Meet The Team
Richard Still - Professional Ballroom and Latin Dancer and Teacher
I started dancing at the age of 4 at my local dance school in Reading, the County School of Dancing. I started just going to a weekly class on a Saturday morning but soon got into the dancing swing, began to have some private tuition and worked towards the NATD medal system. I did my first competition at the age of 5 which I won and continued to progress through the medallist system. With my local dance partner we continued to have more private lessons in the school and moved out onto the open circuit competing in the National and International Championships, I had a thrill for winning! I love working hard and teaching and training people to dance.
Morgan Hemphill - Professional Ballroom and Latin Dancer and Teacher
I followed the UKA medallist system and started helping at many of my teacher’s classes...in fact every day! At the age of 17 I found my first partner and we began entering competitions. Our biggest achievement was winning Beginner of the Year at Stars of the Future. I moved through the ranks quickly and soon realised that I wanted more. I met Richard at the Staffordshire Championships about 3 months before he asked me to dance with him. In January 2006 I learnt my first Paso Doble, now one of my favourite dances. Whether you wish to dance for fun or compete and require hair and make-up advice, I enjoy all aspect of the dancing world....
Leanne McNulty - Pilates and Fitness Instructor
I am a trained dancer and have a real passion for dance and performing. I have studied many styles of dance since the age of 4 starting with Ballet and progressing to styles such as Hip Hop and Salsa. I felt a natural progression was to teach others and what better way than incorporating my dance technique into Group Exercise classes.
In 2004 I studied for my OCR Level 2 certificate in Teaching Mat Based Pilates, then in 2008/2009 I gained my level 3 CYQ Pilates.
Never resting and always wanting to learn more, I also hold certificates in Zumba & ZumbAtomic and I am now in the process of becoming a Yoga Teacher…my moto is you should never stop learning!
Bron Pearce - Lyrical, Commercial Pop, Kids and Adults Social Ballet.
Bronia started dancing at the age of three with Broadway Stage Academy, Reading. She continued her training at Leicester College of Performing Arts, graduating with Distinction.
Her career has included working with top choreographers and assisting with tours, music videos, Bollywood feature films, summer seasons and pantomimes with and for Qdos Entertainment, English tourist board, Aditya Arts, UK productions, and more...
Last Christmas Bronia performed at the Barclay Card Arena, Birmingham as Dance captain and understudy for Cinderella in the Worlds Biggest Pantomime alongside Bradley Walsh and Paul O'Grady. This summer also saw her perform in Dirty Dancing the Classic Story on stage in Copenhagen. Bronia will also be performing in We Will Rock You as assistant Dance Captain at the Royal Copenhagen Arena in 2017.
Tom Nickson – Professional Ballroom, Latin & Argentine Tango Dance Teacher
Like most dancing professionals, I started in the medallist system progressing to open competition at an amateur level and eventually becoming qualified as a professional in both the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and the National Association of Teachers of Dancing (NATD). I also studied the practical aspects of training and am a Member of the Chartered Institute Personnel and Development (MCIPD). I have been teaching dance as a qualified professional for in excess of 25 years. I took an interest in Argentine Tango some 17 years ago and have studied with some of the top Maestros both in the UK and in Buenos Aires. Argentine Tango is now a passion with me and I have run the successful Berkshire Argentine Tango Club here in Reading for the last 7 years.
Penny Bysshe - Social Ballroom and Latin and Sequence
I take the lead in the social dancing scene at Vibez Dance Studios. My aim is to get people of all ages dancing to inspiring music and enjoying themselves at our Tea dances. I run classes where I teach the more popular sequence dances that come up at social dances. I also give individual lessons in sequence dancing. For couples getting married I offer private lessons where they learn their special dance to their choice of music so that their first dance together as a married couple will be a memory to cherish forever.
Melissa Willis - Advance School of Dance & Theatre Art
Miss Melissa started training from a very young age in a wide variety of dance styles including RAD ballet, ISTD modern and tap, musical theatre, street dance and much more. Growing up she continued her training and had the opportunity to perform in many professional productions, festivals and competitions. At 18 she was accepted to train at the Royal Academy of Dance on the BA Ballet Education course. During her time at the RAD she completed her advanced 2 level Balletand passed her Licentiate teacher training with Distinction.
Since then she has graduated and has been teaching at prestigious schools around London including Chelsea Ballet Schools, where she delivered ballet classes to top private schools and helped stage their production with the principles of the English National Ballet. As well as this she has choreographed for many dance festivals and also coached students auditioning for west end and vocational schools including Tring, The Royal Ballet School, Central School of Ballet, Elmhurst and many musical theatre stage schools. Also during her time in London Miss Melissa has been performing in Pinot! the musical where she has been dance captain and will continue to perform alongside her teaching.
Jenna Ellis - Director of Urban Stylez
Jenna started dancing at Jeannine Greville Dance Academies at the age of 3 where she completed her grades in all styles of dance. At the age of 13, she also joined Starmaker Theatre Company continuing her Musical Theatre. Jenna was involved in numerous professional pantomimes both as a junior & senior dancer at The Hexagon & The Anvil Theaters and was British All England champion, 5 years running. She started her professional training in London where she completed 3 years at Bird College, graduating with a National Diploma in Professional Dance & Musical Theatre. She is currently training with UK Street Dance Crew, Funky Wholegrain. Credits include touring as backing dancer for artist Pierre Lewis, performing with UK Street Dancer Brooke Milliner (Plague & Fiya House).
Beckie Hughes - The Army Dance Company
Beckie is dancer, personal trainer, body transformation and lifestyle coach. She originally trained as an international athlete, but sustained major injuries, which led her into the coaching and dancing world. She runs the very popular Hip Hop Heels classes at Vibez, and enjoys teaching beginners and intermediates the skills of dancing in heels, with her own choreography.