Creative Mentors

Nicole Davis : Founder & Artistic Director

Nicole graduated from Middlesex University in 1998 with a BA honours in Acting. Since then, she’s gone on to be a Writer, Actress and Presenter with 15 years of experience in Film, Theatre and TV.

Acting:

Nicole is probably best known as one of the original Presenters on CBeebies, the pre-school Channel for the BBC. She was a member of the original presenting team for 3 years and was watched by over 3 million viewers every day.

More recently she could be seen on the CBBC channel playing the madcap science teacher Miss Bunsen in the first series of ‘The School of Silence’. A role that she developed alongside the writers and creators of the programme. She is also the voice of ‘Callie’ in the popular CBeebies animation ‘Chuggington’.

Theatre includes: Dis Shoodbe on TV, Hackney Empire; Ariel, The little Tempest, Royal National Theatre; The Goddess Diana, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, London Bubble. TV includes: BBC; Helen Wilde, Casualty BBC; Miss Bunsen, The School of Silence, BBC; Enid, Moses Jones, BBC; Ebony, Sinchronicity, BBC; Karen, Keen Eddie, Paramount and Sky.

Writing

Nicole is currently on the writing team for a new series based on the classic children’s books ‘Topsy and Tim’. She co-wrote nine episodes of ‘Get Well Soon’ for CBeebies which is currently being aired every day at 4pm.

She has also written plays for young people and has been involved in creating drama for theatre companies such as Polka Theatre, The Royal National Theatre educational department, The Half Moon Theatre Company.

Tutor

As well as writing and performing, Nicole has 15yrs of experience working with children and young people Facilitating Drama sessions in schools and youth clubs. Over the years, she has worked with children in various ways from assisting teachers in schools to working in Children’s homes for social services. She has gained invaluable experiences, skills and techniques to facilitate social growth and development in children.

She is passionate about creating a safe environment for children to learn how to express themselves in a creative, effective and positive way.




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Rochine Karaa : Vocal Tutor & Assistant Director

As a graduate of one of the UK’s leading Private drama colleges, The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, Rochine is a professional singer, dancer and actress working in theatre, film and television. She is also an experience Teacher, Director and workshop leader with a BA Honors Degree in Musical Theatre.

Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, Rochine found her love for the arts at the tender age of five after receiving the principle role of Mary in her primary school nativity. Throughout her childhood Rochine continued to play the lead in many productions and also developed a great love for both singing and dancing too.

In her teenage years Rochine began training in Performing Arts at an academic level. She attended Newcastle Performing Arts Academy where she successfully gained a National Diploma in Performing Arts. She continued her training at University and in 2010 Graduated with a BA Honors Degree in Musical Theatre.

In September 2010 Rochine attended the world renowned Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. It was here she began training at an outstanding professional level in preparation for her professional career.

After years of intense training in all disciplines of singing, acting and dancing Rochine was signed to a West End, film and television agent. In the past 18 months Rochine has worked professionally in live stage, feature film and workshops.

Credits include; Theatre; Cinderella (Italian theatre tour), The Wedding Singer (Hull Riverside Theatre), Pippin (Peter Sarah Theatre Newcastle upon Tyne) Hansel and Gretel (Arena North) Pick and Mix (Avondale Theatre) 100 YEARS Centenary show! (New Wimbledon Theatre) TV includes; Children in need (BBC 1), The boy and the bus (BBC World). Film; Goal (Buena vista & Touchstone productions)

Rochine Has also spent five months touring theatres, primary and secondary schools in Italy, both Performing and teaching children English language through the process of drama workshops and physical activities.

Rochine has a fantastic reputation for being passionate, creative and full of energy and looks forward to a long running career in the performing Industry. She is always extremely energetic whilst directing and working with children as her enthusiasm towards them encourages them to deliver the best results! Rochine enjoys working with children and is amazed at how susceptive to learning children can be with the right guidance and encouragement. Her aim is to allow children to express themselves both academically and creatively in her lessons, hoping they will be left with the confidence to continue developing social and leadership skills on their own, with passion!

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Greg Nichols : Dance Tutor

Through his time as a street dancer Greg earned the tag name of Tiger as my dance name, as he bears a striking resemblance to golfer Tiger Woods. Greg started training in Street Dance in 2008 with East London based company Boy Blue Entertainment. He then became lead choreographer at the University of Durham’s Street Dance Society and lead choreographer the crew ‘Legacy Crew’. ‘Legacy Crew’ were varsity national champions in 2007 and 2008 with other awards within those competitions including best costume, theme, best dancer and overall choreography. Greg prides himself on unique and relevant themes for his dance sets.

In 2009 he claimed first place in SDI (Street Dance International) Closed Freestyle and in the same year won the national solo competition ‘Everybody Rocks’ run by Chicago Rocks.

While in the North East, until 2011, he taught classes for ages 5-10 and 11-16 for street dance company Urban Kaos, and dance company MJ Studios while also running his own standard of classes teaching 16+. With this group he formed a training group of youngsters that now teach their own street dance classes. With those that were in the training group they performed as a crew named ‘Blueprint’ where they performed as dancers alongside Ellie Goulding, Tinie Tempah and Trevor Nelson run DJ shows.

Greg returned to London due to movement in his marketing career and still trained at ‘Boy Blue Entertainment’ classes and also joined a performance crew called ‘Evr Present’. Marketing career moved him once again landing him in the Reading area, where he also works with ‘Urban Dance Company’ as a senior choreographer.

Class Biography

Twinkles:

Warm up going through the fundamentals of stretching and importance in using it to ensure no injuries and dancing to your full ability. High energy rhythm games are incorporated into the class to increase dance awareness to prepare learning routines to counted music.

Bright Sparks:

More advanced warm up going through the fundamentals of stretching. High High energy rhythm games are incorporated into the class to increase dance awareness to prepare learning routines to counted music but more of a focus on learning a routine of dance with basic street dance styles.

Stars:

More advanced stretching and warm up exercises including form ‘hot-stepping’ to increase multiple movements alongside rhythm building. Beginner/Intermediate routines are built into the class with a mix of street styles from poppin’ to tutting to locking.




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Sheri-An Davis

Sheri-An Graduated from the Central school of Speech and Drama internationally renowned for it’s excellence. She made her acting debut as Roz, a friend of Siobhan, on After You’ve Gone. She also guest stars on “Coming Up” and “My Family”. She appears as a recurring character, Nurse Delia, on the hit teen drama House of Anubis in 2011.

She has worked with children in Community groups and Children’s homes working with children with emotional and behaviour difficulties using her drama skills to help these children and facilitate their learning and development. She worked as a manager for popular drama group PERFORM for 4 years, where she quickly became manager of the Reading and Wokingham branches. She brings her talent, expertise and passion to Shine on a regular basis.




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Julia Titus

Julia Titus is an actress, poet, singer and songwriter. She has been singing for many years in various professional bands and performing in many plays.

She graduated from Thames Valley University with a BA honours in Community Theatre in 2006. She is passionate about working with the community and has worked for many years with children and young people. Julia encourages children to realise the power they hold within themselves, the great positive things they are able to do and the intense comfort that music can be to them as it has been to her.




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