IDTA Associate (Tap)
Acrobatic Arts Certified Teacher
Qualified Zumba Instructor
I started lessons at the age of 2 in RAD ballet, IDTA tap, freestyle and ballroom. I had the freestyle bug, so my sisters and I starting entering IDTA competitions at the age of 5.
I started rhythmic gymnastics at 8 and became national champion as part of a team in Ribbon at Crystal Palace. As a teenager, I wanted to gain more experience so started more dance classes in Jazz.
Around this time I started my first dance contract aged 14. My sister had a contract dancing abroad and it overlapped an existing contract in Torquay, I was very fortunate to get the job. I performed in a show 2 nights per week for 3 months. I also participated in competitions with a group called ‘En masse’ for 5 years, where we reached the National finals twice.
GCSE dance was my first taste of contemporary dance, I enjoyed it but wanted to learn more, so I attended Exeter College to study A-level dance. I had an amazing 2 years learning so many aspects of dance, from choreography, notation, technique and performance.
Through my teenage years I performed in pantomimes and this is when I decided I didn’t want it to end and looked at continuing dancing.
I started as an assistant teacher for Jayne Tolliday and then Joanna Mardon. I was a swing dancer for a hotel in Torquay, a dancer for an ‘Elvis Tribute’, a dancer then dance captain, then assistant manger for Haven, and a dancer for a ‘Robbie William’s’ tribute. I then went on to choreograph 4 national shows for Haven, ‘Let it rock’, ‘Strictly Disco’, ‘Summer High’ and ‘Summer High 2’.
Once I stopped dancing I started to train as a fitness instructor gaining my Exercise to Music and Gym instructors. I worked at a gym in Wales for 2 years before moving back to Exeter where I worked as a Multi Fitness Coach for Active Devon based in East Devon secondary schools. I also worked for Dance in Devon as a Youth Dance Practitioner for North Devon. Around this time
I started back at Joanna Mardon School of Dance covering Miss Amy’s maternity leave. Present day, I’m a mum to 2 gorgeous boys. I teach various fitness classes such as Zumba, Body Pump, and combat for LED and Exeter university as well as Tap, Jazz and Acro for Miss Jo.