Lizzie Fogarty – Principal
Lizzie trained for three years at The Centre of Performing Arts College and graduated with her ISTD teaching qualifications in 2006.
Since leaving college she has taught in many establishments; dance schools, primary schools and gymnasiums. She also had the pleasure of teaching dance to children from third world countries undergoing major facial reconstructive surgery for the charity ‘facing the world’.
As well as running the dance school, Lizzie teaches within SEN and mainstream settings across various boroughs for children with PMLD, severe autism and challenging behaviours.
“Teaching through music, movement and art is often under rated but we are here to prove just how powerful it can be and how much of a positive and inspirational effect it can have on every individual.”
Emily Neil – Dance
Emily trained for three years at The Centre Performing Arts College and graduated with her ISTD DDI qualifications in Ballet, Modern and Tap.
After graduating, Emily landed herself an agent and has spent the last three years dancing professionally abroad.
Emily continued to teach throughout her time performing, before joining the Simply Performers team to share her experience and knowledge with us.
Jess North – Dance & Musical Theatre
Jess trained at Millennium Performing Art where she was awarded the Musical Theatre award of the graduating year. After three years training Jess performed at London Fashion week, Dame Vera Lynns Birthday Performance at The London Palladium, and has recently returned from a 6 month cruise contract in The Bahamas and Miami as a production dancer. Jess has continued to teach throughout her career and loves being a role model for the young children and seeing the growing confidence they didn’t know they had through the love of dance and musical theatre.
Louise Young – Admin
Louise’s background is in Customer Service and Administration. She worked for Natwest Bank, starting off in customer service roles, then working in their fraud office.
After ten years based in London, she wanted a local job, so went to work in the Dart-Tag Office at the Dartford Crossing. She was Assistant Manager for most of the seventeen years she worked there.
Although she now works part-time as a Consultant to other tolled river crossings, helping them to improve their systems and customer service processes, she really enjoys doing our Admin work as well! She loves to organise, and says she’s yet to find a process or task that can’t be improved by a good spreadsheet!
Ed Drewett – Ambassador
Ed is a British singer and songwriter who is best known for his contributions and collaborations with acts such as Little Mix, Jonas Blue, Olly Murs, Craig David and One Direction.
He has written some of the most popular songs to hit the pop scene, including: ‘Black Magic’ – little mix, ‘Best Song Ever’ – One Direction and ‘Dear Darlin’ – Olly Murs, just to name a few.
We are very honoured to have Ed on board as an Ambassador at Simply Lizzie and look forward to future workshops with him.
“I’ve known Lizzie since we were at Performing Arts college together! I was 16…feeling old now.
Despite us all having our tough moments at some point in college, Lizzie was always there with a smile. Mother hen if you like! Someone you could talk to and ALWAYS have a laugh with.
So it was no surprise to me when, years back now, I saw she’d started her own Dance Workshops.
I think anyone who dedicates their lives to teaching or looking after children is a saint and plays a vital part in the future of our kids.
I’ve been singing/songwriting since I was a kid and though I can’t say I was particularly any good back then, it was so important for my development that I had an outlet of some kind. I was a very shy child but with Mum & Dad signing me up to a small local singing group, I eventually crept out of my shell!
In an age where phones & tablets are king, it’s more important than ever that we keep our children active & inspired!
So to all at Simply Lizzie, keep singing, keep dancing and keep having fun!!” – Ed Drewett
Carrie-Anne Ingrouille – Ambassador
Carrie-Anne Ingrouille is a performer, choreographer and director originating from Guernsey in the Channel Islands. She began her dance training aged 2 1/2 at the Avril Earl Dance and Theatre Arts Centre and then continued further at The Centre Performing Arts College in London.
Carrie has been a core member of the award winning ZooNation Dance Company since 2005, the company specialise in Narrative Hip Hop Theatre and her credits with the company include – “Into the Hoods”, “Some Like it Hip Hop”, “ZooNation 10 Year Anniversary”, “Groove on Down the Road”, “ZooNation: Unplugged”, “The Show of Life”, ”The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” and the London handover ceremonies for the Beijing Olympics, 2008. Carrie wears many different hats within ZooNation and her various roles include Associate Director, Resident Director, Choreographer, Performer and Teacher.
Other performing and choreography theatre credits include: “SIX” (Arts Theatre London, UK Tour), Blaze, The Street Dance Sensation” (Peacock Theatre and European tour), “Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense” (Duke of York’s Theatre and UK tour), “The Suicide” (The National), “I Can’t Sing, The X Factor Musical” (The London Palladium), “The International Olympic Committee Heads of State Performance” 2012 (Royal Opera House), “The Realness” and “Polatrix” (Hackney Down Studios), “R&D” (Hampstead Theatre), ”Back to the Lab”, “Sum of Parts” and “Breakin’ Convention” (Sadler’s Wells), “The Catherine Tate Show Live” (UK Tour), “Whydentity” (Royal Festival Hall).
Currently Carrie is the Resident Choreographer for Hamilton in the West End.
Carrie also engages in work in the commercial industry and has choreographed various music videos/live performances, corporate engagements and campaigns such as, ”Change4Life Summer Campaign” 2015 , “StreetDance 3D” (Vertigo Films), Sony “Dance Star Party” (Playstation 3 Games), Esmee Denters “T4 On The Beach” (Live Performance), Elderbrook “Good Times” Music Video, Google “Engage EMEA” Corporate Dublin, “F&F” Children’s Autumn Campaign 2015 (Internet Advertisement), “Sassoon at Salon International” (Gala Dinner and Presentation).
As well as performing and choreographing she is extremely passionate about training and education and teaches at some of the UK’s leading dance establishments. She regularly tutors at the ZooNation Academy of Dance – and is currently Artistic Director of ZooNation Youth Company. She is also the founder of the Progressive Learning Workshops (a workshop initiative to help train and educate dance teachers).