MEET THE TEAM

Beki Saunders

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

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    Zumba / Street Fit / Pop Dance / Salsa and Latin Styles / Rnb /Hip Hop / Contemporary / Dance Fusions /  Body Movement / Isolation / Reggaeton / Choreographer / Performer / Promoter / Ba Hons Graphic Designer

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    Dance Teacher, Performer, Choreographer, Promoter and Event Manager

     

    Beki (Bex) has a huge passion for dance which shines through in all she does, along with her clear teaching abilities, technical knowledge and a sense of fun and enjoyment and has built up a long list of dancing achievements behind her. She is a qualified Dance Teacher, Salsa Teacher, Exercise to Music Teacher, Pop Dance Instructor, Street Fit® Instructor, Zumba® Fitness and Zumbatomic® Instructor and also holds a BA HONS in Visual Communication – Graphic Design. IDTA, ISTD, Central YMCA qualifications.

     

    Beki always rises to a challenge and has successfully taught many couples, individuals and groups to dance, even those who claim to have no rhythm and/or two or even three left feet!!!!

     

    Beki has also had many successes in teaching couples and groups dances for their Wedding days, using many different requested dance styles. She has a keen interest in choreography and sees no limits or boundaries for separate styles of dance and therefore enjoys using the fusion of different styles in her choreography for shows, workshops and events.

     

    Beki has been dancing since she was 3 years old and started her teaching career at the age of 17, and taught children aged 3 to 16 Tap, Modern and Jazz, she then went on to teach adult classes of Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Street Dance for a number of years. As a qualified graphic designer too, Beki ended up taking some time out to run a graphics agency in Maidstone as their Creative Director, which is when she ventured out after work and first discovered the salsa scene in 2004. She has a long list of dancing achievements behind her. Including guest teaching appearances in London, Cambridge and all over Kent at weekend and all day events and for one off workshops, guest judge for a national talent show last year. She has also choreographed and taken part in many shows, flashmobs, demonstrations, performances and musicals, large and small, including Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, Birmingham Arts Fest, 'Create', Cambridge Afro Cuban Salsa Festival and the film due out for release on January 14th starring well known actors Nick Frost,  Ian McShane, Chris O'Dowd and Rashida Jones. called ‘Cuban Fury’.

     

    Beki has taught all ages over the years and has constantly continued her studies in dance with various dance companies including DanceXchange in Birmingham, Natalias’ Dance Academy in Kent, The Place and Pineapple Dance Studios in London to name a few. She now has a huge array of dance styles which she dances and most of which she teaches to a high level.

     

    Beki’s passion for dance led her to set up her own Dance Company in 2008 which is Dance Visions and this has proved to have an ever growing team of teachers, dance classes, workshops, events and much more, she has never looked back!

     

    “Dance is my passion and I have been lucky enough and blessed to have had the pleasure in working with lots of amazing dancers and choreographers and amazing creative in my life whilst being able to pursue something I love, whether it is through Performance, Choreography, Training, Events or regular classes in all forms of fitness and dance styles and I look forward to many more years of giving back to people and helping them learn, enjoy and be inspired by the, fun, healing, joy, magic, passion and creativity dance can evoke inside of you.”

     

Natalie Cornish

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    SALSA

    ZUMBA

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     Natalie is a Zumba® Instructor and member of the Dance Visions Salsa Team from Ashford, Kent. She has always loved singing, dancing and performing; having studied Ballet, Tap, Modern, and Jazz from the age of 5, she then went on to compete for Durham University in Ballroom and Latin dancing 2006-2009 and 2010-2011 (during her academic studies there). Natalie performed in multiple musicals, plays and operas whilst at University where she took on choreography responsibilities in addition to roles in the ensemble. Her passion for Latin dance was further fuelled when she attended her first Zumba class in 2011 – run by Dance Visions, then took up Cuban Salsa a couple of weeks after, ended up training-up in them both and hasn’t looked back since! From 9am-6pm Natalie is a Client Services Associate for Fidelity Worldwide Investments, in the evening a Zumba and Cuban Salsa addict!

     

     

Katherine Pilkington

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    BALLET

    CONTEMPORARY

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    Kat has recently graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University with a First Class degree in Dance Education, where she discovered how enjoyable dance teaching is. She has had several years of dance training in various disciplines, and has experience teaching a range of dance styles to a range of ages and abilities, but her expertise lies in ballet. She is now training for the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies at the Royal Academy of Dance, aiming to become a fully qualified RAD ballet teacher by 2015. As a late starter in dance herself she a passionate advocate of the beginner adult dancer; it is never too late to start!

     

     

Caroline Lees

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    BALLET
    TAP
    MODERN
    ZUMBA

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    Caroline started dancing at a young age with Jenny Reeds School of Dance in Woking, Surrey - successfully passing ISTD and RAD exams up to Advanced 2/Grade 8 level. As a teenager, she started assisting with as many dance classes as possible at the school under the tuition of Jenny Reeds and soon realized the perfect combination of her love of dance and children was to become a dance teacher. She trained at the Kingston Upon Thames Teachers Training College, gaining her ISTD teaching qualifications with excellent results and took up a full-time dance teaching post with Jenny Reeds School of Dance in 2005. Caroline moved to Kent in 2011 after getting married and was glad to carry on her teaching in a new area – she still feels like she has the best job in the world! Some highlights in Caroline’s career are training and coaching students who have gone on to professional dance colleges (Italia Conti Theatre Arts, Bird College, London Studio Centre, The Urdang Academy), choreographing for bi-annual shows, dancing in a promo video/stage show for an up and coming band, and teaching a ballet class with Akai Osei (winner of Got to Dance 2010) and other students which was filmed by the BBC for a possible future television series.

     

    Caroline loves teaching with Dance Visions and hopes she can pass on her love and passion for dance for many years to come.

     

Nathan Burrows

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    SALSA

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    I have never been much of a dancer (not whilst sober anyway!) but after going to a Dance Visions lesson to mock a friend, salsa looked like something I could get into. Not being a hugely confident person, it took me a few weeks to pluck up the courage to give it a go. That was October 2009 and I have not looked back since!

    Becoming an instructor has given me a huge confidence boost, which shows in my teaching. Having fun and meeting new people is what it’s all about. Come to a party night and see what I mean!

    Outside of salsa, you will probably find me building something, annoying my neighbours with my guitar or sharing some quality quiet time fishing with my son.

Lorna Alice Coombs

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    SALSA

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    Lorna is a gem to have on the team, she always has everyone in stitches and her enthusiasm, huge positive and comical personality brings fun and lots of side splitting laughter to any night or event which she attends.

     

    She is a great member of the team and has so much to give to her beginners. It is clear when she is teaching that she wants people to understand the great feelings and positive benefits you can have from Salsa Dancing and wants to share her passion and experience with bundles of energy and her very cheeky sense of humour and huge grin!

     

    "I have been Salsa Dancing for three years now. I absolutely love dancing and I find Cuban Salsa gives me a really positive vibe. The music is great and my team mates always make me smile.

     

    I have started teaching now and I love it when my new pupils get the dancing bug and realise the benefits of energetic dancing and the fact they can have loads of fun whilst doing it. I'm a warm friendly person with a sharp wit and sense of fun, always looking at the positive in every situation."

     

Zara Sargeant

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    Gymnastics

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    I have always had a strong passion for Gymnastics, Musical Theatre and Fitness. I began gymnastics at the age of 4 and then went onto Musical Theatre and Performance by the age of 6. I continued Gymnastics/Fitness and Musical Theatre into my studies at Canterbury College.

    Gymnastics to me is a way of life, it is a way of keeping your body conditioned, keeping your stamina up and staying fit... but you can do it all whilst having fun! - jump off the beam, flip off the bars. Follow your dreams and reach for the stars.

    Besides being in many productions and festivals; I have also performed at The Royal Ballet Theatre, BBC children in need, Marlowe Theatre, Winter Gardens, Performed 'grease on tour', been in a music video, performed at the Turner Contemporary Opening, I have been in a film working alongside Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick and many more.

    I like to find peoples strengths and help them build on what they can achieve, staying positive is the best way in life. I cannot wait to share my passion for Gymnastics and performance as part as Dance Visions. Stop wishing and start doing! Believing you can do something means your half way there!"

     

     

Henrietta Webb Wilson

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    SALSA

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    I never thought I would ever be able to call myself "a dancer".....until I found salsa, and as soon as I found it I was completely hooked. Now, 5 years on and thanks to Dance Visions, I am embarking on the new adventure of becoming a salsa teacher.

    I can't wait to show you what dancing will bring to your life, so come on down to one of our classes and see what I mean.

Judith Salter

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    ISTD Ballet Tap and Modern, Technique and Adult Tap

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    “Dance has always been a big part of my life and has benefitted me in so many ways. I hope to be able to pass on my love of dance and sense of fulfilment that dancing can bring to children and adults of all ages, whatever their ability or reasons for wanting to dance are.”

    Judith started dancing at the age of 4 years, at the Jane Carpenter Dance Studios in Kent, obtaining all the ISTD general graded and vocational graded exams including Advanced 2 in Modern and Tap, and studying ballet at vocational level both in RAD and ISTD Imperial Classical Ballet. After having her children, she undertook dance teacher training in Devon and at Dance Academy South West, Bristol, where she also studied Ballet at Advanced Level. She qualified as a dance teacher in Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap dance gaining the Certificates in Dance Education (CDE).

    Judith has many years of teaching experience. She has taught both children and adults of all ages in various establishments including running her own dance school for several years and choreographing for shows and performances.

    She regularly attends courses and classes to keep up to date with new developments in style, syllabus and choreography including the ISTD residential summer schools for teachers and at the ISTD HQ.

    Having recently moved back to Kent Judith is really looking forward to being part of the Dance Visions Team.

     

     

     

Jennie Buss

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    SALSA

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    COMING SOON

Suzanne Mapstone

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    Receptionist

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    From as young as I can remember I have had an interest in music and dance. I was always keen to audition and perform in school and youth club productions taking on various acting, dancing and chorus roles. I enjoyed playing the keyboard at home, mostly teaching myself by ear. I then pursued an interest in guitar, taking lessons and performing in school concerts. I joined a dance group and especially enjoyed performing at the Marlowe theatre, which led me to dream of becoming a backing dancer with a particular interest in Top of the Pops.

    An introduction to Health and Social care took me down the child care route and 15 years later I am still working full time in this sector. This is how I met Beki and the team at the studios, attending as a carer for a child in baby ballet.

    I now find it very exciting being part of a team and working alongside the children and instructors. Who knows what the future holds for me and my twitchy feet!

     

     

Karon Rolfe

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    Receptionist

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    With 11yrs of childcare experience from babies to preschoolers, I loved working with children all ages and now it's lovely to be working at the studios still surrounded by children. I achieved my Silver & Gold medals in Ballroom dancing when I was 12yrs old but since I've started working here I can feel my feet itching to dance again! Although I may not be as nibble as the dance instructors I will still be the first one on the dance floor and and the last one off!

     

    When I'm not answering enquiries and generally being a friendly and helpful receptionist at the studios, I am a mother of 2 energetic boys who keep my on my toes. I'm excited to be part of the team and look forward to getting involved in the forthcoming events!

Collaborators

Timothy Greenfield

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    PHOTOGRAPHY

    VIDEOGRAPHY

    DIGITAL EDITING

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    My name is Tim Greenfield, funny enough a fan of green and all that is not too urban. I have studied the industry of media production and visual content to which I’ve been performing online editing for 2 feature films, short films, a medical documentary on Stations along with video shorts mainly for YouTube.

    I take interest in more thought provoking photo manipulations and aerial images done by camera tossing. Digital compositing is a high interest of visual showcasing in formulating beyond the mind scenarios with people and objects doing irregular actions. Usually I tend to colour/photo correct, edit, rearrange shots, composite, 3D model make or create digital elements concerning the media aspect. I also take interest in the art of Cuban Salsa dancing where I am currently learning what I can as time goes by.

     

     

     

Lisa Twyman

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    Wedding / Events planner

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    I am Lisa Jane Twyman and I love to dance.

    However Cuban salsa is a particular passion of mine and it has been of a while now, so much so, I get great pleasure of teaching it to others that share my enthusiasm. Working with Beki and her Dance Vision Team makes it even more enjoyable.

     

    As a Wedding and Event Planner, Dance Vision brings yet other strings to my bow.  That legendary first dance! Who better to teach it than Beki Saunders or any one of her team of extremely talented and versatile instructors! Fashion shows I have to look no further for a fantastic choreographer.

Shani Wood

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    ZUMBA

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     Dance and music have been in my life for as long as I can remember.  One of my first memories was dancing to Top Of The Pops in the lounge, at the age of 7, twirling around, and having fun. This was the first, and definitely not the last of my dancing. The years ahead saw me dancing when and where I could, until the age of 19 when I taught Freestyle Dance to Junior school children for the Leigh Dance Academy, this lasted a couple of years, before the company moved away and I headed to University.

    Fast forwarding to the last 5 years has seen me come back to dancing with vengeance.  I performed in a production of Okalahoma, with M.M.A.D.S as one of the main dancers, before finding Dance Visions and being part of their Phaze Dance Crew.  In 2009 I found my love for Zumba, and knew that I wanted be part of the Zumba party as an Instructor, so in 2010 went on the course, joined the Dance Visions Teachers and have never looked back!!  Whoop Whoop!

     

     

 

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