Staff

JKDA has a dedicated and experienced set of staff, led by the Director, Jemma King. In addition, we have guest teachers from the Dance Club at the University of St Andrews. We also provide dance lessons at St Leonards School, St Andrews, and our staff offer JKDA pupils with the opportunity to dance at local events and fayres.

In 2012, Jemma took over JKDA from her mother, Jenny King, who established her first dance school in 1969 in Strathkinness, Fife, and launched JKDA in 1993. Sadly, Jenny King died from cancer in 2013, but her warmth, compassion and enthusiasm still infuse the dance school and underpin all of its activities.

Jemma King, Director

Jemma began dancing at a young age, and, when she was 14 years old, she won a scholarship to attend the Urdang Academy, London. She then trained at the Broadway Dance Centre, New York, gained a BA(Hons) in dance and choreography while attending Telford College, Edinburgh, and took over JKDA from her mother in 2012. Jemma is currently based in London, where she engages in a broad range of teaching and training activities.

Lorna Alsop, Assistant Dance Director

Lorna has been involved with JKDA since 2003, when her children started attending dance classes. After taking up dancing herself and passing Grade 7 ballet, Lorna became a full-time dance teacher. Lorna is currently under taking her Level 4 Teaching Certificate with the BBO, as well as having responsibility for the administrative side of JKDA.

Sarah Johnson, Dance Teacher

Sarah started dancing as a pupil at JKDA in 1997, then went on to graduate with a 1st Class BA(Hons) from the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, based in Dundee, after which she performed professionally with the Smallpetitklein Dance Company, Tess Letham Dance and the New Art Club, and at several festivals throughout the UK and as far as Argentina and Brazil. Sarah returned to teach at JKDA from 2014.

Gayle Middleton, Dance Teacher

Gayle is a qualified teacher with UKA Dance, covering Highland, Scottish National, ballet, tap and jazz. She danced competitively from the age of 4 years at a range of national and international competitions, and the JKDA founder, Jenny King, was a great help and support to her during her dance teacher training years. Gayle has taught at several dance schools, and she was delighted to return to JKDA as a dance teacher in 2016.

Ashley Foster, Drama Teacher

Ashley provides drama lessons for JKDA pupils, and she enjoys teaching and directing children and young adults. Ashley is also manager and director of the Byre Youth Theatre, St Andrews, as well as having taught for Fife Council, Adam Smith College and, more recently, at Dundee Rep.

Fiona Day, Singing Teacher

Fiona joined JKDA as a singing teacher in 2018, having watched her daughter enjoy dancing at JKDA for the previous 10 years. Fiona is a primary and secondary school music teacher, who is currently working in a local high school,and is enthusiastic about passing on her passion for Musical Theatre singing to the pupils at JKDA.

Alexander Yap, Trainee Dance Teacher

Alexander has been a pupil at JKDA since she was 3 years old and is now undergoing her Dance Teacher Training in ballet and jazz through UKADance. Alexandra is also currently a BBO Jazz Senior Scholar and a member of the Lothian Youth Dance Company.

Class Assistants:

Niamh Day, Inga Hallgrimsdottir and Millie Forgues-Puccio