The Team

KELLY trained in Cheltenham where she studied Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz and Street Dance. She has taken part in various performances around the country, working with  companies such as Ballet Creations, dancing in shows such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and a special performance created especially for Sir Patrick Moore’s 80th birthday celebration. She went to University in Lancaster where she studied a degree in Theatre Studies taking modules in Dance. Here she gained a 2:1 honours degree as well as gaining experience with various Northern Dance companies.

Anneli was initially set up in 2003, before Kelly left for University, and saw over 70 students attend the classes. After graduating, Kelly could think of nothing she wanted more than to continue her love for dancing in her career. So, in April 2008 Anneli was set up once again, and went on to see some familiar faces from 2003! Kelly continues to study dance herself, bettering her ability in order to provide professional and specialist advice and guidance for the students that come to her.

Kelly was also a Primary School teacher, something that benefits her classes greatly. Her experience working with children, knowledge of the National Curriculum and her background of dance teaching all serve to provide a high quality service for all that attend her classes. Her classes are full of energy and enthusiasm, and provide you with an opportunity to learn something new alongside building your confidence.

Kelly believes dancing is about who you want to be as well as what you want to do; it’s about freedom of expression, an emotive form of exercise.

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VANESSA started dancing at the young age of 3, studying ballet, tap and modern and successfully passing many exams in each of these disciplines.

As a young dancer, Vanessa heavily competed in dance festivals across the South West, where she regularly placed in her solo, duet, trio and group performances. Her performance experience continued by spending weeks at a time performing in the cast in local pantomimes, including Aladdin and Puss in Boots, as well as being chosen to dance in a children’s BBC film when she was 10 years old.

Vanessa’s passion for dance has continued into her adult years, and she joined Anneli as a student in 2010. Her confidence in dance was clear from the start and she soon established herself as part of the Anneli family, successfully being selected for the Elite team each year and naturally progressing to instructor level.  Vanessa's classes are fun as her enthusiasm for dance is truly infectious, and she has a real talent for story-telling in her musical theatre routines that are much loved by the audience at our summer shows each year.

Vanessa has also managed the school since Kelly became a mum, and is the first point of contact for customers and staff on all matters.

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RACHEL began dancing when she was 13, gaining experience in a wide range of dance styles including contemporary, dancehall, popping, commercial and whacking and vogueing.

Whilst at university, Rachel found her passion for competing, going onto choreograph for both the beginner and advanced hip hop squads.  Her choreography has brought back many 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies over the years, at competitions across the country, and she won Coach of the Year in 2013.  Rachel also danced in an independent dance crew in Bristol, who competed regularly and qualified for the world championships.

Rachel joined Anneli in 2015 and teaches a large number of classes across multiple styles, including coaching our senior and junior competition squads, and is the school's Competition Co-ordinator, leading our squads to many successes since the very start.

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CHARLOTTE began dancing at the age of 4 and joined Anneli when she was 11. Her passion for dance was evident from the start and she began assisting in classes in 2010, and now instructs a number of classes across different styles at Anneli.

Charlotte has proven herself to be an outstanding choreographer where her solo performance was highly praised within the 2011 summer show.  She successfully completed attained a GCSE in dance and participated in a number of festivals and shows during her training at school.

Charlotte is an original Anneli and truly encompasses the Anneli spirit, passing this onto many of our younger students, often being referred to as 'our very own Disney princess!'

Charlotte has proven herself to be an outstanding choreographer where her solo performance was highly praised within the Summer 2011 Show and is showcasing a number of routines in this years Summer Show.

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LOUIS is a much-loved instructor by all the children at Anneli, due to his endless energy!

Louis' classes are not bound by choreography, but instead encourages creativity, guiding the young dancers to meet their strengths.

Louis has many years training in multiple styles and has trained and performed both in the UK and US.

At Anneli, he supports our junior competition squad when preparing duets and solos, as well as instructing our much-loved Breakdance class.

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JO joined Anneli in 2009, growing in ability and confidence and moving onto teaching dance fitness in 2013.

With a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing with over 15 years experience within the industry, Jo also takes care of the marketing at Anneli, and is the creative genius behind our marketing material.

Jo's Freestyle classes are much loved, with her bundles of energy being truly infectious!  Jo believes that it is never too late to change a habit of a lifetime and find a healthy lifestyle that is both practical and enjoyable.

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TARA - Dance and Tumble Instructor

TARA has danced since the age of 3, and has studied various styles including Ballet, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical and Contemporary. Tara completed all her exams through ISTD, BBO and RAD.

As a child she took part in a wide variety of festivals and competitions throughout the UK, as well as partaking in pantomimes and performing with various touring Ballets, such as Ballet UK. She was awarded scholarships enabling her to gain professional training from some of the top dance teachers in the country.

At the age of 16, Tara decided that she wanted to become a Dance teacher and therefore started training. She has now been teaching for 12 years and has achieved some fantastic things in that time. Tara successfully trained and prepared various students for vocational colleges such as London Studio Centre, Lippa, Urdang, Birmingham Royal Ballet and many more.

Tara has a massive passion for choreography and loves to choregraph dance pieces for competitions, performances and auditions. She has previously choreographed dance pieces for dance schools, individual dancers, corporate events, wedding couples, hen parties, GSCE and A-Level dance, GCSE Sports and more.

Tara has a passion for teaching all ages and prides herself on inclusion within classes. Over the past five years she has expanded her teaching experience by working within a special needs School. This has been an amazing experience and has allowed her to gain enough knowledge to teach SEN students, something Tara has a strong passion for.

Tara also enjoys taking part in dance classes as a student, this allows her to expand her knowledge even more through other teachers.

I am very much looking forward to starting at Anneli and to what my future holds being part of the school.

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LUCY - Performing Arts Instructor

LUCY is a graduate for the prestigious Guildford School of Acting, and brings her musical theatre roots to our performing arts classes.  Lucy has a fantastic relationship with the children, with her classes being full of fun and energy.

Lucy has a wealth of knowledge of all dance genres, and teaches at many well known musical theatre clubs, as well as recently becoming a qualified yoga teacher.

Lucy began teaching for Anneli in 2018, with her class debuting at our Summer Show that year with a piece that touched everyone.  Lucy knows how to bring out the best in her students and their performance is one enjoyed by all at our shows.

 

 

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STEF - Tumble Instructor

 

STEF teaches are junior/senior Tumble class, bring with her experience and qualifications from the competitive all star cheerleading world.  Stef brings a wonderful sense of fun into her classes, providing a fantastic outlet for the children to let loose whilst learning the fantastic skills of tumbling and tricks.

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CLAIRE has been a member of our office staff since 2014, initially with us 1 day a week and can now be found in the studio office 4 days a week, welcoming customers and advising them with any queries.

All of Claire's children have attended classes at Anneli over many years, with her youngest daughters still attending regularly, and Claire can often be found in Freestyle classes herself!

Claire is a very familiar and welcoming face at the studio, please stop by and say hi - she may even make you a cup of tea!

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HOLLY has been Anneli's accountant from the very beginning and has been a massive supporter of the school, advising and supporting as it's evolved, expanded, became a limited company and most recently a Charity Interest Company.

Holly's 2 eldest boys regularly attend classes, and she has also attended and performed in our shows!

Holly is a great asset at Anneli, forever promoting and looking at what is best for the school and it's dancers.