Dance Academy Doubles Its Staff

by Catherine Smyth Media

A DANCER who has worked with Kylie Minogue and Robbie Williams is one of four new teachers who have been taken on by a dance academy in Bacup.

Teacher John Pemberton, known as JP, will now be working with street dancers at Dansworks Dance Academy , sharing his experience of working with the stars.

The staff at the academy has doubled with two new dance teachers, a singing and drama coach and a student teacher .

JP started his career on the 1990s late night TV programme of ‘The Hit Man and Her’.

He said: “I then became a nightclub entertainer, I became a fire eater and stilt walker and would do corporate entertainment.”

JP has toured and worked with many stars including Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams and Girls Aloud, has his own dance studios in Glossop and Ellesmere Port and works freelance.

“I treat every class as my own and I have lots of experience to bring to Bacup,” said JP.

“I work really well with beginners and younger children. There is a difference between being a dancer and a dance teacher. My best quality is that I find I can really get on the children’s wavelength.

“I also think it is a good example for them to see a male dance teacher as a role model.”

The other new teachers are ballet coach Mary Green, who trained at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance in London, singing and drama teacher Rachel Spencer and student teacher Emma Bradley.

Rachel has a host of credits appearing on stage and TV.

Emma used to be a pupil of JP’s and has worked with Britain’s Got Talent winner George Samson. She is an acclaimed street dancer and finished second in the Street Dance World Championships Solo Advanced. Her ‘Ruthless’ who won the Street Dance Team World Championships and she is now in a new team who are twice European Street Dance Champions

Principal Karen Scott-Roe said: “We have four studios in Bacup now and have cemented the strong links we have with a dance school in Malta.

“We started Dansworks in 2008 and since then we have been on the lookout for new teachers and classes. We are delighted with the staff that we now have working here and the talents they are bringing to Dansworks.”

For more information about Dansworks visit www.dansworks.co.uk or call 01706 559671.

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