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 has 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. Alexandra has worked hard to be able to offer after School / Breakfast / Lunchtime & Holiday Clubs sessions offering a variety of activities including – Football & Hockey, Multi-sports, Glee Singing Clubs & Arts/Crafts Clubs, Cookery Clubs, Drama & Dance Fun! Music teaching within primary schools & teaching Dance & Sport as part of the PE Curriculum is also now a regular feature of the club. Artiez also have a preschool playgroup – Nature Nurture – which takes place every Tuesday morning within the local area. Alexandra is also proud to be the speech, drama & elocution tutor at St Martins Preparatory School.
Alexandra currently holds numerous teaching qualifications of a Level 4 & 5 teaching standard. 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. Alexandra holds an Enhanced DBS Certificate, is first aid qualified, epi-pen 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 very proud to also be a ‘Buddy’ for children in care working very closely with North East Lincolnshire council and social workers to be a positive role model in other 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. 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 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.
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. 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 journey.
Lesley studied dance from the age of 3 to 17 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 exercise at Cleethorpes, Grimsby and Immingham Leisure Centre’s. She teaches Zumba in schools to children as an after school club and also leads the Zumba at The Fit To Party event’s at Grimsby Auditorium. Lesley has three children and four grandchildren. We are delighted to have Lesley join the team.
Amelia is from Grimsby, Lincolnshire and has recently graduated from the Leeds Beckett University with a BA Hons Degree in Dance. She has danced since the age of 3, studying many different styles including Ballet, Modern/Jazz, Freestyle, Lyrical and Contemporary. Qualifications within these include A-Level Dance, Advanced One Modern Jazz, Intermediate Ballet and a Freestyle Dance Associate.
‘I have been a part of many performances throughout my training. Dancing at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, 2015, has to be a highlight of my training’.
Besides dance, Amelia also has an interest in music and has achieved her Grade 3 in Music Theory, as well as Grade 5 Violin. She also performed at the Royal Albert Hall, London, as part of a string ensemble. Amelia is currently in the process of setting up her own Dance Company, in order to tour her final degree performance ‘The Maddy and Mimi Show’, co-directed and performed by herself and team. She hopes to be able to perform this at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August!
Amelia is a confident, outgoing and positive person and we are excited for her to join us working alongside the Artiez 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 and has just completed her teacher training qualification. Laura is Artiez head team leader at all club activities held during the school holidays and also enjoys running her own Children’s Cookery Clubs. Laura is a wonderful addition to our team and we are delighted to have her onboard the Artiez Adventure.
We would like to introduce you to Katie. Katie assists us at many of our events – shows, exams, presentations etc. After meeting her now husband at secondary school, Katie had her first child at 18 years of age. It was then that she discovered her love for being around children and seeing their development. She therefore then decided to go to university where she gained a Certificate of Higher Education in Learning Support. During this time, she also applied to become a foster carer. “I fostered for 3 years caring for many different children and also studied an array of courses surrounding child development. After this time I decided to stop fostering in order to adopt my daughter which was very soon after was followed by my son!” Katie is now studying for a degree in psychology with the hopes of progressing on to a career in educational psychology. Katie works voluntary each month as part of a ‘Buddy Scheme’ being a positive role model and supporting young people living in care. She also loves home DIY and getting the arts and crafts box out! We hope to be seeing more of Katie over the upcoming months.
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!