All of our teachers are DBS checked, First Aid Trained and Licensed Chaperones & E.P.A also has a PPL/PRS Music Licence & all the relevant insurance.
Miss Beckie - Principal.
ISTD (DDI), Acrobatic Arts 1 & 2, PBT, Dip MT, LAMDA
Principal & Founder of Etoile.
Acrobatic Arts Certified (AAC1, AAC2) ISTD (DDE), LAMDA.
Miss Beckie started her dance training at the age of 3, and has never stopped! She attended local dance schools training in Ballet, Tap, Modern/Jazz, Lyrical, Acrobatics & National under the RAD, ISTD & IDTA syllabi. After completing her Dance GCSE a year early & taking 2 additional Performing Arts Subjects, she went on to study a BTEC Diploma in Musical Theatre. Beckie was keen to continue her training and went on to train at The Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama, a Professional Musical Theatre & Dance college. During her 3 years at M.A.D.D, she was trained by West End performers & Directors, top commercial choreographers & former principal dancers from both the Royal Ballet & the Bolshoi Ballet. Whilst studying, she performed at both the Mansfield Palace Theatre & the Nottingham Playhouse, and at 'Move it' London Olympia. Since graduating, Beckie has been a soloist at the ‘Barlow Proms’ alongside West End leading ladies and has taken on several other performance roles & professional contracts, including working internationally in Dubai.
However, teaching has always been Beckie’s main passion. Miss Beckie is keen to always keep up to date with the latest Dance trends and styles in the Professional Industry, and strives to be a fresh, inspiring & Creative teacher.
Having previously gained experience teaching Dance and Performing Arts, she has created a fresh & nurturing environment for pupils to learn in order to unlock their potential.
"It has always been my dream to open my own Performing Arts School, the progression my pupils have made since I started Etoile is incredible. E.P.A has a lovely family atmosphere and the happiness of my students is of great importance. I treat every pupil as an individual and use engaging teaching methods to build confidence and create performers that are full of passion and enthusiasm. "
BA Hons, ISTD (DDI), Acrobatic Arts 1 & 2, PBT.
“It has always been my dream to teach dance. I take great pleasure in passing on my knowledge and developing the skills of others. I regard myself as very fortunate to be given the opportunity to pursue a career in a profession that I love. I'm so thrilled to be a part of Team EPA and looking forward to helping the pupils achieve their dreams. ”
Eve began dancing at the age of four, attending local dance schools in Leicester, training in Tap, Ballet, Modern and Lyrical under the RAD and ISTD syllabi. She also undertook her GCSE and A Level dance, before successfully auditioning for a BA Honours Degree in Dance at Middlesex University.
During her 3 year professional training Miss Eve had the opportunity to work alongside some fantastic contemporary and modern jazz artists such as the incredible Robert Cohan.
Eve has performed for many UK dance contracts, from dance performances at Arts Education in London, to Bill Kenwright’s production of Joseph at De Montfort Hall. She is in the final stages of gaining her ISTD DDI teaching qualifications in Tap, Ballet and Modern. As well as teaching syllabus exam work to the pupils, Eve will also be using her extensive experience & knowledge to help co-ordinate and choreograph festival & competition dances.
BA Hons, Acrobatic Arts 1
Miss Fiona started dancing at the age of 7, and just 3 years later, she knew she wanted to dance as a career.
She attended local dance schools training in Ballet, Tap, Modern/Jazz, Lyrical, Drama, Acrobatics & National under the RAD, ISTD & IDTA syllabus. Miss Fiona has taken grades in Tap and Modern in IDTA up to and including Intermediate as well as Ballet up to and including intermediate in both RAD and ISTD. She completed her GCSE’s and A levels at school before auditioning for professional dance colleges.
It was then that she was offered a Dance and Drama Award which was full scholarship at Stella Mann College of Performing Arts. Miss Fiona did 3 years professional training and gained a National Diploma in Professional dance. During this time Fiona worked with some incredible artists who have worked and are still working in the west end and touring companies; these names include; Alan Burkitt (currently lead in the tour Top Hat) who is a good friend of miss Fiona's, Ryan Jenkins (former SYTYCD contestant), Adele Young, Tobias Mead, Hamilton Evans, Marina Abdeen and many more. During her time at Stella Mann College she performed on the Move it stage in front of thousands of people two years in a row along with performing in ensemble performances in The Wedding Singer at the Radlett Centre in 2012.
Miss Fiona is still working in the Performing Arts Industry and has been a supporting artist on The IT Crowd, and also a cheerleader for leading IT company FUJITSU evening. She has recently completed her Degree in Dance & teaching, and regularly teaches in school's all over Leicestershire.
"I love to teach and it is such a rewarding feeling watching pupils fulfil their potential. As I am still working in the Dance Industry, I am able to pass current knowledge and techniques onto pupils, helping them always be one step ahead."
BA Hons, ISTD (DDI), Acrobatic Arts 1 & 2, ALCM, LAMDA
Vocal, Drama, Dance Teacher.
Miss Alys began her training from a young age, achieving Intermediate level with the RAD, ISTD & IDTA Syllabi. Alys trained Professionally on the 3 year Musical Theatre Course at Italia Conti - one of the most prestigious theatre schools in the world.
As well as her extensive dance training, Miss Alys also trained vocally - following the London College of Music Sylabi to Grade 8, before progressing on to train as a teacher with LCM. She is also taking her training one step further and will be qualified to an even higher level & will be graduating very soon. Miss Alys is also working towards her DDI level dance teaching qualifications with the ISTD in Ballet, Tap & Modern.
Her professional work includes: Theatre In Education production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ which toured around London & also an Ensemble role on the One show for Arlene Philips.
We are so excited to have Miss Alys on board and she will be our head of vocal & drama training at EPA offering private and group singing & drama tuition. Pupils will have the opportunity to take exams in both singing and drama with the London College of Music & LAMDA.
Acrobatic Arts 1, DIP MT, PBT.
Miss Jenna started dancing at the age of two at the Norma Terry school of dance in Cambridgeshire until she successfully auditioned for LCPA AT 18, studying Musical theatre Dance and Drama - National Trinity Diploma. One of her college highlights was performing on the main stage at 'Move It'. During her training, she was one the few selected for professional pantomime in Middlesbrough where in which she was in the ensemble and understudy to Prince Charming.
During her performing career, she was represented by Mark Summers Commercial agency & appeared in numerous music videos & took on several professional dance contracts prior to having her children. This is where her passion for commercial dance blossomed, and she continues to keep up to date with the latest styles and choreography in the industry.
"I have always loved to teach dance and from finishing college and having my children I have taught continuously. I have taught through the local councils get fit scheme around Leicestershire, within Leicestershire primary and secondary schools, teaching Street and commercial dance. Over the past couple of years I have started teaching within local stage schools in Cambridgeshire and Leicester. After having my children I have solely focused my time and energy into teaching and absolutely love it!"
Head Chef, Dance Mum Extraordinaire
Star Barre Chef & Wardrobe Mistress.
Sally has many years experience of being a Dance Mum to Miss Beckie, and has had over 25 years dealing with all things dance, so she can relate to our pupils parents and will help offer guidance when possible. She also takes charge of all the costumes for the dance school and runs 'The Star Barre' our studio Diner - her pasta bake is in high demand! Sally also holds a DBS Check, is First Aid qualified and is also a certified Licensed Child Chaperone.
The Star Barre also holds 5 Star Food Hygiene Rating.