Meet the Team 

Tara Hembry

Tara Hembry

British born Tara Hembry has 15 years of experience as a dance teacher and choreographer. She is a motivated, enthusiastic instructor with a passion to teach. Tara has experience in various styles of dance that include Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Rock & Roll, Latin American, Ballroom and Freestyle Disco. Tara’s passion for Freestyle dance led her to compete all over the UK in dance competitions for over eleven years. During this time, she won many Freestyle and Street dance competitions; including The Freestyle World Cup Championship of 1993 and The Street dance Championship of 2000.

In 2005 Tara obtained her IDTA Teaching qualification in Freestyle/Disco Dance and launched her own dance studio in the UK where she taught Freestyle Disco and Street Dance classes for over 10 years. During this time she trained her students to compete in competitions all over the UK, where they have won many titles. Tara has choreographed many formation teams and dance shows and her students have a 100% pass rate in IDTA dance examinations. 

Tara opened 815 Dancentre in Dubai in 2013, offering training in Freestyle Disco & Street Dance and then went on to open her own premises in 2015 in Dubai Silicon Oasis offering a variety of classes in performing arts.

Tara is driven by her passion to inspire young people to be the best dancers/performers they can be.

Alice Forde

Alice Forde

Alice has been a dance teacher for more than 8 years. She was spotted at age 14 as a gifted choreographer by John Moores University in Liverpool where she was chosen to teach classes, give workshops and dance camps. Alice also assisted in the setting up of the, ‘JMUP,’ Start Programme for talented local children. She has performed and competed across the UK in a variety of arenas, theatres and TV shows. Alice has won titles along the way such as, ‘UK Hip Hop Champions 2009,’ and, ‘British Troupe Champions 2010.’ 

Alice has been trained in ballet, tap, street dance, contemporary and musical theatre since the age of 4 and has continued to train in these styles while in attendance at Dolphin Dance Studios Performing Arts College of Liverpool, where she gained her IDTA (International Dance Teachers’ Association) Teaching Qualification. Alice has continued to study and expand her knowledge by taking on her Master’s Degree in Dance Technique Pedagogy and Professional Practice, which she completed in April 2018. 

Alice continued her involvement when she moved to Qatar in 2014, where she acted as a Production Choreographer for local schools over a 3 year period and then created and operated her own dance school for 2 years before moving on to Dubai and joining 815 in 2017. 

Alice has always been incredibly passionate about teaching from a very young age and prides herself on letting each student explore and discover their own potential in her classes. 

Sian Jones

Sian Jones

Sian began performing at age 11, as part of the contemporary dance troupe ‘Ziggy’, with whom she frequently performed at venues around the UK. At 18, she trained in Musical Theatre and Acting at The Academy for Theatre Arts; achieving the highest possible grade.

Alongside teaching, Sian has experience as both a performer and director, having performed in theatre productions across the Midlands, Manchester and London in the UK; she has also recorded voiceovers for radio and film; and directed multiple full scale plays with small casts of young people. She frequently works as a singer, performing at various events and performances alongside teaching musical theatre, dance and singing.

Sian has 9 years teaching experience as a freelance teacher in studios, schools, pupil referral units and colleges across the UK, including her work as Assistant Artistic Director of the Staffordshire Children’s Choir and as Drama Subject Leader at a school for young people with special educational needs.

Before moving to Dubai in 2018, Sian completed an open-air run of William Shakespeare’s ‘Two Noble Kinsmen’ as the Princess Emilia, and as Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and ‘Sinatra’s Women’ in the new musical revue ‘Ain’t No Angels’ and it’s subsequent revivals.

Theatre Credits include: Theatre- ‘Liesl’ The Sound of Music, ‘Penny Pingleton’ Hairspray, ‘Catherine’ Pippin, ‘Sinatra’s Women’- Ain’t No Angels, ‘Emilia’- Two Noble Kinsmen.

Lauren

Lauren

Lauren has been dancing since the age of 3 and teaching dance and musical theatre since the age of 15. Lauren has a wealth of experience in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Musical Theatre, having appeared in many shows, competitions and festivals over the years. 

Her teaching has taken her to work in dance schools and Musical Theatre companies in England, Singapore and Malaysia and she has choreographed many musicals and shows within these companies. Whilst working in Singapore she regularly entered children into the Asia Pacific dance competition coming away with 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings. 

Lauren loves all aspects of dance but her true passion is with Musical Theatre and Tap, which she qualified with the IDTA in 2004. She is also a licensed Zumba Instructor. 

She loves to dance and is very passionate about passing on her love of the performing arts to the next generation.

Suze

Suze

Suzanne Clandon, usually referred to as ‘Suze’ or ‘Suzy Q’, is a Tap Dancer, Educator and Event Producer, originally from the UK, who has also performed, taught and produced internationally (www.suzanneclandon.com). She began her training at the Broomfield Academy of Ballet in Wigan, UK where she studied RAD Ballet and BTDA Modern Jazz and Tap Dance. Then later studying
commercial styles with Sharmila Dance in Dubai. Suzanne found her passion for teaching in the Tap Dance studio, where she began teaching and choreographing at the tender age of 15.

In 2015 Suzanne relocated from Dubai to New York City where she continued her journey as a Tap Dancer and had the opportunity to work intimately and train with the contemporary Masters of Tap Dance. During this time Suzanne was a company member of International Tap Dance sensation and
Emmy nominated Choreographer Chloe Arnold (www.chloearnold.com), Apartment 33 Tap Dance Company (https://www.apartment33.com/company).

Some of Suzanne’s Dancing career highlights include founding Dubai Desert Dance (2011), performing for HRH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Makhtoum at The Dubai World Cup (2012), representing the UAE at the IDO World Tap Dance Championships in Germany (2014) and being chosen as a UK Fulbright recipient (2015). Also producing and performing in Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies LIVE in Dubai (2015), appearing in Syncopated Ladies Tap Dance music video to
Beyonce’s #Formation, which was graciously shared by Queen Bey herself and went viral to millions around the globe (2016); performing in front of thousands at The Lincoln Center Out Of Doors Festival (2017). Since 2017 Suzanne founded and co-produces the UK’s only dedicated Tap Dance convention (TDFUK) (www.tapdancefestival.uk), where she brings together Tap Dancers annually from all over the world to educate, inspire and accelerate their journeys as Tap Dancers.

Suzanne’s other professional qualifications include a BA Hons with QTS in teaching from Liverpool
John Moores University and a MSc in Organizational Change Management and a Post Masters Degree in Leadership Development from The New School, New York City. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge and passion with others to further their journeys.

Crystal

Crystal

Crystal is a trained professional actress; an alumni of the prestigious ‘Italia Conti Drama School’ in London, Crystal holds BA Hons (Prof Actor) status and is a member of Equity London. Crystal continues to work professionally as an Actor herself and has extensive professional acting experience spanning theatre, film and Television. In the UAE you may recognise Crystal acting in MBC TV Show Zero Four or as the face of many TV, cinema and wider media advertising campaigns on behalf of numerous organisations including Emirates Airline, DU Telecom, Dubai First Bank and The Atlantis Hotel. In the cinema, Crystal was the lead actress in award winning film ‘The Neighbour’ a winning film at the Dubai Film Festival 2014.

Crystal’s true passion is the teaching of drama to children and young adults. Crystal has taught English and Drama to UK school pupils and has guided many hundreds of UK schoolchildren through their GCSE exams.

Trude Bang

Trude Bang

Trude is from Denmark and has 25 years of experience in teaching a variety of group classes. In 1997 she studied at the Danish Trainers Academy and took an Elite Trainers course, where she majored in Aerobic and fitness. Beside from teaching classes in gyms she has also been training athletes towards competitions, educating upcoming instructors, performing and instructing aerobic shows and has been a presenter at aerobic conventions. The last 10 years she has been focusing more on functional training, as she believes that the best way to stay fit is to have solid body strength and balance. In 2012 she gained a qualification as a Reformer Pilates Instructor. Trude loves to teach and as a teacher she knows how to differentiate the level of the exercises so they fit the student.