At Stageworks & Danceworks we have a fantastic team of highly qualified and dedicated coaches. We ensure that all staff members have an enhanced DBS certificate and are trained in First aid, Safeguarding and mental health first aid to fully support your child in their journey with us. 

Please see our amazing team below.


Emma Hobbis


Emma starting dancing from a young age and went on to train in musical theatre. When she was 17 Emma began her professional dancing career and she was dancing around the world  from Italy to Oman and was a dancer in the UK tour of '80's Mania'.


The Stageworks journey began back in 2008 after performing for many years and teaching in education Emma launched Danceworks in 2008 which expanded to Aldridge and Burntwood in the following 4 years. opened The Saturday Academy in Aldridge specialising in Performing Arts. Emma's vision was for children to have a safe place they can come to learn, have fun and enjoy performing.

Most recently in April 2017 we opened our doors to our Great Barr Academy.

Over the last 12 years we have taught so many children and had the pleasure in performing in competitions, performances , community events, charity evenings and festivals. However, the best part has been to see all the children grow in confidence, make wonderful friendships and become the best they can be. We have been very lucky teachers!

In the last few years our team of coaches has grown and we are grateful for the team we have and that we can offer the fabulous classes in Great Barr, Burntwood  & Aldridge and continue to make a difference.

Most recently we were honoured to be nominated for Corporate live wire Prestige Awards for Birminghams Best Children's Theatre School 2019. We can very proudly tell you that we won the category and are now officially the Best in Birmingham!

Emma is qualified with ABD and holds her Associate in dance and musical theatre, Performance arts awards, CTAA yoga, Acrobatic arts acro dance (including pre-school) mental health first aid level 3 and is one of the companies safeguarding officers.

I think what makes us different is that we value every child and everything we do we do it for the children and by doing this we now have an amazing Stageworks family where every child matters and we pride ourselves on this.

'Get professional training from the Professionals!'

Sarah Challoner

Assistant Manager


Sarah started dancing at an early age in her home town of Wolverhampton. She started her professional career at the age of 16 after completing her exams in IDTA, RAD & LAMDA. She has performed globally at many high profile events and taught at various performing arts academy's, colleges and dance schools, adjudicating many high ranking Dance festivals.
At the age of 21 Sarah then went on to train professionally at Phil Winston's Theatreworks in Blackpool developing her skills in all forms of dance and Musical Theatre over 3 years. Sarah has also obtained her ABD Associate in Musical Theatre.

Some of her credits include:
Featured Singer/Dancer 'The Works' (Blackpool); Featured Dancer in CBBC's 'The Slammer' (BBC); Dancer ‘Tour’ (Western Asia); Dance Captain 'Jack and the Beanstalk', The Hustle, (BBC); Dancer 'Aladdin', 'Cinderella', Tyne Theatre, Newcastle); Dancer ‘European Rugby Champions Cup’; Dancer for 'Red Rock Pictures' (Music Video); Dancer National Tour; (UK & European tour); Dancer ‘Tour’ (Romania) Doctors (BBC); A Chorus Line (Lowry Theatre, Manchester); Dancer/Singer 'Headliners Theatre Company' (P&O Cruise Ship); Dance Captain 'Sleeping Beauty' (Tyne Theatre, Newcastle); Dancer ‘Geri Halliwell’ (London); Dance Captain/specialist circus performer' (UK Tour); Featured Artist' PS4 (Sony Advert); Fife/Silly Girl ‘Beauty and the Beast; Dancer/Stilts/Fire performer (Spain Tour); Featured Artist ‘Peaky Blinders (BBC); Actor ‘The Girl With All The Gifts’ (Film) Dancer ‘EuroMillions’ (ITV); Featured/Specialist performer ‘Floyd Mayweather’ (Birmingham); Singer ‘Newcastle Christmas light switch on’; Dancer ‘Lego Friends’ (NEC, London O2); Dancer ‘Remembering Brendan Healy Concert’ (Tyne Theatre); Singer ‘80’s Reunion’ (UK);  Aladdin ‘Aladdin’ (Gateshead Stadium, Newcastle)

After completing her performers bucket list Sarah retired professionally in 2018 but continues her contribution to Stageworks and Danceworks.

To pass professional knowledge, guide pupils and to watch them grow and shine is the best feeling. It helps the children be self-motivated, disciplined and focused in their everyday lives. Expressive in their communication of emotions, thoughts and feelings. Creative and imaginative. Who wouldn’t want to have this enjoyable and rewarding lifestyle. You don’t work a day in your life if you truly love what you do!


Kim Hardie

Stageworks Acting Coach

Kim trained at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (Formerly Birmingham School of Acting) graduating with a First Class BA Honours degree in Applied Performance (Community and Education) in 2015. Originally from Fife, Scotland, Kim has been performing from a young age at a local theatre company in her hometown and successfully toured performances all over the UK throughout her teenage years.

Kim’s degree focussed specifically on using drama as a tool to empower and change and co-created work for various groups including the LGBT centre Birmingham and Mac Birmingham. Since graduating Kim’s work has predominantly been working with young people from different backgrounds across Birmingham and The Black Country both in the education sector as well as providing extra-curricular opportunities in addition to teaching drama at Stageworks since 2016.

‘I am passionate and have always known that I want to work with young people even before graduating from university. I enjoy teaching drama as a whole but my favourite branches would be improvisation and working on performances. Young people’s energy and imagination is contagious and I never tire of teaching or hearing their ideas – you are always guaranteed a good laugh when you teach improvisation. Then, watching the young people on stage and letting their talent shine through and all their hard work pay-off is even better.

As someone who struggled academically at school and was really shy, drama was the first subject and hobby I properly enjoyed. It gave me the confidence I needed and developed my social skills as I was growing up. I made life-long friends and most of my memorable moments from my teenage years are from performing. It absolutely helped me be the person I am today.  Drama has a special way of pushing someone out of their comfort zone and embracing who they are, whether you want a career in the arts or not, I see drama as a vital tool to help anyone boost their confidence and social skills, and that’s just the start! ‘


Abbie Rai

Stageworks Singing Coach


The performing arts has always been an intergal part of Abbie’s life as she has trained in singing, dancing and acting since a young age. Abbie has been involved in many amateur theatre productions for local musical theatre companies such as Willenhall Musical Theatre Company and South Staffs Musical Theatre Company. She has also been involved in professional pantomime productions at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre including Peter Pan and Aladdin. Abbie has also taken part in many professional workshops and competitions across the West Midlands. One particular stand out moment was when Abbie was chosen to take part in a vocal workshop with American Musical Theatre Composer Georgia Stitt. Abbie has studied Performing Arts at both GCSE and A-Level
which led her to successfully gaining a First Class Honours degree in Musical Theatre at the University of Wolverhampton. Another proud moment for Abbie was when she gained the award for ‘Highest Classification’ at graduation for gaining the highest mark across the whole performing arts cohort. Abbie is also a qualified secondary school teacher of Drama, where she has recently taken over as Head of Department. She also teaches GCSE Dance and choreographs all school productions. She is also currently an active member of three musical theatre companies within the local area.  As well as performing, Abbie is also on the production team for two of these companies, whereby she produces and choreographs their productions once a year; she is also an active committee member for Willenhall Musical Theatre Company. Abbie has taught singing for many years across many different avenues including being a choir mistress and as a peripatetic vocal coach for primary and secondary schools across the Dudley and Sandwell sector. Abbie has also gained distinction at Grade 8 for London College of Music.


Kirsty Thomas

Dance Coach

Kirsty began training in gymnastics at age 4 and joined a dance school at 6. In the dance school Kirsty participated in IDTA Ballet, Tap and Modern dance, Commercial / hip hop and Jazz classes and competed across the country winning the ‘All England Championships’ four years running and was part of the All England championship winning team for 10 years running. Kirsty then did a BTEC Qualification in Dance at Sutton Coldfield College. During her time at college she danced in a few local commercial dance videos and appeared on stage for a local musical theatre company. Kirsty then trained at Roehampton University in London where she fell in love with Contemporary and Lyrical dance, joining and performing with a contemporary dance company across London. Kirsty also fell in love with dance science at this time and therefore, continued with my studies to do a Masters in Dance Science and then a PGCE in higher education. In 2017 Kirsty went to India to study with monks and Yogis and gained a Yoga Alliance Certification. Yoga has become a very important personal practice which Kirsty enjoys inspiring others with. Kirsty currently teach to L3 and HND learners at Kidderminster college. Since 2017 when she started with Stageworks Kirsty always ensures she brings this passion to her classroom and strives to keep the learners (first and foremost) and the integrity of the art at the core of my curriculum. Seeing young individuals thrive through their relationship with the arts, inspires her and her teaching to go above and beyond to help their dreams come true.

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Beth Lightly

Dance Coach


Hey, I’m Beth and I am one of the Danceworks coaches. I have been dancing since I was 3 years old and could never imagine myself not dancing! 
I studied dance at Birmingham Ormiston Academy and then went on to Kingston University where I also studied dance, graduating in 2017. When I left University I went down a different path and decided I wanted a change. 
I am now a self employed beautician working for myself and building my own business, as well as teaching the amazing children we have at Danceworks! 
I have so much joy teaching and passing on my knowledge not only to the children but to the adults I teach also! Seeing everyone progress and enjoy dance as much as I do is such a great feeling and I am so grateful for that.

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Jack Brownhill

Stageworks Dance Coach

Jack, a professional dancer and aerialist, began performing at the young age of 6 years old after begging his mum to take him to local dance classes. By the age of 15, Jack had thrown himself at every opportunity to perform, competing at British Championship level and performing with classical companies such as The English Youth Ballet and OPES. 

Jack made the decision to join The Northern Ballet School, Manchester, turning down scholarship offers from Doreen Bird, Tring and Elmhurst when he turned 16. 

In 2014 Jack embarked on a career performing with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines first as a dancer and later an aerialist on the second largest ship class in the fleet. From there Jack moved to London to continue training and performed for 2 years in private and corporate events as a freelance aerialist. 

Jack is passionate about passing on his performance experience and tricks of the trade to young people interested in a life on stage and is thrilled to become a part of the Stageworks faculty.


Tara Leanne Jeffers

Dance Coach

Tara-Lea J is co-founder of Nique Dance in Birmingham and holds a degree in Urban Dance Practice, she coaches Street Dance Crews XLR8 & Majesty and Beats of Stageworks Academy Tara is also a member of Nathan Marsh's Marshons and is Assistant Director of movement & choreography for Kidzootd. Her speciality styles are Hip-Hop and Krump. Her Credits include Myself Dance UK (London 2012-2014) , Breakin Conventions 10th Anniversary (London 2013 , B.Supreme Women in Hip-Hop Tour (2013-2014) , BBC Doctors, BBC Comic Sport Relief , Stilt-Walker and Fire Entertainer


Chloe Kimberley

Acro Coach

Chloe is one of our Acro teachers. Chloe has trained in various styles of dance for the past 19 years. Chloe qualified as a dance teacher with the IDTA and holds various national titles within dance & pole fitness. Chloe has been on the TV show ‘Doctors’, played her part in ‘Romeo & Juliet’ with the Birmingham Royal Ballet and came off her professional dance contract in Greece in November 2019. Chloe enjoys teaching all styles of dance ranging from Commercial & Contemporary to Acro and Freestyle but she really enjoys teaching ballet & tap grade work.  Chloe still enjoys performing alongside teaching when she can and still performs up and down the country on various gigs. Chloe loves teaching people of all ages and believes anybody can dance! She now owns her own dance school and is very excited for the future of Danceworks! She can’t wait to meet the fabulous Danceworks stars!

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Elle -May Wilson

Dance Coach

Elle is a qualified dance teacher and pole fitness/aerial instructor.  She first started dancing at the age of 3 and over the years has trained in various dance styles including ballroom, Latin, ballet, tap, Jazz, freestyle, street dance & commercial. She studied dance at school and college and became a fully qualified dance teacher in 2016. Throughout her dance career she has been given many incredible opportunities to perform and compete from a very young age. As well as teaching dance Elle also teaches pole fitness and aerial for adults and children and became a fully qualified pole fitness and children’s aerial instructor in 2018.  Elle has been teaching at Stageworks since July 2019.



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