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Nicki Ford - ALCM - DDI

Hello and welcome to Evolve Academy of Performing Arts. My name is Nicki Ford, I trained for 3 years at SLP College in Leeds, graduating in 2008 with the National Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre. In addition, I gained my Associate of the London College of Music in Musical Theatre Performance. I have also completed my Diploma in Dance Instruction for the ISTD (Imperial Ballet).

 

Since Leaving college, I have performed professionally for various children's theatre companies throughout the UK, Ireland and Italy. I have gained extensive teaching experience working for Stage Central, Harrogate, Freedom Performing Arts, Knaresborough and West Oxfordshire Academy of Performing Arts, Oxford.

 

I have a passion for teaching and I aim to draw from my professional experience in order to provide children with fun, energetic and engaging classes at Evolve!

Amy Clifford - ALCM

Amy trained professionally at SLP College Leeds where she gained a National Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre and also became an Associate of the London College of Music. She has a variety of experience within the industry. Her credits include; Guys And Dolls (Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage), Footloose (Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage), CoLaS Awards 2008 – Dance Captain (Harrogate International Centre), That’s Entertainment (The Alhambra, Bradford), Barney’s Girl (City Varieties, Leeds). Amy has been teaching for 10 years now and has choreographed for various different shows and events including a recent show at the Royal Hall for Harrogate St. Andrews Players.

 

Amy owns her own dance school - FREEDOM PERFORMING ARTS - in Yorskhire. Check out her school at: http://www.freedomperformingarts.co.uk

SAM ELLIS - DDI

Sam trained at SLP College on their 3 year musical theatre course where she also gained her teaching qualifications with the ISTD. After graduating Sam taught at several schools across the Leeds area whilst auditioning for work as a dancer.

 

For the past three years she has worked as a professional dancer and dance captain abroad. On returning to the UK Sam has begun teaching again at several schools in the area for children from the ages of 1 1/2 to 18 years, covering several different genres of dance including Tap, Ballet, Modern, Street and Contemporary.

KAYLEIGH JAMES - ATCL

Born and raised on the small island of Holyhead in North Wales, Kayleigh was always one to be performing. Age 5, Kayleigh joined her local dance school where her love of performing truly began.

 

In 2005, Kayleigh was offered a scholarship at Studio La Point Dance College in Leeds for three years. Kayleigh received a Higher National Diploma in Musical Theatre and also a distinction award in ATCL.

 

After graduating, Kayleigh took to the Caribbean Sea with Carnival Cruise Line as a performer/solo dancer. Australia was Kayleigh’s next port of call where she lived for 6 months. Here she toured with a variety of dance companies, danced on Australian TV and taught contemporary dance at MAD dance house in Brisbane.

 

On returning to the UK, Kayleigh jetted off to start a dance contract in Egypt.

 

Kayleigh then moved to London where she lived for 2 years. During this time, Kayleigh performed in music videos, charity events, singing concerts and various productions throughout London.

 

She is now living in Newcastle and has taken part in various workshops around the UK.

 

She is excited to be part of Evolve’s team!

HELENE BOYLE - DDI, ATCL

Helene trained professionally at SLP College in Leeds where she received a full Scholarship. After graduating with a National Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre and LAMDA in Musical Theatre she then performed and taught within the industry for 10 years.
Theatre Credits: Rolling Back The Years, Memory Lane UK Tours with Timeless Theatre Productions (Singer/Dancer & Dance Captain), Pop Goes The 80’s UK Tour (Dancer), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Carlise Sands Centre (Fairy/Dance Captain), Robin Hood UK Tour (Dance Captain).
International Credits: Wiz Creations Productions, Touring India (Dancer), Variety shows Stella Di Mare, Egypt (Entertainer/Dancer), Happy Holidays, Around the World, Stictly Ballroom, Japanese Cruise Lines (Dancer), Welcome Show, Movies Spectacular, Les Pierres Couches France (Choreographer), Motor City, Cinematastic, Stardust, On The Bayou, Encore, Princess Cruiselines (Company Performance Manager/Dance Captain).
Television Credits: My Parent Are Aliens (ITV), Emmerdale (ITV).

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Classes:

BONNYBRIDGE: Mondays

St Helens Church Hall

FK4 1BY

 

LARBERT: Tuesday & Thursdays

St Bernadettes Primary School

FK5 4JW

 

STENHOUSEMUIR: Wednesdays

Stenhouse and Carron Church Hall

FK5 4BU

 

POLMONT: Fridays

Polmont Old Parish Halls

FK2 0PD

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding any of the classes or need further information please contact me, details of how can be found on the contact page.

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