Welcome to STUDIO16.....up until March 2016 it was formerly known as Carousel School of Dancing, this is when it changed ownership and Alicia Parker became Principal.
Alicia began her dance career at the age of three attending classes at Carousel. Throughout the years, Alicia performed in many shows both with Carousel as well as the local amateur dramatic companies.
At the age of eighteen, Alicia received a place at the Northern Ballet School, Manchester where she completed a three year teaching Diploma. Alicia successfully passed her teaching exams with the Royal Academy of Dancing and the Imperial Society of Dance in Ballet, Tap, Modern and National.
Alicia graduated from the Northern Ballet School with full time employment at The Hammond School, Chester where she taught full time dance students alongside those that came for weekly lessons. After a year here, Alicia was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to teach at Carousel.
Alicia has and still continues to have experience within school settings, one of her first responsibilities was to create a dance scheme of work throughout a local school which she then went on to successfully teach throughout the school.
Alicia taught at Carousel for eleven years and feels very proud to have taken over.
Teaching staff at STUDIO16;
Deborah started dancing at the age of three and studied all genres of dance at the Carousel School of Dancing.
After completing her 'A' Levels she took the Dance Teachers Course at the Hammond School of Dance in Chester. As a registered teacher of both the Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, Deborah taught in both Canada and Bermuda and has been teaching in Jersey since 1999.
Deborah has choreographed and performed in many local Amateur Dramatic Productions, Festivals and Eisteddfods and is very proud to hear of the successes of former pupils.
Candice started dancing at the age of three at the Rebecca Walker dance studios in Edinburgh. By the age of fourteen She was training on the senior associate programs with The Urdang Academy and The Scottish Ballet. Candice taught in several schools around the UK and in 2004 moved to Hong Kong to teach for The DMR School of ballet. During her time in Hong Kong Candice became studio manager and was responsible for the daily running of the school, which had over 300 students and 4 studios around the Islands of Hong Kong.
Since graduating from The Guildford School of Acting in 2010 Emma-Jayne has pursued a career in Musical theatre across the UK and Europe.
Some of the highlights for her have been performing in the West End at Her Majesty’s Theatre for Dora Bryan’s Charity Gala; Graziella in West Side Story; performing as a vocalist for ITV’s Royal Ascot coverage and Disneyland Paris where she performed for four years in many seasonal parades and shows. Having most recently undertaken the roles of Mary Poppins and Queen Elsa.
She is also no stranger to the local stage having performed at the Jersey Opera House last year as Truly Scrumptious in ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ and as a vocalist in ‘Mad About Broadway Musicals’.
In recent years Emma-Jayne has also turned her hand to creative roles as well as performance. As assistant choreographer in ‘Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat’ and leading many workshops in drama and dance.
She’s delighted to have the opportunity to share her passion with young performers and can’t wait to meet the students of Studio 16 in the new term.
Andy grew up in Devon in the UK. His passion for theatre and television developed from a young age first taking to the stage at the Blackmore Theatre in Exmouth at 11 years old. He then went on to train in Performing Arts at Exeter College.
Andy is most proud of the work he has done with the Walt Disney Company over the past ten years. He started as a parade and show performer in Disneyland Paris before successfully securing the role of Kristoff in ‘Frozen’ the musical at the Playhouse Theatre in Shanghai Disneyland (yes, he even had to learn Mandarin!).
Other opportunities were quick to follow as he was invited to perform at the Grand Walt Disney Theatre in 2017, as well a being selected to perform the role of Captain America.
He later went on to become an acting coach to fellow performers within the company.
Andy moved to Jersey early this year with his fiancé and now splits his time between here and the UK to continue work as an actor. He is currently filming ‘The Dream Factory’ but is excited to get to work as a tutor in the new term.