Melissa Tweddle (Miss Mel) (Owner and Principal) (IDTA)
Mel started dancing at the age of 4 at a local dance school in Wiltshire where she grew up and went on to train at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts from the age of 12-18 years, where she trained on the Classical Dance Course and the Musical Theatre Course. Whilst at Tring, Mel gained her teaching qualifications in Cecchetti Ballet and ISTD Modern.
After leaving Tring, Mel went on to dance professionally around the world, mainly in Casino shows as a Showgirl/dancer. Credits include: Benidorm Palace (Spain), The Crazy Paris Show (Macau), Casino Algarve (Portugal), Casino Loutraki (Greece), Flamingoland Theme Park (UK), and other shows and events.
After having her 2 daughters, Mel started teaching and owned her own dance school in York and gained her qualifications with the IDTA. After relocating to Hull to also become a Midwife, Mel has taught at various schools and began teaching at Danceforce in 2017.
Mel has since become owner and principal of Danceforce from September 2020.
Sharon Hancox (Miss Sharon) (RAD RTS AIDTA)
Sharon trained as a professional dancer at Northern ballet school in Manchester under Patricia McDonald.
After bringing up her 3 children she trained to be a ballet teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and qualified as a registered RAD and IDTA teacher in 2008.
Sharon has taught in numerous dance schools as a freelance ballet teacher across Hull, Lincolnshire and York teaching the IDTA and RAD syllabus and choreographing ballet solos and groups.
Sharon joined Danceforce as the Ballet teacher for Grade 1 upwards in November 2018.
Anne-Marie Crook (Miss Anne-Marie)
Originally from Watford, Anne-Marie trained at Stella Mann College of Performing Arts on a scholarship graduating with a Level 6 Trinity National Diploma in Musical Theatre and Advanced 2 Qualifications in Ballet, Tap and Modern.
Anne-Marie was fortunate to have a successful career as a professional Dancer, Singer and Dance Captain working all over the world and in many an amazing theatre for over 10 years before residing in Hull, studying her PGCE and lecturing within the city and London.
Anne-Marie has most recently written a Musical Theatre and Dance Degree which have been validated by the University of Hull and are now successfully running at Hull College Higher Education. Anne-Marie is Programme Leader and Lecturer for both degrees at Hull College and loves having the opportunity to identify potential in all students and work on progress and technique through demonstration, guidance and vast industry and professional knowledge.
Jules Sampson (Miss Jules)
Jules started dancing when she was 2 and a bit at the Pamela Gray Dancing Academy and at 12 years old appeared in Annie at the Victoria Palace Theatre London and that was it, she was hooked. At 16 she went to Arts Educational School London and studied 3 Year Musical Theatre Course.
After leaving college Julie appeared in many shows including “Metropolis” with Brian Blessed and Judy Kuhn at The Piccadilly Theatre London, “42nd Street” at The Dominion Theatre London and UK Tour, “Flora the Red Menace” at the famous Orange Tree Richmond, UK Tour “What a Show” starring Tommy Steele at The Prince of Wales Theatre London.
Jules started teaching at Danceforce in September 2018.
Kelly Smith (Miss Kelly)
Kelly Started Dancing at the age of 2 and fell in love with it straight away. Kelly went on to train at Skelton Hooper in Hull until the age of 10 before going to Northern Academy of performing arts until the age of 17.
Kelly went on to work for sea cruise Ltd UK for 3 years performing in a hotel abroad over the summer season and worked her way up to become dance captain.
Kelly also performed on cruise ships around the Caribbean, Mediterranean and America. Kelly has also performed in Cyprus and India for the IPL Cricket.
Now settled back in Hull Kelly has begun teaching for Danceforce sharing her experiences and knowledge with all the students.
Kelly Murray (Miss Kelly) (IDTA)
Kelly has trained and studied as a professional dancer, with 13 years teaching experience and over 30 years dance experience, with a BTEC national diploma, foundation degree and BA Hons degree all within the performing arts and dance.
Kelly trained at the Laban contemporary and pineapple dance studios in London taking classes within contemporary and street dance.
Kelly has worked within the entertainment industry for children’s entertainment and corporate events, as well as working as an assistant choreographer in New York to create musical and dance stage performances.
Kelly has taught at a variety of schools and has been with Danceforce teaching Contemporary and Street Dance since 2018.