Laura Robinson - Vice Principal
Laura has had a strong passion for dance ever since she set foot in her first class on the opening day of The Lisa Marie School of Dance back in 2000. After performing in numerous shows, competitions and pantos she knew she wanted to peruse a professional dance career. At 18 Laura gained a place on a 3 year vocational training course at Phil WinstonsTheatreworks studying Musical Theatre where she gained numerous exams results and I.D.T.A Teaching Qualifications. It was at that time Miss Lisa invited Laura to become part of the faculty at the Lisa Marie School of Dance alongside her training.
After college Laura gained her first professional dance contract in 2011 in a touring circus in Italy ‘CircoErraniOrfei’ in which she
performed and toured for 10 months. She also gained the new skills to perform Aerial work and become a magician’s assistant. Her next contract was a season in Skegness joining the production team at
Fantasy Island for 6 months performing a number of different styled shows from ‘Legends’ to ‘Best of Brits’. She also landed the lead role of ‘Jack’ in their weekly performance of Panto Jack and the
Beanstalk. Upon finishing Fantasy Island Laura landed her favourite contract to date on board the MV Pacific Venus, a 6 month cruise contract as a Dancer/Singer based in Japan on Japan Cruise Line.
She enjoyed an incredible itinerary traveling around the pacific islands on a Hawaiian Cruise whilst performing nightly in prestigious shows covering musical theatre, ballroom and salsa to name a
few. Her next contract was a season in Cyprus this past summer performing in a 4 person International Dance Show for One Stop Entertainment touring hotels all over the southern coast of the island.
This was a great opportunity to learn new styles of dance including the traditional Greek Zorba. Returning from Cyprus Laura began working alongside a Top Magician as a magician’s assistant and
dancer and performed in numerous shows in the UK and Europe and even travelled to Reunion Island to perfrom with a Magic Convention touring the island. Laura soon became the choreographer for High
Jinx Entertainment and continues to produce new material year after year.
Throughout working abroad and in the UK as a professional dancer Laura has thoroughly enjoyed her close work with the Lisa Marie School of Dance and always loves getting back into the studio creating new ideas and watching the students’ progress into incredible dancers. She is looking forward to seeing what the New Year will bring with the dance school and will be focusing on gaining more teaching qualifications to one day become a credited adjudicator.
Annabel Hey -
As a highly dedicated and passionate dancer Annabel grew up regularly performing in annual shows, dance festivals, competitions and charity events through her local dance school. She began assisting with dance classes at a young age which quickly progressed and provided invaluable initial teaching training experience gaining insigts into matters suchas class control andbehaviour management along with a solid technical basis.
Annabel went on to study Dance Practice and Performance at the University of Wolverhampton and gained practical dissertation. This included stidies auch as choreography dance technique, dance film, dance science and community dance.
Immediately after finishing university Annabel travelled to Seattle, Northwest America, and gained international teaching experience working at a popular children's overnight camp, returning the following summer to work in a supervisory position.
In 2012 Annabel performed as a Dance Captain in a 6week cabaret dancer at the Nigret nightclub, Malta. This provided great insight in to a professional performers experience.
In the summer of 2013 Annabel attended a StreetFit course at Pineapple Dance Studios, London, and gained their license to teach this new form of dance fitness.
In December 2014 she successfully gained an exercise to music qualification through the Health and Fitness Education board and was highly recmmended by the HFE instructor.
Most recently Annabel qualified as an IDTA Freestyle Associate member of the International Dance Teachers Association. She now hopes to further her dance education and is working twards her Ballet Associate qualification.
Annabel currently works freeance in school s across the Yorkshire area delivering in curriculum dance and part time Teaching Assistant at a local primary school. She joined the Lisa Marie School of Dance as a faculty teacher in 2013 and has found every child in the school has a passion for dance which is quite inspiring.
Gabrielle Layla - Gabrielle Layla danced from the young age of 3 and since then performing arts has been a huge part of her life. Through out her years at dance school she competed in many festivals all over the country and qualified for the Miss Dance Uk finals for 3 consecutive years. At the age of 18 she gained a full scholarship to Performers college in Essex where she studied in dance and musical theatre and gained her DDI teaching qualifications. Since graduating in 2012 she has been lucky enough to combine her passion for travel and performing, working professionally all over the world. Gabrielle has worked on both MSC and Costa cruises as a production dancer, other credits include a 7 month tour around the Spanish islands performing as a featured singer/dancer and also appearing in many corporate events, shows and gigs around Europe. Gabrielle has recently moved back to York and is now focusing more on her love for teaching but is still working professionally in the performing industry most weekends and the occasional short contracts. Gabrielle is so honoured to become part of the team and is very excited to be able to pass on her knowledge to the students!
Student Assistant Development Program (SADP) Student Teachers:
Patron: Stuart Arnold
Stewart is one of the pioneers of Lyrical Contemporary Jazz in the UK, developing the genre from as early as 1979 to the present day, trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance, his dancing heritage originates with the Martha Graham technique, with the likes of Bob Cohen, William Luther and Jane Dudley as his teacher/mentors that have been his springboard from which he has developed his unique style and genre, consequently becoming one of our most acclaimed and sought after International Dancer Teacher and Choreographer. For many years Stewart has been constantly involved in a variety of top West End shows, including Wayne Sleeps 'Song and Dance' as a soloist dancer. He was guest choreographer for Wayne Sleeps dance company 'Dash', joint- choreographer on 'The Wiz' at the Hammersmith Lyric Theatre, and featured as a soloist dancer in Johnny Depp's film 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. Choreographing Pop promo’s for artists such as David Grant, Elton John and working exclusively with Kate Bush over the last 20 years as a dancer and a choreographic consultant have also been fitted in to an already busy schedule. He also had his own dance series on Channel 4, along with Claude-Paul Henry, called 'Streets Ahead', and toured Europe along with Anthony Van Laast and Claude-Paul with their own Dance Company called 'Souls in Motion' and took his own concept musical 'Dancing and Singing the Blues' on the same European circuit directing as well as choreographing the show.
As a teacher Stewart was one of the founder/pioneer
teachers at the famous Pineapple Studio in London where he taught for over 20 years with people attending his classes from all over Europe. He taught master- classes and workshops all over Europe,
including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Portugal as well as Japan and the UK for schools and academies such as 'Mudra'(Maurice Bejart), Ballet Academy-Sweden, Elmhurst Royal Ballet School,
Royal Academy of Dance, Arts Education (Tring/London), Bodyworks Studios (Cambridge) where he taught Louis Spence of Pineapple fame, Northern School of Contemporary Dance (also teaching Mel B of the
Spice Girls), Urdang Academy, London Studio Centre, Birds College, Central School of Ballet, Performers College and Masters College of Performing Arts.
As a Director Stewart co-founded, directed and danced in Jazz Theatre Gothenburg in Sweden, Aspects of Dance (Hackney Empire - London), Dancing and Singing the Blues (European Tour), Hard Rock Jazz Café (Theatre Talia-Gothenburg, Sweden).
As an artist Stewart is a unique innovator, whose work is a combination of old and new school, along with a spiritual and artistic richness which makes his work relevant, different and essential not only to the industry but also a great basis for anyone who works with him to start or enhance their creative and technical development as performers in their own right.
Lisa Marie School of Dance is a school with a
philosophy of merging the old with the new - the old school values of the past combining a golden vision for the future - setting out to produce an all round dance performer that has the ability to
think and self motivate on the highest professional level with the desire to become not just a dancer but an Artist of the highest calibre, not only evolving and adapting in this ever changing world,
but able to maintain a solid foundation based on a strong dance tradition that has been handed down from all the great performers of the past.
"A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step"
Stewart Avon Arnold