The Loft Studios has a teaching faculty of exquisite stature. They are among the North East's leading practitioners and thinkers in dance, whose combined skills offer students a vibrant and stimulating learning experience of the very highest standard. By involving practicing artists, we ensure that our dance classes are constantly interrogated and refreshed in order to embrace new movement styles and react to the changing demands of the art form.
Training: Laine theatre Arts (BA Hons) musical theatre and dance
Callum started his love of dance through the style of Ballroom and latin from an early age and so progressed in to the love of musical theatre and other styles of dance (ballet, tap, modern , lyrical etc.) at the age of 18 he was awarded a fully funded place at the prestigious theatre school in London, Laine theatre arts, which he attended for three years.
Since graduating his theatre credits include: Dick Whittington Panto (Milton Keynes), sleeping beauty Panto (Glasgow), Aladdin Panto (Bradford), Jack and the beanstalk Panto (Darlington), Queen Mary 2 cruise ship (company:Cunard), Iona Cruise ship (company: P & O UK) and many more. Callum would like to wish the whole of The Loft Studios good luck in their show and would like them to he’s enjoyed every second working with them he loves you.
Danielle Jade Devereaux - Head of Contemporary
I have over 15 years of dance experience; as both a professional artist and as a teacher.
As a child, I studied dance, performed in shows and competitions, worked through my BATD grades, as well as working with Live Nation Stage Experience and performing in professional productions. At 18, I had an offer to go to LIPA (Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts) but instead I chose to relocate to California after my successful audition to join the world renowned organisation “The Young Americans”. In California I trained intensely for a year with the top professionals in the industry.
I took professional classes across all areas of performance, as well as classes in teaching methods, psychology and business. I also worked and taught in juvenile detention centres in the SoCal area. I then participated 9 international music outreach tours with The Young Americans, over 4 years. I travelled to and taught in over 20 countries, including the US, UK, Germany, Estonia, The Netherlands, all across Europe as well as over to Japan; leading music outreach workshops to children from 4 years old, to adults in top businesses, to grandmas of over 80 years old. I brought music, hope, dance and inspiration to thousands of kids during my time. The experiences were invaluable! I also had the opportunity to Business Manage and Company Manage The Young American’s international tours. After attaining my Teacher Training Certificate and degree with The Young Americans, I received a job offer to teach at a top dance studio in the MidWest USA.
Since being back in the UK, I am pursuing my passion of teaching! I currently teach multiple dance disciplines for studios in the North East.
Jessica Robson - Head of Musical Theatre
Jessica Robson is a Theatre Maker, Actor, Facilitator and Coach. Her journey in Theatre and the Performing Arts began at an early age, attending dance, musical theatre and acting classes most evenings and every weekend. She trained at university gaining a first-class BA (Hons) Theatre degree and a MA Applied Theatre masters.
Jessica works within a variety of communities from prisons, with adults in recovery, with children & young people, in schools on national tours, delivers a variety of theatre projects, drama groups and acting & performance training.
Her most recent work includes: Shakespeare on Screen in Prisons (Partnership between Prison Partnership Project, Donmar Warehouse and PCL Productions), Actor/Facilitator on the NSPCC It's Not Okay Play and Workshop national tour, and playing the role of Nichole on tour in Night Light Creative Arts' play 'Butterflies and Steel’.
Jessica is our Musical Theatre teacher, her aim is to build students confidence, to encourage and to unlock their performance potential in musical theatre, voice, and acting.
Leonne Jordanne - Head of Ballet
Aged 16, Leonne spent 3 years at the Central School for Ballet, where she obtained a BA Honours degree in Dance and Performance. She gained her first job with the European Ballet performing in the Nutcracker. Leonne then spent a year in Disney Tokyo as performing as Show White and Wendy in 'One Man's Dream'. Returning to the UK Leonne performed in various music videos and short films. She then joined two cruise companies Cunard and Royal Carrabian and for 6 years cruised around the world performing in numerous fabulous shows. After dancing professionally for 9 years, Leonne finished her final dance contract at Potters Leisure Resort and decided to head back to the North east and begin her career as a classical teacher and gaining her qualifications in BATD association. Leonne has become a huge asset to the school and we can't wait to see the students of The Loft to be put through their ballet exams.
Debbie Abbot - Head of Acro
I began my journey in acrobatics at a very young age competing in Gran- Caneria, Germany, Denmark and many more countries. I then went onto gain my teaching qualification. I have been teaching for more than 25 years which I am still passionate about. I am really excited to be a joining The Loft Studios team and passing my knowledge onto the students.