Turbelle’s team are known for their skill, knowledge and passion in performing arts and the dedication they show towards their students. Although all tutors are unique they all follow the same teaching criteria and incorporate 7 fundamental ingredients as shown below.
Joelle Jones – Principal
(Tap, Lyrical, Street, Hip Hop and Contemporary)
Joelle’s first ballet lesson was at four years old. By the age of eight Joelle was also enjoying tap, modern, lyrical, acrobats and singing and had already taken first place in several major BTDA (British Theatre Dance Association) competitions and championships.
By twelve years old she had been the tap, song and dance and character champion of several Counties and is a former U. K Tap champion. Joelle gained her dance-teaching certificate when she was thirteen and has continued to teach since then.
In her early teens Joelle began street dancing and found yet another style where she could develop her creativity. Whilst at college studying Performing Arts; specialising in dance, Joelle began to develop her knowledge in contemporary dance, stage management and directing and was able to utilise her advanced skills in choreography for college productions.
Joelle continued to study dance at a dance college specialising in professional teacher training.
Having launched Turbelle’s with just 12 students and three dance subjects, Joelle now teaches and choreographs full time and has developed her school to just under 150 students aged 3 to 50 years old, teaching tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, street-hip hop, bhangra and bollywood dance as well as singing and drama. She employs ten part-time tutors and has three trainee tutors for her ever growing workload.
To date Joelle has been the writer, producer, director and head choreographer of five major productions.
With dance becoming a more and more popular pass time activity, Joelle and her team have spent the last eight years teaching dance and drama in schools and colleges as an alternative in physical education and after school workshops. To date 2500 children in the London Boroughs of Redbridge, Newham, Havering, Barking & Dagenham, Waltham Forest and Kensington & Chelsea have participated.
Registered with the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing), she prepares her students for exams, professional careers, competitions, festivals and stage performances.
Joelle’s ethos is for her students to gain confidence, develop, have fun, structure and be disciplined in a family atmosphere and a world of diversity and wonder.
An extremely creative choreographer, Joelle’s enthusiasm and energy are contagious to Turbelle’s tutors and students.
Vevica Jones – Founder
Teaming up with her daughter Joelle, Vevica, known as Viv assisted her in setting up what was initially a two hour Saturday Job in a church hall. Watching Joelle grow Turbelle’s to a full time business and being involved in some very exciting events has been a wonderful for Viv.
Viv’s role within Turbelle’s is extremely varied from looking after reception to the writing of productions, assisting Joelle in the design of costumes and making them.
Having dealt with adults as a Recruitment Manager in excess of 30 years, Viv has found her involvement with the students of Turbelle’s and performing arts, ‘the place to be’.
‘Being Joelle’s mum and a grandmother comes first, but Turbelle’s and the students are very important to both Joelle and Viv and an extension to their family’.
Whilst Turbelle’s has been and still is fast growing, Viv’s role within Turbelle’s has been part of the reason for the continued structure, discipline and family atmosphere that has made Turbelle’s unique.
(Lyrical, Street & Tap)
Charlie a talented dancer; has trained with Turbelle’s since 2003 and has been the main teacher of our pre school children aged 3-5 since 2005 and is very much loved by the infants in Turbelle’s. Her love of Lyrical dance has been high lighted as a solo artist in many of Turbelle’s productions. Her additional dance skills include tap and street dance.
She is also a qualified nursery nurse and is currently the Manager of a nursery in Chigwell, Essex.
Ever encouraging to Turbelle’s younger students, Charlie prepares them for stage performances and the company’s own production.
Omar Ansah Awah
(Street, Hip Hop & Breakdance)
Omar is an exceptional street dancer and choreographer and has worked with various artists within the dance and music industry; including Madonna, Jamilia and Mis-tiq. He toured with Omarian, Mobo and also the P-Diddy launch album. Ever a winner, time and time over, Omar choreographed the winning piece for the under 13 street dance championships July 2011.
Not just wanting to deliver yet another choreographed routine, Omar’s lessons includes instructions of various tricks in street and hip hop.
Besides this, Omar is currently a Secondary school teacher/mentor in East London teaching B-Tec and key stage 3 dance.
Judie is an exceptional strong vocalist with immense experience and skills within the singing industry. She has worked with artists such as Terri Walker, Omar and Loose Ends.
Ever encouraging to her students; Judie trained in Soul Experience Vocal Academy.
Performances include: Glastonbury, Mercury Awards, Jools Holland, Pride, Shepherds Bush Empire, Hackney Empire, Jazz Cafe, Ronnie Scotts, MTV Base and BBC 1 Xtra.
She was Channel 4 Unsigned Winner. Her successful singing and songwriting workshops have been carried out in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, Newham, Havering and Greenwich.
Judie is structured and encouraging and has a passion for passing on her love of singing and the music world.
Vocal training in Turbelle’s Performing Arts, includes the technology of singing in Musical Theatre, Classical, Pop, RnB and Gospel.
Pritika is a dance and fitness instructor from India and has experience with students from diverse age groups and abilities. Apart from working as a Bollywood dance instructor, she has extensive performance experience, dancing for film, music videos and before live audiences in the presence of renowned Bollywood celebrities.
She started training in the Indian Classical Dance style Merengue and has since mastered dance styles such as Bhangra, Dandiya and Garba. She soon discovered her passion for Bollywood dance – a combination of all these varied dance forms.
She is extremely passionate about teaching and brings with herself a fresh perspective to Bollywood Dance.
(Street, Hip Hop & Drama)
Shada has trained with Turbelle’s since 2003 and has become a great asset to the team of Tutors. Ever in-love with dance; her teaching experience includes Turbelle’s juniors and beginner seniors, as well as Primary and Secondary School workshops in several Boroughs. A classical and urban talented dancer she enjoys transferring her skills. Studying a Degree in Performing Arts, Shada has performed on many stages, including Hackney Empire and Sadlers Wells as part of the leading troupe dancers of Turbelle’s.
(Lyrical & Tap)
Laura, a classically trained dancer, joined Turbelle’s as a student in 2004. In 2006 she began teaching within the company. Ever popular with the students, she has a warm and subtle character. Laura is a diligent and dedicated tutor, wanting the best for her students of Turbelle’s.
For the past four years she has been a Sports Coach within the educational system of The London Borough of Waltham Forest; delivering dance to children and young people. Since graduating with a BED Primary Education Degree, she has continued to teach within the same borough.
(Street & Hip Hop)
Rickiesha has trained with Turbelle’s since 2003 and has been teaching since 2005.
Amongst Turbelle’s most dedicated Tutor’s, Rickiesha known as Kiesha, has amazing acting and dancing skills and is a key role player in all of Turbelle’s many productions, including at The Hackney Empire, Sadlers Wells, etc.
She is able to bring comedy and melancholy on stage, yet is able to demand diligence even amongst the youngest of students.
Nicole has trained with Turbelle’s since 2005 and has been teaching since 2007.
An advanced ISTD Tap Dancer & Tutor, she has the responsible role of introducing Turbelle’s younger students to the world of Tap Dance.
Nicole is down to earth and of a calm persona and has a Degree in Psychology. She has several years’ additional experience working with pre-school children as a Nursery Nurse.
Her strong stage presence will not be succumbed by her need to elate with the progress and development of her pupils.
(Street, Hip Hop & Drama)
Alisia has trained with Turbelle’s since 2003 and has been teaching since 2005.
She has taught in several primary schools in Redbridge and Waltham Forest and is known for her ability to encourage even the shyest of children to ‘shout out loud’ and show energy.
Amongst her personal talent, she is proud to add the art of tap dancing.
Ever witty, she has been amongst the main actors in Turbelle’s many productions and has had the largest of audiences full of laughter.
A fun Tutor; Alisia’s lively and outgoing personality has proved a beneficial dynamic when encouraging younger pupils to shout and be heard, be it in drama or street dance.
Turbelle’s very own off-springs. They trained with Turbelle’s and have grown to also become student teachers of various subjects. Currently studying Turbelle’s internal Tutors Course, they already have the responsibility of support teaching junior students of the school. Ashleigh, Georgia and Morgan are talented as dancers, actors, singers and mentors and are committed to continue the ever growing good reputation of Turbelle’s Performing Arts.
- Ashleigh Obeya (Singing, Street, Hip Hop & Tap)
- Tia Obeya (Lyrical and Tap)
The Steering Committee
The advisory team of Turbelle’s Performing Arts whose main task is the development, planning and welfare of the school, whilst offering practical and physical support of various projects and events.
- Marti Jones – Primary School Teacher
- Janice Songhurst-Jones – Community Development Officer
- Shirleyann Jones – Primary School Head Teacher
- Darren Jones – Facilities Manager
- Joelle Jones – Managing Principal/Director
- Judie Obeya – Community Development Manager
- Karen Jones – Informal Educator/Mentor
- Tia Obeya – Student
- Shada Lambert – Student
- Viv Jones – Founder/Coordinator
- Ashleigh Obeya – Student Teacher
- Deborah Patrick – Parent
- Simon Midlane – Parent
- Charlie Taggart – Parent