Johnny Shentall-Lee

Dance Teacher, LAMDA, Trinity Musical Theatre Specialist

Rebecca Dawn Pear

Adele Duffy

Naomi Keighley

Anastasia Ioannidou

Fiona Claire Shields

Beth Hawkes

Lisa Scott-Lee

Emma Greatrex

Justin Aguilar

Johnny Shentall-Lee

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A.I.S.T.D
DPA Creative Director and Choreographer

ohnny trained at the prestigious Performing Arts ‘Performers’ College in the UK, gaining his teaching qualifications and a professional diploma in Performing Arts, before going into the commercial dance industry and becoming a successful dancer for artists such as Diana Ross, Robbie Williams, Steps, Atomic Kitten, Five and Sophie Ellis Bexter. He has performed on numerous TV shows such as The Brit Awards, Stars In Their Eyes, Shooting Stars, Abba Mania, CDUK and Top of the Pops, to name a few. Other TV credits include the ITV series ‘Celeb Air’ and MTV series ‘Totally Scott-Lee’.

Following his career as a commercial dancer, Johnny then went into the Music business and signed his first record deal with the band Boom! enjoying a top 15 hit and supporting Steps and Five on their UK Arena tours. He then signed his second record deal with Hear’say, achieving a No.6 hit in the official UK charts, as well as touring and recording in Europe and America.

Johnny made his Musical Theatre debut with the first UK tour of Starlight Express playing Hip Hopper 1 and Greaseball. He made his West End debut in the original West End Cast of Footloose, playing the principle role of bad boy ‘Chuck’ and also understudied and played Ren and Willard. Other theatre credits include the ‘Jack’ in Jack and the Beanstalk, the ‘Prince’ in Snow White for Qudos and the ‘Prince’ in Cinderella for Bill Kenwright.

Johnny has gained extensive teaching and adjudicating experience, including 2 years at London’s ‘Arts Ed’ as their Street Dance Teacher, Head of Professional Diploma dance at PPA Academy UK, along with guest teaching at Performers College, Masters and Guildford School of Acting. He is known for his dynamic teaching style and his classes are very popular with his students, both in the UK and Dubai. His students have gone on to achieve successful careers in TV, Music and the West End, including three of the Les Mis Cast, which recently performed at Dubai Opera in November.

Johnny is Founder and Principal of Dubai Performing Arts Academy, fondly known as DPA, with his wife Lisa Scott-Lee from Steps, and also runs his DPA Events company alongside, utilizing his skills and talent as a Creative Director and Choreographer in the music, stage and fashion world. He has produced, directed and choreographed catwalk shows for the likes of River Island, House of Frazer, BHS, La Senza, Porsche Design, Hugo Boss, Salam Stores, Karen Millen and Harvey Nichols. Recent events include Rugby 7’s, UNICEF Charity Gala Ball, Jumeirah Beach Hotel Halloween Flash Mob, Yas Mall Abu Dhabi Fashion Week and lots more. Johnny is able to provide his DPA students with numerous performing opportunities throughout the year, regularly featuring in his professional events with local and international brands, acts and performers.

Dance Teacher, LAMDA, Trinity Musical Theatre Specialist

Rebecca Dawn Pear

A.I.T.D.A, ATCL (Associate Trinity College London)

Rebecca is 28 years old and comes from Birmingham. She started dancing when she was four at Delph Dance Academy, based in Tamworth, where she competed in competitions locally and around the country, winning several Championships and Awards.

After turning sixteen, Rebecca went on to continue her education and completed a First Diploma in Dance and a National Diploma in Dance at Burton College. She then gained a Scholarship at one of the top Performing Arts schools in Nottingham, Expressions Academy of Performing Arts and achieved a Trinity College London Diploma in Musical Theatre. While there, Rebecca performed at Move It Dance festival for three years running, as one of the lead dancers and was thrilled to appear at the Royal Albert Hall, and also performed in Spain and Paris. Rebecca became a member of the IDTA association and a qualified teacher.

Since graduating in 2013, Rebecca has worked as a professional singer and dancer touring Europe with Pet Shop Boys the Tribute. She has filmed music videos and worked on film sets and award shows in Asia. Rebecca’s TV credits include Channel 4’s Big Brother, ITV’s The Nightly Show and BBC1 Waterloo Road.

Rebecca has been teaching since the age of eighteen and has taught in London for the past three years. She has prepared children for Musical Theatre examinations with Trinity College London, RAD Ballet and LAMDA, achieving a 100% pass rate.

Prior to joining DPA, Rebecca taught at the Pauline Quirke Academy in London, as their Musical Theatre teacher for two years. Rebecca was Head Choreographer for their annual musicals, which included Pauline Quirke’s West End show Trouble’s A Brewin’, performed at Her Majesty’s Theatre.

Rebecca loves teaching the very talented children at Dubai Performing Arts and looks forward to another fab year ahead!

Adele Duffy

Professional Commercial Dancer Modern, Tap and Street Dance Teacher.

At just 5 years old Adele started dancing at Julie Young Dance Studios in her hometown of Perth, Scotland. She took part in many showcases and regularly travelled the country to successfully compete in Tap, Modern and Ballet competitions.

Adele then decided to move to London to pursue her passion to become a professional dancer. She began training at Performers College, where she was selected to dance in many TV performances including BBC Children in Need, ITV Text Santa and ITV Splash.

After graduating from Performers with a Trinity Diploma in Dance and Musical Theatre, Adele was chosen to dance alongside Olly Murs at the Brit Awards. Adele was then awarded with her first opportunity to dance and travel the world as a professional dancer onboard P&O Cruises.

Adele moved to Dubai to be part of the company at The Act Theatre for two years, playing the lead role of Alice in Alice in Wonderland in Dubai’s longest running and most successful theatre dinner show. After settling in the UAE, Adele has been asked to dance in a number of events including the Opening of Formula 1 Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, dancing for artists such as Enrique Iglesias and Florence and The Machine, The Rugby Sevens and at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE.

Adele loves performing and is grateful that she is able to continue to showcase her talents alongside her passion of teaching Dance. Whilst travelling the world performing, she has always found time to teach and enjoys working with children to help them follow their dreams. Adele is a valued and popular full time member of the DPA Team. She loves passing on her experience from her vast professional background and is looking forward to sharing her determination, energy and experience with each and every student.

Naomi Keighley

Head of RAD Ballet

Naomi grew up in Lancashire, UK and took her first ballet class when she was 4 years old. She was quickly inspired by the seniors at her local school and was eager to follow in their footsteps. She trained to an advanced level in RAD Ballet and IDTA Tap and Modern, as well as competing in numerous styles of dance for 9 years. Alongside this, she trained intensively with The Royal Ballet School and The Hammond School as an associate ballet student. She had so many fantastic opportunities to perform and learn over these years and knew from the moment she stepped on stage that being a dancer was the career she wanted to pursue.

At age 16, she auditioned and gained a place at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London. This was an incredible 3 years, where she was lucky to train with the best teachers and choreographers in the industry. She also performed and choreographed in shows at The Royal Opera House and Sadlers Wells Theatre. She graduated with a BA Honours Degree in Ballet & Contemporary and went on to dance professionally with Contemporary Dance Company Phoenix Dance Theatre.

She attained her Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma with the Royal Academy of Dance in 2016 and became a certified Progressing Ballet Technique Instructor in 2018. She has since been Head of Ballet in a school in Dubai and entered hundreds of students into RAD exams, and she is proud to have received excellent results across all the grades. She is also delighted to have several past students be accepted into full time vocational dance courses abroad.

She considers herself beyond honoured to inspire and be a role model for the generations of young dancers that follow.

Anastasia Ioannidou

PGDip, BA Hons, LRAM. Musical Theatre & Dance Teacher

Anastasia began studying all genres of Dance, Acting and Singing at the young age of 4; training in the Midlands U.K. She took her examinations with I.S.T.D and gained a distinction* at BTEC Level 3 extended diploma before earning a BA (Hons) Degree at the ever so brilliant Performers College.

Throughout her years of training, she had several rewarding moments that she holds close to her heart, and she would like to share a couple with us at DPA. She successfully attained a place at several finals in solo tap and singing competitions, both the Dance World Cup and the All England Dance London.

Another recent moment she cannot forget was the opportunity to perform to the Royals and 80,000 fans, plus millions live on tv across the world at this year’s Euro 2020 football final at Wembley stadium.

Ever since the end of her teen years, where she was able to start teaching at the dance school she attended at the time, she discovered her love for choreography and the understanding of vocal development, strength and improvement. She was very lucky to teach children from ages 3-16, where she began to conduct her own Musical Theatre and Dance classes. Since then, she has known that teaching is a skill she loves to explore.

She was inspired by the teachers whilst at Performers College, and this confirmed her love of teaching.

Fiona Claire Shields

Operations Manager

Fiona was born and raised in the West of Scotland. She took her first dance class at the age of 3 at the Juliann School of Dance. Here she attended classes and completed exams in Latin American, Ballroom, and Freestyle Disco. Fiona furthered her training at the Ian McLeod Theatre School in Jazz, Ballet, Street, and Contemporary to Intermediate level. Fiona graduated from university with a BA Honors in Law whilst completing her professional teacher’s qualifications under the BATD (British Association Teachers of Dancing).

Fiona has been very fortunate to have taught within the UK, across Europe and the Middle East gaining a depth of experience in working with children and adults of all ages and backgrounds. Additionally, Fiona has run workshops, teacher training and adjudicated for the BATD within Scotland.

Upon moving to Dubai in 2016, Fiona joined a school teaching fulltime and heading up the Events within the academy. She organized multiple events throughout the calendar year; annual shows, workshops, and major international trips and competitions such as World Dance Competition, Florida.

Fiona joined DPA March 2021 as Operations Manager. She is thrilled to be on board and is passionate in supporting the teaching team and talented students of DPA.

“I do believe the most rewarding part of teaching will be what you don’t necessarily see, in that the lessons and memories given will be passed on to someone else, the everlasting art.”

Beth Hawkes

Head of dance and ISTD.

Beth grew up in London and fell in love with dancing at the age of four, at The Del Sarto School of Ballet, studying Cecchetti with Juan Sanchez.

She went on to train at Redbridge Classical Dance Studios, where she trained to an Advanced Level in both RAD Ballet and ISTD Modern and Tap. Alongside this, she gained her Gold Bar in Latin American and Ballroom with the IDTA competing and medalling in numerous competitions across the country.

At 18, Beth gained a place at the prestigious Laine Theatre Arts in Surrey where she continued her dance training. Beth achieved her Diploma in Dance Instruction in Ballet, Tap and Modern is currently furthering her training studying for her Diploma in Dance Education.

Beth has taught in Dubai since 2014 and is thrilled to be joining our growing DPA Team as ‘Head of our ISTD Tap and Modern Department’. The ISTD are one of the world’s leading dance examination boards with the widest range of dance genres available. The creative and inspiring syllabus provides all rounded training, encouraging students to reach their full potential to create the best dancers they can possibly be. Beth has been entering students with the ISTD for 6 years, entering hundreds of students from Primary to Advanced 2 with fantastic results.

Beth is absolutely delighted to join the DPA team as Head of Dance. She is excited to share her enthusiasm, passion and energy with you all, and she can’t wait to guide the talented students at DPA and see what they can all  achieve together.

Lisa Scott-Lee

A.I.S.T.D
DPA Founder and Principal

Lisa is a member of the successful British pop group STEPS, who have achieved worldwide sales of over 20 Million records and performed to audiences over a Million, earning them the prestigious Brit Award amongst numerous awards and Platinum record discs, having achieved global success.

Steps have performed and produced 6 sell-out UK Arena tours and World tours. As a result, Lisa is an accomplished performer with many years of experience in the TV, Radio and Music World, gaining valuable years of experience as a Professional Singer, Dancer, Creative Director and Producer. Over the last 10 years, Lisa has performed over 1000 shows across the UK and Europe, China and Australia as a solo recording artist. She has appeared on, and presented, numerous TV shows.

Steps embarked on their 20th Anniversary celebrations in 2018 to mark their 20 years in the Music Business and the Entertainment Industry, which resulted in 2 further sell out Arena Tours and a No.1 Platinum selling album ‘Tears on the Dance Floor’ and 2 sell out European Arena tours, including a performance at Dubai Opera.

Steps new album What The Future Holds was released 27th November 2020 which enjoyed a No.1 UK iTunes chart position and global success. Steps are looking forward to their UK Arena Tour in 2021 and celebrating their 25th Anniversary in 2022.

Lisa is a qualified Teacher of Dance with the Internationally recognized examination board ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) based in London and has successfully entered students for Musical Theatre, Dance and Drama Examinations.

Lisa has over 150k followers on her social media platforms and is a well known Celebrity and Influencer. Aside this, Lisa is extremely passionate about The Arts and passing on her wealth of knowledge and experience to the youth of today and the talent of tomorrow.

Emma Greatrex

Office Manager

Prior to having children, Emma worked for a large law firm in London as a Personal Assistant to 3 partners in the office before she relocated to Bahrain and worked for the same law firm, again working for partners in the office. She was responsible for organising diaries and events and making sure the deadlines were met where she was praised for her organisation and efficiency skills. She looks forward to applying her skill set to DPA and meeting the needs of our DPA parents and clients.

She has always been interested in the performing arts world and she has enjoyed working behind the scenes and seeing how shows operate and run smoothly.

She is passionate about supporting children with the things they love outside of school and you can often find her driving her two children from various DPA classes to football classes.

She watched the show at Dubai Opera in June and was absolutely blown away by the level of talent and dedication shown by the students of all ages. She is delighted to be coming on board as DPA Office Manager and overseeing the smooth running of the office, assisting parents with their enquiries and watching all DPA children continue to progress over the terms to come.

Justin Aguilar

DPA Communications Executive

Justin will be joining the team as the newest Communications Executive.

She brings with her to DPA her more than three years’ experience as a TV News Reporter, TV Host, and writer in one of the largest media companies in the Philippines, ABS-CBN Corporation.

Justin showed the whole Philippines her love for Performing Arts when she joined Pilipinas Got Talent when she was 15 where she performed a part of the Musical Show Miss Saigon. During her feat, she was able to receive three yeses from the judges.

She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication and has been immersed in the Digital Marketing Industry for more than five years.

The last two years, she has worked with several companies helping them jumpstart their online presence, served as Brand Ambassador for multiple brands, Host for a regular online program and worked as a Brand and Communications Manager for an international immigration firm.

As she embarks on her new journey as DPA Communications Executive, she hopes to bridge you all to the DPA team even better.