Our Faculty

Timmins Academy

Jayne Lawrence

Principal/Artistic Director LIDTA

Jayne trained at Timmins Academy from the age of 3, whilst at the school she gained honours in all IDTA & RAD exams, before she embarked on a professional career as a dancer & choreographer. 

Having travelled the world as Dance Captain for the world’s largest companies Celebrity & Princess Cruises, she has a vast all round understanding most dance styles. Jayne has performed in the Blues Brothers Musical (Berlin, Istanbul, Amsterdam), Stars in Concert (Berlin), Spirit of the Dance (Ireland, UK, US), Classical Meets Pop (Stuttgart), Last Choir Standing (BBC), X-Factor, GMTV, This Morning (ITV), Leading hotels of the world – contemporary dance works. Timberland, Nokia, Samsung & BMW reveals – Middle East (Oman). Choreographer – Got To Dance (Sky 1), Barbie The Musical (UK Tour), Olivia Safe (INDY Awards), Pineapple Dance Studios (Sky 1), Plague Street Dance Crew (Barcelona), H&M Commercial with Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett. Upon returning to London she studied at London Contemporary Dance to further her teaching and choreographic skills. 

Jayne creates outstanding choreography for Timmins Students and to date has a 100% pass rate with exams.  

Jayne is a fully qualified IDTA Licentiate teacher and fully qualified STOTT Pilates instructor to advance level including pre & postnatal Pilates and Reformer. Jayne has classes running in the Midlands please see website for further information: 

www.lovemepilates.com

Instagram & Facebook: @Lovemepilates

KATE PARKES

Patron

Having started training at 3 years old at Timmins Academy, Kate then went onto further her career at The Royal Ballet School & Central School of Ballet. 
Professionally Kate has performed with the Royal Ballet (Holland Park, Royal Opera House), Ballet Central (UK & Ireland tour), Phantom of the Opera (Hamburg & Asia Tour), Soloist in European Ballet Nutcracker (UK & Ireland tour), English National Ballet Swan Lake (Royal Albert Hall), Blues Brothers Musical (Berlin & Munich), Classical Meets Pop (Stuttgart), Stars in Concert (Berlin), Everlasting Classics (Kevan Allen/Japan), GO4 (Edinburgh Festival), Alice in Wonderland (Tokyo), INDY Awards (London), Wella Hair Awards (Royal Albert Hall), Alternative Hair Show’s (Royal Albert Hall).

Choreography & Movement Direction performances for Milan Fashion Week, Timberland, Nokia & Samsung reveals (Oman, Dubai, Jordan), Swan Lake with English National Ballet (Dubai), Davidoff (Kuwait), Bulgari (Dubai), F1 Grand Prix (Abu Dhabi), Leading Hotels of the World bespoke contemporary dance works (London), X Factor choirs, Westlife, Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke & Elton John (O2), Joe McElderry, (ITV/Syco), Hayley Westenra, Katherine Jenkins (Alan Titchmarsh, GMTV). Riva Taylor – Cover Records and Kaleida TBA. 

Kate has embarked on a new career in photography. She mainly photographs dancers, singers and actors to help them enhance their portfolio to find work in the industry. You can see some of Kate’s work on her Instagram page @kateparkesimages or www.kateparkesimages.com

OLIVIA JONES

ASSOCIATE TEACHER AIDTA

Olivia trained at Bird College in London, graduating in 2015 with a BA Honours degree in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre.

Since graduating she has performed all over the UK with The Vegas Showgirls and Rubix Dance Productions.

She also embarked on a 9 month working trip to Australia where she was able to further develop her training at major dance hubs throughout the country, including Sydney Dance Company.

She has found her true passion lies in dance and performance education and now teaches at various schools and hubs within the area, including lecturing dance at BTEC level.

Since starting at Timmins, Olivia has taken her Pre-Associate 1 & 2 in IDTA Ballet and is a fully qualified yoga teacher.  Olivia teaches yoga at Timmins on Wednesday’s – see timetable.

Website: www.olivyoga.co.uk

Instagram: @olivyoga_

Facebook: Olivyoga

CAMILLA LLOYD

AIDTA, Contemporary Dance, Acrobatic Arts, Pointe work & Pre-School Teacher

Camilla’s training started at Timmins Academy aged 3 where she completed her IDTA examinations in Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz and Theatre Craft to advanced levels.

Since leaving Timmins, Camilla has worked as a performer, choreographer and dance teacher for many years. She has performed professionally for many Midlands based companies at venues such as, The Hippodrome, The MAC, Symphony Hall and many more. Alongside performing, Camilla has taught dance and gymnastics in primary, secondary, further education, higher education and private education. Alongside this Camilla has been commissioned to choreograph professional works such as the European Wheelchair Basketball opening and closing ceremony’s and multiple Ballets funded by Arts Council England.

Camilla had her own private dance school and is an associate member of the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) where she qualified with distinction in the ballet faculty. Camilla currently lectures in dance and gymnastics at the University of Worcester on the dance and PE degrees.

GRACE WILLETTS

Associate Teacher AIDTA

Grace has trained at Timmins since the age of 5 achieving distinctions in all of her dance exams to date. Grace trains in all dance disciplines and successfully passed her IDTA Pre-Associate 1 and 2 with distinction in 2017 & 2019.

Grace has received IDTA scholarship nominations for Grade 4, 5 & Intermediate Theatre Craft and has also performed in Footloose & West Side Story with Stage Experience at the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham and has also performed her second run of Elf the Christmas Musical UK tour.

Grace completed her level 3 in Performing Arts with Distinction at Kidderminster College, and she is now half way through her first year at Addict Dance Academy. We are very lucky that Grace is able to continue teaching at Timmins and is choreographing for the competitions we have coming up later in the year.

AMY INCE

Associate Teacher AIDTA – Cover Teacher

Amy trained at Timmins Academy from a young age and enjoying success in IDTA examinations and regional dance festivals. She then continued her training at Phil Winston’s Theatreworks. 

Professionally Amy has worked with top clients such as Paris Hilton, MTV’s ‘My Super Sweet Sixteen’, Ferrari and O2 to name but a few. TV work includes BBC drama’s such as Hustle and Doctors.  

Whilst performing Amy discovered her passion for teaching.  She obtained a 94% pass grade as an associate Ballet Teacher with the IDTA and was nominated for the Giles Bursary Award for receiving one of the top five grades in the country across the Theatre Board.

After teaching for Timmins for 8 years Amy decided to go to University to become a Primary school teacher.  Even though Amy isn’t with us on a weekly basis, she often covers classes.

SINEAD LONG

GUEST VOCAL COACH

Sinead began her training at Timmins Academy and went on the complete her BA(Hons) degree in Musical Theatre at The Arts Educational School, London.

Theatre Credits include:  Hamilton (Victoria Palace, West End),  Rosie in Sweet Charity (Nottingham Playhouse),  King in Concert (Hackney Playhouse), Pop Choir in Chess (London Coliseum, West End), Jesus Christ Superstar (Regents Park Open Air Theatre, winner of the Olivier awards for best revival in 2017), Shell Dockley in Bad Girls: The Musical (Union Theatre), Francine. In Jersey Boys (No1 UK tour), Bootie in Tonight’s the Night (No1 UK Tour), Serena in Legally Blonde (No1 UK Tour)

TV Credits include:  Carly Ford in Doctors (BBC), The Olivier awards 2017 (ITV)

Other Credits include:  Vocalist for Paris Fashion week 2016, Backing vocalist for Il Divo at the classical Brit Awards 2011.

Sinead frequently coaches the Musical theatre courses in between professional contracts.

Since the COVID-19 Lockdown Sinead has embarked on a new adventure in delivering high end musical theatre workshops taught by not only herself, but those that are in the industry. Timmins students have been very fortunate to enjoy Matilda, Hamilton themed, SIX, School of Rock and many more workshops on zoom. For updates on up and coming workshops please visit www.westenducate.com.

Eve Davis

Assistant teacher

Eve Davis started training at Timmins Academy at the young age of three years old. During her time at the school she has taken exams in Ballet, Musical Theatre, Modern Jazz & Theatre Craft from Pre-Juvenile up to Advance level. Eve has performed in many Timmins showcases at the Crescent Theatre, Birmingham. And has also appeared in Footloose, Miss Siagon & Singing in the Rain with the Alexandra Theatre Stage experience. She was also a strong member of the CAT programme for 2 years at the DanceXChange to broaden her knowledge in Contemporary Dance.

Eve has worked incredibly hard over lockdown to secure a place at a vocational school to further her performing career. We are pleased that Eve has been offer a degree course at the prestigious Performers college starting in September. Teaching is a new passion for Eve and she has recently taken her Diploma 3 teaching exam in Ballet.

Libby Doyle

Student Teachers

Started training at Timmins Academy at the age of 3yrs old. During her time at the school Libby has taken exams under the IDTA examination board in Ballet, Modern Jazz, Theatre Craft & Musical Theatre. Libby has performed in a number of Shows for Timmins and she was a successful candidate to make it through auditions for the Alexandra stage experience in Birmingham. Libby is great with the children and has found a new passion for teaching, which she is now working towards taking her diploma 3 teaching exam in Ballet.

Hannah Davies

Student Teachers

Hannah Davies joined Timmins Academy at the age of 3yrs old. She has taken exams in all subjects such as Ballet, Modern Jazz, Theatre Craft & Musical Theatre. Hannah has performed a number of shows for Timmins at the Crescent Theatre in Birmingham and will soon be appearing in the up and coming DanceXchange Beyond Borders project. Hannah is brilliant with the children and has found a new passion for teaching. Hannah is currently working towards her Diploma 3 teaching exam in Ballet.

Lucy Poulton

Student Teachers

Started training at Timmins Academy at the age of 3yrs old. During her time at the school she has taken a number of exams in ballet, Modern Jazz, Theatre Craft & Musical Theatre. Lucy has performed in many Timmins shows at the Crescent Theatre in Birmingham, and will be appearing in the DanceXchange Beyond Borders project. Lucy adores the children and they adore her.

Hannah Bishop

Student Teachers

Hannah Bishop Joined Timmins Academy at the age of 3yrs old. She has taken a number of exams in Ballet, Modern Jazz, Theatre Craft & Musical Theatre. Hannah has performed in many Timmins Showcases at the Crescent Theatre, and was a successful candidate to make it through the auditions for the English Youth Ballet (EYB) and the Alexandra Stage Experience in Birmingham. Hannah is great with the children, we are lucky to have her in the team.

Millie Harper

Student Teachers

Millie Harper Joined Timmins Academy at the age of 3yrs old. During her time at the school she has taken exams in Ballet, Modern Jazz, Theatre Craft & Musical Theatre. Millie has performed in many Timmins showcases at the Crescent Theatre, and will be appearing in the DanceXchange beyond Borders project in June. Millie is currently working towards taking her intermediate Ballet exam as she would like to further her career in dance. Millie has found a new passion for teaching and enjoys the energy the children give.

Lucy Lewis

Student Teachers

Lucy Lewis Joined Timmins Academy at the age of 3yrs old. During her time at the school Lucy has taken exams in Ballet, Modern Jazz, Theatre Craft & Musical Theatre. Lucy has appeared in many Timmins showcases at the Crescent Theatre and will be appearing in the danceXchange beyond Borders project in June. Lucy has found a new passion for teaching. She is the most caring member of the team.

All of our staff are DBS checked and qualified in the necessary teaching fields.

Headshots by ©KATE PARKES