Alison Forrester - Lead Lecturer (Tap Dance)
Alison enjoys the many facets of her dance career, as a Lecturer, Examiner, Adjudicator, Committee member and Tap Syllabus creator. She teaches tap at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom enjoys teaching teachers, but also loves to teach children.
Her professional dance career culminated in Las Vegas, where she studied with many of the great American tap dancers for 9 years, teachers and performers at Tap Festivals in Los Angeles, St Louis and Chicago. Gregory Hines, Brenda Bufalino, Sam Weber, Diane Walker and Jason Samuels Smith, to name a few. Being in the USA from 1997-2006 was a great time to be in the USA as a tap dancer. It was a time before we lost some of our most inspirational talents. She was very honoured to have met and talked to Peg Leg Bates, Cholly Atkins, Jimmy Slyde, Maceo Anderson and Prince Spencer. Whilst in Las Vegas she studied with Henry Le Tang for 2 years, assisting him on classes at St Louis Tap Festival. She taught his classes whilst he was filming the DVD Bojangles, starring Gregory Hines and Savion Glover.
Returning to the UK, she became involved in updating and re-choreographing the ISTD Tap Syllabi, a chance to share with the UK what she had learnt. She became a Fellow of the ISTD in 2007 and was a member of the Tap Committee for 12 years.
She has lectured many times for the ISTD and Tap Attack. Teaching teachers is a big passion of hers. To improve tap in this country, hoping to inspire teachers to expand their tap knowledge. She enjoys to lecture courses around the UK and Europe.
Her passion has always been tap dance, to improve and inspire whoever she could in the UK, to help bring our standards more in line with the Europeans and Americans.
Jackie Styles - Lead Lecturer (Imperial Ballet)
Jackie is an ICB Examiner and Committee member and has run her own school for 30 years. Having also taught at a variety of schools and colleges around the UK, Jackie is currently teaching at Dance Projection and Performers College. She is also a freelance tutor for DDE Ballet and status exams up to Fellowship level.
Jackie began her training in Ballet, Modern and Tap with Penny Meekings. She went on to study Classical Ballet at West Street School in London, where she studied a diverse range of syllabus and repertoire with inspirational teachers such as Richard Glasstone, Anita Young and Julia Farron. Jackie gained her Advanced ICB exams and Fellowship with Elizabeth Harrison.
Sian Hopkins - Lead Lecturer (Contemporary)
Siân Hopkins trained at the Legat School of Dance from a young age, later gaining a place at Rambert School. After graduating, she worked with Inland Pacific Ballet and Stephanie Gilliland of Tongue Dance, California, and Peter McCoy Dance, Munich. Achieving an MA with Distinction in Dance Performance with Specialisation in Ritual, led to becoming Research Assistant to Dr Ross McKim, as well as Principal Artist and Rehearsal Director for his company Moving Visions Dance Theatre. Choreographic work includes various cathedral based projects, Cantata Dramatica's operatic performances and collaborative screendance productions. Currently teaching contemporary repertoire and Graham-based technique at Rambert School and Middlesex University, Siân has taught at dance institutions around the UK as well as guest teaching in Japan, Singapore, Vietnam and Canada.
Tereza Theodoulou - Lead Lecturer (Modern Theatre)
Tereza began her training with Joy Spriggs in North London, achieving Fellowship status with Distinction in both Modern and Tap. She studied at the Alvin Ailey School and further explored the rich diversity of Jazz and Tap at various studios in New York. As a co-founder and choreographer of her own company called 'Overtures', Tereza created and performed in numerous productions. She has also worked with the British Theatre for the Deaf, culminating in a workshop presentation of 'My Fair Lady' at the Edinburgh Festival. Her previous college teaching experiences include Head of Modern Dance at London College Bedford and teaching Modern and Jazz at Laine Theatre Arts. She is currently teaching at the Deborah Capon College and has recently returned to Bird College. She is also a freelance tutor for status exams up to Fellowship level and frequently examines and teaches abroad. As well as being a Senior Examiner for the Modern Theatre and Tap Faculties, Tereza is a Chair of the Modern Theatre Faculty.