Melissa Fensom (RAD RTS)

Melissa began dancing at the age of three and went on to train professionally during which time she gained the RAD Student Teaching Certificate in 1992 with distinction, the ISTD Teaching Certificate for Modern Dance, was awarded the Cup for Modern Theatre and took principle roles in the school’s annual shows.  Melissa’s excellent teaching ability was recognised very early on and she was invited to be the assistant to a highly renowned choreographer during her last two years of training.

 

She enjoyed many years of work as a professional artiste dancing, acting and singing often taking principle and title roles in a range of shows in the UK and Europe alongside many well-known and popular stars of stage and screen.  

Gaining her full RAD Teaching Certificate in 2006 with distinction she went on to establish the Elite Academy of Performing Arts in Surrey and led the school successfully as Principal before moving back to her hometown of Plymouth.  It is here that Melissa has created a new and exciting organisation which encompasses:

 

  • Dance parties for all ages
  • Dance tuition for all ages
  • Wedding dances
  • Flash mobs
  • Hen and stag dance parties
  • Choreography for choirs and choruses
  • Performance workshops that provide the necessary tools to give a sparkling performance

 

With over twenty years of experience in coaching amateurs and professionals, children and adults Melissa is delighted to be working in such a rewarding and fun career.

Kate Clarke (Manic Mayhem Teacher)

Kate Clarke is from Plymouth and trained in professional musical theatre at the Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and Millennium Performing Arts in London.

She started her professional career in regional pantomimes playing the title roles in Cinderella and also Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  She then went on to tour with a new musical 'Make Believe' by James Hall as Ophelia.

Kate then moved onto cruise ships as lead singer and production performer for Thomson, P&O and Carnival for eight years.

Kate has most recently toured the UK with ‘Spirit of the Dance’ as their featured singer and also was fortunate enough to tour China and Holland with the same show. 

Kerri-Ann Croker (Teacher of Irish Dance)

Kerri-Ann started dancing at the age of 2 years old in a local dance school in Plymouth, training in Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Tap. She has also trained in Ballroom dancing, Disco dancing and Gymnastics. At 16 years old she moved to London after gaining a scholarship to train for 3 years at The Urdang Academy, graduating in July 2007 with a National Diploma in Musical Theatre.
 

Kerri went on to perform in Spirit of the Dance in Branson Missouri, USA from August 2007- December 2008. This is where her love for Irish dancing began. For the next few years she went on to performing on cruise ships. She has worked with Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruises, Princess Cruises and Holland America Cruise Lines, performing on the Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Summit, Norwegian Gem, Westerdam and the Golden Princess.

In May 2011 she performed in the UK tour of Spirit of the Dance then moved to Australia where she lived from August 2011 – March 2013. Whilst living in Australia she took part in a few amateur productions playing the white cat ‘Victoria’ in CATS, was part of the tribe/Assistant Choreographer in HAIR and played the role of ‘Graziella’ in West Side Story.

 

She thoroughly enjoys sharing her knowledge, advice and passion for Irish Dancing.

Beshley ('Mostly Mayhem' Teaching Assistant)

Beshley began performing at a young age and has taken part in a variety of shows.  She has a BAHons degree in Theatre and Performance and has been part of our team since January 2017.  

Tegan ('Mini and Maxi Mayhem' Teaching Assistant)

Tegan has always been interested in theatre production and was heavily involved the stage management of Heles School's performance of Les Miserables in early 2019.

 

She joined the Mayhem team in February 2019 and is thoroughly enjoying working with the Mini and Maxi Mayhem group every Saturday.  It is working with our 'Mayhem' students that has convinced her that her long-term plan must be to work with children.

 

We are delighted to have her!

 


 

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