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Dance Teachers

Head of Dance – Maggie Paterson

Maggie is the Principal of the School and 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. In addition to all of this she still finds time to be an international adjudicator and judge for a variety of leading dance competitions, where she regularly awards scholarships to attend the Sunday school and the Pineapple Performing Arts Summer School’s. Her judging roles include the annual Showdown competitions held at Cadogan Hall for the borough of Chelsea and Kensington and also the prestigious International Dance Association, IDA ‘Expressions’ competition which is held annually in Florence, Italy, Maggie is the UK judge joined by internationally famed choreographers from the USA and Europe.

Christabelle Field

Christabelle has trained and performed in various styles of dance including Latin American, Hip Hop, Jazz Funk, Locking and Contemporary. She was part of the Original Cast of Thriller Live West End (2008-2010) and had the honour of performing for and meeting the Jackson Family. She has had training in Los Angeles amongst world renowned dancers and choreographers. Belle has danced on shows such as The Voice, Alan Carr Chatty Man and X-factor and has worked with Rihanna, Ne-yo, The Wanted, JLS, Cheryl Cole and more. You can find her now as the leader and choreographer of the commercial girl group ‘Poison’ who were in the semi-finals of Got To Dance 2013. Recently she choreographed an award winning number for our senior street dancers which won The People’s Choice Award from the Federation of Dance, and has been chosen to represent the UK in an online competition.

Sam Golle

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.

John Graham

John is originally from Dublin. He trained in Dublin at their College of Dance before starting his own ‘teaching’ career and today he teaches at Pineapple Dance Studios and the London Studio Centre. He has also had training in New York and learnt from the very best choreographers and dance teachers that New York and LA had to offer. Over the last 6 years he has appeared on endless TV Shows – MTV European Music Awards, X-Factor, Brit Awards, Mobo Awards, T4 on the Beach, This Morning, Loose Women – to name a few. Since those early years he has now worked with and choreographed for the likes of Leona Lewis, JLS, Alexandra Burke, The Saturdays, The Wanted, Alesha Dixon, Rihanna, Peter Andre as well as having amassed a pretty impressive list of corporate clients – L’Oreal, Ford, Nike, Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball, Capital FM Summertime Ball and more.

Scott Maurice

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 O’Callaghan

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 Ferreira

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.

Eddie Cox

Musical Theatre Eddie Cox was born and raised in Australia and is now a UK resident. She trained at The Actors Centre in Sydney and has undertaken a range of roles in musicals in Australia and UK including as dance captain and one of the original members of Chicago. Since arriving in London her West End Credits include Crazy for You, Joanna in Sunset Boulevard, Understudy to Wallis Simpson in Always, Original cast My Fair Lady, Anything Goes, and Once in a Lifetime at the National theatre. Television credits include The Laurence Olivier Awards, Children in Need, Dancing in the Streets, Good Morning and working with David Suchet in Act of God. In a creative role her credits include dance captain Chess (Denmark), and Stars of the Musicals (Kuala Lumpur), choreographer for Don Juan in Soho (Guildhall Barbican) and Iph (Mercury Theatre), and assistant director for the UK tour Join the Girls.

Mandy Montanez

Mandy began dancing at the age of 11 and since has trained under scholarship at some of the best dance schools in the USA, to include; Broadway Dance Centre, Steps on Broadway, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago and The Edge. Mandy gained a BA in dance from Point Park Conservatory for the Performing Arts in Pittsburgh in 2000. Since moving to London Mandy has made a number of TV appearances, including: Semi finalist on “So You Think You Can Dance” BBC1; “Pineapple Dance Studios”; “Mr Selfridge” “The BRIT Awards” “The X Factor”; “The Alan Titchmarsh Show”; “National Television Awards” Mandy has worked with Rihanna, The Rolling Stones, Florence and the Machine, Coldplay, Will I am, Duffy, and Cheryl Cole Most Recently Mandy was assistant choreographer for Simon Pegg and Nick Frost new feature film “Worlds End” which will be released in 2013. Mandy is a highly sought after teacher and in addition to teaching regularly at Pineapple dance studios has lectured at London Studio Centre, Bird College, and Liberates (to name a few) Mandy is regularly teaches all over the world including the USA, Spain, Russia, and Poland. She is also the International VP Marketing for Starpower, America’s largest dance competition (www.starpowertalent.com), which is currently in its 6th successful year in the UK.

Ryan Jenkins

Ryan started dancing at the late age of 15 training at the prestigious Bird college. At 19 got his first professional job dancing Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake. He has since performed Wicked (original London cast) Phantom of the Opera -Movie, and west shows, Grease, Cabaret and Kismet for English National Opera.A live show finalist on series 2, So You Think You Can Dance and Got to Dance. Ryan is an international choreographer with shows in Las Vegas, Vietnam and London working in fashion, movies, live shows and pop videos. A judge, Ambassador and Patron to many dance schools, Ryan travels all over the UK to train dancers and share his knowledge and passion for dance.For more information about Ryan – www.ryan-jenkins.co.uk