Jill Wellman

Jill has been singing and dancing since the age of 4 and at 17 won a scholarship to attend “The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts” to study singing, dancing and acting.

From there she went on to appear in numerous musical variety shows, television, theatre and West End performances.

Her West End shows have included “Elvis” (Astoria Theatre) “Boom Boom!“ (Victoria Palace) “Oh Boy” (Astoria Theatre) and “Mr Cinders” (Fortune Theatre).

With principal roles in “GiGi” at the Haymarket Theatre Leicester, “All Laughter Show” (leading lady) at the Congress Theatre Eastbourne and National Tours of “They’re Playing Our Song” and “Mr Cinders”, Jill was also a member of the “Players Theatre Company” in London and with them appeared in several series of “The Good Old Days” for the BBC.

At 21 she won a competition run by The Stage Newspaper as she was chosen from thousands of applicants to be “A Girl in a Million” which led to a recording contract and two successful singles and a solo career including an appearance at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

Her career took her all over the world including “The London Palladium Show“ in Toronto, musical variety shows in South Africa, the  Middle East and Far East and Europeans tours with major singing stars.

Before taking on the challenge of owning her own dance school Jill taught at Arts Educational Schools in Chiswick for several years.  She became principal of Dance Gallery in 2001. Drawing from all these wonderful years of experience of stage and television performances Jill now throws all her energy and enthusiasm into her teaching and loves devising the fabulous Dance Gallery musical theatre productions with her team.

Lottie Croucher

Lottie trained for three years at the Centre Performing Arts, where she also gained her FDI teaching qualifications.

On completing the course she worked on many different projects including Videos, TV, Pantomimes and Corporate Shows.

Some credits include “T4 on the Beach”, main stage Glastonbury and Hyde Park for Arcade Fire,

Lottie has performed in various pantomimes for Spillers Productions, choreographing and playing the Genie of the Lamp and the Fairy.    She has danced in several music videos and she was one of the original pineapple dancers on the infamous TV program  “Pineapple Dance Studios” starring Louis Spence.

Working as a professional dancer Lottie found the progression into choreography and teaching a very natural one!

She has taught at Italia Conti, Arts Ed, D and B, Tiffany’s College and of course Dance Gallery!

Lottie has been teaching at Dance Gallery for around 7 years and has never looked back! She has really enjoyed working alongside Jill Wellman putting together the infamous “Dance Gallery Shows” keeping her creative and progressive through her career.

Lottie says “I love what Dance Gallery stands for and really feel it gives the students a great deal of life skills and so many good experiences and memories that they will hold for many years to come!”

Alexandra Sarrafan
Alexandra trained at the Dupont Dance Stage School before gaining a place at the famous Bird College in London and graduated in July 2012.

Her dancing résumé includes many Christmas Spectaculars and television variety programmes including Britain’s Got Talent, The Brit Awards and dancing for Olly Murs and the Rizzle Kicks at the O2 Arena.

She gained a contract to Sydney dancing with P&O Cruises in Australia and has been lucky enough to travel the world performing many international styles of dancing including Bollywood with Karan Pangali and recently appeared on the BBC for the Asian network music awards.

Through all these years of performing Alex has continued teaching and choreographing at her parents dance school in Leicester. She loves spreading her love for dance with others and has recently produced a dance tutorial for children.

She is very much looking forward to creating and teaching for Jill Wellman and being part of the Dance Gallery team!

Julie Mes

Julie comes from a family of dancers, and as a result, studied all forms of dance from an early age.  Being on the stage held a great attraction for her and played a major role in the development of her career.  In 1993 she travelled to New York to train at the world renowned Alvin Ailey Studios and was privileged enough to take class with the likes of Milton Meyers.

At the age of 14 she became a member of the Cape Youth Dance Company, performing in numerous productions, including the Grahamstown Arts Festival and the Edinburgh International Arts Festival in 1996. Thereafter, she gained employment with the North West Arts Dance Company, where she spent 3 years, performing both contemporary and traditional African dance as far afield as Germany, Malaysia and the United Emirates.

Julie was employed by the teaching faculty of the Cape Academy of Performing Arts. She re-joined the newly named Cape Dance Company as a soloist and choreographer.

In 2006 she became a member of the cast of “We Will Rock You”. The company toured South Africa for a year continuing with an Asian tour and a short tour to New Zealand.

In 2013 Julie competed in the Sky TV show “Got to Dance” with her dance partner Javier and made it all the way to the final.

She has been teaching at Dance Gallery for the past 4 years and is a highly motivated individual!

She loves to help choreograph and create the shows with the Dance Gallery team and. ahe hopes that she inspires the Dance Gallery students and helps them feel energised and wanting more at the end of each class!