Our Team Members

Meet our awesome family

Meet the DanSci Dance Studio Family

Miss Ava (The Dreamer): Artistic Director and Founder

Ava Started dancing at the age of three in Great Yarmouth, enjoying experiences with the Royal Ballet junior associates and English National Youth Ballet before winning a scholarship to Northern Ballet School where she completed her Advanced major examinations in ISTD Ballet, Modern, Tap, National, Classical Ballet Teaching associate and RAD Advanced Ballet., graduating with a diploma in Classical ballet.  She has danced professionally in Europe and the UK, alighting famous stages such as the London Palladium and Royal Albert Hall as well as several Television and film credits. Ava is also a published author with a series of health booklets for Dancers and Models.

Mum of three; Ava Barron Thomas retrained after injury, gaining certificates in Sports Injury Prevention and her MSc in Dance Science from Laban, London. She holds a diploma in Sports Nutrition and NVQ in Customer service. However, it was opening her babyballet Franchise in Exeter which has highlighted her passion for great quality dance instruction for all. Helping build the local dance community by then going on to create DanSci Dance studio, with her husband Anthony Thomas (the logical one in our DanSci family!)

Ava insists that Exeter deserves a professional, safe dance space to rival other major cities. She believes everyone should have opportunity to experience top quality dance classes regardless of their background or aspirations. It is really important to Ava that DanSci becomes the place to get correct, informative health information for dancers and practioners.

 

Ava, former Associate Lecturer at Exeter College is a registered babyballet teacher trainer, Certified as Progressing Ballet Technique & Flowetic instructors. She also holds her Dance Instructor certification through the International Dance Teaching Standards. As well as overseeing all aspects of DanSci Dance Studio she teaches the Creative Ballet Programme and heads up the Dance Science department. She is loving her new venture providing LilBeatz Hip Hop classes. Ava is proud to bring together so many qualified, proffesional dance teachers from across so many different styles under one roof. She may be the ‘Boss’ But she still sleeps with a teddy bear!

 

Winner of the Grow Exeter 100 Most Influential woman 2018 Winner of the Express & Echo Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Award. Winner of the Mummazing Awards 2016: Mum Entrepreneur, Finalist of the Venus Awards: Business Mother of the year 2015, Dance Teachers Hub Finalist 2015:  Best New UK Dance School, Finalist of the Express & echo Business Awards: Best City Centre Business 2016,

Maddi started dancing when she was 2 and hasn’t stopped since! She trained at her local ballet school, going on to attend London Junior and Senior Ballet and then the English National Ballet Youth Company until she came to Exeter to study medicine. Maddi performed as part of the university’s competition squad but now enjoys teaching a range of ballet classes for the studio whilst finishing her final year of medical school!

Miss Maddi

(The Clever One!) Creative ballet instructor

Miss Sophie joined the DanSci family when we moved to our new premises as our business apprentice. She is in charge of keeping all those pesky admin files and registers in order as well as promoting and marketing the classes, barre and shop.

Miss Sophie

(The picky one!) Admin and Business Manager

Carmen qualified under the IDTA in freestyle, teaching Contemporary, Street and Hip-Hop. She recently returned from teaching Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre in Guangzhou, China.

Miss Carmen

(The Tall One!) Flowetics, Show Dance, Musical Theatre and Freestyle

Miss Mary has recently join the faculty though she has been bringing her Grand daughters to classes for many moons! As maternity cover, show adviser and general shoulder to cry on Mary has a wealth experience and expertise. She trained with Leo Kersley in Harlow and danced with the Harlow ballet. Joining the Royal ballet upper school at 17 and working with the opera ballet. Mary became a freelance dancer until an ankle injury stopped her from dancing professionally, turning her hand to teaching which she loves. We are grateful that Mary has now come out of retirement to help at DanSci Dance Studio when needed. She also prepares a wonderful spa treatment for the Twinkle babyballet bears!

Miss Mary

(Our Surrogate Granny) Classical Ballet teacher, substitute teacher

Born in Exeter in the last century, some say even earlier! Mark trained as an antique restorer at Exeter University for 5 years, then he went on to open his own antique restoration business which he sold to study coffee. He travelled the world to learn as much as possible about the world of coffee and smoothies.. only joking, he went on a  course down the road haha!

Mark does however always serve the best Smoothies and coffees with a great side of laughter! 
He is super proud that the Barre at DanSci has gained it's 5 Star hygiene rating, so do tell all your friends to come try the delights

Mark

(The old one!) Barre Manager

Kelly is a professional singer, singing teacher & community musician. Kelly has been a professional singer for 10 years, and loves to inspire confidence within all of her students. Some of Kellys credits include Cunard, P&O, Atlantica Hotels, Hoburn, Microsoft and Parkdean Resorts as a performer / session vocalist. Kelly also works for the NHS as a music instructor, and is Associate Lecturer in Voice at Oxford Brookes University. For more details on Kelly and learning to sing with her, please visit www.exetersinginglessons.com

Kelly Young (The Singing One)

Singing and vocal coach

Charley started dance training when she was just 3 years old starting with Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Musical Theater. Charley was in shows such as 'Fame' and she played Oliver in 'Oliver Twist'.  When Charley was 10 she began training in Freestyle Disco Dance and soon began competing nationally as a group, soloist and with a partner. In 2015 at the World Championships held in Blackpool Winter Gardens Charley won the U16 freestyle pairs event and then went on to becoming U18 slow dance world champion in 2016. Another title Charley has won is the 2015 U16 European street pair winners. Charley has also performed at the Exeter Chiefs Stadium at various events supporting charity's. In 2017, Charley became a qualified gym instructor and in 2020 gained her Acrobatic Arts teacher qualification.

Miss Charley

(The Youngster!) babyballet, Acro

Laura is our go to gal for on trend dancer wear and accessories. Managing the stock for our new dance shop and kitting out the students with all their uniform needs. Shes also a dab hand at the back office admin and can let you know the most suitable classes at DanSci Dance Studio.

Miss Laura

(The Bubbly One!) Retail & Merchandise Manager, Admin support

Miss Janine has been the main facilitator of DanSci Dance Studio long before its inception! Training from the age of 4 in ballet, tap and National. Miss Janine has always favoured Tap and National Dance styles, due to their up beat lively nature. Her height often lead her to play the male in many productions! Miss Janine gave up her dance career turning to roles backstage in the television and music industries while raising a family and studying for her Bachelor of Arts in Geology. Life has taken her on many exciting adventures but she has now returned to Exeter qualifying as a Pilates Instructor and taking up teaching. We are super glad to have her expertise and experience here at the studio as she delights the children in stage based tap beat classes.

Miss Janine

(The Supportive One!) Tap beats and Pilates Instructor

This dynamic duo burst onto the scenes at Exeter college, shaking up the UAL Dance department with their bubbly personalities and epic street dance skills. With a compeition background they train our dancers in a variety of  street stlyes absed on UDO syllabus.

Miss Kamille & Miss Megan

(The Dynamic Duo) Street Dance

Having been involved and competing in various sporting disciplines, including bodybuilding & kickboxing along with owning a gym in Exeter for 19 years, I decided it was time to add a more calming influence to the mix, soothing those over worked muscles, that I had pushed for so long, focusing more on flexibility not only for my self but for others. I decided to train in massage therapy enhancing my knowledge in Anatomy & Physiology and passing on that feel good feeling to others. I consider myself very lucky as I love what I do.

Patricia Howe

I am a qualified Massage therapist and Level 3 Personal Trainer all with an added holistic twist

Scarlet is a professional dancer trained in all main disciplines and specialising in Jazz and Commercial Heels dance. we are loving the fact she is also now a qualified babyballet instructor. She graduated with a Professional and Commercial Dance Foundation Degree from Bath Spa where she trained intensively for two years and is represented by More Zap Talent in Los Angeles.


Scarlet is a qualified ETM fitness instructor and am qualified to instruct group aerobics, body conditioning, strength endurance and stretch classes on top of qualifying in Acrobatic Arts. As a triple threat, alongside her dance training Scarlet also studied vocals (Estill voice training) and acting. She is experienced as lead vocalist for various cover bands and lean towards jazz and soul music genres. So if she's not in the studio on a Friday evening she is quite possibly on the stage entertaining the masses!.

Miss scarlet (The triple Threat)

Acrobatic Arts, babyballet and LilBeatz instructor

Harley started her early dance training in styles such as Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Street dance alongside competing as a gymnast.

Miss Harley

(The Hungry One!) Acrobatics Arts, babyballet teacher, youth contemporary and commercial street.

Anthony may be the one that most often says no to our frivolous requests and demands but he is also the driving force behind DanSci Dance Studio. Going behind Miss Ava's back to put a deposit down on the premises, just so that she wouldn't chicken out on her dreams, he has remained the stable logical one throughout. Managing the set up, business needs and financial direction of the business; Anthony is an integral part of our family (Seriously as Miss Ava's husband but also the DanSci family!) Just don't ask him to dance-as that is not so pretty!

Anthony Thomas

(The Logical One) Accounts and Business Director

Emily started creative dancing at age 2. She stayed at the same school and attended classes in contemporary, street, jazz and tap until she was 19 and off to university. (Under the guidance of one of Miss Ava's favourite mentors!)

Miss Emily

(The Loud One!) Cheer Pom

DanSci prides itself in giving young stars opportunities to improve and fulfil their dance potential. Our program of assistant teachers allows are dedicated senior students opportunity to support staff and develop their skills in dance , choreography and teaching. Recognised by the Children's University and Dof E programs, students grow in confidence, developing their skills sets in responsibility, creativity and teamwork. Our Assistants are working towards completing their IDTS Assistant teacher certification through us with options to progress onto Developing Teacher certification.

Miss Amelie

(The Pip Squeek!) Assistant Teacher

Stevie can often be found in the studio watching and helping to boost morale. Stevie loves to help out at the studio pointing out all the corrections needed to be a great dancer! You'll often find him napping somewhere in the studio but his snoring and farts give away his location... If you see Stevie be sure to offer his a stroke and cuddle.

Stevie (The Dansci Studio Mascot!)

(The Cute One!)

Dominique started out training in contemporary dance at secondary school, even though she has been putting on dance shows for her family long before this! Dominique began formal ballet training when she was 16, gaining both grade 7 and 8 in RAD ballet as well as her A Level in dance at college. A hip injury postponed her dance career for several years at which point she trained to be a Registered Veterinary nurse; once Dominique fully recovered from hip surgeries she began taking dance classes again and completed the BBO level 4 diploma in dance teaching.

Dominique is passionate about creating a fun, safe environment for both adults and children within a dance class, so that everyone can feel confident and reach their individual goals. In her spare time she loves to take her dog for long walks, train at the gym and is currently learning to roller skate!

Miss Dominique (The Animal Lover!)

Creative ballet, Commercial & LilBeatz Instructor