Our Staff

All FAPA staff are qualified professionals with previous teaching and performance experience

Kara Hudson

Head of Dance

 

Kara has been dancing since the age of 8, going on to study Professional Dance Performance at college and graduate with a HND. During this time she has studied Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical Jazz, Commercial, Hip-Hop, Tap and Ballroom. She has a range of exams from U.K.A and S.D.T.A along with her other dance qualifications.

Since graduating, Kara has worked across the UK and USA as a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher. This includes, but is not limited to, performing and leading professional classes to teaching in local schools for children with additional support needs.

Kara continues to take class to remain fresh and up-to-date in the industry, so she can keep her teaching new and exciting for all of her students. Dance and performance is Kara's main passion in life and she loves teaching and shaping students into future performers!

Daniel Schlordt

Head of Musical Theatre

 

Daniel is a Scottish singer, musical theatre performer, dancer and vocal expert who, after years of studying singing under renowned vocal coaches Catherine Baker, Steven Luke Walker and Gillyanne Kayes, graduated from the Guildford School of Acting with a Masters Degree in Musical Theatre, class of 2014. 

From a small town in central Scotland, Daniel grew up on a farm before moving to London to study Musical Theatre. Daniel has performed in the west end at The Savoy theatre, The Criterion theatre and Opera Holland Park as well as in numerous musical tours, films and concerts across the country. Working with Cameron Mackintosh, Bill Kenright and Cambridge Arts Theatre to name but a few production companies and with superstars from all aspects of the performance industry including Leona Lewis. Daniel’s favourite performance was when he played a principle role in the European Premiere of the musical; Lysistrata Jones and when performing as Shrek, The Stage newspaper wrote;

“As if to prove that it isn't all about bravado, Daniel Cummins gives an equally powerful performance of Who I'd Be. Quietly insistent throughout, Cummins imbibes the show with character and gets the moral across with conviction."

Daniel is now a lecturer at the prestigious Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as one of their Singing Specialists and teaches dance, singing and acting freelance across Southern Scotland. 

Zoe McRae

Drama Teacher

Zoe McRae is an Edinburgh based freelance Drama and Singing Teacher, Performer and Musical Theatre Graduate from Aberdeen Academy of Performing Arts. Zoe also has her Trinity College of London LTCL in Musical Theatre Teaching as well as being trained in Estill Voice technique and specialised in Stanislavski Technique under the tuition of Luis Allan.
 
Zoe is passionate about teaching children singing and acting through fun and creative techniques as well as making sure every student can achieve their best in FAPA's safe and supportive environment. Zoe takes pride in her achievements and what she can bring to the students and their learning. 

 

Her credits include: Fairy Godmother in Cinderella and Mother Goose (MacArts Theatre),  Claire in Bare the Pop Opera, Alysha in American Idiot and Helen in And They Played Shang-A-Lang (Edinburgh Festival and International Tour) and Backing Performer for Plan B and Jack Whitehall among others. Zoe's favourite role she has played has to be Claire in Bare a Pop Opera in 2018.
"A deeply moving moment, indeed a crux of the whole play, is a phone conversation when Peter’s mother – played with huge warmth and convincing passion by Zoe McRae – But this tearful, emotional critical point was brilliantly enacted between two excellent actors"
She looks forward to welcoming students to FAPA and sharing that same passion for performing with them.

Emily Black

Dance Teacher

Emily Black started dancing at only two years old, she performed in many shows as a child whilst completing RAD and ISTD exams in Ballet, Tap and Modern. In her teenage years she decided to take Dance and Musical Theatre seriously and successfully gained a place on the Royal Conservatiore of Scotland, Junior Musical Theatre program.
 
Emily progressed on to achieve a HNC in Musical Theatre from Motherwell college and then completed a HND in Professional Stage Dance from Dance For All, passing both courses with an A. This then led Emily on to study Ba Hons in Dance and Drama at Performing Arts Studio Scotland in conjunction with Kingston University London. She successfully graduated with a first class degree. University is where Emily discovered that her passion lies in teaching.
 
Emily now teaches various styles of dance through out Scotland and is hopeful to inspire and encourage young dancers to be the best they can be whilst sharing her love of dance.

Ashleigh Talbot

Dance Teacher

Ashleigh has been dancing since she was 3 years old, and has been part of the Fife Academy Performing Arts family for a long time, joining as a student at the age of 8, she trained at FAPA for the majority of her time as a young performer. Ashleigh began her teaching career as an assistant to senior teachers, before moving on to take her own classes. In her time as a performer, Ashleigh has been on stage at least twice a year in a range of Dance and Musical Theatre shows where she has played a range of characters from Jafar in Aladdin to Professor Callahan in Legally Blonde.
Along with these regular performances, she was cast as a dancer in a professional production of Aladdin at the Alhambra theatre in 2012.

As well as teaching at FAPA, Ashleigh is studying a HNC in Additional Support Needs at college along with working for Scottish Autism as a support worker. She hopes to compliment her teaching with the knowledge gained from her HNC and work as a support worker. Ashleigh looks at FAPA as a second home and can’t wait to pass on her knowledge to future FAPA students!

Paul Distefano

Guest Teacher

 

Paul Distefano is an American trained contemporary, modern dancer.

He received his formal training at The Joffrey Ballet School Of New York. From the Joffrey he was able to dance and train under such notable people as Gelsey Kirkland, Alexandre Proia and Max Stone. After his studies were completed he was invited to join Pilobolus Dance Theater. This would last for the next five years. With Pilobolus Paul toured around the world, performing their show ShadowLand. During that time he also taught movement for Pilobolus at Southern Connecticut University, and various magnet art schools. When he wasn’t working for Pilobolus he ventured into short term dance projects and film, as well as teaching in Denmark, Switzerland, and New York. After leaving Pilobolus, Paul moved to Los Angeles, where he started focusing on the commercial side of the industry. In L.A. he was represented by BLOC TALENT AGENCY before moving across to M.S.A. who currently represent him. Paul is also represented by AMCK in London.

Further Information

All staff at the academy are qualified professionals with previous teaching and performance experience and undergo Disclosure Scotland checks before resuming work to ensure your child’s safety and a high standard of tuition within the school.

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