Our Teachers

Rita Barker

Director & Principal, Pilates, Ballet, & Jazz, 0121 442 2286

Rita opened Dance Workshop 20 years ago in a small attic studio in Moseley and later opened her current premises. She has trained in many forms of dance but her main love is ballet and more recently ballroom dance. She is currently teaching ballet, tap, jazz, acro dance, Pilates, Yoga Cuban Salsa, ballroom and Latin and Egyptian dance a.  She holds a degree in Arts (Dance) Practices and Cultural Policy. She is a qualified in teacher with IDTA, NATD , Pilates Institute and Acrobatic Arts.

Suzanne Grubham 

Ballet, Tap and Contemporary 0121 442 2286

BA (Hons) Dance & Professional Practice

Suzanne studied classical ballet, tap and jazz dance from a young age and trained in contemporary dance with the Birmingham Youth Dance Company before gaining a first class degree in Dance and Professional Practice.

As a performer Suzanne is known for her musicality and attention to detail. She has toured nationally and internationally dancing for the likes of Richard Alston Dance Co. Sonia Sabri Co. and Kiln Theatre, alongside choreographing and performing her own work.


Joelle Barker

Rhythm Tap, Drums & Percussion, 07973 730 415 www.joellebarker.co.uk 

UK percussionist Joëlle Barker is known for her sensitivity and dynamism. She prides herself on her adaptability, versatility and endurance as a female session drummer.

Since graduating from SOAS University of London, Joëlle has worked with numerous acts worldwide, including artists such as Yasmin LevyAbove and beyondCelloman and Ruby Turner.  Theatre and dance credits include The Royal Shakespeare CompanyBirmingham Royal Ballet,  Sonia Sabri Dance coKilndle Theatre (Kiln), and Now and Then Productions.

Joëlle Performs regularly with TG Collective (flamenco/jazz/classical), Del Camino (salsa) and Julian Smith (pop/classical). Alongside ample session work and education - she is engaged in recording projects of her own, such as her co work with Barker & Moon and Audiobee. Joelle is keen to embrace her trained passion for dance, and keen ear for composition by recording new work for dance,  theatre and media.

Drum kit (acoustic and electric) ~ Cajon ~ Congas/Latin ~ Frame Drums ~ Arabic/World Percussion. Joëlle is endorsed by Cooperman Drums

Michelle Brown

Argentine Tango, 07854 538 014

Helen Calcutt

Contemporary Jazz & Commercial Dance, 07804 206 871

Helen Calcutt has trained and worked for 15 years in the dance sector, working with institutions as diverse as  The Birmingham REP,  The Southbank Centre, Billy Read’s ‘Def Motion’, Birmingham International Dance Festival, Poetry International, Vamos Cubana & The Birmingham Hippodrome, and The BBC. Helen’s choreographic and theatre work has been supported by Arts Council England (2016, 2017) and the Big Lottery Fund (2013). She is in-house choreographer for new, Midland’s based theatre company Regional Voice. 

Ana Garcia

Flamenco, 07971 219 904

Having been part of the flamenco industry for over 20 years, Ana has taken the leap from dancer and choreographer to entrepreneur. With vast experience and a passion for flamenco, Ana plans to engage audiences across the UK with flamenco through smaller scale productions which centre on intimacy and authenticity.

Martyn Nelson

Lindy Hop, info@theswingera.co.uk

Martyn Nelson is a multi-talented dancer, musician, deejay and event organiser from Birmingham, who started the Swing Era in 2014 to share his passion for lindy hop dancing with people across his hometown Birmingham. Martyn’s love for music has been evident from an early age. After playing lots of different instruments in his childhood and early teens, Martyn decided to study Performing Arts and Music. He professionally taught guitar for over six years, before securing a big record deal with his band King Adora. Two successful albums and numerous international gigs later, Martyn decided to take time away from making music.


Gerry Smith 

T'ai Chi - Lee Style - Monday evening  
Tel: 07779 836 559

Pauline Fletcher

T'ai Chi - Yang Style - Wednesday morning
Email: taichipauline@hotmail.com