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

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. 

 

Joanna has been drawing and painting since she can remember. Her Mum and Grandma’s dressmaking has inspired a lifelong fascination with clothes and fabric; as a child she would use their remnants to make outfits for her dolls before putting on her own little fashion shows. Creative subjects were always a favourite at school for Joanna and she went on to study Art and Fashion Design at college and university; graduating from Kent Institute of Art and Design with a First Class Honours Degree. After graduation she worked for several high street fashion brands and then as a make up artist before having her son in 2012.

Joanna is absolutely passionate about children having a creative outlet as a means of expressing themselves and building confidence. She believes art and craft should be accessible to everyone and aims to offer our Simply Craft artists a chance to explore their creativity by using a wide range of materials and techniques. In a very “online” world, Joanna says she finds the mindfulness of creating something tactile extremely important.

Joanna has always loved vintage fashion and art history. Her favourite artists are Monet, Turner and Georgia O’Keefe. Joanna first picked up as camera as toddler so photography is an inherent passion and she loves animals and all things nature. Joanna loves to read and sing and dance (but adds she’s definitely better at reading!)

We are super excited to have Miss Joanna on board our creative team and can’t wait to see the memories she creates with our Simply Family.

 

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!

 

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 

Carrie-Anne Ingrouille is a performer, choreographer and director originating from Guernsey in the Channel Islands. She began her dance training aged 2 1/2 at the Avril Earl Dance and Theatre Arts Centre and then continued further at The Centre Performing Arts College in London.

Carrie has been a core member of the award winning ZooNation Dance Company since 2005, the company specialise in Narrative Hip Hop Theatre and her credits with the company include – “Into the Hoods”, “Some Like it Hip Hop”, “ZooNation 10 Year Anniversary”, “Groove on Down the Road”, “ZooNation: Unplugged”, “The Show of Life”, ”The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” and the London handover ceremonies for the Beijing Olympics, 2008. Carrie wears many different hats within ZooNation and her various roles include Associate Director, Resident Director, Choreographer, Performer and Teacher.

Other performing and choreography theatre credits include: “SIX” (Arts Theatre London, UK Tour), Blaze, The Street Dance Sensation” (Peacock Theatre and European tour), “Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense” (Duke of York’s Theatre and UK tour), “The Suicide” (The National), “I Can’t Sing, The X Factor Musical” (The London Palladium), “The International Olympic Committee Heads of State Performance” 2012 (Royal Opera House), “The Realness” and “Polatrix” (Hackney Down Studios), “R&D” (Hampstead Theatre), ”Back to the Lab”, “Sum of Parts” and “Breakin’ Convention” (Sadler’s Wells), “The Catherine Tate Show Live” (UK Tour), “Whydentity” (Royal Festival Hall).

Currently Carrie is the Resident Choreographer for Hamilton in the West End.

Carrie also engages in work in the commercial industry and has choreographed various music videos/live performances, corporate engagements and campaigns such as, ”Change4Life Summer Campaign” 2015 , “StreetDance 3D” (Vertigo Films), Sony “Dance Star Party” (Playstation 3 Games), Esmee Denters “T4 On The Beach” (Live Performance), Elderbrook “Good Times” Music Video, Google “Engage EMEA” Corporate Dublin, “F&F” Children’s Autumn Campaign 2015 (Internet Advertisement), “Sassoon at Salon International” (Gala Dinner and Presentation).

As well as performing and choreographing she is extremely passionate about training and education and teaches at some of the UK’s leading dance establishments. She regularly tutors at the ZooNation Academy of Dance – and is currently Artistic Director of ZooNation Youth Company. She is also the founder of the Progressive Learning Workshops (a workshop initiative to help train and educate dance teachers).