A programme is only as good as its teachers and here at Step into Dance we are fortunate to have a fantastic team of talented and dedicated professional dance artists delivering high quality classes week on week. Click on the purple box below to view the listed styles:
- AJ JacksonTeaching: Breaking
- Aleta ThomsonTeaching: Street Dance
- Alison GoldingTeaching: Musical Theatre
- Ama RougeTeaching: Samba & contemporary dance
- Amy MorrisTEACHING: Musical Theatre & Jazz
- Amy RobinsonTeaching: Contemporary Dance
- Amy SheppardTEACHING: CONTEMPORARY & BALLET
- Ana BorgesTeaching: Street Dance
- Aneta ZwierzynskaTeaching: Capoeira & Contemporary Dance
- Anita WadsworthTeaching: Creative Dance
- Annie Taylor-GoobyTeaching: Street Dance
- Barbara MirataTEACHING: CREATIVE DANCE & SEN
- Becky EdwardsTeaching: Contemporary
- Benji ShogboluTeaching: Breaking
- Bethany HagueTeaching: Jazz
- Bismark AnobahTeaching: Street Dance
- Brian GillespieTeaching: Street, Contemporary, Musical Theatre & Creative Dance
- Caroline ForrestTeaching: Street & Contemporary Dance
- Charlotte Haddon TEACHING: CONTEMPORARY
- Chloe AliyanniTEACHING: CONTEMPORARY
- Christina DionysopoulouTEACHING: CONTEMPORARY & STREET DANCE
- Christopher BeanTeaching: African & Street Dance
- Christopher ReyesTEACHING: HOUSE & STREET DANCE
- Corinne HoltTeaching: Street Dance
- Corinne MeredithTeaching: Musical Theatre
- Courtenay DunnTEACHING: Ballet & JAZZ
- Cynthia LarcodelleTeaching: Street Dance
- Debbie ShineTeaching: Ballet, Creative & Contemporary Dance
- Eleanor PalmerTeaching: Cheerleading, Creative & Contemporary Dance
- Ella MesmaTeaching: Samba, Breaking, Street & Contemporary Dance
- Elsabet YonasTEACHING: STREET DANCE
- Emily LewisTEACHING: jazz, ballet & CONTEMPORARY DANCE
- Emma HoustonTEACHING: STREET DANCE & BREAKING
- Emma Meek TEACHING: contemporary & street DANCE
- Faye RettieTeaching: Bollywood, Cheerleading, Creative & Contemporary Dance
- Fern JanszTeaching: Street Dance
- Gen LouTEACHING: STREET DANCE
- Greta TrefaltTeaching: Contemporary & Creative Dance
- Hannah RedfernTEACHING: CONTEMPORARY
- Hayleigh SellorsTeaching: Contemporary & Creative Dance
- Hopal RomansTeaching: Contemporary Dance
- Isaac BaptisteTeaching: Breaking
- Jo CorkTeaching: Contemporary Dance
- Joanna LeahyTEACHING: CONTEMPORARY & LATIN
- Joanna MeredithTeaching: Creative & Contemporary Dance
- Jodie ColeTEACHING: CONTEMPORARY DANCE
- Jole PJ PasqualeTeaching: Street Dance
- Jonathan ReidTeaching: Street Dance
- Jonjo InkpenTEACHING: POPPING & LOCKING
- Jordan DouglasTeaching: Street Dance
- Josie PavelyTEACHING: jazz & musical theatre
- Julia CaveTeaching: Ballroom, Latin & Musical Theatre
- Jumar AbenTEACHING: CONTEMPORARY & STREET DANCE
- Justyna SochajTeaching: Contemporary Dance
- KarimTEACHING: street DANCE
- Keigan WastfieldTEACHING: HOUSE & BREAKING
- Kevin YoungTeaching: Jazz, Street & Contemporary Dance
- Klarissa Dutson-SteinfeldTEACHING: STREET, BALLET & JAZZ
- Kloe DeanTeaching: Street Dance
- Lee GriffithsTeaching: Street & Contemporary Dance
- Lee HallsTEACHING: Krump
- Lesley Mutombo-AgbepaTeaching: Zumba, Street & afrobeat
- Lisa MildnerTeaching: Ballet & Contemporary Dance
- Lisa WarnockTeaching: Contemporary & Creative Dance
- Louis DucasseTeaching: Breaking, Locking, Popping & Krump
- Louiseanne WongTEACHING: CONTEMPORARY
- Lucy Blazheva
- Lucy BrowneTEACHING: CONTEMPORARY & CREATIVE DANCE
- Lucy SamTEACHING: House, Street dance & Contemporary
- Mahdi GhaliTeaching: Breaking
- Maisie ByersTEACHING: CONTEMPORARY, BALLET & STREET DANCE
- Maria CassarTeaching: Contemporary Dance
- Maria GhoumrassiTeaching: Street & Contemporary Dance
- Maria SavvaTEACHING: CONTEMPORARY, BREAKING & CHEERLEADING
- Mario NadalTeaching: Breaking
- Marta SzlachcianowskaTEACHING: BREAKING & DANCEHALL
- Mia NicastroTeaching: Bollywood, Musical Theatre & Commercial Street Dance
- Mia OkoraforTeaching: Jazz, Contemporary & Street Dance
- Michela di FeliceTEACHING: HOUSE, BOLLYWOOD & LATIN
- Natalia BaruaTEACHING: CONTEMPORARY & STREET DANCE
- Natalia KotowskaTEACHING: HOUSE & STREET DANCE
- Natalie WatsonTEACHING: CONTEMPORARY
- Nathan DavisTeaching: Popping & Krump
- Nathan MafwaTeaching: Street Dance
- Nicoletta BonanniTEACHING: CONTEMPORARY & AFROBEAT
- Nina SoutsouTeaching: Contemporary Dance
- Olissa FranciscoTEACHING: African
- Olivia LockwoodTEACHING: CONTEMPORARY
- ParadigmzTeaching: Street Dance
- Paul MaddenTeaching: Jazz, Creative & Contemporary Dance
- Rebecca AllenTeaching: Musical Theatre & Commercial Street Dance
- Rebecca DenbyTeaching: Contemporary Dance
- Ricardo Filipe de SilvaTeaching: Street Dance
- Rosie ChessonTeaching: Street Dance
- Rosy CornishTEACHING: jazz & musical theatre
- Roxy BryantTeaching: Street Dance
- Ruth MairTeaching: Ballet
- Ruxandra ChelaruTeaching: Ballroom & Contemporary Dance
- Samantha HaynesTeaching: Street Dance
- Sarah LloydTEACHING: CONTEMPORARY & JAZZ
- Sarah PoekertTeaching: Creative & Contemporary Dance
- Sharlene CarterTEACHING: STREET DANCE
- Shawn AimeyTeaching: Street Dance
- Sheila GrantTeaching: Musical Theatre & Jazz
- Shelaine PrinceTEACHING: DANCEHALL & AFROBEAT
- Sia GbamoiTeaching: Street & Contemporary Dance
- Simon LeeTeaching: Breaking
- Sonja Quita DoubledayTeaching: Creative Dance
- Sonny WardTeaching: Musical Theatre & Jazz
- Sophia TheodosiouTeaching: Street Dance
- Tanya GriegTeaching: Contemporary Dance, Bollywood, Musical Theatre & Jazz
- Tomo ChibaTeaching: Street Dance
- Vanessa FarinhaTeaching: Breaking, House & Contemporary Dance
- Vicki HawkinsTeaching: Creative & Street Dance
- Wade LewinTeaching: Jazz, Street & Contemporary Dance
- Yami LofvenbergTeaching: Street Dance
- Zoe ElliottTeaching: Contemporary Dance
- Zoe MoreyTEACHING: Ballet, contemporary, jazz & street DANCE
Meet our teachers
Teaching: BreakingAn original member of one of the most successful b-boy crews in the UK, Soul Mavericks, AJ has won national and international solo and crew titles. Born and raised in London, he trained in all elements of breaking. He performed on many stages including the Royal Opera House, Bregenzer Festspiele (Austria), the Olympics Opening Ceremony 2012 and the Brit Awards, as well as co-choreographed The Maverick performed at Breakin’ Convention 2013 and the Detour Dance Festival (Denmark). AJ wishes to train up crews of young hard working individuals who want to compete and perform.
Teaching: Street DanceAleta is a choreographer and teacher. She is a member of one of the UK's most successful all-female crews Myself UK, and has achieved great success in her career to date. She is well informed and connected to the industry, with a CV that includes credits from the likes of Ministry of Sound, O2, Nike, Basement Jaxx, Red Bull, All Stars The Movie, Ciara, Coldplay, Olympics 2012 Opening Ceremony, Got to Dance, Xbox, Sky1, BBC, Kiss TV, McDonalds, Channel 4, E4 & Bluey Robinson. Aleta's training cover a broad spectrum of street dance styles including hip hop, locking, house, popping and waacking. Her choreographic style is at the cutting edge with strong influences from hip hop techniques and grooves, peppered with commercial jazz funk.
Teaching: Musical TheatreAli is a choreographer, movement coach, performance facilitator and dance researcher. She has a BA in Dance Theatre, MA in Dance Science, PGCert in Special Educational Needs and over thirty years' professional experience with credits encompassing films, drama, musical theatre, TV, music videos, light entertainment and trade/award shows. She has worked with high-profile artists such as Twiggy, Kylie Minogue, Sarah Brightman and Kenneth Branagh, and has featured on screen coaching participants on the ITV series Dinky Dancing and for BBC Sports Relief. She has choreographed and taught for many leading dance and drama institutions including Mountview Academy, Guildhall School, ALRA, Trinity Laban and Royal Academy of Dance. Ali is equally at home working with trained dancers, performers who have no formal movement background and those who have difficulties with movement processing.
Teaching: Samba & contemporary danceAlongside training in the UK, Ama has traveled to Brasil to enrich her knowledge of Afro-Brasilian, Samba and Contemporary and also across Cuba to further develop her movement vocabulary. Ama has performed and taught across the UK and internationally both freelance and with companies such as Element Arts Company, Oi Brasil, Tropicalia Latin Entertainment troupe and City Academy. A member of Paraiso school of Samba since 2006, Ama has performed and paraded with them in numerous Notting Hill Carnivals as both a Passista (main dancer) and a special highlight dancer. Her career highlights include performing for Wayne McGregor and the 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony.
TEACHING: Musical Theatre & JazzAmy trained at Leicester College of Performing Arts gaining a London Trinity Diploma in Musical Theatre. Since then she has worked for Tokyo Disneyland, Thomson Cruises and Holland America Line as a singer/dancer. Her theatre credits include Charity Hope Valentine in Sweet Charity, Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cinderella in Cinderella and Ariel in The Little Mermaid. Amy has taught for many companies including BTDA, BE.Dance, Stagecoach, Baby Ballet and Upbeat, choreographing for shows, competitions and festivals. Amy loves to see what the students gain from dancing and always encourages them to reach for the stars!
Teaching: Contemporary DanceAmy Robinson trained at Roehampton University, gaining a BA Hons in Dance Studies before going on to complete an internship at Trinity Laban conservatoire in the Learning & Participation department. She now works as a contemporary dance artist, teaching technique and creative dance on behalf of Royal Academy of Dance, Laban, Greenwich Dance and Chisenhale Dance Space. She has a choreographic residency at Clarence Mews Studios, where her recent piece Silent Scream was created before being performed at Chisenhale Dance Space. She has previously choreographed for The Painted Hall (Greenwich), Eltham Palace and The National Maritime Museum with Greenwich Dance and contributed to Big Dance 2012 (Trafalgar Square).
TEACHING: CONTEMPORARY & BALLET
Teaching: Street DanceAna was born in Portugal, where she trained as a dancer since 2006 specializing in hip hop with dancers such as Brian Green, Lyle Beniga, Niako, Henry Link and Mike Song. In Portugal, she reached the semi-finals of Portugal’s Got Talent 2011, won multiple dance competitions and choreographed the winners of Hip Hop International Portugal 2014 Junior Category. Ana has also performed at Rock in Rio Lisboa, StreetFest London 2015, World of Dance UK 2015 and Dancers Delight UK 2015. To improve her technique, Ana moved to London and successfully gained a place with b.supreme, winners of The HotStepper UK 2015 dance competition. She is also a member of Trilogy dance group, Myself UK.
Teaching: Capoeira & Contemporary DanceAneta is a professional dancer, choreographer and capoeira teacher. She obtained a double MA degree from Anton Bruckner University in Austria in movement research and dance pedagogy. Her dance career began in Poland, where she started street dance and contemporary dance. She obtained her capoeira instructor qualifications in Brazil, where she lived for several years. She works on various dance projects and companies, establishing a unique fusion of her experiences in contemporary dance, afro-brazilian dances and capoeira. Apart from her work in an artistic capacity, Aneta promotes dance and capoeira in socially excluded environments.
Teaching: Creative Dance
Teaching: Street Dance
TEACHING: CREATIVE DANCE & SENBarbara is a qualified contemporary dance teacher, experienced choreographer and dancer who is passionate about her art. She has worked with, auditioned and trained professional dancers, singers and actors for films, theatre and dance productions both for her own company and others companies in France, Italy, England, West Africa and Cuba. She has been teaching and choreographing for over 25 years, using her expertise in her open contemporary dance classes, as well as in her inclusive work with children, young people and adults.
Teaching: ContemporaryBecky studied ISTD ballet, tap and modern. When she was 15, she was selected for a place in the Cambridge County Youth Dance Company, where she developed a passion for contemporary dance. She then went on to study a BA(Hons) in contemporary dance. Whilst at university, she performed in the London Olympics closing ceremony, Luca Silvestrini’s Protein Dance flash mob and the Michael Jackson tribute concert in the Millennium Stadium. Becky worked as a character and parade performer at Disneyland Paris, and then started teaching dance on a freelance basis alongside her job as a Special Educational Needs Dance and P.E Assistant. Becky is now currently enrolled on the DDTAL at Laban, studying to qualify as a dance teacher.
Teaching: BreakingBenji is a member of the Soul Mavericks Crew and Peridot Dance Company (Britain's Got Talent 2010 semi-finalists). East London dancer Benji began dancing at the age of 15. He has trained in the foundations of popping, locking and b-boying for the past 6 years. Benji is a multi-skilled performer and has also completed a BA Hons degree in Performing Arts during which he studied many methods of Acting and Contemporary Dance. Benji has performed in numerous shows, commercials and promotional tours. He has also travelled extensively competing with Soul Mavericks Crew both abroad and in the UK.
Teaching: JazzBethany began her professional training at the age of 13, when she was awarded a scholarship at Sylvia Young Theatre School. Upon graduation she received the Peter King Award for the most promising dancer and the Mike Shelton Award for the most promising performer. She accepted a scholarship at London Studio Centre and continued her training there. She has worked with the likes of Arlene Phillips, Peter Darling and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. Bethany's performing credits include: Doctors, Telling Lies, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and backing dancing for The X Factor and artists such as Westlife and McFly.
Teaching: Street DanceBismark started dancing at the age 11. At 14 years old, he became assistant choreographer and by the age of 16 was putting together performance pieces for talent shows and competitions. As well as performing at Breakin' Convention, Bismark has competed on a global scale and won several UK and international titles. He loves choreographing, performing, judging, featuring in music videos, delivering masterclasses, as well as teaching in schools, colleges, and universities as a means of giving back and inspiring the next generation of dance. Career highlights include; dance campaigns for Nike and Adidas, showcasing choreography at Serious About Street Dance and choreographing for Coca-Cola in the London 2012 Olympics. Bismark strives to make a positive impact and contribution to the UK dance scene, notably through his videography company, Freedom Of Expression.
Teaching: Street, Contemporary, Musical Theatre & Creative Dance
Teaching: Street & Contemporary DanceCaroline trained at Trinity Laban achieving a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre in 2010. Since then she has worked freelance as a dancer for Disneyland Paris, Dark Island Dance and Puppick Dance Company, and as a teacher for many companies such as Baby Ballet, Eastside Educational and The Beat Project. In 2013, Caroline founded Caroline Forrest Dance, an organisation that provides dance workshops in schools, run corporate events, dance parties and more. Caroline has been working with Step into Dance for over four years and continues to feel very passionate in inspiring young people to explore their potential with dance.
TEACHING: CONTEMPORARYChloe is a dance artist based in London. She has trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and the Athens State School of Dance as well as also recently studying Flying Low with David Zambrano at the first Integro Dance Beyond Project. Chloe makes works for the stage, site specific contexts, movement directs in theatre and visual art. She has been regularly supported by Arts Council England and is a Chisenhale Dance Space Artist Member. As a facilitator she has worked with adults and children teaching creative contemporary workshops at the Blue Elephant Theatre, Upstage Productions, Chisenhale Dance Space and various London schools.
TEACHING: CONTEMPORARY & STREET DANCEChristina is a freelance dance artist who holds a BA (hons) degree in Dance from Kingston University. Her style is usually described as experimental with strong foundations in both contemporary and street dance forms, and a recent focus on contact improvisation. Performance credits include Just Us Theatre Platform, East Wall Warm Up Project, Agitart International Festival, Resolution 2015 & 2016, Physical Justice, MTV Concert Greece 2012, Greece Got Talent 2012 and many more. Christina is also a core member of The Company.
Teaching: African & Street DanceChristopher is the Assistant Director of Semekor Performing Arts, a traditional African dance and drumming group based in London and Ghana. He has been teaching hip hop dance styles since 2000 privately and as part of A Level and BTEC courses, now focusing on afrobeats and krump. He now works for the RAD’s Step into Dance programme and for Children in Need, dealing with challenging behaviour in inner city schools. His company is building two schools in Ghana, which will be used to facilitate exchange programmes between the UK and West Africa.
TEACHING: HOUSE & STREET DANCE
Teaching: Street Dance
Teaching: Musical Theatre
TEACHING: Ballet & JAZZCourtenay has danced since the age of three at Dance Scene in Harlow. After completing her A Levels she successfully auditioned at several dance colleges and chose to concentrate on her teaching. She is now studying for her DDI qualifications in modern, tap and ballet at DNA performing arts and teaching college In Waltham Abbey. She works at several different schools in Essex, Hertfordshire, Cambridge and London teaching children from the young age of 2 to 18 years old.
Teaching: Street DanceBorn in Paris, Cynthia is a very passionate and determined dancer who has been training for over ten years in various styles such as ballet, contemporary, hip hop and house. She has a lot of experience as a performer, freestyle dancer and teacher. At the age of 20, Cynthia was already performing and teaching internationally, judging dance shows, and much more. In 2013, Cynthia decided to move to London. She joined Step into Dance in 2014 with a main goal: help her students understand how to use their talent to their full potential.
Teaching: Ballet, Creative & Contemporary DanceDebbie Shine has been teaching contemporary dance and SEN creative dance classes for Step into Dance since September 2010. She also teaches at Pineapple Dance Studios, Hammersmith & Fulham ALSS, and Creative Academy where she teaches undergraduates on the BA Dance & Performance course. She currently teaches Release/Limón contemporary technique, classical ballet, Pilates Matwork and DDMIX. Debbie trained at Middlesex University, graduating with a BA in Dance in 2001. Since then she completed the PTLLS qualification in 2012, became a DDMIX qualified instructor in 2015, and completed her Pilates Matwork qualification in 2016. She is also an Associate of Imperial Classical Ballet (1999).
Teaching: Cheerleading, Creative & Contemporary DanceEleanor has been teaching for Step into Dance since September 2014. She is also a contemporary dancer currently performing and leading workshops with Experiential Dance in their UK touring production Bridging the Void. Other performance credits include Am I? at Edinburgh Fringe (2014) and Intersection for Chloe Alyanni Dance Company (2014). She is the junior programmes co-ordinator for Zoo Fever Cheerleaders, with whom she also performs. She is a qualified Cheerobics instructor and NCSSE L2 Cheer coach. She has a first class BA (Hons) degree in Dance from De Montfort University (2011) and an MA in Choreography from Trinity Laban (2013).
Teaching: Samba, Breaking, Street & Contemporary DanceB-Girl and dancing Contemporary, Salsa and Samba for over ten years, Ella established Ella Mesma Company in 2011 and Element Arts in 2007. Working professionally in Latin dance from 2003, she was selected as Passista (first soloist) for Rio Carnival 2006 and Rainha da Bateria LSS 2008. Ella graduated from Leeds University (Politics and Sociology) in 2004. In 2007 she studied for a Diploma at Laban then The Place graduating in 2010. In 2013 she qualified as a yoga instructor. Performance experience includes Russell Maliphant Company’s The Rodin Project, Guarini Dance Company's Patua, Riots and Men on a Mission, Southpaw, professional cast of the Olympics Opening Ceremony, Breakin’ Convention, Adidas, Wendy Houston’s Stupid Women. Highlights with Step into Dance include performing for Step LIVE teachers’ project and seeing her groups persevering with their goal to perform at Step LIVE!
TEACHING: STREET DANCE
TEACHING: jazz, ballet & CONTEMPORARY DANCEEmily Lewis began her dance career at Graham School of Dance studying RAD Ballet up to Advance 2. She also trained in ISTD modern and tap up to Advanced 2. Whilst training at her dance school she was accepted as an associate at Central School of Ballet where she trained for 5 years in both ballet and contemporary dance. She went on to Harlow College where she received a level 3 Diploma in Dance and Musical Theatre. Afterward she decided to go to Performers College and obtained a level 6 Diploma in Professional Dance and Musical theatre, and also gained a DDI qualifications in ISTD Ballet, Modern and Tap. She’s had a lot of performance experience including performing at the FA Cup Finals and dancing for Ed Sheeran on X Factor.
TEACHING: STREET DANCE & BREAKING
TEACHING: contemporary & street DANCEEmma trained at Bath Spa University, gaining a BA Hons in Dance before working at Green Candle Dance Company as the Learning & Participation assistant. She now works as the Dance Development Manager for the Dance Network Association in Essex. Emma maintains her status as a contemporary and street dance artist through teaching technique and creative dance to children, adults and youth dance companies. She is a member of Flux Dance Collective, Essex’ leading contemporary dance company.
Teaching: Bollywood, Cheerleading, Creative & Contemporary DanceFaye graduated in 2001 from DeMontfort University in Leicester, gaining a BA (Hons) in Dance. She has delivered dance projects to a number of different councils and organisations, such as School Sports Partnerships, Artists in Schools and the Royal Academy of Dance. Faye works in mainstream and SEN schools, teaching a variety of dance styles for Step into Dance.
Teaching: Street Dance
TEACHING: STREET DANCEGeni a.k.a Foxy Lou was born and raised in Montreal. She has been popping since 2007 and had the chance to learn and be inspired by dancers from Canada’s prolific popping community such as Fon, Venom, MonstaPop and Frank Boogie. Constantly trying to deepen her understanding of the funk, Geni has travelled in North America, Asia and Europe. At the pursuit of excellence, she has developed a style that embraces both feminity and masculine power. Geni is also a waacker and member of the Canadian Chapter of Imperial House of Waacking (IHOW). She has battled and performed alongside her crew in Montreal, NYC and Toronto. She had the privilege to learn from some of the world’s finest including Blak Kat, Princess Shayla, Waackeisha and Tyrone Proctor. She now aims to share her love for the dance with the world.
Teaching: Contemporary & Creative DanceBorn in Belgrade former Yugoslavia, Greta trained in ballet and the Graham contemporary dance technique. She has danced professionally for five years in KPGT Theatre in Belgrade. Greta also has experience in physical theatre, butoh, tai chi, yoga, capoeira, hip hop and krump. Her interest in human psychology and somatic led her to completing a BA in Psychology and Sport Science. Since obtaining a Professional Teaching Dancing Diploma from RAD, she has been spreading her love for dance through teaching a wide range of ages and abilities across the globe, including in Dominican Republic, UK, Germany, Serbia, Singapore and China. She also teaches students with Special Educational Needs for Step into Dance. Her students are a constant inspiration for her and she likes to find new ways for them to learn.
TEACHING: CONTEMPORARYHannah began her dance training at Colne Bank School of Dancing and studied Dance at Colchester Sixth Form College. She was accepted to train at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2012. She studied Cunningham, Ballet, release, Graham, choreography and improvisation whilst performing and working with many professional dance artists. After graduation Hannah went on to be elected as Vice-President of Dance for Trinity Laban where she developed a diverse dance programme and looked after the welfare of the students. Hannah also worked as a freelance dance teacher for Angelina Jandolo Dance and as a professional dancer. She now lives in Essex working as a freelance dance artist.
Teaching: Contemporary & Creative DanceHayleigh has recently graduated from Kingston University and is trained in contemporary dance. She is a resident dancer for The Company and has performed across the country and internationally. Hayleigh also add assists with the Step into Dance Contemporary Youth Company.
Teaching: Contemporary DanceHopal is a freelance dance teacher working primarily with children and young people. Her background is in contemporary dance, which includes the modern dance techniques of Martha Graham, Lester Horton and Afro-Cuban contemporary. As a former professional dancer, Hopal has built up a wealth of relevant dance experience. Hopal has an MA in Professional Practice Dance Technique Pedagogy from Middlesex University and holds a postgraduate qualification in Dance Teaching and Learning (Children and Young People). She teaches contemporary dance in schools and creative dance in Special Educational Needs schools.
Teaching: Contemporary DanceJo studied at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, after which she made work for Liverpool’s LEAP Dance Festival and Ludus Dance Cuts, and danced in works by Lea Anderson and Frauke Requardt, Kate Jackson, Ruth Tyson-Jones, Fleur Darkin and Gary Clarke. Alongside performing and choreographing, Jo co-managed the project Moving Minds with Movema delivered in mental health care units, and worked extensively as a freelance teacher in schools and youth dance programmes. After a period dancing with Temporeare Theatre in Berlin, Jo moved to London, continuing her teaching practice and performing with Brooklyn-based company STREB, London Symphony Orchestra, Tempered Body Dance Theatre and House of O’Dwyer before joining Chisenhale Dance Space, where she reconnected with her practice as an independent dancer and maker. Recently, she has made her first independent dance film, which she hopes to screen at festivals in the UK, US and Europe.
TEACHING: CONTEMPORARY & LATINJo performed from a young age throughout the UK with Surrey Youth Dance, StopGap Company and Rambert Youth whilst training at The BRIT School. After graduating from Laban Conservatoire of Dance with a 1st Class BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre, Jo choreographed and performed for many festivals, theatres and artists both in the UK and Malta. She has worked professionally in contemporary, African and Latin dance, physical theatre, choreography, programme managing, teaching and mentoring for dance companies and schools both nationally and internationally. Jo has a strong interest in events management and is keen to continue developing enrichment opportunities for her students and dance in local and wider communities.
Teaching: Creative & Contemporary DanceJoanna trained at London Studio Centre and the London Contemporary Dance School. Her choreography has been performed at venues such as Sadler’s Wells, The Place, The Palladium and Southbank Centre, and her work as a movement director includes One Hundred Shining Hearts produced by Switchback Productions at The Palace Theatre and Cosi Fan Tutte, Siegfried and Gotterdammerung for Longborough Festival Opera. Jo has worked for the Step into Dance programme for over five years and is passionate about inspiring young people to fulfil their potential in dance.
TEACHING: CONTEMPORARY DANCELondon-based Contemporary dance artist Jodie received a BA (Hons) in Dance Performance from Middlesex University and went on for further training at London Contemporary Dance School. Jodie currently works for Global Arts and Step into Dance and, as well as pursuing her own choreographic career, performs for other dance and theatre companies. She has worked for Gary Clarke, GDA, Parkour Dance, Needlefoot Dance, and has mentored and trained freelance dance facilitators for Step Into Dance. Jodie has toured India and undertook further training with Germaine Acogny at l'Ecole des Sables, West Africa. Most recently, she was supported by Dance Research Studio and Jacky Lansley to explore voice and movement in an interdisciplinary context. Jodie is also an experienced yoga practitioner and teaches on the yoga programme at the London Buddhist Centre and across London.
Jole PJ Pasquale
Teaching: Street DancePJ is an Italian street dancer living in London. She has taught dance in several countries such as Italy, UK, France, Kazakhstan, Tenerife South, Portugal and Turkey. She was part of the Olympics Opening Ceremony 2012 in London, member of Impact Dance hip hop theatrical company led by Hakeem Onibudo and also performer at many big hip hop events such as Breakin' Convention, B-Supreme, Live Vibe...and many more. PJ will bring something unique to your school, with her enthusiasm in teaching young people, her energy and passion for dance!
Teaching: Street Dance
TEACHING: POPPING & LOCKING
Teaching: Street DanceJordan is a graduate from Kingston University, who specialises in the street styles of house, krump and hip hop, but is also trained in contemporary. He is a resident dancer for The Company, Far From the Norm and Buckness Personified. He has performed at Resolution, Breakin’ Convention and Move It, and abroad in Austria. Jordan enjoys encouraging people to grow creatively and enhance their individuality.
TEACHING: jazz & musical theatreJosie began her professional training at London Studio Centre, where she achieved a BA Hons degree in Theatre dance. At the same time, she worked with many renowned choreographers and current West End performers. After graduating, she went onto work with a prestigious entertainment company such as Qdos, various pantomimes, Dcreative and Disneyland Resort Tokyo. She now works as a freelance performer for the Walt Disney Company UK events team as well as working as a principle dancer for an educational theatre company "Let's All Dance". In addition She has also grown to have a strong passion within the fitness field, gaining qualifications as a fitness instructor and currently now working towards a personal trainer diploma.
Teaching: Ballroom, Latin & Musical TheatreJulia trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and has since worked as a performer and choreographer on UK Tours, in the West End and at regional theatres. Her background is mainly in Musical Theatre, but has also worked and trained with companies such as Punchdrunk and Frantic Assembly. She teaches a broad range of dance styles, from Street to Lindy Hop!
TEACHING: CONTEMPORARY & STREET DANCESpanish-born Filipino, 'Jumanji' is a professional dancer, choreographer, teacher and versatile performer/mover. He started training professionally in 2009 at Trinity Laban's CAT. In 2014, Jumar graduated from the University of East London with a BA (Hons) in Dance: Urban Practice. He had many opportunities to perform, choreograph, collaborate, teach and work with various artists and companies, including Boy Blue Entertainment, B-Hybrid Dance, Stratford Theatre, Adobe, Breakin' Convention and Hofesh Shechter company. He is also teaching and assisting for East London Dance, 4 Funx Sake, VIBE teaching, NLPAC and Omnida studios.
Teaching: Contemporary DanceJustyna is a contemporary dancer, community dance practitioner and independent dance artist. She completed a Contemporary Dance Instructor diploma in 2006 and graduated from a PGDip in Community Dance from Trinity Laban in 2011. Justyna danced in Nutshell Dance Company and was also a member of Experimental Dance Studio ‘EST’ and Gesture and Movement Theatre in Poland. Her work in dance includes site-specific projects, workshops, performances, stage and educational work, notably in community dance settings, including teaching for Step Into Dance, Greenwich Dance, City Academy and delivering workshops for students with SEN. She is currently enrolled on the Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning at Trinity Laban. Justyna believes that dance can transform lives and wants to inspire people to get involved in dance.
TEACHING: street DANCEKarim is a professional dancer from South West London whose early influences were hip hop and dancehall but has since been inspired by many different styles including jazz, contemporary and African. He has trained abroad in LA and New York, as well as being part of prestigious dance companies such as Dance 2xs and Boy Blue Entertainment. Some of his credits include Sade, Rihanna, Stooshe, Rita Ora, Jason Derulo, the London 2012 Olympics, the Brit Awards, the MOBOs and X Factor UK.
TEACHING: HOUSE & BREAKINGKeigan has 9 years of dance experience: teaching, performing and competing. He is a house, b-boy and hiphop dancer drawing on influences from Latin styles and contemporary dance. He trained under some of the top names in house and hiphop from the UK, Europe and the US. He has performed in prestigious venues such as Sadler’s Wells, V&A Museum and the Olympic Games 2012 Opening Ceremony and has worked as dancer and brand ambassador for sports brands such as Puma.
Teaching: Jazz, Street & Contemporary DanceKevin has a Higher National Diploma in Teaching Dance in the Community and graduated from the London Studio Centre with BA (Hons) in Performance and Jazz Dance. He has danced on a variety of shows including The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent, Got to Dance, Dancing On Ice and So You Think You Can Dance, and has worked all over the world with music artists such as Plan B, JLS, Sophie Ellis Bexter, Florence and the Machine and Cheryl Cole. As well as teaching for Step into Dance, Kevin also delivers workshops, classes and summer schools at professional dance colleges and companies.
TEACHING: STREET, BALLET & JAZZKlarissa has been dancing from a very young age, completing exams and performing in shows. After realising that her true passion was teaching, she completed the DDI and DDE syllabi in ISTD tap, imperial ballet and modern, and obtained a BA in Dance Education with the Royal Academy of Dance. Since then, she has been teaching for years in dance and mainstream schools.
Teaching: Street DanceKloé, a passionate and creative performer from London, is the founder of all female hip hop company Myself UK Dance, for which she also choreographs and dances. Also a member of Boy Blue Entertainment, she has performed around the world and has an array of credits including the 7STEPS' European tour, the international tour of BLAZE and the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremonies. Kloé's own work was presented at many platforms such as Move It, Breakin' Convention, Alliances Urbaines (Paris) and broadcast on TV channels including Channel 4, CBBC, ITV, Sky 1 and BBC for the Queen’s Coronation celebration in 2013. Kloé also features in the Think Big O2 advert and in films All-Stars and The Harry Hill Movie. Kloé has been actively teaching hip hop for over eight years, both in the UK and internationally, notably in Copenhagen, Bratislava and Taiwan.
Teaching: Street & Contemporary DanceLee trained at Kingston University receiving a BA (Hons) in Dance. She is artistic director of her own dance collective The Company, who are on the New and Notable programme for emerging hip hop theatre artists. They recently performed for Festival Agitart in Spain. Lee is also part of the creative team and dances for Far From The Norm. Credits include: San Francisco Hip Hop Festival, Austria's Hip Hop Goes Theatre and for Botis Seva's Wild Card. She recently performed as part of Just Us Dance at The Place.
TEACHING: KrumpLee started dancing at the age of 18 predominantly with classical styles and has since graduated from the University of East London’s Urban Practice Programme. He now specialises in krump dance and has performed for Breakin’ Convention, Collabo and Move it, Buckness Personified and Kenrick Sandy. He is also part of Rugged Estate, one of the UK's leading Krump collectives.
Teaching: Zumba, Street & afrobeat
Teaching: Ballet & Contemporary Dance
Teaching: Contemporary & Creative DanceLisa is an Essex-based contemporary dance artist, teacher and practitioner, who has worked in a wide range of contexts during her 15 year professional career. Lisa gained Qualified Teacher Status in 2006 after completing her professional and academic studies at Trinity Laban in 2003. She works as a Step into Dance teacher across Essex. Her other youth dance credits include; Youth Dance England (National Youth Dance Festival shortlist and U.Dance finalist), Rock Challenge UK (award winner and regional winner), British Red Cross Dance Make your Move (award winner and regional winner), London Youth Dance, Dance Digital Dance Network Association and The Lowry, Salford. Lisa is the director of Flux Dance and Artistic Director of Flux Dance Collective, founded in 2012, with which she also performs.
Teaching: Breaking, Locking, Popping & KrumpLouis is knowledgeable in a wide range of street dance styles, including popping, locking, house, breaking, krump and hip hop. He has achieved a degree in Dance: Urban Practice and has been awarded the privilege to perform with various companies and artists including Diversity, Bodacia and his own dance company Crew 42.
TEACHING: CONTEMPORARYLouiseanne is a movement artist, choreographer and coach. She studied Bachelor of Music at University of Manchester and MA Choreography at Trinity Laban. Louiseanne has trained and performed with many companies, including Parkour Dance Company, Avant Garde Dance, Jennifer Essex Company, Rosie Kay Dance Company, Zest Theatre, Y-Space (Hong Kong) and Show Off Dolls Dance Company (Los Angeles). She also coaches parkour (ADAPT Level 1) in London to youths and seniors in all-inclusive groups. Louiseanne also delivers contemporary dance and aim to explore the human condition with her choreography.
Lucy BlazhevaLucy was awarded a full scholarship to the Trinity Laban BA (Hons) Dance Studies course. She went on to teach at EssexDance, delivering dance in education and community settings, before returning to Trinity Laban to complete the Post-Graduate Certificate in Dance in Education.She has taught movement and introductory choreology at E15 Acting School, adult Contemporary Technique at Trinity Laban. Lucy has worked at DanceEast as Community Dance Artist and practitioner for the CAT scheme, delivering classes in contemporary release technique, creative dance and improvisation. She is visiting lecturer at University Campus Suffolk and has worked in education, community and clinical settings.
TEACHING: CONTEMPORARY & CREATIVE DANCELucy studied contemporary dance at De Montfort University, where she developed a passion for improvisation. Fascinated by the role dance plays in community development, Lucy has worked with Peabody Trust, the largest social housing body in London. Having taught children English and Dance in India, Lucy believes that broadening her knowledge of cultures is significant in her practice and she does this in close collaboration with music. She specialises in students with SEN and is qualified to work with Multi Sensory Impaired (MSI) children through the University of Northampton. Lucy is also training in British Sign Language and will explore this communication with dance.
TEACHING: House, Street dance & ContemporaryLucy Sam known as Sam Lu, is a member of Soul Footwork, House of Absolute and B-Hybrid Dance. She has performed at World of Dance (San Francisco), Summer Dance Forever (Amsterdam), Breakin' Convention 2015 & 2016 and many more events. She has appeared in music videos, adverts, video games and TV shows. Lucy has won competitions worldwide battling across the UK, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea. She aims to share her training and unique experiences to the next generation.
Teaching: BreakingMahdi teaches, choreographs, performs and competes internationally at the top level in the world of break dance. He has been dancing for over ten years and is a former member of London-based Style Hybridz crew. Mahdi has also worked as a professional singer and rap artist in Europe and has been teaching for Step into Dance since 2011.
TEACHING: CONTEMPORARY, BALLET & STREET DANCEMaisie studied at the Royal Academy of Dance gaining a BA (Hons) in Ballet Education and registered teacher status. Alongside her degree, she gained a Distinction in the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance, the highest award associated with the Academy, and accomplished her Advanced 2 in ballet. Maisie also pursued other dance genres such as contemporary, street, jazz and hip hop, which enabled her to extend her reach as a creative teacher, dancer and choreographer. With teaching experience in a variety of dance sectors ranging from community dance, public schools and private dance schools, Maisie is passionate about evolving as a dance artist and developing her students into dance artists themselves.
Teaching: Contemporary DanceMaria graduated from Trinity Laban in 2009 with a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre as well as completing an M level Safe and Effective Dance Practice at Teeside University. She has worked with Antique Dance, Tees Valley Dance, Indeed Dance Company and co-founded RedTape Dance Company, performing at Resolutions and London Bridge Live Arts. Maria teaches at Young Stars and Gems Performing Arts as well as for Step into Dance.
Teaching: Street & Contemporary DanceMaria is a London based dancer, teacher and choreographer and mentor. She was in the original cast of The Lion King, Kokuma, Jeanette Brooks among others. She choreographed for BBC3 The Mighty Boosh and performed her work in venues such as The Place, Greenwich Dance; Rose Bruford College and Camden People’s Theatre. Maria is experienced in working with various groups from Early Years, children, youth and older people and Special Needs and professional dancers. Maria is interested in interculturalism as a way of developing cultural awareness through multidisciplinary arts using techniques from around the world. She draws from contemporary, ballet, hip-hop, jazz and africanistic movement.
TEACHING: CONTEMPORARY, BREAKING & CHEERLEADING
TEACHING: BREAKING & DANCEHALLMarta is a prominent dancehall and breaking teacher and performer in the UK and has delivered workshops in Japan, France, Poland, Romania and Gran Canaria. Beginning her career at the tender age of 4, she has trained in numerous styles. She has been training as a b-girl for over eight years and dancehall for over six years. She is a regular teacher at Pineapple Dance Studios, has appeared in music videos, performed for Cirque Bijou and at Breakin' Convention, and was a judge for UDO Worlds Glasgow in 2016. Her unique flavour combines dancehall foundation with other street styles, giving a complex interpretation of the music.
Teaching: Bollywood, Musical Theatre & Commercial Street Dance
Teaching: Jazz, Contemporary & Street DanceMia has danced since the age of four, was a former senior associate of the Royal Ballet School and a graduate from London Studio Centre. Since graduating she has performed extensively as a commercial dancer appearing on numerous TV shows and touring worldwide for artists such as Robbie Williams, Phats & Small, Victoria Beckham and Sarah Brightman. With three degrees under her belt, after recently gaining her MA in Dance Education, she has the ability to match her professional experience as a performer with her educational background in dance. She teaches and choreographs in a range of dance styles and enjoys developing the students technique and artistic capabilities.
Michela di Felice
TEACHING: HOUSE, BOLLYWOOD & LATINMichaela is a professional dancer from Italy, where she started her training in modern and lyrical jazz, and discovered a passion for the hip hop culture. She went on to study many other styles like African dance, dancehall, house and breaking, continued her training at the Broadway Dance Center (USA) and won a scholarship to study with top choreographers in L.A. Since moving to London, she has worked as a dance teacher, backing dancer, model, appeared in music videos, films and TV shows on BBC and C4, and performed with Boy Blue Entertainment. A versatile dancer, she further trained in Latin styles and Bollywood, which brought her to perform in India, Monte Carlo and Qatar for the Royal Family. She also teaches workshops in the UK and Italy, and choreographs for projects and carnivals.
TEACHING: CONTEMPORARY & STREET DANCENatalia is a choreographer, performer, filmmaker and inclusive dance practitioner who has been teaching in the community for about 10 years. She has performed at prestigious venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, Sadler's Wells and The Place. Her dance film works have been selected for several international festivals and in 2016 she was awarded the Lisa Ullman Travelling Scholarship, funding her professional development in dance film. Natalia is Co-Director of inclusive dance organisation Diverse Dance and has a wealth of experience teaching young people, with learning disabilities and from challenging backgrounds. Natalia encourages participants in her class to take ownership of movement and choreography and delivers sessions in contemporary, street and West African dance styles.
TEACHING: HOUSE & STREET DANCE
TEACHING: CONTEMPORARYNatalie trained at Chichester University, where she obtained a BA (Hons) in Dance and a MA in Dance Performance. Natalie is now a freelance dance artist splitting her time between performing and teaching. She teaches contemporary dance in a variety of settings, such as primary and secondary schools and youth and community groups. Her teaching practice allows participants of all ages and abilities to explore contemporary dance through technique classes, partner work and choreography sessions. Her professional work includes musics videos for Oh Wonder and Kemi Suloa, as well as performing nationally and internationally with Michaela Cisarikova Dance Company.
Teaching: Popping & Krump
Teaching: Street DanceNathan is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and music creative producer. He has been dancing since 2002, and throughout his career he performed at Breakin' Convention three years in a row, and both choreographed and danced in pantomimes and other dance productions. Nathan is very proud of being the co-founder of Persuasive Entertainment, who featured in the international dance movie StreetDance 3D, were broadcast on ITV1 and BBC1, and performed at university shows and corporate events. Teaching all over London and the UK, Nathan has shown great character, determination, versatility and professionalism on and off stage, choreographing dance pieces as well as producing original music for dance groups and companies, and theatre productions such as DPMO and Platinum Performing Arts Urban Pantomimes.
TEACHING: CONTEMPORARY & AFROBEATNicoletta is an Italian dancer and teacher who is working towards becoming a groundbreaking choreographer and movement director. She has been introduced to many different styles, but her core practices are contemporary dance, dances of the African diaspora and physical theatre. Nicoletta believes in individuality and in the exploration of a personal movement language. Through her holistic approach she is developing a methodology, which helps professionals and amateurs to discover their true self, appreciate and celebrate their bodies, move and be moved by dance, so that ultimately they can engage into a cultural research and understanding of their own and of others' heritages.
Teaching: Contemporary DanceOriginally from Greece, Nina graduated from Trinity Laban with a Diploma in Dance Studies and a Post Graduate Diploma in Community Dance. She has taught for Trinity Laban, Royal Academy of Dance and performed with Dancing to the Music of Time. She currently teaches in both secondary and SEN schools for Step into Dance as well as working for Greenwich Dance Agency.
TEACHING: AfricanWith a foundation in classical ballet as well as contemporary, Olissa has spent the last 10 years training in traditional West African and Afro-Brasilian movement. Olissa now specialises in these traditions as well as house dance, especially Afro-House, and she has become deeply immersed in Afro-Fusion styles from Brazil and Africa. She has traveled all over the UK, the US, and in Europe to teach classes and develop her art.
TEACHING: CONTEMPORARYOlivia is a spirited young dance artist that graduated with a First Class BA Hons in Dance studies (2012). She trained in contemporary Dance in London, but her movement vocabulary is a hybrid of dance styles. She currently works as a professional dancer for AKA Dance Theatre as well as creating her own work and teaching classes across London. Most recently she has created choreography for the following music videos: Meadowlark, Carmody, Carys Selvey, Jack Garratt, The Patrons and Violet Skies. She has also toured for Exim Dance Company, Sprindrift, Third Row and Kinesis.
Teaching: Street Dance
Teaching: Jazz, Creative & Contemporary Dance
Teaching: Musical Theatre & Commercial Street DanceBecca trained in Musical Theatre at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts where she gained her ISTD Ballet Associate qualification. Following graduation she worked as a dancer and a 'face' at Disneyland Paris and has appeared in numerous pantomimes, West End variety shows and commercials as well as choreographing for Channel 4. As well as teaching at the Royal Academy of Dance on various jazz and musical theatre workshops and summer schools across the UK, her own dance school, BE.Dance, runs several after school dance clubs in South West London.
Teaching: Contemporary DanceRebecca is a freelance dance artist who also works part time on the Trinity Laban CAT programme. Since graduating in 2011 with a first class BA (Hons) in Performance: Dance, she has developed a keen interest in dance in community and educational settings and has worked on a freelance basis for Northern Ballet. Rebecca's performance work includes dancing with Flight Effect Dance Company, where she worked with choreographer Gary Clarke.
Ricardo Filipe de Silva
Teaching: Street Dance
Teaching: Street DanceRosie currently teaches on the Step into Dance programme as well as for her own dance school, Rosie Chesson Dance & Fitness, founded in 2011. Rosie trained with Urban Strides to gain her APDA qualification in Teaching Authentic Street Dance and she continues to train extensively in the street dance styles, learning with the pioneers. Rosie has delivered dance projects and CPD training for dance organisations such as FlatFeet and RAD; judged competitions such as The Great Big Dance Off and led workshops and classes in mainstream, PRU and SEN schools.
TEACHING: jazz & musical theatreRosy started dancing from a young age, training at Tiffany Stage Academy and furthering her training at Performers College. She gained a Trinity National Diploma along side her ISTD DDI teaching qualification. She has performed all over the world with Princess cruises, Celebrity QDOS, Royal Caribbean. She also worked as a backing dancer for Katy Perry in Hong Kong, and perform for many companies all over the UK. Alongside performing she loves to teach, passing on the knowledge she has learnt and her love of dance to her students.
Teaching: Street DanceRoxy has over ten years' experience working as a teacher, choreographer and facilitator across both hip hop and contemporary dance. She attended the CAT programme at The Place for two years, before graduating from Trinity Laban with a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance in 2010. Roxy's work has a strong focus on using creativity as a tool for developing freedom of expression, building self-belief and empowering those that she works with. She has worked with many of the UK's leading dance organisations and currently works for Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban. Roxy is also the Artistic Director of Awake Dance Company, which was set up at the start of 2016 with the intention of contributing to positive social change.
Teaching: BalletRuth trained at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, Central School of Ballet, London Studio Center and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Her performing experience is extensive: she has worked with Pineapple Dance Studios, the Carnival Cruise Musical Revue Show, the London City Ballet, Chicago European Tour, RAI Uno Domenica and has danced for artists such as Tina Turner and Barry White. Her specialist area of working is what she describes as "Urban Ballet" combing ballet with every movement form and often in an urban setting.
Teaching: Ballroom & Contemporary Dance
Teaching: Street Dance
TEACHING: CONTEMPORARY & JAZZSarah studied ISTD Tap, Ballet & Modern at The Colchester School of Dance up to an advanced level and has recently graduated from the University Of Essex gaining a BA Hons in Musical Theatre. She has worked with Donovan's Academy Of Dance and Free Falling Dance Company which has given her many performance opportunities at places such as Essex Entertainment Awards, Sadler's Wells and Disneyland Paris. Sarah has worked as a dance teacher for various different schools and she also coaches cheerleading for HRC All Stars as well as being a competitive cheerleader herself with Essex Flames. Over the years Sarah has been in various musicals, pantomimes and plays as well as films.
Teaching: Creative & Contemporary DanceSarah Poekert is originally from America, where she studied contemporary dance and ballet before moving to London to study at Laban. Sarah founded Thrive Youth Dance Company, is Lead Dance Artist at Siobhan Davies Dance, Head of Dance at Beatrix Potter Primary School and Dance Teacher at Fortismere School. Sarah has had her choreography shown in venues across London and in America including The Place, The Point and her dance film Places Between screened at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival. Sarah is also the Co-Artistic Director of 3s a Crowd, who make participatory shows exploring live art, dance and theatre.
TEACHING: STREET DANCESharlene has been dancing since the age of 3 and has been teaching for over 10 years. She was part of an all-female company called Myself UK Dance for 2 years and has performed many shows at prestigious venues such as Sadler's Wells, The Place, Lilian Baylis and many more. She has a strong passion for dance and is always looking for opportunities to widen her skill set and contribute to passing down knowledge to the next generation.
Teaching: Street DanceShawn is a dancer, choreographer and member of the worldly recognised UK hip hop dance crew, Plague. Shawn has been teaching with Step into Dance for three years, and has also been teaching within schools/youth groups and various dance academies around the country for over eight years. Having travelled and learnt from original pioneers of the street dance styles, Shawn regularly holds workshops around the country with the intention to pass on knowledge to help continue the growth of the UK street dance scene.
Teaching: Musical Theatre & Jazz
TEACHING: DANCEHALL & AFROBEATShelaine is an independent entertainment artist who earned a Performing Arts Degree in Drama through NESCOT in 2005 and later moved into the professional field of dance in 2012. As well as having an infectious and comedic personality, Shelaine has experience of acting and a love for dancehall and African dance. She has performed nationally for a variety of events including live productions, corporate, TV, advertising, club events and music videos, including for the popular group Clean Bandit.
Teaching: Street & Contemporary DanceSia has trained primarily in street and contemporary styles since 2006. She achieved a BA in Dance at Kingston University. She is a member of hip hop theatre company Avant Garde Dance and she is one half of the dynamic duo Dan-I & Sia, who appeared on Sky One's Got To Dance in 2014. Since joining the Step Into Dance teaching team, Sia has loved developing her own skills and nurturing those of some of the most charismatic young people in London. Another Step into Dance highlight is performing the work of James Wilton at Step LIVE! 2015.
Teaching: BreakingSimon Lee AKA Mid-Air is a member of Soul Mavericks crew and Peridot Dance Company (Britain's Got Talent 2010 semi-finalists). Mid-Air specialises in b-boying and is also an adept popper. He is able to dance a variety of funk and hip hop styles with great showmanship. Mid-Air has travelled extensively, competing with Soul Mavericks crew both abroad and in the UK. Highlights with the crew include winning the National Championships to represent the UK at the UK B-boy Championships World Finals and progressing to the semi-finals of this competition. Alongside performing and competing, Mid-Air also teaches b-boy and popping workshops.
Sonja Quita Doubleday
Teaching: Creative DanceQuita has a HND and BA (Hons) in Community Dance. She has been teaching in various nurseries, primary and SEN schools, community centres and dance agencies for over ten years. She is also a part-time comedian and actress performing all over the UK and at the Edinburgh Festival.
Teaching: Musical Theatre & JazzSonny started his professional training at the age of 17 after receiving a full scholarship to attend Millennium Performing Arts, where he was awarded with a National Diploma in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre. He also trained as an actor with the National Youth Theatre and as a flamenco dancer at ‘Escuela de Baile’ in London. He has choreographed for several TV commercials, the Lords Mayor Show 2012 and Rob Brydon Show for BBC. He has performed for Disneyland Paris, Scottish Opera and featured as a ‘Slithering Student’ in two of the Harry Potter films. Sonny currently teaches Technical Jazz full time at Sylvia Young Theatre School, where he has done so for the past 7 years. He is an international teacher for the Royal Academy of Dance and has taught at The Place and Hurtwood House.
Teaching: Street DanceSophia completed her professional dance training at the North London Dance Studio, studying Musical Theatre and Performing Arts. Sophia was a finalist in So You Think You Can Dance in Greece, danced in music videos, TV, films and stage shows including Pop World, Jay Soul’s Streets Ahead, King Jacks’ Heroes, Channel 4’s Ten Years Younger, BBC’s My Almost Famous Family, and Pepsi, T-Mobile and Blackberry commercials. She performed at the Urban Music Awards, the Asian Music Awards, the Unicorn Theatre and was a featured dancer in Nestle’s Flat Belly Workout. Most recently she has worked as a member of The Ella Mesma Company performing at The Place, Yorkshire Dance Leeds, Reach in Bristol, Rich Mix and Chelsea Theatre.
Teaching: Contemporary Dance, Bollywood, Musical Theatre & JazzTanya’s areas of expertise include teaching contemporary dance, Bollywood, musical theatre, jazz and commercial dance. She has also performed during the last 10 years for numerous dance companies such as Boy Blue, Beyond Repair, KSPARK Entertainment, Memphis the Musical and Motionhouse. Whilst her technical and physical strengths come from classical training, her performance experiences and influences are reflected in the choreographies she creates and the sessions she delivers.
Teaching: Street Dance
Teaching: Breaking, House & Contemporary DanceVanessa is a dancer from Portugal who graduated from the Dance University of Contemporary and Performing Arts in Lisbon. She always felt very passionate about street dance, excelling in house and breaking, and now competes throughout the world. She moved to London in 2014 in order to keep improving and developing her dance skills, and since then has joined hip hop companies b.supreme and Myself UK, with whom she performs and competes in events like StreetFest 2015, Dancers Delight UK 2015, World of Dance 2015 and The HotStepper UK 2015, where b.supreme won a title.
Teaching: Creative & Street DanceVicki has a BA in Dance from Roehampton University and is a dancer and choreographer specialising in inclusive practice. She has worked with children and adults with learning disabilities, physical impairments and mental health problems for over ten years. She is a member and Trustee of Amici Dance Theatre Company, with which she has performed across the UK and overseas, and receives regular mentoring from prolific artistic director Wolfgang Stange. Vicki is also the co-founder of Blink Dance Theatre, a company made up of four directors with and without learning disabilities, who are regular visiting lecturers at Central School of Speech and Drama and Goldsmith’s University. Vicki is passionate about developing inclusive street dance and sensory dance work, and loves to bring drama and strong visual elements into her teaching.
Teaching: Jazz, Street & Contemporary DanceBefore moving to London, Wade performed with Company Fierce Academy, winning the 2005 National Street Dance Championship. He then joined the band The Beatfreakz, who scored two top ten singles, before making his West End debut in Disney's The Lion King. Wade has worked with artists such as Kimberly Wyatt, Simon Cowell and Ashley Banjo and performed at the London 2012 Olympics.
Teaching: Street DanceYami "Rowdy" Lofvenberg is a prominent London-based artist, with 20 years of experience in the dance world. She is well known within Hiphop dance community as a teacher, choreographer, judge and host. Yami has performed, choreographed and directed for numerous shows including: the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony section, Breakin’ Convention and Battle of the Year Germany. She has won many awards for her work as an artist and choreographer. Yami is a highly qualified teacher, working both in the UK and internationally. She is currently lecturing the Urban Module at IRIE! dance theatre Foundation Degree and is a visiting lecturer at East London University.
Teaching: Contemporary DanceZoe is from South East London and graduated from London Studio Centre in 2014. She has been lucky enough to perform on stages such as The Peacock, Sadler’s Wells and Royal Festival Hall. She teaches jazz and contemporary dance and has a passion for getting dance to every corner of a community no matter your age, ability or culture.
TEACHING: Ballet, contemporary, jazz & street DANCEZoe is a freelance dance artist who currently returned from travelling around Asia. She is a versatile dancer who can teach many styles including, ballet, contemporary, street dance, jazz, musical theatre and creative dance to all ages. She also has a variety of performance experience including the opening and closing of the London 2012 Olympics. She obtained a BA (HONS) in Dance at Edge Hill University and has continued her professional development as a qualified exercise to music and Pilate’s instructor broadening her knowledge about safe and effective dance practice as well as health and fitness.
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