BA (Hons) IDTA Affil. ATOD Dip LCM (Stave House Method) AAL1
Jo lives on the Island with her husband and two young children. She started her dance & music training in her hometown of Doncaster, South Yorkshire and by the age of 12 was offered a scholarship to study Violin, Piano & Singing at Chethams’ School of Music, Manchester. She then continued her Music Education at St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh & Middlesex University, London.
Although Jo is a highly trained musician she also studied dance to a high level performing with the Lewis London Ballet, filming a pop video for EMI records, winning Cabaret Dance Championships & studying at the Northern Ballet School as a child along the way. Jo has performed on television shows including the Michael Barrymore Show and as a Violinist in Robbie Williams’ band on Top of the Pops, the National Lottery Show & various Michael Parkinson shows. Jo also supported Uri Geller on his UK Theatre Tour as part of the pop duo Brother!Sister and was offered a world tour as a Violinist/Dancer with Spirit of the Dance.
Jo trained as a dance teacher with the International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA) but is an affiliated member of the Australian Teachers of Dancing International (ATODI) as she loves their syllabi and the wide range of genres they offer. Fusion Arts Academy are the only school on the Island to offer this exceptional syllabus & we are visited on the Island each year by an ATOD examiner.
Jo is the Isle of Wight representative for Stave House – the best way of learning to read music – IN THE WORLD !! She passed her Stave House (London College of Music) teaching diploma in 2015 with 100% . It really is a fabulous system and adds a new dimension to the learning and teaching of music. For more information on Stave House please visit www.stavehouse.co.uk or to book Jo to run your schools’ Stave House Reception / Year 1 Music lessons please contact her here firstname.lastname@example.org
Vikki started dancing at a very young age and has always wanted to perform. At age 10 she moved to the Isle of Wight with her family and here she joined the Hilary Hall School of dance where she participated in shows, festivals and Christmas pantomimes. At 18 she moved to London to study at the Stella Mann College where she gained her National Diploma in Musical Theatre along with her teaching certificates in I.S.T.D, F.D.I in ballet tap and modern. After graduating she was lucky enough to go from job to job starting with touring pantomimes. From here she went on to perform out in Greece and had the chance to play the role of ‘Sophie’ in ‘Mamma Mia’ and also ‘Meat’ in ‘We will Rock you’. Next she performed in a U.K tour with ‘Explosive Productions’ and then went on to her first cruise ship, the MV Van Gogh. After this ship she had the taste for the high seas and travelling and was lucky enough to be given the Role of Dance Captain onboard the MS Boudicca with ‘Mirage Shows and Productions’. She completed two more contracts on board and was then offered the role of Dance Captain again onboard the MS Black Watch. So off she went for a further three contracts!! In between these amazing contracts she had the chance to perform in London as the Forest Fairy in ‘Snow white and the seven Dwarfs’ at the Shaw Theatre and loved having the chance for all her family and friends to see her in action. She also had the chance to work for ‘Mirage Shows and Productions’ as a choreographer and went onboard to teach the show teams, as well as choreographing a Dancers show for the World voyage. Vicki has now returned home to the Isle of Wight and is excited about her new ventures with her fitness company V:Fit Isle of Wight and also very excited to be part of the Fusion Arts Academy.