Innov8 Dance School was created by Lizzie Holohan and Katrina Lasocki to provide students the opportunity to study dance at GCSE and A level and beyond. The demise of creative arts in education nationally, led Innov8 to offer talented and passionate dancers from all backgrounds an opportunity to develop resilience, confidence, tenacity, creativity and flair through the current AQA dance syllabuses.
Innov8 Dance believe dancers are historians, researchers, scientists and philosophers. Our focus as a school is therefore built on the importance of dance as both academic and a performance art, awakening new perspectives and furthering opportunities in dance leading to higher education.
Lizzie Holohan has a background of more than 16 years teaching GCSE and A level Dance in both FE and secondary schools, alongside lecturing and teaching on the BA (Hons) Performing Arts at Buckinghamshire University. Classically trained in ballet from the age of 3, Lizzie worked as Head of Dance in a Buckinghamshire grammar school for over 10 years teaching KS3, GCSE & A level Dance. She has also worked as a ballet teacher at a local community school. Alongside this, she has worked for Keynote training teachers, creating dance schemes of work for KS1 to KS3. Lizzie has worked with Bucks School Sports Partnership training teachers on delivering dance at KS1 and 2, and delivering KS2-3 transition activities within the county.
Lizzie has a BA (Hons) in Dance Education, specific to dance in the curriculum. Lizzie has recently trained and qualified as an Ashtanga and Yin Yoga teacher to supplement dancer’s fitness, body conditioning and injury prevention.
Katrina Lasocki has a background of 14 years teaching GCSE and A Level Dance in secondary schools. Trained in ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary from the age of 3, Katrina worked as Head of Dance in a Buckinghamshire grammar school for 13 years. Within her time at this school, she successfully established the subject within the curriculum and developed an extensive extra-curricular programme, including overseas Dance Tours to New York, and award winning advanced performance groups. In 2015 she was the winner of the National Award of Excellence for Choreography for the dance she choreographed for the National Rock Challenge competition. Alongside this, she has led training for other Dance teachers to support with the delivery of GCSE and A Level Dance and for local primary teachers to aid with the delivery of KS1 and 2 Dance. She has also been a senior examiner for GCSE Dance for several years. Katrina has a BA (Hons) in Dance and a PGCE in Secondary Dance Education.