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The Principal…

Miss Christa Collard became the Principal of Walsall Academy of Dance in 2010 after working as the Vice Principal and a senior member of staff for over 10 years at the Academy. Miss Christa, as she is known to her students, is a qualified Secondary Teacher specialising in Dance Education. She holds a Teaching Certificate with the Royal Academy of Dance, A Certificate in Dance Education in Modern and Tap Dance, and a Licentiate in Modern Jazz with the Imperial Society for Teachers of Dance. She also holds Fellowships in Ballet, Freestyle, Tap, Modern Jazz and Theatre Craft with the International Dance Teachers Association as well as a Dance Exercise and Gymnastic Dance Teaching Diploma. She qualified from the University of Wolverhampton with a First Class Honours Degree in Dance studies and has since gone on to study a Post Graduate Diploma in Dance Science and a Masters Degree in Dance. As a dancer Miss Christa has performed professionally with several contemporary dance companies and has been asked as a choreographer to work at various universities across the Midlands and has taught a variety of professional dance companies technique classes. She is passionate about dance and delivering it to all young dancers who are hard working and enthusiastic, she is often heard discussing with students how their bodies work and always drawing pictures to demonstrate parts of their anatomy or singing songs to help them remember what to do.  She hopes to provide inspiration to all so they can achieve their potential in what ever they choose as a career whether that be in the dance world or not. She is extremely proud of all her students and has kept every news cutting from when her students get into the paper. Miss Christa was appointed an Examiner with the IDTA during 2013.