Meet The Team

Southern Arts Academy couldn't be where it is today without the amazing commitment of our wonderful staff...


Meet our wonderful staff

Katrina Excell

Katrina Excell

Principal & Founder - FDI/DDI/DDE/NATD

Katrina first started training at the age of 4 where she first found her love for dance; at the age of 16 Katrina had danced with the English National Ballet and competed at the All England dance finals.

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Ali Lipscombe

Ali Lipscombe

ISTD Ballet Teacher

Ali has been teaching ballet at SAA for the last 7 years

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Sophie Woodward

Sophie Woodward

ISTD Tap, Modern, Ballet & Jazz Teacher - DDI/DDE

Sophie is currently studying her advanced teaching qualifications at Chichester College.

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Jessica Thomas

Jessica Thomas

ISTD Tap & Modern Teacher - DDI/DDE

Jessica has trained with Southern Arts Academy for the past 8 years and has successfully gained her DDE Tap and is working towards further qualification. Jess is currently the reigning IDF Adult Tap world champion.

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Lloyd  Kingston

Lloyd Kingston

Hip-Hop & Contemporary Teacher - DDI

Lloyd has been a student of SAA since 2014 and has been one of the England Dance Squad members. In 2016, Lloyd was selected to teach our Junior, Senior and Adult Hip -Hop and Contemporary classes.

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April Davies

April Davies

Maternity Cover Teacher - ISTD DDI/DEE

April has been a student at Southern Arts for the past 6 years and is has recently gained her DDE teaching qualifications in both Tap and Modern.

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Charlotte Pilkington

Charlotte Pilkington

School Administrator & Guest Teacher - BSc (Hons) & ISTD DDI

Charlotte has been a member of SAA since the age of 11, and went on to do her DDI Tap and Modern. She has been involved with the school's administration for the last 9 years.

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Graham  Excell

Graham Excell

Director of Finance - BA (Hons) & ACMA

Graham has worked closely with SAA for the past 10 years

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Barbara  Parsons

Barbara Parsons

General Assistant

Barbara has been a valued member of the Southern Arts Team since is was first established in 2004.

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