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Dancebox Studios & Theatre Works Junior School Team

Where Passion Begins

 
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Matthew Linecar-Boulton

Director

Matthew Linecar-Boulton, co-founder and Principal of Dancebox Studios, is an established performer and dance teacher. Matthew has recently retired from performing after a 15-year career that included appearing in a staggering 8 West End shows.   Alongside being a sought after performer, Matthew has taught at various vocational colleges across London and nationwide, including the home of the Royal Ballet School, White Lodge. He is regularly asked to lecture and choreograph for graduating students and is highly regarded as the key ingredient to many students’ success who go on to enjoy fulfilling performing careers themselves. Previous graduates under Matthew’s training are now appearing in Mamma Mia, Dirty Dancing, Thriller Live, Moulin Rouge and hundreds of cruise ships all over the world. Matthew’s most recent teaching qualification was awarded by the British Ballet Organization in recognition of his experience & knowledge and the benefits that this would bring to their syllabus delivery. Matthew has held the position of Head of Jazz at Bodywork, Cambridge. He has also taught at Bird College, Urdang, London Studio Centre, Tring Park, Pineapple Dance Studios, Mountview, MADD, Millennium and for the BBO Scholars Programme.

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Tom Linecar-Boulton

Director

Tom trained at Central School of Ballet. On graduating he joined K-Ballet Company in Japan before returning to the UK to take up a contract with English National Ballet and embark on a freelance career. Most prolifically Tom became the third of Channel 4’s Ballet Boyz (with William Trevitt & Michael Nunn), before taking on the role of Billy’s Older Self in the multi-award-winning West End musical Billy Elliot. In 2009 Tom left Billy Elliot to pursue a teaching career and shortly after became a full-time member of the Ballet Faculty at Bird College. Tom left Bird College after being offered the post of Head of Dance at Bodywork Dance Studios but opted instead to take on the role of Head of Graduate Performances at Tring Park. Tom continues to work as a freelance teacher for English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and most of the UK’s major awarding bodies, dance schools and colleges. Tom works closely with the British Ballet Organisation where he is involved in syllabus development and has also worked with the Royal Academy of Dance where he created the major level solos for the Genée Challenge competition and was also part of the Continuing Professional Development Working Group. Tom has a degree in Dance and Culture from the University of Surrey, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Greenwich and has recently been asked to become an examiner for the British Ballet Organisation. He was also short-listed for the directorship of the Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET)

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Laura Blomfield

Assistant Junior School Principal, Tiny Stars & Little Stars Coach

At 16 years old, Laura studied a two year BTEC course in Dance and Drama and a Diploma in Variety and Entertainment at the Liverpool Theatre School. She was then awarded a full scholarship for a further three years and completed a national diploma in Professional Musical Theatre. Laura loves teaching children of all ages but especially the little ones.  ‘ I get to give them there first experiences of dance and I try to do it in the funniest way possible, I mean who wouldn’t love flying to the moon every Saturday morning’. As well as teaching at the studio Laura is also our assistant junior school principal.

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Hannah Faid

Ballet Subject Leader & Coach

Hannah was an associate at The Royal Ballet School for 8 years, during which time she performed with the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Kirov. She went on to full time training at The Arts Educational School Tring, where she gained her FDI teaching qualification. She continued her training at Rambert gaining a BA(hons) in ballet and contemporary dance. Since graduating Hannah has danced professionally with Vienna Festival Ballet and has taught and choreographed in various schools in Buckinghamshire. Hannah performed with Darcey Bussell in the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics

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Anna Mair

Modern Subject Leader & Coach

Anna started dancing at the age of 3 learning RAD Ballet, ISTD Modern, Tap, Greek and National as well as free jazz classes. She regularly competed at the All England Dance Finals, giving her great performance experience in a competitive environment. At 18 Anna went on to train at the Trinity Laban Centre, where after 2 years she gained a Diploma in Dance Education. She then completed her Ba (Hons) Degree in Dance and Theatre Performance at Bird College. Anna later moved to New York where she trained at the Broadway Dance Centre. Anna is excited to be a part of training the next generation of dancers here at Dancebox.

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Claire Napleton

Tap Subject Leader & Coach

Originally from Hull, Claire trained at London’s Central School of Ballet. Whilst on tour with Ballet Central, Claire performed a variety of roles, both in Contemporary and Jazz repertoire, as well as Classical and Neo-Classical Ballets. Claire went on to dance professionally with Northern Ballet Theatr.  In addition to this, Claire danced with English National Ballet at the Royal Albert Hall as well as undertaking a number of freelance Contemporary projects before retiring from performing to pursue a career in finance. Claire completed a Dance Teaching qualification with BBO Dance and joined the Dancebox team in 2019. ‘Dancing has always been a passion for me. I hope I can pass on that sense of enjoyment to the children I teach.’

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Emma Houghton

Ballet, Tap & Modern Coach

Emma started dancing at the age of 3, training in ballet, tap and modern in Milton Keynes. She attended Arts Educational School, Tring Park from 11-19 and trained in all aspects of dance, drama and singing. During her training, she gained her ISTD teaching associates in Ballet, Modern and Tap. Emma also graduated with her RAD Solo Seal Award and was a finalist in the Adeline Genee Awards.  During her professional performing career, Emma toured the UK with Adonais Ballet Company for 1 year before going on to perform the lead ballet role ‘Spirit’ in Alan Harding’s production of ‘Spirit of the Dance’ touring the world for 4 years. Emma has also appeared as a dancer in the Thursford Christmas Spectacular and has appeared in several pantomimes for Qdos across the UK. Emma loves seeing children enjoy dance as much as she does, Emma says "...passing on my dance knowledge is best gift I can give."

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Montana Derby

Commercial Coach

Montana Darby is a professional commercial dancer, model, choreographer and teacher. Montana trained at Stella Mann College of Performing Arts where she graduated with a National Diploma in Musical Theatre and Dance. Credits include appearances on Channel 4’s Alan Carr Chatty Man. She has also performed across Europe at various concerts and festivals.  ‘I can honestly say that I could not imagine doing anything else with my life. Dance, performing and teaching is my heart and soul. I am so grateful to be able to do what I love every single day and I hope to inspire many other young performers to follow their dreams.'

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Rebecca Hardcastle

Theatre Works - Singing Coach

Rebecca is a professional vocalist and performer with 7 years teaching experience.  Having graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with an MA in Musical Theatre Performance, Rebecca went on to work for Luna Rossa Productions as a lead vocalist on DFDS Ferries and took on the role of principal boy in various professional pantomimes.  She has also worked with up and coming writers on new musical material and boasts sharing the stage with Scarlett Strallen in War Time in the West End.  

As a teacher Rebecca finds joy in helping performers find their full potential and reach new levels of confidence through bespoke acting and singing coaching.  Whether you are a complete beginner, love performing for fun, or looking to become a professional yourself, Rebecca is here to help.

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Gillian Brunings

Theatre Works Acting Coach

Gillian started her love for performance from the age of 9 after performing in pantomimes and musicals at York Theatre Royal. Gillian holds a BTEC Performing Arts, undertook acting examinations via LAMDA and holds a Masters in Arts & Culture. Gillian founded and ran, what became, the largest extra curricular performing arts school in Durban, South Africa.  As well as leading the school Gillian produced and directed many drama and musical productions. Gillian is also an active playwright, having most recently been published by Trinity College.  Before leaving South Africa, Gillian was appointed as the ‘National Creative Arts Implementation Partner’ by the Department for Education and was responsible for designing Drama, Music and Dance lessons, in line with the national curriculum, for Years 1 to 11.

Gillian returned to the UK 2019 and started working with Dancebox that same year.

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Tia Ogilvie

Tap, Modern, Ballet, Commercial Coach

Tia started dancing at the age of 3 training in RAD ballet, ISTD Tap, jazz, commercial, contemporary and hip hop.


Tia is a graduate of Dancebox College where she performerd in numerous productions and shows, graduating with a UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts and a UAL Level 4 Professional Dancers Diploma.  Since graduating Tia works as a professional dancer with credits including HeartFM and JD sports. 

Tia says "I am so grateful to be able to be doing something I love everyday and sharing my passion for dance to all of my students."

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