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Micheal Downing

Principal

Acting / Dance Teacher

Micheal has vast knowledge and experience within the performing arts industry and over 20 years teaching experience

He started dancing at 17 and within two years was studying performing arts on a full three year scholarship at Performers College. 

He has been in music videos for Olly Murs 'Dance with me tonight' & 'Please don't let me go' and MK & Becky Hill - 'Back and forth'. He toured America with the Osmond brothers, worked with award winning choreographer Arlene Philips on Bratz Passion for fashion tour. He had rave reviews playing the duck in Peter and the Wolf at the Hackney Empire.

He also danced with Take That on there sell out UK stadium tour The Circus. Performing at Wembley stadium to 100,000 4 nights in a row is an incredible memory he will cherish forever.

Films include Victor Frankenstien as an assistant to Choreographer Jack Murphy (working with Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe) and the Elton John biopic Rocketman. 

Micheal has been featured in multiple adverts on TV from Marks and Spencer to MoneySupermarket.

He has been a guest judge at Bloomy Rain dance festival in Lithuania and Synergy Dance Competition in Vancouver. 

After years of teaching at many of London's top performing arts colleges and at Pineapple dance studio he started The Stadium Theatre School in 2010 and is very proud to be running it since. 

Ibraheem Toure

Acting Teacher

Ibraheem is currently training at East 15 Acting School and has been teaching acting classes at The Stadium since 2018.

Ibraheem has a passion for performing arts and is part of London’s biggest Steel Band and directs a London samba school (UDM Samba). His acting career started at high school with performances in Blood Brothers (2014) and Venus (2015). During his time at East 15 Ibraheem played roles such as Trigorin (The Seagull, 2020) and Othello (2020). Ibraheem is very happy to be part of the team at The Stadium and watch the students grow in confidence and knowledge. 

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Tessa Stannard

Singing / Musical Theatre Teacher

Musical theatre has always been a big passion of Tessa’s from a young age. She trained at Sylvia Young Theatre School, and then went onto Masters Performing Arts. Whilst training she was fortunate enough to perform in the west end production of Billy Elliot. She has also performed at numerous west end lives, and sang alongside stars like Robbie Williams and Kerry Ellis in their shows in London. Tessa started assisting numerous workshops and classes at college which opened the door to teaching. As soon as the opportunity came along at The Stadium she ventured into teaching more and it is now something she loves to do. Seeing the kids progressing and getting involved in the lesson is really something special and makes me enjoy teaching even more.

Ashley Wallis

Dance Teacher

Ashley is a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher from Essex and works in television, musical theatre and events. His credits include The Brit Awards, Michael McIntyre’s Big

Show, Coco Cola, The Financial Times Awards, West Ham Olympic Ceremony and multiple

Pantomimes to name a few.

Ashley has a passion for choreography and teaching and is continuously building his choreographic credits including producing and directing his own professional dance shows in Corfu for a summer season and choreographing The Financial Times Awards at The Natural History Museum to name a few.

Ashley has over five years teaching and workshop experience covering Essex and other areas around the UK. Teaching at The Stadium is always a pleasure and Ashley loves being able to share his dance experience and knowledge with the students.

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