Katie Marquis – Principal




Katie was one of Dance Warehouse’s first pupils when it opened in 1995. She was both a Junior Associate and Senior Associate of The Royal Ballet School, before successfully auditioning for a place to train on the school’s Teachers’ Course. During her training at The Royal Ballet School she gained invaluable performance and teaching experience through their Theatre Course, touring to schools throughout the UK. As a student she also gained an interest in choreography and was asked to choreograph ‘Water’ for the Littlehampton schools residency in 1998.

After graduating in July 2000 she toured with European Ballet, performing as a soloist in their productions of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘Coppelia’ dancing in roles such as the Fairy of The Crystal Fountain and Red Riding Hood.

Katie returned to Dance Warehouse to help set up the Ashford branch of the school. For many years she worked closely with the founder of the school, Alison Clark, before taking over as Principal in September 2015 when Alison retired. Katie enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with the pupils, and is very keen to keep up the ethos of the school that has been established over the past 25 years by inspiring the next generation of young dancers and future audiences.

In the past she has helped out with The Royal Ballet School’s International Summer School and for many years has been fortunate enough to work with the full time Royal Ballet School students in the Nutcracker performances at the Royal Opera House each Christmas.