Streetz Ahead Teachers

Here at Streetz Ahead Dance Academy we believe it is vital to keep current and up-to-date. All our teachers continue to train and take professional classes, furthering their own careers in the industry. This constantly brings new stimulus and energy to our students as styles are always evolving and it is important to be on top of the latest trends and moves.

The Academy teaches a fusion of all Street genres and regularly invites professional dancers proficient in a particular style of dance to be a guest teacher. Pupils are thus inspired and encouraged to learn everything possible about their chosen style, ensuring they get the most out of their training.

April Briggs Theatre Teacher

April Briggs

Musical Theatre Teacher – Find Ur Feet

April has been a member of the Streetz Ahead Dance Academy for the last 10 years. During this time she has participated in many shows and events and has been a valuable member of the Competition Troupes. April has had the opportunity to dance in a wide variety of performances, including the IFDPA Championships in Euro Disney, where she successfully auditioned to be a main dancer; representing the school in the opening ceremony.

She has continued to dance professionally as a supporting dancer on X Factor for One Direction and the film Lords Of London, to name a few, as well as a Cheer Leader for many major sports events.

We are now happy to have one of our own talents on board, teaching at our musical theatre school, Find Ur Feet.

ash-lee break dance teacher

Ash-Lee

Break Dance Teacher

Ash-Lee has been B-Boying (Break Dancing) for 7 years now and is a performer in two crews, Methods of Movement and Flava Squad UK.

Methods of Movement reached the final stages of Sky 1’s Got To Dance in 2012.They were then asked to come back again this year as part of the Super Crew to perform in one of the live semi-finals alongside Boadicea, Unity UK & Akai. Recently, Methods of Movement have become sponsored by Monster and are now promoting their products wherever they perform or teach.

Ash-Lee has performed and competed all over the world. In 2010 he represented the UK at the European IDO Hip-Hop Championships in Amsterdam where he came 5th out of competitors from 50 countries. One of Ash-Lee’s biggest performances also took place in 2010 when he performed alongside his crew Methods of Movement at the Karate Kid premiere in London for Jackie Chan, Jaden and Will Smith. Ash-Lee was also a special extra on the film Pirates of the Caribbean and working alongside the stuntmen in Strange Tides.

Ash-Lee teaches his own crew, Style Monkeys, who have competed and performed all over the country. This year they made it through to the Dome auditions for Got To Dance, where they received three gold stars.

Ash-Lee is a 2nd Degree Black Sash in Wing Chun Fu and has lived and trained in Hong Kong with Grand Master Yip Chun, the son of Yip Man, teacher of Bruce Lee. Ash-Lee is an instructor for the UK South Region’s Wing Chun Association. He also teaches Muay Thai at the Mungkorn Dam Muay Thai School in Southend-On Sea.

Danni Watkins-Lane

Danni Watkins-Lane

Tap/Ballet Teacher

Danni has performed since the age of 5. She went on to train professionally full-time, graduating with a Btec National Diploma in Performing Arts and a HNC and HND specializing in Dance and Theatre (2005). She gained her advanced certificates for the Imperial Society Teachers of Dance (ISTD) in Tap and Modern Theatre.

Working professionally as a dancer, singer and choreographer, she has worked in a variety of theatres, events, National and International Tours in the UK and Europe. She has featured in various pop videos, adverts and modeling ventures, whilst taking on roles as head dancer / dance captain / choreographer, for successful tribute artists and for the winner of the “Best International Female Artist” award at the Sunflower Music Festival Eurovision.

For 4 years Danni dedicated herself to forming “ Inspiration”, the girl band, during which time she wrote and recorded an album with “Steps” creator, writer and producer, Barry Upton. She toured extensively during this time throughout the UK, appearing and supporting bands like Blue, Misteeq, Steps, Atomic Kitten and many more. She has worked to audiences of up to sixty thousand and toured every kind of venue from nightclubs to Universities, to football stadiums like Old Trafford, theatres like the London Palladium, Astoria Theatre, and Bournemouth Opera House, name a few!

In 2006 Danni was featured on backing vocals on the song “You’ve Got Me Dancing” which was included in the 2006 multi-award wining film “Little Miss Sunshine”.

 

faye myhill street ballet teacher

Faye Myhill

Street Ballet/Contemporary and Musical Theatre Teacher

Faye started dancing at the age of two and a half and then went on to study at The Centre of Performing Arts College in London, where she gained her Advanced Dance qualifications. From there she went on to further her education at the Dance College in Royston, graduating with her teaching qualifications DDI and DDE’s in Tap, Modern, Ballet and National.

Since leaving college, she has taught in a variety of schools including gyms and primary schools and was involved with shows at the Playhouse and Junction. Faye has appeared as an extra in TV and Film productions and performed at local and competition dance events as well as dancing in pantomimes and an opera.

Faye has experience in all ISTD genres as well as Hip Hop and Contemporary Dance. She continues to attend courses throughout the year to keep her work fresh and up to date, and brings this experience into her classes to enrich and inspire Streetz Ahead pupils. Faye has been enjoying every minute since joining Streetz Ahead Dance Academy two years ago.

katrice copeland singing teacher

Katrice Copeland

Singing Teacher - Find Ur Feet

Katrice has been singing since the age of five and has known all along, that her ambition was to perform on the West End stage.

After spending her childhood years attending various stage schools she decided to enroll in Bird College Of Performing Arts, Kent. She is about to start her third and final year of a Musical Theatre National Diploma.

Whilst being in the EFX Girl-band for eight years Katrice gained first hand experience in the Music Industry. With successes locally and nationally at competition level, in 2008 the girls were contestants in the television series the X Factor, when EFX got through to the Boot Camp stage.

Further opportunities developed as backing and support singers for artists such as Duncan from Blue, Leon Jackson, Hope, Atomic Kitten and in performing for Robin Gibbs of the Bee Gees.

Find Ur Feet has so much talent, and I am excited to see all the improvements in confidence and singing just in the short time I have been with the school. I cannot wait to see them all in the finished show.

I love being part of this school, collaborating to teach the foundations of becoming a performer and encouraging the pupils’ dreams and ambitions.”

Kelsey Hip-Hop Teacher

Kelsey

Hip-Hop Teacher

Kelsey Miller is a young artist from Essex, currently performing for the award winning company: Boy Blue Entertainment and a member of the Chronic Dance Crew.

After dancing for the last five years, he is wanting to share what he loves and now teach, whilst still developing and pursuing opportunities in the Industry. We are pleased to have him on board as our new Hip-Hop teacher.

Nicola Bright-Thomas Singing Teacher

Nicola Bright-Thomas

Voice Coach and Singing Teacher

We are extremely lucky to have Nicola, “Singing tutor to the stars”, join our teaching staff.

Nicola has extensive experience in the Industry as a recording artist herself, touring the world with various bands like: Freakpower with Norman Cook, Motherearth, Izit, Nightmares on Wax.

Running parallel to this she has been teaching for the last twelve years as a vocal coach to many up and coming artists; training Luciee Closier and Rochelle, from the Saturdays to name but a few, and was the vocal coach on the famous Simon Cowell’s Pop Idol, in 2003

Nicola teaches all ages starting with the fundamentals of breathing, posture, vocal exercises, technique, auditions, mic control, performance, confidence, expression and direction of ability.  These are fun and friendly lessons, working to the individual’s ability, so they do not feel under pressure, as well as within the group to build and create harmonies and strong vocals when performing. Pupils have been recently learning commercial tracks and are even looking forward to Nicola bringing in her own recording equipment!

Guest Teachers

crazy popper

Crazy Popper

Guest Teacher

A Professional dancer whose love of popping was ignited when he saw some B-Boying while on holiday seven years ago. From that point he taught himself to dance and hasn’t stopped since: dancing at work, home and traveling the world through dance - even representing England in the Hip Hop Dancing European Finals in Holland.

Most would know Crazy Popper from his achievements in the Sky 1’s Got To Dance programme where he competed and performed for three consecutive years. Firstly in 2011 competing as Liquid Metallic in the semi-finals, then in 2012, being a finalist as a member of Methods Of Movement, and this year as part of the Super Crew performing at the live semi-finals.

We at Streetz Ahead have loved over the last few years having Crazy Popper be part of our team - inspiring battles in the classes and even being our Popping Father Christmas while we danced in the Cavalcade of Lights.

turbo

Turbo

Guest Teacher

Being bullied for being an overweight child who loved African dancing, Turbo is now a professional street dancer, musician and entertainer.

Issac Baptiste, aka Turbo, felt drawn to the dance floor since childhood, encouraged by his African dancer Mum and Reggae drummer Dad. He gave up dancing from being bullied whilst at school until he was 14, but after watching the film Breakdance he was inspired to try different dance styles including street and hip-hop. Dance has been part of his life ever since; believing "Music gives me questions, I give it answers."

He came second in the grand final of TV dance show Bump 'n' Grind in 2003/4. He has numerous hip hop titles to his name - Stylefest 2010 Champion, House Dance Champion, and numerous Throwdown Champion titles. He has appeared in music videos for Madonna, Jamelia, Will Smith, Mis-teeq, Shaznay Lewis and has also been a backing dancer for Whitney Houston.

Turbo showed his popping skills to the nation, with his unique moves and earning a place in the Finals of Sky 1’s Got To Dance 2011.