Stella’s enjoyment of dance was apparent from a young age. She attended classes at the Kay Goddard School of Dance and the Coral Stebbings school of Theatre Dance in Suffolk. It was at these two Dance Schools that she was introduced to the magic and joy of theatre and dancing, contributing to the devotion and dedication she has to teaching dance today.
Stella was entered for examinations under the Royal academy of Dancing and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in Ballet, tap, Modern and Jazz dance. She took part in many shows produced by Kay Goddard and Coral Stebbings at Snape Maltings as well as cabaret performances at local events. Stella also competed in festival’s where she was awarded for solo performances, duets and groups. At the age of 11 Stella was granted a place by the Suffolk county council at Dance East on the Suffolk scholarship scheme for Ballet. At 18 years of age Stella went on to audition and be offered a place at The Centre Performing Arts College in London. Here she trained professionally for 3 years covering many genres of dance as well as singing and acting. Stella performed in annual college shows in London, as well as in-house performances of plays and pantomimes. She graduated in 2007 with a performing arts diploma and 2 DDI qualifications.
After graduating Stella began her teaching career at two Dance Schools in Suffolk and also taught within four mainstream schools as part of a Suffolk County Council programme, this also involved an Adult learning programme and Stella taught Dancercise classes for Adults in Leiston. Stella began teaching at the Yvonne School of Dance in Hethersett from 2009 and continued to teach there until 2016.
Stella has furthered her qualifications since graduating from college and has passed exams in order to gain her Diploma in Dance Instruction (DDE) with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. Stella is now qualified to teach Imperial Ballet, Tap and Modern Theatre, she is a member of the ISTD, has a valid First Aid certificate, full insurance and an up to date DBS.
Classes & Timetable
Nicci started dancing at the age of 3 going on to train in Ballet, Tap and Modern. As well as completing ISTD examinations in these genres, Nicci had regular performing opportunities including shows at Snape Maltings and an appearance on Saturday Night Live at the London Palladium in 2001.
At the age of 18, Nicci went on to train at The Centre Performing Arts college for 2 years, where she completed Advanced 2 level in Ballet, Tap and Modern and gained full ISTD teaching qualifications in all three genres. After graduation, Nicci embarked on a career with Carnival Cruise Line, dancing and travelling the world. Over the course of nine years she progressed from Dancer to Dance Captain and on to Cast Supervisor, teaching shows to new performers and cast members in state of the art, purpose built studios in Ft Lauderdale, Florida.
Throughout the last 13 years Nicci has taught a variety of different styles at various schools and has now returned to the UK to continue teaching and to pass on her knowledge and experience to a new generation of performers.