Meet the Team

We are a team of dedicated teaching professionals, focused on student development.

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Jacqui Tapsell - Evolution Foundation College

Jacqui Tapsell F.I.S.T.D

Founder/Director

Tap, Jazz Technique
Founder of Evolution Foundation College Jacqui began her training with Gillian Farr and subsequently with Susan Stephens. Upon completion of her training Jacqui worked as a professional dancer, and as a Fashion and Hair model across the UK and in Europe.
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Kevin Tapsell Evolution Foundation College

Kevin Tapsell C.I.P.S

Director

Kevin has been married to Jacqui for over 30years and has been there as a constant means of support throughout all her teaching, examining and professional work.
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David Anderson L.I.S.T.D

Commercial Jazz

David is a professional dancer working in the Commercial industry and has danced for many UK and International pop artistes.
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Mark Connell A.I.S.T.D

Head of Singing, Acting and Musical Theatre

Mark appeared in the West End production of MAMMA MIA understudying the roles of Eddie, Pepper and Sky.
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Aimee Dwight - Evolution Foundation College

Aimee Dwight A.I.S.T.D

Contemporary, Jazz, Audition routine classes

Aimee began dancing at the age of 3 at Susan Stephens’ Theatre School in Corringham, later known as Junior Performers.
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Spike Grimsey HND, CertEd

Acting & Voice

Spike graduated from The Arts Ed School of Acting and continues to have a successful career in Theatre, TV and Film.
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Alex Jessop

Jazz

Alex trained at Laine Theatre Arts, graduating with the Trinity Level 6 National Diploma in Musical Theatre, BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre and ISTD Modern teaching qualifications.

Aaron Lissimore F.I.S.T.D

Tap

Aaron trained locally in Essex. Whilst training he was a multiple winner of the Janet Cram, Marjorie Davies Star Tap and Imperial Ballet Awards. He was also the recipient of the ISTD Dancer of the Year award.

Linda Shipton - Evolution Foundation College

Linda Shipton F.I.S.T.D

Ballet

Linda stepped down as Principal of the Linda Shipton School of Dancing in Ipswich after an extremely happy 38 years.
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Jane-Elizabeth Taylor, F.I.S.T.D, Ballet

Jane-Elizabeth Taylor F.I.S.T.D

Ballet

Jane commenced her training at the Marguerita Hoare School in St Albans and is a graduate of the London College of Dance and Drama.
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Nicola Stephens MSc, MCSP, MMACP

On-site Physiotherapist and Pilates Teacher

Nicola graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1997 with an honours degree in Physiotherapy and from UEL in 2011 with a Masters degree in advanced clinical practice.
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Amy Jessop

Student Welfare & Support

Amy Jessop trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts where she received a first class BA HONS degree in Performance.

Shane Ruffell - Evolution Foundation College

Shane Ruffell

Crossfit, Gymnastics and General Fitness Instructor

Shane has been training martial arts since the age of eight, winning multiple British titles in Jiu-Jitsu and Judo.
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Guest Teachers for Masterclasses/Workshops/Mock Auditions

All our guest teachers are currently teaching at various Performing Arts Colleges across the UK as well as still performing professionally.

Adrian Gas – Professional Choreographer/Dancer – ‘X’ Factor, Brit Awards-Olly Murs, ‘Take That’ Tour, Music Videos.

Stuart Hayes – Professional Choreographer/Teacher/Performer – Music Videos, Kylie Minogue, Spice Girls, The Wanted, Jamelia, and  Danni Minogue

Craig ‘Foottit’ ScottProfessional Choreographer/Teacher/Performer – Tap Dogs, Starlight Express, Chicago, Sinatra.

Rosina Andrews – Professional Choreographer/Teacher/Dancer – Kinisi Dance Company.

Philip Joel – Professional Choreographer/Teacher/Performer – 42nd St.Gala, Gulliver’s Travel Film, Top of the Pops, Aiden Grimshaw Sony Music Video.

Kyle Seeley – Professional Choreographer/Teacher/Performer – Memphis and has recently joined the cast of Aladdin (Dance Captain)

Evolution Students

100% audition success rate with Full or Part funding being offered

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