MEET THE TEAM

Sophie-Jo Lusted

Managing Director & Activity Leader

Sophie-Jo is a native of Worcester and has been dancing since the age of four in all manner of disciplines to a very high level. She trained in Musical Theatre and Dance at the distinguished school London Studio Centre where she was awarded the Leverhulme Scholarship as well as a 3 year grant from The Bransford Trust.

 

Sophie-Jo graduated from London Studio Centre with a first class honours. After this success, Sophie obtained a London based agent (FLP Management) where she took on numerous performing contracts across the UK. Sophie-Jo has performed at The Sadlers Wells Theatre, The Pleasance Theatre, The Peacock Theatre, The Swan Theatre, The Royal Opera House for the Pet Shop Boys Inner Sanctum Tour, E.M Forster Theatre with The Wizard of Oz and the UK Tour of The Little Mermaid.

 

In July 2016, Sophie launched her very own company: Monkeys in Motion, targeting young children ages 2-11. Monkeys in Motion now run numerous classes and workshops across Worcester & Malvern and have partnered with companies such as: David Lloyd Leisure, Malvern Theatres, Soul Sanctuary & many private and state schools. The two main programmes at Monkeys in Motion have been built to increase children’s physical development whilst keeping them active and social from a young age.

 

Sophie-Jo is consistently continuing professional development and has a real passion for sharing her knowledge and expertise.

Giorgia Zinna

Activity Leader & Assistant

Giorgia is originally from Lytham St Annes and is currently studying P.E and Dance at Worcester University. Her passion for dance started at the young age of 2, taking exams to a high level in RAD ballet, ISTD modern and tap, and performing in dance shows at least three times a year. She has learnt, performed and taught at her childhood dance school in Lytham until she moved to University in 2018.

 

Giorgia has been a full time member of a local Musical Theatre and stage youth group for many years, attending singing, acting and dance classes. She has performed in numerous productions such as Rock of Ages, Greece, and Phantom of the Opera.

 

Giorgia has also undertaken work experience in primary schools teaching both dance and PE and taking an active part in school life, working with children aged 4 to 11. She has also taught Dance with students of Hereford Arts college.

 

At University Giorgia has been a member of the Dance society and has taken part in several competitions claiming 1st and 2nd places in various disciples. This year she is to take on the role of Dance captain, which involves teaching and choreographing other students ready for the year’s competitions.

 

Giorgia is really excited to be part of the Monkeys in Motion team and fulfilling her love for working with young children in an active environment.

Eleanor Bailey

Activity Leader

Eleanor attended youth theatre from the age of 7 where she took part in countless main house productions. Since then she’s grown up writing, performing and directing in lots of plays and musicals. Including playing Eva Peron in her sixth Form production of Evita and Estella in The Courtyard Herefords Production of Great Expectations. 

She graduated from Peer Productions in 2018 with a distinction in her Creative Practitioners Diploma. In this company she toured three full length, Theatre in Education, shows around south east England to over 19,000 students.

She has also recently co devised and recorded a podcast called ‘Forgotten Women’ and performed a full Edinburgh Fringe run of ‘WrestlingMania’, which was a huge success.

Eleanor is very excited to be joining Monkeys in Motion and can’t wait to help these children follow their creative dreams.

Victoria Gardner

Holiday Club Leader

Victoria was born and raised in Worcester and discovered her love for performing at the age of four. She received quality dance training at Academy Dance Worcester, where she achieved high grades in many exams across the disciplines. During this time Victoria took part in various festivals and shows, including successfully competing in the prestigious All England Dance Finals. Victoria worked as a juvenile in pantomimes at The Swan Theatre Worcester and 2014 was invited back as an ensemble cast member and understudy for Belle in ‘Beauty and the Beast’.

 

After her GCSEs Victoria continued her performing arts training at Hereford College of Arts where she graduated in 2015 with triple distinction* and received the Performing Arts Excellence in Achievement award. Through all her hard work she secured a place at Bird College in London where she is currently studying for a degree in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre. Victoria is also studying for her DDI teaching qualification in both tap and modern.

 

Victoria started as a teaching assistant at Academy Dance and as she got older subsequently began leading her own classes. Throughout her teens Victoria has assisted and led workshops, classes and summer school courses across the disciplines. Her passion for performing comes through when she teaches and she is very excited to be part of the Monkeys in Motion team.

Gina English

Holiday Club Leader & Class Assistant

Gina grew up in Worcestershire and has had such a passion for dance and performing arts for as long as she can remember. 

 

Gina started teaching both dance and performing arts for a variety of ages in 2016 after graduating from Worcester University studying Dance and Community Practice. She successfully graduated gaining at 2:1 and landed herself freelance teaching work in numerous establishments and primary schools throughout the County. She has taught: Street dance, Musical theatre, Cheerleading, basic movement for children and Commercial, ever since. 

 

As a youngster Gina would forever be seen performing in school productions, dancing and learning lines. Her favourite performances being: We Will Rock You, Grease and Our House. 

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