CLAIRE WILLIAMSON A.I.D.T.A
DIRECTOR AT VIBEZ DANCEWORKS
Claire started dancing at age 3 in all aspects of dance including Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Freestyle Disco and Theatre Craft. She was nominated for IDTA scholarships in all 4 core subjects; Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz and Theatre
Craft. As well as focusing on her exams she travelled the country performing and competing at pantomimes and dance festivals including the prestigious All England Dance Festival.
At 16 years old Claire moved to London after deciding she wanted to further her dance education and gained a place at Italia Conti, London studying all aspects of dance, singing and drama at an advanced level. It was here that Claire found her passion for street and urban dance styles. After successfully finishing the course she decided that although she loved performing, being so young in London away from friends and family, that she would like to begin her dance teacher training back in Nottingham. So she gained a qualification in Exercise to Music and started a very popular Adult Street dance class whilst working as a nail technician! She then quickly went on to achieve an IDTA Associate in Freestyle dance and Modern Jazz and started children street dance classes in local schools, church halls, nurseries and leisure centres. Claire also worked for 2 years teaching street dance in a secure unit. Classes continued to grow and Claire opened the doors to the first Vibez studio in 2008 where she then began to teach a full programme of lessons in all areas of dance.
By 2009 classes were full and a bigger studio was needed. Vibez moved to a new studio which she still currently teaches in today. Claire continues to work hard to educate herself further by taking classes at Pineapple in lots of dance styles including House, Waacking and Locking as well as taking a UDO teachers training course. Claire trains 5 street dance teams which compete around the country and have achieved world championships finalist titles. Claire loves to teach all the different dance styles and provide a fun environment for children to learn. Claire continues to run the business and be mum to daughter Shyla Princess.
SHARN PARKER A.I.D.T.A
Sharn started dancing at 4 years old and has always had a passion for dance, in particular Ballet. She took part in the first ever Vibez street dance class in 2005 at age 12 and now ten years on is still continuing to progress in classes as well as teach at Vibez.
Sharn has passed many exams achieving high marks in various styles of dance including Tap, Ballet, Freestyle/Disco, Theatre Craft, Modern Jazz and Street as well as dancing around the country at numerous festivals. She is Vibez full time assistant teacher (and might as well have a bed made upstairs) & has her own class on a Saturday and is amongst the Vibez cleaning team! As well as being part of all the yearly events that Vibez holds her most recent qualification is her Associate Freestyle taken in 2011 which she passed with Honours. Sharn and her duo partner Samie recently placed 1st with their duo moving them into the advanced category at Udo competitions. Sharn also competes as part of the Vibez over 18’s intermediate team Ignite and loves to join the crowd to support all the dancers at Vibez.
Sharn continues to perfect her technique in lots of areas of dance and cannot imagine her life without dance in it.
SAMIE MCVEA A.I.D.T.A
Samie aka DJ Samie is the Vibez receptionist in the week; she also teaches in Vibez classes including adult street, kids starter street classes and a teenage street class as well as private lessons. Samie started dancing at the first ever Vibez class in 2005 when she was 12 and has been dancing at Vibez ever since! Before joining Vibez Samie went to Theatre Train in Nottingham for 3 years where she took part in shows at The Dominion Theatre in London and The Palace Theatre in Manchester.
At Vibez she has taken her IDTA Bronze-Gold Bar 1 Street and Freestyle exams before moving onto her IDTA Student and Associate Freestyle Teacher exams in 2010 and 2011. Samie started teaching an after school club at a local school as well as assisting and taking her own classes at the studio. Samie has danced at Carnivals, Festivals, Competitions and Shows in her 10 years at Vibez and loves performing and helping backstage.
Samie is a member of the Over 18 Competition Team IGNITE, who have competed at many UDO comps including getting through to the World Championship Finals in Glasgow! Her and fellow dancer/teacher Sharn came 1st at Stoke in their Duo moving them up into advanced. You are most likely to find Samie in Manhattans on a Saturday night practising her moves!
Sasha started taking class at Vibez in 2008 in Street, Freestyle, Ballet and Tap. Since then she has focused mainly on her street and freestyle classes and assists Claire teaching on Mondays and Wednesdays. Since taking her IDTA Student Freestyle Teacher qualification in 2014 which she passed with 90% Distinction, she works hard teaching her own Vibez children’s street dance class on a Saturday morning which she really enjoys. Sasha studied at M.A.D.D Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama when she left school and achieved a one year musical theatre diploma. She also dances in the over 18 intermediate crew IGNITE and continues to progress in the Senior Freestyle class. Her and duo partner Kim have also recently qualified to dance in the over 16 advanced duo category at UDO’s. Sasha continues to participate at all the Vibez events and loves to teach the kids at Vibez.
Katie started dancing and performing at the age of 4, regularly competing in festivals, shows and competitions throughout the UK.
Katie trained in all aspects of dance and musical theatre and received nominations for IDTA Theatre Awards prior to embarking on her dance teacher training at the age of 17.
During her teacher training, she was part of a National touring theatre show of ‘Dirty Dancing’ and it was there she caught the performing bug and decided to pursue vocational training at a professional Theatre School.
Katie began her professional training at Phil Winston’s Theatre Works in Blackpool where she studied everything from commercial jazz and street, to ballet, singing, tap and musical theatre. After two years in Blackpool, Katie sustained a serious knee injury which meant reassessing her studies. It was at this point she decided to pursue her passion and talent for singing and Musical Theatre and went on to train at the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London.
Following Conti’s Katie went on to train as a Sports Therapist to gain a further understanding of dance and sports injuries, rehabilitation,
nutrition, massage and personal training. Following her training, she embarked on a year-long trip of Australia before returning back to the UK and landing a job with one of the UK’s well-known agencies, Katie is passionate about teaching and now balances teaching dance
alongside a job in PR/Marketing and is a mum to two young girls.
Name: Simeon Glen aka Kaiper
Style: B Boy
Favourite music: Hip hop, funk, breaks, RnB, DnB, dub..pretty much everything except cheese.
Favourite Crews: GroundHogs, Soul Mavericks, Style Elements Crew, Knuckleheads Cali Crew, Gamblerz Crew
Favourite B Boys: Lilou, Cloud and Thesis
Time Dancing: 13+ years breaking, 7+ years teaching
About: Bboying is something I love. I think it’s the rawest form of hip hop and the most challenging style to learn. If you want to learn the fundamentals of hip hop (poppin, lockin music etc) then you should learn breaking for sure!
Dance work: I’ve been doing lots of dance work for the last 13 years from touring the UK with SBX and conventions performing with some of the best extreme sports and dance/trickers, to teaching classes for schools colleges and unis. Plus I’ve done some short films with BBC and The Box.
Things you don’t know about me: I love dogs! My Lurcher Oreo is very smart and can ring a bell for the toilet and put things away. Skating and drawing are other things that are awesome.
Grace has been studying dance at Vibez for 9 years, and has taken part in many exams achieving Gold Bar 3 Street, Silver Freestyle and Grade 4 Ballet and Tap. Currently Grace is training as a dance teacher and passed her IDTA Student Freestyle Teacher exam in 2014. Grace is part of dance crew ‘Ignite’ and has competed with them nationally and in the UDO World Finals 2013.
Grace continues to gain teaching experience in lots of dance styles and assists Vibez Cheerleading and Rock n Roll classes. Grace also teaches one to one classes to younger students at Vibez helping them build confidence and practise solo and duo routines for street dance competitions. Grace is currently learning Ballroom and Latin and continues to focus on her IDTA Associate Freestyle qualification.
JUNIOR ASSISTANT TEACHERS
TIA BILLINGER, EMILY MAKEPEACE
Tia and Emily (pics in order) all work alongside teachers at Vibez to gain teaching experience for various qualifications.