Meet The Team
Fiona Richardson | Artistic Director - Associate U.K.A Fully qualified Acrobatic Arts instructor, spin cycle instructor, Fitness to music and member of UNESCO, CSTD, UKA, UDO
Hi there, Thank you for considering the big dance company for your child’s dance education and experience.
I have been teaching for 26 years now and specialise in teaching personal development, creative movement, lyrical and concept choreography.
The moment I took my first dance class I knew I wanted to be a teacher. There is no feeling quite like it! Empowering children and adults, watching personal progress is as rewarding as technical progress.
Seeing the child that is scared to enter the studio as they are so nervous to then be dancing alone in a room full of people with confidence and then onto becoming a confident professional adult ! What a gift we have to be able to be part of this process!
Our teachers here at the big dance company are all as equally passionate and committed to giving the best possible mentor ship to the children.
My husband and I have a sole purpose here in Cornwall as studio directors and that is to provide excellent training to help dancers become versatile, give exciting challenging and rewarding platforms for dancers, give nourishing and bonding opportunities for families to enjoy together, to provide training for those that don’t have a disposable income and have this incredible Cornish talent seen by the world ! I live for dance and the joy it brings.
Shanna Dawes FDA Bsc(Hons) / trained in progressing ballet technique level 1 and 2
I have been part of the BDC team for 5/6 years now , My journey started as part of a community dance team where I found a passion for teaching early on in my life. I furthered my education in dance at Truro and Penwith college and then onto Plymouth university where I completed my degree in dance and then topped my degree up in sports performance and coaching. Currently I’m working towards my CSTD Teaching Diploma in ballet and want to long term complete all areas to enable me to examine. I have had many opportunities to travel the world, to teach, learn and grow from cultures through dance. I have a strong ethos for every child to have the opportunity to excel and feel free to express themselves through the power of dance and for them to feel safe and relaxed in the classroom. I feel so honoured to be part of the Big Dance Company Teaching team and watch our students over the years grow into not only beautiful dancers but confident happy humans too.
Tiffanie Linzell - Teacher of Advanced creative commercial styles
Hi! I’m Tiff and I have been teaching at the Big Dance Company for nearly 10 years now. From previously running my own dance school in Plymouth, my home town, I understand the hard work, dedication and sheer love that creates great teaching. I am so fortunate to work full time in Plymouth and have the flexibility to also travel to Penzance to teach the beautiful students of BDC! Admittedly...It’s a crazy life, but one that I love.
My focus as a teacher is choreography, incorporating all of the Street Dance styles, whether this be for social classes, performances, events or competition circuits.
If I have a spare minute you will find me in my 3rd home, the gym. As a solid gym fanatic with a huge passion for health and fitness (and not forgetting, dog walking) you will never see me sat down!
My classes reflect my attitude towards life; energetic and uplifting!
Kyle Richardson - Fully qualified Hip Hop instructor / Official UDO examiner / Teacher of Akademy street dance and Breakdance
Hey my name is Kyle Richardson
I am a dancer from Cornwall who has had the pleasure of travelling all around the world with BDC sharing my love for breakdance and street dance.
I debuted with my crew in 2008 on a popular TV show “Britain’s got talent” reaching the semi finals and working in the dance industry ever since including touring with take that on their progress tour and many exciting high profile industry events. Most recently becoming and official UDO street dance International examiner.
I love being able to show children how to reach their potential in dance and being their to support and mentor wherever I can!
Dance is about being yourself, with like minded people and The Big Dance Company is the perfect place to do it
Megan Barkham - Level 3 Extended Diploma studying CSTD Diploma `modern Jazz and Contemporary and BSc honors Degree in Physiotherapy
Hey, my name is Megan Barkham and I have been a part of the Big Dance Company for around 10 years. I started off training in Hip hop and breakdance, to progress onto lyrical, jazz, contemporary and acrobatics at a later stage.
At college I studied a level 3 extended diploma in dance achieving a triple distinction*. I have taken CSTD exams in Ballet, Jazz and contemporary. Currently, I’m working towards my CSTD teaching diploma in Jazz and contemporary. Alongside teaching, I’m studying a BSc honours degree in Physiotherapy at Plymouth University. I have had many opportunities to travel the world with BDC such as performing at the Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix, Performing in Kuching and many more. In 2016 and 2017 I got the opportunity to assist Fiona at the Halili Cruz school of Ballet summer intensive in the Philippines where I was also able to train in many different styles. Watching each child excel and develop their confidence and technique both in and out of the classroom is the reason why I love teaching. Being a part of the Big Dance Company teaching team is so incredible due to the team members around you and the wonderful students within the classroom.
Amber Harvey - Studtying CSTD Modern Jazz Diploma / Teacher Modern Jazz Grades 1-3
Hello I’m Amber Louise Katlyn Harvey i am a student jazz teacher currently working at level 6
I am currently teaching RED Jazz Grade 1-2, providing children with confidence and enjoyment while they study for their exams, leading up to a diploma in their future.
The reason I wanted to become a teacher is to watch children grow and reach their full potential and to see them develop themselves as individuals. Another thing I love about teaching is seeing it come to life with character and confidence.
Hi, my name is Charley and I’m a dancer, student choreographer and performer at The Big Dance Company.
I have been attending here as a student for around 9 years, dancing predominantly in hip hop/street, commercial and contemporary. I am also working towards my hip hop Akademy Teaching Diploma, as well as working with the business side of BDC as one of the receptionists and I am also working towards a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care at college.
I am now having more opportunities to teach to a variety of abilities and ages.
For me, dancing in the environment we have enables not only myself, but a lot of dancers to feel safe without judgement and having that ongoing support from others around you. I love this company because it has such a warm vibrant energy from everyone, with such amazing opportunities for aspiring dancers and performers.
Up and Coming Student choreographers
We are so excited about our up and coming student teachers/choreographers! these guys have been doing some very special things and you can read about them here soon ! Jago Mottart, Esha Dawson, Charley Williamson.