Staff

Helen Wallis

Helen Wallis BA (hons)

Company Director & Principal Tots teacher, Steps to Broadway Teacher, Chairaerobics instructor, Singing & Piano teacher & Musical theatre teacher

Helen’s love for the stage and all things theatrical started at a very young age, but her career began in her teens when she was cast in a number of TV commercials, short films and feature films. She was also lucky enough to kick start her choreography career at just 18 when she choreographed a National Theatre Connections piece for the Nuffield Theatre. Throughout her teens and early twenties she could be seen in most local theatres treading the boards performing as a singer/dancer as well as backstage choreographing touring shows and in-house musicals. Helen went onto pursue a career in the industry from UK tours to singing and dancing abroad. In her late twenties Helen embarked on a career at sea joining cruise ships as a production singer and being promoted to assistant cruise director and finally cruise director. This wonderful role took her all over the world with lots of stories to share of her travels – and was where she met her husband!  Her return to England was to start a family and she has been teaching ever since. As a professional choreographer, Helen’s work has been seen in many theatre’s across the South Coast in the last five years. Most recently she can be seen as the face of Port Solent advertising as well as a new Fuzzikins advert for a children’s toy on TV! Helen is thrilled to be the Principal and Company Director of TADAA – a school that provides the very best in drama, dance and musical theatre to the children of Hampshire. I love seeing TADAA go from strength to strength – I am so proud of the school and every person that attends our classes – we really are a family! 

Ciara Ayre

Tots teacher (Denmead), Prep teacher (Waterlooville), Drama teacher (Waterlooville), LAMDA teacher)

Ciara has shown her passion for theatre from a very young age. She was one of the first TADAA students in 2008, joining the company when she was 8 years old. She progressed into a student teacher at the age of 17, helping in Musical Theatre, Drama and Tots classes. Ciara became an integral part of TADAA by organising shows, guiding students through festivals and even co-writing, directing and producing TADAA’s first ever pantomime in 2018. She completed her BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Acting at South Downs College with a grade of Triple Distinction* (D*D*D*), covering a range of theatrical styles. As a teenager, Ciara was also involved with various amateur dramatic societies, performing in a range of genres including Shakespeare, Murder Mystery and Musical Theatre.
In 2019, Ciara left TADAA to complete an intensive acting course with The Year Out Drama Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon, working alongside the RSC and with various industry professionals. In Stratford, she developed her skills in acting, singing and dancing and was praised for her work ethic and commitment to projects. She gained valuable experience learning about the Arts Industry, rehearsal discipline and the importance of working as an ensemble, as well as developing her skills as an individual performer.
Ciara is eager to return to TADAA in September and can’t wait to support the company and it’s students as it continues to grow! She hopes to provide fun and interesting classes where students can learn new skills as well as gain confidence. She is passionate about providing a supportive and safe space for students to explore the different aspects of theatre and express themselves through performance.
Nikki Boast

Nikki Boast

Ballet tots and Popstars Dance Teacher

Nikki trained as a classical dancer from the age of 11 in full time education, followed by a 3 year diploma in musical theatre at Bodywork Performing Arts.
 
After years performing or cruise ships, Nikki started her own family and shared her passion for dance by teaching Babyballet and her own pop/street dance classes for children ages 18 months to 18 years. Nikki is excited to be part of the TADAA family and can’t wait to meet you all. 

Katie Hartland

Teacher of Musical Theatre Tots (Locks Heath), Teacher of Musical Theatre Act 1&2 (Locks Heath) and Popstars Dance (Locks Heath) Private LAMDA and Singing Teacher (Locks Heath)

Katie trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama for 3 years on the BA Acting:Musical Theatre course. She has worked as an actor, most notably on the Disney Channel and the UK Tour of Dirty Dancing playing Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman. She has taught various different levels from baby ballet, after school clubs and A-Level college standard. Katie’s so excited to be joining the TADAA team and looks forward to meeting you all!

Lucas Bradshaw

Drama Instructor (TADAA Internship)

Lucas has been at TADAA for over a decade as a student. He went to school on Hayling Island and has studied 2 years on a level three diploma in Musical Theatre At Chichester College. Lucas has been in various Shows since a young age and played major parts in Local musicals such as “Cat in the Hat” Seussical the Musical”, “Javert” In “les miserables” and many more. His many years Studying the arts and being taught in the “TADAA family” has encouraged him to now become an instructor at TADAA, and help teach others to embrace the dramatic arts and have fun.

Lennon Johnson

Lennon Johnson

Drama Instructor (TADAA Internship)

Lennon has been at TADAA for about 10 years. During those 10 years he has been a student and an instructor. TADAA is like family to Lennon and he is always very committed to everything they do. He studied Drama for GCSE and is currently doing Acting for Stage and Screen Level 3 at Southdown’s. Lennon has been in many shows over the years, with his first performance in “Oliver” and his latest “The Marxist In Heaven” with the TADAA National Theatre Connections cast. All of these performances have helped Lennon Into the actor he is now.