DANCE,  FITNESS, ARTS  AND WELLBEING  IN SCHOOLS

THE BEST OF PROFESSIONALS 

 

 

ALL OUR TEACHERS ARE HAND PICKED, HIGHLY QUALIFIED, EXPERIENCED, REFERENCE CHECKED, ENHANCED DBS CHECKED AND INSURED.

 

Once they become part of our team they follow our Kickstep guidelines, but they also each offer something special from their own teaching styles.

We endeavour to provide inspirational teachers with complete integrity and passion for what they teach.

 

From experience we have found that there are fundamental factors that set up the best enviromnent and atmosphere for a class: one that is most conductive for learning: mutual respect, fun, humour and energy, which our teachers strive to embody.

 

Our teachers are insured up to 5 million.

 

 

Darrell has been teaching for us since 2006. He graduated from Laban in 2004.  He has worked extensively with the National Theatre teaching and developing Laban-based movement for actors from GCSE to A Level and teachers to practitioner, where he co-wrote a book - A Practical Guide to Working with New Media and Live Performance.

 

He also works  with RADA and Drama Studio. Darrell toured with State of Emergency, worked with Irie! Theatre Dance Company, Bedfordshire Youth Dance Company, Nottingham's CreativeRoom, East London Dance and Oxford Pegasus Theatre, Kinetika as well as being a Movement Advisor for all 90 TheatreTrain centres around England.

 

He has always had an interest in working with and helping people with mental health and learning disabilities having just sent up a Laban: therapeutic movement pilot project with NHS Oxleas foundation trust.

Darrell Aldridge

Ellen Pillow

Vivianne Jonsson-Valenzia

Vivianne Jonsson-Valenzia trained as a contemporary dancer. Vivianne's interest in Pilates started while she was a student at Laban Centre. She was diagnosed with a spinal injury related to an injury as a Professional Runner for the Swedish junior-team 1995. After one year of rehabilitation work, she started studying Pilates at the Scott Studio to become a Pilates Foundation Teacher.

 

While helping her Father through cancer she was impressed how the principles of Pilates can help the circulation, respiratory function as well as helping with body alignment and strength. Her class is focussed on re-medial pilates, strength and everyday awareness to gain a strong core and prevent falling in old bad habits. She also helps women have a better body awareness and well being during and after pregnancy with pilates.

Ellen has had over six years experience of teaching dance to children of all ages. She has performed in and choreographed for many performances and films which have been exhibited internationally.

 

She trained at both LABAN and Dartington College of Arts where she received a first class degree in Choreography. Having also worked within a classroom based environment for two years, she has been integrating dance into the early years curriculum as a means to promote the children's physical, intellectual, emotional and social development.

Maria Tsiatira

Marieta is from Greece where she started dancing when she was 4 years old. She has a real passion about dance and especially for ballet. She trained as a ballet and contemporary dance teacher and she is also qualified from Royal Academy of Dance. She has performed in several performances as a professional dancer across UK and Greece.

 

She holds an MA degree in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Bedfordshire, where she did her research in dancers’ psychology. Marieta is also a certified yoga teacher from Yoga Alliance trained in Asthanga, Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga as well as in yoga for kids. She has a lot of experience in teaching dance and yoga of all ages. She enjoys teaching and loves to transmit her knowledge to others, help them and see them succeed through learning.

Gabriella Ozi

Gabriella is passionate about teaching yoga and about the wellbeing of her clients. She believes in teaching from the heart and focusing on a full body-mind-spirit-heart approach of yoga. Gabriella gained excellent knowledge and practice on Hatha yoga and holistic studies in the USA. She has also worked as a reiki practitioner/ energy healer. Joyful Yoga has created in gratitude for the power of dance, music and poetry that nurtured the fire of her yoga practice all along. As a 5 rhythms dancer, singer and poet she has found a new and even brighter side of herself as a teacher. Through the constant practice of various yoga styles and through constant spiritual studies her teaching always empowered in a new dimension on yoga. She believes in liberating her body through persistent yoga practice. As she prefers teaching what she experiences and feels in her own body. Gabriella regularly attends workshops and courses for her personal development as she is so passionate about learning.

Hannah Moore

Jodie Beth Meyer

Mel De Luca

Andrea East

Hannah Moore trained at The Brit School and then at The Liverpool Institute for performing arts. Hannah also participated in Gymnastics, Swimming, Athletics and competing in Netball at Surrey county level, later picking up Muay-Thai.

 

As well as performing Hannah regularly teaches Afro-contemporary, street dance and sport in primary schools and youth clubs. Her passion and early disciplines of sport certainly carved her athleticism as a dancer and contribute to the dynamic, athletic and versatile performer she is today.

Ria Uttridge

 

Monica Nicolaides

 

Jessica Williams

Jess is a contemporary dancer, choreographer, dance and yoga teacher. She has trained at the prestigious Laban Dance Conservatoire and Dartington College of Arts. Jess has danced for exciting companies such as Rhiannon Faith Dancing Theatre and her own work has been supported by the Live Art Development Agency, Queen Mary's University and The Bristol Biennial. Jess has extensive experience working with children and young people, teaching a range of styles and ages.

Andrea East started dancing at Jennifer Hayley Theatre School training up to Grade 8 RAD Ballet, BBO & ISTD Tap, Jazz & Modern and acrobatics.  She has been teaching and assisting in schools for 10 years and teaches a variety of sytles including cheerleading.  She acts, dances and models professionally.

Julie Jade

Some of the Kickstep Team

 

Mel's classes can be for fun and fitness, educational purposes, project based or purely for performance. Her teaching is very energetic, fun and creative.  Qualifications include: B.A Honors dance degree, IDTA teachers associates in Freestyle dance ( which also covers cheer & street) and Zumba training. She enjoys teaching freestyle, jazz, street, cheerleading, basic gymnastics, contemporary, GCSE dance, drama, singing and Zumba.

 

She teaches from 2 years old up to adult age at breakfast, lunch and after school clubs as well as PPA cover, enrichment classes dance within P.E, nursery’s and evening classes at schools and colleges. She also offers Dance Party’s.

Julie Jade is a qualified Dance and Yoga tutor. Dance styles include Street, including Nu-Style, Locking, Popping, Waacking, Krumping and Break. Also Commercial, Bollywood, Ballet, Contemporary and Latin.

She has worked with children and adults of all ages and skill sets and is an energetic and inspiring teacher.

Professional work in the Commercial, Theatre and Events side of Dancing, Acting and Modelling in the past 7 years inlude; movement captain on the new Simon Pegg movie ‘World’s End’,  Professional Cast of Dancers of the Opening Olympics Ceremony 2012, TV appearances for Hed Kandi, Ministry Of Sound, Heartless Crew, AC/DC, Pepsi (alongside Beyonce and J-Lo) Ant and Dec and Dario G. Film appearances in ITV’s ‘Ballet Shoes’, theatre tours of The Show Must Go On, various Bollywood movies and performances at Global Gatherings, Kerrang Music Awards and Glastonbury her experiences have been many and varied.

 

Jodie Beth has been teaching dance, drama and singing for the last four years at various schools around the UK.  She is also a care, activity and support worker with learning disabled children and young people.  Jodie Beth trained at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, where she gained the Maggie Melville Award for Drama. She then continued her training at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and graduated in 2007 with a First Class BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre.   Her professional credits include shows such as High School Musical and Aspects of Love.

Edgar Leite

Originally from Brazil, Edgar has been teaching Capoeira in London for over 10 years.  He establisted the Capoeira Academy UK. He is passionate about the positive effects that capoeira can have on children and young people. He holds a Level 3 Personal Trainer and Level 2 Gym Instructor qualifications as well as having been awarded a Belt of Instrutor in Caopeira in Brazil.

Monica Nicolaides trained as a professional dancer graduating with a BA (Hons) in Dance with Fine Art: New Media, a Professional Diploma in Dance Studies (Laban) and an MA in Dance Performance (University of Chichester). She gained her FDI and DDE in Cecchetti Ballet from Kate Simmons, alongside working as a professional dancer and choreographer. She was a dancer for ‘mapdance’, Universal Studios, Warner Bros, The V&A, The Barbican, Carpe Diem Dance company, Dance Digital, London 2012 Olympics Ceremony, BSkyB, working with several acclaimed choreographers. As a choreographer, her company’s (MonixArts) work has been performed in various venues including Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Robin Howard Theatre.

Sherina is passionate about teaching both yoga and drama, as well as leading team-building workshops. After completing her acting degree at LAMDA, she started directing for The Young Actors Company. She trained with The British Wheel of Yoga for her foundation course and then The World Conscious Yoga Family in Rishikesh in 2009 where she graduated as a yoga teacher. She has since trained with Shiva Rea, David Sye and Julie Gudmestad and Anatomy for Yoga certification with Gary Carter. She often leads yoga retreats in The Gambia and recently directed a piece of theatre at Gambia's only professional theatre. She has led numerous team-building workshops as part of Lancaster University's program for integrating 6th form students within schools in the area. Sherina is also a singer and song-writer, and often incorporates these skills into her other classes.  

Sherina Russell

Ria graduated from London Studio Centre with a BA(hons) in Dance Theatre, specialising in Contemporary dance and gaining an award for best performer on the INTOTO tour 2007. As a freelance dancer Ria has danced and toured nationally with African Contemporary company – Sakoba Dance Theatre and Afro-eclectic Vocab Dance Company.

As a freelance teacher and facilitator Ria works in Street, Contemporary and African dance forms, with a strong belief and desire to engage young people through dance, opening up their creative minds and channelling their energy through performance and movement. Ria works with both young students and adults, from beginners to professional dancers. Ria choreographs for youth dance pieces in Cambridge and London and also co-choreographs with David Ogle for MOHOdance. Ria has worked with Kickstep Dance Company since 2010 working on the Hackney schools projects, teaching and choreographing dance pieces in a range of dance forms.  

 

Lisa Todd

Lisa was born in North Wales and began dancing at the age of 3. At 16 she accepted a Scholarship to train at The Hammond School in Chester where she gained a Diploma in Professional dance and teaching qualifications.

Lisa has performed professionally for ten years and has been lucky enough to travel the world performing. Some of her credits include 42nd Street, Paris Cancan, Hot Legs, P&O Cruises, fashion shows and TV.  Most recently Lisa took on the role of Assistant Choreographer for P&O Cruises and has recently studied to become a Pilates instructor.  Lisa has taught throughout her career and enjoys passing on her passion for dance and fitness to her students.

 

Nandi Bhebhe

Nandi is a passiontate dance artist with extensive teaching within many different settings and live performance experience in a variety of dance styles.  She has a BA Hons Degree in Performing Arts with a 1st in Dance, as well as singing grade 8.  She performs regularly with several African Dance companies and was in Fela! at Sadlers Wells and then Broadway for 2 years.  She always shares the knowledge that she has gained from all her professional work and brings that first hand into her teaching practice.  She teaches all African styles, Street and Contemporary.

 

Tamsin Ireland

Tamsin has danced and performed since the age of six. She gained a first class BA Hons degree from Sunderland University, then a PGCE in post compulsory education and training specialising in dance. She also trained at Laban conservatoire on their Dynamic Body Intensive course and is currently studying advanced musical theatre at Associated studios, as she believes that as an arts practitioner you are constantly learning. I also has a BATD associate teaching certificate in acro and stage as well as first aid training.

She currently teaches and performs widely. Recent jobs include working onboard Louis Olympia last year as dancer and contortionist, West Side Story Italian National Tour, 80's Mania UK and Holland Tour and most recently she is proud to have gained a place as a Pineapple Cheerleader for Pineapple Studios.