Stage Academy of Music and Performing Arts

Meet The Team!

Our teaching team is made up of professionally trained and highly experienced teachers who have years of performing experience with a whole spectrum of knowledge to share with all aspiring musicians and performers.

We feel it’s important to have teachers who are still performers as they know exactly what it’s like to work in both the music and performing arts industries as they are today. We are all bubbly, friendly, and equally enthusiastic to teach as much as we are to perform!

All teachers and assistants are fully DBS checked with all appropriate paperwork. We have very strict child protection and safeguarding procedures in place. Please contact if you require further information.

 

Meet The Team!

Louise Orfila – Creator and Director 

Singing Teacher/Vocal Coach

www.louise-orfila.com

Louise is a professional, trained vocal and performance coach and singer-songwriter. She is currently performing with her band ORFILA, a country/pop sibling trio including her brother, Matt, and sister, Abi: www.orfila-music.com

Louise has been performing since the age of 4. She attended numerous dance, drama and music lessons,  achieving several grades and qualifications, and took part in countless amounts of musicals and music showcases both at school and community events. At the age of 13, Louise wrote her first song which features on the Royal British Legion’s National Remembrance Day CD. This lead to Louise performing with both the Royal British Legion and the Royal Marine Band Service. From there, Louise wrote and released her first studio album, Piece Of The Puzzle, followed by the release of her second solo album, That Girl. Both albums sold worldwide online on iTunes, Amazon and Tesco Online music stores. Louise has performed alongside artists such as Alexandra Burke, The Wanted, Rita Ora, Roger Hodgson, James Arthur, John Newman, Newton Faulkner, The Script and many more.

Setting up a music and performing arts academy has always been something that Louise has wanted to do. LCA is designed to train aspiring performers at a high level to help them to reach their full potential. With Louise’s high quality training, years of experience and an enthusiasm for teaching, she aims to encourage performers to gain confidence in a creative space with plenty of performance aims and opportunities.

“It’s vital to enjoy your music and performing arts training in a professional, creative and encouraging environment, which is exactly what we offer here at LCA!”

 


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 Danny Scott – Drama Teacher (LCA Ashford)

Danny has been acting since a young age. Starting off with local organisations and school shows, Danny has built up quite a CV with the aim of pursing a career in acting. Danny regularly works with the BBC and has also been featured in films with both Ruby Films and Viola Films. His most recent achievement was when he performed in a production called ‘Edelweiss Pirates’ which was selected to be performed on the Olivier Stage at The National Theatre in London. Danny has a passion for teaching and encouraging young people to pursue their dreams. Danny knows just what it takes to work within the industry and his teaching style really reflects this.

“Since learning a lot about the industry, I feel I can pass on some important techniques, vital for any performer, that I have picked up  over the years from professionals I have worked alongside.” 


 

Emma Bowman – Dance Teacher (LCA Ashford)

Emma is currently a year 12 Dance A-level and BTec student at Canterbury academy and had dancer for nearly her whole life. She received a Distinction** (Double star) in her GCSE dance course as well as achieving countless grades most recently including her BTDA Intermediate foundation in Modern Jazz. She is also a member of the Cascade dance academy based in the Canterbury school and is training professionally to dance at events such as ‘Move It’ and ‘You Dance’ taking place next year.
She is no stranger to performing on stage as she has taken part in over 11 dance shows at the Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone as well as in the Sadler’s Wells theatre and the Royal Albert Hall in London. As for teaching, Emma is always trying to find the opportunities to help out in local events and shows and to teach small classes in her local dance school. She is extremely passionate about dancing and performing, her main aspiration to go on to further education and become a professional choreographer.
Emma is imaginative in her work and will always ensure that your children will have as much fun within classes as possible as well as learn the importance of the techniques and how routines can help them in other areas of the performing arts.

“Dance is not just about moving the body, but also about using the mind and imagination to inspire others with the emotions you have”


Abbie Shepherd- Dance Teacher (LCA Ashford)

Abbie is a Performing Arts teacher in a secondary school in Maidstone, however teaching dance has always been her passion. With a degree in dance education, Abbie has both choreographed and performed in pieces for various dance companies. Abbie has recently performed with Canterbury dance company, The Marlowe Theatre dance company and the Royal New Zealand Ballet and also assisted with choreographing for various youth projects in Kent. Her studies at university has meant that she has trained in various styles of dance including; Contemporary, Lyrical, Street, African, South Asian and Musical Theatre, all of which she is enthusiastic to teach others.

Abbie loves teaching dance and help students realise that they can dance! Abbie wants to make sure that while learning to dance, your children will also enjoy their time and learn valuable transferable skills that they can take on with them in their future.


Ryan Parsons – Drama Teacher (LCA Oxted)


 

Mel Coomber – Dance Teacher (LCA Oxted/LCA Caterham)

Mel has many years of experience teaching dance to children of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Mel has taught dance for Camp America, various youth centres/ projects in Surrey and Tandridge Leisure service. Her current employment includes Young Epilepsy, not just for teaching dance. She is part of the creative arts team that delivers music, dance , drama and communication skills to amazing young people that have epilepsy, autism and other conditions. Mel also works for Bloomin’ Arts teaching dance to adults that have disabilities. Her dance education consists of a diploma in performing arts and a community sports leadership award in dance. Mel teaches many styles such as Jazz, Contemporary and street dance. Choreographing runs alongside with her teaching. She teaches the art of choreography to the dancers she works with.

Mel is passionate about creating opportunities for people that don’t realise they can dance. She finds it so rewarding when that moment comes that an individual realises they can do it.


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Matt Harris – Drama Teacher

Matt recently graduated from Arts Educational Schools London with a BA in Acting and is now actively working in the industry. He aims to provide LCA’s students with the same level of training he had in stage and screen from top working professionals at drama school. During and since his time at Arts Ed he has worked in the theatre and on film sets with writers and directors such as Rikki Beadle Blair and Anna Jordan. He is a fervent believer in the importance of teaching the arts to younger people and has a Level 4 Diploma in Teaching Associate of Trinity College London ATCL Theatre Arts with Distinction. He loves what he does and aims to share that passion with his students and help them to improve as performers and grow as people.

“The time I spent at stage school as a teenager developed my passion for acting, lead me to attending a top drama school and now working in the profession I love. I know how important these classes are to LCA’s students and I will provide the with the best training possible so they can achieve what I have and more”


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Yulanda Lindsay – Singing Teacher (LCA Caterham)

Yulanda is a professional singer, songwriter & vocal coach. She has sung for high profile artists including Lily Allen as a backing vocalist on many high profile gigs including Glastonbury, V-festival & Radio 1 live lounge. She has also fronted some of the country’s biggest function bands including Stax & Soul band ‘The Atlantic soul Orchestra’ & all female collective ‘High On Heels’ playing prestigious private parties, events & festivals all over the world.

At a young age she was taking lessons & classes in various arts including classical piano, ballet/tap & musical theatre. Over 25 years she has gained many qualifications in music, drama & dance & attained her grade 8 musical theatre singing qualification with the UWL at age 16. She graduated from the BRIT school for performing arts & technology with a GNVQ in performing arts & a BTEC national diploma in music practice. At the BRIT school she learnt singing & voice techniques from the best vocal coaches in the industry & went on to university to study a BMus (Hons) degree in music. In her early 20’s Yulanda realised her dream when she signed a record deal with major label EMI Virgin records. She has written & recorded songs with many of the record industry’s top professionals & worked in several of the worlds most famous recording studios.

Yulanda is a trusted professional with an extensive background in Music & Performance.

“I’m super duper excited to be joining the LCA team! Louise & all the teachers are so lovely & all very talented, the kids are very lucky, I’m jealous. I would have loved to attend LCA when I was younger. The atmosphere is electric, the kids look like they are having the best time & I’m so happy to be a part of such a great team & I look forward to coaching – what I know will turn out to be a great set of up & coming stars!” 

 


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