Faculty: Jazz

Jazz Staff

Sue Brice FISTD, Cert. Ed.  Head of Jazz Department and Choreographer

Sue trained at Laine Theatre Arts and in her early career taught and performed around Europe and Canada. Choreography has always been a strong passion for Sue and she loves to explore the relationship between the musical phrase and body movement. Sue received Distinctions in all her teaching examinations and was made a Modern and Tap Examiner for the Imperial Society in 2000 and a Major Vocational examiner shortly afterwards. She has held full time posts at other leading dance colleges and has freelanced in other leading establishments.   Read moreSue began working at Bird College in 1999 and has remained at the College ever since, believing in its ethics energy and commitment to outstanding training in dance and musical theatre. Sue became head of the Jazz Department in 2005. Sue is a freelance tutor for the Imperial Society, often lecturing on Syllabus but more prominently on uses of free work within the syllabus framework and free Jazz technique for all Vocational and Pre-vocational Levels. Sue has joined the creative team for the new Advanced 1 and Advanced 2 modern syllabus and is part of the teaching team travelling around the country and the rest of Europe. Sue completed her Certificate of Education in 2003 and is currently training to become a qualified registered Nutritionalist.

Belinda Basu L.I.S.T.D, Dip, Cert. Ed.  Jazz Tutor and Choreographer

On graduating from Laine Theatre Arts Belinda began and developed her teaching career (as well as her bilingual skills!) in Bremerhaven, Germany. She further established her professional work performing and choreographing for German Theatres and Freelance Theatre Companies - Musical Theatre credits including: ‘West Side Story’, ‘Kiss me Kate’, ‘The Rocky Horror Show’, ‘Victor Victoria’, ‘Dracula – The Musical’, ‘Fire of Dance’, ‘Weber Gala Show’. She returned to England, and to Laine Theatre Arts, as a member of the Dance Teaching Faculty in 2002. She gained ISTD Licentiate in Modern and Tap and completed her Certificate of Education with Greenwich University.    Read moreBelinda has since worked for other Performing Arts establishments: including New English Contemporary Ballet, New College Nottingham and Performers College. In 2011 she was invited to be a member of the ISTD Teaching Team for the New Advanced 1 Modern Syllabus and after many years of teaching the ISTD Modern and Tap work is finally working towards her Fellowship Status! Belinda joined the Jazz Faculty at Bird College in 2010 enjoying being an integral part of the Jazz Technique Team as well as creating and choreographing for College Productions.  

Stephanie Clark BA (Hons), DipMT  Jazz Tutor

Stephanie graduated from Bird College in 2008. Theatre credits include: ‘Tales of the Woo’ at The Guildhall Worcester, ’An Evening hosted by Her Majesty The Queen to celebrate the Young and Talented’ at Buckingham Palace, ‘Crazy For You’ at the London Palladium, ‘Dangerous Fields’ at Stratford Circus. Stephanie is also a soloist and company member for two project based companies, De:Fault Theatre/Sabrina Productions and EIC Dance Theatre. Stephanie is the founding member and Artistic Director of ‘Whisky & The Roseates’, appearing in various cabaret venues internationally.

David Leighton DipMT  Jazz Tutor and Choreographer

David started dancing at the age of 5 and hasn’t stopped since! As a child he was lucky enough to work on commercials, fashion shows, photo shoots and of course the competitive dance festival circuit. Since leaving college he loves that his job has taken him worldwide, dancing on all aspects of the industry. Now David Leighton has established himself as one of London’s leading Creative Directors and Choreographers.   Read moreDavid’s TV work include: Marcus Collins Dancing On Ice, Olly Murs Brit Awards, Olly Murs feat The Muppets and Kelly Clarkson XFactor, Britain’s Got Talent Series, Mylene Farmer NRJ Awards Cannes, Plan B Brit Awards, Olly Murs and Diana Vickers Xfactor. David’s Commercials include: Vodafone-Rome 2012, Alain Afflelou-Worldwide 2012/2013, Camparisoda-Italy 2012, Heineken ‘Human Equalizer’-Worldwide 2011-2012, Nokia N8 ‘Pink’-Viral 2011, TMobile ‘Royal Wedding Dance’-Viral 2011, Nike Training Club-Iphone App 2011, Sing with Vanilla-Playstation Singstar, Faryl Smith ‘Wonderland’-Album, Ford Fiesta ‘Zeitgeist’-Worldwide & Sunsilk ‘Dancing’-South America. David’s Videos include: HotChip, Lorie, Nero, Eliza Doolittle, Mylene Farmer, Taio Cruz & Kylie Minogue, Ellie Goulding, Diana Vickers, Marina and The Diamonds, Tinie Tempah, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Alex Gaudino, FrankMusik, Freemasons feat. Sophie Ellis Bextor, Kaiser Chiefs, Scouting For Girls, Sam Sparro, Sonny J, Freemasons, Annie, Booty Luv. David’s stage and theatre credits include: Men In Black 3 Premier-Leicester Sq London 2012, Aladdin Cliff’s Pavillion-Southend Essex, A Beggar’s Opera for YMT South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, Aladdin Wycombe Swan-High Wycombe, Cats the musical Patichio Amphitheatre-Larnaca Cyprus, Jack and The Beanstalk Civic Centre-St Albans, West End Rocks UK Tour, The Christ Of Coldharbour Lane Soho Theatre-London, High School Musical South Holland Theatre-Spalding, Manumission Privilege/Amnesia-Ibiza, Peter Pan Churchill Theatre-Bromley, Cinderella Civic Centre-St Albans, Back To The 80’s Kenneth More Theatre-Ilford, Cinderella New Victoria Theatre-Woking. David was asked to create apiece based on the painting The Death Of Actaeon performed in the main room at The National Gallery. David has given workshops and lectures for IDTA, BBO, RAM, EDT, Dance Forward and adjudicated for International Street Dance competition’s and Janet Cram Awards for I.S.T.D. Specializing in Pas De Deux and Boys workshops he teaches as a guest choreographer at various colleges throughout the year and holds master classes within the UK and Europe.

Thereza Theodoulou F.I.S.T.D  Jazz Tutor

Tereza began her training with Joy Spriggs in North London, ultimately achieving Fellowship status with distinction in both Modern and Tap. In America she studied at the Alvin Ailey School and further explored the rich diversity of Jazz and Tap at various studios in New York. As a co-founder and choreographer of her own company ‘Overtures’, Tereza has created and preformed in numerous productions. She has also worked with the British Theatre for the Deaf where she was instrumental in implementing the then new technique of ‘Sign Song’, first introduced in New York.   Read moreThis culminated in a workshop presentation of ‘My Fair Lady’ at the Edinburgh Festival. College teaching posts include Lane Theatre Arts and Head of Modern/Tap and Third Year Teaching Studies Co-ordinator at London College, Bedford, the college of the I.S.T.D. At Bird College, she specialises in Jazz Technique and delivering the DDI (teaching qualification) for the I.S.T.D. She also teaches at Deborah Capon College where she delivers Jazz and Modern as well as the course of study for the DDI and DDE teaching qualifications. For the I.S.T.D Tereza is a member of the creative teams that have developed the Bronze, Silver and Gold Tap awards and Jazz awards, Grades 4, 5, 6 and Advanced 2 Modern syllabi. She is presently developing the new Advanced 1 Modern syllabus. Tereza was on the production team that filmed the training videos for the Tap and Jazz Awards and Modern Theatre Grades. Tereza teaches and examines in England and aboard, lecturing at international teachers’ seminars She is an Assessor for the I.S.T.D Teaching Qualifications, DDE in the UK and is a bilingual examiner for Approved Dance Centres in Greece. She thoroughly enjoys her position as Features Editor for ‘Dance’ magazine of the I.S.T.D. Tereza is Vice Chair of the Modern Theatre Dance Faculty, I.S.T.D.