Principal: Angela Taylor L.I.S.T.D
Angela was trained at Bush Davies and went on to dance professionally appearing internationally. Having already won many awards during her training for her choreography she went on to qualify as a teacher for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.
Angela spent a year in Bermuda both teaching and choreographing including a performance for Irena Baronova at Bermuda’s premier theatre. On her return to England the school continued to flourish and she has choreographed for pantomimes, corporate events and holiday parks. Angela has worked with influential people in the theatre and showbiz world such as Alvin Stardust, Roy Hudd, Billy Dainty, Alan Harding, Judy Nunn and Jeremy Spake to name but a few.
Angela is now a recognised tutor for the new teaching qualifications and holds the Licentiate qualification in ballet and modern. In 2015 she qualified as an Acrobatic Arts Teacher passing her module one theory exam with 100%. This year she became the first teacher in Dorset to achieve module 2 status again passing her theory exam with 100%. Angela has launched a specialised training program for the elite dancer and her skills were recently seen on CBBC’s “Taking the Next Step” where one of her students made the final four in the competition. She is constantly researching new, innoivative training to prouduce top dancers and performers.
Gina graduated from Stepppin’ out with the new teaching qualifications DDI in modern, tap and ballet & DDE in Modern and Ballet. She went on to perform at Warners for two seasons and has recently returned from a season in Greece. On returning to Steppin’ Out Gina has recently achieved her DDE ISTD Ballet qualification along with her Acrobatic Arts Module 1 certification passing her theory exam with 100%.
Teacher: Jessica Sidwick D.D.I
Jessica started her training with Steppin’ Out at the age of four. She won many festivals including the Regional Finals of All England with her stunning performance of “Bojangles”. Jessica has also competed in the national ISTD Ballet Awards and Janet Cram Awards.
In her Intermediate Modern examination she achieved an outstanding mark of 95 and the examiner commented that she is “a star in the making”. She then went on to gain both her Advanced 1 & 2 modern theatre examinations.
Jessica has been successful in production auditions and has performed as a Principal in all of Steppin’ Out’s productions.
Jessica started as a student teacher at the young age of 8 at the Bournemouth Academy of Steppin’ Out. She has proved herself to be an outstanding teacher gaining her DDI qualification. Her career path now encompasses Jessica studying to become a Primary School teacher alongside her teaching and choreography of dance.
Teacher – Danni Fry
Danni started at Steppin’ Out at 16 where she studied with Angela full time and completed her Advanced 2 tap and Modern and Advanced 1 ballet.
She then went on to work at various holiday parks across the U.K. And eventually became head choreographer for Pontins holidays, and produced over 20 production shows for them. Danni then signed up with an agency in Cyprus where she toured in a Lady Gaga tribute show. On her return in 2012 Danni started her own production company which produced shows that toured the U.K. Cabaret circuit. The shows included Cirque du Matrix, featuring “Britains Got Talent” Razy Gogonea, Rhi-Rihanna, The Russian Circus, Lightrix and many more.
Other credits include Choreographer for Various music videos for Boxx records, Same Difference X factor tour, Shane Richie Band choreographer and dancer performing at UK festivals and main stage Manchester Gay Pride, Michael Jackson – forever Michael U.K. Tour.
Danni has a real passion for commercial dance and is excited to share it with all the fantastic Steppers!
Hollie Exton: Guest Teacher D.D.I
Hollie graduated from Stepppin’ Out and went on to train at The Performing Arts Centre having received a scholarship. Here she graduated in just two years and successfully auditioned for her first contract as the lead dancer in the “Night of the Dance” tour in Germany. She is currently awaiting her next contract, and has returned to teach and pass on her experiences with the students.
Guest Teacher: Gregory Austin Greg started at Steppin’ Out at the age of 9. Having performed extensively with Steppin’ Out, Greg was awarded a scholarship to Arts Educational College, London where he graduated with a degree in dance and musical theatre. Greg then went on to appear as Gordon Selfridge in ITV’s “Mr Selfridge” and then in “Class”.
Kate was a member of the Steppin’ Out Academy of Performance for over 14 years as a dance pupil and took part in every show. Kate was the first member of the Academy to be accepted by the Royal Ballet School in their Junior Associates program, and was offered a place at the Royal Ballet School’s “White Lodge”.
She has recently become a member of the teaching faculty at Steppin’ Out, passing her DDI practical teaching exam with 92%. Kate is currently studying for her Masters at Keele University. During productions Kate is behind the scenes, assisting with the video media animations, and taking up the role as Assistant Stage Manager.
Guest Teacher: Megan Brewer-Smith D.D.I
Megan has been with the Academy since the age of 5. She has received outstanding exam marks and has had vast experience performing nationally.
Megan was awarded a place at Laine Theatre Arts, London Studio Centre & Stella Mann.
Previously she has appeared in professional pantomime at Poole Lighthouse for Pele Productions. Megan received an outstanding mark of 90 for her Advanced 1 modern exam and 95 for her Advanced 2 Modern and gained her DDI qualification.
During her last year at Laine she wappeared in “Snow White” in Dartford. Then, following her graduation Meg toured as a dancer/singer with Starlight in Germany, and worked as a Singer/Dancer on P&O. We are delighted to welcome her to the teaching faculty at Steppin’ Out
Guest Teacher: Hailey Higgins (nee Prince)
Hailey trained at Elmhurst Ballet School on the Classical and contemporary course. After spending a couple of years dancing, she took on her first teaching and choreography post and discovered where her real passion lay.
Her most recent teaching posts include ‘Head of Ballet Department’ for Creative Academy, Berkshire (a vocational style university course, offering a degree in dance) teaching the ISTD ballet and modern major grades as well as freework, pointework, jazz and conditioning.
At the same time, she taught for Heidi Rhodes School of dance, instructing students from 2.5 years up to 21 yrs in ISTD Ballet and Modern.
Alongside her teaching, she set up a youth ballet company – Berkshire Youth Ballet – choreographing and producing bi-annual shows for dance students across Berkshire.
Other choreographic work includes Bournemouth Ballet Club, Sussex Youth Ballet, Move It, Creative Academy and Heidi Rhodes School of Dance.
Hailey now has two young children and enjoys guest teaching for Steppin’ Out Academy, having returned to live in Dorset with her family.
Trainee Teachers & Teaching Assistants Poole Academy: Trainee Teachers: Daisy Dickson, Abbey Noble Pia Luk-Paszyc & Niya Baleva
Student Teaching Assistants: Jessica Ellis, Carlotta Buchholz, Emily Rogers, Bethany Primmer, Anthony Pereira & Chloe Davies