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Here you can get to the know the talented and passionate team of dance teachers at Starlet Inspirations School of Dance.

Michaela has been dancing all her life. She has gained a National Diploma in Performing Arts and has taken all her exams in RAD Ballet and ISTD Modern & Tap. She is trained in street jazz, ballet, modern, lyrical, contemporary, acting and tap. She has modelled for teen magazines, performed at Butlins in the UK, performed at the Children's Variety Performance in London and danced in shows touring hotels in Tenerife. Michaela appeared in 42nd Street and Disco Inferno at the Hexagon as lead dancer and was a model/dancer at the Broad Street Mall Fashion Show 2007 and 2010.

Olivia Arnold - Assistant Teacher

Olivia has been dancing since the age of 3 as well as singing and acting since the age of 6. She has taken ballet exams through the Royal Academy of Dance. She has performed in numerous singing & dance competitions, where she has come 1st place and won trophies. She has performed at the Hexagon Theatre in The King & I, Scrooge and the Mayors Concert. She also sang at the O2 Arena for Voice in a Million. She has danced at 'half time' for Reading Football Club at Madejski Stadium, and modelled at the Broad Street Mall

Louise Woods - Principal

Paulyne Woods - School Bursar

Paulyne has many years' experience in business as well as running her own companies. She uses her expertise in any area required.

 

She also heads the costume department and inputs into our drama classes, scripting pieces for our shows. Paulyne also runs the dance school's dancewear shop, selling things from jazz shoes, dance trousers, tap shoes, leg warmers, dance bags and many more items.

Michaela Thacker - Dance Teacher

Meet our teachers

Louise trained at the Urdang Academy, Covent Garden, London, where she gained a National Diploma in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre. She was trained in street jazz, lyrical, ballet, pointe work, locking, hip-hop, contemporary, singing, acting, voice and accents, tap and musical theatre. She has passed her exams with the Royal Academy of Music in Singing and Piano. Taken her exams for Drama with LAMDA, Ballet in RAD & Modern & Tap with the ISTD. Louise is also a trained Zumba instructor.

 

Her credits include having danced for Sky Sports International Dance Team, Backing Dancer for pop group STEPS, singer/dancer for National Lottery, dancer/model for Topshop, singer for Atomic Kitten tribute in Menorca and a dancer/model for BBC Radio 1 Fitness Video with Chris Moyles and Scott Mills. She has also appeared in ITV dramas The Last Detective, Bombshell, Gideon's Daughter, adverts for anti-drugs campaign FRANK, Olympic Games and the film Charlie & The Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp.

 

Louise also was a backing dancer at Madame Tussauds in London for 'Breast Cancer Charity Ball' in October 2007. Louise has choreographed and produced the Broad Street Mall Fashion Show for the past 4 years, working alongside Heart FM, Reading 107, The Reading Post and Reading Chronicle. Louise has appeared as a judge alongside Sir John Madejski at 'Has Reading Got Talent' in August 2010, 2011 & 2013.

 

She is also on the Production Team for The Pride Of Reading Awards which is hosted every year by Chris Tarrant.

Louise Woods- school principal Paulyne Woods- school bursar Michaela Thacker- dance teacher Olivia Arnold- assistant teacher