Teacher – Angela Taylor Principal L.I.S.T.D, A.A.C 2
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 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, innovative training to produce top dancers and performers.
Alumni include Greg Austin (Gordon in Selfridges, currently filming in the US with Al Pacino)
Teacher – Danni Fry AAC1 & iDance
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!
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
Teacher: Luke Rendell AAC2 Level 2 Trampoline Coach British Gymnastics 2006 Level 2 General Gymnastics Coach British Gymnastics 2006 NVQ Level 2 Fitness Instructor (Lifetime) REPS 2009 NVQ Level 3 Personal Trainer (Lifetime) REPS 2010NVQ level 3 Pilates Teacher (YMCA) REPS 2017 Pilates Matwork Teacher (Pilates Foundation)
Luke has a background in Trampoling and was the senior British trampoline Team Captain 2007 to 2011. In 2011 Luke joined Cirque Du Soleil appearing in The Beatles ‘Love’ Show. He as selected to be part of the creation team for the Michael Jackson ‘One’ show and performed as part of this show for three years. Luke was also One Night for One Drop by Cirque du Soleil Acrobatic Choreographer and Performer in 2014 and 2015 and taught workshops extensively across the world. We are incredibly lucky to have his vast skills and knowledge at Steppin’ Out and his speciallity is within our acrobatic training and fitness training.
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.
Trainee Teachers & Teaching Assistants Poole Academy: Trainee Teachers: Pia Luk-Paszyc, Skyla Norman-Perkins Jessica Ellis, Hollie Hayward, Emily Rogers & Bethany Primmer