Meet the team
Established in 1999, Wendy Whatling School of Dance is a happy and friendly environment for every individual to learn. We believe in nurturing our students of all ages with secure training, creating a lasting memory.
Our dedicated team work together to ensure that students are not only taught to an excellent standard, but their passion, enjoyment and enthusiasm is encouraged.
Wendy Whatling AISTD Dip
Dancing from a young age, Wendy qualified as a teacher with the ISTD at 18. She went on to teach for many schools in Sussex, and performed and choreographed for Brighton Little Theatre Company and Brighton Theatre Group.
Wendy is currently training to be a Body Control Pilates teacher.
Kirsty Watson CDE
Kirsty trained in all aspects of dance and gained her teaching qualifications at the Italia Conti Arts Centre. Kirsty has also successfully completed Licentiate status with the ISTD and teaches Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary and Musical Theatre.
Aimee Kimberley FDI
Aimee trained at Meads Dance Studio before gaining a scholarship to train in Musical Theatre at CPA. She went on to perform professionally before training as a Dance and Drama teacher. Aimee continues to perform professionally and now runs her own dance academy. She has been a member of the teaching team at WWSD since 2009.
Ceyda Tanc BA (Hons)
Ceyda graduated Roehampton University in 2011, with a BA (Hons) in Dance Studies, after which she was invited to spend four months teaching at The State Turkish Conservatoire for Music and Dance.
In 2012 as Artistic Director and Choreographer, Ceyda founded Ceyda Tanc Dance and more recently Ceyda Tanc Youth Dance. Performances across the UK, include The Arts Theatre West End, the Spiegeltent at Brighton Fringe, and The Place. Commissioned works include Third Row Dance Company and Lewes College Dance Company. Ceyda Tanc Youth Dance Youth represented South East England at U.Dance 2013. www.ceydatancdance.com
Jonathan is a professional actor and acting coach. He trained at ALRA in London and GSA. He has worked extensively in all areas of the industry, winning several acting awards. TV includes Harry and Cosh, Billy Girl of the Future, Morris 2274 (Channel 5), BBC‘s Desperate Romantics and the ’Drench’ drinks commercial.
Jonathan has been teaching (GCSE/LAMDA/Auditon Prep) and directing for over fifteen years. He also now writes new musicals for his company www.songanddancekidz.com
Melanie has been teaching vocal technique for over 8 years, having graduated with Distinction from BIMM in modern vocals. As well as teaching, Melanie has performed in numerous musical productions, cabarets, bands and commercial recordings and is currently one third of the acapella trio The Doo Wop Dolls.