Amy Mayers Principal
Amy opened Sylk Dance Academy in 2009 after completing a degree in Dance and Marketing. With 12 years teaching experience she has worked with all ages and abilities, in many different settings. This has given Amy an understanding of different training methods which will give participants the best quality classes. Dancing is a huge part of Amy's life and she still continues to develop new skills by performing and participating in regular workshops with top choreographers, making her classes current and fresh.
Amy says: "Sylk Dance Academy is my life and I am incredibly proud of watching the dancers grow and improve. It's not all about winning competitions, it's seeing children's confidence build and their personalities blossom as they make new friends and achieve their own personal goals."
2:1 BA Hons Dance/Marketing
Level 2 Cheerleading Skills/Stunts/Tumbling-gymnastics
Gymnastics Secondary Level Qualification & Acrobatics
Exercise to Music
Disability Awareness Training
Dancing has been a passion of Rikki's from a young age. He has been part of a dance crew for many years where he trained and was awarded his IDTA teaching qualification. Rikki has 5 years teaching experience and still competes and performs regularly. Rikki's current achievements include 2014 UDO Breaking World Champion and 2014 Street Crew World Champion. He has also been the SOAR Breakdance Champion for 4 years running and was privileged to have performed in the worldwide show ‘Breakin’ Convention.’
Rikki says: "I have been teaching for Sylk Dance Academy for a long time now and I love being able to pass on my skills and watch others grow. I enjoy teaching the history of Street Dance, how to dance with the music and most of all giving children confidence while having fun."
IDTA Teaching Qualification in Street Dance
First Aid Trained
Hannah trained mainly in Contemporary and Hip Hop through school and college. She has recently graduated from Falmouth University gaining a degree in Dance and Choreography. Whilst at university she regularly ran classes as the head of the Cheerleading and Hip Hop societies. Hannah has also trained in Ballet and Capoeira (a Brazilian martial art , that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music).
Hannah continues to keep her choreography fresh and skills on point, by competing with dance crews and performing on stage and at festivals across the UK.
BA Hons Dance and Choreography
Level 2 Fitness Instructor
Emily has a wealth of knowledge about many dance styles from latin to ballet. She studied GCSE and A-Level dance at school where she focused on Contemporary and then went on to study at John Moores University. It was here Emily continued the her classical training, but also enjoyed urban styles of dance such as Vogue and Commercial. Her training included working with famous choreographer Darren Suarez, as well as experience teaching and working with children of different ages and abilities.
Emily says: “What I love most about Sylk Dance is that everyone feels like family. The children work hard but at the same time we have fun whilst learning new things.”
Becci has danced from a young age and continued to study it at GCSE and A Level. Starting at Leeds and then Middlesex University, Becci graduated with a 2:1 in Dance Performance. This involved intensive study of the 5 main contemporary styles through technique, performance and choreography.
Professionally Becci has worked on her own style and choreographic intention and is constantly exploring new ideas. Her work with schools and dance groups has allowed her to grow as a teacher and further develop both personally and professionally.
Becci says: “Teaching at Sylk Dance Academy has allowed me to work with street dance and incorporate this style with mine, producing exciting choreography that challenges me and my dancers. I am constantly learning from the Sylk pupils and their interpretation of my movements provides a whole new style in itself.”
BA hons 2:1 Dance Performance