Course Principal: Amanda Painter
Trained: Ballet West and The Urdang Academy.
Performance Credits: Swan lake, Nutcracker, Coppelia, Canon (TV Advert), Into The Woods. MOVE IT (Main stage opening year).
Amanda's passion and focus has always been teaching and over the last 7 years Amanda has built up her reputation with excellent exam results. She has entered hundreds of students for examinations in ISTD Ballet and Modern, LCM Musical Theatre and LAMDA Acting and Verse and Pros as well as preparing students for their Dance GCSE and A-LEVEL. Her skills lie in tutoring aspiring performers and helping them to gain the credits to achieve vocational college and university places in Dance and Musical Theatre. Her affiliation with the Vocational schools allows her to keep current with industry's ever changing requirements. This is why she has enjoyed such success, with her students gaining College and University placements at the most successful Schools, such as The Urdang Academy, London Studio Centre, Central School of Ballet, The Place and Laine Theatre Arts to name a few. Her past students have then gone onto working in the Industry in Shows such as Matilda, Once the Musical, Billy Elliot and Matthew Bourne's Junior company.
Amanda now wants to cultivate this at The PAD and to bring her mentoring and course skills to the students here. She offers one to one guidance as well as a team of carefully selected professionals to achieve outstanding results.
Course Director: Daniel Keating
Trained: Self taught.
Performance Credits: X-Factor, BRITS, MTV Tour.
Daniel was a late starting in the dance world at 20. Born and raised in Dunstable he moved to London follow his passion for dance.
In 2010 Daniel launched On Pointe Dance Academy for local children to attend a professional school taught by working dancers.
Daniel has also taught across London and the SE at some of the top youth performing arts schools over the past 15 years.
Senior Vocal Tutor Peter Hagen
Trained: Guildford School of Music.
Performance Credits: Pete has played and conducted various West End shows including Annie, Camelot, Starlight Express, Saturday Night Fever, Mamma Mia and Porgy and Bess.
Head of Acting Benjamin Archer
Trained: City of Northampton.
Performance Credits: The Importance of Being Earnest (Algernon), Peter Pan (John Darling), Pride & Prejudice (Mr Binley), The Hounds of the Baskervilles ( Dr Watson).
Senior Dance Tutor Samantha Underwood
Trained: Bird College
Performance Credits: Dick Whittington, Style & Grace (Music Video), Rich & Famous, Lip stick and Lace (Costa Cruises) .
Senior Dance Tutor Taira Foo
Trained: London Contemporary Dance School.
Performance Credits: We will rock you, Chicago, Grease, Fame, The Snowman, The Royal Variety show.
Course Manager: Paula Cameron
Trained: Cheshunt School of Dance
Performance Credits: Jack and the Beanstalk (with Stephen Lewis), Pantotime (with Peter Duncan)
Paula is both the Course Manager for The PAD and the Studio Manager for On Pointe Dance Academy. She began performing at the age of 3 and went on to win over 250 medals and trophies at dance competitions and festivals throughout the UK.
Paula studied RAD Ballet, IDTA Tap and Modern and shares her understanding and passion for performing arts along with her management skills with our students through regular meetings and reviews.
Associate industry professionals & mentors
Miss Saigon (West End) The Lion King (West End), Wicked (West End), The King and I (West End), The Wizard of Oz (West End) and The Phantom of the Opera (Japan).
LA ROUX (Kiss & Not Tell), Musical Rocks (Germany & Austria), WOW 10 (Israel), So you think you can dance (BBC contestant), Danze Fantasy Productions (Thailand)
The Lion King (West End), Thriller Live (Scandinavian tour), The Genius of Ray Charles (US Tour, UK tour & Monte Carlo), X Factor UK, Jack & the Beanstalk & Cinderella.
Member of BirdGang & Boadicea, BLAZE world tour, Jungle "busy earning", ITV DIVERSITY LIVE, Street Dance 3D 2, SYTYCD UK trailer, Ndubz, Hextatic etc.
Little Mix (UK Tour & Music Video), Aston Merrygold (World Tour), JLS (UK Tour), Zoonation (Company member) Into the hoods (West End), Flawless (Company Member), A-Team (Got To Dance Finalists).