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The Staff

The Staff

Miss Hammond

Fellow and Examiner ISTD


Miss Hammond is a Fellow and Examiner of the ISTD and began her dancing life in the Ballroom and Latin world. Her love of dance and performing led her to study many dance disciplines, including Classical Ballet, Tap, Modern Theatre, National, Greek, Jazz and Disco at the Vernon Johnson School of Dance and Drama in Liverpool.

When Miss Hammond left school she embarked on a 3 year course for performing arts at Merseyside Dance & Drama Centre. After graduating Miss Hammond then followed her lifelong dream of travelling the world performing. She worked throughout Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Asia and the Far East, performing in theatres and on TV. When she retired it was to pursue a career in teaching.

On her return to the UK she taught in many local schools in and around the North West area, continually studying and gaining further qualifications in both dance and drama. Having gathered knowledge from many teachers who have influenced her over the years, she eventually opened her own school in Merseyside in 1999, teaching 8 of the ISTD genres. Miss Hammond is also qualified in LAMDA and Guildhall and is very honoured to hold the prestigious Gold Medal for Public speaking from The Poetry Society.

A few years later she uprooted and moved from the north to the south and in 2006 Hammond Academy of Performing Arts was opened in Bournemouth where she is currently teaching. When Miss Hammond is not teaching she enjoys choreographing and writing scripts for plays and pantomimes. She does much work outside of HAPA, examining, adjudicating and trains other professionals in many genres.

In 2004 Miss Hammond was invited to join the Club Dance Faculty Committee of the ISTD. In the same year she was elected onto the Disco/Freestyle, Rock’n’Roll Faculty Committee. She was co-writer of the Professional Salsa Syllabus for the Club Dance Faculty and also co-wrote the Street Dance and Commercial Hip Hop Syllabus (SDCH) for the Disco/Freestyle, Rock’n’Roll Faculty.

Miss Bianca

AISTD DFR        

Miss Bianca started dancing at the age of 8 competing in Ballroom and Latin American competitions all over Great Britain and by the age of 15 she was ranked No.1 in the UK. At the age of 16 she attended Bournemouth and Poole College where she studied for a National Diploma in Dance and gained a Distinction.

Miss Bianca met Miss Hammond In 2004 when Miss Hammond moved to Bournemouth. It wasn’t long before she began helping out in classes and eventually began teaching.

Miss Jayde

Jayde has been dancing at Hammond Academy since the age of 5 and started in the Infant Class. She now attends 9 classes a week studying Modern Theatre, Tap, Classical Ballet, Pointe, Street, Hip Hop, Singing and Musical Theatre. To date she has performed in 7 major productions for the Academy as well as many local fetes and shows. Jayde first became a Classroom Assistant to Miss Caroline in the Musical Theatre classes. In 2015 Jayde left St Peters school with GCSE’S in Mathematics, Dance, Drama, RE and a Merit in BTECH Science.

Jayde now studies Performing Arts at the Bournemouth and Poole College and hopes to go on to University to continue further education in Performing Arts.

Mr Simon

Grades & Medals Examiner for the Modern Ballroom & Latin American Faculties Simon Cruwys’s early influences came from the competitive world of dance, being fortunate to have gained much of his knowledge from the top coaches of the day and gaining the Closed United Kingdom Professional Ballroom title in 1996.

He was a recipient of the Phyllis Haylor Scholarship and invited member of the Ballroom Teachers Committee. He gained Fellowships in Ballroom and Latin American in 2000 and was elected to the Latin American Faculty in 2001. Simon runs a busy school in Bournemouth with his sister Heidi catering for all ages and abilities and frequently lectures and adjudicates.

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