Team

Kim Oakley

Kim Oakley

Kim is the founder of Street Beat Dance Academy. She has worked professionally as a dancer since the age of 14 years, in London and all over the world dancing on tours, in music videos, hotels and fashion shows.

Having trained in traditional dance from the age of two years (ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz) Kim auditioned at age 12 for an Agency; The Show People Academy where she attended Urban Dance Classes. This successful audition open the door to professional dance commissions and by the age of 15yrs she was working regularly as a professional dancer. She then trained at MADD before moving to train at Pineapple, London. In London she trained with many prestigious dancers including; Sisco Gomez, Eddie Morales and Marty Kudelka (Justin Timberlakes choreographer). In 2004 Kim auditioned and became part of TK Spin, an Urban Dance Crew in London with whom she toured performing Urban Shows around the world.

Kim also worked full time as a dancer in a variety of other styles including Cabaret, Showgirl, Jazz, Ballet and Tap. Kim worked as a performer and teacher all over the world in Dubai, Portugal, Tenerife and America working in hotels, corporate events, nightclubs and on Ships.

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Ayisha Simpson

Ayisha Simpson

Ayisha started as a student with Street Beat in 2007. She pursued dance throughout her education, studying GCSE dance, A level dance and Performing Arts, followed by a BA (hons) in Dance Practice (2012) . During her training, she has worked with many fantastic and presigious dance companies and artists, such as Pheonix Dance, Frantic Assembly, 2Faced Dance Company, Rambert, Gavin Vincent, StopGap and more…

Continued development as a practitioner and artist, is important to Ayisha who regularly attends CPD sessions, classes at Pineapple Dance Studios and has attended two trips to train in Los Angeles. Since finishing university, Ayisha has also completed her PTTLS Teaching qualification.

Ayisha delivers many of Street Beats Academy classes, including Commercial, Hip Hop and Street Dance. She also leads the Contemporary side of Street Beat. She leads the Soulz Dance Company and contemporary dance classes. She also runs ‘Elements’, a Youth Contemporary dance company run by North Lincolnshire Council, who performed at Fresh 2014, South Ban youth Dance Showcase 2014 and 2015. 

Alongside her teaching and chorography experience, Ayisha dances professionally, some of her more recent performances include the Mini Launch Events, Corporate events, Nightclubs, Music Festivals,  Tribute Shows, Fashion and Hair shows, TV and Radio Tours and more.

Ayisha has been selected as one of Yorkshire Dance’s ‘Regional 12’ this is a group of 12 practitioners within the Yorkshire region selected by Yorkshire dance to receive acknowledgement and support as a dance practitioner.

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Jonny Boyle

Jonny Boyle

Jonny is Street Beat’s Breakdance and Funk Styles specialists. Trained in many styles such as Breakin’, Locking, House, Krump and Poppin’.

Jonny has been dancing for 8 years and teaching for 6. Trained in over 10 urban styles Jonny is best known for being a breaker despite competing in the UK HIP HOP CHAMPIONSHIPS and making it to the final in the Locking category twice and Popping once. Jonny has performed in clubs everywhere from London to Scotland and Ibiza for such famous DJs as Kissy Sell Out and Jaguar Skillz and performed for such acts as Skepta and Katy B, and has worked in Dubai performing with DYNAMO the magician.Jonny has also performed at the UKs biggest hip hop theatre tour BREAKING CONVENTION and was part of the phenomenal opening ceremonies for BRAM STOKERS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL in Whitby as one half of the notorious Burlesque duo, ALPHA MALES.
Jonny has Battled up and down the country in various other dance competitions and won 1st place in the professional Duos at Streetdance International (SDI) with Thea Kelly.

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Kaspar Vilkaste

Kaspar Vilkaste

Kaspar is originally from Latvia,but moved to England in 2004. He started dancing at age of 13 and still cant stop.
His dance style is a mix of Popping and Bboying. Kaspar started  B-Boying and Popping since 2000 when he joined the DO ZERO dance crew.
After some years of hard practice in 2004 Kaspar won the BEST Popping SOLO @ East VS West Battle Latvia.
Before the move to England he was running his own breakdance school –  UNITED FORCE.
In 2006 Kaspar started breakdancing with GRAVITY CONTROL CREW – York’s finest b-boy crew teaching popping to other team members.
In 2008 Kaspar won Dancemania solo B-boy battles and BATTLE OF THE BOUNCE ADULT DUO’s and got in to the Solo finals.
In 2010 at The Fresh Factory Popping battles Kaspar TWICE battled his way through to the final, but unfortunately stayed second best popper.
Same year he won a Street dance Championship in Manchester – best adult solo and started to work with Street beat dance academy.
Following year he finally managed to WIN  notorious Fresh Factory Popping battles TWICE and became one of the best poppers in north of England.
He learned from some of the world`s best dancers Greentek, Monsta POP and HIP HOP legend Mr Wiggles.
2013 in Sheffield he becomes UDO Yorkshire street dance freestyle Solo O16 Champion!
In 2014 Kaspar entered Sky 1 Got to Dance TV talent competition and got through to the TV rounds in London performing in London’s Roundhouse.
After more than 15 years of dancing Kaspar has become a dance teacher, choreographer and  entertainer. He just loves dance with passion.

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Troy Duffill

Troy Duffill

Troy started as a dancer at the age of 4, Training in classical styles of dance such as Latin, American and ballroom. He trained in many other styles throughout his time as a dancer, doing ballet, tap, modern jazz and disco.

Working his way through the grades with BATD and teaching his presidents award in Latin and ballroom. He then moved into the musical theatre world and started to perform on stage, doing shows for his dance school, college and amateur dramatic societies. Troy has performed in many shows over the years such as dirty dancing, hairspray and little shop of horrors.
Troy then went to college to learn musical theatre entering into a national diploma course. When he left college he received 3 distinctions in musical theatre and won an award for the highest grades in the county.
After that, Troy focused his ambitions on working in the West end, auditioning for stage and drama schools. Unfortunately he had to pull out due to a back injury.
He wanted to stay in the theatre world so he turned his attention to the technical side, learning about sound lighting and stage management.
Troy has worked on many shows as a lighting designer and stage manager, such as Derran Brown, Jason Manford and the circus of horrors.
Troy has also worked for Tony Peers productions as a stage manger and lighting designer for many pantomimes and summer shows.
In addition to this, he has worked for Qdos Entertainment as an assistant electrician and PAT tester. He then moved into the prop making department and made props for some of the biggest pantomimes in the world.
He also worked for Qdos as an technical assistant stage manager (ASM) working on huge production shows such as Cinderella and Robinson Crusoe operating massive special effects, like flying horse and carriages, flying cars and giant sea monsters.
Now Troy works for Streetbeat dance academy teaching the musical theatre lessons and lifts classes. Where we produce two musical theatre shows each year including a pantomime. It gives Troy the chance to pass on my experience and knowledge to the future generation that will grace our stages and TV’s with entertainment for years to come.

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Marc Blakeley

Marc Blakeley

Marc started out as a student with us when he was 10 years old, attending one hip-hop session a week, back in 2008. From starting as a regular student he began performing with the Street Beat troupe at small galas.

Marc danced in all urban styles we teach going up to about 11-12 hours a week. Those styles being Hip-hop, Breakin, Poppin, Krump, House and Lockin. As the company grew he followed them in performing at Pheonix dance studios and on Sky 1’s Dance Factor. He competed in solo battles winning the Street Beat Flavoured Jam in 2013. Marc performed at the open air theatre with the troupe in 2012 for the Olympic torch event in front of 6000 people.

Now dancing as part of RAWthentic (the older elite crew of Street Beat) and has qualified for the World Championships with his crew-mates. Marc started teaching for Street Beat dance part time teaching breakin’, hip-hop and poppin’ and he now works as an apprentice full time from being a child at the back of a school workshop. He now is part of the Boy’s Dance Movement, aimed at getting more younger boys interested in Dance.

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Jake Fields

Jake Fields

Jake has been dancing since the age of 8. He started out doing Modern, Tap and Jazz, and in 2010 he was awarded The Young Achievers Heritage Award for his contribution to dance. He was also an extra in Street Dance 3D the movie.

By the age of 14 Jake was more interested in Street Dance and so joined Street Beat Dance academy. He has also been involved in many prestigious events including dancing at the opening of the Olympic torch  ceremony and being part of Breakin Convention in 2013. In addition to this, Jake was Sports Ambassador for North Lincolnshire 2013 -2014.

He is trained in Hip Hop, Breakin, Poppin, Lockin, Krump and commercial.

Jake has trained at Pineapple Dance Studios London, and Debbie Reynolds Dance Studios in Los Angeles.
From going from student, to apprentice to teacher, Jake is currently working on a Boys Project in North Lincolnshire promoting boys dance in schools.

Nicola Twardowski

Nicola Twardowski

Nicola has been teaching singing and dance at streetbeat for 3 years.
Nicola studied at high Melton performing arts college for two years and attained a national diploma In dance with three distinctions.

After this she then trained in singing and is currently working all over the world as a professional singer and dancer.
She has trained with choreographers and singers such as pilly Lopez and Gary Lloyd which led to a 2 month theatre tour all over the UK.
She has performed in venues such as Leeds grand and performed at numerous outdoor festivals as a lead vocalist performing in front of over 5000 people.
Nicola is currently gigging all over the country as various tribute acts such as Beyonce and Rihanna.

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