Troy began his training in Australia at age 17. After completing his diploma in performing arts at Danceworld Studios in Melbourne he continued his training in Sydney, Los Angeles and New York. At 21 he was cast in the children’s Emmy award winning TV series ‘Bindi the Jungle girl’ as one of the Crocmen working along side ‘The Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin and his daughter Bindi. The franchise branched out into DVD’s, platinum selling albums and worldwide tours including a Broadway performance alongside The Wiggles in the ‘G’day USA’ show. In 2010 Troy was cast in the hit musical ‘Wicked’ residing in Sydney following a nationwide and south East Asian tour through 2011 and 2012. Troy has worked alongside many international stars of TV, film and stage including Dannii Minogue, Craig David, Richard Branson and Hugh Jackman. Troy’s passion for the arts has led him to London and has recently appeared in campaigns for Bacardi and Virgin Media as well as a feature film. He also enjoys teaching dance at various schools and colleges across the nation.
Giada is a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher from Milano, Italy. Based in London since 2007, Giada has been training and performing with some of the biggest dance crews in London including Zoonations, East London Dance, Bassline circus, Kymberlee Jay and is also an official member of Avant Garde. Giada is the creator of her own duet crew Disconnected Dance which she choreographs and performs shows for all types of events including Glastonbury festival, night clubs, backing dancers for singers, the Michael Jackson Tribute for Teddy Riley and Blackstreet concert @INdigo 02. Giada has taught dance for all ages and has a broad knowledge of dance covering many styles including street dance, hip hop, break dancing, krumping, new style, house contemporary, ballet and salsa. We are thrilled to have Giada join the Street Sessions teaching team.
Cathy trained in her childhood years in classical dance forms and gymnastics. She continued her professional training at the Laban Conservatoire for Contemporary Dance in London. Alongside completing her BA Honours in Dance Theatre, she co-founded the Street Dance Theatre Company: SURGE. Whilst training in Contemporary Theatre at Laban, Cathy continued discovering her passion for Hip Hop independently and with Surge. As Co-Director and choreographer of the company, over the past three years Surge have toured across the U.K performing in such venues as; Hammersmith Apollo, Wembley Arena, Sadler’s Wells, Olympia and the Barbican. As well as these venues, Cathy has choreographed work for the BBC, Move-it festival and the Street Dance Championships held in London every year. Cathy has been teaching for four years to a wide audience including, professional dancers, young aspiring dancers, young offenders and anyone who shares the passion and enjoyment of Street Dance. Cathy is currently setting up a tour of her new Theatre piece, ‘In.Difference’ which stars an international cast of professional dancers and live musicians. Alongside this and freelancing across U.K, Cathy is the resident Choreographer for Dance Offensive, which have just completed a sell out performance in Cambridge of their latest touring piece, ‘Pressure Drop’. Cathy believes in teaching versatile forms in her classes as well as developing techniques in all areas of Hip Hop including, Locking, Popping, Waving, House, Breaking and high energy Street Dance movement. Cathy’s love for all genres of music sees a deep connection between movement and sound in her classes.
Jade taught our Beginner Street & Hip Hop Dance Course during the Autumn Session in 2009. A brilliant 6 weeks course followed up by an incredible night at Brixton’s Plan B where we watched Throw Down UK (a night of professional dance crews battling it out for the crown!) Jade is a passionate Freelance Dancer/Practitioner who specialises in break dance, street dance, cheerleading, contemporary dance, creative dance and musical theatre dance. Jade has eight years teaching experience and is from a small town called Goole in East Yorkshire. She has taught all over the country to a diverse range of participants in both educational and community contexts. She founded the Goole Street Dance Group and Wicked Wayz Break Dance Crew. This was whilst studying the National Diploma in Performing Arts at Goole College of which she gained overall distinction. On finishing college she gained a place at Surrey University on the BA Hons Dance and Culture Degree with professional training. It was here she became captain and manager of Unknown Element break dance crew, member of Surrey Angels Cheerleaders and where she performed at numerous events with the Surrey Dance Squad. In her first year she also qualified with the International Dance Teachers Association in Freestyle of which was ‘highly commended’. During her third year whilst on work placement in London as projects assistant with East London Dance she performed at several corporate and televised events with the Pineapple Cheerleaders. During her placement year she also qualified with the British Cheerleading Association at Master Level. The Place Theatre and The Breakin Convention at Brighton Dome are two of many places she has performed with hip hop dance theatre company T21 whom she gained a place with as a professional dancer. She was the dance coach for the award winning London Rocket Cheerleaders season 2008 and currently teaches for the Royal Academy of Dance. As well as dance Jade trains in Parkour/Free Running and Gymnastics. To date she has provided tuition for primary and secondary schools, colleges, arts organisations, council organisations, community centres, holiday camps, youth clubs, dance companies, private dance schools and groups for girl guides, scouts and special needs.
Helen has an unbelievable résumé and joins us straight from her role as choreographer for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End show “Love Never Dies”. Helen has worked extensively with some of the world’s top choreographers and music artists and has danced and choreographed for Kylie Minogue, James Morrison, Girls Aloud and Paul McCartney. Helen has also worked in the West End as both a dancer and singer in Hairspray, Daddy Cool, Singing in the Rain and Saturday Night Fever. She has also featured in the Royal Variety Show, the Paul O’Grady Show and on the X Factor! She teaches regularly for Pineapple Dance Studio’s professional team and also teaches for London Studio Centre and Bird College.
Arthur aka Mr.A is a passionate Freestyler from one of London’s most influential popping crews called Goodfoot. Since 2004 Arthur has been learning, developing in & teaching the foundation styles of Popping & Locking in and outside London. As natural performer and entertainer, Arthur has gone on to wow audiences of all shapes and sizes from Sadler’s Wells Breaking Convention to Usher O2 Arena. With an intoxicating sense of humour and hands on approach, Arthur’s classes are always buzzing with energy, fun and a lot of sweat.