The CTA Team
Chiswick Theatre Arts is run by Miss Georgina Burns AISTD (Associated Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance), AIDTA (Associate International Dance Teachers Association) and member of the actors union Equity for 30 years! Although she comes from a medical family, it appears that theatre is in the blood as her sister Nica Burns owns five West End Theatres! Georgina has been performing on stage sincethe age of 4 – and has never stopped! Georgina was born in Chiswick and educated at Haberdashers Aske’s School for Girls, Elstree. Miss Georgina trained as a dancer at Joyce Butler School of Dance where she won hundreds of dance and drama competitions. At sixteen she won a scholarship to train professionally for 3 years at the prestigious Birds Performance College where she was the youngest student in the school. Here she gained her dance teaching qualifications with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance in Ballet, National and Modern Theatre. She reached advanced standard in all disciplines, and is proud that she received honours (the highest qualification) for all her advanced exams. When her final year show at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London was reviewed by The Dancing Times (THE dance magazine), she was the only student out of 100 to be picked out for individual praise. She worked professionally as a dancer and choreographer, appearing on TV, theatre and in the West End (original cast of 42nd Street at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane). Miss Georgina then furthered her training at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) where she spent three wonderful years at drama school and received her acting diploma. She then worked as a professional actress and presenter. Today, Miss Georgina prefers to take a back seat from performing, (although friends frequently try to twist her arm to try to get her back on stage) and enjoys teaching, directing and choreographing. She is mad about musicals! She directs and choreographs musicals in both the amateur and professional world.With her husband Phil Tucker, a video production teacher, Georgina has two boys who appeared with James Franco, Kate Hudson and Anna Friel in the feature film 'Good People' in 2014.
Alice has been involved in dancing, singing and acting from a very young age. After attending as a student for many years, Alice moved up to working for Stagecoach as a drama, singing and dance teacher and party entertainer which she did for 10 years. On the way she found the time to gain a BA degree in Drama at Brunel University and do some TV work at Pinewood Studios. More recently, Alice was an administrator for TheatreBugs before joining CTA in 2012.
Ballet & Tap Teacher
Emma trained at the Dance School of Scotland in Glasgow before joining the English National Ballet School. Whilst still at school she danced at Wembley Stadium as part of the ‘Concert For Diana’. Upon graduating Emma joined the English National Ballet touring worldwide, dancing the title roles in both Angelina Ballerina’s Star Performance and Angelina Ballerina’s Big Audition. Emma has also performed in Swan Lake at The Palace of Versailles, The Royal Albert Hall and London Coliseum. Emma made
her musical theatre debut in the Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary Concert at the Royal Albert Hall. During the Olympics she worked on a collaboration between English National Ballet and Seven Sisters Group called ‘Like A Fish Out Of Water’. Other credits include Dancing in Roksanda Ilinicic’s fashion show at the V&A and a featured dancer in Pilgrim Angry’s music video ‘Time For Us’. DVD credits include ‘Concert For Diana’ and ‘Phantom Of The Opera 25th Anniversary Concert’.
Ballet, Tap, Drama, Musical Theatre Teacher
Enya completed the Full Time Musical Theatre course at CTA Performing Arts London in 2016 and now teaches ballet, tap, drama and musical theatre at CTA. Prior to this she gained experience working in several children’s creative summer camps where she was a team leader and coordinator. Enya also has a Masters Degree in Communication Sciences and a Degree in Psychology from the University of Ku Leuven in Belgium.
Tap & Musical Theatre Teacher
Blair taught at CTA whilst training in Musical Theatre at ArtsEd and is now back with us! Blair was nominated for Best Actor by The Stage and has appeared in the following productions: Dwayne in ‘9 to 5’ (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Robertson Ay in ‘Mary Poppins’ (UK and International Tour), Cosmo Brown in ‘Singing in the Rain’ (Cork Opera house), Cat in the Hat in ‘Seussical' (Hong Kong), Kerry Ellis at the London Palladium (Palladium), Richard in 'My Name is Richard' (Edinburgh Festival).
Singing Teacher & Musical Theatre Teacher
Jill has been singing since she could talk. Hours of watching Judy Garland, Doris Day and Barbra Streisand left her with no choice but to follow her passion onto the stage. Jill trained for 3 years in Musical Theatre at GSA, then trained with Mark Meylan, at the Actor’s Centre, before gaining much experience in theatre in London, touring and Rome. From early in her career she has worked with children and young people in music and performance skills. Jill believes everyone has a voice and everyone can sing. She works in building trust and joy in the voice and loves helping young people discover all their possibilities through performing. Jill now also works as a Child Therapist in schools.
Mimi van Buuren
Modern Dance Teacher
Mimi graduated from QUT Australia with a Bachelors Degree in Creative Industries/Dance, specialising in Contemporary, Classical Ballet and Commercial dance. She is privileged to have worked on a variety of freelance dance projects ranging from flash mobbing for ‘So You Think you can Dance Australia’, performing Chinese Silk Fan Dances at Buddha’s Birthday Festival 2009, Backup Dancer for the singer Wrenne’s London Tour 2013 and playing a Doc Marten wearing Goth Rocker in ‘Hey Scenester’ at Brisbane Powerhouse Theatre. Currently teaching Modern Dance at CTA, Mimi enjoys encouraging her students to find their unique creative spirit and believes that dance is for everyone, any age and any skill level.
Ballet, Modern/Jazz, Musical Theatre Teacher
Maddie graduated from Arts Educational Schools London in 2017 and has appeared in a number of top shows since then, most recently 42nd Street in the West End's Drury Lane. Maddie began teaching at CTA while still an undergraduate at Arts Ed and we are delighted to welcome her back.
Zumba & Fitness Teacher
Karen was born in West Yorkshire. In 1976 she won a scholarship to attend “The Italia Conti stage school”, her first professional job was in the 1978 musical “Bubbling Brown Sugar”( Sweet Georgia Brown), at the time she was the youngest person aged 18 to have a lead role and solo in the West End, Karen then moved to Italy and spent 4 years working as a presenter dancer and singer on a hugely popular TV show Domenica in as well as recording music for films and television. She returned to England in 1984 was David Merricks tap dancing extravaganza 42nd Street, In the past 30 years Karen’s work has been varied and prolific as a Choreographer for many well-known UK European & USA recording artists including Blue, Atomic Kitten, Jermaine Jackson, Peter Andre, D-ream, Kim Mazel, Barry White, and Bill Withers to name a few, for TV and live performances, and in the year 2000 she had a no 12 in the UK Charts, with Mirror ball, Given up. Karen has participated in many fitness and diet television programmes and also 8 weeks on Channel 4's controversial “When Women Rule The World”. Karen is a popular and dynamic fitness Instructor in West London. She is passionate in helping people to achieve their fitness goals.
Acting Teacher & Musical Theatre Teacher
Aled trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is a professional actor, singer and theatre director. He is a teacher on the BA Acting course at Guildhall, London Southbank University, University of Wales and other institutions across the UK. His most recent work as an actor include S4C’s 35 Awr and Sherman Theatre’s Woof (directed by Gethin Evans), and as director, his production of Saturday Night Forever for the Welsh National Theatre was on National tour in early 2019.
Street Dance Teacher
After completing her undergraduate at the University of Alabama, ranked 14th best dance university in the U.S., Becky moved to London to pursue her passion for choreography and teaching. She recently graduated from the University of Roehampton with her Masters of Fine Arts in Choreography. During her time at Roehampton, she worked as the graduate assistant for the Limon Jazz technique for Year 2 students and was the Jazz choreographer for the University’s competition team. She grew up in a competition dance environment and competed in numerous competitions around the US. Becky has 6 years of teaching experience in all dance styles and is passionate about inspiring young dancers to pursue their dreams and be the best they can be!
Acting Teacher & Musical Theatre Teacher
Francis graduated from Arts Education Schools London in 2008 with 1st degree Honours in Musical Theatre. He has appeared in West End shows such as Legally Blonde, Singin in the Rain, Dirty Dancing, Sinatra and Elf Musical. With a lot of experience teaching in top drama schools in London such as Arts ed, GSA, London Studio Centre and Urdang he is thrilled to be part of the teaching staff at CTA.