Teachers

We only employ the best teachers who also work professionally within the  performance industry and are guaranteed to provide innovative and creative classes. All our teachers hold a DBS check and are supported by us in their continuing professional development.

NLPAC is a Recognised School with the Council for Dance Education and Training and has been awarded the Council’s certificate of good professional practice. Schools awarded CDET’s Recognised School Award demonstrate to students, parents and guardians that they adhere to the standards demanded by the industry; standards designed to protect and safeguard young people whether dancing for leisure or with an eye to a career in the profession.      

Meet our teachers

Drama Department

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NICK O'BRIEN

Head of Drama

Drama GCSE

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Nick trained as an Actor and Director for 3 years under Sam Kogan who was a pupil of  Maria Knebel one of Stanislavski’s pupils at the Moscow Art Theatre.

He has a PGCE in Drama from Keele University. Nick teaches Stanislavski based Acting technique, GCSE Drama & LAMDA at NLPAC.

Nick has worked for Edexcel for a number of years as an Examiner and Moderator.

Dance Department

Music Department

BETH DAVIES

Dram & Musical Theatre

 

Beth trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, gaining a first class honours degree in musical theatre, where she received the Peter Coxshead Memorial Scholarship and the Elizabeth Evans Trust Scholarship.

Beth made her professional debut in the 25th Anniversary production of Les Miserables, understudying the role of Madame Thenardier.

Other professional credits include Cameron Mackintosh's Oliver!, understudying the roles of Widow Corney and Charlotte and the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 Arena

HELEN COLBY

Drama & Musical Theatre

 

Helen trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts-Dame Judi Dench Scholarship Award.

Some of her recent credits include Company Consider Yourself (Test Shoot) Dir. Vadim Jean, BBC Films/Gold Circle and The MOB Film Company, Baroness Elberfeld The Sound of Music (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre), Dance Captain/Swing Sweeney Todd (Adelphi West End), Fairy Godmother/Wicked Stepmother Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (Tabard),  Ensemble/Cover Sister Mary Patrick Sister Act (Original Cast - London Palladium).

CASSANDRA COMPTON

Drama 

 

Cassie was a finalist on The X Factor as a soloist in 2004. She took part in The X Factor Arena tour, performing at all major arenasacross the UK, including Wembley Stadium.

Theatre Credits include, Nessarose in Wicked (Victoria Apollo) Elizabeth in Dirty Dancing (Aldwych Theatre) Eponine in Les Misérables(Queens Theatre) directed by Trevor Nunn, Jo March in Little Women (No 1 UK tour) Mary Lennox in the RSC’s The Secret Garden (Aldwych Theatre). Her television work includes: Francine Spencer in Call the Midwife (BBC) Fludd in Mr. Selfridge (ITV) Nessa Read in Casualty (BBC)

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SUSAN JAMES

 Head of Ballet, ISTD & RAD Ballet, ISTD Modern, DDI/DDE Tutor, GCSE Dance

 

 Susan teaches ISTD Ballet & Modern, RAD Ballet and is a tutor for the ISTD DDI/DDE teaching qualification. Susan has extensive knowledge and experience teaching in both distance learning tutoring and face-to-face training and was one of the original tutors trained for the RAD Teaching Diploma and Teaching Certificate at the Royal Academy of Dance here in London. Many of Susan’s students have gone onto train at top ballet institutions and companies.

 

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RUTH STOBBS

  ISTD Tap

 

 

Ruth trained at the London Studio Centre. Since graduating, she has appeared in various summer seasons and shows across the UK.

Ruth has been a tap teacher at NLPAC for many years and has seen her students through ISTD examinations with great success.

Ruth has recently completed the ISTD DDI dance teaching qualification and is now continuing her studies at DDE level.  

 

 

 

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PIPPA HOLLIDAY

Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz

 

At the age of 18 Pippa moved to London to train on a full scholarship to the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. Since graduating Pippa has performed all over the world as a dancer in both television and theatre.

As a teacher she has over 9 years experience and has worked all over London and Brighton teaching Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary. Pippa has also privately coached children for West End Musicals such as; Oliver, Billy Elliot and Singing in the Rain. Pippa holds the ISTD DDI teaching qualification in Imperial Ballet, Modern Theatre & Tap and is due to comple the DDE level.

 

 

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JAMES JENKINS

Drama, Ballet, Street Dance

 

James trained at Performers College and went straight into the UK tour of Cacophony choreographed by Lucie Pankhurst.

James has worked for artists such as One Direction, Neon Jungle, Duffy, Lily Allen and Everything Everything.

He has danced in commercials for Cadbury’s, Sky, E4, Ministry of Sound, MTV and Radio One.

James has also appeared in feature films such as The Worlds End and The Holiday.

 

 

 

 

BECKY CLARKE

GCSE, Ballet, Modern

 

Becky began dancing at Harlequin Stage School and competed in many festivals throughout England. She also participated in the Young Dancer of the Year, and won Outstanding Dance at the Modern ISTD Janet Cram Awards. She trained with the Royal Ballet on the Associate program and performed with the Birmingham Royal Ballet in ‘The Nutcracker.’ At 16 Becky continued her professional training at The Arts Educational School, Tring Park. Since graduating, she has worked as a professional dancer and has performed all over the world.  Becky holds the ISTD DDI teaching qualification in Imperial Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap and is continuing her studies at DDE level.

 

 

 

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AMY FOSKETT

Contemporary

 

Amy trained at the Centre for Advance Training at Swindon Dance before gaining a place at Trinity Laban graduating in 2014 with a BA (hons) in Contemporary Dance.  During her time at Laban she studied Ballet and different styles of contemporary dance; Cunningham, Graham and release. Also learning Laban’s theories on choreography and dance, Following Laban, Amy has performed for Hannah Vincent Dance Company at Resolutions 2015 and Footprint dance festival 2015, as well as creating her own work collaborating with a musician.

 

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ANIKÓ SOLTI

Ballet

Anikó trained in classical ballet and contemporary dance in Budapest, Hungary, where she received her modern dance teaching certificate. She then spent 7 years working as a professional dancer and dance teacher in Europe before continuing her education in London.

Anikó has been teaching classical ballet in the UK and entering children for graded examinations at the ISTD and leading recreational classes for adults. Anikó’s students have performed West End musicals Matilda and Lion King. Aniko holds the ISTD DDI & DDE Teaching qualification and is currently studying for the Licenciate in Imperial Ballet. She holds an MSc in Dance Science.

 

 

 

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IMOGEN BYRON

Tap, Ballet, Street Dance

 

Imogen trained at NLPAC in all areas of Performing Arts.

She has worked professionally on stage, film and television from a young age.

She was a regular actress in Holby City for five years and began her West End career in Les Mis.

 

 

 

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REBECCA RIDGWELL

Stage School Dance

 

 

 

 

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EPI FERREIRA

Commercial Jazz

 

 

 

 

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STEVE HASWELL

Singing & Piano

 

Steve has been a professional singer and performer for over 15 years and

has worked in most genres of entertainment from a lead part in the original cast of Saturday Night Fever at the London Palladium to performing in front of 20,000 people.

He also writes songs for numerous artists. Steve has a passion for teaching and likes to share his personal knowledge and experience with his students.

 

 

 

ORLANDO BYRON

Singing, Piano, Wind

 

Orlando began his vocal studies as a child here at NLPAC before entering the Chapels Royal as head chorister to the Queen. He went on to study composition, voice and organ at the Junior Royal Academy of Music. He studied for a degree in music at SOAS, where he specialised in Japanese traditional music and became a qualified teacher of world music.

Orlando has a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music, a gold medal from the Royal School of Church Music and has achieved ABRSM Grade 8 in a large number of instruments, including voice, music theory, flute, piano, organ and harp.

He continues to work professionally in a wide number of genres as a singer and accompanist.

 

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ROBINE LANDI

Singing

 

Robine is a trained actor and singer who has extensive experience with coaching in both dramatic and vocal areas of performance.  Robine has worked with organsiations all over the UK, such as the The Birmingham Stage Company, The National Theatre, Opera Holland Park, and MET Academy. She has also been involved with teaching children with learning difficulties, applying her enthusiastic and positive approach to a wide range of activities.

 

LAURENCE PANTER

Singing & Piano

 

Laurence is completing a Masters degree in singing at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where he holds a Kathleen Roberts Vocal Scholarship. He also holds an MA Cantab from the University of Cambridge where he read music, a DipABRSM for vocal performance and a DipABRSM for piano performance. He works as a freelance classical tenor, singing for a variety of professional choirs and operatic companies. He is also a trained classroom teacher, assessed as Outstanding by the Institute of Education.

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JOSH STADLEN

Drums

 

Josh Stadlen is a renowned drummer, composer and producer from London with over 10 years of performing and recording experience. Josh has a degree in music from City University in London. He is experienced in a  number of genres and teaches at various schools across London.

DAN FARRANT

Head of Drums

 

Dan studied at the Royal academy of music where he graduated as the first drummer on the Jazz and Rock course. He was also the first winner at the prestigious Lansdowne award for composition. Dan is currently in the legendary punk band "The Buzzcocks" and over a successful career has also performed and recorded with many artists He has had 25 years experience in teaching and is very dedicated to encouraging and inspiring North London’s next generation of young Drummers.

 

 

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ANNIE SEABROOK

Piano

 

After graduating with BA (HONS) degree at Colchester music School, Annie continued her musical training at Kingston upon Thames, where she qualified with a post graduate certificate of education. Since then she has toured the UK playing with numerous bands. Annie has been teaching for many years and her students have had great exam success. Annie also accompanies NLPAC students for ABRSM exams.

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STEPHEN PAYNE

"BONGO"

Drums

 

Stephen 'Bongo' Payne is an experienced multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. A professional musician with over 10 years experience, he began teaching in 2008 running Live Band workshops at festivals. Stephen draws on 29 years of playing experience to teach drums & percussion at NLPAC and runs band workshops.   Stephen also performs regularly with his band The Super Luckies

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MARK KULKE

Guitar/Bass Guitar

 

Mark trained in London at the Guitar Institute where he gained a degree in contemporary music and guitar. He holds a level 4 certificate in Teaching in the Life Long Learning Sector. Mark certainly has enough professional experience to

to advise and inspire all our budding rock stars, he has worked with artists

as diverse and prestigious as Boy George and Shania Twain, as well as strutting the

boards in the West End.

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ALFRED PICKARD

Woodwind & Brass

 

Alfred began learning clarinet at the age of 8 then attended University in Florida where he majored in Music Education.  His applied instruments were Clarinet and Saxophone. Alfred began teaching in 1978 back in Kodaikanal International school. He taught Windband, Jazzband, Choir and also directed many musicals. Alfred teaches with Enfield Art Support Service and directs a Windband at the East Barnet Music Centre

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ALICE BONAFACIO

Violin

 

Alice is an actress and a musician and has been playing the violin since she was 4.

She has worked in theatre and film, appearing on the West End and off-Broadway, and was a chorister in the York Minster.

Alice has been teaching at NLPAC since 2012 and is represented by Byron’s Management.

 

 

 

 

 

ASHLEY WOOD

Flute, Clarinet & Sax

 

Ashley started playing the piano at the early early age of 5 years old and the sax when he was 12. After secondary school, Ashley auditioned and got a place at the world renowned Chethams School Of Music, where is continued to study the sax and piano from the ages of 16- 19. Ashley then went on to study a 3 year degree course in music and jazz at Paul McCartney's founded, Liverpool Institute of performing.

Currently, Ashley enjoys teaching both classically and in jazz, on the piano, sax clarinet and flute, as well as doing gigs abroad and nationally, playing for clients such as Steven Gerrard and Tailored Events.

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RHYS BOWDEN

Singing and Piano

 

Rhys studied for a degree in music at Girton College, Cambridge. Subsequently, he joined the Royal Academy of Music on the postgraduate course in vocal studies from which he graduated in 2009 with distinction.

Rhys's recent roles include the Messenger (Aida) with South Downs Opera, Giuseppe (La Traviata) for Opera Lyrica, Cortigiano (The Hospital of Incurable Madness) for Solomon's Knot Collective at Aldeburgh Music. He has sung with Opera Rara, Wexford Festival Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera Holland Park, Longborough Opera, British Youth Opera and Stanley Hall Opera.

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THEO JACKSON

Singing and Piano

 

 

Anthony T. Jackson lives and works in London as a pianist, songwriter and teacher. He achieved a Master’s degree (merit) in composition at Trinity Laban, and now plays in a number of bands

 

 

 

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