Meet the Team
Yasmin Stevens - Director
Qualifications: BTDA Certificate in Dance Teaching, Qualified BTDA teacher in Classical Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz and Acrobatics, Diploma in Modern Jazz, BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS (1st Class Degree)
I started dancing at the age of 4, and never stopped! I trained at The Jill Gregory School of Dancing, achieving my Diploma in Modern Jazz, completing my acrobatics exams, and reaching advanced standard in ballet and tap. My background also includes competitive gymnastics and cheerleading. At the age of 12, I started assisting in classes, realising I loved teaching. Since then, my Saturdays are no longer complete unless they are spent at the studio!
I continued to dance throughout university, where I qualified as a primary school teacher. Life took me in a different direction, and I spent 6 years working as a manager for a children's education centre alongside teaching dancing on Saturdays, before taking over The Jill Gregory School of Dancing, and rebranding it as Elevation Dance. I've always been passionate about supporting children and young people in reaching their potential. My aim is to support as many people as possible in finding a love of dance and all the benefits it brings!
Dianna Stevens - Teacher
Qualifications : BTDA Registered teacher in Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz and Acrobatics, NNEB, Level 4 Primary Teaching Assistant
I started dancing at Betty Rose School of Dancing when I was about 5, then at the age of 8 joined the Jill Gregory School of Dancing and started teaching at 15. I have always found it a privilege to be able to teach so many wonderful children and see and encourage them as they grow, not only in ability, but in confidence as well. I believe that classes should be a fun and safe experience to develop a growing mind and body.
As well as the dancing school, I work at my local junior school as a teaching assistant and forest school leader. I am excited to be part of this enthusiastically wonderful team and to build our dance community to fulfil their potential.
Bronwyn Stevens - Teacher
Qualifications: BTDA Certificate in Dance Teaching, Qualified BTDA teacher in Modern Jazz and Acrobatics, Diploma in Modern Jazz
My favourite day of the week is Saturday - teaching and taking part in lessons myself! Since the age of 3, dancing has been a very special part of my life. Not only have I learnt how to dance and keep fit, I have so many amazing memories and friendships for life. At the age of 16, I took my Modern Jazz Diploma and started teaching, and in 2019, I qualified as a teacher with the BTDA. I love choreographing dances, as it’s a chance to get creative with ideas. It is so exciting and rewarding when it all comes together!
I’ve worked for the NHS for the last 6 years, which I’m very passionate about. I’m currently a Donor Carer for NHSBT, and start my studies to become a nurse in September 2020. I am very excited to be part of Elevation Dance, as I know we are committed to building a community for people to learn and love dance as much as we do!
Rachel Greenwood - Teacher
Qualifications: Diploma in Modern Jazz
I started dancing when I was 3, and joined the Jill Gregory School of Dancing when I was 4. I started assisting in classes when I was a teenager and later started teaching. I am currently working towards my BTDA Certificate in Dance Teaching having completed my Diploma Certificate in modern Jazz and advanced levels in Tap and Ballet . I can’t imagine what life would have been like without teaching, dancing and spending time with the team!
Alongside dancing, I work for the NHS within children and young people’s specialist mental health. I am looking forward to being part of the Elevation Dance team and what lies ahead for our dance family.
Yasmin Walter - Teacher
Qualifications: BTDA Certificate in Dance Teaching Assistant, BA (Hons) Education Studies and Early Years
I have been dancing since the age of 5 at the Jill Gregory School of Dancing, and have completed advanced levels in modern jazz, ballet and tap. I started assisting with dance classes at 12 years old and then later went on to teaching classes. It was from this experience that I decided I loved teaching, and went to university to complete a degree in Education Studies and Early Years. Whilst at university, I was also part of their dance team, performing and competing with them over my three years there. Since then, I have recently begun a new job teaching dance to children in primary schools across Nottingham.
Patricia Hellen - Teacher
Qualifications: Theatre School Diploma : Stage Management, Technical Theatre and Design, A Level Stage Decor and Costume, NCFE Initial Training for Classroom Assistants
I attended ballroom and Latin American dance classes from an early age, adding stage, tap and ballet later. After school, I studied dance and technical theatre at college, and met Jill at the age of 19 when she took over the dance school I was assisting at.
I went on to work in a leisure centre theatre by the sea, and toured the UK and Germany dancing with a cabaret group before heading to the bright lights of London to Mountview Theatre school.
I rejoined Jill Gregory School of Dancing in 2006 and have been helping out since then. Dance is for all ages and I highly recommend it!
Olivia Rodgers - Assistant Teacher
I have been dancing here since the age of 3 and fell in love with it instantly. Starting with Silver Rose Ballet I have now achieved vocational grades in ballet, tap, and modern. For the past 6 years I have been a volunteer assistant teacher for the younger grades, and have enjoyed every minute! I teach ballet, tap, and modern jazz primarily for the younger children. Over the years I have seen them develop into beautiful dancers and watched their confidence blossom. I look forward to every week because of the joy that teaching them gives me. I hope to study Economics at university while continuing to dance there.
Sophia Hollis - Assistant Teacher
I have been a part of the dancing school since I was 3 years old and believe that it has helped me both physically and mentally over the years. I have been assisting in children’s classes for a couple of years now and can say that it is something I am extremely passionate about and grateful for. I love to see the children developing their skills and love for dancing, watching them grow more and more excited to come to their dancing lessons just as I did as a child. Dancing allowed me to gain confidence and the skills I need for my future.
I would like to study Veterinary Medicine at university, but will certainly continue dancing! I am so incredibly appreciative of what the dancing school has allowed me to achieve (the BTDA scholarships and up to vocational grades in my styles) and can’t wait to see what the future holds for the dancing school.