Staff

Helen Wallis

Helen Wallis BA (hons)

Company Director & Principal

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

DIPMusT

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 (on Maternity Leave 2022 - 2023 )

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. 

Jessica Hunter

DipAct

From a young age Jessica has emmerced herself in all things theatrical. She has always loved performing in and around the local area with companies such as Groundlings Theatre, Stage One Youth Theatre and Fareham Musical Society. Jessica has a diploma in Musical Theatre as well as a level 4 professional diploma in Performance and Acting. She is currently in her second year of her BA (Hons) Acting degree. Jessica first got a taste for directing and choreography as a teenager and has since tried to involve herself with as many things on and off stage as possible. These include various tech roles for current Stage One productions and her first introduction to TADAA in 2019, when she took on the role as young stage manager for their National Theatre Connections project. Jessica is excited to be returning to TADAA making sure every class is fun and encouraging for all students.

Katie Butteriss

AISTD

Katie started performing from the age of 3 and has always loved being on the stage with classical
training including ballet, tap, modern, jazz and latin and ballroom. Katie studied at Chichester
college completing her ISTD DDE teaching qualification. Katie was then recruited by an entertainments
company in Cyprus and was dance captain there for 3 years spending her evenings performing a
variety of shows in different hotels and venues. Through this Katie met her husband and their love of
dance together led them to perform on cruise ships around the world as a specialist Latin and
ballroom couple. Settled at home now with 3 children Katie still teaches dance classes regularly in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas 
and is so excited to be joining the TADAA team as our ballet tots teacher! 

Cara Redman

AISTD

Cara’s passion is for dance – from the age of 3, she attended local dance schools and has studied ISTD Grades in ballet, tap and modern up to Advanced 1 level. She has also performed at many prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and Sadlers Wells in London and competed at National and International level including at Disneyland Paris. Selected to represent England at the IDF World Championships in 2016 and again in 2019, the squad won a number of medals in a variety of categories. Cara placed first in her age category for tap in 2016 and in 2019 placed first in the adult tap duet category. Having studied dance at Chichester College and the University of Chichester, Cara is now a qualified ISTD dance teacher after completing the Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education which has laid the foundation to broaden her teaching horizons and develop her teaching into other dance styles. Cara is very much looking forward to joining the team at TADAA and passing on her passion and enthusiasm to younger students.

TADAA Assistants:

Austin Jones, Sophie Keefe, Brooke Pearce, Ruby Rayner and Mia Dudley are the TADAA class assistants.

All TADAA Teachers have an enhanced DBS certificates, first aid certificates, safeguarding training and epipen training. TADAA holds public liability insurance, PAT certified equipment and PPL/PRS Music Licenses. All teachers are trained and qualified to teach in their field of expertise.