Head of Jazz
Career: Peter Pan, Craig Revel Horwood, Aston Merigold
Prior to specialising in choreography Barbara appeared in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat “ and made numerous appearances in TV spectaculars for Granada and Anglia. Her transition to choregraphy commenced with a London based Jazz Company where she appeared as a solo artiste, creating her own individual style of Jazz technique. Barbara has lectured extensively in Europe ,Canada,Norway and South Africa.
She choreographed the winning entry for Finland inthe World Show Dance Championships and was commisioned to choreograph the piece “Kabuki” for the Oslo Ballet Company. She has choreographed all aspects of theatre dance from Aida for the Nonsuch Opera Company to working with the Tussaud Group developing and creating shows for Chessington World of Adventures (96-98 ), with actsat the highest level of contemporary circus.Barbara’s choreographic work includes “Songfor Rocky”, “Peter Pan ‘ (96-99), European tour of “Hot Dance” ( Open Wide Productions ),“Australia Recovered “,”Schooldays”, BMA Awards (Bourne Leisure),” Grease” and “Little Shop of Horrors” (Jersey Opera House). Her work as a Director commenced with Peter Pan in 2000 and she has recreated this show every year since for Qdos working alongside David Essex and Paul Nicholas.
With MBP and P&O /Ocean Village she returned to circus with an aerial spectacular integrating singers/ dancers andinternational circus artistes . Her latest musical was the sellout “ I Keano “ in Dublin and a street dance commercial show with soul singer Angie Best . Other choreographic work includes the Danny la Rue tribute show in aid of the Artistes Benevolent Fund at the Palladium , 100 years Gala centenary at the Darlington Theatre with Brian Conley and numerous Cabarets. Regular clients include Qdos entertainment , MBP Productions , Emotive Creations , Bourne Leisure , Lane Productions ( Dublin ) , and P&O /Ocean Village .Barbara was part of the team that devised the Pre-Intermediate and Jazz Awards syllabi for the ISTD along with choreographing individual amalgamations including the new Musical Theatre sequence for Advanced 2 and the Salsa amalgamation for Advanced 1.
She examined for the ISTD for many years until theatre commitments took over .She is a renown jazz specialist having taught at Pineapple Dance Studios , Elmhurst Ballet School , Bird College and the Hammond School and currently teaches at Laine Theatre Arts and Performers College . She has trained many successful West End and Commercial performers including Charlie Bruce ( winner of “ So you think you can dance “ ) and Kerry Ellis ( Wicked ) .