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Co-Founder & Director
Sarah is Bedford born & bred and trained at The Crescent Academy of Dance, under the instruction of Mrs Ekers. Studying all genres of dance, it was quickly apparent that performing was her passion. She appeared in several local productions around Bedfordshire and professional pantomimes at The Gorden Craig Theatre, before heading off to London (at the age of 16) to full time vocational studies at Millennium Performing Arts.
After honing her craft at college, Sarah went on to have a successful performing career as a Singer / Dancer, where she was lucky enough to travel the world. Credits include UK Tours, Celebrity Cruises & Costa Cruises, as well as numerous shows with Creative Production Group / Amway-Wembley Conference Centre & Dancer/Swing with Thursford Christmas Spectacular (Director John Cushing) .
Upon returning, Sarah turned her hand to teaching, gaining qualifications with the Royal Academy of Dance and International Dance Teachers Association. Her love of guiding young performers to achieve their personal best, Sarah founded the Brocklesby Academy of Dance.
The school quickly gained a fantastic reputation and celebrated much success, including Gold & Silver medals at the All England Dance Finals with Sarah's choreography. When childhood friend and professional performer colleague, Angela, returned home, she began teaching at Brocklesby. Having a fantastic working relationship, both whilst teaching and choreographing, they were inspired to go into business together, with the aim of expanding the school and the dream of having their own studios.
After several years of looking for the perfect place and an opportunity to follow their hearts - ELEV8 STUDIOS was born! On the ten year anniversary of Brocklesby, Sarah and Angela took the leap and re-branded as ELEV8 - moving into the new studios earlier this year.
Since then the school has gone from strength to strength, whilst maintaining its friendly, family feel. Sarah is excited for the future of the school and couldn't be happier in their new home. She continues to train in advanced dance techniques, to keep up with the ever evolving world of dance. Adding Acrobatic Arts and DDMIX to her skill set.
Sarah has a beautiful son, Finley, who needs a special shout out! Although not into dancing himself (at the moment), he's a great supporter of Team Elev8 and loves to hang out at the studios!
Co-Founder & Director
Angela has had a passion for dance since childhood and when her parents moved from Bedford to Rushden, she trained at Kilburn School of Dance in Wellingborough. There she competed at All England Dance, Ruby Ginner Awards and attended associate lessons at The Urdang Academy. Whilst attending Summer School, she met, now business partner, Sarah! Although their careers took them in varying directions, like magnets, their paths have crossed ever since!
Upon graduating, Angela had a successful career as professional dancer; cruising the world with Royal Cunard Line, Costa Cruises and Dance Captain with Princess Cruises. Other credits include Central Festival Opera UK Tours and dancing for Warner Bros, Granada TV, BBC TOTP and BBC Films.
Angela returned home and began teaching at Brocklesby, where she undertook her teaching qualifications with the Royal Academy of Dance. Gaining experience with several local schools, Angela had 100% success rate with RAD Examinations and choreography for AED Festivals. Her passion for teaching is apparent throughout her classes.
With Angela and Sarah re-united and working together again, the dream of ELEV8 STUDIOS began! They share the passion to keep enhancing their skills & knowledge, enabling them to continually offer students the best training possible. Together, Angela and Sarah did the first UK course with Acrobatic Arts and also the first Rosina Andrews Teacher Seminar. Angela has recently completed further teaching training with the Royal Ballet School and her passion for safe dance practice inspired her to train with Progressing Ballet Technique and Silver Swans.
Angela is optimistic for the future of ELEV8 and is loving being in the studios (especially because there's fairy doors)! With such a great faculty, pupils and families - the world is our oyster!
After her dance career Charlie went to university gaining a BA (Hons) in Performing Arts Management. Her passion for health and well-being led to further training at BarreCore Studios & later with the founder of STRALA YOGA (Tara Styles): completing her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga London.
After the birth of her Son in 2016, Charlie created her own modern style of yoga, Barre Body & Barre Baby classes, a fusion of methods. Her classes are skillfully structured from beginning to advanced level so everyone feels confident.
Charlie grew up in Bedford and is excited to reconnect with the town with her passion to make people feel strong and empowered. She brings home her experience of teaching in well known boutique studios and gyms around London and still returns to teach at Pineapple Studios. Lets keep this Gem in Bedford!
Jo-Anne Taylor AISTD
Jo-Anne has over 25 years of teaching experience and specialises in Classical Greek, Tap and National. She has danced for her whole life and competed in AED Festivals as a child, she now choreographs for the dancers of today.
Jo has been an active member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing for many years and regularly attends seminars on the updated syllabus.
She is looking forward to heading the transition to ISTD Tap for ELEV8 and we are excited to have her on board.
Classical Greek is a new genre for our dance academy, but it's certainly not new for Jo. She is inspired to teach our talented pupils this traditional style in a modern way, encouraging fluidity of movement and musicality.
We are privileged that Jo has decided to use her part time availability to take on this role, alongside her full time job working in SEN Education.
Jo now dedicates her spare time to her son and daughter and all things Disney! She's excited to be part of Team Elev8.
Maddy - Louise
Maddy’s passion for performing arts started from a young age at her local dance school in North London, where she studied all genres of dance.
She later went on to full time vocational training at Performers College, where she gained a level 6 diploma in musical theatre and dance. There she studied all aspects of performing arts and had a large amount of performance experience.
After her professional performing career, Maddy followed her heart to pass on her passion for dance through teaching. Maddy is a Free-Lance teacher, utilising her large skill set in local dance and performing arts establishments, where she is highly regarded.
With a bubbly and easy going persona, Maddy is popular both with children and our adult clients.
Maddy is excited to join the ELEV8 Family!
Credits Include: Performing at the FA Cup Final: Wembley, Music Videos and Live Theatre.