Guest Teachers

Joe Kennedy

Joe is originally from Southampton and trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. Since graduating, his credits have included: Night of the Dance (Germany), Spirit of the Dance (UK Tour), Hot Legs (European Tour), Top Cat: The Musical (Original Workshop Cast) and performances with Headliners Theatre Company onboard the P&O Aurora. He has also worked with Tap Attack and the England Tap Team, performed at a number of high profile corporate events and has appeared in adverts for Film 4, Pringles and Ford Mondeo.

Joe now teaches and choreographs for a number of dance colleges including Creative Academy, CPA Studios, D&B College and Italia Conti.

Charis Holdsworth

Charis completed her professional dance training at Bird College and gained a first-class honours degree in Dance and Theatre Performance.

After leaving college Charis worked as a professional dancer and dance captain for ten years, which allowed her to work with a variety of choreographers and to travel extensively throughout the world.

Charis holds the ISTD Level 4 Certificates of Dance Education in Ballet, Tap and Modern Dance and is also a qualified Body Control Pilates Instructor.

As well as teaching regularly in dance schools in Sussex, Charis also enjoys guest tutoring and choreographing for Dance2Advance in Burgess Hill and the Karen Dempsey School of Dance in Guernsey. She is looking forward to working with Robyn and the SYBC students again this year!

Jennifer Owen

Jennifer trained at Bird College where she graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Dance & Musical Theatre Performance. Currently she can be seen in Disney’s 2015 feature film ‘Cinderella’ as a dancer in the ball where she had the chance to work with Kenneth Brannagh and top choreographer Rob Ashford.

Most recently she played the part of a Burelli Sister in the West End show ‘Christmas with the Ratpack’. Other theatre credits include: Sister Berthe in the UK Tour of The Sound of Music with Connie Fisher, Featured Ensemble in the National Tour of Mary Poppins, Donmar Theatre’s 2007 National Tour of Guys & Dolls, Anything Goes (UK Tour), and Original Cast of the new musical The Ha’Penny Bridge (The Point, Dublin).

Other credits include Rogers & Hart Centennial Celebration (Opera House, Vienna), Copacabana (Peacock Theatre), featured dancer at Disneyland Paris and as principal vocalist in Face The Music (Peacock Theatre). She has performed with the National Youth Music Theatre in Annie at the Edinburgh Festival, and with the Australian Ballet Company in The Nutcracker.

Jennifer also enjoys teaching students in masterclasses and workshops at various theatre schools around Sussex where she lives.

James Loffler

James’ previous performances with Ballet Ireland include Tutus & Beyond(2015), Swan Lake (2014) Carmen (2014, 2013); The Nutcracker (2013, 2012); Cinderella, After the Ball (2013, 2009) Romeo & Juliet (2012, 2010); Scheherazade (2011) and A Christmas Carol (2008). James is also an active member of the educational and outreach program and has been a team member on 4 annual summer schools.

Previous performances with other companies include Pasodos Dance Company, Mallorca (2010), Michael Clark Company in London for The Stravinsky Project (2008) which toured to New York’s Lincoln Centre Seoul, Korea and extensively throughout Europe. James was invited to perform the Pas de Trois from The Pearl Fishers at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre as part of Young British Dancer of the Year (2005).

Awards include the prestigious Barbara Fewster Boys’ Award, under the auspices of the Cecchetti Society and was granted a scholarship to attend their annual Summer School.

James was born in Kircheim, West Germany, and at the age of 7 moved with his family to Guildford in the United Kingdom. He began his dance training at the Arden Holford School of Dance, became a junior associate of the Royal Ballet School, and at the age of 11 continued his full-time training at the Royal Ballet School. James completed his training at the Arts Educational School, Tring, and was a member of Britain’s National Youth Ballet for three years.

Lindsay Ashe-Browne

Lindsay trained at the Debbie Allen School of Dance for 10 years during which she won the 2002 Irish National Dance Awards Senior Section for ballet and contemporary and gained her Advanced 2 modern, Gold Jazz and Advanced 1 ballet in both RAD and ISTD. In 1999 Lindsay joined the Irish National Youth Ballet Company, touring Ireland and Florida.

In 2003 Lindsay received a full scholarship to train at London Studio Centre. While here, Lindsay gained her ARAD (advanced 2 RAD ballet), BA HONS in Theatre Dance, the Joan Denise Moriarty Award from the Irish Arts Council and danced with Intoto Dance Company in the 3rd year. Lindsay then performed professionally in companies such as Cork City Ballet, Chrysalis Dance and in contemporary dance films one of which was part of the Dublin Dance Festival.

Lindsay performed in many new choreographies as well as classics such as Giselle, La Bayadere, Nutcracker and Le Corsaire. After her performance career Lindsay gained her Licentiate teaching qualification from the Royal Academy of Dance and has been teaching for London Studio Centre, Glass Dance Studios, London Children’s Ballet, the Van Niekerk Academy of Dance and Creative Academy.

Lindsay founded The Dance Institute in 2009, a summer dance school based in Ireland which produces 2 shows each summer and has just recently gained her DDE in Modern dance from the ISTD.

Zoe Ashe-Browne

Zoe was born and raised in Dublin. She completed her vocational training at the English National Ballet School (2007-09).

Since graduating Zoe has worked with the English National Ballet where her rep includes Swan Lake in the Albert Hall and Proscenium versions, Manon, The Sleeping Beauty, Etudes, The Nutracker, Against time, Like a fish out of water and more.

She has also worked with The National Ballet of Ireland in their productions of Michael Corder’s Lyric Suite, Cinderella, and Romeo and Juliet where she created and performed the title role of Juliet, choreographed by Morgann Runacre-Temple.

Zoe has also worked with contemporary companies including Seven Sisters group and Rex levitates.

Zoe was also engaged with the Peter Schaufuss Balletten in Denmark for two years where she performed principal roles in productions of Hamlet, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping beauty, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, The King, The boys from Liverpool and Michael I’m bad. Whilst engaged with the PSB she was lucky enough to have been partnered by Irek Mukhamadov and played Lady Capulet to Nathalia Osipova’s Juliet (former Principal of Bolshoi and now Principal dancer of the Royal Ballet).

Zoe is the winner of The Stella Mann Bursary, The Imperial Ballet awards, The Elizabeth Baines Hewitt award and the Gordon Edwards charitable trust award.

Emma Green

Training: Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts.

Theatre Credits: Guys and Dolls (Workshop, London), Melena in Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre, West End), Shall We Dance (Sadlers Wells, London), Patty in Grease (Piccadilly Theatre, West End), Original Cast of Monty Pythons Spamalot (Palace Theatre, West End), The Royal Variety Performance (London Coliseum), Grease understudying and playing the roles of Patty, Marty and Cha Cha, (UK Tour) Fame understudying and playing the role of Iris Kelly (UK Tour), 42nd Street playing Anytime Annie (UK Tour), Thursford Christmas Spectacular and West End and Broadway Gala (Queens Theatre, West End).

Emma has also worked for Disney as a principal Singer/Dancer in both the United States and Tokyo. She has also performed with Celebrity Cruises travelling to New York and Bermuda.

Emma has taken part in various Television and Commercial projects including: The Tiller Girls (BBC Christmas Special), South Bank Show (ITV), Dancing for Kylie Minogue, Modelling for Kylie Minogue, Dancing for Sky TV, Ident for Boys and Girls (Channel 4), several international commercials and TV presenter for The World Poker Championship, Sky Sports (Dublin).

Stuart Dawes

Stuart is a Principle at The Brighton Academy and has been a performer in London’s West End for the past 15 years. His performances include We Will Rock You, Grease (UK Tour), Spamalot, Shall We Dance, Fame, Singing In The Rain, Passion, Romeo & Juliet, On The Town, plus Television appearances on BBC’s Dick and Dom and ITV’s Poirot.

Debbie Shine

Debbie Shine works with Pineapple Dance Studios, Creative Academy, Margaret Howard Theatre College, RAD, gDA and many others, and teaches people of all ages and abilities contemporary, ballet and creative dance./p>

Debbie has taught classes and workshops internationally including in Ireland, Russia, Italy and Germany. She has worked independently and with Cloud Dance Festival choreographing, performing and stage managing for various production in theatres all around London such as The Place, Riverside Studios, Jacksons Lane and more.

She trained at Middlesex University in London and Colaiste Stiofan Naofa in Cork, and also holds Associate status in Imperial Classical Ballet.

Jo Roots

Jo trained at London Studio Centre and is a versatile dancer and performer, having trained in ballet, contemporary, tap and jazz dance, with specialist skills in acrobatics and trapeze work. She has appeared extensively in shows throughout the UK, notably as a Principal in ‘Slice of Saturday Night’ at the Arc Theatre and as Dorothy in the ‘Wizard of Oz’ at Centre Stage. She has also worked as both a dancer and choreographer in Pulse8 at the King Edward Theatre.

In addition, Jo has performed in high profile music videos and on the television, in particular as a dancer for Rachel Stevens’ ‘Some Girls’ music video and most recently in Gaz Coombes Stimulator video and as a featured artist on both Smack the Pony and Kerrang I-Dent. Jo has also worked abroad with a range of artists, working in Monte Carlo alongside Tina Turner.

Jo has now moved her career towards teaching and is a qualified teacher (Diploma in the Lifelong Learning Sector ) and currently lecturers across all three year groups on the degree programme at Creative Academy. Teaching technique classes and delivering and assessing modules. Jo also teaches locally at a range of establishments and at Stagecoach Theatre arts, Chingford.

Dena Lague

Training: Millenium Dance 2000 (Awarded Most Outstanding Contemporary Dancer upon graduation.)

Theatre Credits: Dena has been working as assistant choreographer on the Production of Brown Bomber, Cultural Olympiad, Julian Joseph and Sheron Wray. Most recently Dena performed as part of the New Adventures Company 25th Anniversary Season of Nutcracker and before this Cinderella (UK and European Tour/Matthew Bourne).

Dena performed Dance:Radio for Drywrite choreographed by Ann Yee, Latitude Festival 2010. Dena devised the role of Sandra Grubb in Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands – original cast (London, UK, USA, Japan, Korea 2005-07). In 2004 she was awarded the Dance UK Gulbenkian bursary for assistant choreography.

Dena is a movement director working alongside the director Emma Rivlin on a number of operatic productions that include the Grimebourne Season at the Arola Theatre, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Bloomsbury Theatre. Dena co-choreographed Walk The Talk forWales National Youth Dance Company and has acted as assistant Artistic Director for JazzXchange Music & Dance Company.

She is the long-term assistant to Sheron Wray and has performed with her company Jazz Xchange Music & Dance Company, collaborating with Wynton Marsalis and Bryon Wallen in the original production of Lucky For Some. Dena played a part in the editing process of the company’s education programme Special Request.

Film credits include: Mrs Henderson Presents, which starred Dame Judi Dench and directed by Stephen Frears; The Space Inbetween directed by James Herbert; soloist on Motion Capture Animation in Special Request; Shift directed by [SEL] Live.

Diarmaid O’Meara

Diarmaid trained at Central School of Ballet, London. While at Central he choreographed for Design for Dance at the Cochrane Theatre and performed at St. Paul’s Cathedral in a work by Shobana Jeyasingh. In his final year, Diarmaid was part of the Ballet Central tour, performing new works by Mikaela Polley and Matthew Hart.

Since graduation Diarmaid has worked with Ballet Theatre UK (Nutcracker tour), The National Ballet of Ireland (Romeo and Juliet; Scheherazade), Ballet in Small Spaces (Inside Out and Commedia) and most recently in Javier de Frutos’ The Most Incredible Thing at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Outside the theatre he has danced in the films Becoming Jane (2006) and Bel Ami (2012).

Diarmaid enjoys teaching ballet and has taught for Sylvia Young Theatre School, Berkshire Youth Ballet, Irish Ballet Forum and The Dance Institute (Dublin). He is currently a tutor at Creative Academy (Slough) and on the CAT Scheme in Trinity Laban. He also regularly contributes to Dance Europe and writes a blog called Dance Dialogue. He holds a BA in Professional Dance and Performance and a BSc in Genetics from University College Cork (Ireland).

Elaine Mansfield

Elaine trained at and graduated from Elmhurst Ballet School. She danced professionally for many years, touring the world before embarking on her teaching career. She quickly moved into vocational level teaching, specialising in Jazz technique.

Elaine has taught at various vocational establishments including Performers College, Tring Park, The Centre Performing Arts College and Northampton University. She currently teaches at the Creative Academy and the Linda Sweetzer Teacher Training College. She has lectured on numerous ISTD courses throughout the country. In 2006 she returned to full time training at the London Contemporary Dance School at The Place to fulfil her ambition to study contemporary dance.

Elaine became a Modern Theatre and Tap Examiner for the ISTD in 2004. She is currently on the Advanced 1 and 2 Modern teaching teams and one of the choreographers creating new work for the Jazz Awards.

Hannah Gardner

Hannah trained professionally at Laine Theatre Arts, graduating with her National Diploma in Musical Theatre, her ISTD teaching qualifications, and her LAMDA Gold certificates. Whilst at college she had the opportunity to work with Diversions Dance Company and received many plaudits for her choreographic work whilst studying for her diploma. Upon graduation, Hannah appeared in a series of concerts at The Palace Theatre in London, then worked as an actress and deviser at The London Dungeons. She has played such diverse roles as Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, Lois Lane in Kiss Me Kate, Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street and The Old Lady in the Bernstein opera Candide, and has choreographed Crazy For You, Anything Goes, Hot Mikado, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Nunsense, The Wizard of Oz and The King and I. Hannah can also be spotted as a featured dancer in the British film Confetti and has appeared in numerous pantomimes.

Hannah has recently completed four years at the University of Sussex and now holds a BA and a Masters degree in History, specialising in the history of dance and undertaking research in the Royal Ballet archives at The Royal Opera House. She teaches at the MGA Academy of Performing Arts, the Karen Hollebon School of Dance and the Act Too Arts Academy, and continues to work as a freelance choreographer and consultant on dance history. Hannah is married to New Adventures dancer Phil Jack Gardner and spends her spare time running around after their energetic son Alexander!

Phil Jack Gardner

Phil trained at the Royal Ballet School Mid and Senior Associates and at Central School of Ballet. Whilst training at Central School of Ballet, he performed with the Bolshoi Ballet and with Central School of Ballet’s touring company Ballet Central, graduating with a BA (Hons) Degree in Professional Dance and Performance. While being heavily involved with Ballet Central’s UK tour, Phil performed works by Christopher Gable and David Bintley and working closely with choreographers such as Richard Alston and Matthew Hart, who chose him to create the role of Professor Plum in Matthew Hart’s Whodunnit?. Upon graduating from Central, he trained and performed in Japan with the Principles of the New National Theater. He then joined New Adventures and has performed the Young Prince and Cygnet in Swan Lake for two World Tours – including performances at Sadler’s Wells, various UK venues, Europe and New York. Phil created the role of Eric the twin in New Adventures’ Lord of the Flies and enjoyed being involved with Matthew Bourne’s Re:Bourne outreach programme in choreographing for the young ensemble who had previously never danced before.

He can be seen performing as a Cygnet in the New Adventures 3D Filming of Swan Lake on DVD and Sky, Matthew Bourne’s Christmas on More 4, and also Nutcracker for New Adventures in the roles of Cupid and Gobstopper.

Hailey Prince

Hailey Prince trained at Elmhurst Ballet School with a full scholarship on the classical ballet and contemporary dance course.

During her time at Elmhurst , Hailey was privileged to work with their professional teachers, especially influenced by Heather Fish, Alfreada Thorogood, Andre Devilliers and her singing teacher Jon Laird. She performed many works by famous and exciting choreographers such as Jiri Kyllian, Patrick Lewis and Paul Maddon.

Hailey has now been teaching for 6 years as a qualified ISTD teacher in Ballet and Modern Theatre from Pre – Primary to Advanced 2 level. She is also experienced in teaching free work ballet, ballet conditioning, pointework, pas de deux, jazz, contemporary and lyrical. Her training in the ISTD syllabus has been the basis for her style of teaching as well as setting the standards she expects of her dancers. The exceptional standard of the teachers at Elmhurst continues to inspire her.

This year she has been updating her associate qualifications to FDI and CDE level and is now starting on her Licentiate training. She also completed her PTLLS teaching qualifications in September 2010.

Hailey was recently appointed to Head of Ballet and ISTD coordinator for Thames Valley Universities Foundation Degree in Dance with Creative Academy. As well as this position, she teaches ISTD Ballet and Modern Theatre at Heidi Rhodes School of Dance in Windsor and Englefield Green and has been invited to teach master classes for the prestigious Move It exhibition for the last two years.

Hailey also runs SYBC’s sister ballet company Berkshire Youth Ballet, based in Windsor.

James Barton

Born on the Wirral, James Barton trained at Elmhurst School for Dance in Camberley, Surrey. He came Second in The Young British Dancer of the Year 2005 and joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2006.

His repetory includes Petrushka (Title Role), Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio), La Fille Mal Gardee (Alain), Concerto (First Movement Principle Couple), The Dance House (Duet Boy), The Lady and the Fool (Bootface), Cyrano (Raganeau), Elite Syncopations (Alaskan Rag) and Swan Lake (Pas de Six). He created the role of Giorgio/ Magog in David Bintleys reworking of Sylvia and roles in his new production of Cinderella.

Charlotte Morrell

Charlotte started her dance training in Torquay and went on to graduate from Elmhurst Dance School after 3 years professional training with a National dance diploma and Associates in Ballet and Modern ISTD. She then went on to dance and act professionally in various productions in the UK and abroad.

She is now teaching and choreographing in Greek, Ballet, Jazz and Modern around the Devon area.

Her passion for Classical Greek started at a young age and has been studying it for over ten years, dancing it herself and now teaching various masterclasses around the country. With these classes she hopes to pass on some knowledge and the same love for it as she has.

Stephanie Powell

Stephanie Powell trained at Southampton Arts and completed professional training at Bird College achieving a BA Hons in Dance and Theatre Performance.

On graduating she went directly in the Original UK Touring Cast of Simply Ballroom and also performed the show in Las Vegas as a Principal Dancer and Dance Captain.

On returning from Vegas she landed her first West End Role as Dance Captain and Swing in Dirty Dancing (Aldwych Theatre). Her other West End credit is playing the role of Chacha in Grease (Piccadilly Theatre).

Commercially Stephanie has danced on a number of occasions for Cheryl Cole on her single Parachute and assisting choreography on the number for her Black Eyed Peas Tour.

Most recently Stephanie can be seen in the Top 20 dancers competing in the second season of So You Think You Can Dance.

Neil Fleming Brown

Neil began his training at Anniesland College Glasgow under the direction of Ann Rybarczyk and Maxine Railton. He went on to further his studies at Doreen Bird College gaining a (BA) in Dance And Theatre Performance.

Whilst at Bird’s, Neil performed works by Ed Wubbe, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and toured extensively with the Bird theatre company. He has also worked with Javier De Frutos, performing in Kismet at the London Coliseum alongside Michael Ball and Alfie Boe.

Neil joined Wayne McGregor Random Dance in 2006 and has toured both nationally and internationally, performing works including Polar Sequences, Amu, Ataxia and Entity. In 2010 Neil performed “The Clearing” with The Charles Linehan Company for Dance Umbrella Festival London.

Lewis Tribbeck

Lewis trained at Parkewood School of Dance in Southampton and went on to further his training at Bird College where he gained a BA (HONS) in Dance & Theatre Performance.

After graduating Lewis danced professionally across the US with Sprirt of Dance, including performances at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood (home of the Oscars ceremony and the American Idol final).

Lewis now teaches and choreographs across the south of England; mainly concentrated in establishments in Hampshire including The Point (Contemporary Arts Venue), Parkewood School of Dance and The Contrast Dance Company. He teaches and choreographs in many different styles including Hip Hop, Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary.