Alexandra originates from Grimsby and is a professionally trained dancer having undertaken a BA HONS Degree In Dance & Theatre Performance at the prestigious Doreen Bird College In London. After graduating in 2005, Alexandra took on the role of Edith in the classic musical. ‘The Pirates Of Penzance’ at the Shaw Theatre directed by the famous Jimmy Johnson & Philidda Crowley Smith. It was during this time Alexandra made her first television debut starring in the series ‘Totally Frank’ featured on channel four, before going on to dance for music artists Leo Sayer and The Body Rockers on ITV’s Saturday morning pop music show ‘CD:UK’. Following this, Alexandra joined a Disney Show which toured the island of Menorca.
On returning home, Alexandra played the role of Little Riding Hood in a touring pantomime before landing the role of dance captain on the Astor and Astoria cruise line. This was a fantastic experience, so much so that after finishing working onboard the ships, Alexandra decided to have a gap year travelling the world. After a very exciting year travelling Asia, Australia, China & New Zealand, Alexandra returned to her professional career where she played the lead role in numerous pantomimes and worked hard to gain her teaching qualifications in dance, gymnastics and cheerleading. Alexandra was also the character ‘Zoe’ in the stage production of the famous television program ‘Sesame Street’ and has toured worldwide worldwide with this fantastic show.
Since finishing her ‘Sesame Street’ contract at the beginning of 2013, Alexandra has created the school Artiez initially offering parent & toddler Melody Movement dance classes & baby ballet classes. Since the opening, Artiez has grown from strength to strength and now offers tuition in Ballet, Tap, Cheerleading, Gymnastics, Modern Dance Classes, Speech/Drama & Elocution Tuition, After School / Breakfast / Lunchtime Club Sessions, Holiday Clubs, Teaching Dance & Sport as part of the PE Curriculum, & Sports sessions such as Football & Hockey clubs, Multi-sports Clubs, Glee Singing Clubs & Arts/Crafts Clubs, Cookery Clubs, Birthday Parties, Messy Madness Baby & Toddler Classes, Baby Boogie Classes, Adult Dance & Fitness Classes & Cheerleading workshops. Alexandra is also proud to be the speech, drama & elocution tutor at St Martins Preparatory School.
Alexandra currently holds the following IDTA Qualifications – Licentiate Ballet, Licentiate Freestyle, Associate Theatre Craft & Associate Tap Qualification. She is currently taking her Level 4 Modern Dance Teaching Qualification and also her Fellowship Ballet. She is a fully qualified cheerleader having trained with UKCA, a level 2 Exercise To Music Fitness Instructor & is also a LAMDA Speech & Drama tutor.
‘The starting up of Artiez has all been very exciting with so much to look forward to. I am very proud of all I have achieved so far and i’m looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead’.
Laura has danced locally for many years undertaking a number of IDTA Dance Examinations & Awards. She has performed in a number of dance shows and was a member of the Grimsby & Cleethorpes Gang Show for many years. She has recently returned to the Gang Show to assist with the choreography which she has thoroughly enjoyed.
During her school years, Laura played in the Guide & Scout Marching Band and completed her Queens Scout Award & Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. After achieving her A levels, Laura continued her studies gaining a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts. Laura worked in both special and mainstream schools while studying for her degree.
After graduating from Teesside University and gaining her Teaching Qualifications, Laura went onto & continues to work at a local Primary School as an Infant School Teacher. Laura is a mother of three small children. ‘Motherhood is possibly the most rewarding and inspiring job I have ever had! Everyday is exciting and unique’. Laura is conscientious and determined with a commitment to teaching and learning and has a real passion for dance. Laura has great communication skills & is extremely dedicated & hard working. She has completed her IDTA Ballet Pre-Associate, DDMIX & Cheerleading instructor training. We are also delighted to announce that Laura will be teaming up with Mumaroo North East Lincolnshire Baby Wearing Consultancy & Sling Library to assist in the delivery of their BRAND NEW ‘MUMAGROOVE CLASSES’ which are gentle movement classes which can be enjoyed whilst carrying your baby. Laura is a wonderful teacher and a valued member of the Artiez team.
Rachael Nelson Huntley
Originally from Grimsby, Rachael has recently returned to the area after spending the last 18 years working as a dance lecturer and choreographer in the North West of England. During this time Rachael has produced work which has been performed at a number a of well-respected Venues across the country. Some of these include The Roundhouse London, Green Room Manchester, the Pyramid theatre Warrington and Lowery Salford. Rachael has also worked on a number of projects commissioned by the Arts Council England. In the past Rachael provided opportunities for young talented dancers by creating her own dance company which, won gold for choreography at the Laban Centre, London and was finalists for the U.Dance festival and was selected to curtain raise for the North West Post graduate company 12 degree North. She has also provided platforms for young people to create and present their own choreography work in a number of venues and theatres. Some have gone on to compete in regional and National choreography competitions throughout the Uk and are still making work today.
Over this period Rachael has worked in establishments including dance schools, colleges and Universities. She has had the opportunity to work closely with a range of Dance Company teachers and choreographers including Valerie Preston-Dunlop (Leading pioneer in chorographical studies at Trinity Laban) Random Dance, Tavaziva Dance, Rambert Ballet, Fluer Darkin (Darkin ensemble) Deborah Gallay (Needlefoot Dance Theatre) and Michael Riviere (Company Decalage) where she was both a choreography student and dancer.
Rachael has successfully completed courses at the London Contemporary School, Trinity Laban and the Rambert School. She is currently receiving professional coaching from Lynda Cardwell, Altrincham, Manchester (IDTA Senior Examiner and member of the ballet faculty) with a review of completing an associate in Ballet and Modern in the upcoming months. We are delighted to have Rachael join the Artiez Team.
Emily is a highly trained, professional and experienced singer, entertainer, dancer and actress. Her TV singing debut came on the BBC’s programme ‘Let Me Entertain You’, where she proudly gained her place in The Live Grand Final. A Scholarship place at a prestigious performing arts college soon followed, enabling Emily to develop her talents and pursue her love for entertaining. Here she completed a 3 year National Diploma in Musical Theatre and worked alongside many well-known professionals. Her final year included a tour of Germany with her fellow graduates.
As soon as Emily graduated she applied for X-Factor 2010, winning a place at Bootcamp, with a big YES! From Simon, Nicole and Louie, where she featured on ITV 2 ‘The Xtra Factor’, catching the eye of the professional vocal coach in the final 50. Immediately after Bootcamp, Emily successfully landed a ‘dream’ role as ‘lead production singer’, working for an American cruise line, installing new shows and performing professionally with live bands to thousands of guests throughout her time on the rolling seas!
From a young age, Emily has performed at a variety of different venues and events including; private functions, corporate events, Manchester United Old Trafford, Germany, The X-Factor Stage and Cruise ships, travelling to many places, performing both worldwide and throughout the UK. Emily is delighted to be joining the Artiez team offering singing tuition and ‘Glee Club’ style workshops both as breakfast, lunchtime and after school clubs. We are delighted to have Emily as part of the Artiez team.
Lesley studied dance from the age of 3 to17 years old at The Janice Sutton Theatre School in Skegness, taking exams in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Stage and Acrobatic dance. Lesley took part in the dance festivals in Cleethorpes and Skegness and won the Cleethorpes heat of Miss Dance Of Great Britain.
From the age of 11 she performed every summer singing and dancing at the Regency Theatre at the Derbyshire Miners Holiday Centre Skegness, working with various artists in productions and sketches.
It was during her last season here that she met her future husband Greg. They formed a Variety double act performing in Theatre’s and Cabaret venues here and abroad supporting famous names of the time. The duo won the BBC Rising Stars and performed in various TV and Radio shows here and abroad.
Lesley has choreographed summer shows in Ilfracombe, Scarborough and Bridlington as well as appearing in them.
Always being into fitness and dance Lesley qualified as an exercise to music teacher in 1995 and taught Aerobics at the YMCA for many years. It was while she was working here that she was approached and led the warm ups for the Novartis, Humberston and the first Race For Life at Cleethorpes fun runs, she did the warm ups for 5 years.
Lesley has a level 2 qualification in Childcare and worked at The Wintergardens Playgroup and Ready Teddy Go Nursery while her children were young. Today Lesley teaches Zumba and other types of excercise at Cleethorpes, Grimsby and Immingham Leisure Centre’s. She leads the Zumba at The Fit To Party event’s at Grimsby Auditorium. Lesley has 3 children and 3 ( soon to be 4 ) grandchildren. We are delighted to have Lesley join the team.
Laura has gained a BA Honors Degree in Psychology and Educational Development from Nottingham Trent University. After completing this, she later went on to gain a PG Diploma in Psychology. Throughout University Laura completed volunteer placements in schools and worked as a Teaching Assistant. After University Laura was employed as a Duty Manager of a restaurant and worked there for 2 years before taking a leap of faith and moving to New Zealand for 1 year. In New Zealand Laura worked as an Au Pair, working 13 hour days, looking after two children aged 1 and 3. On returning home from New Zealand, Laura joined the Artiez team initially assisting in various classes within the week. ‘I very much enjoy the variety at Artiez. Moving from Ballet and Tap classes, to Glee Singing Club, Football Club & Craft Club. I’m always kept entertained and on my toes!’ Laura has continued to develop her skills further now running her own cookery clubs in schools throughout the North East Lincolnshire area. Laura is also Artiez head team leader at all club activities held during the school holidays. Laura is a wonderful addition to our teamwe are delighted to have her onboard the Artiez Adventure.
Megan has a great love for Dance & Musical Theatre. She danced from a young age locally taking part in numerous dance festivals and completing numerous exams in Tap, Ballet and Modern Dance. In 2005, Megan qualified as a Dental Nurse, where she now works part time after starting a family and becoming a mum to her daughter Isla. After going to various baby groups and classes, Megan found a love for working with children. ‘As a mum I love to dance, sing and make things with my daughter and just have fun’. Megan is currently running Nature & Nurture Classes With Melody Bear & is also delivering Crafting sessions throughout some of the local schools. Megan is looking forward to her new adventure and we are delighted to welcome her as part of the Artiez Team.
Sophie has worked in primary schools as a teacher assistant for the past 4 years supporting children of all ages, as well as running an after school skipping club. During this time, she was employed as 1-1 teaching assistant for two years supporting children with special educational needs. Sophie holds her level 2 supporting teaching and learning qualification and is currently working towards her level 3. Dance and performing arts has always been a big passion. Sophie danced from a young age competing for several years and then went on to study dance and performing arts at college. ‘I’m extremely excited to start a new adventure with Artiez’. We look forward to seeing Sophie at all our upcoming Holiday Clubs.
Kelly has always enjoyed working with children in the performing industry & began her career working as a Children’s Activity Co-ordinator locally at the age of 16. The role consisted of devising Dance & Theatre performances, drama games and creating crafts with children during the school holidays. Kelly decided that she would like to continue to develop her career working with children and qualified as a level 2 teaching assistant. During this time, she volunteered at a local school where she worked closely with children who had special educational needs. She enjoyed this so much that she continued her studies gaining her SEN unit. Kelly has worked as a childminding assistant encouraging children to work towards the EYFS. She also has a level 2 Health & Social Care Qualification working within the elderly community. ‘I have two beautiful girls who are my world and I love nothing more than entertaining them! I am very excited to be going back to my roots of dancing and teaching and look forward for what the future has instore!’ We are delighted to have Kelly on board our team.
Charlie has been working in childcare for nearly 12 years. She started her career working in a local nursery as a student and has worked her way up progressing to a senior supervisor. During the time at the nursery, she gained a breadth of knowledge and experience working with children 0-8 years. She gained her Level 4 in Childrens Care and Development, Safeguarding, Advanced In Management, NCFE in Creative Crafts and many other childcare related qualifications along the way. Charlie left this position after 8 years to follow her travelling desires.
Charlie has worked abroad as a Promotional Rep, a Children’s Rep and a Nanny in Kos, Kavos, Zante & Switzerland. Her favourite position was working as the Childrens Representative with children aged 0-18year old. Here she delivered/taught & managed lots of fun activities such as ; windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, swimming, creating dance shows, sports, circle games and lots more.
On Charlies return home, she moved to Leicester and began working as a deputy of a Preschool and an after school club manager. Charlie returned home to Cleethorpes when becoming pregnant with her first child and has since been enjoying her maternity leave. She is now very excited to be joining the Artiez team at our holiday clubs & to be working with children once again.
Sport, predominantly football and cricket, have played a significant role in Dave’s life right from primary school to the present day. He has played both sports throughout his schooldays and a large part of his adult life to a good standard. Football has always been a favourite and he has been fortunate to have played, managed and coached both at adult, intermediate and junior levels.
After finishing his playing career in football, he took and passed the referees qualification and then officiated in both adult and intermediate football. Dave has also attained the FA Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Football as well as several other FA online courses. Dave has also run his own football school for the very young. ‘I am firmly of the opinion that coaching should be fun as well as educational’. We are delighted to have Mr Winslow on board the Artiez adventure!