Written by Rich on Tuesday December 4, 2018

Meet the Team VG Teaching Staff

Vicky Grant - Principal and Owner

Vicky Grant is the principal and owner of the school. She is also the Head of Classical Ballet and Modern Jazz. Her love of dance started at age three when she started classical ballet with the Norma Terry School of Dance, followed quickly by modern jazz and tap dancing. She grew to love all forms of dance and took classes in contemporary and street dance as her training continued. At age eight, she made it into the finals of 'Young Stars of Tomorrow' with Arlene Philips describing her as 'A fabulous ball of energy'! At age 11 she started to assist with junior classes and her love for teaching was born! She told her parents that one day she wanted to own her own dance school, and the dream came true! As well as dancing, Vicky has an avid passion for Musical Theatre, and played many lead roles in shows such as 42nd Street and Guys & Dolls, as well as many, many years in the magical world of pantomime.

Vicky Grant is a Principal Member of the British Theatre Dance Association (BTDA), passing her teaching qualifications with a 100% Distinction pass rate. She also holds certificates in the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and has a Level 7 Diploma in Business Management.

Ashleigh Barr – Dance Teacher, Head of Tap

Ashleigh started Classical Ballet with the Norma Terry School of Dance when she was three years old, soon after starting Modern Jazz and Tap classes. She gained high marks in all her BTDA exams in Ballet, Modern and Tap up to Advanced Vocational Level.  At the age of 18, she enrolled on the BTDA Teaching Qualification programme and became a Registered Teacher in 2011. In 2017, Ashleigh became Head of Tap for the school.

From a young age, Ashleigh performed in many musicals, pantomimes and cabarets which brings a wealth of knowledge to her students on both the performance side and the technical side of dance.

Charlotte Cooney - Dance Teacher, specialising in Contemporary and Street Dance

Charlotte has danced from the age of three. She was trained in RAD Ballet and ISTD Modern and Tap, gaining her grades up to and including Intermediate. When Charlotte was fifteen she joined a contemporary company, training every Sunday and getting the opportunity to perform in many shows. After Charlotte gained her GCSEs she trained at “Bodywork Company” for four years. Charlotte got the opportunity to work with the “Hofesh Shecter” contemporary company and had the privilege to be taught by a variety of professional dancers which lead her to her love of street dance. At “Bodywork” she gaining her Level 6 National Diploma in Dance awarded by Trinity College London. After this Charlotte gained her level 4 PTLLS qualification (preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector) and qualified as a BTEC Dance and Performing Arts Teacher.

Charlotte has always had a passion for teaching and choreographing dance and has choreographed many 1st place routines for competitions all around the UK and for competitions in Disney Land Paris. Alongside Teaching for Team VG, Charlotte runs her own after school Dance and Performing Arts Clubs and often takes PE sessions within a variety of primary schools in the surrounding areas.

Oliver Scott - Acting Teacher, Head of Acting

Oliver Scott is a professional actor, theatre director and teacher.

Oliver first walked on to the stage at the age of 10, and since that moment has never looked back. He performed in and around St Ives for many years and met Miss Vicky during their time together with the Centre Theatre Players where they became a comedy duo, performing together in a variety of panto's and cabaret sketches, but will probably always be remembered for their portrayal of Eyegore and Eygore in Beauty and the Beast!

Oliver gained a degree in Drama at Anglia Ruskin University and in 2014 moved away to train as an actor at the Guildford School of Acting (GSA). Since then Oliver has worked all over the UK in a variety of theatre including Musical Theatre, Shakespeare, Comedies and Pantomime, including multiple years directing and starring in the Grange Theatre Pantomime in Northwich, Cheshire. Oliver has directed a UK tour of The Wind in the Willows, the musical version, and has recently directed his second UK tour of Alice in Wonderland which traveled to all four corners of the country throughout 2019.  

Oliver teachers Acting at a variety of Drama Schools, University's and Academy's across the UK. He worked in Commercial Radio for 5 years working for Star Radio, hosting both the 'Breakfast Show' and the 'Big Drive Home', Oliver continues to be an event host and works for a variety of corporate events throughout the calendar year. 

Back in 2015 along with Debbie Watt and Vicky Grant, Oliver Scott formed Magical Musicals, which is a musical theatre summer school aimed at young people aged between 8 and 18 and offers a week of Musical theatre followed by , a definite highlight of the year!

Kelly Marshall - Trainee Dance Teacher, Acting Teacher

Kelly started her dancing with the Norma Terry School of Dance when she was three years old, she gained excellent marks in all her BTDA Ballet, Modern Jazz and Tap exams from Preparatory through to Vocational levels. She went on to train at Stageworks and then carried on her professional training in Musical Theatre at the Institute of the Arts (IAB), Barcelona. She has also had training with the Rockettes in New York City and Le Lido in Paris.

In 2019, Kelly was invited to be a choreographer for the Team VG Junior and Senior Summer Schools, as well as the Magicial Musicals Summer School, and this is where she made the decision to head fully into the teaching side of things. She is now fully enrolled on the BTDA Teacher Training Program for Classical Ballet and Modern Jazz, and has started taking her own classes within Team VG.