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. Alexandra was also the character ‘Zoe’ in the stage production of the famous television program ‘Sesame Street’ and has toured worldwide with this fantastic show.
Since finishing her ‘Sesame Street’ contract at the beginning of 2013, Alexandra created the school Artiez initially offering Parent & Toddler Melody Movement Modern and Baby Dance Classes. Since the opening, Artiez has grown from strength to strength and now offers tuition in Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Theatre Craft, Acro, Musical Theatre & Speech/Drama & Elocution Tuition. Artiez have a preschool playgroup – Nature Nurture – which takes place every Tuesday morning within the local area and a Musical Melodies Preschool Music & Sensory Classes every Friday which Miss Alex has devised from scratch! These classes have been launched over the past year.
Alexandra currently holds numerous teaching qualifications of a Level 6 teaching standard. Alexandra is a fully qualified cheerleader having trained with UKCA, a level 2 Exercise To Music Fitness Instructor & is also a LAMDA Speech & Drama tutor. Alexandra holds an Enhanced DBS Certificate, is first aid qualified, epi-pen & epilepsy trained, has gained her safeguarding level 2, FGM & Prevent Awareness Qualifications, a Diploma in Anatomy & Physiology, has a children’s Chaperone License & a Deaf training qualification. Alexandra is also a foster carer for Lincolnshire County Council and is very proud to be a voluntary ‘Buddy’ for children in care within the North East Lincolnshire area. Alexandra has attained numerous qualifications in therapeutic parenting & trauma training & and works hard to be a positive role model in all children’s lives.
‘The creation 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 am 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 and SEN Co-ordinator. Laura is a mother of three 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 is a fully qualified Primary school teacher and SEN Co-ordinator at a local school in the area. She has also completed her IDTA Ballet Pre-Associate, DDMIX & Cheerleading instructor training. Laura holds a DBS, first aid certificate, is safeguarding trained and also holds a Children’s Chaperone License. Laura is a wonderful teacher and a valued member of the Artiez team.
Some of you may have seen Miss Jess at our classes over the past year. We are delighted to officially introduce you to the newest member of the Artiez Team. Jess is a big Musical Theatre and Disney fan and has recently relocated back here to her home town Grimsby. She loves working with children and always has a BIG smile on her face. Jess has a BA Hons Degree in Musical Theatre and a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts. One of her proudest moments was playing the lead role in the musical ‘Little Shop of Horrors’! Jess has been performing from a very young age and has recently returned from London where she worked as a Children’s Dance & Fitness Instructor. Jess has also had performing contracts working abroad for TUI and has experience in running children’s parties including fitness and Princess Parties. Jess hold a level 2 safeguarding qualification, is fully DBS checked and first aid trained. Jess currently runs all Artiez parties, our Musical Melodies Music and Sensory sessions and also is a familiar face at Artiez Playgroup! We are delighted to have Jess as part of the Artiez Team!