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

Artistic Director/Choreographer

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

Performance credits :- Paralympics Opening Ceremony,

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 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 has a strong partnership with Cornwall College and 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 Cornwall College and Dance conservatoires along side the training we offer is ensuring Young people can excel and have a Career in the performing Arts.

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

Jack Walker

Professional Dancer/ Teacher/ Choreographer

Training - Swindon CATS, Wilkes Academy Graduate 2018

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

Styles :- Commercial, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Jazz

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 for Studio 4 in Cornwall.

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

Bryony Stanlake

Choreographer/ Teacher

Training :- Capitol School of Dance, London Studio Centre

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

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. 

Classes :- Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre

Jan Chamberlain

Choreographer/ Teacher

 

Trained :- Northern Ballet School

Performance credits :-

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. 

Classes :- Ballet,  Lyrical and RAD

Ariel Born

Choreographer

Performance credits :- Got to Dance, Britains Got Talent, The Greatest Dancer

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 handpicked 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 

Class - Choreography

Ben Peters

Choreographer

Ben has qualified with Urban Strides with a Diploma in Dance Teaching.

His passion lies with Hip Hop and Popping, he has been travelling for years all over the country battling these styles, and taking workshops to perfect his craft.

He works closely with all ages at Studio 4, sharing his knowledge, expertise and passion for these styles.

Class - Popping

Holly Hunter

Choreographer

Trained:-Urdang Academy London 

 

Holly started training at a young age in multiple different styles starting off in Plymouth. She was one of the first members of The National Youth Dance company and also performed with The National Youth Theatre. Following this Holly Trained for three years at the Urdang Academy London and graduated with a Level 6 Diploma in Professional Dance. Holly has performed professionally multiple times at The Saddlers Wells Theatre (working with choreographer Jasmin Vardimon),The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent, Pantomimes , Joseph and the Technicolour Dream Coat, various corporate events, Music Videos, Tv Commercials and most recently went to Paris to perform in a show

She has worked closely with Los Angeles choreographer Rhapsody James (and many world renowned choreographers) where she travelled for 3 months to train with and also assisted at her London auditions. Holly is now currently studying sports rehabilitation to go alongside with her dance career. Her aim when teaching dance is to bring out confidence in the dancers and also everyone's own individual style.

Holly teaches two weekly commercial classes at Studio 4

Class - Commercial

Benjamin Di'ath

Teacher/Choreographer

Training:- London Studio Centre, London 

Performance Credits:- Pet Shop Boys, Royal Opera House, Saddlers Wells Theatre

 

Benjamin attended the London Studio Centre graduating from Into Dance Company in 2013. Since then he has worked nationally and internationally performing all over the world as well as West End theatres. Credits include: Pet Shop Boys Royal Opera House, ‘Carmen’ Secret Opera Company, Siobhan Davis at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Celebrity Cruise Line, ‘Cinderella’ 2015, Step One Dance Company, Metta Theatre’s ‘The Little Mermaid’, to name a few.

 

He gained his BA Hons degree in theatre dance (upper second class honours)

Professional diploma from the London Studio Centre

UKA Ballroom and Latin awards Distinction

 

Throughout his career he has taught as much as possible, from dance schools, to colleges and fitness studios, delivering classes and workshops all over the country. He is always excited to pass on knowledge and passion to others.

 

He specialises in Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Commercial as well as teaching Latin American and Ballroom.

Class - Jazz Funk

Kadus Smith

Choreographer/ Teacher

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. 

Class - Hip Hop Foundations and Styles

Ellison Jane

Choreographer

Performance Credits - Stockport Panto

 

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.

Class - Beginner Commercial

Sarah Lou

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.

Student Teachers

Tilly Johnston

Our Wonderful Tilly has been assisting our Director Alice with her younger classes with guidance and training from Studio Tilly will now be running her own beginner commercial class. Our younger students love working with Tilly and really look up to her

 

 

Tilly says "Teaching students gives me the opportunity to share my love for dance. It’s great for me to see younger children express themselves and be creative in a fun, positive way. I love when students grow in confidence and feel proud of themselves when they have mastered a new skill. Their smiling faces are the best".

Class  - Mini Commercial

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