Meet The Team

Miss Fiona

Principal

Fiona started dancing at the age of 8 doing Cecchetti Ballet, then soon took up ISTD Modern, Tap, Ballet and Jazz and later took up ISTD Ballet.

At 18 Fiona moved to London for 3 years where she studied dance and musical theatre at The Centre PAC. She also studied and gained her DDI and DDE teaching qualifications whilst there. She always knew teaching was her aim and after some teaching experience in both London and Devon she decided to venture out on her own.

At the age of 23 back in 2012 Fiona opened Fiona’s Fancy Feet, starting with no pupils at all.

The school has steadily grown even while Fiona had two children. Fiona had her daughter Maisy in 2015 and had her son George in 2017. The school continued to run despite Fiona’s absence with the support of wonderful teachers and parents.

Miss Sonja

Sonja was trained in Cheltenham by Mrs Janet Marshall, one of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (I.S.T.D) major examiners, and performed in many professional shows and pantomimes in the local area whilst growing up.

As a teenager she attended the Gloucestershire Academy of Performing Arts, studying Dance, Drama, and Music where Sonja was selected for a special performance at the Royal College of Music.

In 2001 she graduated from Liverpool Institute Of Performing Arts, gaining a BA Hons Degree in Dance and Drama and a Professional  Diploma in Jazz Dance, before moving down to Devon and obtaining  her qualifications as a dance teacher in I.S.T.D Tap Dance, Modern Theatre, Jazz Dance and Imperial Classical Ballet.

Sonja later returned to college in London to study for a Contemporary Music and Singing Diploma at Vocaltech Vocal School, (Part of Tech Music Schools) where she graduated top of her class and was awarded the accolade of Best Live Performer of the Year.

More recently Sonja has qualified to teach Acrobatic Dance, training with Peter Pearson, Head of Acrobatics at the Sylvia Young Theatre School.

As well as teaching Dance, Acro and Performing Arts, she currently teaches for the Monkey Music Exeter franchise, providing music and movement classes to babies and young children.

Miss Lauren

Lauren is a freelance dancer and practitioner based in the South West, where is has lived all her life, completing a BA (Hons) Dance Theatre degree at Plymouth University in 2016.

During her studies she trained with Adam Benjamin looking at inclusive practices, Heather Richmond, Charlotte Eatock and co-founded a Dance Company With Company whom performed around Devon and Cornwall in 2015/16.

She has been teaching with many establishments in professional practice, primary level and inclusive practices at the Barbican Theatre (Plymouth), Paignton Academy, Theatre Royal (Plymouth), Dance in Devon, Far Flung Dance Theatre, Exim Dance and is starting to grow her choreographic journey, with these companies and on her own.

During her time as a freelancer she has had many opportunity for performances with SpinDrift Dance Collective, Far Flung Dance Theatre and Barbican Theatre – Fuse.

 

Miss Charlotte

Charlotte trained in the Musical Theatre BA at Trinity/LABAN Conservatoire, London, where she performed in the Arts Theatre, West End.

She is professional singer and front woman with her band The Big Strut, as well as a vocal coach, working privately and with theatre schools in the South West.

She has trained with Anne Marie Speed & Associates, How the voice works, Cardiff and The Vocal Health, London.

She loves everything about Theatre from Musicals to Straight plays. Her favourite musical of all time is the Colour Purple.

Her favourite roles she’s played are: Nancy in Oliver!, Paulette in Legally Blonde and Doralee Rhodes in 9 to 5.

Miss Ariel

Originally from Singapore, Ariel moved to the UK in 2009 and was introduced to the world of street dance and choreography. She has made previous TV appearances on Sky 1’s Got To Dance, ITV’s Britain Got Talent and ITV’s The Greatest Dancer.  

In 2017, she was personally handpicked by World Renowned choreographer, Brian Friedman to be a part of his mentor program in Los Angeles for her choreography work.

She has not looked back since and has been very sought after for choreography workshops and shows all over the South West.

Miss Charlotte

Charlotte started dancing at 4 years old and carried on until it took over! After completing ISTD DDI locally, she trained in Musical Theatre and Dance at Bodywork Company Dance Studios in Cambridge. Upon completion she spent time teaching locally to Cambridge before moving home! Since then – and completing DDE in Ballet, Tap and Modern, Charlotte has worked across Somerset, Devon and Cornwall; and is very excited to be back at FFF!