‘Dani Dee School of Dance’ specialises in Street Dance, Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Acrobatics and recently, beginners Ballet. Th school has been established for a period of sixteen years. Including classes in Upper Killay and Mumbles they now have their very own studios on Neath Rd, Plasmarl.

Danielle Dee Stephens‘ started dancing at the age of four where she trained in Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz at The Grand Theatre, Swansea.

There she performed in numerous pantomines and shows. She went on to join West Glamorgan Dance Company where she acquired a love for Contemporary Dance. After completing all her dance exams with Honours at the Grand went on to Gorseinon College  to gain her BTEC in Performing Arts, then on to ‘London Contemporary Dance School’ where she gained her BA degree. Living in London for five years, she made appearances on stage and TV for various Dance Companies whilst being a member of cheerleaders ‘Wildcats’ for ‘London Towers’ Basketball Team. Further afield, she travelled to Hong Kong for six months where she choreographed and performed at a top hotel.

Going from one major city to another, felt it time to come home. Danielle has taught/choreographed for many schools, colleges and companies since being back in Swansea, but having a daughter eight years ago, she made a decision to focus on her own company and is thoroughly enjoying it’s challenge and rewards. And 16 years down the line and 350 children on the books has proven she can run a successful school.

 

‘Kennedy Harris’ has been teaching at ‘Dani Dee School of Dance’ for about seven years now and is a popular teacher. She started dancing at 12 years old where she joined an after school club taught by ‘Zoe Murphy’. This group went on to become a very successful competing team called ‘Bodyshox’. They competed in numerous nationwide competitions and after qualifying in the ‘International Dance Organisation’ Welsh Hip Hop Championships went on to represent Wales in the World Hip Hop Championships.

She has danced with Hip Hop small team ‘Tornado’ which placed 2nd in Advanced over 18’s section in Welsh Hip Hop championships in 2010. She also danced with larger formation team ‘Torn I.D’ who are current Welsh Champions in over 18’s formation section. Both teams competed and represented Wales in the World Hip Hop Championships in October 2011.

She competed her BA Degree in professional dance at ‘Shockout Arts’ a year and a half ago.  She also competed in the Semi-Final of 2014 SKY 1’s ‘Got to Dance’ with her team ‘Relanation’.

 

‘Kirsty Lee Jones’ has been dancing ballet and modern since the age of 4 and has been dancing with Dani since the age of 8. A loyal member of ‘Dani Dee School of Dance’ was keen to become a dance teacher herself. She has been teaching for us for about 8 years.

She attended ‘Gorseinon College’ where she gained her BTEC National Diploma in ‘Performing Arts’ and an A in GCSE Dance. She then went on to study to become a qualified teacher with the UKA (United Kingdom Alliance).

Kirsty continues to train and ‘loves teaching dance and couldn’t imagine doing anything else’.

 

‘Gregory Sage’ has been dancing since the age of 16 where he trained with TDM Stage School in Port Talbot where they achieved titles of UDO Welsh and British Champions.

He has performed on TV programmes such as Channel 5’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ and Sky 1’s ‘Got to Dance’.

He has been teaching for about 7 years now and runs his own school in Bridgend called ‘Chainfam’. His teaching and Choreography skills have won numerous awards in the UDO Welsh, British and World Championships.

 

 

‘Jessica Marie Phillips’ (Flexibility & Tricks/Jazz) started dancing at a young age, where she trained under the I.S.T.D syllabus in Tap, Modern and Ballet and competed at the ‘All England’  Dance Festivals. She then received a scholarship to Arts Ed London where she trained for 3 years in Musical Theatre and graduated in 2009. She has had a lot of professional experience, performing on the West End and touring the uk on several dance/musical theatre shows.

Some theatre credits include : Follies (London Palladium), Stephen Sondheims 75th Birthday Gala (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), 1000 Voices (Sheffield Arena), Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Dance Captain for UK Productions Pantomime Season, Original Cast of Disneys “High School Musical” – she was a member of the original Casting panel and assistant choreographer during the audition process, then went on to be Dance Captain/Ensemble/understudy of Sharpay Evans.

TV Credits include : Annually retentive with Rob Brydon, BBC Drama “Hustle” with Robert Vaughan.

She has extensive teaching experience with both professional and amateur students with dance schools and colleges in West and North London – teaching Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Tricks & Flexibility and Audition Prep and Competition Choreography.

Other qualifications include : Level 3 Pilates instructor.

She is now a freelance teacher and choreographer and we are extremely excited having her work with our students.

 

‘Natasha Eames’ (Acrobatics) – Natasha was part of the Welsh Squad for Acrobatic Gymnastics and represented Wales in Austria International where she came 1st place. She was also the Welsh and British Champion in Acrobatic Gymnastics in a pair routine.

Natasha’s qualifications include ‘British Gymnastics Acrobatic Level 2 Coach Award’, ‘British Gymnastics Acrobatic Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Gymnastics’, ‘OCR Level 2 Certificate in teaching exercise and fitness’,

 

‘Judie Fairbanks’ (Ballet) – Born in England, Judie started ballet at nine where she attended her local dance school and trained with Nora Walesa and Mme. Nadine Nicolaeva Legat. At thirteen she was awarded a full scholarship to a vocational ballet boarding school coached by Valentin Prorwitsch (Perm) in Russian classical ballet, pointe, pas de deux, repertoire and character, and ballet technique and modern with Mela Carter (Ballet Russes). At seventeen after training with Maria Fay (classical) and Matt Mattox (jazz) Judie completed her classical diploma in Switzerland and then began a professional dance career. Travelling through Europe to Africa she was appointed to dance for Hon. Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. In 1978 she took over the tour company, creating new and challenging choreographies for her eight dancers.

With the arrival of her young family Judie opened a ballet and theatre arts school in South Wales, UK, in late-eighties offering classical ballet and all styles of dance, exams, outreach performances and annual recitals. Her students won scholarships in Royal Ballet Schools’ White Lodge, The Urdang Academy, Studio La Pointe, Middlesex University, Arts Educational and Rose Bruford College for performance & dance teaching degree courses. She also opened her doors to partially sighted and special needs children, developed her own unique Russian character dance syllabus all levels, jazz dance for children, stretch & limber and specific pre-pointe and pointe programmes for teenagers.

In 2001 Judie began freelance teaching and choreographing in the UK, Sicily, Italy, Singapore, Norway, Canada, Ireland sharing her passion for dance with new pupils, teaching repertoire, preparing students for exams, improving technique and flexibility, maximising potential and mentoring trainee teachers. Enjoying good health, her love of travel and ability to quickly grasp foreign languages Judie has delighted working with dancers worldwide, offering her experience and expertise whilst learning the customs and cultures of new places.

Judie’s children also followed careers in dance teaching, performing, singing and acting.

During her two recent seasons Judie completed choreographies for competition and recital dancers aged six to eighteen whilst teaching Russian classical ballet to children from six to advanced senior students; her unique pre-pointe syllabus, pointe, stretch and limber, character and national dances proved invaluable and fun in Canada and her 20 minute production of Alice in Wonderland, embracing classical, pointe, acrobatics, mime, comedy, tap en pointe, Charleston, lyrical jazz and contemporary in Ireland was a huge success.

Judie has often been able to draw upon her varied past to advise beyond the boundaries of most dance leaders sharing her joy of dance, expertise, artistic and technical knowledge, developing and creating exciting choreographies, preparing students for exams, competitions, festivals, company classes, rehearsals for young dancers and repertoire for students, pre-professionals and professional dancers nurturing talent and enthusiasm, encouraging the next generation, choreographing for competitions and recitals and bringing her passion for dance into the studio. Judie works with dancers from three to adult in classical, pointe, pre pointe, pas de deux, acrobatics and tap, stretch & limber, choreography, character, lyrical jazz, contemporary.

Ms Judie Fairbanks A.R.B.T.A., SRSB, NATD, BTDA, RAD (ttc) 2016