Meet the teachers


The Principal – Katharine Mitchell ARAD, RAD TC DIP

Katharine’s roots are in Crediton where her family still live and who until recently ran a local business which extended though three generations and over 100 years.

Having been educated in Exeter, Katharine returned to Devon in 1997 after a dancing career which has seen her perform and study at some of the UK’s foremost dance schools and benefited from the tutelage of a number of nationally renowned teachers.

Katharine has over 20

years of teaching experience and has a proud record of her pupils achieving a 100% pass rate in RAD dance examinations during this time.

  • Started dancing from the age of 3 yrs.
  • Trained with Olga Cooper (FRAD) up to the age of 16 yrs.
  • Passed RAD Advanced 2 ballet exam at the then record age of 15 yrs.
  • Spent three years training at the Bush Davies School of Theatre Arts covering all aspects of dance and the performing arts.
  • Danced professionally for five years including various TV appearances including the House of Elliot.
  • Studied at the Royal Academy of Dance, London gaining the RAD teaching qualification.
  • First teaching role at the Bristol School of Dancing; taught for 6 years under the guidance of Angela Redgrave (recent recipient of RAD lifetime achievement award) – choreographed for annual shows, festivals and professional performances.
  • Established the Southville school of dance (subsequently sold to Bristol School of Dance)

 Ellodie – RAD – Contemporary, Ballet,



Ellodie started her dance training in Devon and at the age of 11 was awarded a place at the prestigious White Lodge and then at Elmhurst. After graduating from Rambert in 2009 with a degree in Ballet and Contemporary dance, she joined the Vienna Festival Ballet. After touring with the Vienna Ballet she returned to Devon to start het teaching career – in 2015 she received her Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies with the RAD.

She is delighted to become a member of the Katharine Mitchell School of Dance.

Sadie Oliver – Modern Jazz, Street Jazz, Musical Theatre, Tap, Modern

Sadie Oliver started dancing at the age of 4 and trained with with Pamela De Waal in Paignton, Competing in local festivals and south-west semi-finals and Finals in London, Winning the South West Championships in Modern at the Palace Avenue Theatre in 2002.

After taking her advanced 2 in Modern and Tap and advanced 1 in classical Greek Sadie gained her F.D.I teaching qualifications in Modern,Tap and Classical Greek dance. She has been teaching for Totnes School of Dance and Dawlish and Teignmouth Academy for 5 years. She also teaches on the BTEC dance course at K.E.V.I.C.C in Totnes.

She has performed all of her life  dancing as a child in ‘Copellia’, ‘The little Mermaid’ with Ursula Hagley, Pickwick with Sir Harry Secombe, dancing as a junior and a senior in Torquay and Paignton Pantomimes, Alongside Jimmy Cricket, Juliette Kaplan [ Last of the summer wine] and Hunter from Gladiators.  She also danced with P.O.A.D.S in Oklahoma! as Dream Laurey.

Sadie is a resident dancer at the Babbacombe Theatre in Torquay and is also dance captain and assistant choreographer, She has danced in the Rivera Fashion show and she has choreographed the Charity show for cancer research in Halifax west yorkshire which she also performed in along side Cannon and Ball, The Cheeky Monkeys, Tupele Dorgu [Coronation Street].

Sadie is delighted to become a member of the teaching team at the Katharine Mitchell School of Dance.