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MEET OUR DYNAMIC, DEDICATED TEAM OF FITNESS AND DANCE TUTORS

Find Come One Dance Academy at Unit 13, Shakespeare Industrial Estate in Watford.

 

To contact the school, call 01923 465867 or email us at info@comeonedanceacademy.co.uk

Sophie Martin

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Principal, owner and founder

Sophie was trained at the Italia Conti Academy where she completed a Diploma in Performing Arts. Unfortunately she suddenly required operations on both knees which led her to make a tough choice and step away from stage. She then went on to receive her teacher’s qualification ‘Level 5 Diploma in Education & Training’, being asked to lecture and become a tutor for West Herts College on the ‘Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Performing Arts’ course.


Sophie developed a passion for teaching and providing students with the best and most current training possible. Through current knowledge, research and networking she has developed many contacts throughout the industry enabling her to provide the most up to date and progressive training. Sophie also puts together outstanding opportunities for her pupils, which include organising workshops and intensives with some of the best artists in the industry.

Amie Mills

Amie trained at Italia Conti Academy in London through the Theatre arts school and Student course. She graduated with a diploma in musical theatre and revived top of her year in dance for three years running. 

Since graduating Amie has been working as a dancer and teacher around the UK. 

Credits include: UK artist tour Dennis Coleman, the first series of ‘The Greatest Dancer’ on BBC One with Company Jinks, Dancer for Fabletics campaign, assistant choreographer for Pixie Lott and Strictly professionals, along with numerous music videos and more. 

Amie has a strong passion for choreography and teaching. She loves to share her experience and knowledge with the next generation of dancers.

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Ballet

Francesca Thakorlal

Francesca trained at Central School of Ballet at the age 16, and then later completed her BA Hons Degree at London Studio Centre. Francesca has been fortunate enough to work with various companies such as Kerry Nicholls Dance, EIC Dance Theatre, Bittersuite and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance.  

Throughout her dance career Francesca has been teaching ISTD ballet and contemporary around the UK and has found the process of working with young students joyful and rewarding. Francesca is thrilled to join the team at CODA.

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Amie Mills

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Commercial/Hip Hop

Amie trained at Italia Conti Academy in London through the Theatre arts school and Student course. She graduated with a diploma in musical theatre and revived top of her year in dance for three years running. 

Since graduating Amie has been working as a dancer and teacher around the UK. 

Credits include: UK artist tour Dennis Coleman, the first series of ‘The Greatest Dancer’ on BBC One with Company Jinks, Dancer for Fabletics campaign, assistant choreographer for Pixie Lott and Strictly professionals, along with numerous music videos and more. 

Amie has a strong passion for choreography and teaching. She loves to share her experience and knowledge with the next generation of dancers.

Harrison Vaughan

Jazz/Technique & Tap

Training: Jelli Studios

 

Theatre Credits: Bruce in Matilda the Musical, Tommy in Matilda the Musical (Cambridge theatre, West end) Nibs in Peter Pan, (Liverpool Empire)

 

Film and Television: Harrison finished runner up on BBC 1's "The Greatest Dancer season 2", Harrison is the Winner of Taking the Next Step Season 2 CBBC, Oliver in "The Next Step", Harrison Vaughan The Winners Story CBBC, Black Gypsy Boy in Season 1 of Peaky Blinders BBC2, Victor in Season 2 of peaky Blinders BBC2, BBC3 Why I Dance?, Liam in Saturday (Short Film), CBBC Guest Presenter, Heelys Dancer ( Disney Channel)  Various Commercials for Disney, BT Sport, BBC1.

 

Other: Harrison is the current British TDCI Modern Champion, Current TDCI English Song & Dance Champion, TDCI Champion of Champions Winner, x2 World Champion soloist in Jazz and Show Dance, All England Winner x2 in Modern and Jazz, TDCI Reginal champion in Ballet, Modern & Song & Dance. Harrison is the Winner of The Carl Alan Young performer's award 2020, and also The Le Classigue de dance Senior Vocal award 2020.

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Alex Borg

Contemporary

Alex was born in Sydney. Alex trained at Joanne Williamson Dance Academy in Sydney from 2007-2016 in the genres of contemporary, classical ballet, jazz and musical theatre. Alex completed R.A.D examinations Pre-Primary to Advanced Foundation. From 2011-2016, Alex attended and graduated Newtown High School of the Performing Arts receiving the Higher School Certificate. Furthering his training and knowledge in contemporary dance, in 2017/2018, Alex trained under Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Year Program receiving a Diploma in Dance Elite Performance and Advanced Diploma in Dance Elite Performance. Within the two years, Alex worked with many artists including Rafael Bonachela, Lucas Jervies, Rani Luther, Yeji Kim, Theo Clinkard, Triśtan Carter, Tamas Moricz, Kristina Chan, Dean Walsh, Iratxe Ansa and Igor Bacovich. In 2019, Alex was contracted as an apprentice with Sydney Dance Company under the artistic direction of Rafael Bonachela, performing in Sydney and touring nationally across Australia performing works including; ‘WOOF’ by Melanie Lane, ‘Neon Aether’ by Gabrielle Nankivell, ‘6 Breaths’ by Rafael Bonachela, ‘Us 50’ by Gideon Obarzanek, ‘Arise’ by Ariella Casu and ‘Zero’ by Josh Mu. In 2021, Alex performed in the Sydney Choreographic Centre’s work ‘GRIMM’ directed by Artistic Director, Franceso Ventriglia

Jade Codie

Boxercise & Legs/Bums/Tums

Jade Codie is a dance and fitness professional with over 10 years’ experience teaching exercise to music. Sessions include Zumba and dance fitness. She trained at Sylvia Young Theatre school and Pineapple Studios before moving into the fitness industry with Zumba.

 

Jade's passion and enthusiasm moved her into teaching HIIT based exercise classes where she keeps everything to the beat of the music.

 
Jade loves teaching Zumba, Dance Fitness, HIIT and Boot Camp. Her main goal is to get you in great shape, but also to share her enthusiasm and energetic personality to ensure you get the best out of each class whilst also building and maintaining self-confidence.

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Eleonora Bojakowska-Wijas

Pilates

Ella is a fitness professional with over 6 years of experience teaching different types of exercise classes: Exercise to Music, Bootcamp, HIIT, Body Circuits, Stretch and Tone etc.


But Ella’s real passion is Pilates. Her focus as a Mat Pilates instructor is to give you a class that brings your mind and body together - and what comes with this is a positive change inside and out. She will guide you on your journey to improve strength, body control, alignment, flexibility, and balance.

 

Having ‘The Pilates Body’ means you will feel stronger, leaner, and longer, whilst experiencing the relief of physical tension and mental stress. She encourages her clients to treat their body with love, care, and respect because confidence starts from within.

 

Shannon Kenne

Acro

Shannon showed a passion for gymnastics from a young age, participating in the sport from 8 years old and going on to coach from the age of 16. Shannon has achieved a Level 2 women’s artistic gymnastics (WAG) qualification though British Gymnastics and is currently working towards Level 3.
Shannon’s experience in gymnastics coaching a range of ages from pre school to 18+ allows her to transition her skill set across to the dance studio reinforcing strong technique and confidence ensuring individuals reach their potential!
“Before you can achieve.. you must believe in yourself! You are more capable than you think” - Simone Biles

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Jo Conway

Yoga

Having danced from a very young age and qualifying as a Russian ballet teacher, I attended an Ashtanga yoga class and immediately fell in love with the practice. I now am a qualified Ashtanga and Hatha yoga teacher. I have developed a daily pranayama and second series Ashtanga practice. In the last couple of years, I have been deepening my knowledge and understanding of the yoga system by studying Pranayama, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika with Eddie Stern and Robert Moses.

Start your dance or fitness journey with one of our instructors based here at Come One Dance Academy.

Call 01923 465867 or 07799 382957