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


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.

Elise Dodd
Managing director of
Keep up the movement 

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Elise is so excited and thrilled to be part of the Monkeys in Motion team! She'd like to tell you a little about herself:


I am mummy to a little boy named Ezra who is wild and a completely crazy, and we have a lovely doggy called Otee.

Dance has been my passion ever since I learnt to walk. From being a student to teaching people of all different ages. I have a wide dance background in Ballet, Tap and Jazz but I mostly teach Latin and Ballroom outside of Monkeys in Motion and I absolutely love it. I am also a fitness coach/ personal trainer for adults. I am currently re training and studying to become a primary school teacher which I am very excited about! 

I am super happy to be begin my journey with all you amazing little 'Monkeys', and I can't wait to get to know you all!

Eleanor Bailey
Activity Leader & Monkeys in motion PARTIES Manager


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.

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. 

Jamie BIRD
Activity LEADER & ASSISTANT AT Monkeys in Motion 


Hi everyone, I am one of the new dance leaders! I am 19 years old and currently at university studying Sport and Exercise Science. I started dancing when I was 2 years old and ever since my first lesson, I fell in love with it and haven’t stopped since! I found my love for teaching dance when I helped at my old dance school back in Kent where I worked there for 2 years every Saturday. I have also taken numerous dance exams myself in a variety of different genres to a high level. I already love being part of the Monkey’s In Motion family!

Activity LEADER & ASSISTANT AT Monkeys in Motion 


Since starting dance classes when I was young I knew I had a passion for dance and it wasn’t long until I made my decision to work towards a career in this industry. Moving from Cornwall to Worcester, I studied at the University of Worcester on a three year degree programme and upon graduating, I received a 2:1 for my qualification in Dance and Community Practice. This is where I found a passion for choreography and performance. Contemporary Dance is my forte, but I also really enjoy Yoga and Ballet and have a wide range of experience in a number of styles. I have completed dance teaching placements during my University course and it has made me realise the joy I get from teaching children. Joining Monkeys in Motion is going to be great and I am really looking forward to grooving with you all!