The Teachers

Our teachers are very passionate about Dance, alongside teaching, many of them are still working in the industry and always updating their training to ensure they deliver the best classes for our dancers. All Staff; Volunteers, Teachers and Student Teachers are DBS Checked.

We are forever learning from each other at 4FS/Studio 4 and always want to thrive to do better, learn more and be the best we can be.

Alice Walker

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Artistic Director/Choreographer

Training: Cornwall College, UEL BA Hons in Urban Practice Graduated 2012

Performance credits: Paralympics Opening Ceremony

Classes: Baby Ballet, Mini Groovers, 6+ Street Styles

As an accomplished urban dancer, trained in, Waacking, House, Hip-hop, Commercial dance and Contemporary, Alice has worked as a choreographer/teacher, based in London 2010-2012 and across Cornwall since the age of 16, Initially on community based projects and now in Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, College Courses as a guest lecturer and for private dance schools and organisations.

Alice studied a national diploma in Dance at college level and has a BA Honours Degree in Dance: Urban practice. The Course was involved 3 years of intense training in Urban Dance but also involved learning various dance styles from across the World including: Capoeira, Locking, bharatanatyam alongside traditional ballet and contemporary Techniques.

Alice has competed and performed in Urban dance since an early age internationally and across the UK performing at places that include the London Palladium, Barcelona and her biggest performance highlight the Paralympic opening ceremony.

Alice has always had a huge passion for teaching and choreographing, and strongly believes that dance can bring people together. Her passion for teaching encouraged her to set up 4FS/Studio 4 voluntary with the help of the Youth service in 2008. Alice believes that dance can have such a positive impact on people’s lives, and it has been evident from all the work she has delivered with 4FS/Studio 4. 

4FS/Studio 4 over the years has been working closely with Industry professionals and professional companies to ensure they can offer high-quality dance classes and opportunities. Alice is also passionate about creating career paths for all the young people she works with, and the partnership with Dance conservatoires alongside the training we offer is ensuring Young people can excel and have a Career in the performing Arts.

Jack Walker

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Professional Dancer/ Teacher/ Choreographer

Training: Swindon CATS, Wilkes Academy Graduate 2018

Performance credits: Brits Awards, Soccer Aid, X factor, P&O Australian Cruises

Classes: Teams, Advanced Commercial, Jazz, Lyrical and Musical Theatre

Jack is a graduate of the Wilkes Academy of Performing Arts. During his time there and since graduating, Jack has been lucky enough to work under the direction of Barbara Evans on several occasions, perform in Singapore, Australia and Germany. He has danced at the Brit Awards after party and spent time in Australia working for P&O cruises. Although living in London, Jack is a regular teacher at Studio 4 and always loves coming back to work with the dancers in Cornwall. Jack is passionate about sharing his knowledge and inspiring other young dancers. He is still currently working as a professional artist in the industry, bringing back such a fresh energy every time he comes to teach at Studio 4 in Cornwall.

Bryony Stanlake

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Choreographer/ Teacher

Training: Capitol School of Dance, London Studio Centre

Performance credits: Whitney Houston Tribute London, All Shook Up, Parade, Pleasance Theatre London

Classes: Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre

Bryony started dancing at the age of 3 at the Weston School of Dance in Essex. On moving to Cornwall she continued her training at Capitol School of Dance, gaining her Advanced 1 Cecchetti ballet qualification. She went on to train at London Studio Centre for 3 years specialising in Musical Theatre and graduated in 2013. She performed in Cornwall with Duchy Ballet for 12 years and as a principle dancer for 4 years. She also has sung on London stages in a Whitney Houston Tribute, All Shook Up, and created the role of the Secretary in The Artist. She played the part of Essie in a performance of the musical Parade at the Pleasance Theatre, London and was fortunate to have the opportunity to sing and dance at the Criterion Theatre in London's West End. She has also worked in film and TV and was in the 2013 Christmas advert for DFS. Bryony is Head of technique at Studio 4 ensuring all of our students are safely reaching their true potential. 

Jan Chamberlain

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Choreographer/ Teacher

Trained: Northern Ballet School

Performance credits:

Classes: Ballet, Lyrical and RAD

Miss Jan trained at the Northern Ballet School, and went on to work on Cruise Ships travelling worldwide. Her other work includes Summer Seasons, Pantos, and she has choreographed shows here and abroad. Miss Jan leads all of our Royal academy of Dance syllabus at Studio 4. 

Ariel Born

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Choreographer

Training:

Performance credits: Got to Dance, Britain's Got Talent, The Greatest Dancer

Classes: Choreography

Originally from Singapore, Ariel moved to the UK in 2009 and was introduced to the world of Streetdance and choreography.  She made TV appearances on Sky 1’s Got to Dance with her former crew Beat Breakers.  In 2017, she was hand-picked by world renowned Choreographer Brian Friedman to be part of his mentor programme for her choreography work.  She has not looked back  since and has been very sought after for her choreography for shows and workshops in the South West.

 

We have been working with Ariel for many years and our dancers love her unique choreography.

Kadus Smith

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Choreographer/ Teacher

Training:

Performance credits:

Classes: Hip Hop Foundations and Styles


We have had the pleasure of working with Kadus for many years, and he has taught many guest workshops for our dancers. We are really excited to be working with him every week now! 

 

Kadus is the Director of Rhythm City and has been

Head choreographer for teams such as Beat-Breakers, Soul Groovers and D.I.D

He was Featured on Got to Dance and is internationally known for his wonderful dance skills and choreography. He has trained and influenced so many well-known dancers from Devon & Cornwall, and we are very excited that he will be spreading his inspiration and knowledge with our dancers weekly. 

Sarah Lou

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Training:

Performance credits:

Classes: Mini Commercial, Mini Musical Theatre, Commercial, Stretch

Sarah-Lou was born in Plymouth before moving to Hampshire where she began dancing at Petersfield Academy of Dance, before moving on to Laine Theatre Arts, gaining a National Diploma in Musical Theatre, TRiNITY London

THEATRE CREDITS INCLUDE: Red Riding Hood/Ensemble in SHREK The Musical UK/Ireland Tour, Cathy in the ‘6-5 Rock N Roll Express show’, (Tunbridge Wells), Singer/Dancer for P+O Australia, Dancer in 42nd Street (London Palladium) Dance Captain/Ensemble for Jack and the Beanstalk & Aladdin (Yvonne Arnaud Guildford) Dancer for WEST END BARES (Novello Theatre) TELEVISION: Royal Variety Performance

ADDITIONAL CREDITS: Dancer at the FA Cup Final 2012, Dancer for Sunrise TV (Australia), Dance for Space Ibiza Video shoot, Dance for the tennis opening ceremony at the London Olympic Games. Actress for AVEENO Moisturiser commercial.

Ellison Jane

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Choreographer

Training:
Performance Credits: Stockport Panto

Classes: Lyrical Style

 

Ellison has recently graduated from Wilkes Academy of Performing Arts after studying  there for 3 years.  Ellison started training with Studio 4 when she was 12 years old and went straight to Wilkes from school. She loves sharing her passion for dance and performance, loves being back at her original dance home, and is currently teaching the Beginner Commercial class at Studio 4.

Benjamin Di'Ath

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Professional Dancer/ Teacher/ Choreographer

Training: London Studio Centre. BA Hons Degree in Theatre Dance
Performance Credits: Pet Shop Boys ‘Inner Sanctum’, Celebrity X Cruises, New York Tour

Classes: Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre

Rachel Benton

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Choreographer/ Teacher

Training: Hammond School of Dance, RAD ISTD

Director of Bounce Dance Academy

 

We are proud to be in partnership with Bounce Dance Academy so our students can study Rad and access high quality Ballet.

Tracey Bailey

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Training: Advanced Contemporary Vocal Teaching, Certified Musical Director, Grade 8 Musical Theatre

Performance credits: Representing the UK in Spain, Ireland, Munich and the USA

Classes: Singing

Tracey has been singing all of her life and competing for 25 years representing the UK in Spain, Ireland, Munich and the USA. She has been in a number of productions throughout the years. She is qualified in Advanced Contemporary Vocal Teaching, and a certified Musical Director, has a high distinction in Grade 8 Musical Theatre, and is a Singing for Health practitioner. Passionate about encouraging and enabling children, young people and adults to find their own voices and to see how they grow in confidence as their abilities grow. Using them safely as they learn solid vocal techniques. She's always looking to develop her own skills, so they stay up to date and relevant. She has been coaching and teaching for over 20 years, but with a focus on Musical Theatre for the past 8 years with great successes at all grades up to Diploma level. She loves how we can bring characterisation, performance and singing together which creates something really special.