DEBORAH SMITH

PRINCIPAL

CHRISTINE TURNER

PRINCIPAL AND FOUNDER

Expressativity 7 is lucky to have such a diverse selection of teachers and as well as our regular faculty we also have PROFESSIONAL GUEST TUTORS directly from the west end and the commercial dance industry for workshops and experience days at various times during the year.

Christine trained with the Betty Finch Dancing School in Ilford Essex. She obtained her Membership with the British Association of Teachers of Dancing in Ballet, Stage and Majorette in 1973 and became a Life Member or the organisation in 1993.

 

In 1979 Christine was awarded a Travelling Fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust which enabled her to travel to the USA, Japan and Canada to participate in training courses which enhanced her knowledge and teaching techniques.

 

For some years Christine trained the Finchette Baton Twirling Group who became National Champions and represented Great Britain in many international events and competitions. The group appeared on BBC television's 'The Two Ronnies', 'Blue Peter' and 'Pebblemill at One', as well as taking part in 'A Night of 100 Stars' at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, a charity event in aid of the Seamans Mission.

 

Whilst working with the British Baton Twirling Association Christine was instrumental in setting up their examination system and was a national judge for the organisation, representing Great Britain at the World Championships in France and Canada.

 

In 1987 Christine founded the Expressativity Seven Theatre School, which in the last 29 years has become an established school in the Dagenham and Barking area. Students from the school have appeared with the English Children's Ballet, in Ludd & Isis, a Royal Opera House Production, Oliver at The Broadway Theatre and students have also participated in the Scholarships of the BATD and achieved places at major dance colleges doing full-time courses.

 

Christine also has a BA (Hons) degree in European Studies from the University of Kent at Canterbury.

Prior to her teaching career, Debbie trained as a baton twirler, competing at national and international level. During this time, she won many national and international titles as an individual competitor and as part of the Finchette Baton Twirling Group. 

During her time with the Finchette's, Debbie performed at a 'Night of 100 Stars' at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, 'Hello Dolly' at The Palladium, as well as the first 'Super Bowl' held at Wembley Stadium and many other corporate events.

After retiring from competing at the age of 16, she went on to obtain her Teaching and Judging certificates for Baton Twirling.

Debbie did all of her dance training at Expressativity 7, studying Ballet, Tap and Jazz. She then went on to instruct adult Callanetics and Aerobics. After completing her major BATD exams and attaining her Associate teaching qualification in jazz, she assumed the role of course director for the Jazz branch at Expressativity 7.

Debbie now works alongside Christine as Principal, assisting with the administration and running of the school, production and choreography for shows and the production of presentations and workshops held.  

 Anthony is an Internatioanl and  award nominated choreographer who trained as a full scholarship student at Masters Performing Arts College, where he gained an Honors Diploma in Musical Theatre/ Dance, under the personal direction of Wendy Headford, where he obtained his A.I.S.T.D in modern and tap dancing (HONS) and his Associate Lamda (HONS).

 

Choreography includes: 'Jason and the Argonauts' - Bridewell, 'The Wizard of Oz' - European Tour, 'Legally Blonde' - Gatehouse (NOM Best Choreographer Off West End Awards), 'Something Old, Something New' - Bernie Grants (Review), The White Feather - Union, Side By Side by Sondheim - Brockley Jack, Bye Bye Birdie - Rose and Crown (Off West End BEST CHOREOGRAPHER nomination & Broadway World BEST CHOREOGRAPHY nomination), In The Dead of Night - Landor (Off West End BEST CHOREOGRAPHER nomination), Spring Awakening - Studio Theatre Ealing, Dance Overture - New Wimbeldon, Bel Ami - Charing Cross, Choreographer - Ordinary Days - Lawrence Hall,

 

Theatre includes: Ensemble understudy Ezekiel Foster in ‘White
Christmas’ (Salford Lowry, Edinburgh Playhouse, Dominion), Ensemble understudy Tin Man and Uncle Henry in ‘ Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz’ (London Palladium), Featured Ensemble in 'Top Hat' (World Premier UK Tour) understudying Bates and MC, Children's Dance Captain/ Ensemble in ‘Billy Elliot’ (Victoria Palace Theatre), Resident Choreographer/ Swing in ’Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ (UK/ International Tour), Assistant Dance Captain/ Swing in Cameron Mackintosh’s ‘My Fair Lady’ (50th Anniversary UK Tour), Swing/ Skimbleshanks in ‘Cats’ (UK/ International Tour)

 

Anthony also regularly teaches at colleges in London and the South East including London Studio Centre, London College of Music, D&B Performing arts and Scene II as well as being a visiting preactitioner to Guildford, Tiffany Theatre College and Reynolds Performing arts as well as being an advisor to the Dance World cup orgnisation and a keen and sought after competition adjudicator.

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Since dancing from the age of 3, Martine went on to further her training at Masters Performing Arts College, graduating with her diploma and teaching qualifications in ISTD Modern, Ballet and Tap.

 

Since leaving Masters, Martine went on to perform various Bollywood movies on international locations including London, India, Paris and Mauritius. Her professional credits also include 'Scrooge the Musical', various pantomimes, commercials and hair shows taking her around the world.

 

Martine quickly decided that her passion lay within teaching dance. She is now currently a freelance teacher and choreographer at different schools in the South East area, having previously taught at top London colleges, such as London Studios and Italia Conti. She has recently had two pupils crowned the best junior tap dancers in the country for the past two years.

Teaching credits include choreography for showcases in Euro Disney, Paris and TV credits include 'Blue Peter', choreography for 'The 5 O'clock Show' with Peter Andre and an appearance on 'My Super Sweet 16' on MTV.

Martine has taught at Expressativity 7 for 8 years and teaches all genres of dance. She is also a full time mum to three boys ages 4, 3 and 9 months and taught right up to the end of her pregnancies, returning just a few weeks after all 3 boys' births.

ANTHONY WHITEMAN

TUTOR IN:

MUSICAL THEATRE

 

MARTINE CANNING

TUTOR IN:

TAP

JAZZ

 

EXPRESSATIVITY 7 

Faculty

LIZZI ELLIS

ASSISTANT TEACHER

TUTOR IN: STREET DANCE

ADMINISTRATOR

Lizzi has attended the school since the age of 2 and she began assisting Christine and Debbie around 6 years ago in teaching classes. She is currently working towards her associate teachers award in Jazz to become a fully qualified teacher.

Lizzi attended The University of Lincoln, where she joined the university's dance society. In her first year, she was asked to teach a limbering class as part of the society and she continued this in her second year as well as teaching a beginner's ballet class. In her third year, Lizzi was elected as President of the dance society, which had a member span of 250+ dancers and a committee of 10 people and 25 teachers to supervise. The role involved organising events, fundraisers and trips and an end of year show, which was very successful. On top of this, Lizzi continued teaching her limbering class as well as an Advanced Jazz class, for which she was voted 'Best Teacher' and 'Best Dance' in the show. 

 

In the summer of 2015, Lizzi worked at a summer camp in the USA, where she was a lifeguard and dance teacher. As part of this role, she was then asked to take up the role of 'Dance Area Head' and be the point of contact for all other dance teachers at the camp. She was praised several times by the camp director for her choreography and teaching style.


As well as dancing, Lizzi is part of a cheerleading squad and has won several competitions both at regional and national level. As part of her cheerleading, Lizzi has appeared performing in the X Factor final and during the half time show at Wembley Stadium for a televised rugby game. 

Lizzi plans to remain very involved in the dancing school in the future and hopes to participate more in the organisation and administration.

GUEST TUTORS

GUEST TUTORS AT EXPRESSATIVITY 7 INCLUDE

ANDREW WALDREN - MACK AND MABEL, CABARET, HAPPY DAYS, 9 to 5

FRASER MURRAY - PIXIE LOTT, BBC, RITA ORA, PUTTIN' ON THE RITZ

HAYLEY REED - SPAMALOT, WHITE CHRISTMAS, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

KATIE BRADLEY - ELF, LEGALLY BLONDE, ITV, THRILLER, AMERICAN IDIOT

GRACE HOLDSTOCK - HAPPY DAYS, LOVE NEVER DIES, WE WILL ROCK YOU

GRACE McKEE - CATS, TOP HAT, EVITA

JADE PRITCHARD - PARADISE LOST, SNOW WHITE

HONOURABLE MENTIONS
JAYNE
TINA
MARIE