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MEET THE TEAM

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LEA VERNON

DANCE TEACHER

Hey, I’m Lea, I am the newest member of the Streetfunk team which I am very excited about. I have been dancing for about 20 years, and I’m currently in two of the Streetfunk dance crews including mums da word and Novalux. I particularly love taking my choreography and love of dance back in time, with some old school vibes. I am always striving to pursue every chance I get to improve myself as a dancer and as a mentor. In the future, I hope to make you be the best you can be and share with you my love for dance. 

MONIQUE MATTHEWS

DANCE TEACHER

Hi everyone, my name is Monique and I have been a teacher for Streetfunk for 7 years now. I started dancing at the age of 3 doing tap, modern and ballet and continued these styles alongside contemporary throughout school until I found Streetfunk at the age of 13. I instantly fell in love with the different styles and the company itself, and as I got older I knew teaching was what I wanted to do. I absolutely love my job and watching my students progress and grow in confidence is truly rewarding. I also compete internationally with my own crew and have won several titles. I continue to train in a range of dance styles to ensure I am the most well-rounded teacher I can be.

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WILL TIMPSON

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AMANDA WILSON

DANCE TEACHER

I've been dancing for 20 years, started when I was 6 & I'm trained in a wide range of classical styles as well as all major Street styles. I studied a dance degree at the University of East London. This taught me many things including dance history, dance on screen, managing businesses, how to run events, & had extensive training in StreetDance. I learned from some of the UK's pioneering practitioners & I now work freelance around the UK for various companies such as Pineapple Community, The movement factory, HHI, Marina Studios & now with my new dance family, Streetfunk! One day I hope to start my own company that incorporates the skill sets I gained at Uni while continuing to teach & compete with the SF Family.

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ESME DREW

DANCE CO-TEACHER

Hi, I’m Esme Drew. I am 15 years old and a co-teacher at Streetfunk. I have been dancing since I was 3 years old. I started in Ballet and since have covered Streetdance, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap and Commercial.

I have been dancing at Streetfunk since I was 9.

I have also trained in musical theatre and since have been in a number of shows. I hope to pursue a career in dance, I always enjoy learning as well as sharing my current knowledge and understanding to the students.

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SAM PEIRCE

DANCE CO-TEACHER

Hi, I’m Sam Peirce, and I’m 15 years old. I’ve been dancing at Streetfunk for 5 years and co-teaching for nearly 2. I have been in many shows and performances, as well as having represented Streetfunk at competitions in crews, and in solos. I love being a co-teacher at Streetfunk because the students are so fun and eager to learn, and we always have a great time! In addition, I’m always trying to better myself, and with teaching, I always learn something useful from the students.

AMY WELLS

DANCE TEACHER

Dance is one of my greatest passions in life. I have been dancing pretty much since I could walk starting off in a class called boogie babies. I have danced and competed in all kinds of styles from tap, ballet and contemporary through to street dance and commercial, and many others. I have always had an interest in teaching from a young age, as I love sharing my knowledge and it gives me great joy helping others accomplish new things.

I have recently finished studying dance, sport science and personal training at Varndean college and can’t wait to see what great things are to come in the future!

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TASH TULLY

DANCE CO-TEACHER

Hi! I'm Tash and I've been a part of Streetfunk for over 10 years! I still remember my first class with JP and hope to make the same positive impact with the children I teach as J did for me growing up. I absolutely love working with every one of the children. It's such a great feeling watching them learn and grow both through dance and as human beings. I am currently part of Novalux, Streetfunk's over 18 competition crew, which helps me to develop my own skills in many styles to pass on in class.

 

MEET THE TEAM

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DIONNE BOWEN

MANAGING DIRECTOR

I have worked for Sussex Partnership Trust within different teams and roles for the last 19 years. Coming from such a large corporation and having helped set up systems for a new service, I am able to cast an analytical eye and implement changes and structure within the company, helping lead it into a new era, enabling growth. I work closely with the team behind the scenes to help innovate and create a quality service. I provide reflective supervision and training to equip staff with the tools to provide you with a 10x experience. Prior to my time with the NHS, I worked in a senior role with children from difficult backgrounds who were taken into care. I am also JP’s partner and mother to our beautiful children.

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MONIQUE MATTHEWS

DANCE TEACHER

Hi everyone, my name is Monique and I have been a teacher for Streetfunk for 7 years now. I started dancing at the age of 3 doing tap, modern and ballet and continued these styles alongside contemporary throughout school until I found Streetfunk at the age of 13. I instantly fell in love with the different styles and the company itself, and as I got older I knew teaching was what I wanted to do. I absolutely love my job and watching my students progress and grow in confidence is truly rewarding. I also compete internationally with my own crew and have won several titles. I continue to train in a range of dance styles to ensure I am the most well-rounded teacher I can be.

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ESME DREW

DANCE CO-TEACHER

Hi, I’m Esme Drew. I am a co-teacher at Streetfunk. I have been dancing since I was 3 years old. I started in Ballet and since have covered Streetdance, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap and Commercial.

I have been dancing at Streetfunk since I was 9.

I have also trained in musical theatre and since have been in a number of shows. I hope to pursue a career in dance, I always enjoy learning as well as sharing my current knowledge and understanding to the students.

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LEXIE HIDE

DANCE CO-TEACHER

Hey, I’m Lexie. I am a Streetfunk Co-Teacher and have been apart of the Streetfunk family for over 6+ years. I immerse myself into the dance community by participating in our Origen (Senior Crew) Training. My main passion is competing in dance competitions around the world, I joined my first crew when I was 7 years old which was the Streetfunk ‘Killabeez’ and I have continued my journey by becoming a British dance champion. I hope to help insert a huge passion for dance into your children lives and allow them to progress through my ability to teach technique and natural drive to help others.

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ELLIOTT SLEIGH

DANCE TEACHER

I am a creative dance artist based in East Sussex with a fun and energetic personality. I have been dancing from a young age, I started out with breakdance/Bboy foundations and over the years Ive explored a variety of Urban, international an modern styles. For myself, I've known since the beginning of my journey that dance was going to be my career, life and future. Since graduation I've worked with multiple companies and schools to prepare, produce an provide dance lessons to kids and adults with the main aim to expand knowledge, whilst building technique and character for all ages an levels of dance, being able to share the floor, passion and movement is ultimately my key to happiness in life. Dance is power, dance is knowledge and dance is the future.

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JP OMARI

DIRECTOR/FOUNDER

JP Omari is a multi-award winning Hip Hop dancer, teacher, coach and choreographer who has worked hard and extensively to become the leading Hip Hop dance figure in Brighton & Hove. He has performed, taught and judged competitions around the world and is widely respected in the UK dance scene. JP became the UK’s first bboy (breakdancer) to take part in a reality TV dance show when he took part in the BBC’s Strictly Dance Fever in 2006 reaching the semi-finals with his dance partner, Stacey Gaunt. Since then, he has worked with chart topping artists such as Dizzee Rascal, Sean Paul and Orbital.

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RHIANNON ROLF

DANCE TEACHER

Hey, I’m Rhiannon. I am a professional dancer who has learned and studied a variety of dance styles from the age of 2 including Contemporary, Streetdance, and Tap. My true passion is all variants of Streetdance,

I find in this style I am able to express myself whilst bringing the energy and a sense of fun. I love for my students to enjoy this style and feel free to have fun with it, act a little wild, and support each other whether you’re a professional dancer or a complete beginner. My classes will support you through your dance journey and teach you some classic Hip Hop dance styles along the way.

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HANNA GEORGIS DIMTSU

DANCE TEACHER

My names Hanna AKA Trillzy, I’ve been dancing professionally for 4 years now competing around the world with IMD Legion and dancing for Boyblue Ent. My love for dance comes from understanding the culture and history of Hiphop and I just want to spread the knowledge to those that want to learn.

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LIBBY ROBSON

DANCE CO-TEACHER

Hi I’m Libby, I have been dancing since age 3, in a variety of styles such as Ballet, Modern, Commercial, Streetdance and Jazz. I am a co-teacher for Streetfunk and I love   helping kids gain a passion for dance and movement.

I have taken part in many dance shows and performances as well as musical theatre productions. I’m hoping that whilst teaching I will learn lots of new things from both students and other teachers and then I can use these skills as well as the ones I already have to help students to the best of my ability.

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LEA VERNON

DANCE TEACHER

Hey, I’m Lea, I am the newest member of the Streetfunk team which I am very excited about. I have been dancing for about 20 years, and I’m currently in two of the Streetfunk dance crews including mums da word and Novalux. I particularly love taking my choreography and love of dance back in time, with some old school vibes. I am always striving to pursue every chance I get to improve myself as a dancer and as a mentor. In the future, I hope to make you be the best you can be and share with you my love for dance. 

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AMY WELLS

DANCE CO-TEACHER

Dance is one of my greatest passions in life. I have been dancing pretty much since I could walk starting off in a class called boogie babies. I have danced and competed in all kinds of styles from tap, ballet and contemporary through to street dance and commercial, and many others. I have always had an interest in teaching from a young age, as I love sharing my knowledge and it gives me great joy helping others accomplish new things.

I have recently finished studying dance, sport science and personal training at Varndean college and can’t wait to see what great things are to come in the future!

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GEORGIA HALE

DANCE CO-TEACHER

Hi, I’m Georgia and I’m a

co-teacher at Streetfunk. Dance has always been a big passion of mine and I enjoy different styles from Streetdance, Commercial,  Ballroom and Latin. I’ve been dancing since the age of 7 and compete in competitions. I love working with the children and find it rewarding to see them enjoy the classes and improve.

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WILL TIMPSON

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LIZZIE GRACEE

DANCE TEACHER

My name is Will and I’ve been dancing for the past 10 years as a student, a performer and a teacher at Streetfunk dance school. The reason that I love to dance is because it allows me to show my creativity through movement and also allows me the skills I need to become my own individual. I have been teaching for the last 4 years starting from the bottom to the top with my fellow teachers ands it’s a great experience and a great life style which I have chosen for myself. I have started using my skills I’ve developed over the years to become a performer for different shows of all styles such as street dance to contemporary to ballet. I recently became a member of a London based dance crew called birdgang to take different elements and aspects from the world of dance so that I can be the best dancer I can be.

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VANESSA BOWEN

ADMIN OFFICER

Hey, I'm Vanessa. I have worked in care and nursing over the last 20 years. This job is customer focused which is why I love my role at Streetfunk. I’m a mother and grandmother to my beautiful family who love to get active in the outdoors with me! I have a passion for watching dance from an audience perspective as I love the energy that dancers portray.

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AMANDA WILSON

DANCE TEACHER

I've been dancing for 20 years, started when I was 6 & I'm trained in a wide range of classical styles as well as all major Street styles. I studied a dance degree at the University of East London. This taught me many things including dance history, dance on screen, managing businesses, how to run events, & had extensive training in StreetDance. I learned from some of the UK's pioneering practitioners & I now work freelance around the UK for various companies such as Pineapple Community, The movement factory, HHI, Marina Studios & now with my new dance family, Streetfunk! One day I hope to start my own company that incorporates the skill sets I gained at Uni while continuing to teach & compete with the SF Family.

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TASH TULLY

DANCE CO-TEACHER

Hi! I'm Tash and I've been a part of Streetfunk for over 10 years! I still remember my first class with JP and hope to make the same positive impact with the children I teach as J did for me growing up. I absolutely love working with every one of the children. It's such a great feeling watching them learn and grow both through dance and as human beings. I am currently part of Novalux, Streetfunk's over 18 competition crew, which helps me to develop my own skills in many styles to pass on in class.

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NINA SWANN

DANCE CO-TEACHER

I’m Nina Swann, I have been dancing with Streetfunk since  I was 6 years old. I have experience in many styles of dance such as, Tap, Contemporary, Commercial and of course Streetdance. Streetfunk has given me many opportunities over the years, including representing them at competitions for teams and solos. Being a

co-teacher at Streetfunk has abled me to share my love of dance help others gain that same love. Watching the students grow and improve is one of the many highlights. In the future I hope to make a career out of dance and travel the world expressing my passion.

 
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