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. 

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.

If you would like any further information on any of our classes, our experience, or details on how to pay or fund any of our workshops and classes, please contact us.

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  • Address: Fife Academy Performing Arts, The Studio, Pilmuir Street, Dunfermline, KY12 7AJ
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