Our DMT teachers are industry professionals with creditable experience in teaching, performance and training. They provide pre-planned lessons, to build diverse classes to suit a variety of abilities. Our team has been a spring board for our most enthusiastic and talented students who are driven to develop their performance skills, furthering them in the right direction to becoming the true professional they want to be.
A little bit about us…
Vincent Martin BA (Hons), A.IDA, Dip
Founder and Head Teacher
Training : The Urdang Academy, Indentation Dance Association, Melody Bear
Vincent started performing at the age of 5 and graduated from one of the top accredited theatre schools in the United Kingdom; The Urdang Academy. By graduating with a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre (Hons), he gained intense vocational training in all three disciplines of musical theatre including ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary dance, as well as developing singing techniques (Estill method) and acting techniques (Stanislavsky method). He followed his intense vocational training with teacher training with The Independent Dance Association where he was awarded teacher association awards.
Vincent most recently joined the UK’s No.1 Take That tribute band (Fake That) as lead vocalist and is currently touring the UK. He previously returned from a European tour as principal dancer and lead vocalist. He has received outstanding reviews for London lead roles such as: Adam/Noah (Children of Eden – Musical) and principle dancer (Elements – Dance Show). On top of his performance career, he gain many professional modelling credits, where he was chosen to model at a large scale catwalk show in London’s West End.
After graduating, Vincent was quickly in high demand for his teaching abilities and has had the privilege of teaching dance and musical theatre for the past 6 years up and down the country. As well as starting his own company (The Vincent Martin Company of Dance and Musical Theatre) in 2014, he accepted the role of Head of Department with a London based company, devising and teaching a specialised dance program for both primary and secondary school students.
Other teaching credits include both residential and special guest teacher roles: All Saints Primary School (London), Gatwick School (Crawley), Imberhorne Secondary School (East Grinstead), Claremont Private School (Hastings), Fox Dale Dance Company (East Sussex), Louise Ryrie Dance and Drama School (Crawley), Kaleidoscope Theatre Company (Lewes), Act Now! (Hove), Stage Works (Cambridge).
Performance Class Dance Teacher (Jazz/Commercial)
Training : Performers College, Fi-Steps
Having danced for the past 10 years with her previous dance school, Kirsty has had the opportunity to perform on West End Stages, Mediterranean cruises, local theatre and at Disney Land Paris.
She has taught for local dance schools for 4 years and is looking to further her teaching skills by continuing with her teaching qualification. She is starting at Performers College this year, where she will gain intense vocational training and processional qualifications.
Adding to this, she is currently studying her Anatomy and Physiology with Spin City with the views to train in Aerial Hoop. She is looking forward to start teaching with The Vincent Martin company of Dance and Musical Theatre (DMT)!
Laurie Elcoate May BA (Hons), Dip
Performance Class Teacher (Musical Theatre)
Training : The Urdang Academy, The Britt School
Laurie trained at The Urdang Academy graduating in July 2012 with a BA (Hons) degree in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre. Prior to that Laurie attended The BRIT school to complete her National Diploma and has recently returned to study to train as a Yoga Teacher.
Laurie has performed in the UK and internationally on shows such as ‘The Little Mermaid’ National Tour of China, ‘Rainbow Magic Live’ UK Tour and West End and Cbeebies ‘Tree Fu Tom Live’ UK Tour. She has been teaching musical theatre for four years and absolutely loves helping others realise their talents.
For more information on Laurie`s performance dates : www.laurieelcoatemay.com
Victoria Boltwood BA (Hons)
Theatre Arts Teacher
Training : Middlesex University
Victoria has been a performer throughout her life, she graduated from one of the top Universities for the Performing Arts in London; Middlesex University in 2011. Graduating with a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Theatre Arts – Performance.
She gained intense training within all aspects of theatre that has enable her to achieve a great understanding of performance, both traditional and contemporary in style, with Singing and Acting as her main focus. She has performed for a variety of theatre companies in the past 10 years, assisting in raising over £10,000 for various Charity Organizations. Victoria is now pursuing this professionally through her new company Inspire Performance – http://inspireperformanceuk.com/
She has had the pleasure to perform at many private functions, including Weddings, Fundraising Events as well currently teaching Musical Theatre and Acting at The Vincent Martin Company of Dance and Musical Theatre (DMT).
With a strong connection to St Catherine’s Hospice and Cancer Research UK after the passing of her Nan in the Christmas of 1999, Victoria has always strived to use her talents to raise awareness and funds whenever she was given the opportunity. Now she can create her own opportunities through Inspire Performance, to collaborate with other industry professionals and captivate her own audiences.
Training : Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, University of Surrey
Beth has a degree in dance and a postgraduate in performing arts from the Italia Conti, London. Here she embodied processional performing arts training that lead her onto a successful path in the performing arts industrial. She has been teaching for 5 years in London and across the Sussex and Surrey counties, bringing her vast performing experience along with her.
Beth also works as a fitness instructor and personal trainer at CAW fitness. She is looking forward to bringing some fresh new choreography to DMT and creating some knockout performances with DMT`s students. She is very excited to be working with The Vincent Martin Company of Dance and Musical theatre and their talented students.
Hayley Woollard BA (Hons), A.CDA
Contemporary Dance Teacher
Training : Roehamton University, Contemporary Dance Association
Hayleys intense training included techniques from pioneering contemporary choreographers and practitioners such as Jose Limon and Merce Cunningham. As well as techniques like Release and Flying Low.
After Graduating in 2011, she continued exploring Contemporary by performing at dance festivals and delving deeper in her own choreographic works. She has most recently attended her teacher training at the Contemporary Dance Association to achieve her ultimate goal of spreading the importance of Contemporary studies through out West Sussex.
Special Guest Teachers
Training : Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts
Professional Works: Qdos Entertainment, Celebrity Cruises, Pantomime.
Training : The Urdang Academy
Professional Works : Into The Hoods (West End), I Cant Sing (West End), Some Like It Hip Hop (Dancer), ZooNation UK (Dancer).
Jenevieve Eliza Longhurst MA, BA (Hons)
Training : The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, The Britt School
Professional Works: Chaplin Pantomimes, Brasserie Zedel
Training : The Urdang Academy
Janice Mitchell, Julie McAuley-Walker, Caroline Walker. These three lovely ladies volunteer every week supporting the growth of DMT. They chaperone our students and run the front-of-house both when classes are running and when we are performing in a show.