The Director – Miss Dakoda Matthews-Forth
Dakoda Matthews-Forth, the Founder and Director of DDA, started her dance training at the age of four. She received a full scholarship to attend a three year residential dance/dance teacher’s course at the Cardigan School of Dancing and continued to train in New York, LA, and Tokyo.
She danced professionally and worldwide in TV, Music Videos, Commercials, Cabarets, Musical Theatre Shows, Jazz Festivals and others, for companies including Louis Vuitton, Diesel, Miss Universe, Tokyo Disneyland, Tiffany’s, Gas, 20th Century Fox, K-Swiss, Mini-Cooper, Adidas, Astra and Casio.
She holds teaching qualifications with the Royal Academy of Dance (Distinction) – The British Ballet Organization (Distinction) and The International Dance Teachers Association Tap and Modern Associates (Honours). She began preparing and entering students for RAD exams in 1996 and holds a 100% pass rate.
In 2000, she was delighted to be offered a position in Tokyo under the Royal Ballet graduate Miss Ana Keates. Then in 2002, she became principal teacher for The International Dance Academy. During this time she choreographed and directed many theatre and ballet productions for children and professional artists, as well as being a guest teacher and choreographer at many International Summer and Easter dance seminars.
Dakoda has now taught dance for over 16 years at over 20 schools and academy’s to children, adults and professionals. In 2007 she put all her energy, passion and love of dance into one place & opened the DDA.
Dakoda Matthews-Forth RAD RTS BBO TD IDTA T IDTA M
Qualifications…what do those letters mean?
RAD RTS (Royal Academy of Dance registered teacher status)
BBO TD ( British Ballet Organisation Teaching Diploma)
IDTA T (International Dance Teachers Association -Tap)
IDTA M (International Dance Teachers Association -Modern