Meet the Team 2017-02-20T00:22:51+00:00

ELITE

TEAM

royalacalogominiYASMIN ALAMIRI

BA (hons) RTS LRAD ARAD
Principal

Yasmin began her training at the age of 3, studying Ballet, Jazz and Tap, achieving Royal Academy Ballet examinations from Pre-Primary to Grade 8, attaining Distinction in all.  From the age of 11, Yasmin won the Young Gifted Dancer Scholarship to attend The Arts Educational School in West London, where she gained a wide experience of all aspects of performing arts.  Yasmin studied Classical Ballet, Contemporary dance, Tap dance, Musical Theatre and Drama, performing several shows a year.  Yasmin also toured Europe with the chamber choir, performing in Venice’s St Mark’s cathedral.  After completing her studies at Arts Educational, Yasmin gained a place at the Royal Academy of Dance University, where she completed a degree in Ballet Education and passed the LRAD course becoming a full member and associate of the RAD.  The programme provided Yasmin with a wide range of dance teaching skills, from Ballet and Contemporary dance technique to choreography, pedagogy, Laban and Benesh notation, dance science theory and many more.  Since graduating Yasmin has taught for Ballet schools all over south and west London entering children for RAD examinations with a 100% pass rate. Yasmin also became head of dance at the Study School Wimbledon teaching Ballet and Creative dance and choreographing dances for the Wimbledon Village fair held every summer.  Yasmin then set up Elite Dancers Academy in 2013 providing high standard ballet, tap and jazz classes in Chiswick and Wimbledon.  Yasmin is currently a mentor to the Royal Academy of Dance ballet degree students, helping guide the students in their teacher training placements.

For more information on Elite Dance Academy contact: Tel: 07929 483 124 Email: Yasmin@elitedancersacademy.com

istdlogoreflexblueIRENE SALVI

DDI DDE ISTD
Tap and Hip Hop Teacher 

Irene started dancing in Italy at “Dance Studio” in Cesena, where she was born. In 2010, after she graduated from Liceo Scientifico in Cesena, she moved to the Uk to train professionally at The Centre Performing Arts College in Kent and graduated with an “excellence award” in 2013. While she was training she achieved her ISTD DDI and DDE teaching qualifications in modern and tap.  In 2012 and 2013 Irene had the pleasure to be part of the guest teachers for the ISTD summer school in Sportilia, Italy, where she taught tap, modern, musical theatre, hip hop and street jazz. Her performance credits include Move it 2012 and 2013 and Spring Awakening at the Chatam Theatre, Kent, in 2013.

JACK DERGES

Head of Drama

Born and raised in Devon, Jack came to London after gaining a full scholarship to train at prestigious drama school, ArtsEd in Chiswick. After graduating with a first class BA (hons) degree in Acting, Jack signed with an agent and started working in the film and television industry. His credits include the feature films Dungeons and Dragons, and Passengers. Television credits range from BBC’s Casualty and Holby City, to US comedy ‘Episodes’.   Jack’s most recent credit was appearing as a series regular in Channel 4’s hugely successful drama ‘Humans’.  Throughout his time in London, Jack has taken to teaching children on Saturdays and holidays. He also holds adult drama workshops aimed at team building for businesses.

Kirsty Tremayne

ARAD PDTD RTS
Arts Educational Ballet teacher & Chiswick town hall Ballet teacher

Kirsty began dancing at the age of 5 in her hometown of Plymouth. It wasn’t long before she realised her true passion for ballet and dance and therefore decided to persue it as a career. She appeared in many shows from the age of 6 and her professional career started at the tender age of 9. Prior to her vocational training, Kirsty supplemented her local training with many associate classes and summer schools. This included RAD scholars and RAD, The Royal Ballet School and The Wells summer schools. In 2006, she gained a full scholarship to attend Northern Ballet School in Manchester, appearing in many full length classical ballets with the school’s performing company Manchester City Ballet, including Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Coppélia, choreographed and directed by David Needham. During her training, Kirsty achieved Distinction in all grades of RAD ballet, including Advanced 2. After graduation, she embarked on a career travelling around the world performing in all genres of dance including Classical Ballet, Musical Theatre, Tap, Ballroom, Latin American and Jazz. For the majority of her roles, Kirsty was appointed to the position of Dance Captain and Show Company Manager and has also performed the role of Swing Dancer. Kirsty was fortunate enough to travel to many exotic destinations and visited 98 countries doing what she loves.
Kirsty now wants to pass on her wealth of knowledge to her students and inspire them to strive to be the best they can be. In June 2016, she gained a place on the prestigious Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma course at the Royal Academy of Dance. Throughout the course, Kirsty has gained many valuable skills in dance pedagogy, dance teaching theories and the foundations and progressions of classical ballet to name but a few. Kirsty is thoroughly enjoying her career as a ballet teacher and aims to inspire and encourage students to be expressive and passionate dancers. 

Celia Frances

Arts Educational Acrobatics and Gymnastics teacher

Celia is an ex international gymnast, four times British team gold. Celia teaches a mix of Acrobatic and Gymnastic skills to support dance.

Sabrina-Jean Hughes

Arts Educational Jazz and lyrical teacher

Sabrina-Jean Hughes is a former Arts Ed and Urdang Academy student. After receiving her degree in Dance and Musical Theatre, Sabrina has been fortunate enough to have had many exciting opportunities within the performing arts industry. She has enjoyed performing for ITV and BBC on programmes such as Britain’s Got Talent, Strictly Come Dancing and Surprise Surprise. Most recently she completed cruising with Fred Olsen on the prestigious Balmoral Ship embarking on a World Cruise as Dance Captain. Sabrina particularly enjoys passing on her experience when teaching her students and looks forward to seeing them nurture into fantastic performers!

Ellen Elphick

PDTD RAD RTS
Ballet teacher at Arts Educational

Ellen began dancing at the age of two and a half at her local school.  She took part in various festivals until the age of 11 when she accepted a place at Elmhurst School for Dance.  Upon graduating from Elmhurst Lower School in 2009, Ellen was awarded a place at The Royal Ballet School Upper School where she was lucky enough to be asked to dance alongside The Roya Ballet for two years before graduating and gaining a contract to dance with The Hong Kong Ballet, where she danced as an Artist for two years before she auditioned for Scottish Ballet.  Ellen was given a contract with Scottish Ballet where she danced for a further two years.  Ellen was given Soloist Roles and had a Character created on her by Javier De Frutos for his Piece, ‘Elsa Canesta’ which premiered in 2015.  Ellen has danced in many productions from the Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Merry Widow, Cinderella and Elite Syncopations, to name a few and wants to use her performance experience to enhance her teaching skills.  This past summer 2016 Ellen achieved her Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma, and has been using everything she has learnt ever since.  Ellen is thrilled to be part of the team at Elite Dancers Academy.