PRINCIPAL & FOUNDER
Gareth is an award winning choreographer and educator who has been at the forefront of dance and excellence in the midlands for the past 15 years. Gareth’s passion for giving young dancers the best possible start in their careers developed in 2008 when taking his award winning group addict dance to the youth dance England finals at Sadlers Wells this eye opening experience led to the formation of Addict Dance Academy as a full time training institute allowing young dancers from all social and economic backgrounds access to full time elitist training without the price tag, opening the doors to thousands more young dancers to have the opportunity to not only chase but achieve their dreams of a career in the dance and creative industry.
Gareth is extremely proud of the international reputation the academy is now generating and the dancers living their dreams all over the globe.
Ben Davies has had an extensive dance and choreographic career taking him all over the world. He has worked with artists such as Ellie Goulding, Leona Lewis, Years and Years, Ella Eyre, Eleni Foureira, Carrie Underwood, Riton, OMI and Jess Glynn. Ben has choreographed on tv shows such as The X Factor, BBC Music Awards, The Voice, Your Face Sounds Familiar, Eurovision Song Contest, Britains Got Talent, The Gadget Show, The European Video Music Awards, Amita Motion and Got To Dance to name a few. Ben choreographed West End show “West End Celebration” at the Palace Theatre. He has choreographed adverts for the likes of Nickelodeon, Sky One, George ASDA, Marks and Spencer’s, VERY, BooHoo, Mercedes and Sports Direct. Ben has choreographed hair and fashion shows for brands like Schwarzkopf, L’Oréal, Converse UK, Nike, NEXT, Fashion For Heroes and Shop Direct. Ben has taught at masterclasses and events all over the UK and multiple countries overseas.
Matt Green trained as a theatre director at Rose Bruford College, graduating in 2004. Upon graduation, Matt established his own theatre company working with new writers, actors and technical teams, touring new plays throughout the region. Alongside this, he worked extensively with regional theatres to help produce a number of new works including an adaptation of classic stories.
Matt later retrained as a teacher gaining a PGCE in Post 16 education (University of Bedford) in 2011 followed by the higher education equivalent, PGCHELT in Performing Arts (Rose Bruford College) in 2015. Matt is a Fellow of the Advance Higher Education Authority.
Most Recently Jared has been a choreographer for seasons 1 & 2 of ITV’s ‘The Masked Singer’
And he was also Associate Choreographer for Harry Styles Music video ‘Treat People With Kindness’ which has now been nominated for 3 MTV VMA awards including best Choreography!!
Other Choreography credits include ‘The Greatest Dancer’ for sport relief, Calum Scott & Leona Lewis for ‘The One Show’ Sky 1’s ‘Sing Ultimate A Capella’ BBC’s ‘Pitch Battle and P&O’s Ventura for Jean Ann Ryan.
As an Assistant Choreographer Jared has worked on ‘Stars In Their Eyes’ ‘The X Factor’ ‘Britains Got Talent’ ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ ‘Saturday Night at the Palladium’ and ‘Beat The Best’ with Tap Corps as well as with artists such as Harry Styles, Louisa Johnson, Hot Chip, Tulisa & Katherine Jenkins.
As a dancer Jared’s versatility enabled him to have a career ranging from performing in musicals in the West End to being a principal Dancer with Matthew Bourne’s – ‘New Adventures’ and finally dancing in Stadiums & Arenas around the world Touring with the likes of Kylie Minogue, Take That, Little Mix, Girls Aloud, The Saturdays and many more. Dancing on TV shows such as The XFactor, Britains Got Talent, Strictly Come Dancing, The Brits, Mobo’s, EMA’s the list goes on. He was also one of few Dance Captains for The London 2012 Olympics & Paralympics Closing ceremonies.
Jo Trained at Elmhurst Ballet School and laine Theatre Arts, Epsom where she was head girl and winner of the Eileen Rose Cup for Musical Theatre.
Credits as Choreographer:
- Life After Life ( BBC)
- Am-Dram! The Comedy Musical ( Curve, Leicester)
- Just So ( The Barn Theatre, Cirencester)
- Jack and the beanstalk ( Swindon Theatre)
- Aladdin ( white rock theatre,Hastings)
- Assistant Director- Sunset Boulevard Movie ( Curve, Leicester)
- Associate Choreographer- Funnygirl ( Theatre Marigny, Paris)
- Associate Choreographer Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Barnum, Sunset Boulevard and Happy Days- The Musical ( UK Tours)
Other Theatre Credits Include:
- Sweet Charity ( West End) Crazy For You ( West End) The Producers (West End) Hello,Dolly!
- ( Regents Park, Open Air Theatre) On The Town ( Theatre du Chatalet,Paris) Funnygirl
- ( Chichester) Once Upon a Time at the Adelphi (Union Theatre,London) Street of Dreams
- ( Arena Tour) Guys and Dolls ( Theatre Marigny,Paris).Best Of West End (Royal Albert Hall)
Television Credits include:
- Ant and Decs Saturday Night Takeaway, The Olivier Awards, Children In Need
- The Broadway Proms, An Audience with Al Murray, The Alan Titchmarsh Show
- The Olympic Torch Concert
- Jo was also a mentor on the CBBC series All Over The Workplace.
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Matt graduated from Bird College in 2014 and was a finalist for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Choreographer Award in 2015.
Recent choreographic work include: ‘Not So Sweet Sixteen’ The Royal Ballet School, White Lodge (Margot Fonteyn Theatre) ‘Going The Distance’ Digital Comedy Play directed by Felicity Montagu (Co-produced by The Lawrence Batley Theatre, Oxford Playhouse, The Dukes and The Watermill Theatre) Gene Kelly statue unveiling in collaboration with Patricia Ward Kelly ‘Gene Kelly Legacy’ Premier (Leicester Square) Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs, Qdos Entertainment (Richmond Theatre, London) ‘Heartless’ with the National Youth Ballet of Great Britain (Sadler’s Wells, London/Crescent Theatre, Birmingham) Associate Choreographer to Liam Steel ‘The Wizard of Oz’ (Birmingham Repertory Theatre). ‘AFRIKA’ (HLD Entertainment, Greece).
Other credits as choreographer include: ‘Illuminate’ for TUI Sentsatori Hotels around the globe. Romeo & Juliet Workshop, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures. The British Theatre Academy’s production of Spring Awakening (Stockwell Theatre, London) So Danca Fashion Show (Excel, London) ‘Souls of the Underworld’ (HLD Entertainment, Greece)‘Another Night’s Dream’ with the National Youth Ballet of Great Britain (Sadler’s Wells, London/Crescent Theatre, Birmingham). The International Festival of Quilts (Birmingham NEC) The Graham Webb Hair Show, London. DKProduction’s Dick Whittington (Compass Theatre, Ickenham).
Matt teaches ‘Professional Jazz’ at Pineapple Dance Studios and Base Dance Studios weekly. He often choreographs for Bird College, devising new work for the 3rd year Cre8 performances (Doreen Bird Foundation Theatre) Move it (Excel, London) and Summer Shows (The Orchard Theatre, Dartford). Other choreography work include: The Royal Ballet School – White Lodge, Laine Theatre Arts, Central School of Speech & Drama and Addict Dance Academy.
Emily began her professional training at Addict Dance Academy in 2015 completing her BTEC Level 3 course right through to obtaining a 1st class BA Honours degree in Performing Arts. Whilst training at Addict Dance Academy, Emily was a member of the Addict Dance Company performing at venues around the country including Move It, Can You Dance and Mass Movement. Emily was a teacher and choreographer for Tap, Commercial and Jazz at Addict Youth for three years. Emily’s professional credits include a Paul Morrell music video, Gadget Show and a Christmas Pantomime at De Montfort Hall, Leicester.
Training: Graduating from London Studio Centre with the Sheila O’Neill Award for ‘Excellence in Musical Theatre’, Kathryn has recently finished performing in the UK Tour of Curtains, a Musical Whodunnit. Kathryn teaches at various schools and colleges around the UK as well as being part of the Louie Spence Masterclass ‘Dream Team’.
Other Credits include: Curtains (Wydnams Theatre, West End), Me & My Girl (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Addams Family – A Musical Comedy (The Theatre at Mediacorps, Singapore), The Addams Family – A Musical Comedy (UK/Ireland Tour), Chitty Bang Bang (UK/Ireland Tour), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Cats (West End Revival at the London Palladium), Cats (UK/International Tour), Oliver! (Sheffield Theatres), The Boyfriend (Her Majesty’s Theatre) & Footloose (Greenwich Theatre). Pantomimes include Sleeping Beauty (Courtyard Theatre) and Jack and the Beanstalk (Belfast Opera House). Television includes: Sunday Night at the London Palladium & Tonight at the London Palladium on ITV.
Remy completed her training in Leicester where she gained a Trinity Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre. She then began her career performing on a number of television shows including – Britain’s Got Talent, Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew, X Factor UK and Got to Dance. She continued to work within the industry for companies such as Samsung, Papa Johns, Imagine Theatre and various UK artists. Alongside this she was building on her administrative role within Addict Dance Academy as part of the core team. Remy was fortunate enough to then go on to work for Princess Cruise Lines for 3 years as a dancer/singer; an opportunity that meant she was able to travel the world whilst performing for a living! She then returned to her hometown where she has continued to work closely with the team at Addict Dance Academy.
Training: Addict Dance Academy
Theatre includes: “The Prince Of Egypt” Original West End Cast (DominionTheatre); “Romeo & Juliet” Matthew Bourne New Adventures, Original Cast (UK Tour); “Jack & The Beanstalk” (White Rock Theatre); “Dance Proms” (Royal Albert Hall); “Evita the Musical” (UK Tour); “Joseph & the Technicolour Dream Coat” (UK Tour)
Television includes: “Taking the Next Step” (CBBC); “Dancing On Ice 2020” Special Performance (ITV)
Film includes: “A London Dream” Director: Richard Wilson (SKY TV)
Workshops includes: “Anasa O’Neill” (Music label workshop – Choreographer: Tabias
Ellehammer); “The Wiz” (West End pilot – Choreographer: Leah Hill); “The Prince Of Egypt” (Original West End Cast Workshop – Choreographer: Sean Cheeseman)
Other work includes: “Rhythm of Life NHS” (Advert/Short Film); “London Fashion Week X Richard Quinn” (Model/Dancer); “Anasa O’Neill” (Music Videos); “Don’t Loose Touch” (Shay Barclay Creates – Short film); “An evening at Joe’s – 42nd Street” (Short film); “The Prince Of Egypt” Original West End Cast Album (Ghost Recording Studios)
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Ryan Lee Seager
Ryan-Lee Seager trained at London Studio Centre he is a theatre performer/Director and Choreographer and also works in Tv.
Ryan has worked with some of the biggest Choreographers and Directors in the industry including –
Brian Friedman, Arlene Philips, Nick Winston, Stephen Mear, Ashley Wallen, Sisco Gomez, Jerry Reeve, Beth Honan, Gary Lloyd, Racky Plews, Matthew White, Nikolai Foster, Natricia Bernard.
West End/Tour/Theatre credits-
We Will Rock You , Rock Of Ages, Sweeney Todd, Fame, Guys And Dolls, Kiss Me Kate, Grease, West Side Story, The Wedding Singer, Blood Brothers, American Idiot, Seussical The Musical, Rent, Best Of The West End (Royal Albert Hall)
The X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing , The Royal Variety Performance (ITV) , Bo Selecta and New Musical Movie ‘Tomorrow Morning’
Justin Bieber, Pixie Lott, Beverly Knight, Anastacia, Paulo Nutini, The Killers, Seal, Louis Tomlinson, Paloma Faith.’
Rock Of Ages (Uk Tour) – Resident Director/Resident Choreographer.
Fame (Uk Tour/West End) – Associate Choreographer
Taylor is born and raised in London and trained in musical theatre for 3 years at the Urdang academy. He has worked in various productions, Matilda the musical, fiddler on the roof, We will rock you, Grease, Scrooge, and joining the cast of A Chrous Line this Christmas. Taylor is the artistic director of the Tellers company who are currently in the process of developing a new stage production, workshops commencing in 2022. Taylor is still on a journey to direct films, and enjoys telling story’s and enhancing artists development from an actors intention. Creating a safe and collaborative environment allowing artist to be who they want to be!
Mark is one of the most sought after dancers of his generation. He has had the pleasure of performing on stage with such top musical artists as Destiny’s Child, Take That, Blue, Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Steps, Girls Aloud, Lionel Ritchie, Spice Girls, Boyzone, Diana Ross and Cher.
His stamina and discipline of mind and body combined with his work ethic, meant that he toured extensively worldwide with these artists. He has also performed at all the major UK pop concerts such as The Brits and Party in the Park. He was a regular dancer on well-known TV programs as TOTP and CDUK. He can also be seen in various pop videos.
Mark has also choreographed for such notable brands as Veda, Harley Davidson, Clothes Show, Tiger, Ben Sherman, Red Mother, Adidas, Speedo, the V Festival, Salon International, The Motor Show, Next, Aspri, FA Cup Final – to name a few.
Mark is extremely grateful to be exclusively working at Addict Dance Academy and is passionate about passing on his knowledge and work ethic to the generation of today.
Beginning my dance journey in contemporary, I quickly moved into commercial training for competition, winning many national trophies with the then Influence and Addict dance crews. An original student from Addict Dance Academy, I graduated with many experiences including being finalists of Britain’s Got Talent with the Addict Initiative. I have been part of the full time faculty at the college since 2017.
My thirst to train has seen me travelling all over the world; learning and networking in Los Angeles, London, Italy, London, Belgium and The Netherlands. Connecting and being inspired to create my own mark in the dance world and dance industry as well as be as versatile is forever growing. I have done various small jobs to date including music videos, flash mobs, charity events and recently extended into tv and film, training new skills in Screen Combat.
I have found a love for creating and teaching/sharing; creating pieces for stage and weekly classes. I hope to keep developing my artistry and have plans to share my visual work in concept videos and travel with dance work and teaching all over the world.
Beth is a former graduate and choreographer at Addict Dance Academy. Over the past 4 years she has refined her choreography by teaching workshops, competition routine and judging competitions across the uk. She delivers commercial classes with influences from hip hop, contemporary, creating a new and innovative style. Beth is very excited to continuing her journey at Addict and is looking forward to inspiring and elevating the students to reach their full potential.
Leah’s Theatre credits include, Original company of Hamilton (West End), West Side story (The Royal Exchange), Thriller Live (West end) & Some Words (Sadlers Wells).
Leah’s Television and Film Credits include; Beauty & The Beast (Disney) The Lodge (Disney Tv Show) Britain’s Got Talent, X-factor, Top Of The Pops & Eurovision.
Leah’s Artist Tour and show credits include; Sean Paul, Zara Larson, Liam Payne, Sigala, Stefflon Don, Little Mix, Jax Jones & Lizzo.
In addition to a plethora of experience on stage and screen as a performer in London’s West End and internationally, Leah Hill’s creative credits include the following.
As Assistant Choreographer: Aladdin (Feature Film, Disney); Little Mix’s Women Like Me(Music Video, Chor. Jaquel Knight); Jax Jones’ Summertime Ball Performance (Capital Festival, Chor. Jay Revell).
As Movement Director: Aladdin (Feature Film, Disney, working with Naomi Scott and Will Smith.)
As Assistant Choreographer and Movement Director – various projects for Stefflon Don.
As Choreographer: The Wiz (Hope Mill Theatre)
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Becky has been part of Addict Dance Academy since it began where she studied both the BTEC and HND courses. As part of the first ever graduating year she was presented with the award for technical excellence which she received with great gratitude. Since then, Becky has completed a contract with a touring show in Greece and is now focusing on her real passion which is teaching and choreography. Becky states that “It has been amazing to watch the college grow from strength to strength and I feel honored to be a part of the outstanding faculty that Addict has to offer”.
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Elizabeth Haslam graduated from Central School of Ballet where she toured with Ballet Central with Jane Regan as ballet mistress. During this time she was selected by Christopher Gable to work with Northern Ballet Theatre on their adaptation of ‘Dracula’ where she performed the duet (Late night tv). She then went on to perform as part of the corps de ballet in ‘Aida’ with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra having been selected by Lynn Seymour. Soloist in ‘Vis av Magi’ Norway (ABT Choreographer). Elizabeth then progressed to a more contemporary root working with the Miles Thomas group in Germany. Elizabeth performed for Celebrity Cruises and was dance captain and assistant choreographer on the musical Odessy in Soeul, Korea. Elizabeth finished her 10 year career doing film and TV work worldwide.
After performing, Elizabeth moved into the world of teaching and choreography. This has taken her all over the world, teaching master classes in London, Italy, India, Antigua and Guadeloupe alongside Patricia Ruanne (ex principal of the Royal Ballet Company) and Fredrick Jahn (ex principal of the Australian Ballet)
Elizabeth has taught in many colleges and judged vocational competitions e.g. Tring Ballet Cup. Elizabeth was also head of ballet at the Midlands School of Dance and Drama.
Elizabeth has been working with Ballet Theatre UK for 9yrs where she was the original ballet mistress to the company staging The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Snow Queen, A Christmas Carol and Alice. Since having her daughter, Elizabeth has been teaching at The School of Ballet Theatre Uk as head of 1st year training.
Elizabeth runs her own school The Haslam dance Academy. She is also a part owner of RECballet which holds workshops in the Midlands for children with an interest in entering the dance world.
Elizabeth is really looking forward to being a part of Chantry School of Contemporary & Balletic Arts, which is full of inspirational teachers and choreographers.
Peter Parker trained at the Central School of Ballet under Christopher Gable, from here he graduated into Northern Ballet Theatre again under the directorship of Mr. Gable.
From 1988-1994 he danced in all of the companies repertoire including Coppelia, Don Quixote, Memoir Imaginare and Strange Meeting by Michael Pink, Simple Man, Lipizzaner and The Bronte’s by Gillian Lynn. D’ensemble by Graham Lustig and Extenzions by Derek Williams. As principle of the company other roles included Albrecht from Giselle, Siegfried in Swan Lake, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, the Prince in Cinderella, La Corsaire pas de deux and the Grand pas de deux from Don Quixote.
In 1994 Peter moved to France and danced as principle dancer with Ballet Du Rhin. This gave him the opportunity to dance a large variation of neo classical repertoire such as Stool Games by Kylian, Step Text by William Forsythe, Dance, Chamber Symphony and Mandarin by Lucinda Childs, Voluntaries by Tetley, Grosse Fuge by Hans Van Manen and Worchek by Davide Bombana, Green Table, Pavanne Pour Un Enfant and Grand Ville by Kurt Josse to name a few. The company also performed many traditional ballets such as Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Nutcracker, La Sylphide and La Fille Mal Garde all of which Peter danced principle roles.
Guesting performances have included Nutcracker Pas de deux for Nevada Baller, and the Rite of Spring with Ballet Bejart.
Peter also created three pieces for Ballet Du Rhin.( Bird in the Hand, Bitter Harvest and Memoir Perdu.)
Peter has taught at the Northern Ballet School and Kate Simmons School, Derby Academy as guest teacher and is invited to be a guest teacher at international summer schools.
In 2010 he created a new full length Nutcracker for Manchester City Ballet in collaboration with Shannon Lilly.
In 2014 Peter and Shannon were finalists on Sky 1hd Got to Dance. They performed under the name of Bitter Harvest.
2016 was also a milestone year as “Shannon and Peter ” were the first couple to take ballet to the final of Britain’s Got Talent.
Peter and Shannon run their own associate program Midlands Associates and are co-directors of BalletFest.
Peter teachers at MADD college Nottingham and is head of ballet ,
EPA Mansfield, Addict Dance Academy Leicester, York Scholars, Staples academy and is a renowned international guest teacher.
Grace began her professional training age 11 at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, Hertfordshire. Grace then furthered her classical ballet and contemporary training at the age of 16 at Central School of Ballet, London. Within her time at Central, she was given the opportunity to work with various choreographers such as Sharon Watson, Christopher Bruce, Christopher Marney. During her third year, Grace was offered a contract with Ballet Theatre UK and graduated with a First Class BA Honours Degree in Dance and Performance.
Company credits include: English National Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre, American Ballet Theatre and Ballet Theatre UK (Principal roles).
Grace is a qualified RAD teacher, holding a distinction from the RAD Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma. She is deputy principal of Caroline Carr Dance Studios, Leicestershire and is part of the ballet faculty at Ballet Theatre UK School.
Grace is thoroughly looking forward to being part of the Addict faculty.
Elliott Richardson is a professional dancer, originally from Newark. He began dancing at a young age for fun, and upon joining Addict Dance Academy for college in 2015, he fell in love with dance and decided it would be a career he would pursue. As well as training at Addict for 2 years of college and 3 years of university, Elliott trained all over the UK as well as venturing out to Los Angeles and training with some of the worlds greatest dancers and choreographers.
Due to his hard work, training and networking skills, Elliott broke through into the UK industry while still in college, being represented by agencies such as: Dancers Inc, Kutes, Mass Talent and AMCK, and credits include: Pussycat Dolls, Mabel, The Brits, The Voice UK, Jingle Jangle (Netflix), Euros 2020 Closing ceremony and many more.
Since graduating in 2020, Elliott has continued to work in the industry as well as pass his knowledge onto his students while continuing to train and improve both as a dancer and teacher with hopes to eventually be someone everyone can look up to, as an undeniably great talent in the dance world.
Gareth Woodward; Artistic Director, Choreographer, Dancer, Educator, Mentor and DJ.
Born and raised in Nottingham, Gareth was first introduced to dance through Hip Hop. As an aspiring young DJ it was a natural progression to explore other elements of the culture.
Gareth started taking street dance classes at a local studio before travelling further afield to extend his knowledge in London, Los Angeles and later New York.
Gareth began his career as an established dancer in the commercial industry working with artists such as Mariah Carey, Cheryl, Take That and Coldplay.
Gareth has also performed on TV shows, The X Factor, The Voice, and The Royal Variety Performance, has worked with brands including Adidas, Nokia, T-Mobile, Cartoon Network, Cadburys, Morrisons, and featured in hit Bollywood movies.
These experiences allowed Gareth to work with renowned choreographers, Fatima Robinson, Tony Testa, and Kenrick Sandy to name a few. Always looking to expand his reach Gareth didn’t just absorb the steps but took in valuable knowledge, helping him develop not only as a performer but as a choreographer and creative artist.
In recent years, Gareth has began to establish himself as a choreographer, exploring both Hip Hop theatre and commercial avenues, sharing his vision through a variety of artistic endeavours.
Gareth’s work, Singularity (2018) and Ode To Dilla (2019) was presented at Breakin’ Convention’s UK Tour in Nottingham. This led to Gareth working on the 2020/21 tour as local representative for the city.
Gareth is the Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Unite The Scene, a leading arts organisation based in Nottingham, and champion of developing young peoples choreography through his award-winning programme Xzibit Young Creatives.
With a passion to educate, Gareth has built up over 10 years teaching experience. From working in further and higher education at dance conservatoires providing vocational training, to teaching in schools and delivering on community youth dance projects, Gareth is always able to get the best out of people.
Revisiting his passion for DJ-ing Gareth has also become a recognised name on the UK battle circuit as well as supporting music artists such as Big Daddy Kane.
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Was a dancer that started in Newark and by the age of 16 found his way to addict dance academy. He trained at addict for 5 years, both the Btec and HND course followed by the BA honours course. Along side addict he trained with some of the biggest choreographers in London as well as the greatest dancers in Los Angeles.
During college kailum found his way into the working professional world, and since graduating is still working now. His credits include some of the biggest names in music aswell as some of the biggest up coming artists/choreographers,
P diddy, Little mix, Jessie Nelson, Niki minaj, Tory lanez, Mabel, KSI, Rag n Bone man, Mimi webb, jingle jangle the movie, the euro finals, the olympics and more.
Brian Friedman, King O’’holi, Ashley Wallen, Lukas Mcfarlane, Tobias Ellahammer, Alex Chambers, Tony Tzar and more.
Kailum to this day, is still training and teaching all over the UK, and strives to one day make it out to LA.
Ollie trained at LCPA, graduating with a Trinity National Diploma in Musical Theatre and 3 B.T.D.A Diplomas. Ollie has appeared in many shows such as, ‘Tap Factory’ (UK, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Europe and China Tour), ‘Simply Gershwin’ (Guest Tap Duo, UK Tour), ‘Spirit of the Dance’ (Lead Tapper, Worldwide), ‘Tap Dance Fever’ (UK, South Africa and Canada), ‘Taimid Seanachai – A Celtic Evolution’ (Canada), ‘Dora’ (West End) to name a few. He has danced in many different trade shows across the UK from Bridal Shows to Printwear and has also appeared in several television adverts. In 2018 Ollie co-created a new tap dancing act called ‘The Tap Chaps’. After releasing their 3 minute promo video, they were signed 24 hours later by an agent and had to create 2 different 45 minute shows. They now travel around the world performing their act on board several different cruise lines and at many corporate events.
Whilst Ollie isn’t away performing he teaches at colleges and does guest workshops across the UK. He is also on the faculty for Tap Attack teaching mainly the North and Midland associates. In 2018, Ollie became an IDO Adjudicator for the UK. He now represents the UK in the prestigious IDO World Tap Championships.
Emily trained at the Allesley School of Dance in Coventry & London Studio Centre (BA Hons, Theatre Dance), and is a qualified BBOdance and Acrobatic Arts teacher. Specialising in technique training, Emily has over 10 years’ experience teaching students at vocational level and has been a resident teacher and choreographer in vocational colleges such as Bodywork, and Addict Dance Academy since graduating herself in 2009. Emily was also Director of ‘Emily Jade Theatre Arts’ in London from 2010-2020, preparing younger students for vocational level training.
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Jordan Maguire has travelled extensively around the world representing England in both Ballroom and Latin American dance. He is a world championship finalist who gained the title of team captain for the British team and ranked 1st in the UK leader board on various occasions. Jordan has performed on various dance productions including BBC Dance Proms (Royal Albert Hall), Baby Ballroom (ITV Dance Series) & various private dance demonstrations (Russia, Canada & Paris).
Ellie is professionally trained in musical theatre. She has worked in theatre, film and television throughout her career. A few past credits include: swing “We Will Rock You”, ensemble “42nd Street”, assistant choreographer, BBC “The Peoples Strictly” Resident director “Thursford Christmas Spectacular”, dancer, BBC “The John Bishop Show”, resident dancer, ITV “pop star to opera star ”, dancer “Thursford Christmas Spectacular”, soloist “Spirit of Broadway UK Tour” vocalist/dancer “songs from the musicals”, dancer, 20th Century Fox, “Mrs Henderson Presents”.
Ellie also dances as part of the new Tiller Girls line up and is very proud to be part of such an iconic dance group. She is proud to teach the next generation of performers and is a resident teacher at professional college, Addict Dance Academy in Leicester
Adrian began his professional training at Middlesex University with a degree in contemporary dance. After two years, he left to join Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts on a Scholarship where he graduated with a BA honours in Musical Theatre. After training Adrian began his teaching career and now teaches musical theatre, acting and singing.
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TJ has been a professional singer and pianist for 16 years specializing in Musical Theatre, Rock and Jazz. He trained in classical voice, achieving his Grade 8 in classical singing at just 17. During a successful performing career he has played Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz, Jesus in Godspell and Adrian Banks in Never Forget among other roles. TJ was made Vocal Captain at Royal Caribbean where he enjoyed 6 years working with his wife before coming home to start his career as a Musical Director and Vocal Arranger.
TJ’s comprehensive knowledge and experience of all types of voices and genres of music has allowed him to work as a vocal coach to all manor of singers across the UK, including X factor contestants, Britain’s got talent contestants, Opera singers, West End performers and a number of local artists. His passion is for creating innovative musical pieces that utilize and promote all types of voices. His affiliation with Curve, in Leicester, as part of their Curve Connect team means that more exciting opportunities are on the horizon in the coming year for his students in Leicester.
TJ is also passionate about his new platform dedicated to offering young singers more exposure and opportunities; “The Vocal Guide” operates on Instagram and YouTube and this year ran it’s first competition “Hide+Sing” which saw competitors receiving over 150,000 combined views on Instagram, over 1,200 voters across the country and 1 lucky winner receive a large cash prize and trophy. TJ hopes this will be the first of many opportunities on the platform and would encourage any young singers to get involved. Above all else TJ enjoys working with talented, humble, hard working young people to create outstanding vocal pieces.
Jonny graduated from the Guildford School of Acting 2010. Before finishing his third year Jonny was cast as ‘Rolf’ in the UK Tour of ‘The Sound of Music’. Notably Jonny played ‘Zack Mayo’ in ‘An Officer and a Gentleman’ UK Tour, ‘Rooster’ in Annie (UK Tour/Piccadilly Theatre, London) playing opposite Miranda Hart and ‘Johnny’ in the first major stage adaptation of Hanif Kureshi’s Oscar nominated screenplay ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’. Jonny played ‘Officer Turley’ in ‘Hollyoaks’ for Channel 4. Currently you can spot Jonny ‘Yodelling’ on the new Domino’s Pizza advert.
Other credits include; ‘Prince Charming’ in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Cinderella’; ‘Glen Gulia’ in ‘The Wedding Singer’ Troubador theatre, London; ‘Kenickie’ in ‘Grease’ Leicester Curve/Dubai; ‘Man1’ in I Love You, You’re Perfect…Now Change! The Union Theatre London; Avenue Q, UK Tour; Rock of Ages, UK Tour; Originated the role of ‘Gabriel’ in the world premiere of ‘Lift’ at the SohoTheatre, London; ‘Mono’ in ‘Carnival of The Animals’ at Riverside Studios, London; ‘Mark’ in the UK Premiere of ‘Altar Boyz’ at the Greenwich Theatre, London.
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André was born in Portugal and moved to England at the age of 11. André began his professional training in 2011 at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where he graduated with BA Hons Degree. André then further developed his dance training through the JV2 Professional Development Course as part of which he performed in Jasmin Vardimon Company’s ‘Maze’. André has since worked as a freelance dancer and teacher performing in works by Aoi & Esteban, Jasmin Vardimon (Tannahaüser), Otto Pilcher, and IJAD Dance Company as well as regularly teaching at Addict Dance Academy. Since 2017 André has worked as a company dancer for Jasmin Vardimon Company performing in Pinocchio, Medusa and the current production of ALICE VR, as well as being commissioned as a guest choreographer for JV2 2018. André is also an Education Facilitator for Jasmin Vardimon Company leading various workshops and courses such as Gulbenkian/Jasmin Vardimon Youth Company and JVIntensive, and most recently has become the new JV2 Programme Leader for JV2 2021. André has recently also received his first Arts Council England grant and launched his own company – Rebelo Dance Company.
Zita has been training dance for 5 years at the College of Arts in Hungary where she’s been part of numerous competitions and dance performances before she came to England. Then she studied another 5 years and achieved her Foundation Degree in Dance with Distinction and BA (Hons) Professional Studies (Performing Arts). She also holds a PTLLS and PGCE.
Zita performed in television shows like Come dine with me and Got to Dance. She took part in a professional dance performance with Retina Dance Company and continues to perform and maintain her own professional development by attending to master-classes and workshops. Zita now aims to focus on sharing her skills and expertise in contemporary dance at Addict Dance Academy with aspiring new talent.
YOUTH SCHOOL COORDINATOR
Before coming to train at Addict Shannon worked for Disneyland Paris as a dancer, performing in the parades and parks seasonal shows as well as Disney tv and advertising. Shannon then went on to live in the Middle East where she continued performing for events and shows around the island of Bahrain. During this time Shannon was also the coordinator and dance teacher for Ballare School of Performing Arts. Shannon trained at Addict Dance Academy where she performed at events such as Move it, Mass Movement and Chance 2 Dance as part of the Addict Ballet company.
Shannon has since worked with Attenborough Arts Centre, Phizzical Productions and Imagine Theatre in their annual Pantomimes and is also currently the coordinator for the Addict Dance Academy Youth school.
SALLY CRAWFORD SHEPHERD
SALLY CRAWFORD SHEPHERD
Sally Crawford-Shepherd is a dance practitioner, educator, and scholar. She believes that dance is so much more than performance. A Kansan by birth, she has moved around the world absorbing inspiration from diverse cultures to share through performances, research, and workshops with professionals and students. She achieved her BFA in Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and my MA in Choreography at Trinity Laban in London. She completed her PhD in Dance Ethnography at De Montfort University in Leicester, England.
She began choreographing and performing professionally for theatre and dance companies in Kansas City in 2000. After moving to the United Kingdom, she continued to perform and choreograph collaboratively with professional artists and in Further and Higher Education institutions. She lectured in universities and colleges throughout the UK and the Caribbean, and presented at international conferences in Europe, North America, and the Caribbean. She served as the Coordinator for Dance at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, in Trinidad from 2015-2018. She is on the steering committee for Tap Dance Research Network UK and is part of the UK Node for PoP Moves International. Her current research interests explore how tap dance improvisation can move beyond the stage to become a medium for arts activism and dance scholarship in live and digital platforms.
Crawford-Shepherd, S. (2021) ‘Independent Beats to Global Feet: The Evolution of English Tap Jams’. Theatre, Dance, and Performance Training, vol.12, no. 3.
Crawford-Shepherd, S. and Murray, J. (dir) (2020) Online Tap Talk Series, online video series, presented 18 Aug 2020 – 05 May 2021. [Online] Available from: http://tdrnuk.com/whats-on/
Torres, N., Crawford-Shepherd, S., Cairo, A., Donnelly, L., and Metzger, N. (eds) (2019) Rituals of Modern Society: Perspectives on Dance Fusion in the Caribbean and Dance Sustainability. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Crawford-Shepherd, S. (2019) ‘Improvising the Future: Expanding Perspectives of Tap Dance Scholarship’ in Rituals of Modern Society: Perspectives on Dance Fusion in the Caribbean and Dance Sustainability. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 215-235.
Crawford-Shepherd, S. (2018) ‘Visible Beats: Competition in English Tap Dance’ in Sherril Dodds (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Competition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 361-396.
Crawford, S. (2016) ‘Playing Mas on Campus: Dance and Public Demonstrations at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad’. CORD/SDHS 2015 Conference Proceedings, October 2016, pp. 86-93.
Crawford, S. (2014) ‘Shifting the Beat: Exploring Tap Dance Performance and Identity’. CORD Conference Proceedings, Fall 2014, pp. 52-58.
Kelly has been a dedicated dance educator for 24 years, graduating from Middlesex University with a degree in Dance Performance and gaining her PGCE from Greenwich University.
Throughout her career she has worked as a dance lecturer, freelance dance practitioner and dance curriculum researcher and writer. In 2007, Kelly lectured at the University of East London and during her time there researched and wrote the BA(Hons) Urban Dance Practice degree.
During her teaching career Kelly has worked in partnership with a range of dance organisations, dance artists and dance companies to enrich student learning. Kelly contributed her research to a chapter of a NESTA funded publication ‘The Creative College’ in 2005 addressing the dynamics of teaching and learning of intermediate performing arts students.
Working in collaboration with East London Dance, Kelly successfully delivered The Community Dance Practitioner course and worked with ELD and peers to secured Arts Council England and British Arts Council funding to co-deliver ‘People Moving: Towards an Integrated learning culture for Dance’ internationally.
Angela joined Addict Dance Academy as BTEC course leader in 2017.
Angela started dancing when she was 3 years of age and worked her way through the BTDA syllabus as well as competing and taking part in annual shows. Although dance has remained her main hobby and passion, Angela decided to take a business studies path after college and went to university to study psychology, Human Resource Management, and Marketing gaining a BA hons Degree. Angela then went on to have a successful 18 year career in Administration and management and has now been able to combine her love of dance and her career by moving into the Performing Arts industry full time.
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