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Dance Teachers

Jane Marney

Jane has been a tutor at PPAS for the last five years and specialises in performing arts for the very young, Janes huge experience allows her and the rest of the chunks team to enable every child to develop the key skills of concentration, confidence and coordination which provide a solid foundation for continuing training for the rest of the school.

Jane trained at Tiffany Theatre College before moving on to her dance career. Jane danced for commercial girl group Poison, who were semi-finalists on Sky 1’s Got to dance. As part of Poison she went on to perform at events such as UK Stand Up, Princess Diana Awards, Dancers Delight and many other corporate events. Jane holds a UDO World championship title 2012 and has danced for celebrities such as David Guetta.

Since, Jane has focused on her choreography skills and has had her work grace the stage of some of the UK’s biggest venues including The Shaftesbury Theatre, London’s West End. The Echo Arena, Liverpool and Winter Gardens, Blackpool. Last year Jane choreographed for the Ideal Home Show, London and also won the national Thats Showbiz ‘Most Original Choreographer’ award with her choreography winning first place in the National finals.

Shaun Smith

Shaun has danced alongside some very high profile stars such as Justin Bieber, Katie Perry, Professor Green, Will.i.am, Chery Cole to name a few!
He has Danced in productions such as “Into The Hoods” (resident director), “The Mad Hatters Tea Party” (dance captain) “I Cant Sing” Boy Blue “The Five And The Prophecy Prana” “Blaze” “Pied Piper” and many more.
Shaun has also appeared on the MOBO Awards, The X Factor, Children In Need, and Britains Got Talent.
Currently Shaun is choreographing for KIDZBOP!
As well as having incredible credits and working with superstars shaun is a fantastic teacher that will help you build confidence and will nurture your dancing abillity!

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 Golle. He has performed alongside David Guetta, Jessie J, Pharell Williams, Kyla, Nero and Dionne Bromfield as well such renowned choreographers as Kymberlee Jay, Ashley Wallen and Kenrick Sandy of Boy Blue Entertainment.
He has also performed on Got To Dance, So You Think You Can Dance, Surprise Surprise and Popstars to Operastars as well as working for brands such as GAP, Reebok, HSBC, Samsung and Schwarzkopf and just recently choreographed a Toyota advert.
Sam has taught at Pineapple Performing Arts School for many years as well as colleges and dance schools throughout the UK and Europe.

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!

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.