Meet the Team

Jo-Anne Torre

Principal

Jo-Anne Torre is a highly qualified professional dancer – passing exams with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) andthe Imperial Society for Teaching Dance (ISTD) in Ballet and Modern Theatre. Jo-Anne is a qualified teacher through the IDTA and is also an Affiliate Member of the Australian Teachers of Dancing (ATOD). Jo-Anne is a full member of the IDTA, ABD and Acrobatic Arts. She is also qualified to teach the Progressing Ballet Technique Programme and  Ryan Jenkin's new amazing ID Contemporary Dance Syllabus where she undertook intense training. She loves learning new things that she can bring to her students and this passion will never fade. Jo-Anne has danced since the age of 4, attending Gillian Quinn School of Dance; not only was Jo-Anne a dancer but was a keen ice skater, winning many trophies and entering many competitions throughout the UK. She has worked alongside Ant and Dec, Lulu, performed at the Sunderland Empire, worked in Japan and Hong Kong for 3 years where she was part of a professional dance troupe working in 5* hotels and has been part of the fantastic Parade at Euro Disney. She is also a qualified aerobics instructor and teacher of exercise/gym trainer and taught classes for over 10 years. Jo-Anne is also a qualified childminder and teaching assistant, she loves to inspire children and believes through expression of dance and music this can be done.

Josh Gebhard

Teacher

Since graduating from Phil Winstons Theatre works in 2003, Josh spent 9 years performing around the world with Celebrity Cruises and Japan Cruise Lines. He was also fortunate enough to be in the original cast of a new musical ‘On Eagles Wing’ as well as performing for HRM the Queen at her Golden Jubilee celebrations. Finally settling down in Newcastle in 2011 he has been a featured dancer at Boulevard Newcastle and is looking forward to teaching at Decote Dance.

Hannah Hussein

Teacher

Hannah has been dancing since the age of 3, she trained at Marron theatre arts until the age of 18. She is highly trained in IDTA tap, ballet, modern/jazz, theatre craft, commercial and contemporary. At the age of 18 Hannah worked her 1st professional job on the ocean majesty cruise liner, cruising all over the world. After the success of that job Hannah then appeared in various shows all over the world, summer seasons in Spain and the Canary Islands, winter seasons in various pantomimes in different UK theatres. She even travelled as far as Hong Kong where she spent 6 months in a fabulous showgirl spectacular in Macau. She has appeared in many commercial and RnB music videos, and various Bollywood films, which expanded her dance experience even more. She then become a qualified competitive freestyle teacher and freestyle adjudicator, and travels up and down the country going to dance festivals, world championships and competitions with highly talented dancers.

Jess Graham

Teacher and Project Co-ordinator

Jess is a contemporary trained dancer, graduating from Dance City’s’ BA (Hons) programme in 2016 and has worked with various contemporary choreographers throughout her dance training. Jess has been teaching full time for the last 4 years teaching with Decote Dance, Dance City’s BTEC Diploma and Centre for advanced training programmes. Jess has recently taken on the role of Decote’s Project Coordinator as well as her teaching role for the school.

Megan Butler

Student Teacher

I started dancing at the age of 3, but have been a student at Decote Dance since 2010. I trained in lots of different styles including ballet, jazz, commercial, contemporary and tap. I have also performed in many dance shows and pantomimes over the years. I volunteered at Decote Dance, helping in the younger classes before being offered a job teaching. I have spent the last 4 years teaching a range of styles including cheer dance, junior funk, tap, ballet and jazz which I have loved. I received an A in Dance and A* in Performing Arts at GCSE and have also completed my Bronze Art Award in dance. I received a distinction in Grade 7 Ballet. Most recently I have been involved in Newcastle University Dance Society, alongside my degree I have been teaching the Jazz competition team meaning not only do I get to compete against other Universities, but my choreography is also seen all around the country. Teaching dance is a massive passion of mine.

DD

Funky Monkey

Last and definitely not least our resident dancing monkey "DD".  DD loves to dance and join in from time to time.  He enjoys taking centre stage at shows and attending the children's dance birthday parties.

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