Penelope is an independent dancer, teacher and choreographer from the UK, now based in Vancouver.
Penelope trained in London, UK, at the prestigious Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts.(Kent, UK) She completed her Post Graduate training at the Centre of Performing Arts, (London, UK) where she gained her ISTD Licentiate teaching qualifications Modern and Associate Dip in Imperial Ballet and Tap. She is now working towards her Licentiate Tap and Modern Fellowship. With a view to becoming an Examiner in the very near future.
After graduating, Penelope began her professional career as a dancer/singer/actress, performing in various Dance and Musical Theatre Companies. Touring in many European Countries.
Penelope has now been teaching for over 16 years, preparing students of all ages, abilities and levels for examinations, competitions and recitals.
In 2001, she opened her own Dance School, with over 200 students. Many of which have graduated from Dance College and are now successfully performing in the West End of London, Contemporary Companies Worldwide, or on Broadway.
She recently travelled across the World to run a Dance school of over 400 students, in NZ. Where she guest taught and examined at WPAC. (Wellington Performing Arts) She also adjudicated a huge televised Nationwide Dance Competition, "Stage Challenge!"
In January 2011 Penelope moved to BC, Canada, to run yet another dance school. In September 2012 she moved to Vancouver, where she is planning to stay.
She is absolutely thrilled to be joining such a talented and experienced faculty, at Richmond Academy of Dance.