Stars AcademyDance and Stage School
VICTORIA THOMPSON (L.I.D.T.A)
Stars Academy was set up in 2005 by Principal, Victoria Thompson. Victoria has been dancing since the age of 3 and is a fully qualified Licentiate teacher with the International Dance Teachers Association (I.D.T.A).
Victoria teaches a wide variety of styles at Stars preparing pupils for examinations, competitions and production shows.
Victoria’s previous work includes travelling the UK and around the world as a Dancer, Vocalist and Choreographer for various cruise lines, hotels and production companies. Now, Victoria focuses all of her attention on the Stars pupil’s development and discipline in all aspects of the performing arts.
Niamh has been attending Stars Academy for 13 years. Having been trained by Victoria in all aspect of performing, Niamh is assisting with Preparatory to Grade 1 Ballet and Tap as well as Street and Freestyle classes and is also working towards her Associate Street Examination with the I.D.T.A as well working her way through Associate Street, Advanced 1 Modern Jazz, Ballet and Tap.
Niamh is also a member of Storm Street Crew who compete at various competitions across the UK and holds the title of Under 16’s Beginners British Champions 2017.
Niamh is a friendly member of staff who is loved and adored by all the pupils.
Having trained from the age of 6 in all disciplines of performing with the I.D.T.A, Gary previous work includes Celebrity Cruises (Production Dancer), Carnival Cruises (Dancer/Singer), Cunard Cruises (Company Manager), Marella Cruises (Dance Captain), Peter Pan The Rock Musical (Peter Pan, Italy National Tour), Essence Of Ireland (Principle Singer/Dancer, UK National Tour).
As well as cruise ships and theatre tours Gary has appeared in various Pantomimes across the UK including Cinderella (Dancer, Manchester Opera House), Sleeping Beauty (Dancer, Hull New Theatre), Aladdin (Seargent Ping, Tyne Theatre & Opera House), Beauty and the Beast (Gaston, Tyne Theatre & Opera House) and Dick Whittington (Dancer, Manchester Opera House) and most recently performed beside one of our students in Aladdin at Gateshead Stadium Panto reprising his role as Sgt. Ping.
Gary is currently with Marella Cruises and Peel Talent teaching and choreographing for their onboard Production Shows.
Gary loves coming to teach the pupils at Stars Academy and passing on his professional knowledge. Gary also runs the Stars Social Media Networks.
Since Sept 2010 Soner has been a Dance Instructor at Famous 415 dance studio, Fusion studio, Cramlington High School, Bigfoot art and entertainment company as well as here at Stars Academy.
Teaching various age groups breakdance, street dance, house dance, body popping, locking, Soner has a wide variety of styles to teach our Breakdancing students
Soner regularly choreographs routines for various events and showcases in the North East an across the UK.
In 2011 Soner was part of a Street Dance Crew who reached the Semi Finals of Britain's Got Talent
Stars Academy are delighted and privileged to welcome industry professional Pierre Lafayette-Marsh for various workshops and masterclasses throughout the year.
Pierre has performed with the likes of Snoop Dog, Janet Jackson and Ashley Banjo (Diversity), as well as working on projects with BBC’s Move Like Michael Jackson, Sky One’s Got To Dance, ITV’s X Factor as well as many more.
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