Faculty

All our teachers are highly qualified professionals who are truely passionate about their subject and dedicated to their students and the highest standard of education. All staff have current DBS clearance and those who teach children also have safeguarding training. This ensures that whether you are an adult student or parent you know that your classes will support you or your child to grow as a dancer in a safe, encouraging and enjoyable environment.

SARAH STEAD

Sarah is the principal of Expression and director of the Associate and Foundation courses. She studied a dimploma in Musical Theatre at Central School of Dance and Drama and went on to train at the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) Headquarters to gain her Associate teaching qualifications. During her dancing career Sarah worked her way up to principal dancer as a member of Innovations Dance Company and also made several TV appearances as an actress. Her recent credits include dancing with Sole Rebel Tap in Moving With The Times. Sarah has now been teaching dance for 20 years working in a number high profile dance schools across the South East. She also works as a freelance choreographer working on both professional and youth projects. Sarah is currently working to further her qualifications studying for her ISTD Licentiate under the direction of Jackie Barnes.

TAIRA FOO

Taira teaches Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Musical Theatre to our adult and pre-vocational students. She works closely with our foundation students coaching them for college auditions. She is also choreographer for our performance company Identity Youth Dance Project.

Taira trained at London Contemporary Dance School at the Place and went on to work as a professional dancer for over 10 years. Some of her most notable credits include performing in the original cast of we will rock you at The Dominion Theatre
, performing in Chicago, Grease, Fame, The Snowman, The Royal Variety Show, Queen’s Jubilee, Party in the Park & on Michael Parkinson. She has worked with some of the most highly renowned choreographers such as Arlene Philips, Robert North, Janet Smith and Sheron Wray. She has also worked with various contemporary dance companies as a dancer and choreographer including Janet Smith Dance Co & Jazzxchange Music & Dance Co with performances at The
 Royal Opera House & Riverside Studios

Following her performing career Taira went into teaching and choreography. As a choreographer she created the short film ‘UNDO’ which made it in to the New York Dance for Camera Film Festival and the San Francisco Dance For Film Festival. She has also choreographed four pantomime’s for Paul Holman associates and a music video for ‘The Flutes’ for their single ‘What is Love’ http://youtu.be/kirNiPuuT9s

Taira is the founder and artistic director of contemporary dance company ‘HINGED’. Their latest productions are ‘The Soloist’ https://vimeo.com/41453684 & ‘Rain man’ https://vimeo.com/61883722 both performed at ‘The Place’ London. Taira’s company received funding last year from the arts council of England for a new project, Prisoner 466.

As a teacher Taira has extensive experience working for many colleges, universities and schools in the UK. She has also taught at Pineapple Dance Studios, Danceworks & The Place.

YUKA KODAMA

Yuka was trained primarily in a strong Russian style but also studied many other methods during her career.  She has danced many leading roles in the ballet repertoires including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Don Quixote and Coppelia.  She has danced with many of Japan’s leading dancers and was invited to perform with Agnes Oaks and Thomas Edur when they visited Japan to dance with a Japanese company.  She danced with, and coached, members of the Moiseyev dance company during a visit to Japan.  She no longer dances professionally but continues to teach, having contributed towards the dancing community in Oxfordshire over the last decade.  She runs her own private classes in addition to the classes she teaches for Oxford University Ballet Society.

GLORIA FUSION

Gloria teaches floor barre and contemporary to our adult and pre-vocational students. Born in Italy, she began dance training at the age of 9 in ballet, modern, jazz and contemporary. After gaining her diploma as a Dance Teacher at I.D.A. in 2009, she also continued her studies abroad focusing on contemporary dance. In NYC She studied Graham Technique at Martha Graham Dance Company School for Contemporary Dance, contemporary dance with Kristin Sudeikis and Wes Veldink at Broadway Dance Center, Gaga Technique with Danielle Agami, Spellbound repertoire with Mauro Astolfi, Body Traffic repertoire at Peridance Capezio Center and modern dance at Paul Taylor Modern Dance School. In London she studied contemporary class routines with Wayne McGregor’s Company, Graham and Cunningham technique classes at Pineapple Studios, Danceworks, The Place and Rambert Studios. In Italy Gloria studied Forsythe Technique with company members, Mats Ek repertoire with Mats Ek’s assistant and dancer Pompea Santoro, Kylian repertoire with Patrick Delcroix, a Contemporary Master Course for teachers with Emanuela Tagliavia at Scuola di Ballo Accademia Teatro AllaScala di Milano and contemporary classes at World Dance Movement 2015 in Castellana Grotte with Michèle Assaf, Joshua Pelatzky, Bruno Collinet and Michele Pogliani.

As a choreographer, she has been involved in art/drama performances, music bands tournèes and musicals in collaboration with music academies in Italy.

In 2012 she became a Pilates Instructor specialised in postural conditioning for dancers and athletes. In 2013 she met the Zena Rommett Floor-barre® Technique and she became a certified teacher in 2014. She had the chance to teach this wonderful technique (great for alignment, to prevent injuries and to improve ballet/dance technique) at Move It in London in 2015 and 2016, and she has recently been invited to teach Floor-Barre® for Ballet at academies in Italy and UK including the Northern Ballet Summer School in Leeds. Gloria has recently moved to the UK to further her teaching career and take up a regular post at the Northern Ballet School.

ELLISHA PEART

Ellisha teaches street dance to our adult and pre-vocational students. She trained at Body Work Studios Cambridge Performing Arts and has a wide range of dance experience in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Matt Mattox, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Latin, Commercial/Street, Bashment, Krumpin, Freestyle Disco, Basic Acrobatics, Lyrical Hip Hop, Drama and Singing. During her dancing career she worked with a vast range of professional artists including Kayne West, Prince, Calvin Harris, Gok Wan, Fergie, Simon Webb and many others. Ellisha also danced with the highly acclaimed Zoonation Dance Company and Pineapple Dance Troupe. Ellisha is founder and director of local dance school Messy Jam.

DAVID NEWPORT

David teaches our popular Wednesday evening pilates class.  He is a coach, personal trainer, writer and speaker on human performance, specialising in posture, rapport and relaxation.

David has worked for over 16 years in the health and fitness arena, teaching pilates for over 10 years at venues in Oxford.

Outside that he worked in international business for the likes of Jaguar and ICI, and human behaviour consulting for BP.

His experience extends across a very wide range of clients: able-bodied, those with disabilities, elderly, children and youths, millionaires, homeless, national and Olympic athletes, and everyone in-between [well not quite everyone, certainly quite a few].

Articles include:

Emotional journeys“, Interpretation Journal of the Association for Heritage Interpretation, Summer 2006, Vol 11, No.2

Whom do you trust?” The Systems Thinker, April, 2005

Relax your way to health“, Prolink, June/July 1996

Books, published by red filbert

7 swift steps to improve your posture” 978-0-8562974-4-0 2010
7 swift steps to take the edge off any stress” 978-0-8562974-2-6 2009
Foundations of relaxation: discover balance and set yourself up for life” 978-0-8562974-0- 2009

DEBRA FIELDING

Debra trained in ballet, tap, modern, jazz and contemporary from an early age at Kinecroft Academy of Dance in Wallingford as well as training at Stagecoach Theatre Arts in Oxford. She went on to complete a BA Hons in Performing Arts and Dance at the University of Chicester. Debra has performed in many highly acclaimed show including High School Musical and We Will Rock You. She now teaches Early Stages at Stagecoach Thame alongside her work with Expression teaching our Monday, Tuesday and Thursday Junior classes with Miss Sarah. Debra is currently undertaking her ISTD DDI Modern dance teaching qualification under the directions of Jackie Barnes.

SARAH DAULTRY

Sarah Daultry is a guest Ballet teacher at Expression and an advisor to the school. She trained at the Arts Educational School, Tring Park, and with Maurice Bejart in Brussels. She taught in the United States for Robert Denvers and Dennis Wayne in New York and performed with the Ruth Mitchell Dance Company in Atlanta. On returning to the UK, Sarah set up her own school, London Dance School, and began freelancing for the Royal Academy of Dance.
Since then Sarah has been teaching at the Arts Educational Schools London, the Royal Academy of Dance, the Royal Ballet School’s Inspire programme, London Studio Centre and Central School of Ballet. She is a cover teacher for the Royal Ballet School Associate Programme, The Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and the Urdang School.
Sarah also works as a Company Teacher for Ballet Black Dance Company.
Sarah teaches our Monday evening ballet classes.

JOSEPH GOODWIN

Joseph Goodwin is one of our guest teachers. He trained with Expression as a child and continued his training on the 3 year Professional Dance and Music Course at Performers College. Whilst at Performers Joseph completed additional ballet training under the direction of Eileen Thorogood and Ian Parsons. Joseph studied his ISTD teaching qualifications at The Judith Hockaday College and continues to attend regular professional development courses for teachers to further his skills. Alongside his teaching Joseph also enjoys a successful performing career with recent credits including working with Kim Gavin dancing in McDonalds 30th anniversary celebrations, performing on X-Factor with Ed Sheeran and working with Mark Webb and Chris Baldock dancing at the FA Cup Final. Joseph has taken some time out from teaching this year to take a contract as a dancer and singer on Carnival Cruises.

EMILY SCOTT

Emily is a guest teacher at Expression, teaching Jazz to our adult and pre-vocational students.

SOPHIE ELWORTHY

Sophie is the financial administrator for Expression, and is responsible for many of the day to day office duties including invoicing and general correspondence.  She has many years’ experience in administration roles for both global and local companies.  More recently, she has been working in insolvency and has taken exams in both accountancy and insolvency.  Sophie’s spare time is currently taken up with her two young sons, and attempting to learn Spanish.