Lizzie Fogarty

My name is Lizzie and I am based in Hextable, Kent. I am a self-taught crafter, fully qualified dance teacher, singer and lover of all things creative. I am passionate about music, dance and crafts and equally passionate about being a wife and mother of two (very lively) boys.

This website will keep you up to date with everything we have to offer, including Our Dance School Simply Performers, Craft Club, Dance and Craft parties and all the events we host.

I trained for three years at The Centre of Performing Arts College and graduated with my ISTD teaching qualifications in 2006.

Since leaving college I have taught in many establishments; dance schools, primary schools and gymnasiums. I have also had the pleasure of teaching dance to children from third world countries undergoing major facial reconstructive surgery for the charity ‘facing the world’. As well as running my own dance school I currently teach children and adults with learning difficulties. Not only does dance improve fitness and coordination but I see everyday how much confidence it can give the students. Dance to me is a wonderful form of communication even with those students unable to talk.

Many of my ex pupils have been accepted to well known dance colleges and continue to succeed in the industry.

When it comes to the craft side of my website I am totally self taught. I discovered my creative talents as a young girl whilst designing and making clothes for my Barbie dolls. I can also guarantee that every member of my family owns at least one of my (many!) salt dough models.
After the birth of my first son, my late Nanny Win gave me her old sewing machine and I really caught the bug. I followed in her footsteps and, with scraps raided from her material cupboard, I made my very first patchwork quilt.
I have a real love of all things retro, and in particular love the simplicity from Nanny Wins generation (40s/50s). Take away the gadgets, bring back the homemade.
I hope you enjoy browsing our website, be sure to keep an eye on the news feed for any upcoming events.

 

Simply Team

Carlene Wood

Carlene started gymnastics at 3 years old and by the time she reached 7 she was part of the London team.

At the age of 11 Carlene was the British champion for beam and floor and at 12 got selected for the British squad where she got to train with Beth Tweddle(Olympic gold medalist)

She has competed all over Europe and has even spent time training in China.

Carlene finished competing at age 16 and went on to display and team gymnastics as well as coaching young children.

Carlene loves working with children and is keen to join the team and help the Simply kids gain some amazing skills.

Emily Neil 

Emily trained for three years at The Centre Performing Arts College and graduated with her ISTD DDI qualifications in Ballet, Modern and Tap. 

After graduating, Emily landed herself an agent and has spent the last three years dancing professionally abroad.

Emily has continued to teach throughout her time performing and can not wait to join the Simply Performers team to share her experience and knowledge with us. 

Kerry Burt

(Miss Fitness) – Toddle & Tone

Kerry has always been keen on keeping active & healthy and when she became a mum to twins she felt it was more important than ever to stay in shape and keep as active as possible.

Formally a Fashion PR she decided during her maternity leave that she wasn’t going to return to her job in the fashion industry but wanted a job that would work around her children and new-found family life.

When her twins were a year old she went back to college and studied her passion in health and fitness to become a personal trainer. She completed her level 2 fitness instructor course and level 3 personal training course back to back at Reynolds Training academy and from there started her own fitness classes.

Her business, Miss Fitness, has grown from strength to strength over the years providing a mixture of personal training, weekly cardio and toning classes, now based in Hextable, a Saturday morning boot camp and circuit classes at Double K Gym New Eltham, where she provides all of her clients with personalised training and nutritional advice in order to achieve their fitness goals.

“Quite a few of my long standing clients have recently become new mums and now struggle to find time to train around looking after their little ones. I have always wanted to find a way that mums could still train hard whilst not having to worry about arranging childcare around their exercise schedule, so when Lizzie approached me about teaching Toddle & Tone I jumped at the chance! I am really looking forward to introducing some of my new mummy clients to these classes and meeting new ones who are either already on their way or just beginning their fitness journey”

Joanna McGowan 

Joanna is a young and vibrant musician from Kent.  With her eclectic mix of narrative realism it is clear that Joanna is a well established songwriter and storyteller. Her passion for writing was sparked by a week long musical workshop and at the age of 14 she quickly learnt to play the guitar and taught herself to play the piano. Joanna rapidly had an expanding portfolio of songs and started gigging frequently in her home town. One performance in particular at Rochester Castle in 2010, with an audience of 3,000, gave her a thirst for professional musicianship.

Joanna then studied for a Vocal Diploma, a Songwriting Foundation Degree and BA(Hons) in Songwriting at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, was awarded ‘Best Overall Songwriting Student’ (2013), and is now honoured to be a member of the university’s faculty, teaching on the BA(hons) and Higher Diploma courses.

August 2014 saw the release of Joanna’s EP ‘JOY’, through her own label Pen to Paper Records, and with the help of Lander PR, ‘JOY’ reached number 22 in the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart, having been featured in numerous blogs and radio broadcasts, including an invitation to perform live on BBC Radio Kent.

Joanna has recently graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London with a History MA having written about and researched music and morale, and alongside her teaching commitments, is now preparing for her upcoming single release produced by Jackson Dimiglio-Wood (Shawn Mendez, The Libertines) due in Winter 2018/19.

Louise Young

Louise’s background is in Customer Service and Administration.  She worked for Natwest Bank, starting off in customer service roles, then working in their fraud office.  

After ten years based in London, she wanted a local job, so went to work in the Dart-Tag Office at the Dartford Crossing.  She was Assistant Manager for most of the seventeen years she worked there.

Although she now works part-time as a Consultant to other tolled river crossings, helping them to improve their systems and customer service processes, she really enjoys doing our Admin work as well!  She loves to organise, and says she’s yet to find a process or task that can’t be improved by a good spreadsheet!

 

Edward James Drewett

Ed is a British singer and songwriter who is best known for his contributions and collaborations with acts such as Little Mix, Jonas Blue, Olly Murs, Craig David and One Direction.

He has written some of the most popular songs to hit the pop scene, including: ‘Black Magic’ – little mix, ‘Best Song Ever’ – One Direction and ‘Dear Darlin’ – Olly Murs, just to name a few.

We are very honoured to have Ed on board as an Ambassador at Simply Lizzie and look forward to future workshops with him. 

“I’ve known Lizzie since we were at Performing Arts college together! I was 16…feeling old now. 

Despite us all having our tough moments at some point in college, Lizzie was always there with a smile. Mother hen if you like! Someone you could talk to and ALWAYS have a laugh with.

So it was no surprise to me when, years back now, I saw she’d started her own Dance Workshops.

I think anyone who dedicates their lives to teaching or looking after children is a saint and plays a vital part in the future of our kids. 

I’ve been singing/songwriting since I was a kid and though I can’t say I was particularly any good back then, it was so important for my development that I had an outlet of some kind. I was a very shy child but with Mum & Dad signing me up to a small local singing group, I eventually crept out of my shell! 

In an age where phones & tablets are king, it’s more important than ever that we keep our children active & inspired!

So to all at Simply Lizzie, keep singing, keep dancing and keep having fun!!” – Ed Drewett