ballet, Modern and Tap. She is now Head of Dance at the Hasland Dance Studios, as well as being a Ballet Tutor at Bird College having previously been on the Ballet faculty at Performers College for many years.
Megan hughes DDE - Modern, tap, contemporary
Megan began training at the Deborah Capon School of Dance at the age of 3, before joining Hasland Dance Studios at 14, and completing exams in Ballet (ISTD & RAD), Modern, Tap and National. In 2014, Megan was awarded the Alison Willett award at the prestigious ISTD Modern Janet Cram National Finals. Megan was also a member of the English National Ballet's Modern Masters production at Sadler's Wells.
In 2015, Megan gained a place at The Institute of Arts Barcelona and graduated in 2018 with a First Class BA(Hons) Degree in Dance. Thoughout her time there Megan performed in various productions as well as appearing on Spanish television. After graduating Megan spent 6 months performing in venues across Rhodes, Greece for Good Time Entertainment. Megan is an agency represented professional dancer with teaching experience across many genres. She is currently completing her ISTD DDE teaching qualifications in Ballet, Modern & Tap with Anna Morgan Dance and has recently trained in the ISTD's new Contemporary Syllabus.
TRACY AU R.A.D. - ballet
Tracy began her Ballet training at the Jean M Wong School of Ballet in Hong Kong and was awarded a scholarship to study Ballet at the Zhejiang Vocational Academy of Art. In 2005, Tracy was awarded the ‘Dame Margot Fonteyn Scholarship’ to train at the English National Ballet School, from where she joined the English National Ballet Company and then the Hong Kong Ballet Company. Tracy has achieved the Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal Award, which is the highest Vocational Ballet examination.
Tracy is an experienced RAD registered teacher and will be joining the Hasland Team to teach Ballet at graded and vocational levels.
PAUL TRACY a.i.s.t.d. - MODERN/STREET/BOYS
Paul trained at the Hasland School before being awarded a scholarship at Performers College where he trained in Musical Theatre and professional dance, also attaining his ISTD Associate teaching qualification.
Paul has travelled all over the world with shows such as Spirit of the Dance, Broadway and Dancing Queen in which he was a member of the original cast in 2006. This led to Paul performing at The Sporting Club, Monte Carlo, Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles, Niagara Falls Casino, Canada, Emirates Palace and Dubai.
As a professional performer Paul has danced for The Opera Babes, Ricky Martin, The Four Tops, Brian Connelly, Shaun Williamson, Kylie Minogue for ITV and featured as a dancer on Children in Need for the BBC.
Paul has worked for Evolution Pantomimes for nine years as a dancer and choreographer at theatres all over the country including The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury.
Hannah willcocks f.i.s.t.d. - tap
Hannah trained at The Tivoli School of Performing Arts in Margate from the age of 3 and took her teaching qualifications at the Deborah Capon College in Whitstable.
While teaching Tap and Modern at HDS for 17 years, Hannah achieved her advance teaching qualifications; the internationally recognised Licentiate and Fellowship with the ISTD.
Hannah joined the Tap Faculty at the prestigious Bird College in 2010, becoming a full-time tutor after leaving HDS.
Hannah is now an ISTD lecturer and has joined the creative team for the Intermediate and Grdae 6 Tap Syllabi. Despite her considerable commitments at Bird College and the ISTD, Hannah is delighted to be back at HDS on a Thursday and we are thrilled to welcome back such a talented and experienced teacher to our Tap Faculty.
CLARE WILDERS r.a.d. r.t.s. - BALLET
Clare has been dancing since she was three, and completed her professional ballet training at the London School of Classical Dance, later known as the West Street School of Dance.
Graduating straight into employment she enjoyed a lengthy and varied career, which included playing the Apache dancer in Joseph and the Amazing Tehcnicolor Dreamcoat UK tour and Chee Chee in the Doctor Dolittle UK tour. Alongside this, she enjoyed a wide variety of genres, including pop videos and movies, and has had the opportunity to work with some amazing choreographers: Luca Tomassini (Gerry Haliwell & Rachael Stevens), Lynne Page (Phantom of the Opera Movie) and Anthony Van Laast (Souls in Motion).
Discovering a love for teaching along the way, Clare chose to re-train and graduated with distinction from the Royal Academy of Dance on their Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma. This brings with it registered RAD teacher status.
STEPH COBOURN D.D.E. - TAP/MODERN/STREET
A student at Hasland from the age of 4, Steph continued dancing through to adulthood, reaching Advanced 1 for Modern and Advanced 2 for Tap by the age of 17. Despite graduating with a First Class Honours degree in Mathematics from the University of Kent, Steph has chosen a career in dance teaching. Having completed her DDI teaching qualifications in Tap and Modern, she is now studying towards her Diploma in Dance Education in both genres.
Steph is our main Receptionist at HDS and teaches classes and private lessons to new students or those who need additional support. She is also very involved with our Street programme, teaching our youngest students as well as some of our Street Competition students.
JESSica pay B.A.(Hons) D.D.I. - Pre-school teacher/
Jessica graduated from the Dance Education Programme (BA, Hons) at Canterbury Christ Church University in 2012, gaining a First Class Honours degree. During her final year as a dance student, Jessica joined the UCF Dance Company, teaching children throughout Kent and running teacher-training workshops. After her degree, Jessica spent time in New York teaching dance and gymnastics at Camp America. Jessica is a well-established Dance Practitioner and was a choreographer and assistant head coach for 5 years. Within this role she gained her qualifications with the UK Cheerleading Association in stunting and tumbling.
In 2016, Jessica completed her DDI qualification in Modern with the Anna Morgan Teacher Training College, achieving 90% in her final exam. Jessica will be teaching Tiny Toes, working with Miss Ali in Acro classes and helping on Reception.
Management Team ...
HDS is run by a three-way partnership. Our Vocational Ballet teacher, Anna Morgan, is the Artistic Director and her partners are: