Our Teachers

Our Teachers

Meet the Team

We all love to dance and perform, but most of all we love to teach our craft.

Joanne Robinson

Jo Robinson began her love for dance with Jane Guy School of Dance.

At 16 she was awarded a 3-year performing arts scholarship to attend the Italia Conti School in London. During this time she gained Associates with the ISTD and Performing Arts degree. Jo enjoyed her professional career as a choreographer and performer with various theatre companies and cruise ships as a dancer, singer and actor. With her experience, passion and love for performing arts, she opened her school in 2005. Since then she has continued to study her art and now has her Ballet Fellowship with the IDTA. In future, she hopes to continue her studies to become an examiner. Jo feels blessed to have such a talented creative team around her to nurture and encourage the students to flourish enabling them to reach their personal goals. Finally, she feels very fortunate to be able to do something she truly loves every day.

Abbie Zannetti

Abbie trained at Jo Jo’s School of Dance from the age of 5, where she grew with the school taking IDTA exams in many styles, and gaining nominations and awards along the way. At 18 she went to study at the London Studio Centre for 3 years, successfully completing a degree in Musical theatre. Some of her professional credits include working with TUI Finland and Brittany Ferries. She broadened her teaching skills whilst training a London-based gold medal gymnastic squad and more recently collaborating on projects for an up-and-coming Korean pop group. Abbie looks forward to continuing her teaching qualifications and progressing with Jo Jo’s team to create a positive learning environment for our students.

Alicia Baldock

Alicia trained at Jo Jo’s School of Dance from the age of 11 and then continued her training at Masters Performing Arts where she spent 3 years working towards her Performing Arts Diploma. Professionally Alicia has performed as a singer/dancer on Viking Line Cruises and has been a swing for Silja Cruises, as well as performing in Cabaret sets as both a dancer and vocalist. Alicia is so pleased to be back to her roots at Jo Jo’s to pass down her knowledge and experience with the students at the school.

Gemma Craft

Gemma joined Jo Jo’s School of Dance as a student at the age of 16, where she found her passion for dancing and teaching. Gemma Is an Associate teacher with the IDTA and has taught for 10 years at Jo Jo’s. During this time she has performed in many amateur productions, and competitions across Kent and worked as a cheerleader for The Spitfires at Kent Cricket ground and has been proud to share these experiences in her classes. Gemma has also trained in Ariel Arts and is honoured to have performed riel hoop acts in previous shows.

Amelia Mortonson

Amelia has had a passion for dance and the arts since she was very young from being trained in all dance styles since she was 3, to being a fully qualified dance teacher and educator from Canterbury Christ Church University. During her time at university, Amelia became a qualified teacher with the IDTA as well as fulfilling a dream of running her own street classes for all ages and abilities. She loves to share her creativity and passion for street dance with eager students creating a warm and welcoming environment.

Silas Stubbs

Silas trained at Elmhurst Ballet School from the age of 11. He was head boy and in his final years danced with Birmingham Royal Ballet.

After graduating he went on to dance in China with Suzhou Ballet Theatre before moving to Estonia where he joined the Vanemuine Ballet in Tartu where he worked as a soloist. During this time, he also performed with the New English Ballet Theatre and was a ballet teacher at the Vanemuine Ballet School. He also choreographed for the company which included full-length productions of Beauty and the Beast and The Snowqueen.

Theatre and other credits include The Nutcracker-Sir Peter Wright(Birmingham Royal Ballet), Prospect Before Us-Dame Ninette de Valois (Royal Ballet), Façade-Fredrick Ashton (Royal Ballet), Romeo and Juliet-Kenneth MacMillan (Royal Ballet), The Sleeping Beauty-Sir Peter Wright (Birmingham Royal Ballet), Resolution-Wayne Eagling (English National Ballet), Bright Young Things-Ernst Meisner (Dutch National Ballet), Onegin-Vasily Medvedev, Swan Lake-Petr Zuska (Prague National Ballet), Raimonda-Yelena Pankova, The Nutcracker-Pär Isberg (Royal Swedish Ballet). “I Really Want You” music video-James Blunt, Jim Canty.

Katharine Galbraith

Katharine started ballet lessons at the age of 4 with Birchington & Garlinge School of Dance. She then moved to Jo Jo’s School of Dance following its closure in 2007. Katharine attended Brighton Ballet School whilst attending University, returning to Jo Jo’s after graduating in 2010. Katharine continues to take Ballet lessons whilst sharing her knowledge and inspiring our younger ballet students on Saturday mornings.