The Team

Rosy Thompson

Rosy is a highly renowned professional dance teacher and choreographer with extensive experience in Theatre and Television. She is fully qualified within the International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA) and has guest taught and lectured at various professional dance schools and colleges across the UK, Europe and Far East.

Rosy began her training with Elizabeth Hill in St Helens and then went on to complete a three year musical theatre course at Phil Winston’s Theatreworks.

Performing credits

Saturday Night Fever (International Tour), Aladdin (Nottingham Theatre Royal), ‘Queen Victoria’ with Katherine Jenkins , Sleeping Beauty (Birmingham Hippodrome), Robinson Crusoe (Newcastle Theatre Royal), String Fever (Shaw Theatre, London), Rock Musicals (Hexagon Theatre, Reading), Sleeping Beauty (Swansea Grand Theatre), Cannon and Ball Show, Sleeping Beauty Kirov Ballet (London Coliseum)

Choreography credits

MI High BBC, Music Man (Kings Theatre Portsmouth), Orangina Dance for Life (Tour), Professione Musical Italy, Assistant Choreographer Sleeping Beauty (Birmingham Hippodrome), Aladdin (Nottingham Theatre Royal), Aladdin (Cymru Centre), Urdang Academy Summer Show, SLP Summer Show, D&B school of Performing Arts Graduation Showcase

TV credits

Big Brother (Channel 4), MI High (BBC), Eurovision Song Contest

Siâna French

Siâna joined the Academy team in 2014 having previously had the pleasure of being taught by Miss Rosy whilst growing up in Guernsey. She has been assisting and teaching dance since the age of 14 and continued this into her University studies at Lancaster University where she ran their successful Dance Society with over 150 members.

Siâna previously worked as a Social Media Manager at theatrical marketing agency, AKA, but made the switch to full time teaching in 2018. Alongside teaching Siana regularly performs with London’s amateur dramatic groups.

Performing credits

Sister Act (John Macintosh Arts Centre), Bring It On (Bridewell Theatre), Serena in Legally Blonde (Putney Arts Theatre), Dick Whittington in Dick Whittington (Princess Royal Centre), Top Hat (John Macintosh Arts Centre), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Putney Arts Theatre), 9 to 5 (Putney Arts Theatre), Made in Dagenham (John Macintosh Arts Centre)

Lauren Hyland

Lauren is originally from Devon and trained at Bird College in London gaining a BA (Hons) Degree in Dance and Musical Theatre graduating in 2021. 

Performing credits

Aladdin (Manchester Opera House), Wonderful Town (Bird College), As You Are (Bird College), WhoDunnit? (Bird College), Wars (Bird College), Black and Gold workshop video, Mamma Mia!: Guinness World Record: Largest Disco Dance (Universal Pictures UK)

Choreography credits

Contemporary piece for the 2022 International Composers Festival

Mollie Nicholls

Mollie graduated from Bird College with a Dance and Musical Theatre Diploma. She previously trained at Birdgang Dance Company, Urdang Connect, Bird Junior School and D&B Theatre School.

Performing credits

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (The Fairfield Hall), Never Forget – The Take That Musical (The Churchill Theatre), Move It 2019 (ExCel Centre), Kimberley Wyatt Music Video, Birdgang Dance Company VR Experience

Choreography credits

Associate Choreographer for Dateleap (Short Film), “WHO DUNNIT” (Bird College)

TV/Recording credits

A Billion Things (CBBC), Les Mills: Reebok Fitness Video, A Christmas Carol, One Direction Film, The Kid, DFS Advert

Nina Bell

Nina attended full time education at the Sylvia Young Theatre School and graduated with a Musical Theatre Diploma from Laine Theatre Arts in 2017. Since graduating Nina has performed in many professional musicals touring around the UK and in London. alongside her performing she has been teaching and leading workshops for multiple theatre schools, elite companies and colleges across the UK.

Performing credits

Swing in Matilda The Musical (Royal Shakespeare Company, UK and Ireland Tour), Betty Lou in Dr Seuss. How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (Uk Tour), Bonnie in The Little Beasts (The Other Palace), Keeley Gibson in Billy Elliot The Musical (Victoria Palace), Wendy in Peter Pan (The White Rock Theatre, Hastings), Ensemble in What I Go To School For – The Busted Musical (Theatre Royal, Brighton), Vocalist in Jason Robert Brown & Very Special Guests (Apollo Theatre London), Juvenile Vocalist in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour) Dancer/Vocalist in Alternative Hair Show (Royal Albert Hall), Aladdin (The Cliffs Pavilion).

Joshua Lear

Joshua graduated from Bird College with a First Class BA (Hons) in Dance and Musical Theatre.

Performing credits

Swing in 9 to 5 (UK tour), Edward Bloom in Big Fish (Bird College), Dancer in Railway Ball, Big Deal in West Side Story (Bird College workshop), Ensemble in Peter Pan (Stafford Gatehouse).

TV credits

Children In Need (ITV), Singing in the Rain (BBC), Britains Got Talent The Champions (ITV) and Dragons Den.

Recording credits

Crowning Glory (West End Theatre Support Fund Charity single)

Barnaby Thompson

Barnaby trained in Musical Theatre at Laine Theatre Arts and currently plays ‘Ed’ in The Lion King as well as understudying Timon, Pumbaa & Zazu. When not on stage, Barnaby is a regular guest teacher at the Academy.

Performing credits

Ed in The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre), Follies (National Theatre), Peter in Company (Aberdeen Arts Centre), On The Town (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Chicago (Marina Bay Sands Theatre, Singapore); 42nd Street (Theatre du Chatelet, Paris); Jekyll & Hyde (Old Vic); Elf The Musical (Dominion Theatre); Oklahoma (UK tour); Wizard Of Oz (Madinat Theatre, Dubai); Cats (International tour); Legally Blonde (UK tour); The Band Wagon (Sadler’s Wells); Me And My Girl (Sheffield Crucible); Candide (Hyogo, Japan); The Music Man (Chichester Festival Theatre); Peter Pan (Birmingham REP); Chicago (Cambridge Theatre); Mary Poppins (Prince Edward); Mamma Mia! (International tour); Anything Goes (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre); Grease (UK tour)

TV and Film Credits

The Slammer, The IT Crowd, Beyond The Sea

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