Our Faculty

Timmins Academy

Jayne Lawrence

PRINCIPAL & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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), 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 Associate 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

MISS LYNNE FOX

PATRON & FOUNDER

Miss Lynne Fox FIDTA, founded Timmins Academy of Dance in 1983 and ran the successful school for 26 years before retiring from ownership.  Whilst at the school she had success with pupils gaining places at UK’s leading dance schools, and success at the highly acclaimed IDTA scholarship awards held annually in Manchester. 

With a desire to introduce other opportunities in the world of dance, Lynne began an initial training course to enable those wishing to pursue a career in teaching. This has resulted in many students becoming GCSE, A level dance and drama teachers in the Midlands & London. Due to continuing success Lynne was inspired to open the performing arts division in 2007, facilitating more students to follow their dream.

Miss Lynne now plays a vital role in mentoring Kate & Jayne and also looks after the pre-school ballet class. Her impeccable teaching approach means she is able to take on student teachers wanting to pursue IDTA associate examinations and train them to the highest level.  

Click here to read more about our Pre-School class:

Pre-school Ballet & Musical Theatre

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

CONTEMPORARY DANCE, GYMNASTICS & POINT WORK 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.

ELLIE WEAVER

ASSISTANT TEACHER

Ellie started dancing with Timmins Academy at the age of 3, starting as a student teacher Ellie successfully completed the first part of her IDTA associate teaching exams last year receiving distinction. She has received distinctions in all her dance exams in all subjects since a young age.

Ellie has received scholarship nominations for IDTA Grade 4 Ballet & Grade 5 Modern Dance and is an asset to have assisting us in classes with the new generation of young dancers.

GRACE WILLETTS

ASSISTANT TEACHER

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 has nearly completed her Level 3 in Performing Arts at Kidderminster College and is currently auditioning for vocational Schools.

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.

Student Teachers

There is an opportunity at Timmins to become a student teacher, which involves assisting our teachers with children from 3yrs – 12yrs.  There are limited spaces for this role, but many do go on to take teaching qualifications.  And as students leave to go on to Vocational school or University, then new students are able to enrol. 

Current Student Teachers:  Aimee Fairbrother, Ellie Golding & Eve Davis

Aimee Fairbrother
Ellie Golding
Eve Davis
All of our staff are CRB checked and qualified in the necessary teaching fields.

Headshots by ©KATE PARKES