Joelle’s first ballet lesson was at four years old. By the age of eight she was also enjoying tap, modern, lyrical, acrobats and singing and had already taken first place in several major BTDA (British Theatre Dance Association) competitions and championships.
By twelve years old she had been the tap, song and dance and character champion of several Counties and is a former U. K Tap champion. Joelle gained her dance-teaching certificate when she was thirteen and has continued to teach since then.
In her early teens Joelle began street dancing and found yet another style where she could develop her creativity. Whilst at college studying Performing Arts; specialising in dance, Joelle began to develop her knowledge in contemporary dance, stage management and directing and was able to utilise her advanced skills in choreography for college productions.
Joelle continued to study dance at a dance college specialising in professional teacher training.
To date Joelle has been the writer, producer, director and head choreographer of five major productions.
Now a member of ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing), she prepares her students for exams, professional careers, competitions, festivals and stage performances.
Joelle’s ethos is for her students to gain confidence, achieve their personal best, have fun and be disciplined in a happy, team-spirited atmosphere.
Teaming up with her daughter Joelle, Vevica, known as Viv assisted her in setting up what was initially a two-hour Saturday Job in a church hall. The company grew and became a full-time business for the pair.
Viv has over 30 years’ experience working as a Recruitment Manager. She has a natural ability to work with students, their parents and the staff within schools to achieve the best outcome for all young people.
Additionally, Viv has been the face on our reception ensuring our parents and students are happy. She has also assisted in writing productions and making hundreds of costumes for shows and productions.
Whilst Turbelle’s has been and is still growing fast, the company would not have achieved its uniqueness without Viv. She is the creator of the family atmosphere that the team, current students and former students are immensely proud of.
Rickiesha has trained with Turbelle’s since 2003 and has been teaching since 2005.
Amongst Turbelle’s most dedicated Tutor’s, Rickiesha known as Kiesha, has amazing acting and dancing skills and is a key role player in all of Turbelle’s many productions, including at The Hackney Empire, Sadlers Wells, etc.
She is able to bring comedy and melancholy on stage, yet is able to demand diligence even amongst the youngest of students.
With unique choreographic skills, Rickiesha is able to help separate Turbelle’s from the rest.
Georgia is a gifted street dance and lyrical/contemporary dancer and tutor. With 15 years’ experience on stage and 5 years of teaching dance she is able to bring out the best in her students.
Georgia is very popular with our members of all ages and they very much enjoy working with her.
She also works for Redbridge council as a child welfare officer, giving her exceptional knowledge and skills both emotionally and mentally working with young people.
Laura, a classically trained dancer, joined Turbelle’s as a student in 2004. In 2006 she began teaching within the company. Ever popular with the students, she has a warm and subtle character. Laura is a diligent and dedicated tutor, wanting the best for her students of Turbelle’s.
She has trained as a sports coach, is a qualified school teacher and is currently an education advisor for both parents, students and teachers for the London Borough of Havering
Laura has an eye for technique, enabling our students to identify with their strengths and to be familiar with areas that they can improve on both in tap dance and lyrical/contemporary. She is able to assist with fast progression in our students.
Shada has trained with Turbelle’s since 2003 and has become a great asset to the team of tutors. Ever in-love with dance; her teaching experience includes Turbelle’s juniors and youths, as well as Primary and Secondary School workshops in several Boroughs. A talented dancer she enjoys transferring her skills. Having studied a degree in Performing Arts, Shada has performed on many stages, including Hackney Empire and Sadlers Wells as part of the leading troupe dancers of Turbelle’s.
Shada also has an abundance of experience working with children outside of dance and drama.
Brian is a gifted street dancer who began dancing when he was 7 years of age. Originally self-taught, he went onto training with some of the best dancers/choreographers in the UK. He has a passion for teaching dance and passing on his expertise to others. His fun and professional work ethic has enabled him to bring out the best in students and enhanced their confidence and dance skills.
He has worked with artists such as Krept and Konan and Tory Lanez, performing in live performances as well as music videos. Brian has also been the lead choreographer for companies such as Capezio at the ever so popular Move It event in 2018.
Specialising in many hip hop styles such as locking, popping and breaking he is a valuable tutor at Turbelles.
Sophie has trained with Turbelle’s since 2010 and has been a class assistant since April 2019.
With Turbelle’s, Sophie has performed on many well-known stages and venues including at the Royal Albert Hall, Trafalgar Square, Greenwood Theatre and Kenneth More Theatre and has trained in street, tap and lyrical/contemporary dance. She is a very enthusiastic, self-taught acrobat which Turbelles dancers have benefited from as she is able to pass on much of her skills to students.
She has also completed a junior sports leadership (JSLA) award where she planned and delivered fitness sessions and learnt about the best ways to deliver them effectively to small groups of children from reception to year 6.
Sophie is also currently a volunteer for the scouts association where she helps support activities for children between the ages of 8 and 10. She has been doing this for the last two years.
Sophie’s talents and achievements have been recognised so much so that she has been awarded two Jack Petchey awards.