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2022 FACULTY

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Jo Scanlan
Award-winning tap dancer and choreographer, director of Tap Attack and Guinness World Record holder
With countless TV and theatre credits, an illustrious teaching career and numerous World Championship titles, Jo is a much sought-after teacher. Currently head of dance at Wilkes Academy, for the past 18 years Jo has been a regular tap teacher at many of the UK's leading full-time dance colleges and is also in much demand as a guest teacher and choreographer at national and international conventions, workshops and festivals.

Tap Attack was founded by Jo in 2007, building an international reputation for excellence, regularly featuring in theatrical, TV and corporate performances and also training the UK’s national tap team with 38 World Titles to date.

After gaining Fellowship status in both tap and modern, Jo was awarded a number of scholarships to train in the U.S. and became the first ever dancer to be awarded the prestigious musical scholarship, The Finzi Fellowship. Jo’s numerous choreography and performance credits include ITV’s This Morning, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Britain’s Got Talent, Born To Shine, Little Big Shots, Sky One’s Guinness World Records Smashed, Got To Dance, Weekend Sunrise along with a wealth of international theatre and corporate credits in the UK, Europe and America.
Dominic Antonucci
Assistant Director - Birmingham Royal Ballet
Born in Athens, Ohio, and brought up in Akron, Dominic Antonucci, Assistant Director, attended the Nan Klinger School of Dance and the School of American Ballet.

He performed with American Ballet Theatre from 1991 to 1994, joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1994 as a Soloist and was promoted to Principal in 2003. He was appointed to Ballet Master in 2009. Dominic danced all of the leading male repertoire and was particularly prominent in the ballets of Sir Peter Wright and Sir David Bintley.

He has staged Sir David Bintley’s Take 5 on the National Ballet of Japan as well as teaching and rehearsing that company in Ashton’s Cinderella. Away from the studio, Dominic is a regular contributor to The Dancing Times.
James Robinson
Professional Dancer & Choreogropher & Tutor
James trained at LCPA, After completing his training James danced for artists including Jessie J, The Spice Girls, The Pussycat Dolls, Leona Lewis, The Saturdays, Pixie Lott, and The Wanted.

His television credits include; ‘London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony’, ‘The BIg Reunion’, ‘Dancing On Ice’, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, ‘Tonight’s The Night’, ‘The X Factor’, ‘Stars in their Eyes’, ‘Simply Musicals’, ‘Making Your Mind Up’, ‘An Audience with Coronation Street’, ‘Eurovision’, ‘Celebrity X-Factor’, ‘Russian Pop Idol’, ‘Bustamove’, ‘Children in Need’, ‘Soapstar Superstars’, ‘The Eurovision Song Contest’ , ‘The Royal Variety Performance’ and many more.

He has completed World and UK Tours for ‘The X-Factor’, ‘Spirit of the Dance’, ‘Disco Fever’ and ‘The Full Monty’ and his corporate and catwalk experience extends to working for Adidas, Clarks and O2 to name a few. James has also had the pleasure of working with top choreographers including Paul Roberts, Mikey Mindon, Brian Rogers, Paul Domaine, David Wood, Gary Lloyd, Alan Harding and Michelle Thorne. His experience as a choreographer in TV, fashion and the arena stage is ensuring that he is one of the most sought after commercial choreographers in the UK. As well as performing, James also teaches and choreographs around the UK.
Tom Shilcock
CYD? Founder, Professional Dancer,
Choreogropher & Tutor
Tom Shilcock trained professionally at Laine Theatre Arts.
Since graduating, Tom has danced for several international artists including Jason Derulo, Rita Ora, Meghan Trainor, Take That, Cheryl Cole, Tulisa Constostavlos, Rihanna, Elton John, Gary Barlow, MeatLoaf, John Barrowman, Mariah Carey, Annie Lennox, Jessie J, Ant & Dec, Jamelia and many more. He has appeared on TV shows including The X Factor, Stars In Their Eyes (resident dancer), So You Think You Can Dance UK (top 5), Britain’s Got Talent, The Royal Variety Show, The Brit Awards, ITV Text Santa, Dancing On Ice and he was part of the London 2012 Olympics. His other work includes high profile fashion shows, product launches, corporate events and hair shows both as a dancer and choreographer. Tom is the Co-Founder of Can You Dance? The UK’s Biggest Touring Dance Convention, alongside his close friend Matt Flint. Tom is proud to have created so many opportunities for young dancers through Can You Dance? including scholarships, artist & ambassador awards and the CYD? Dance Star Company.

Tom now focuses his energy on Can You Dance? alongside his teaching and choreography work. Tom’s passion for teaching has allowed him to travel and teach at hundreds of dance schools and some of the leading performing arts colleges throughout the UK, helping guide the next generation of dancers.
Prabz Oberoi
Professional Dancer, Choreographer & Tutor
Prabz is the head choreographer and lead dancer for Sapnay - UK’s leading Bollywood Dance Company. Her training includes Bollywood, Kathak, Ballet, Gymnastics and Hip Hop which allows her unique and widely recognised choreography of ‘Commercial Bollywood’ to fuse western and eastern dance styles. Using this, she has had the privilege to choreograph and perform for various celebrities such as Jay Sean, Kanika Kapoor, Imran Khan, RDB and many more. Most recently, she danced and co-choreographed in the Jonas Brother’s ‘Sucker’ music video featuring Priyanka Chopra. Further to this, she led her team to the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent, as well as other notable events such as UK welcomes Modi @ the Wembley Stadium, BBC – The One show for Shahrukh Khan and the UK Asian Music Awards.  Her most recent work was assistant to choreographer Tobias Ellehammer on BBC strictly come dancing for Rhys and Nancy spiderman act.
Joseph Prouse
Professional Actor, Performer & Tutor
Joseph trained at Performers College and has performed extensively in the West End and other theatres including for the National: Hex, Hadestown, The Suicide. In London's West End: Forbidden Broadway, I Can't Sing!, The X Factor Musical, Oliver!, Singin' in the Rain, Beautiful The Carol King Musical, Jersey Boys, Footloose, Shrek the Musical, Evita, Mamma Mia! Other theatre includes: The View Upstairs, Jesus Christ Superstar, Mack and Mabel, Babes in Arms, Sweeney Todd, She Loves Me, My Family, Thoroughly Modern Millie.

He has also appeared on television and film including Death On The Nile (20th Century Fox) Grinch Who Stole Christmas (NBC), James Corden’s Crosswalk The Musical (CBS), The Olivier Awards 2017 (ITV), Children In Need, Alan Titchmarsh Show.
Paul “Steady” Steadman
Director, Consultant, Choreographer,
Dance Artist & World Record Holder
Paul “Steady” Steadman, founder of leading bboy crew ‘Trinity Warriors’, is one of the most sought out educators, performers and choreographers in the UK. His education and dance teaching is well-rooted in history and consciousness. Steadman is a 2 time Guinness World Record holder, breaking his own record for fastest windmills in 30 seconds. As a performer, his incredible ability to morph into his roles seizes the audience into his staged reality. Renowned for his vehement showcase of athleticism, passion and show stopping floor work he inevitably steals the show. Recently, Paul has worked as assistant director for Birmingham Opera Company on the acclaimed “Rhinesgold” Opera with the late Sir Graham Vic and is currently directing “Precious Emily” with Stans Caf. An original performer and creative for world proclaimed dance crew ‘Flawless,’ with works being viewed by over 22 million of the general public. Performances include National Movie Awards, Chase The Dream Tour, Queen Diamond Jubilee, HM the Queen in Buckingham Palace, and the Paralympics Opening Ceremony. Flawless was also featured in hit movies “Street Dance 3D” 1 and 2. His brilliance extends beyond dance as he’s directed and choreographed full length show “Let Me Tell You About My Love.” His artistry is a commodity of years of experience both in dance and in life. He creates thought provoking works always with an underlying truth and message. The depth of his narration is embedded in love and his clever musicality and floor design keep his work stimulating and entertaining. He continually aspires to share and impart his knowledge worldwide as he believes in being an advocate for positive change through the arts.
Kelly Ewins-Prouse
Professional Dancer, Choreogropher & Tutor
Kelly is currently the Assistant and Resident Choreographer at Moulin Rouge London.

As Associate and assistant choreographer, Singin in the rain, Oh what a lovely war and The Mizer

Performing credits include Matilda, The Merry Widow, Young Frankenstein, The Bodyguard, Singin in the rain, I can’t Sing, Fame, We Will Rock You (All West End)

Tours include Mamma Mia, Grease, Never Forget,
Guys n Dolls and White Christmas. Kelly has taught at many collages and schools throughout the country.
Avalon Rathgeb
Professional Tap Dancer, Tutor, Artist Director and Founder of Old Kent Road.
Avalon, a Bird College graduate was invited to accept 1 of 25 places reserved for outstanding dancers in the 2014 Tap programme at the School at Jacob’s Pillow, USA. She is the founder and Artistic Director of tap dance company ‘Old Kent Road’ (funded by Arts Council England). Her career highlights include opening ceremony of London 2012 Olympic Games, the closing ceremony of the European Games (Baku Azerbaijan) 2015, a principal dancer with ‘Tapestry Dance Company’, USA. As a solo artist Avalon frequently teaches and performs internationally for tap festivals and events including; Taptastic (Germany), Bolzano Danza (Italy), Odessa Tap Festival (Ukraine). In the UK is currently on Faculty at Arts Educational, Performers College and Pineapple Dance Studios. Avalon’s passion for creation within tap dance originates in theatre through identity, current/political climate, communication and relationships. Her work has significantly contributed to tap dance being presented on stage within the UK and further a field.
Peter Crome
Pilates Instructor, Ballet Dancer
Peter trained at the Australian Ballet School and London Studio Centre. He danced with companies including The Australian Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Queensland Ballet, K-Ballet, Opera North, Ballet Ireland, Royal Danish Opera, and Opera Queensland. He performed in productions such as Swan Lake, Coppélia, Don Quixote, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Madame Butterfly, The Little Mermaid, Petrushka (lead role), Rejsen til Reims, Turandot, and danced in the motion picture ‘The Phantom of the Opera’.
Peter studied Pilates with Andrew Baxter in Melbourne and Conchita del Campo in London, developing knowledge he relied upon for rehabilitation and injury prevention throughout his training and dance career. He has been practicing Pilates for 25 years and teaching almost as long. Peter is a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor and has taught in gyms and hotels around London, performing arts courses, ballet retreats, and teaches private lessons primarily for dancers.
Mikael Pettersson
Head of Accompanying - Elmhurst Ballet School
Mikael Petersson is the Head of Accompanying and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Pianist Placement Scheme Coordinator at Elmhurst Ballet School. He obtained a B Mus (Hons) degree at Birmingham Conservatoire in the year 2000. Mikael has attended Masterclasses with Prof. Hans Leygraf and has studied with Prof. Peter Feuchtwanger.

Piano recitals have taken place in Sweden, Germany, France, Austria and the UK and has appeared on radio and television.  He has also produced a CD with music by Chopin, Mozart and the Swedish composer Stenhammar.  As an accompanist Mikael Pettersson has worked with Canoldir Male Voice Choir and German singer Eva Meier as well as cellist Richard Jenkinson from the CBSO.  In 2000 he was a finalist in the Birmingham Accompanist of the Year Competition.  

Mikael Petersson has taught piano for several years and regularly organises Masterclasses and concerts for pianists and has recently released his second CD featuring Mendelssohn’s Lieder ohne Worte.
Luke Jackson
Professional Dancer
Luke, originally from Leicester, trained at Laine Theatre Arts. He competed in BBC So You Think You Can Dance series 2, gaining 2nd place.

West End Credits include; Moulin Rouge, Piccadilly Theatre. Man of La Mancha,Ensemble cover The Duke, London Coliseum. Strictly Ballroom, Nathan Starky cover Ken Railings, Piccadilly Theatre. Kinky Boots, Angel, Adelphi Theatre. Viva Forever (spice girls musical) Piccadilly theatre. Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, Swing Palace theatre. Grease, Swing Piccadilly theatre. The Producers, Theatre Royal Drury lane and Phantom of the Opera, Slave Master, Her majesty’s theatre.

Other Theatre Credits include; Cabaret Uk Tour, Strictly Ballroom, West Yorkshire Playhouse & Toronto. Matthew Bournes Swan Lake, Uk & World tour. Cats, Uk tour & South Korea. West side Story, the sage Gateshead. The Most Incredible Thing, Saddlers Wells. Copacabana, Danish tour and Saturday Night Fever, cover Bobby C, Koln Germany.

Film credits, Everybody’s Talking about Jamie, Rocketman, Finding Neverland and Phantom Of The Opera. Other work includes; Modelling, Music Video and Commercials.
Hope Keelan
Former Artistic Manager of the Royal Ballet School - White Lodge.
Hope Keelan recently retired from her full-time role as the Artistic Manager of the Royal Ballet School, White Lodge. A Canadian, she came to England in 1973 to study at the Royal Ballet School on their Teachers’ Training Course, and on graduating in 1976 she joined the staff full time until the birth of her first son.

Hope was the 3rd year boys’ tutor at the Ballet Rambert School, and taught at The English National Ballet School where she was in charge of the RAD girls work. She worked continuously for the Royal Ballet School’s Teachers Course until its closure in July 2000 and has enjoyed guest teaching around the world including in New Zealand, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mexico, Greece, Luxemburg, Germany, Canada, the USA, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Since 2014 she was the Artistic Manager at White Lodge as well as continuing to enjoy teaching and working with the year 7 boys. Hope has returned to teach the Year 7 Boys at White Lodge, her dream job. She is married, with three sons and two grandsons and now lives in Surrey.
Terry Hyde
MA MBACP
Psychotherapist/counsellor
Terry started dancing at age 6, won a 5 year scholarship to the RAD afterwards attending the Royal Ballet Upper School, joining the Royal Ballet at age 18.  He then joined London’s Festival Ballet (now ENB) as a soloist, performed in musicals in London’s West End, in Film and on TV.

On retiring from performing, Terry set up a Business Manager for people in show business.  On selling the business 15 years later, he retrained as a psychotherapist attaining a Masters Degree in Psychotherapy & Healing Practice validated by Middlesex University in 2012.

Terry combined his two passions, dance and psychotherapy, when he set up www.counsellingfordancers.com in 2017.  He wanted to help dancers with their emotional and mental health issues.  Having had a career as a dancer, Terry has a great understanding of the needs of dancers’ mental health issues.

Terry presents interactive Mental Health Self-Care Workshops for Dancers.  These proactive workshops are to help support dancers’ mental wellbeing teaching them how to be mentally fit and emotionally strong and in 2021 Terry created the Help4Dancers app.  In 2021, Terry won the One Dance UK Health Practitioner of the Year Award.
Nomasonto Radebe
Professional Dancer & Choreographer
Nomasonto Radebe works for Luthando Arts Academy in South Africa as a senior dancer, assistant rehearsal director, facilitator and in-house choreographer. She is currently contracted to ACE dance and music as a dancer and facilitator for Unknown Realms, a new production touring in October 2022. Nomasonto has worked and collaborated with formidable artists in her career such as Luyanda Sidiya, Gail Parmel, Douglas Thorpe, Serge Coulibaly and Gregory Maqoma. She has performed in various theatre productions, festivals and events: BBC Dance Passion, Trilogy (produced by the South African State Theatre), Umnikelo, Siva and Amawethu (choreographed by Luyanda Sidiya), the Dubai Expo2020 and State Theatre Africa Day Celebration and is regularly featured in music videos, adverts and productions that have an international audience.
Nick Allen
PhD MSc(Sports Med) BSc(Hons) MCSP
Clinical Director - Birmingham Royal Ballet
Dr Nick Allen is the Clinical Director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Alongside this he has worked as an external Consultant to LTA’s High Performance Centre in Edgbaston, British Athletics, Great Britain Gymnastics, various Premiership Football and Rugby clubs and England and Great Britain Hockey. Prior to this he was Head of Medical Services for a Premiership rugby club. He is an Honorary Lecturer for Queen Mary’s University London and lectures on the M.Sc. in Sports Medicine QMUL and Nottingham University. He is on the Sports Advisory Group for ARUK’s Centre of Excellence in Sports, Exercise and Osteoarthritis. His PhD was in epidemiology and holds a Masters in Sports Medicine. His other research interests lie in optimising performance through screening, bone mineral density and the management of female athletes, vitamin D, and cardiac risk.  He has published various journal articles as well as one dance medicine textbook and contributed a chapter to a sports physiology textbook.
Layla Harrison
Professional Dancer and Tutor
Layla graduated from The Royal Ballet Lower and Upper Schools, and later returned to qualify as a Royal Ballet School Vocational teacher. Layla also gained a BA Hons degree and Dip HE at London Studio Centre.

During her Ballet career, Layla performed with The Royal Ballet, Kirov Ballet, English National Ballet and Scottish Ballet in works such as Alice!, Cinderella, Nutcracker, Cheating Lying Stealing, Sleeping Beauty, Rubies, Carmen, Swan Lake, Giselle, Nutcracker, Jeux, and Romeo & Juliet. Layla created the role of ‘The Bird’ in Hart’s Peter and the Wolf and danced ‘Liberty Bell’ in Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes European debut. Further credits in Theatre, TV, Film & Commercial work include 'On The Town' (Japan); Meg in 'Phantom Of The Opera' (West End); 'Nutcracker & The Four Realms (Disney); 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' and many more; Layla has been teaching for 24 years at establishments including The Royal Ballet School; Central School of Ballet; Urdang; Hammond; Danceworks; Pineapple; W.A.C. Layla teaches open classes for professional dancers and has taught company classes for An American In Paris and On the Town. Layla has taught/adjudicated in Australia, Germany, Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Africa and is a regular judge for The Dance World Cup. She choreographs for dance schools and coaches pre-vocational students privately, with many going into professional training/work. Layla founded Dunsford Performing Arts in 1999, directing annual courses and workshops, employing industry experts. She currently runs her own classes and teaches all year groups weekly at Central School of Ballet.
David Stinson
CEO & Founder of International Performing Arts & Theatre
David is the CEO & Founder of International Performing Arts & Theatre (I-PATH), an international exam board with members throughout Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Australasia. His expertise lies within leading membership organisations and innovating through developing robust strategies. He leads INFINITY Business Coaching for educational leaders from school principals to self-employed private teachers.

He was a former professional singer and dancer and has travelled the world taking leading roles in many musical productions including in the West End’s Dominion Theatre and Victoria Apollo. He’s also supported artists such as X Factor winner Sam Bailey and singers from The Voice at various events.

David is also the Founder and Principal of one of London’s award winning schools – David Stinson Theatre School, based in Blackheath, Greenwich. He is a guest lecturer at various colleges and universities, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the UN’s body for dance – International Dance Council where he is invited to attend meetings at UNESCO.
Matt Horner
Founder and CEO of Class Manager and Stage Stubs
Matt Horner, founder and CEO of Class Manager and Stage Stubs, software solutions built for the dance industry. Matt aims to stand out by providing solutions that are easy to use, outstanding value, and offer great support.

Prior to founding Stage Stubs & Class Manager, Matt part-owned and spent 8 years as the Head of IT & E-commerce at International Dance Supplies (IDS), Europe’s largest dancewear and costume company – now part of the Revolution family. In Matt’s early career he worked as a Microsoft IT Engineer providing solutions to small businesses.

Combining his 10 years working in the dance industry with a lifetime of IT & Software experience his new companies feel like the perfect fit. His energy for the industry thrives from the passion studio owners have for their businesses.