Studio Six Dance school is run by Laura Gibson and Roxy Mellish-Wilson with teachers Natalie Hubbard (Drama) and Wayne Norris (technique and stretch)
Studio Six always has and always will be a huge part of Laura’s life. Starting at the age of 5 she trained under Jan Anton at Studio Six whilst also attending the Italia Conti stage school in London from the age of 12.
At age 16 Laura went on to the prestigious Performers Dance college under the direction of Brian Rogers and graduated after 3 years with her ISTD Associate Modern and Tap. Laura was fortunate enough to spend the next 5 years working as a professional dancer/singer and below lists some of the many jobs she experienced:
3 years of Performers College shows (at Picadilly and Her Majesty’s Theatres).
» Various charity galas at the Savoy/London Palladium/Grosvenor House hotel .» Hans Klok magic tour – dancer touring Germany and Holland.» Charity ball at Metropolitan Museum of Arts in New York.
» Dancer/singer in Saturday Night Fever tribute act touring Majorca/Menorca.
» Dancer for Jimmy Somerville at Stonewalls 10th anniversary ‘equality show’ alongside George Michael, Elton John, Boy George at the Royal Albert Hall.
» Principal dancer/understudy for various pantos in the UK for Spillers Productions, UK Productions, Kevin Wood and Qdos.
» Fairy Bow Bells in Community Theatre Project production of Dick Whittington at the Leas Cliff Hall.
An Audience with Barbara Windsor – backing dancer for Englebert Humperdink» Ian Wright show – backing dancer for Lionel Ritchie» Brian Conley show» Wetten Das, Germany – backing dancer with Hans Klok working with Madonna and the Backstreet Boys» Cystic fibrosis awards on Sky One – backing dancer for Heather Small» Advert for T-Mobile on Sky One
As well as being a full time teacher at Studio six Laura is also a freelance choreographer and has choreographed over 25 pantomimes/amateur theatre productions in Folkestone. She is first aid trained, CRB/DBS checked and a licensed chaperone with KCC. Laura is a fully qualified registered teacher with the British Theatre Dance Association and hopes to be an examiner in the near future.
Laura feels very lucky to have such an amazing job with so many fantastic students. Herself and Roz are a strong partnership (although a little crazy sometimes!) who are both very proud of what they have achieved with the school in the past 13 years with students currently performing on the west end and tv. More than anything, Laura is passionate and enjoys passing on her valuable experiences and knowledge of the industry onto students to help provide them with the best dance and theatre training she possibly can.
“A dance teacher helps their students find a song in their heart, a beat in their feet, and a passion for life.”
Roxy began dancing at the age of 2, under the tutelage of Royal Ballet trained teacher Jan Anton.
After becoming a student teacher at age 17, Roxy then became a qualified teacher with the BTDA and has had great exam success with all of her students. Roxy has taught dance at the Folkestone Academy and is always looking to further her own studies.
Roxy has choreographed and performed in various shows including pantomimes and musicals at the Leas Cliff Hall and as resident dancer at local club. Roxy also danced with a local band in performances around Kent.
Roxy learnt a lot about dancing and choreographing from her late mother Rosalind Wilson who was principal of Studio Six for 14 years. They always choreographed the ballet in the annual Studio Six show held at the Leas Cliff Hall and Roxy hopes that she can continue the success they shared.
Natalie was always chosen for main roles in school productions from the age of five.
She gained a 2:1 BA Honours degree in Drama and Art from Northampton University and then won a place at The Bridge Theatre Training Company in London. There she gained a Diploma in Professional Acting and performed her West End showcase at the Criterion Theatre. Natalie went on to work on the production of “Bombay Dreams” at the Apollo Theatre, Victoria. She also played many roles in Television and independent films.
Since returning to Kent, she has played continuous roles in CTP Productions’ shows at the Leas Cliff Hall.
Roles include, Widow Corney in “Oliver!”, Fairy Sugarsnap in “Jack and the Beanstalk”, P.C Pong and Genie in “Aladdin” and Dandini in “Cinderella”. She also turned her hand to Musical Direction in “Annie” and “Snow White”.
Natalie has had excellent results with her students studying drama at Studio Six.
Natalie is thrilled to be able to pass on her knowledge, skills and love of Drama and performance to the wonderful students at Studio Six.