MEET THE TEAM

Sophie-Jo Lusted
Managing Director of monkeys in motion & Monkeys & Mamas

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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.

Eleanor Bailey
Activity Leader & Monkeys in motion PARTIES Manager

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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 part of Monkeys in Motion and love helping these children follow their creative dreams.

Elise Dodd
Activity Leader of Monkeys in Motion

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Hello everyone, I'm Elise and I love to dance!

I launched my adult dance & fitness company called 'The Movement' a little over 5 years ago now with just myself and the journey so far has been amazing. With a background in dance I knew I always wanted to work within the fitness industry, so I did my NVQ Level 3 personal training course around 12 years ago and have never looked back. I have always worked with children too so I love mixing it up and teaching a great balance of both! 

My passion is to DANCE and I just love how it makes people feel. I can't wait to meet you all!

Emily smith
Activity Leader of monkeys in motion

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Emily has danced since the age of 3. She started her dance training at Step-by-Step Dance school in Stourport, then in her teens moved to Harlequin Stage School where she achieved her RAD and ISTD major grades in Ballet, Modern and Tap whilst competing in local, All England Regionals, All England Finals and the Dance World Cup competitions. Also performing in Pantomimes and principal roles with WODY’s whilst achieving her LAMDA exams to a high standard. 

Emily went onto to study dance at Sixth Form and then attended Addict Dance Academy to gain her Level 5 Diploma with Distinction where she focussed on learning new genres like Commercial, Latin and Hip Hop. She has now graduated from Guildford School of Acting with a degree in Musical Theatre and is going on to further her studies in primary teaching, which has always been a lifetime goal of hers.

Emily cannot wait to become a full-time member of the team and share her love of dance and theatre with our students, helping them to develop in confidence and learn new skills. 

Maddie Atkinson
Activity LEADER & ASSISTANT AT Monkeys in Motion 

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Hello! I’m Maddie and I'm 18 years old and have been performing since the age of 5. I have always had a passion for dancing, singing and acting and my dream is to be a West End and Disneyland performer. I’m currently studying Musical Theatre on a two year course at Birmingham Ormiston Academy. Since having assisted at Monkey’s In Motion a few times previously, I have loved helping with the little ones and find it so fun and rewarding, I can’t wait to do so more often!