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Meet The Team
STEPUP ACADEMY TEAM

Vicky

Ms. Vicky
MANAGER
Vicky is originally from the UK and started dancing at the age of 6 in her local dance school Sidmouth Ballet School and East Devon Dance. She trained in RAD Ballet, ISTD Tap and Modern, Street Jazz, Cheerleading and was also lucky enough to attend workshops for Irish and Spanish. Vicky’s love and interests in teaching began at the age of 14 when she would go to the local dance classes to assist and watch.
She successfully went onto do her RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) teachers training for 2 years, where she graduated in June 2010 with CBTS and gained her registered teacher status.
Vicky moved to the UAE in September 2010 and started teaching full time straight away. Since teaching here she has put students through their RAD exams and has also choreographed for many shows.
Annual Triple Fantasy Dance shows – Manor Pavilion, UK
Annual Multiplicity Dance shows – Manor Pavilion, UK
Phantom of the Opera – Youth Theatre, UK
Chance to Dance – Northcott Theatre, UK
Assistant and dancing at Wayne Sleep workshop – Plymouth, UK
Brian Rogers Performing Arts College summer courses – Surrey, UK
Dance teacher at Sidmouth Ballet School & East Devon Dance – 2008-2010
Opening dance act for Nicki Minaj show – Meydan, Dubai
Dance act for New Year’s Eve (including acts such as Gorillaz, Snoop Dog, Faithless, September, Inna) – Meydan, Dubai
Shadow performance for the shell Formula 1 annual gala dinner – Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Michel Ball sings the musicals concert – Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Dubai Racing World Cup, Pre world cup party – JBR Meydan, Dubai
Diabetes walk – Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Dubai Mall 24hour all night long flash mob 2013 & 2014 – Dubai Mall
Shadow performance for Dell – Dubai
Nutella anniversary flashmob – Dubai Mall
Human statue at Art Gallery – Dubai
Dance teacher at an established school in Dubai 2010-2012
Owner and teacher of Ms Vicky’s 2012-2014
Vicky took on the role of Manager at Step Up Academy in July 2014, on top of her management duties she still continues to teach popular classes at the academy.

Christina

Ms. Christina
HEAD TEACHER
Christina is a passionate dance professional with over 12 years of international experience as a teacher, choreographer and performer.
Originally from New Zealand, Christina started her dance training at the age of 5, studying both Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Ballet and American Jazz Dance Affiliation (AJDA) Jazz Dance. After completing her RAD Grade 8, AJDA Advanced 2 and RAD Advanced Foundation vocational level examinations with Distinction, she went on to study dance full time gaining her Level 6 Diploma in Performing Arts, specialising in Dance.
Following her dance training, Christina performed in a wide range of dance styles, working within New Zealand before travelling and working in London, Macau and Cyprus then finally arriving in Dubai. Pursuing her passion for dance teaching further, she went on to study her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Dance.
Dancer – Contracted to Urban Muse Productions Hong Kong at City of Dreams Casino, Macau
Cheerleader – High profile international and local sporting events in United Kingdom and New Zealand – Hurricanes Super 14 Rugby, Wellington Rugby 7s, All Blacks test matches, Four Nations Rugby League, London Leopards Basketball, Super League Grand Final and Harlequins Rugby
Dancer – Contemporary dancer and aerialist for World of Wearable Arts Awards (WOW), New Zealand
Dancer – floorshows and corporate events in New Zealand, UK and Asia including; Shell Oil Awards, Les Mills ‘Dance 4 Life’, HRINZ Awards at the Duxton Wellington, Rugby 7s Conference Intercontinental Wellington, Ladies Day at Newcastle Racecourse UK, B Gorgeous Hair fashion show, Hard Rock Hotel Macau, Coral Bay Resort Cyprus, Exodus Wellington, Field Days for Suzuki, ‘Another Right Royal Gala’ promotional performances and the Fringe Festival Wellington
Dancer – ‘Cats’ Musical, Wellington, New Zealand
Dancer – Performance for TV, film and music videos including; ‘The Good Morning Show’ NZ, ‘StreetDance’ movie – Vertigo Films, Phillips ‘Lumalive’ advertisement, ‘GRC’ music video, 48 hour film festival NZ, ‘The Brighton Project’, ‘Northern Soul’ movie teaser and ‘The Piri Weepu’ show
Dance Teacher – over 10 years international experience preparing students for dance exams, dance shows and performances in a wide range of dance styles in the United Kingdom, Cyprus, New Zealand and Dubai
Choreographer – for musicals ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and ‘Grease’ for Future Te Aroha NZ, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ and ‘Cinderella’ pantomime Cyprus, 48 hour film festival NZ, ‘A night at the Asylum’ Etrois UK, assistant choreographer for music video by ‘Maladjusted Productions’ Cyprus and various staged productions, parades and festivals
Christina joined the Step Up Team in September 2014 as a full time member of our teaching team and took on the role of Head Teacher from September 2015.

Emily

Ms. Emily
ASA COORDINATOR
Originally from the UK, Emily started dancing at her local school in Buckinghamshire, Claydons Academy, where she took exams with the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) in Ballet, Tap and Freestyle. From the age of 15 she began assisting in children’s classes and realised that her real love and interest was in teaching dance.
In 2007 Emily successfully auditioned for a place at Pattisons Theatre Arts, Coventry. During her time here she gained her Associate teaching qualifications in Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz and Freestyle and Diplomas in Gymnastic Dance and Anatomy. She also performed in many performances and took advanced vocational exams in Ballet, Tap and Modern Jazz.
Since leaving her training Emily worked as a Dance teacher in England for 2 years, entering many children for exams. In 2013 Emily began working for a dance school in Budapest, Hungary and loved being part of an international environment. Here she prepared pupils for exams and also choreographed for many performances and shows.
Hilton Hotel Management Ball
The Dance Show, Birmingham
Hilton Hotel Reunion Ball
Mark Andrews Productions
New Look Fashion Show
Various shows with Pattisons Theatre Arts and Claydons Academy
Dance Teacher Claydon’s Academy, UK
Dance teacher at Dance Energie, UK
Dance Teacher at Dance Craze Academy, Budapest
Emily joined the Step Up Team in September 2015, with her bubbly personality she has become very popular with our students. Ms Emily teaches a wide range of styles at Step Up Academy however she has become particularly well known for her Tap & Modern and Gymnastics classes!

Caitlin

Ms. Caitlin
HEAD OF BALLET
A professional dancer and teacher who has been dancing for over 23 years, Ms Caitlin’s dance training began at the age of 2 at the Debra McLaren School in the UK. At the age of 13 she began studying dance at the prestigious Centrepointe School in Manchester where she studied Ballet (RAD), Modern (ISTD) and Tap (ISTD) all up to Advanced 1 Level alongside Jazz, Contemporary and Musical Theatre.
She decided to further her career after winning a place at Bird College in London in which she achieved a BA (Hons) in Dance and Theatre Performance where she studied many aspects of Dance and also the theoretical side to it.
Caitlin went on to complete her 2 years study with the Royal Academy of Dance for her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies, gaining registered teacher status with the internationally recognised ballet awarding body. Before moving to Dubai to join the Step Up Team, she taught at established dance schools within the UK and also in Tenerife, Spain.
Fantine – Les Miserables – BYTES Company
Lily – Annie – BYTES Company
Main Dancer – King and I- BYTES Company
Dancer/Ensemble – Curtains – Studio Theatre, Sidcup, London
Dance/ Ensemble in Burlesque – Orchard Theatre, London
Centrepointe Annual performances- Royal College of music, Manchester
Finalist at the English Ballet Championships- UMIST, Manchester
Teacher at established dance school in Tenerife, Spain- 2014
FTeacher at established dance school in Manchester- 2015
Student teacher at established dance school in Manchester -2015
Caitlin joined the Step Up team in September 2015, specialising in RAD Ballet, Tap, KinderDance and Lyrical classes. She looks forward to another successful year of examinations and show dances with her students old and new.

Adele

Ms. Adele
TEACHER
Adele is a professional dancer specialising in commercial, hip hop, tap and jazz dance styles. Her previous experience has seen her grace the stages in international dance contracts on cruise ships, concerts, TV, circus and nightclubs.
Originally from Scotland, her love of dance began at 5 years old at Julie Young School of Dance in her hometown of Perth. She then went on to further her training, moving to London to study at Performers College in Essex and graduating with a National Trinity Diploma in Dance. Here she studied many different styles of dance including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Commercial and also Musical Theatre.
Following her study, Adele successfully started her professional career when she was chosen to perform alongside UK pop singer Olly Murs at the Brit Awards and has continued to pursue her dream. Moving to the UAE in 2014, she has recently finished a two year contract in one of Dubai’s fine dining cabaret restaurants where she played the leading role of Alice in Wonderland. Alongside her performing career, Adele has shared her love of dance by assisting and teaching dance classes at her home town dance school in Perth.
P&O Cruises, International – 6 month performing contract as a dancer on the Oriana
Brit Awards performing with Olly Murs, UK
Dancer for TV show ITV Splash with Olympian diver Tom Daly, UK
Dancer for TV special, ITV Text Santa, UK
Dancer for TV special, BBC Children In Need, UK
Karlsruher Weihnacht Circus, Germany
The Act Nightclub Shangri La Hotel, UAE
Blue Marlin Ibiza, UAE
Opening Formula 1 Grand Prix: Enrique Iglesias/Florance and The Machine, UAE
Wella Trendvision Awards 2014, UK
Adidas Redfest, UAE
Opening of Illusion Nightclub, Doha
Adele is thrilled to be joining the Step Up Academy team and is excited to share her love of performing and dance.

Fiona

Ms. Fiona
TEACHER
Fiona is from a small town in the West of Scotland. She first started dancing at the age of 3 at her local school- the Juliann School of Dancing. Here she completed exams in Latin American, Ballroom and Freestyle. She continued on to the Ian McLeod Theatre School where she trained in Ballet and Jazz obtaining top grades passes in all her exams through the British Association Teachers of Dancing. It was here she was inspired to broaden her passion for dance into teaching; giving back to the school that gave her so much.
Whilst studying Law at University, Fiona completed her professional associate teacher’s exam with the BATD in Jazz. She was also fortunate enough to teach in Budapest whilst on university exchange. From this experience Fiona’s passion for teaching internationally has grown. Fiona has since taught, choreographed, adjudicated for many shows, exams and events both in the UK and abroad.
BATD Ballet Scholarships candidate
Dancer/Ensemble- West Side Story, Apollo Players, Kings Theatre Glasgow
Dancer/Ensemble- Disco Inferno, Apollo Players, Mitchell Theatre Glasgow
Dance Teacher- Ian McLeod Theatre School
Dance Teacher- GAMTA, Glasgow Academy Musical Theatre Arts
Dancer- Yorkhill Children’s Charity, annual Christmas Elf
Dance Teacher- Dance Craze Academy, Budapest
Adjudicator for Bobby Barr Freestyle Scholarships, BATD
Dancer- Shopping centre fashion show- Julie Hannah, Daily Record
Dance Teacher Summer School Workshops- Michelle Furnley Stage and Ballet
Dance Teacher- BATD Scottish West Teachers Lectures
Dance Teacher- BATD Scottish West Day of Dance
Dance Teacher- Seaview Ibiza, First Choice
Fiona is thrilled to be joining the team at Step Up Academy!

Chloe

Ms. Chloe
TEACHER

Chloe is from the UK and has had a passion for dancing from a young age. She attended local Dance Schools in Wales where she worked towards Competitions, Shows and RAD Ballet and Character examinations.

In 2012-2014 she trained in Performing Arts and Musical Theatre at Shrewsbury Arts and Technology achieving top BTEC grades.

In 2014-2016 Chloe auditioned for a London Dance School – Creative Academy where she successfully gained a place. She is a versatile dancer who professionally trained in Jazz, Contemporary, Commercial, Bollywood, Street, HipHop, Gymnastics/Tumbling, ISTD Ballet/Tap/Modern, Pilates and Yoga. During her time here she trained intensely gaining performing and teaching experience whilst achieving her Foundation Degree.

In 2016-2017 Chloe auditioned for a place at The University of Salford to complete her final year of her Degree where she achieved a BA Honours in Dance. During her time in Manchester she had opportunities to perform, choreograph and teach.

Chloe has had many valuable years of teaching experience in Wales and England. She also had to opportunity to teach Dance, Drama and English to children during Summer 2015 in Italy. She taught Dance, Drama and Singing for Razzamataz at First Choice Holiday Village in Rhodes, Greece during Summer 2016. Whilst Chloe was living in Manchester after graduating from her degree she started up her own business ‘Jazzi Azzi’s’ – offering baby/toddler classes of song and dance in nurseries, as well as Dance/Cheerleading/Fitness classes in Manchester Schools during PE lessons/extra curricular activities. With Chloe’s love for dance came a great interest in Cheerleading. She was a member of the Salford Sirens Squad where she worked hard to gain a place on the Competition Squad, she has had experience competing as well as teaching students chants, stunts and routines.

Chloe is excited to be in Dubai as part of the Step Up Academy team where she will look forward to teaching a variety of styles to the children.

Annual Dance Shows – UK
Little Shop of Horrors – Shrewsbury Theatre
Cabaret – Theatre Severn & Shrewsbury Theatre
Carman – Shrewsbury Theatre
Moulin Rouge – Watermans Theatre, London
Choreographer and Performer of FlashMob – Royal Ascot 2016 & 2017
Advert Extra – Media City Manchester
Halloween Scare Show – Attingham Park, Shrewsbury
Vampire Rocks – Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Choreographer and Performer of Once Upon a Time Contemporary – Salford Theatre
Cheerleader for Salford Sirens – Varsity
Cheerleader Competing – Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
Mean Girls Dance Show – West Wing Theatre, London
Oscar Acceptance Speech Choreography- London Theatre
Michael Jackson vs. Madonna Show – West Wing Theatre, London
Arcadian Contemporary Dance – Flashmobs/Shows England
Noye’s Fludde Ballet – Theatr Hafren, Wales
National Dance Company Wales Contemporary – Wrexham Theatre.
Warm Up Choreographer & Leader – Race for Life UK.
Rock and Roll Champion – Montgomeryshire’s Got Talent, Wales.
National Competition semi-finalist, finalist, winner – Solos, Duets, Trios, Rock and Roll & Team – UK

Becky

Ms. Becky
TEACHER

Becky started dancing at the age of 3 at Carmichael School of Dance in her home town of Telford. Performing in many shows and pantomimes along the way, she also completed her ISTD Advanced 2 Tap and Moden exams and Gold Jazz exam attaining distinction in all of the above. After being inspired by her teachers, Becky then went on to study for her ISTD teaching qualification in Ballet, Modern and Tap and later got DFI and CDE qualifications in the same.

After a couple of years of teaching experience in the UK, Beck moved to Dubai in 2011 and started working for The Ballet Centre, She choreographed for numerous shows in her 6 years of working there and entered many students for Ballet, Tap and Modern exams. Becky has also been a freelance teacher for Impact and DPA, widening her experience and portfolio for many different dance styles. Becky is now very excited to be working for Step Up Academy
Dancer/Ensemble at Cinderella Pantomime, Oakengates Theatre, PHA
Dancer/Ensemble at Dick Whittington, Oakengates Theatre, PHA
FDI/CDE completed in Imperial Society of Teachers of dancing
Dance Teacher at Carmichael School of Dance
Head of Dance at Inspire School of Dance
Ballet, Tap and Modern teacher at The Ballet Centre, Dubai
Freelance ballet, tap and modern teacher at Impact Studios, Dubai
Freelance ballet teacher at Dubai Performing Arts

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Ms. Charllote
TEACHER

After joining a small dance school in Reading, England at the age of 3 she continued to dance for over the next 19 years in different countries including Abu Dhabi, Oman, Qatar. With a background of travelling as a child at 6 years old I ended up joining the Karen Barnes School of Dance, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where I achieved NATD national certificates in Advanced 1 Ballet, Advanced 2 Modern and Advanced 1 Tap.

Presented with many trophies for highest examination marks throughout all grades. In a senior capacity, I was responsible for teaching pupils to exam standard, performing clerical roles in their lesson organization and co-hosting the school awards ceremony.

In 2014, after suffering injuries myself as well as my fellow pupils I became passionate about human anatomy and functional movement as a dancer in order to help those up and coming in the dance world. I Joined University College Birmingham, UK where I successfully completed a degree in BSc Sports Therapy with honours. At the same time joining classes and keeping up my dance career.

NATD national certificates in Advanced 1 Ballet
Advanced 2 Modern and Advanced 1 Tap
Level 6 Diploma in Professional dance
Awarded at the Hammond School, Chester, UK
Performed at The Hammond and showcased at the London Shaw Theatre in the UK
Teacher at the Sophie Galle School of Dance, UK

Tasha

Ms. Natasha
SUPERVISOR

Natasha is originally from Leicestershire in the UK and growing up she enjoyed keeping active, cross country running, trampolining, gymnastics and ballroom dancing.  She went on to explore her creative side and developed her skills in drama, taking part in performances at the Haymarket Theatre and was also involved in “festivals in the street”, performing Commedia dell’arte.

After leaving school Natasha trained and Qualified as a hairdresser, specializing in wigs, hairpieces and hair extensions, as well as being a stylist in a busy salon. After injuring her back she decided to change direction in her career and has worked in a customer service arena since 1999, as a Customer Services Manager. As well as being responsible for a team she also successfully delivered process and system improvements and in turn this enhanced the customer service experience, for a leading UK company.

In 2012 she moved to Thailand where she lived for 4 years raising her family and subsequently moved to Dubai in 2016.

Natasha has joined StepUp Academy with the role of Office Supervisor. She is looking forward to the having the opportunity to work alongside the StepUp Academy Team and customers.

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