Principal Wendy Oram spent 15 years working with well known vocal/dance acts Foxy Lady and Centrefold. She has worked in cabaret, theatre and TV travelling worldwide including the Middle East, India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, North and South Africa, the Canary Islands, Europe, the Faulkland Islands and Belize . During this time she was also involved in working with an established entertainment and childrens agency managing and supplying cabaret acts locally and worldwide and arranging modelling, advertising and television work for children. As a qualified teacher and examiner with B.T.D.A and an experienced choreographer in the dance and fashion industry she decided to open her own Academy.
Wendy aims to educate pupils who want to dance or model as a hobby or to take it to a professional level in the industry.
Lucy-Jayne joined the academy in 1997, at the age of 5. After successfully achieving several vocational examinations with BTDA in subjects including Classical Ballet, Modern Jazz, Tap and Lyrical, Lucy-Jayne is now teaching alongside Miss Wendy at the academy. She has also been choreographing routines for the academy for the past few years.
Lucy-Jayne has appeared in a number of productions locally, including pantomimes, charity galas and other amateur dramatic shows.
Lucy-Jayne is proud of the training she has gained from the academy since joining and is now enjoying being a part of the teaching staff, helping students of all ages to progress.
Emma spent many years training with the academy before continuing her professional training at Pattinson's College. She has worked on a number of contracts including at Thomas Land.
Emma runs our Musical Theatre, Singing and Performing Arts classes on Wednesday and Saturday, helping the student gain confidence in all aspects of Musical Theatre.
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Yevgen Gryshchenko (Gen) is our acrobatics teacher. Gen has many years experience as a competitive gymnast with Team GB Squad and is a fully qualified gymnastics coach
Emily has recently joined the WMA staff as our Friday Commercial teacher. Emily studied dance at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and has extensive knowledge of all dance genres.
Jessica started dancing at 3 years old at Jeanine Greville Dance Academy in Reading and was also a Junior and Mid associate at The Royal Ballet. Aged 11 she continued her training at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts where she stayed for 8 years. During her time at Tring Park she performed in The Royal Ballet’s production of Cinderella and English National Ballet’s productions of Romeo and Juliet, Nutcracker and Swan Lake. She also participated in National Youth Ballet seasons 2008-2010 and was awarded the Bronze Statuette. Whilst still a student at Tring, Jessica was offered an apprenticeship with Ballet Theatre UK and once graduated she joined the company as a principal dancer in various tours including Alice in Wonderland, Swan Lake, Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, A Christmas Carol, The Little Mermaid, The Snow Queen and Aladdin.
Jessica went on to perform in the corps de ballet in the World tour of 'The Phantom of the Opera' in Guangzhou and Beijing. Following the World Tour she joined the resident Swedish production of the show in Stockholm where she was cast as understudy Meg Giry. Other credits include 'The Doll behind the curtain’ as part of the Tete a Tete Opera Festival London. She has also performed in Dubai in the Looney Tunes Festive show as Tweetie Pie. Jessica has worked on the E4 TV programme ‘Made in Chelsea’ since 2016 and has also played a member of the corps de ballet in a film titled ‘White Oak’ Le Film Production, London.
Most Recently Jessica worked on ‘In the Night Garden Live’ as a character and puppeteer and is looking forward to returning to the tour in 2019. She has also been working on the Johann Strauss Gala tour 2019.
Jessica has been teaching at Wendy Morton Academy in between contracts for the last couple of years now and has thoroughly enjoyed choreographing show troupes and festival dances as well as coaching the students. She is also a qualified Progressing Ballet Technique teacher.
Tania Matos was first introduced to the world of professional classical ballet at the age of 13, when she was chosen to perform in the New York City Ballet production of Mozartiana at Covent Garden Opera House, London.
Having completed 9 years of intensive ballet studies in 2 of England's most prestigious schools, she has enjoyed a continuous active performing career from 1989 to 2008. She has a wealth of experience ranging from the severe disciplines of corps de ballet, to soloist, then principal dancer.
She has danced with various companies throughout the world including Northern Ballet Theatre, Portuguese National Ballet, Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve, Ballet Contemporaneo de Caracas, and Bat d'Or, as well as being invited to perform many of the well-known pas de deux as guest artiste.
Her lead/principal roles include Giselle, Carmen, and Don Quixote. Her repertoire also includes neo classical and contemporary choreographies by George Balanchine, Jose Limone, Nils Christie, Jiri Kylian, Frederic Forsythe, and Nacho Duato.
She has been assistant choreographer and rehearsal director for Piers Gielgud in the Oliver Stone feature Film Alexander and the fashion show for Stella McCartney with Adidas.
Also within film, TV and the fashion industry, she choreographed and coached for Jones The Bootmaker, and the TV advertisement for Audi
She has choreographed and coached for Spirit Productions – Spirit of the Dance, Spirit of Broadway, her own company, Chic Classique, - Tangos etc, Soul Food, Nomine de Amoris and Ballet Riviera – Collection and Beauty and the Beast, to mention a few.
She has tour/company managed many international productions including destinations such as China, South Africa and Monte Carlo and, speaking four languages, has also interpreted for HM Customs and HM courts in London.
She has taught both children and adults extensively for many workshops and schools including the West London School of Ballet, and Escuela Nacional de Caracas.
During 3 successful years as Artistic Director/Producer/Choreographer of the Vevey Youth Ballet School and professional company Ballet Riviera, her work was recognised by Cheryl Angear, a well known London dance critic. Consequently, she was invited to show excerpts of her work in a London Charity gala in 2010.
Since moving back to the UK, she has choreographed and performed for the 80’s icon Howard Jones, worked with Ballet Theatre UK as Ballet Mistress/Rehearsal Director , taught and coached at the BTUK School and choreographed taught and coached for the Midland Theatre Ballet Production of Snow White. She currently dances, choreographs, teaches and coaches on a free lance basis and is coaching regularly for the Wendy Morton Academy of Dance in Atherstone.