Associates of Busybodies Stage School
Busybodies is proud to have many connections with theatre industry professionals; some are graduates of the school, others colleagues of our Principal Miss Nickie.
We encourage and support our students that attend external professional companies and colleges, offering a wide range of opportunities and experiences, designed to enable our students to gain the required skills to pursue dance or drama professionally.
Busybodies offers professional training in all grades of dance and drama, up to and including teacher training courses; we also support students in training for auditions and applying for top performing arts colleges.
Below are a few graduates of Busybodies, who have all followed their own paths into the industry, as well as some of Miss Nickie’s theatrical colleagues. They visit from time to time to run workshops, introduce new skills to our students and inspire them to broaden their horizons.
Georgina attended Busybodies in the late 80's and early 90's; demonstrating her excellent choreographic talents at an early age, keen to add her own input to group and festival dances.
Busybodies graduation led to attendance and further graduation at Northern Ballet School; since then she has worked non-stop in the industry.
Georgina has starred in Spirit of the Dance, Grease, and was lead dancer in Monaco Casino. Georgina was Dance Captain on multiple Princess Cruises and has starred in many Qdos, Hollywood and Emirates productions worldwide.
Georgina is director of a casting agency and runs her own bespoke cabaret entertainments company. Still performing, with recent contracts including dancing alongside Kylie and performing at a Royal residence.
We are all very proud of our old student.
Ellie Nevard joined Busybodies at three years of age. Before long she was attending Ballet, Tap, Modern, Singing, Drama, Musical Theatre and Show classes at Busybodies, gaining outstanding examination results across the board.
Whilst still at Busybodies, Ellie played lead roles in the London Children's Ballet, was an associate at Central School of Ballet London, received awards from IDTA, was invited to the international IDTA competition, performed at the Theatre Royal as a dancer for Daniel O’Donnell and was on the dance squad at Laine Theatre Arts.
Ellie was also a key member of the Busybodies Performance Team as their Dance Captain, as well as Busybodies' Head Girl.
Ellie passed her Advanced RAD Ballet exam at 15 years of age, and Advanced Tap and Advanced Modern exams the following year.
At 16, she was offered a full scholarship to attend Laine Theatre Arts. Ellie is now in her final year of college; since graduating from Busybodies, she has been keeping herself busy by modelling professionally for book covers (Little Women, Nurses of Lark Lane, Trevennor’s Will, Parce Que Tu M’Appartiens), blogs and magazines (Bride, Femme Rebel) as well as filming adverts and music videos (Huntar).
We can’t wait to see what she will do next.
Mia Hensellek remains a student at Busybodies, at 10 years of age, however she already has an enviable professional C.V.
Mia first filmed professionally at four years old for LAMDA’s examiner training videos, and at the age of six she completed an eight week professional contract in London working as Gretel on Sound of Music Live. She is currently a professional actress for an Asian App.
Other Busybodies Stage School Graduates
Alex Green - Arts Educational School.
Amber McQuillan - Colchester University.
Sally Taylor - Elmhurst Ballet School.
Johnathan Price - Guildford School of Acting.
Keely Rayner - Italia Conti London.
Emily Mcdonnell - Laine Theatre Arts.
Elizabeth Kirk - Laine Theatre Arts.
Amie Blake - Masters Performing Arts College.
Amy Green - Performers College.
Rebecca Crossley - Performers College.
Ria Whiteman - Performers College.
Kate Freebey - Performers College.
Jade Rix - Ballet Rambert.
Charlotte Welling - Tring.
Evangeline Axcell - Tring.
Alice Hall - The Royal Ballet School.
Britannie Wilson - Urdang Academy.
James Rix - Urdang Academy
Kylie James - Urdang Academy.
Alexandra Newman - White Lodge Royal Ballet School.
Paul has visited Busybodies for the last 25 years; the students love when he visits to host workshops.
A well-known professional in the industry, graduating from Arts Educational College aged 19, Paul was an original ‘Tap Dog’ in 2001 and the lead at the National Theatre in Singing in the Rain. Paul has starred in High Society, Chicago and Guys and Dolls, as well as being the principal dancer and choreographer in Strictly Gershwin (2011).
Paul has also carved an excellent career in choreography throughout the world; he is a sought after, highly skilled professional that trains, choreographs and performs alongside the best of the West End.
As it so happens, when he was a child, he was Miss Nickie’s duet partner and remains a lifelong friend of herself and her dance school.
Vanessa Hooper (FIDTA, ARAD), is a retired English ballerina and theatre dancer who now works as a dance teacher, freelance choreographer, lecturer and examiner. Vanessa is also the principal of the Skelton-Hooper School of Dance.
As a member of the IDTA, Vanessa gained Fellowship status in all of the organisation's theatre dance branches and is appointed as an examiner. Vanessa is a member and former chairman of the IDTA technical committee for ballet, also representing the organisation throughout the UK as an examiner, lecturer and teacher.
Most recently, she has become the resident dance expert for the television series ‘Ladette to Lady’. Wonderful classical ballet workshops taught by Miss Hooper at Busybodies allow the students to experience a Principal Ballerina’s tuition.
Stephane was Head Boy at Laine Theatre Arts; since graduating, he has had back to back professional contracts.
Stephane has worked with S Club 7 and many other musical artists, performed in many Shakespeare productions and undertaken television work. Among his lead roles are shows such as Saturday Night Fever, Legally Blonde, Kinky Boots, The Producers, Singing In The Rain, Take That The Musical, White Christmas, Kiss Me Kate and so many more shows that we cannot possibly list them all!
As a dear friend of Miss Nickie, we have been privileged to have Stephane visit Busybodies on many occasions, hosting inspiring, sweat-inducing dance workshops and advising our students on life in the theatre and performance industry.
Nick French is Vice Chair for the ISTD Tap Committee, is a member of the ISTD Theatre Faculty Board, as well Head of Musical Theatre and Tap Dance at Bird College in Sidcup and has been responsible for the choreography of a wide range of musicals.
Training at Laine Theatre Arts, Nick went on to work in many West End musicals, several pantomimes and he has also appeared in films and television specials. He trained alongside Miss Nickie under Paddy Hurlings (Head of ISTD Tap Faculty), and he taught regular classes at Busybodies for two years before his commitments to ISTD increased.
He remains a valued advisor to the school.