Meet the team

The Step into Dance team is made up of office-based staff who work at the Royal Academy of Dance headquarters, and practitioners, who are based across London & Essex to deliver school classes.

Meet the office team:

Eloise Hollywood- Powell

Eloise is the Lead Project & Companies Officer for Step into Dance. She began dancing at the age of 4 at her local dance school, undertaking dance training in Ballet, Ballroom and Latin. She continued this throughout school, as well as taking Dance for GCSE & A Level Dance. She then went on to study (BA Hons) Dance Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, where she trained in Dance Pedagogy, as well as training in a variety of different disciplines including Ballet, Baroque, Contemporary, Jazz, South Asian, African and Aerial techniques.
In 2019, she undertook a Master’s degree at Kings College London, in Education in Arts and Cultural Settings. Throughout this time, she also held an Internship within the Learning & Participation department at the Central School of Ballet. Here, she created and managed school outreach projects. Throughout this Internship, she developed her thesis study which explored ‘The Effects of Creative Dance Movement as a Form of Kinaesthetic Learning for Pupils in Key Stage 2’. This experience was extremely rewarding & taught her a lot about the importance of maintaining creative subjects within schools, especially for young people who may not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in the arts.
Her favourite dance style is Latin-American dance because she loves the fluidity of movements through the body.

Eilidh Patterson

Eilidh is the Lead Events & Marketing Officer for Step into Dance.

Eilidh is from Edinburgh, Scotland, and started learning Ballet at the age of three before branching out into other styles such as Jazz and Contemporary. She studied a range of styles whilst completing her (BA Hons) Dance Degree, which she received from Northumbria University. As a keen performer, Eilidh went on to complete contracts across Scotland, England and Mallorca and worked at an immersive entertainment venue, Brewhemia in Edinburgh for four years. She has also worked freelance for a number of creative arts organisations, including as a PR Assistant in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Eilidh is an enthusiastic advocate for the benefits of dance for young people, and can’t wait to support the team with the 2023 programme and events.

Lily Marks

Lily is our Programme Assistant. Prior to getting her degree in directing and producing at the Bournemouth Film School, lily danced with the Royal Ballet’s Junior Associates and The Place’s Shuffles contemporary company. She has made various experimental dance films and loves to collaborate with dance artists. Lily recognises how important it is to make the arts more accessible to all and is passionate about building the confidence and wellbeing of young people. Her favourite style of dance is postmodern dance because of its references to everyday movement and physical theatre

Pagan Dorgan

Pagan is the RAD’s Community Artistic Coordinator, and an award-winning dance practitioner with over 25 years of experience in the industry.
After completing a professional dance training, Pagan travelled to Australia and New Zealand and built a successful career as a dance teacher, coach and choreographer. Including six years as the leading educator for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, where she delivered dance classes and workshops across New Zealand, developed a dance programme in men’s and women’s prisons and collaborated with other artists to create the MOOVIT project for High School students with limited access to dance. Pagan has a strong belief that a positive dance experience can make a difference in the lives of young people and is committed to sharing dance with as many people as possible. Many of her former students have gone on to have careers in dance, both as teachers and performers.
Since returning to London, Pagan has been teaching for the Royal Ballet School’s Primary Steps programme, City Academy, and she is also a Step into Dance practitioner! She looks forward to working with the Step into Dance team in a different capacity and is excited about her future journey with the Royal Academy of Dance.

Toni Hesketh

Toni is the Programme Manager for Step into Dance. She began her dance training at a young age in Ballet and Tap before moving on to explore Musical Theatre and later Street dance. She continued her practice throughout her school years studying it at GCSE, A Level and later opting to study Dance at the University of Surrey. During her degree, she studied a range of practical and theoretical modules including Contemporary Practices, training in Contemporary, Contemporary-African, Bharatanatyam and Ballet as well as studying modules in Choreography, Movement Analysis, Dance History, Arts Programming and a range of Theatre and Production Modules. In her third year she completed a placement at English National Ballet working in their Engagement team across a number of outreach programmes for nine months, solidifying her desire to work with and support young people in their development and provide them with opportunities to access dance. Her placement also inspired her Dissertation topic, which explored the reworking of classical ballets by contemporary companies.
Her favourite dance style is Contemporary because she really enjoys the free-flowing nature of this style and the role of weight/ centre of gravity throughout the movements.

Meet the practitioners:

Adrian Lawrence

Born and raised in the Lake District, Adrian gained his MA in Dance Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where, as a member of Transitions Dance Company, he worked with renowned choreographers to create new contemporary dance works which were toured across UK theatres and schools in 2021. Adrian has trained extensively in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, street and commercial dance, and has won awards as both a performer and a choreographer at national competitions. He holds dance teaching/choreography positions at schools all over London and his classes are always energetic, challenging and fun.

Aj Jackson

Going by the stage name AJ-47, AJ’s abundant mix of originality, power moves, character and stage presence are magnified by his stature to great effect, creating exciting shapes delivered with fantastic flow and energy. AJ competes regularly, attending competitions nationally and internationally, at the highest level. AJ is proud to be laying the foundations for future generations to build upon and is a great role model for aspiring dancers.

Ali Golding

Ali is a Choreographer, Movement Coach, Performance Facilitator and Dance Scientist. She has over thirty years of professional experience, with credits encompassing Feature Films, Drama and Musical Theatre, T.V, the Music Industry, Light Entertainment and high-profile Trade/Award Shows. Ali has choreographed, taught and been a faculty member for many of the leading London dance and drama institutions including Mountview, Guildhall, London School of Musical Theatre and TrinityLaban.

Amy Morris

Amy trained at Leicester College of Performing Arts gaining a London Trinity Diploma in Musical Theatre, LCM Grade 8 Singing and BTDA Diplomas in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical and Acrobatics. Since then Amy has worked as a vocalist and dancer for Tokyo Disneyland, Thomson Cruises, Holland America Line and toured the UK as part of vintage girl act My Favourite Things. The experience Amy has gained throughout the years has a big influence on her lessons, encouraging students to achieve their very best. She is trained to teach Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, and Contemporary. She loves to see what the children gain from dancing and singing, watching them grow in confidence and the joy it brings to their lives.

Amy Robinson

Amy is a freelance Dance Artist and Educator whose work is grounded in a Contemporary dance technique. She initially trained at Roehampton University, gaining a BA Hons in Dance Studies before going on to complete a graduate internship at TrinityLaban conservatoire. She is a skilled facilitator and educator who is driven by her passion for dance and movement. Her delivery focuses on creatively facilitating participants’ ideas to lead lively, fun, and engaging sessions, whilst championing her artform in an energetic and inclusive way.

Amy Sheppard

Amy is an experienced Dance Artist and Producer with a history of working in the dance and charity sector. She is a qualified and experienced dance teacher in various settings with particular experience in schools, including SEND environments. Delivering classes and workshops in ballet, creative dance, contemporary dance, jazz and tap. Amy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Dance from London Studio Centre, Dance Teaching Diploma from the British Ballet Organisation and most recently an MFA Choreography at University of Roehampton.

Aneta Zwierzynska

Aneta is a professional dancer, capoeira teacher and choreographer. She obtained a double MA degree at Anton Bruckner University in Austria studying movement research and dance pedagogy. She has trained and worked extensively in Brazil, Poland, Austria, Greece and the UK. She carried out her movement research in Brazil, exploring possibilities to exchange experience between contemporary dance and capoeira. Aneta performed with various dance companies and theatres in Europe and Brazil. She is currently working as a dancer/performer for Beatrice Allegranti Dance Company. She teaches her unique combination of contemporary dance and capoeira in regular classes and workshops in the UK and internationally. In 2016, she was selected as the main choreographer for the opening ceremony of the European Capital of Culture in Poland.

Angelina Sandall

Angélina Sandall (né Jandolo) studied at the National Conservatoire of Nantes in France and at Trinity Laban, where she graduated with a BA (hons) Dance Theatre. She has danced for major companies including English National Ballet – Shobana Jeyasingh, Rosemary Butcher (Sadler’s Wells), 2Faced, Cody Choi, Cathy Waller, Watkins Dance and more. Angélina has been teaching for Company Wayne McGregor, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company and Central School of Ballet. She is a Fellow of Ballet and a Modern Jazz Licentiate with the IDTA, and is a Silver Swans licensee with the Royal Academy of Dance. She is currently running her own school in London, Angélina Jandolo Dance, and joined the Step into Dance team in 2021.

Anna-Louise McMinn

Anna is dance professional who strongly advocates dance for any body and everybody. Since graduating from Middlesex University with a BA Hons Dance Performance, she has taught, performed, and collaborated within a wide variety of artistic and community settings around the UK. Her most recent achievements include being commissioned to choreograph and perform for the National Gallery’s Summer on the Square Festival, undertaking the role of Access Worker and Creative Learning Associate at Stopgap Dance Company, and carrying out advocacy work and research for One Dance UK as a selected One Dance UK Ambassador. Anna currently teaches for the Royal Academy of Dance, Stopgap Dance Company, the Dance Network Association, within secondary school education and inclusive arts charities. Her wide- ranging experiences have allowed her to develop an inclusive and welcoming approach, which is central to her practice as a teacher and professional. Anna is delighted to be working for the Royal Academy of Dance, where she previously undertook her dance training as a young person and inspired her to undertake dance as a career.

Anna Nicholls

Anna is a dance and creative movement artist, born and raised in NW London. She started her dance training at school and later joined Candoco Dance Company’s youth company, Cando2. Anna then trained in Contemporary Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, graduating with a 1st Class Honours Degree in July 2021. Since then, Anna has worked closely with the Royal Academy of Dance and Greenwich Dance. She also has her own company Hallomai Dance and freelances within a variety of schools and community groups across London, teaching and touring interactive performances. Anna has over five years of experience working with young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, and will continue to provide inclusive classes for the RAD and other community groups this year.

Annija Raibekaze

Annija Raibekaze is a dance artist and emerging choreographer from Latvia. She has been trained in various street and social dance styles, as well as educated herself in some of the most prestigious dance camps across Europe, in completion to BA (Hons): Urban Practice degree at the University of East London. Currently, she is working with a theatre PAN.OPTIKUM (Freiburg) as a dancer within the project “People Power Partnership”. She is well known for starring in the music video for Norwegian experimental group “ULVER”. Most recently, she has joined Company Jinks and Indahouse community in London, United Kingdom.

Arizona Snow

Arizona trained with ZooNation Youth Company for 5 years and during that time performed at various theatres including Sadlers Wells, Queen Elizabeth Hall and The Royal Albert Hall. Arizona starred as the lead role in ZooNation’s Groove On Down The Road for two consecutive summers. She has been teaching dance for the last 6 years in styles such as hip-hop, commercial and contemporary fusion. Arizona joined Step Into Dance in January 2022 and loves working with students to help build their confidence and find their passion to move.

Barbara Mirata

Barbara is a qualified dance teacher and experienced contemporary choreographer and dancer who is passionate about her art. For over 25 years Barbara has trained professional dancers, singers and actors for films, theatre and dance productions and created dance pieces for her own company. She has worked in France, Italy and England as well as in West Africa and Cuba. Barbara uses her expertise for inclusive work with children, young people and adults to teach classes in mainstream and SEND schools.

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Bethan Siddaway

Bethan trained in a plethora of dance styles at De Montfort University where she achieved a First Class BA Honours degree. She is now immersing herself in the dance scene in Birmingham as a professional dancer and freelance teacher to perform and deliver high quality dance to young people with a fresh skillset from achieving a Postgraduate Certificate of Education earlier this year. Bethan’s desire to continually expand her knowledge and develop has seen her become a part of Elementz Ent Training Company in 2021 and perform at Birmingham Hippodrome with the dance collective Company Apidae as a part of Breakin’ Convention June 2022.

Bismark Anobah

Bismark is a Dancer/Choreographer from East London with over 20 years experience in teaching. As a dancer his credits include the Queens Jubilee, Brit Awards, Wireless, Giggs, Lethal B, Boy Blue Ent. and many more. As an educator of dance Bismark has worked with ELD, Saddlers Wells, Movement Factory, Kingston University, Rich Mix, and Red Bridge Drama Centre. He is passionate about elevating platforms for the next wave of creatives as well as giving back to the community which has given him so much. It’s all about applying skills in real time to find solutions as a creative… all about that work.

Blue Mangan

Blue is an ex Step into Dance student. He went to Lambeth school, where he was introduced to the Step into Dance programme and Kevin Young (an SID teacher). Kevin had worked his magic and Blue was hooked! He went on to work with the SID Contemporary and Street dance companies for six years and performed in prestigious venues all over London. He then went on to study Dance and Education at Kingston College.

Brian Gillespie

Graduating in 2012 with a first-class BaHons in Dance and Theatre Studies from the University of East London and Columbia College Chicago, Brian uses his studies in dance and theatre through his work as a freelance performer, choreographer, artistic director and teacher. He is the artistic director of B-Hybrid Dance and produces contemporary dance inspired and crafted from the hybrid of influences, experiences, and interests that both he and his company members have collected and practised. Brian is also a regular mentor and skilled teacher who believes that teaching is a two-way process.

Carl Nerona

Carl is a dancer from East London, and he joined the Step into Dance team in September 2022. He has a big passion for dance and to be a dance teacher has been a huge dream and a great achievement for him. He wants to help young people to express themselves through dance, but most of all to have fun!

Caroline Thomas

A passion for dance from an early age, coupled with the technical training of a degree at the prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire; have given Caroline an excellent foundation to become an adaptable, inclusive, freelance dance artist; in professional performance, teaching, and choreographic work. Over the past decade she has provided over 300 primary and secondary schools with pre and post school clubs, curricular workshops, and GCSE dance lessons; as well as devising and creating unique schemes of work, resource packs, and INSET and CPD training programmes.

Christopher Bean

Chris has worked for Step Into Dance since 2009 initially teaching various hip hop styles such as krump and locking before training in Ghana in Pan-African traditional and Afrobeat dances as Assistant Manager in Semekor Performing Arts. He is the co-founder of WeMove in Tottenham, which promotes creative leadership in dance and access to performance training and opportunities for young people.

Eleanor Palmer

Elly Braund

Elly danced for Richard Alston Dance Company for nine years, touring works by Alston and Martin Lawrance on stages and festivals internationally. In 2019 Elly danced in ‘Night of 100 solos: a Centennial Event’ performing in commemoration of Merce Cunningham at the Barbican, coached and taught by Cunningham Company dancers. As a dance practitioner Elly has regularly taught company class for RADC and Protein Dance and led workshops for DAP Festival di Danza a Pietrasanta, Tanzfaktur Cologne, the Virginia Arts festival. She is a teacher on the Rambert Dance faculty and currently teaches contemporary technique at Royal Ballet School and London Contemporary Dance School. She also loves working with younger students and those who may not have danced before, she has taught on outreach programmes with Essential Alston, and Agudo Dance Company.

Isaac Baptiste

Isaac AKA Vitamin participates regularly in Battles and performances. Isaac teaches at various schools and groups, and has his own breaking class at Danceworks in London. His work also includes various TV performances such as Plan B’s music video: She Said, and as a choreographer for Strictly Come Dancing. If you ask him about his standout performance so far, he undoubtedly will say it was dancing as one of the professionals in London 2012 Opening Ceremony.

Jasmine Hall

Jasmine is a Community Dance Artist based in London and the East of England. A Bath Spa University Alumni who gained a 1st Class BA Hons in Dance, she has dedicated her training and career to provide movement opportunities for communities who have restricted access in locations spanning from London, to Essex and Suffolk. As well as teaching, Jasmine also performs, choreographs and produces dance films.

Jeremy Morganty

Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Jeremy started training at an elite competitive studio at the age of nine. After graduating in 2012, he chose to pursue a career in musical theatre. In his time at St Lawrence College in Brockville, Canada, he was a featured performer in 42nd Street, Anything Goes, Les Miserables, Crazy For You, and Legally Blonde The Musical. After graduating from college in 2015, he moved to a small town in British Columbia where he began his teaching career. In 2017, Jeremy moved to Hong Kong to teach at Red Shoe Dance, becoming the first ADAPT-certified male teacher in Asia. In 2020, he sent in the first student in all of Asia to successfully complete her Advanced Jazz Exam – the highest level in the ADAPT syllabus. Jeremy’s students have been accepted to elite performing arts schools such as Tisch School of the Arts and London Studio Centre. In July 2021, Jeremy relocated to London. He hopes to continue growing as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher, and share what he has learned on his journey with a new dance community.

Jonathan Reid

Jonathan A.K.A Jutsu is one of the top Popping/Robotic freestylers and dance educators in the UK dance scene. He holds various competition titles and has set out to perform, choreograph and work within both the commercial industry and the underground scene. Jutsu has had access to many of the original pioneers of street dance, which has allowed him to share knowledge that is rare and exclusive to his students. His teaching style is all about sharing what he calls the “Three F’s”- FUN, FUNK AND FOUNDATION, helping students develop their dance skills for the industry and street dance culture.

Jumar Aben 

At aged 16, Spanish born Filipino, John-Mathew Aben aka Jumar ‘Jumanji’ began as a freestyle mover. Beginning his professional training at the centre of advance training at LABAN and Barnet College with classical technique in ballet, contemporary release and Cunningham. Whilst studying classical techniques, he became passionate about hip hop dance, commercial and funk styles. He trained alongside various hip hop dance crews and graduated from the University of East London with a BA in Urban dance.

Justyna Sochaj

Justyna is a contemporary dancer, community dance practitioner and qualified contemporary dance teacher. Graduating from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2011 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance, Justyna then joined the Nutshell Dance Company. She was also a member of Experimental Dance Studio ‘EST’ (Poland) as well as Gesture and Movement Theatre (Poland) groups. Her work in dance includes site-specific projects, workshops, performances and educational work.

Katerina Chaida

Katerina has a Master’s degree from London Contemporary Dance School and has performed in theatres such as Sadler’s Wells, the Barbican and The Place. She has been teaching dance for more than 11 years and has choreographed multiple dance productions and competitions. She always strives to inspire her students in order to reach their full potential and loves transmitting the knowledge she gains from her own artistic practice. She is interested in the interdisciplinary approach to the arts and her recent research involves the incorporation of new technologies into performance.

Kevin Young

Kevin is a professional dancer who has danced all over the world from Hong Kong to Abu Dhabi and from Italy to Norway. He has worked on TV shows such as X Factor, The Brit Awards, Dancing on Ice, All Star Mr and Mrs, So You Think You Can Dance, Britain’s Got Talent, with artists such as Florence and the Machine, Plan B, Diana Vickers and Marcus Collins to name a few.

Kirsty Purnell

Kirsty is a freelance dance artist exploring how we move and how to move with others in playful, inclusive environments. She is particularly interested in how movement can be used to create, communicate and collaborate in the spirit of collective joy. She regularly leads projects for Rambert and Sadler’s Wells Learning and Engagement Programme with sharings at Sadler’s Wells Theatre and The Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick. She has also worked for Hackney Children’s Theatre, SLiDE, Trinity Laban and run workshops for F.A.T Studio and London College of Communication. Initially studying English Literature and Philosophy at Glasgow University and then completing her PGCE, she went on to receive a scholarship to study Community Dance at Laban.

Laura Ginatempo

Originally from Sardinia (Italy), Laura obtained a professional Diploma in Ballet and Contemporary Dance at Accademia Internazionale Coreutica (Florence, Italy) in 2012. After her BA degree in Contemporary Dance at London Contemporary Dance School she joined CaraBdanza Dance Company in Madrid (Spain) in 2015, to then become a soloist dancer and a teacher for their professional programme in 2017. In January 2022 she completed her Master of Arts in Dance Technique Pedagogy at Middlesex University. Laura now works as a freelance practitioner in London and co-leads the dance curriculum at Highgate School.

Leon Asare

Leon is a BA Dance graduate with a First-Class Honours degree from Kingston University. A Step into Dance Alumni, Leon participated in the programme for a year and half! He is trained in commercial, street, Afrobeats/Afrofusion, Dancehall and Contemporary Fusion. Leon creates a safe space in his classes, so his students can fully experiment with the movement and push their own boundaries; he also focuses and works on performance skills so the students can feel confident when performing. Leon believes in expression and individuality and encourages students to be their authentic self and add their own “personality” to the routines he teaches.

Liliana Della Valle

Liliana is a freelance dance artist, contemporary teacher and developing movement choreologist. She initially trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, gaining a BA(Hons) in Contemporary Dance before going on to continue her research into movement analysis on the Specialist Diploma in Choreological Studies. Liliana is a skilled facilitator and movement practitioner, driven by her passion for creativity and movement, and approaches her pedagogy through a choreological lens. As a contemporary dance teacher, Liliana has taught as part of the faculty at Cecchetti Scholars, Traceworks Dance and as part of the team at Vacani School of Dance. Her own choreographic works have been performed at the Bonnie Bird Theatre, Greenwich.

Louiseanne Wong

Louiseanne Wong is a movement artist, dancer, choreographer and coach. Her roots are from Hong Kong, and she holds a Bachelor of Music (University of Manchester) and an MA in Choreography (Trinity Laban, London). Louiseanne’s expertise and passion allows her to combine Art du Deplacement with Dance and Circus as a means of self-discovery, always curious about the question ‘Who am I?’ She sees her movement practice as a way to explore topics and storytelling such as authenticity, identity and heritage, and how these affect an artist’s relationship to oneself and others. She believes in the concept of working on the self in turn to help others better, and to express oneself as authentic as possible, meeting and managing the struggles of being human as part of the process. She views the body as non-gender, holding a humanistic view to the communities she meets, learning how to hold hard but important conversations better in order to keep timeless topics going. She has a wide understanding of the body in both athletic and artistic contexts, having performed in various multidisciplinary works both indoors and outdoors around the world. Photo: Jordan White

Lucy Browne

Lucy studied Contemporary Dance at De Montfort University in Leicester. After graduation, Lucy began working with young people in SEND schools, an area which she now specialises in. Lucy knows sign language and uses this skill within her dance practise and continues to explore this communication further by reaching out to more students in the deaf community. Lucy teaches contemporary and creative dance with a strong focus on improvisation.

Mahdi Ghali

Bboy Mahdi performs professionally as well as teaching and choreographing. Mahdi competes internationally as a top level competitor in the world of Bboy dance sport. Mahdi has also worked as a professional singer and rap artist in Europe and Algeria and has released numerous albums and urban tracks.

Maria Cassar

Maria trained at the Johane Casabene Dance Conservatoire in Malta. She graduated with a Ba (Hons) Dance Theatre from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Her ethos as a dance practitioner is an inclusive one and she strives to make movement accessible to all. From 2008 to 2015 Maria was Artistic Director of RedTape Dance Company in Malta. She has been a recipient of Kensington and Chelsea Arts Grant and Greenshoots fund for dance work within the North Kensington youth community, in the aftermath of the Grenfell Fire.

Maria Savva

Maria is an enthusiastic, keen and proactive dancer, teacher and choreographer, who graduated from De Montfort University in July 2016 with a high 2.1 BA(HONS) in Dance. She has experience in teaching and performing a range of different dance styles, including: contemporary, lyrical, street dance breakdance, Latin styles, Jazz, freestyle, modern and cheerleading and gymnastics. Her vision is a world where young dancers have the energy, the commitment, the team spirit and thoughtfulness to be positive and creative members of society.

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Marta Szlachcianowska

Marta is a prominent Dancehall dancer, who teaches and performs in the UK dance scene as well as working internationally, she has taught Dancehall Workshops across the UK as well as workshops in Japan, India, France, Italy, Russia, Poland, Romania, and Gran Canary. Marta is also a personal trainer focusing on flexibility and dance.

Mia Okorafor

Mia initially trained at the Jurek Sroka school of dance in Plymouth, after which she studied dance full time at Stonelands School of Dance and drama in Dawlish Devon, as well as attending West Street Ballet School and the Royal Ballet Schools Senior Associate programme in London. She then won a three year scholarship to attend London Studio Centre where she completed her Diploma in jazz and theatre dance and her BA Hons in performance studies at Arts Educational Schools London.

Mia has worked as a professional artist for over 20 years performing on worldwide Arena tours, TV Shows, and commercials. Mia has a passion for teaching dance education and developing her students technical and creativity abilities. She has a level 6 dance teaching diploma and an MA in Education and always looks for ways to challenge and develop her practice in order to stay current and to give her students the best possible experience of dance.

Michela Di Felice

Michela is a professional dance artist from Italy with more than ten years’ experience in the industry. She is known for her wide versatility in many styles. Her training started in Italy, and she has also trained in Paris, Bruxelles, New York and L.A. She now works and lives in London where she joined one of the most influential street dance companies in the UK, Boy Blue Entertainment. Her performance credits include the MOBO AWARDS Fuse ODG, Tinie Tempah, Deborah Cox, BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards, MTV’s Plain Jane, Channel 4 Comedy Gala Show, Jaxx Jones “SNACKS” Tour, and “Doctor Strange 2.”

Mollie Stebbing

Mollie Stebbing is a professional dancer, teacher & choreographer who specialises in Contemporary, Commercial and Hip Hop. She trained at The BRIT School and London Studio Centre, and was part of the SID programme at her secondary school. Mollie’s credits include Kylie Minogue, The British Fashion Awards, Isle of Wight Festival and The Walk at Somerset House.

Nathan Mafwa

Nathan is a professional dancer, choreographer and dance teacher. He specialises in African dance styles, Breakdance, Commercial, Hip Hop, House, Krump, Locking and Popping.


Nina Bell

Nina Bell is a professional musical theatre performer and teacher. At the age of 11 Nina made her West End debut in ‘Billy Elliot The Musical’ & attended full time education at ‘The Sylvia Young Theatre School’. Following on training at ‘Laine Theatre Arts’ for 3 years, graduating with a Musical Theatre Diploma in 2017. A few of Nina’s most recent performing credits include: Swing in The No.1 U.K. Tour of ‘Matilda The Musical’ with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Bonnie in ‘The Little Beasts’ at The Other Palace and Betty Lou in the Original UK cast of ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas!’… Nina has been teaching and choreographing for the last 6 years, working for various performing arts schools throughout London and Essex. In the last few years she has been travelling all over the UK taking her own workshops/masterclasses and creating performances for children. She has a real passion for teaching. She wants to pass down and share her love, knowledge and skills with the younger generation.

Paula Vacarey

Paula began training in dance at her local ballet school at age 4. After a long break from dance, she found some local classes in jazz and contemporary dance as a teen, which set her on the path to Lewisham college training in Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary and Tap. She then trained at The Place (LCDS) gaining a BA hons in contemporary dance and choreography. Alongside dance school training she was on the London club scene learning new jack, Hip- Hip and ragga dance styles. Her interest in hip-hop grew and she trained in Breakin becoming a founder member of London Breakin crew “Foundationz”. She enjoyed a varied career performing as a B-Girl, a contemporary dancer and as a aerialst in theatres, pop tours, videos and festivals in the UK, Europe and the U.S.A. Her teaching career has run parallel to her performing career teaching in dance schools and the local community to people of all ages and abilities. She believes dance is a wonderful form of self-expression, which brings people together, enriches lives and builds confidence and self-esteem. Dance should be enjoyed by the many and not the few.

Paul Madden

Quita Doubleday

Quita studied BA (Hons) Dance and Theatre Performance at Liverpool College of Performing Arts. As well as being an experienced Bellydance, Contemporary and Jazz dancer, she is also a writer, actor and comedian and often performs as multi award winning comedian clown act ‘Cheekykita’.

Rachel Bolsworth

Rachel is a Scottish Performer, Practitioner and Fitness Instructor with a passion for movement and exploration. Rachel trained at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, gaining a diploma in Performing Arts; excelling in dance, singing and acting. Rachel then toured the world on board the Costa Venezia as Production Manager and Dancer. On returning Rachel trained intensively in commercial and hip hop, with her training taking her to Los Angeles, working closely with prominent choreographers and creatives. From her varied and broad background she loves to incorporate different styles and genres to fully explore movement and minds!

Rachel Newby

Rosie Chesson (BA, APDA)

Rosie specialises in teaching Authentic Street Dance: Hip Hop, House, Waacking, Locking, Popping and Breaking; which she continues to train in, learning from the creators and pioneers of these styles. Alongside running her own dance school, she teaches for The Royal Academy of Dance, Step Into Dance and ZooNation. Rosie has judged competitions such as The Great Big Dance Off and seen her work performed at venues including Sadlers Wells and The Southbank Centre.

Ruth Mair Howard Jones

Ruth trained at Tring Park (Arts Educational), Central School of Ballet, and London Studio Centre. Before continuing her studies at RADA and Academia Teatro alla Scala. She holds an RAD Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma. Her short film Sono Con Te, created in lockdown, won the award for Best Actress at the Phoenix Short Film Festival.


Ruxandra Chelaru

Ruxandra is an actress and choreographer with over ten years’ experience in working with young people. During this time she has worked as a dance and drama teacher, as well as leading international workshops and organising events and theatre shows for both children and adults. She holds Qualified Teacher Status, a Master’s Degree in Dance – Choreographic Art, a Bachelor’s Degree in Acting – Performing Arts, IDTA teaching qualification in Ballet and British Gymnastics teaching qualification.

Samantha Haynes

Sam is a Hip hop dance educator and performer with a BA and Masters in Dance. Sam has performed in the Opening Ceremony for London’s 2012 Olympic Games and for four consecutive years at Sadler’s Wells for Breakin’ Convention with The Locksmiths Dance Company. She has danced on Britain’s Got Talent and has performed in Italy, Malta, South Africa and St. Lucia. Currently she is touring with Cirque Bijou in their bespoke LED light-suit show. She teaches for Step into Dance as well as for university dance societies in London. She is co-founder of #makemefunky dance classes in London where she specialises in Popping, Locking and 1970’s funky social dances.

Shawn Aimey

Shawn started performing back in 2000 when he was at theatre school where he studied singing, dance and drama. Shawn then focused on dance and took part in numerous shows before proudly becoming a member of Plague Dance Crew in 2008. Shawn specialises in funkstyles (popping and locking). He has appeared on BBC3’s “Move Like Michael Jackson”, in the “Streetdance 3D” movie and in the iconic Michael Jackson tribute stage show “MJ Timeless”.

Tanya Greig

Tanya has trained, toured and taught as a professional dancer for almost 2 decades. She is also a professional Yoga instructor.



Vivian Triantafyllopoulou

Vivian comes from Greece and studied contemporary dance in Trinity Laban in London. She continued as a chosen member of the Akram Khan Experiment and then she joined Jasmin Vardimon 2 professional development course, where she performed a national tour. She has performed in theatres like Royal Opera House, Richmix, Sadler’s Wells, The Place, and Northern Ballet.
She passionately teaches dance, dance theatre and improvisation at leading organisations such as Trinity Laban, The Place, City Lit, Greenwich Dance and others. Vivian is the founder of workshops ‘Energy and flow’, a contemporary dance workshop and ‘Movement waves’ an outdoors community improvisation workshop-usually happening by the sea! She created her own dance company in 2019 and her works have been supported by Tripspace, Chisenhale Dance, Arts Council England, Dance Cultural Centre and others.

Zoe Elliott

Zoe is a freelance dance artist, based in South-East London. After graduating from the London Studio Centre in 2014, Zoe has pursued her passion for bringing dance to every corner of our community, involving people of all ages, abilities and cultures. She teaches contemporary dance, creative movement and jazz, and strives to utilise movement as a therapeutic and expressive art-form.