Founder and Principal
Gareth is an award winning choreographer and educator who has been at the forefront of dance and excellence in the midlands for the past 15 years. Gareth’s passion for giving young dancers the best possible start in their careers developed in 2008 when taking his award winning group addict dance to the youth dance England finals at Sadlers Wells this eye opening experience led to the formation of Addict Dance Academy as a full time training institute allowing young dancers from all social and economic backgrounds access to full time elitist training without the price tag, opening the doors to thousands more young dancers to have the opportunity to not only chase but achieve their dreams of a career in the dance and creative industry.
Gareth is extremely proud of the international reputation the academy is now generating and the dancers living their dreams all over the globe.
Artistic director and commercial
Ben Davies is the Artistic Director of Addict Dance Academy focusing on pushing the college visually through performance and social media.
TV Credits: X Factor UK, X Factor Greece, BBC Music Awards, Britain’s Got Talent, London Olympics 2012, Your Face Sounds Familiar, Got To Dance, Ashley Banjos Secret Street Dance Crew, The Box Awards, MTV Duke Of Edinburgh Awards, The Voice and Eurovision Song Contest.
Artist Credits: Cher Lloyd, Ellie Goulding, Leona Lewis, Jess Glynn, Carrie Underwood, Ella Eyre, OMI, Years and Years, Tom London, Adam Lyons, Bupsi and Jassi Sidhu.
Advert Credits: Mercedes Cinematic Advert, Nickelodeon, Very UK, Boo Hoo and Centrum Vitamins.
Fashion/Corporate/Hair Show Credits: Converse UK, Fashion For Hero’s, Disney Paris, Vivianne Westwood, Papa Johns, Harrods UK, George ASDA, Little Woods, Punky Fish UK, Shop Direct, Schworchopft Germany and NEXT UK.
Theatre Performance/Live Performance Credits: Breakin Convention London MainStage, Snow White Pantomime Demonfort Hall Leicester, Move It Festival, Youth Dance England, The Urdang Academy, Edinburgh Fringe, Liverpool Pride, Leicester Pride, Dancers Delight, Breakout London. Teaching Credits: Studio 68, Pineapple Studios, HDI Commercial Camp, Move It Festival, Madrid iDance and Murcia iDance.
Competition Success: 1st Place Nations Best Dance Crew, 1st Place G Force UK Street Dance Championships, 1st Place Set V Set, 1st Place LBDC, 1st Place MBDC, 1st Place KDC, 1st Place UDO Championships, 1st Place Star-Power, 1st Place Dance Challenge and 1st Place Global Rock Challenge.
Musical Theatre Jazz
Training – London Studio Centre Ryan works in Theatre and TV as both a performer and a Creative. Theatre Credits- Fame UK tour- Dance Captain, Blood Brothers UK Tour- 1st cover Mickey, Seussical the musical international Tour- Wickersham Brother. Kiss Me Kate Theatre Du Chatelet -Gregory/Dance Captain, West Side Story at Kilworth House Swing/Dance Captain, The Wedding Singer UK Tour -Swing/Dance Captain, Rent-Ensemble. Commercial credits. Ryan has danced on XFactor and for Pop Artists Justin Bieber, Pixie Lott, Paulo Nutini, Alphabeat, Denise Pearson and appeared on Bo Selecta and TV commercials.
Creative roles Assistant Choreographer-The Royal Variety Performance (London Palladium) for ITV. Resident Director-Seussical The Musical, international tour. Associate Choreographer-American Idiot, West End/UK Tour.
Associate Choreographer -The Wedding Singer, UK Tour. Assistant Choreographer-Grease, Leicester Curve. Assistant Choreographer-West Side Story, Kilworth House.
Choreography credits- Strictly Come Dancing, XFactor and for Pop artists Anastacia, Beverley Knight, Olivia Somerlyn, Kingsland Road and for musical theatre composer Scott Alan.Ryan co-choreographed tv commercial We Buy Any Car which was aired in the Uk/Europe And the US And also choreographed for BMW. He co-choreographed 27 the musical directed by Arlene Philips (Ryan received 4 nominations for the choreography from theatre awards around London) And choreographed Aladdin for QDOS, Kiss Me Kate – Gatehouse Theatre, New musical Another Way – Cockpit Theatre, Streets a new musical -The Vaults/Hackney Empire/Cockpit Theatre, Jack and the beanstalk- Demontfort Hall, Leicester and 2 Cruise Ship shows.
Ricky Jinks is a dancer, teacher and choreographer in London who has his own unique and versatile style. He studied street dance and latin and ballroom as a child and then at 15 began many other styles. He is a resident teacher at the two top studios in London; Pineapple and Studio 68. His professional credits include performing for Kylie Minogue and the X Factor Final 2016 at Wembley Arena, performed at Wembley Stadium for ‘Kiesza’ at the Capital FM Summertime Ball, a dancer for ‘The Voice’ of Ireland on over 15 live shows and performed at venue’s such as The Royal Albert Hall and the NEC, Birmingham.
He has many TV credits including ‘Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway’ featuring Michael Buble, ‘This Morning’ dancing with Honey G, ‘Surprise Surprise’ – all on ITV. He has recently worked with Brian Friedman as a dancer for contestants on the X Factor and continued to do many gigs with Honey G such as ‘Big Brother’. He is a proud member of Lukas McFarlane’s contemporary company ‘UnTitled’ in which he has been an assistant choreographer for music videos and ‘So You Think You Can Dance?’ in Portugal. Ricky has just finished a UK tour with UnTitled’s latest show ‘The Suffocating Truth’ from January-March ‘17. Ricky has also choreographed many other events including TV shows, Ideal Homes Exhibition, DHL, Soccer Aid, Clothes Show Live and most recently choreographed a number for a pilot episode for ITV called Change Your Tune. He judges many competitions including ‘Can You Dance?’, UDO, BDO and Soar UK. As well as teaching at Addict Dance Academy Ricky also teaches at many other prestigious colleges in the UK which have included Urdang, Bodyworks, Wilkes Academy, Rare Studios. The past year alone, Ricky has taught workshops in places such as China, Cyprus, Denmark, Dubai, Spain and Paris.
Credits: 42nd Street (Drury Lane)‘Bend It Like Beckham’ (Phoenix Theatre, West End), Dolce & Gabbana (Italy), ‘Anything Goes’ (Sheffield Crucible & UK Tour), ‘Burberry- Festive Commercial’ (TV), Daniel in ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ (UK & Ireland Tour), ‘42nd Street’ (Curve, Leicester), ‘Got To Dance 3: Adam Garcia’s Performance’ (Sky 1), ‘The X Factor Live’ (ITV), ‘The Anton & Erin Show’ (Guernsey), ‘McDonald’s Great Taste of America’ (TV Commercial), ‘BBC Proms- The Broadway Sound’ (Royal Albert Hall, BBC1), Laura Mvula on ‘Alan Carr- Chatty Man’ (Channel 4), ‘Priscilla Corporate’ (Leicestershire), ‘ATP Tennis Tournament Opening Ceremony’ (Doha, Qatar), ‘Spring/Summer fashion week’ (Derby, Manchester Trafford Centre & Arndale), ‘Qatar Cool Awards’ (Doha, Qatar), ‘Gas & Oil Awards’ (Abu Dhabi), ‘Dick Whittington’ (Hereford Courtyard), ‘42nd Street Concert’ (London Palladium), ‘Aladdin’ (De Montfort Hall, Leicester), The Northern Tap Company’s ‘Soundz Extraordinary’ and ‘Tap A Story’ (Barnsley Civic), World Tap Champion 2010 (Riesa, Germany), and teacher / choreographer for ‘The England Tap Team’ , ‘Tap Attack’, The London Studio Centre’s ‘Jazz Co’, The Urdang Academy and Bird College.
Bruce started his dance training at Urdang Academy at the age of 18. During his second year of college he appeared on BBCs So You Think You Can Dance where he made it to the final 20 contestants. Since graduating he has appeared in various Music Videos including The Gossip – Perfect World and Scott Alan- Again. He has appeared in Rent the musical, played A-Rab in West Side Story UK tour and Baby John in West Side Story at Kilworth House and recently finished performing in English National Opera’s production of Carousel in the West End at the Coliseum.
In late 2014 he decided to pursue a teaching career alongside performing, and is now asked to teach his masterclasses in many dance studios across England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy and Paris. He is currently a full time teacher at Urdang Academy and Studio 68 in London where he teaches an array of styles and is now very excited to be part of the teaching faculty here at Addict Dance Academy.
preparation for industry
Born in scarborough, Philip began dancing at the age of three at the ‘Hatton School Of Performing Arts’ and later went on to continue his training at ‘Laine Theatre Arts’.
Theatre Credits Include: Man in the mirror (World Tour, Emma Rogers); Horray for Hollywood (Emma Rogers); MMXI live at Sadler’s Wells.
Fashion Credits: Calzedonia fashion show (Italy) Clothes Show Live (Dinc Wear, Birmingham) Louboutin and Agent Provocateur (Zurich) Office ladies day (Edinburgh)
Film/Tv Credits include: The X Factor (ITV) The Royal Variety Performance (BBC1); The Brit Awards (ITV); Lip sync battle uk (ch4); Strictly come dancing (BBC1).
Some of his Artist Credits Include: Rita Ora, Tulisa,Ellie Goulding, Anastasia, Little Mix, Fleur East, Take That, Cliff Richard, Kimberly Wyatt, Adam Garcia (Icon) Anne Marie and more…
Philip for the last 4 years has been performing and taking the role of dance captain for Rita Ora’s touring shows.
Gareth Woodward, originally from Nottingham, started dancing at the age of 16 when he took his first class at a local studio. He instantly fell in love with the art form and soon began traveling around the UK attending any classes and workshops he could to extend his knowledge. After countless hours of training, a year later Gareth travelled overseas to Los Angeles for the first time where he trained in numerous styles at Debbie Reynolds Studios, Millennium Dance Complex and later Movement Lifestyle, under the tuition of world renowned instructors including long term mentor Tony Tzar.
At the age of 21 Gareth broke into the industry professionally and in recent years has gone on to work with some of the biggest names in the business including Mariah Carey, Cheryl Cole, Coldplay, Take That, The X Factor and The Voice UK. He has also appeared in commercials for Cartoon Network, Nokia, Morrisons, Cadburys and featured in hit Bollywood movies.
Throughout these experiences Gareth has had the opportunity to work under top choreographers such as Tony Testa, Fatima Robinson, Adrian Wiltshire, Kim Gavin and Aicha Mckenzie, gaining valuable knowledge helping him develop, not only as a dancer/ performer but as a choreographer and creative artist.
Gareth has always had an eye for choreography. Whether creating a piece for Breakin’ Conventions’ national tour or choreographing a corporate fashion event for John Lewis Gareth creates work that is diverse and unique.
Today, Gareth continues to work professionally in the industry whilst teaching his craft regularly in colleges, universities and in workshops both internationally and nationally, with the philosophy that you are forever a student so he also continues to study and train feeding this back into his students.
Natasha graduated from Performers College in England, completing 3 years of Dance and Musical Theatre training. After moving from Australia where she previously studied at The Australian Ballet and completed all of her RAD teaching qualifications, she has been lucky enough to be given amazing performance opportunities with different choreographers and been very fortunate to work with strictly stars Neil & Katya Jones and Robin Windsor. Natasha is so excited to be teaching at Addict and feels so lucky to be able to teach such talented & hardworking students.
Cameron was raised in Australia before moving to London at 17 to train on a scholarship at Laine Theatre Arts and London Studio Centre. He holds his RAD Solo Seal and competed in the Genée International Ballet Competition.
Cameron has performed in leading roles and as Dance Captain in a range of productions both in the West End and abroad, including Cats, 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, Hello Dolly!, Chess, The Wizard of Oz, Fiddler on the Roof, The Snowman and Showboat, as well as multiple productions with The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and has coached students worldwide.
Elizabeth Haslam graduated from Central School of Ballet where she toured with Ballet Central with Jane Regan as ballet mistress. During this time she was selected by Christopher Gable to work with Northern Ballet Theatre on their adaptation of ‘Dracula’ where she performed the duet (Late night tv). She then went on to perform as part of the corps de ballet in ‘Aida’ with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra having been selected by Lynn Seymour. Soloist in ‘Vis av Magi’ Norway (ABT Choreographer). Elizabeth then progressed to a more contemporary root working with the Miles Thomas group in Germany. Elizabeth performed for Celebrity Cruises and was dance captain and assistant choreographer on the musical Odessy in Soeul, Korea. Elizabeth finished her 10 year career doing film and TV work worldwide.
After performing, Elizabeth moved into the world of teaching and choreography. This has taken her all over the world, teaching master classes in London, Italy, India, Antigua and Guadeloupe alongside Patricia Ruanne (ex principal of the Royal Ballet Company) and Fredrick Jahn (ex principal of the Australian Ballet)
Elizabeth has taught in many colleges and judged vocational competitions e.g. Tring Ballet Cup. Elizabeth was also head of ballet at the Midlands School of Dance and Drama.
Elizabeth has been working with Ballet Theatre UK for 9yrs where she was the original ballet mistress to the company staging The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Snow Queen, A Christmas Carol and Alice. Since having her daughter, Elizabeth has been teaching at The School of Ballet Theatre Uk as head of 1st year training.
Elizabeth runs her own school The Haslam dance Academy. She is also a part owner of RECballet which holds workshops in the Midlands for children with an interest in entering the dance world.
Elizabeth is really looking forward to being a part of Chantry School of Contemporary & Balletic Arts, which is full of inspirational teachers and choreographers.
André was born in Portugal in 1990 and moved to England at the age of 11. André began his professional training in 2011 at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where he graduated with BA Hons Degree. André then decided to further develop his dance training by attending the JV2 Professional Development Course, where he was given the opportunity to work with various choreographers such as Marilena Dara, Mafalda Deville and Athanasia Kanellopoulo, as well as working alongside Jasmin Vardimon Company in the production of ‘Maze’.
After JV2 André then became a teacher at Addict Dance Academy and an Educational Facilitator for Jasmin Vardimon. As well as teaching morning classes at Greenwich Dance for Cathy Waller Company, he continued to perform for the Royal Opera House in the productions of ‘Tannahaüser’ in the ballet scene choreographed by Jasmin Vardimon, and ‘The Nose’ by Otto Pilcher, as well as the ‘Walk Into Space’ with IJAD Dance Company.
In May 2017, André became a dancer for Jasmin Vardimon Company joining them in the tour of ‘Pinocchio’. Most recently, as part of the company he was also able to lead a week intensive at The Place for the CAT programme leading classes and the creation of a work ‘Limbo’.
Adrian began his professional training at Middlesex University with a degree in contemporary dance. After two years, he left to join Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts on a Scholarship where he graduated with a BA honours in Musical Theatre. After training Adrian began his teaching career and now teaches musical theatre, acting and singing.
Ellie is professionally trained in musical theatre. She has worked in theatre, film and television throughout her career. A few past credits include: swing “We Will Rock You”, ensemble “42nd Street”, assistant choreographer BBC “The Peoples Strictly”, Resident director “Thursford Christmas Spectacular”, dancer BBC “The John Bishop Show”, resident dancer ITV “pop star to opera star”, dancer “Thursford Christmas Spectacular”, soloist “Spirit of Broadway UK Tour”, vocalist/dancer “songs from the musicals”, dancer 20th Century Fox, “Mrs Henderson Presents”.
Ellie also dances as part of the new Tiller Girls line up and is very proud to be part of such an iconic dance group. She is proud to teach the next generation of performers and is a resident teacher here at Addict Dance Academy.
Latin American and Ballroom
Jordan Maguire has trained for a total of 12 Years in Ballroom & Latin and has travelled extensively around the world representing the UK in various international and national competitions (Russia, Hungary, Latvia & Canada). After a very successful competitive career being placed top 10 in the world, Jordan now puts his emphasis on teaching all over the UK while incorporating various other styles. He offers a new style within Latin and is devoted to teaching the next generation of Latin dancers.
Shannon is a community dance practitioner and choreographer. She has recently completed her Masters in Performance Practice. Shannon is passionate about choreographic practice and making- co founding the Near Miss Company. She also works with community dance company Moving Together delivering projects to young people in the city and helping them to gain their Arts Award.
Alongside this Shannon works closely with De Montfort University as an Associate Artist and part-time Lecturer. At Addict Shannon covers both Community Arts theory sessions with BTEC year 1 and The Historical Context of Performance with BTEC year 2 and states that “It’s a pleasure to teach at Addict”.
Emily runs Moving Together, a community dance company in Leicester which is now in its seventh year. Emily has a real passion for providing everyone with a chance to dance, and enjoys delivering Arts Award qualifications to young people all around Leicester. Moving Together also provides a range of workshops for Over 55s, and develops performance work with them. Emily enjoys teaching at Addict each week working with HND year 1 and 2 in their community dance theory sessions. The module allows the students to gain fundamental knowledge of teaching and leading, and the chance to put this into practice within the community.
Course team leader
Angela joined Addict Dance Academy as course team leader in 2017.
Angela has danced since the age of 3 and comes from a BTDA background. Although dance has remained her main hobby and passion with her presently still teaching children at a local dance school, Angela decided to take a business studies path after college and went to university to study psychology, Human Resource management and Marketing gaining a BA hons Degree. Angela went on to have a successful 18 year career in Administration and management and has now been able to combine her love of dance and her career by moving into the dance industry full time.
Level 2 Ballet and administrator
Shannon trained at Addict Dance Academy where she performed at events such as Move it, Mass Movement and Chance 2 Dance as part of the Addict Ballet company. Before coming to train at Addict Shannon worked for Disneyland Paris as a dancer, performing in the parades and parks seasonal shows. She then went on to live in the Middle East where she continued performing for events and shows around the island of Bahrain and teaching dance at Ballare School of Performing Arts. Shannon has since worked with Attenborough Arts Centre, Phizzical Productions and Imagine Theatre in their annual Pantomimes and also teaches for the Addict Dance Academy Youth school.
Level 2 commercial
Jennifer started her training in Contemporary dance at a local school before adding Commercial to her training when she started attending Ben Davies open classes. These classes led to competing with the academy’s winning competition groups ‘Influence’ and ‘Addict’.
After completing her A Levels she attended Addict Dance Academy for 4 years, being one of the first ever students to enrol at the college. Whilst studying at Addict she trained in a number of styles to develop her understanding and versatility, learning about the industry as well as taking part in many performance opportunities such as Move It Dance Show Main Stage and college shows.
During her time with the academy she has also appeared on ‘Got To Dance’ and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ with Finalist group ‘The Addict Initiative’. Jennifer has also had the pleasure of undertaking jobs including dancing on the X Factor for an auditioning contestant, live stage performances for Adam Lyons, a flash mob held at The Curve Leicester for Mortgage Advice Bureau, a dancer in a Willy Wonka show, and a music video.
After graduating from Addict Dance Academy, Jennifer travelled to Los Angeles to partake in an intensive 5 week training course. This experience gave Jennifer even more inspiration and determination to better herself as an artist and more recently she has released her first choreography/visual video. She continues to be pushed creatively by teaching various workshops for Unite The Scene Lincoln, classes at Addict Dance Academy Youth and Dupont Dance School. Jennifer’s ethos of continual learning and expansion shines through as she continues to train in Leicester as well as taking various classes, workshops and programmes in London with renowned Choreographers from the UK and abroad.
Jennifer declares “I am very pleased to be given the opportunity to train some of the students at the Academy; to be part of the start to their dance journeys as my teachers and now colleagues were to me”.
Level 2 Jazz and Contemporary
Becky has been part of Addict Dance Academy since it began where she studied both the BTEC and HND courses. As part of the first ever graduating year she was presented with the award for technical excellence which she received with great gratitude. Since then, Becky has completed a contract with a touring show in Greece and is now focusing on her real passion which is teaching and choreography. Becky states that “It has been amazing to watch the college grow from strength to strength and I feel honored to be a part of the outstanding faculty that Addict has to offer”.
Stefanie is an independent dance artist, choreographer and educator; originally trained in performing arts she has continued to develop a wide range of skills in various dance styles, and most recently completed a Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning at Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
She began her career working with Impact Dance, a Hip Hop Theatre company based in London; performing at venues such as Sadler’s Wells, the Peacock Theatre and the Place, whilst also choreographing and performing in touring work at Brighton Fringe Festival, Greenbelt Festival and the Harare International Festival of Arts. Stefanie worked as a retuning artist, teaching Street Dance at the Royal Ballet’s summer school and later took the role as Director of the Impact Dance Youth Academy between 2010 and 2012.
Stefanie went on to work as an independent dance artist for Step into Dance; the largest on-going secondary school dance programme in the UK, which enabled her to work closely with many schools to develop their dance provision and provide performance opportunities.
Since returning to her home town of Leicester Stefanie has taken on a role as a Dance Practitioner for the CYC Kids programme at the Curve in Leicester and plans to continue her work in Community Dance.
Programme Leader - Higher National Diploma
After dancing professionally in Europe and Ireland, Tara returned to the UK in 2010 where she went onto study for her degree in Dance graduating from De Montfort University in 2015. Tara has worked as a dance lecturer across all sectors of FE and Higher Education, working as a programme leader for a number of courses. Tara is also an Associate Member of Associated Board of Dance delivering syllabus work to students of all ages. Tara is currently studying for her Masters in Dance Education and working towards her HEA Teaching Fellowship. Tara’s credits include 42nd Street! (Gaiety Theatre, Dublin) The GlassHouse (Dublin) Casino Barcelona (Spain) and numerous cabaret and corporate events with RJP Entertainments.
Programme Leader - BA (Hons)
Sally Crawford-Shepherd is a dance practitioner, choreographer, researcher, and lecturer. She began choreographing professionally for local theatre companies at nineteen. A Kansan by birth, she has moved around the world absorbing inspiration from diverse cultures to share through performances, research, and workshops with students. She has choreographed and performed for theatre and dance companies in the Midwest and the United Kingdom, appearing in projects and performances in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the National Theatre, and Folly Theatre. She achieved a BFA in Dance at UMKC and a MA in Choreography at Trinity Laban in London. She completed her PhD in Dance Ethnography at De Montfort University in Leicester, England. She lectured in universities and colleges throughout the UK and was the Coordinator for Dance at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, in Trinidad from 2015-2018.
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Jo trained at Laine Theatre Arts.Jo has been Associate Choreographer on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,Barnum and Happy days-The Musical (all National Tours) Jo has assisted Andrew Wright,Lee Proud,Arlene Philips and Stephen Mear and also appeared in The Producers,Sweet Charity,Hello Dolly and Crazy For You (all West End) Funnygirl (Chichester) On The Town (Paris) and White Christmas (Uk tour)most recently Jo was assistant choreographer on the new musical “A Little Princess” at the Southbank centre,London having just finished as temporary Resident Director and Dance Captain on the critically acclaimed national tour of “Sunset Boulevard”.
She has Choreographed Aladdin,Jack and The Beanstalk (both for Qudos entertainment),Stageschool for E4,Fiddler On the Roof at Guildhall,London and Tenderloin-The musical at East 15.
Jo was involved in the creation workshops of Les miserable (movie) and Rehab- the musical for Craig revel horwood.Other TV credits include The Olivier awards,Children in need,Got To Dance,The Broadway Proms,Ant and Decs Saturday night takeaway,The Alan Titchmarsh show,The Al Murray Show and The Olympic Torch Concert.
Jo will be choreographing “Just So” written by Stiles and Drewe at The Barn Theatre this Christmas.
Joel has been dancing for over fifteen years, he trained professionally at Laine Theatre Arts. During his training Joel performed on TV shows such as; ‘BBC’s Comic Relief‘ and ‘The Peoples Strictly’. He also performed in ‘Cinderella‘ at Wolverhampton Grand and ‘Peter Pan at the SECC Arena Glasgow.
After training Joel went on to join the ‘Wicked‘ International Tour as the Dance swing. Once back in the UK he joined the original west end revival company of ‘42nd Street‘ at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. With the show Joel appeared on ‘The Royal Variety’, ‘Mel and Sues generation game’, and ‘The Olivier Awards’.
During his time working in London Joel discovered a passion for teaching and working with up-and-coming talent. He has now taught and still teaching at many conservatoires colleges across the country.
PA to the Principal
Claire joined Addict Dance Academy as PA to the Principal in 2018.
Claire has had a career working in Administration and Secretarial roles for over 20 years primarily in the accountancy sector. Claire has a love for dance and also currently helps out at a local children’s dance school. She has now moved to Addict to work full time in the Performing Arts industry.
Programme Leader - Higher National Diploma
Matt graduated from Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, in 2004 and established his own theatre company Sustained Magic. For the company, Matt has directed a number of plays throughout the East Midlands, working predominantly with new writers. For Children In Need, Matt worked with Derby City Councils Youth Theatre to produce a “Dr Who” radio play which was played on the BBC. Matt has worked as assistant director on various productions at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal, as well as directing pieces for the Royal Company based there. Matt began teaching in 2007, lecturing on all levels in Further and Higher Education, working as Programme Leader for a number of courses. In his teaching, Matt has directed Oliver Twist, Hairspray, Alice in Wonderland, The Weir, Peepshow and A Chorus Line.