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FLipside Staff

Guest teachers

Mr Bafana

Photographer & Guest Teacher

Christie Lee Manning

Guest teacher

Melody Squire

Melody Squire

Nicola Mac

Mr Jumar

Hip Hop

Jenny Legg

Miranda Wilford

Miranda Wilford

Mr Keir

Mr Keir

All Genres

Yasmine Amiss

Yasmine Amiss

Miss Debs

Principal/Director

‘Miss Debs’ as she likes to be called started dancing at the age of three doing jazz and tap, then started contemporary and ballet at the age of twelve when she joined the ‘Ribz’ Dance Company and Scottish Youth Ballet. Deb’s commenced her full time training at the Northern Contemporary School in Scotland where she was lucky enough to work with Wayne McGregor ‘Random Dance Company’. Deb’s was then offered a place within the performing arts degree course at London Contemporary ‘The Place Theatre’.

Debs went on to dance in the Mark Morris contemporary rendition of ‘The Nutcracker’ The Hard Nut at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh, Cinderella at the Kings Edinburgh. Deb’s was also lucky enough to work with the choreographers from Stomp, and workshop with the cast of ‘Cats’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Dominion Theatre London.

As well as dancing on cruise ships, Deb’s was a member of the ‘High Society Ballet’ in Portugal and while living and performing out there she joined Lisbon Street Dance Crew. When returning to London Debs worked as a backing dancer for Steps, Kylie Minogue as well as choreographing for both Liberty X and Danni Minouge.

Debs’ main passion is Contemporary and Street dance/Hip Hop. She has had success over the years competing in the Brixton Hip Hop Championships, but hung up her own performing shoes and is teaching and choreographing full time. Debs has been one of the main choreographers for Surrey Youth Ballet and the Varsity Dance Coach at ACS Cobham International School. Her dance crew have been champions for the last 4 years running years at the UK Hip Hop Championships, within the mega crew division.

Over the years Debs has taught at some fantastic Performing Arts Schools including Dance Attic, London Studios and Dance Works and choreographed some great shows and grown to love teaching, that is why she brought Flipside to life in 2007 and is now happy to have her own flourishing dance school in Cobham, Surrey.

Sharron Eklo

Secretary/PA

Sharron has lived in Cobham for 19 years after moving from Bolton, Lancashire. She has two children: Sam, age 19 and Lilly, age 11. Lilly has been with Flipside since her Teeny ballerina days 9 years ago! Sharron’s background is in management and secretarial positions and she is very happy to be part of the Flipside family in a similar role. Sharron is a Governor at her Daughter’s school and is always involved and committed to school life. She enjoyed ballet, disco and ballroom dancing as a child but now she leaves all that to the professionals!

Miss Charlotte

Ballet

Charlotte grew up in Nottingham and started dancing at the age of 4 studying ballet and tap via the ISTD syllabus. At the age of 16 she was accepted into the Northern Ballet School, Manchester graduating in 2005 with a National Diploma in Dance. Here she decided to take the classical ballet route focusing on mainly ballet (ISTD and RAD), pas de deux and contemporary but also having a strong background in Jazz and tap. She was privileged enough to perform in the Nutcracker and Coppelia with NBS and also many other annual shows. Since graduating in 2005 Charlotte has been dancing on cruise ships all around the world with Carnival Cruise Lines, Costa Cruises and MSC Cruise Lines. Here she enjoyed widening her knowledge of different dance styles like can can, broadway, salsa etc. After dancing for 9 years abroad she finally feels ready to share her knowledge and move into the teaching side of dance. Charlotte completed her DDE ballet training last year and is now fully qualified in the DDE (ISTD). 

Miss Georgina

Tap and FSD Elite Team

Georgina started dancing at a young age and trained in ISTD Ballet, Tap andMorden on the professional course at the Italia Conti Arts Centre in Guildford.At the age of 18 Georgina furthered her dance training and completed a degree in Contemporary Dance at De Montfort University in Leicester where she trained in Graham, Cunningham and Alexander technique.She is currently working towards gaining her DDE teaching qualifications in both ISTD Tap and Modern. Georgina can’t wait to pass on her love for dance and the positive affect it can have on people of all ages to all the students at Flipside.

Miss Amy

Acrobatic Dance

Charlotte grew up in Nottingham and started dancing at the age of 4 studying ballet and tap via the ISTD syllabus. At the age of 16 she was accepted into the Northern Ballet School, Manchester graduating in 2005 with a National Diploma in Dance. Here she decided to take the classical ballet route focusing on mainly ballet (ISTD and RAD), pas de deux and contemporary but also having a strong background in Jazz and tap. She was privileged enough to perform in the Nutcracker and Coppelia with NBS and also many other annual shows. Since graduating in 2005 Charlotte has been dancing on cruise ships all around the world with Carnival Cruise Lines, Costa Cruises and MSC Cruise Lines. Here she enjoyed widening her knowledge of different dance styles like can can, broadway, salsa etc. After dancing for 9 years abroad she finally feels ready to share her knowledge and move into the teaching side of dance. Charlotte completed her DDE ballet training last year and is now fully qualified in the DDE (ISTD). 

Miss Hayley

DSL

Hayley Osborne has been involved for many years with Flipside Dance school and now joins us more formally as the Designated Safeguarding Lead.  You may recognize her from the summer shows where she has used her experience of working in the theatre backstage as Stage Manager.  Hayley has worked in education for many years as an English teacher, she is trained as a chaperone and has been a HouseParent at Box Hill School for over ten years.  In her career she has worked with young women from 11 to 18 and is fully qualified as a DSL having completed all 3 levels of the Surrey County Council Safeguarding Training.  She is married to Oz and has a 7 year old son called William.  She is very excited about joining the Flipside Family on a more regular basis and looks forward to getting to know the children and the families involved with the school.  If there are any concerns Hayley will be available some Saturday mornings at Cobham Village Hall or is available on her email.  Please do not hesitate to contact her at DSL@flipsidedance.co.uk if you wish.

Mr Jumar

Hip Hop

At aged 16, Spanish born Filipino, John-Mathew Aben aka Jumar ‘Jumanji’ began as a freestyle mover. Beginning his professional training at the centre of advance training at LABAN and Barnet college with classical technique in ballet, contemporary release and Cunningham.

Whilst studying classical techniques, he became passionate about hip hop dance, commercial and funk styles. Training alongside various hip hop dance crews including D-youngaz, Avant Garde Youth and A-team, graduating from the university of East London with a BA in Urban dance, since 2014. He discovered various urban and world dance styles including popping, house, capoeira, hip hop, kalaripayattu and bharatanatyam.

Credits include Malta music awards 2012, London New Year’s Day parade 2012, breakin convention 2014, Queen’s coronation, Resolutions at the place, them and us music video, Adobe & Malmö festival.

Choreography credits include RND for His Indian Boyfriend at Stratford Theatre & collaborative choreographer for Subhash Vinman.

Production credits includes Olivier award hip-hop dance company Boy Blue Ent ‘The five and the prophecy of prana’ national and international tour and upcoming contemporary company B-Hybrid Dance ‘Breaking Breath’ touring Ireland in 2016.

He is currently working on his own creative work, sharing his knowledge through teaching all ages and abilities, co-founded experimental movement company JUJU Ent and planning an event that unites dance artists, musicians, creative artists and communities together to build a new generation of collaborative individual artists.

Mr Keir

Mr Keir

All Genres

Keir first became interested in dancing in 2008 after watching his sisters in a Flipside end of year show. Keir began dance at Flipside with weekly Hip Hop classes before eventually being persuaded by Miss Debs to try other styles. This led to Keir auditioning for dance colleges in 2015 and after completing a foundation course at Laine Theatre Arts went on to complete a 3 year course at The Wilkes Academy of Performing Arts. During his time of training Keir worked for companies such as Qdos Pantomimes and Extravaganza Productions dancing in Pantomimes in the Regent theatre in Stoke-on-trent and the Stockport Plaza. Keir also danced in corporate events for companies such as Iceland and travelled to Singapore to perform for Imagine Cruising. Keir completed his training in 2019 and just two days later began working as a dancer for P&O Cruises on Aurora. Keir is delighted to be back at FSD now as a teacher while he continues to audition for his next adventure.

Mr David

Musical Theatre and Singing

David is originally from St. Helens in Merseyside, where he started his training at Elizabeth Hill school of dance drama. David furthered his training at Mountview academy of theatre arts in London. Some of David’s credits include U.K and European tours of Jesus Christ superstar, Whistle down the wind and Evita, were he also appeared in its west end transfer at the Dominion theatre. He also had the privilege of being a backing vocalist for Will Young and the cast of Cabaret at the Lawrence Olivier awards . David was a member of the Gilbert and Sullivan opera company were he played inPirates of Penzance, the Mikado, HMS Pinafore and Iolanthe. He has also been a vocalist for Qdos entertainment on several cruise liners around the world. David also enjoyed two amazing pantomime seasons at the Norwich theatre royal playing “jack” in Jack and the Beanstalk, and Prince Fredrick in Snow White. David also appeared in Jerry Springer the opera at the Hope Mill theatre in Manchester where he played the role of Montel/ Jesus. More recently David has been traveling the world performing in the vocal group The 4Tunes as one of their lead vocalists.