Vicky is originally from the UK and started dancing at the age of 6 in her local dance school Sidmouth Ballet School and East Devon Dance. She trained in RAD Ballet, ISTD Tap and Modern, Street Jazz, Cheerleading and was also lucky enough to attend workshops for Irish and Spanish. Vicky’s love and interests in teaching began at the age of 14 when she would go to the local dance classes to assist and watch.
She successfully went onto do her RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) teachers training for 2 years, where she graduated in June 2010 with CBTS and gained her registered teacher status.
Vicky moved to the UAE in September 2010 and started teaching full time straight away. Since teaching here she has put students through their RAD exams and has also choreographed for many shows.
Annual Triple Fantasy Dance shows – Manor Pavilion, UK Annual Multiplicity Dance shows – Manor Pavilion, UK Phantom of the Opera – Youth Theatre, UK Chance to Dance – Northcott Theatre, UK Assistant and dancing at Wayne Sleep workshop – Plymouth, UK Brian Rogers Performing Arts College summer courses – Surrey, UK Dance teacher at Sidmouth Ballet School & East Devon Dance – 2008-2010 Opening dance act for Nicki Minaj show – Meydan, Dubai Dance act for New Year’s Eve (including acts such as Gorillaz, Snoop Dog, Faithless, September, Inna) – Meydan, Dubai Shadow performance for the shell Formula 1 annual gala dinner – Yas Island, Abu Dhabi Michel Ball sings the musicals concert – Yas Island, Abu Dhabi Dubai Racing World Cup, Pre world cup party – JBR Meydan, Dubai Diabetes walk – Yas Island, Abu Dhabi Dubai Mall 24hour all night long flash mob 2013 & 2014 – Dubai Mall Shadow performance for Dell – Dubai Nutella anniversary flashmob – Dubai Mall Human statue at Art Gallery – Dubai Dance teacher at an established school in Dubai 2010-2012 Owner and teacher of Ms Vicky’s 2012-2014
Vicky took on the role of Manager at Step Up Academy in July 2014, on top of her management duties she still continues to teach popular classes at the academy.
Christina is a passionate dance professional with over 12 years of international experience as a teacher, choreographer and performer.
Originally from New Zealand, Christina started her dance training at the age of 5, studying both Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Ballet and American Jazz Dance Affiliation (AJDA) Jazz Dance. After completing her RAD Grade 8, AJDA Advanced 2 and RAD Advanced Foundation vocational level examinations with Distinction, she went on to study dance full time gaining her Level 6 Diploma in Performing Arts, specialising in Dance.
Following her dance training, Christina performed in a wide range of dance styles, working within New Zealand before travelling and working in London, Macau and Cyprus then finally arriving in Dubai. Pursuing her passion for dance teaching further, she went on to study her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Dance.
Dancer – Contracted to Urban Muse Productions Hong Kong at City of Dreams Casino, Macau Cheerleader – High profile international and local sporting events in United Kingdom and New Zealand – Hurricanes Super 14 Rugby, Wellington Rugby 7s, All Blacks test matches, Four Nations Rugby League, London Leopards Basketball, Super League Grand Final and Harlequins Rugby Dancer – Contemporary dancer and aerialist for World of Wearable Arts Awards (WOW), New Zealand Dancer – floorshows and corporate events in New Zealand, UK and Asia including; Shell Oil Awards, Les Mills ‘Dance 4 Life’, HRINZ Awards at the Duxton Wellington, Rugby 7s Conference Intercontinental Wellington, Ladies Day at Newcastle Racecourse UK, B Gorgeous Hair fashion show, Hard Rock Hotel Macau, Coral Bay Resort Cyprus, Exodus Wellington, Field Days for Suzuki, ‘Another Right Royal Gala’ promotional performances and the Fringe Festival Wellington Dancer – ‘Cats’ Musical, Wellington, New Zealand Dancer – Performance for TV, film and music videos including; ‘The Good Morning Show’ NZ, ‘StreetDance’ movie – Vertigo Films, Phillips ‘Lumalive’ advertisement, ‘GRC’ music video, 48 hour film festival NZ, ‘The Brighton Project’, ‘Northern Soul’ movie teaser and ‘The Piri Weepu’ show Dance Teacher – over 10 years international experience preparing students for dance exams, dance shows and performances in a wide range of dance styles in the United Kingdom, Cyprus, New Zealand and Dubai Choreographer – for musicals ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and ‘Grease’ for Future Te Aroha NZ, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ and ‘Cinderella’ pantomime Cyprus, 48 hour film festival NZ, ‘A night at the Asylum’ Etrois UK, assistant choreographer for music video by ‘Maladjusted Productions’ Cyprus and various staged productions, parades and festivals
Christina joined the Step Up Team in September 2014 as a full time member of our teaching team and took on the role of Head Teacher from September 2015.
Originally from the UK, Emily started dancing at her local school in Buckinghamshire, Claydons Academy, where she took exams with the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) in Ballet, Tap and Freestyle. From the age of 15 she began assisting in children’s classes and realised that her real love and interest was in teaching dance.
In 2007 Emily successfully auditioned for a place at Pattisons Theatre Arts, Coventry. During her time here she gained her Associate teaching qualifications in Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz and Freestyle and Diplomas in Gymnastic Dance and Anatomy. She also performed in many performances and took advanced vocational exams in Ballet, Tap and Modern Jazz.
Since leaving her training Emily worked as a Dance teacher in England for 2 years, entering many children for exams. In 2013 Emily began working for a dance school in Budapest, Hungary and loved being part of an international environment. Here she prepared pupils for exams and also choreographed for many performances and shows.
Hilton Hotel Management Ball The Dance Show, Birmingham Hilton Hotel Reunion Ball Mark Andrews Productions New Look Fashion Show Various shows with Pattisons Theatre Arts and Claydons Academy Dance Teacher Claydon’s Academy, UK Dance teacher at Dance Energie, UK Dance Teacher at Dance Craze Academy, Budapest
Emily joined the Step Up Team in September 2015, with her bubbly personality she has become very popular with our students. Ms Emily teaches a wide range of styles at Step Up Academy however she has become particularly well known for her Tap & Modern and Gymnastics classes!
A professional dancer and teacher who has been dancing for over 23 years, Ms Caitlin’s dance training began at the age of 2 at the Debra McLaren School in the UK. At the age of 13 she began studying dance at the prestigious Centrepointe School in Manchester where she studied Ballet (RAD), Modern (ISTD) and Tap (ISTD) all up to Advanced 1 Level alongside Jazz, Contemporary and Musical Theatre.
She decided to further her career after winning a place at Bird College in London in which she achieved a BA (Hons) in Dance and Theatre Performance where she studied many aspects of Dance and also the theoretical side to it.
Caitlin went on to complete her 2 years study with the Royal Academy of Dance for her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies, gaining registered teacher status with the internationally recognised ballet awarding body. Before moving to Dubai to join the Step Up Team, she taught at established dance schools within the UK and also in Tenerife, Spain.
Fantine – Les Miserables – BYTES Company Lily – Annie – BYTES Company Main Dancer – King and I- BYTES Company Dancer/Ensemble – Curtains – Studio Theatre, Sidcup, London Dance/ Ensemble in Burlesque – Orchard Theatre, London Centrepointe Annual performances- Royal College of music, Manchester Finalist at the English Ballet Championships- UMIST, Manchester Teacher at established dance school in Tenerife, Spain- 2014 FTeacher at established dance school in Manchester- 2015 Student teacher at established dance school in Manchester -2015
Caitlin joined the Step Up team in September 2015, specialising in RAD Ballet, Tap, KinderDance and Lyrical classes. She looks forward to another successful year of examinations and show dances with her students old and new.
Adele is a professional dancer specialising in commercial, hip hop, tap and jazz dance styles. Her previous experience has seen her grace the stages in international dance contracts on cruise ships, concerts, TV, circus and nightclubs.
Originally from Scotland, her love of dance began at 5 years old at Julie Young School of Dance in her hometown of Perth. She then went on to further her training, moving to London to study at Performers College in Essex and graduating with a National Trinity Diploma in Dance. Here she studied many different styles of dance including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Commercial and also Musical Theatre.
Following her study, Adele successfully started her professional career when she was chosen to perform alongside UK pop singer Olly Murs at the Brit Awards and has continued to pursue her dream. Moving to the UAE in 2014, she has recently finished a two year contract in one of Dubai’s fine dining cabaret restaurants where she played the leading role of Alice in Wonderland. Alongside her performing career, Adele has shared her love of dance by assisting and teaching dance classes at her home town dance school in Perth.
P&O Cruises, International – 6 month performing contract as a dancer on the Oriana Brit Awards performing with Olly Murs, UK Dancer for TV show ITV Splash with Olympian diver Tom Daly, UK Dancer for TV special, ITV Text Santa, UK Dancer for TV special, BBC Children In Need, UK Karlsruher Weihnacht Circus, Germany The Act Nightclub Shangri La Hotel, UAE Blue Marlin Ibiza, UAE Opening Formula 1 Grand Prix: Enrique Iglesias/Florance and The Machine, UAE Wella Trendvision Awards 2014, UK Adidas Redfest, UAE Opening of Illusion Nightclub, Doha
Adele is thrilled to be joining the Step Up Academy team and is excited to share her love of performing and dance.
Fiona is from a small town in the West of Scotland. She first started dancing at the age of 3 at her local school- the Juliann School of Dancing. Here she completed exams in Latin American, Ballroom and Freestyle. She continued on to the Ian McLeod Theatre School where she trained in Ballet and Jazz obtaining top grades passes in all her exams through the British Association Teachers of Dancing. It was here she was inspired to broaden her passion for dance into teaching; giving back to the school that gave her so much.
Whilst studying Law at University, Fiona completed her professional associate teacher’s exam with the BATD in Jazz. She was also fortunate enough to teach in Budapest whilst on university exchange. From this experience Fiona’s passion for teaching internationally has grown. Fiona has since taught, choreographed, adjudicated for many shows, exams and events both in the UK and abroad.
BATD Ballet Scholarships candidate Dancer/Ensemble- West Side Story, Apollo Players, Kings Theatre Glasgow Dancer/Ensemble- Disco Inferno, Apollo Players, Mitchell Theatre Glasgow Dance Teacher- Ian McLeod Theatre School Dance Teacher- GAMTA, Glasgow Academy Musical Theatre Arts Dancer- Yorkhill Children’s Charity, annual Christmas Elf Dance Teacher- Dance Craze Academy, Budapest Adjudicator for Bobby Barr Freestyle Scholarships, BATD Dancer- Shopping centre fashion show- Julie Hannah, Daily Record Dance Teacher Summer School Workshops- Michelle Furnley Stage and Ballet Dance Teacher- BATD Scottish West Teachers Lectures Dance Teacher- BATD Scottish West Day of Dance Dance Teacher- Seaview Ibiza, First Choice
Fiona is thrilled to be joining the team at Step Up Academy!
Ms. Michelle is originally from Rio de Janeiro,Brazil.
She started her dance training at the young age of 3 years old at Maria Olenewa School of Dance going on to graduate from the Professional Syndicate of Dance (RJ/Brazil).
During her years as a dance student, Michelle was awarded international scholarships with the following prestigious American Academies enabling her to improve her dance technique and broaden her knowledge.