Jean Hunter is the dance teacher and choreographer for Dance 21 Seniors and has been since the beginning.
She lives in Chelmsford and has two daughters, both of whom are very much involved in dance. She is also a teacher and examiner for the UKA dance society (United Kingdom Alliance), based in Blackpool, and originally trained in East London with the ISTD (Imperial Society for Teachers of Dance).
Jean is passionate about her work with Dance21, continuing to take them onwards and upwards in all directions through dance technique, genres and performances.
As well as working with Dance 21 Jean is proprietor of the Footwork Dance School, and dance teacher for the following :-
Grapevine Essex Dance Team, City of Chelmsford Mencap, Sit ‘n’ Groove, (Shimmy ‘n’ Groove), EMAN,(Ethnic Multicultural Activities Network), J’s Hospice, and Action for Carers. Through Dance 21 she also has strong links with the Boswells School, the Bam Bam Boogies, and DNA, (Dance Network association).
Sarah is the tutor for Dance21 Juniors and also teaches Tap, Jazz and Contemporary Dance. She has been dancing since the age of three and has gained dance qualifications in Ballet, Tap and Modern.
Sarah continued her dance training at Middlesex University and has worked with professional dance companies, including CandoCo and Stop Gap.
Hannah started dancing at the age of 4 at Essex Dance Theatre in Chelmsford, and later found Kelvedon Dance Studio, during her teenage years.
As she progressed through the grades she also assisted in the younger classes on a weekly basis. Hannah developed a particular interest in the special needs dance class which spurred on a further passion in learning and physical disabilities. From then on, knowing she would like to teach, she auditioned and gained a place at The Dance College, Hertfordshire under the direction of Penny Meekings, an examiner for the ISTD.
During her three years of training she obtained a Diploma in Dance instruction (DDI) and Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) in Imperial Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap Dance.During the early stages of training, she taught Ballet and Tap for Jean Hunter at Footwork Dance School. Hannah was then delighted to be offered the position of Assistant Teacher for Dance 21. Alongside this, she has worked as a learning support assistant in special needs schools, been a personal assistant to several young people with disabilities and has been teaching at Kelvedon Dance Studio for nearly 10 years.
As well as her commitments to Dance21 Hannah’s passion for inclusivity in dance has driven her to teach a dance class for children with additional needs.
Steven is an assistant dance teacher for Dance 21. He grew up in Chelmsford and has always had an interest in physical theatre. From a young age he coached gymnastics but then turned his attention to dance and set about gaining experience in a range of dance style training with RAD and Chantry Dance Company as well as working with international artists such as Soda Jeanville and Infusion Physical Theatre. In 2011 he founded Cre8ed 4 U Lord which is an organisation that promotes the use of the creative arts and encourages people to explore their own creative potential.