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Emily Thornton

From a young age Emily loved dancing, singing and everything associated with the arts. She started dance lessons in Sherborne, Dorset and straight away knew this was what she wanted to do. From thirteen onwards Emily assisted the teacher at the school she went to. From then on Emily started performing in various productions, such as the English Youth Ballet and Pantoni Pantomimes.  With this clear direction, and at 16, she moved to Bedfordshire to study performing arts full time at Stella Mann Collage of Performing Arts. The course consisted of a wide variety of dance styles as well as musical theatre, singing and acting. Emily graduated in 2009 with a National Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre.

Since graduating Emily performed in Theatre in Education Pantomimes, taught at various schools and worked at Park Club Europe, Tenerife, There she performed in 12 different musicals, playing the lead in 5 of the shows. In addition to performing she also taught the animation team and was assistant choreographer for a new show.

Since then it has bought out her passion for teaching and seeing the results that can be achieved.  So, in September 2011 Emily opened  Vision Theatre Arts and has never looked back!

I am a registered teacher with the United Teachers of Dance.

I am DBS checked, I have public liability insurance and I am a first aider.

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Becky Leer

Becky starting dancing at the age of four beginning with Ballet and Tap and then joining Jazz, Modern and street. Learning early on that this is what she wanted to do as her career she set her sights on teaching. With a passion for all things bendy and flexible Becky went and achieved her teaching qualification with Acrobatic Arts (AAC2) and likes to incorporate this into all her classes.

She joined the VISION team September 2019 . She has progressed over the years to higher levels and began her teacher training under Emily. As well as doing her training in Tap, Modern and Ballet Becky has gained her teaching qualifications with acrobatic arts (AAC2) , Progressing Ballet technique and Seated dance classes.

I am a registered teacher with the United Teachers of Dance.

I am DBS checked, I have insurance and I am a first aider.

Ellen Tress

Ellen started her dancing life at the tender age of just 3 years old, with baby ballet at the local community centre. Over the next 15 years she filled her out of school hours with dance classes of every variety and genre. In 2006 at 18 she moved to Bedfordshire and began her professional training, at Stella Mann College for the Performing Arts, in Musical Theatre (where she also met Emily). She stayed there for 3 years, refining her skills on a daily basis in dance, singing and acting.


Graduating at 21 in 2009, Ellen began working as a professional dancer all over the world, starting with a number of European contracts full of feathers and sequins. Returning home in November 2011 it wasn’t long before Ellen was setting off again, except this time to sail the 7 seas. She proceeded to work for the next 3 years, for Explosive Productions, on-board luxury cruise liners and on a number of large corporate events through-out the country. At the end of her last contract on a ship in 2014, she knew it was time for a change. After a short stint in London, she succeeded it being given a job with Spirit Productions. This took her across the pond, to the USA, to be a part of the Irish dancing spectacular ‘Spirit of the Dance’, which she stayed as a cast member of for 12 months.

Returning home for the final time in early January 2016, Ellen made the decision that it was time to stay in the UK and set off on a slightly different path. When a permanent position arose at Vision Theatre Arts, the opportunity was jumped at and so her teaching career began. She now teaches dance and fitness in both Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire on a regular basis.

Lily Frazer

Lily is originally from Warwickshire. She left in 2008 to study Musical Theatre at Arts Educational Schools in Chiswick, London. 

In her final year at ArtsEd Lily left early to join the Ensemble and understudy the role of Eponine in Les Miserables in the West End. 

A year later she was cast in the ensemble of the arena tour revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, starring Tim Minchin, Chris Moyles & Mel C. 


She landed her first leading role as Demeter in Cats in 2013 where she toured the UK/ Europe. In 2015 she reprised her role in the West End also taking on a Grizabella understudy responsibly. 


Later that year she was nominated for a Whats On Stage award for her portrayal of Nina Rosario in the original West End production of In The Heights. 


Lily recently finished a thirteen month contract playing the role of Michelle Morris alongside Glee’s Amber Riley in the original West End production of Dreamgirls. Lily’s vocals can be heard on the cast recording. 


As well as theatre Lily has also had credits in television and film such as the Beauty & the Beast feature film (Walt Disney Pictures), Drifters (E4), Vicious (ITV) and Sex Pistols vs. Billy Grundy (Sky) as well as many short film projects and adverts. 

Sarah Middleton

Sarah is originally from Derby and now based in London.


Alongside teaching Sarah is a professional Actress and Singer, having recently finished staring as Frances in The Hypocrite with The Royal Shakespeare Company.


Prior to this she has appeared Treasure Island (Birmingham Rep); Pomona (Orange Tree/National Theatre/Royal Exchange); 'Fings Aint What They Used to Be' at Theatre Royal Stratford East in London, the live shows of "Over the Rainbow" on BBC1, as Wendy in Peter Pan and in several new musicals and Workshops.


Sarah trained at Birmingham School of Acting, and was also a member of the National Youth Theatre and Youth Music Theatre:UK.


Sarah joined Vision in 2012 and teaches when ever she is not performing. 

Maddie Hope Coelho

Training: Laine Theatre Arts, West End MT and The Royal Ballet School.


Theatre credits include: Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (North-West tour), Fairy Goodapple in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Devonshire Park Theatre), Mary Margaret/Ensemble in Singin' in the Rain (Gordon Craig Theatre), Ensemble and Understudied/Played Fairy Fortywinks in Sleeping Beauty (Gordon Craig Theatre), soloist in West End Gala – A Night At All Saints, ensemble in Aladdin (Gordon Craig Theatre and Devonshire Park Theatre), vocalist in Stars Of The Future (Landmark Theatre)


Theatre credits whilst training: Miss Krumholtz in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and Billie in Our House.


Television: featured singer on BBC Pitch Battle and BBC The One Show.


Recording: Vocalist on Disney's Pandora: The World of Avatar soundtrack (Abbey Road Studios)

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