Head of Dance
Maggie is the Principal of the School and is also the Artistic Director for all PPAS productions. She has been a dance teacher at Pineapple Studios for over 30 years. Maggie has also choreographed numerous commercials, stage shows, pop videos and TV specials.
Amy trained at London Studio Centre, and has proudly taught at PPAS and Pineapple Studios for 11 years. She guest teaches at various colleges and schools including Performers College, Italia Conti, London Studio Centre, idance Studios, and Stage Coach. She is a former instructor for Culture Shock UK, and performed in ‘Into The Hoods’ with ZooNation.
Amy was the Resident Director, Dance Captain and performer for the International and European tours of ‘Bounce – The Street Dance Sensation’ She was the chorographer on the Hip Hop show PCUK which will be preformed at The Edinburgh Festival this summer.
Winston Jean Charles
Winston trained at the Brooking School of Ballet, were he completed a 3 year Diploma. He has worked with the likes of; Jermaine Jackson, Whitney Houston, Diana king, Spice Girls, Cher. He has also toured America (Nickelodeon Tour) hosted by Nick Cannon.
Winston has choreographed for Miss Ireland for Miss World, The Smirnoff Awards, Cannes Musical Festival, Mission Control Artiste, Sports Dimension Clothing Company, Hawkeye Clothing Company, Reebok Asian tour for NBA Shaquille O’Neil.
His speciality is dance styles include Krumping Lyrical hip-hop Locking.
Ian had his professional Theatre debut at the age of 14 in Kes! The Musical. Since then, after completion of his professional Musical Theatre training, Ian has has gone on to work consistently and has performed in West End shows such as What A Feeling, Cats, Fame and more recently, Chicago.
Ian has worked with some of the best Choreographers and directors in the business today, including Ann Reinking, Trevor Nunn, Kim Gavin and Gillian Lynne, not just in Theatre but also in live television.
Ian has also established himself as a sought after Teacher/Choreographer and has taught at institutions such as Mount View Theatre School, The Urdany Academy and The British Ballet Organisation.
Commercially he has worked with Artists such as Sinitta, Zoe Birkett and even the Pussy Cat Dolls in live concert tours and TV appearances for major producers in the US and the UK, such as Live Nation and Disney.
Ian is very proud to work under Maggie Paterson at PPAS and recommends this training to anyone, whether one is seeking to go into the business or simply to flex one’s creative muscles for a bit of fun, this is the place to be!
Katie comes straight from the US, where she is a Graduate of Jefferson Performing Arts School. From there she went straight to Los Angeles, where she started her musical theatre career playing "Dawn" in the Tony Award winning "Best Little Whore House in Texas" and a "Hot Box Girl" in "Guys and Dolls". After performing at the opening of Euro Disney, Kaite took off to NY, and really began her career. Some of her favourite rolls include, "Velma Kelly" in "Chicago. Sheila in the international company of " A Chorus Line" Mrs. Potifar in "Joseph" "Joanna" in RUG London’s "Sunset Blvd." and "Texas" in the revival version of "Cabaret" Katie also choreographed for NBC’s sitcom "ED" for two seasons. And wrote and choreographed her own show called "Manhattan Rouge" which toured Europe.
Joe trained at the age of 16 when he joined our very own Pineapple Performing Arts School (PPAS) & is still currently training with a top UK crew BirdGang where he trains and performs in street, house, locking & popping.
Joe’s appeared on X-Factor, Royal Variety, Various music videos & Shows, where he’s worked with people such as Same Difference, George Sampson, Eylem, Kenrick Sandy and So You Think You Can Dance Choreographer Simeon Qsyea. He has also danced for a variety of companies such as Fox, Nickelodeon, BBC, ITV, T-mobile & DJ Hero
Joe’s so proud to have attended PPAS and is now so proud to be part of the Pineapple tutors.
Sam had his professional debut at the age of 9 performing in ‘The Wiz’ at the Hackney Empire. This was shortly followed by a run at The London Palladium in ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’. After training with PPAS and The North London Dance Studio Sam’s flair for Hip-hop has led him to work with renowned choreographers such as Kymberlee Jay, Ashley Wallen and Kenrick Sandy of Boy Blue Entertainment.
Sam has recently reached the final 40 of So You Think You Can Dance and has just returned from Hong Kong performing at a fund-raising event organised by HSBC and Jet Li in aid of The Nature Conservancy Charity.
Michelle trained at Middlesex University/London Studio centre and then went to LA to continue her training in all styles of dance.
She is co-director and founder of the UKS leading alternative dance company /Inko Dancers/. Her company seeks to alter peoples perception of the London dance scene and merge contemporary and commercial dance forms, to create exciting and original routines to alternative music.
Michelle has performed for Castrol Oil in a European motor tour with Fast and Furious, performed at the Bloomy rain festival’ in Lithuania at the Siemens arena, danced for Mcfly at the Nickelodeon awards, Glastonbury festival, Lynx and choreographed numerous pieces for RedBull, Google, Royal Opera House, /MTV ‘Super Sweet 16′ and numerous music videos.
Scott trained as a scholarship student at PPAS, he went on to dance in the tour and West End production of Never Forget and played the lead role of Tyrone in the nationwide tour of Fame. He is currently a dancer in the West End production of Thriller and gives regular workshops to our students based on the show! Scott was recently spotted by Beyonce choreographer and was whisked off to LA to perform as one of her backing dancers at the Emmy awards!
Dax trained at Sylvia Young and started working from a very young age featuring in over 70 commercials before he left school! He appeared as Gavroche in The West End show Les Miserables and as The Artful Dodger in Oliver at The London Palladium. Dax’s commercial dance credits include performing with The Spice Girls, Sugababes, X factor, JLS and Snoop Dog. Dax has taught at Pineapple Dance studios since the age of 16 and has gone on to direct and choreograph TV commercials, pop videos and mainstream tours for artists such as Olly Murs and JLS. Dax has also had a successful recording career as an artist signed by Warner’s record label at the age of 19, he has also written and produced music for many artists including the boy band Lexington Bridge of which Dax was a member enjoying phenomenal success in Germany and throughout Europe. PPAS were delighted when Dax asked if our students would perform in his new work Solider, written, composed and choreographed by him at the Mermaid Theatre and then took the production to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012 where it recieved sold out shows and great reviews.
Jade was originally awarded a scholarship at PPAS in 2008 having shown great determination to learn and develop his skills as a dancer and also for his potential as a performer and teacher. Jade is now an accomplished street dancer and trains daily at Pineapple Dance Studios were he attends advanced classes in areas of street dance and house dance.