Director & Principal, Pilates, Ballet, & Jazz, 0121 442 2286
BA Hons Arts (Dance) Practices and Cultural Policy. Rita opened Dance Workshop 22 years ago in a small attic studio in Moseley above what is now Sainsbury's and later opened her current premises. She has trained in many forms of dance but her main love is ballet, yoga, Pilates and more recently ballroom dance. She is currently teaching ballet, tap, jazz, Pilates, Yoga, Cuban Salsa, ballroom and Latin and Egyptian dance. She is a qualified teacher with IDTA, NATD , Pilates Institute and Acrobatic Arts.
Joelle Barker - Pilates
Joëlle studied dance at an early age and continued her love for movement throughout her adult life, studying Yoga, Capoeira and other forms of bodywork and dance styles. As her musical career progressed, Joëlle felt the need to continue with bodywork. Being a drummer - although a more physical discipline – she felt the amount of sitting, be it in the theatre pit, long rehearsals or just the many hours of travelling on the tour bus, to remain an imbalanced amount compared to the actual performance. Feeling an overwhelming need to move, Joëlle would usually be found stretching back stage, often with the dancers or actors- to many other musicians’ confusion! Sitting ‘still’ for long periods of time would actually inhibit her musical performance and this was only combated with some kind of movement regime during tours and shows. Pilates seemed like a natural progression for Joëlle and as her love for it evolved so did it facilitate her performance. Joëlle went on to study with her mother, Rita Barker (Pilates Institute) and then on to train with Polestar Pilates at Moss Pilates London. Polestar is an international community of innovative leaders in Pilates instruction. Her training at Polestar has enabled Joëlle to explore her own path through movement and healing. Joëlle has a calm, methodical and fun approach to Pilates and is always looking for developments and new challenges with a holistic attitude at the core.
www.joellebarker.co.uk (drums & percussion)
UKA Dance, Creative Alliance, Trinity Laban (DDTAL)
Helen is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher specialising in Cuban-salsa, jazz, and contemporary movement. With a background in theatre, she qualified with UKA Dance, before gaining further professional development with Creative Alliance, and later Trinity (DDTAL.) She trained in Cuban-salsa dance and instruction at The Dance Workshop studios.
Helen has choreographed works for MAT, The Arena Theatre, Big John’s Mela Festival, Southside Producers, The Birmingham Weekender, and performed for the likes of Canela Fina, Def Moton, BIDF, Birmingham Hippodrome (Leading Ladies) and The BBC. She teaches in a broad range of settings, from Early Stages development to third year vocational dance study. Helen is co-founder and company choreographer for innovative new theatre company Regional Voice, and awarded Arts Council funding on three major dance and theatre projects, most recently ‘The Dog Fight’ showcased at The Arena Theatre in 2018. Helen teaches youth contemporary, commercial jazz, and Cuban-salsa at The Dance Workshop.
BA (Hons) Dance & Professional Practice Teaches Ballet, Tap and Contemporary 0121 442 2286
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 Richard Alston Dance Co. Sonia Sabri Co. and Kiln Theatre, alongside choreographing and performing her own work.
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.
T'ai Chi - Lee Style - Monday evening
Tel: 07779 836 559
Heels Choreography - Thursday evening