Each year we search for dance Ambassadors to champion our brand. Meet our current Ambassadors below.
About: I’m 16 years old and I was the first Creative Studios ambassador. I became an ambassador 4 years ago and I haven’t looked back. I’ve been dancing for 14 years and performed professionally since I was 7 years old.
Training: Abinitio School of Dance, Scala School of Performing Arts, Royal Ballet Associate, Leeds Aerial Arts, Emil Dale Academy.
Favourite genre: Lyrical Jazz.
Credits: Billy Elliot the Musical UK & Ireland Tour (2017), IDTA Jazz Scholar (2019 & 2022), Giselle (2015), Emmerdale (2014), Cecily student Film (2014), Halifax pantomime (2014-2019), Scrooge the Musical (2013), Oliver UK Tour (2012), Sound of Music (2012).
Why I love being an Ambassador: Andy has been working in the dance/performing arts industry for a while now and he knows exactly what he’s doing. He is the best photographer and videographer out there, plus one of the nicest people you’ll meet. Being an ambassador has helped me expand my dance career, helping build my confidence and provided me with amazing opportunities. You also get to meet so many new and amazing people. The Creative Studios family has grown and there are so many amazing and talented dancers involved. I’m really grateful and appreciative for the opportunity to be an ambassador.
Shoot advice: Push yourself and try new things. Andy is incredible at capturing that exact moment, especially when trying a jump or leap, he captures the shot and gets it every time, even if you think you didn’t hit it!! When having a shoot, have fun, enjoy yourself and live in the moment!
Yasmin Holland-Jones Foster
About: I’m 23 years old and Owner / Principal of DQ Dance Academy. I’ve danced for 17 years and now teach at my own dance school.
Training: Wendy Charles School of Dance, Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama (MADD).
Favourite genre: Modern Jazz and Gymnastics.
Credits: 4 years in the Junior Ensemble at the Sheffield Lyceum Theatre, Extra in many TV programs (Cradle to the Grave, Inspector Calls, Hank Zipzer), Chaperoned professional pantomimes and film sets, Owner of my own dance school.
Why I love being an Ambassador: I love being an Ambassador because Andy is super supportive and so welcoming! I learn new things every shoot and I love finding new places to shoot and coming up with crazy ideas for the next one!
Shoot advice: On a shoot my advice is don’t be nervous and always come prepared with poses. Think about what to wear to get the look you are after. Don’t be scared to try something new or suggest something during the shoot! Some of the craziest ideas for poses turn out to be the best!
About: I’m 15 years old. I started dancing when I was 5 and I am currently training at Elizabeth Gunson Dance. I aspire to be a ballet dancer when I am older and I am hoping to go to a vocational school next year.
Training: Elizabeth Gunson Dance, Northern Ballet, Elmhurst Ballet School (Summer School intensive), Royal Ballet School (Easter intensive), Yorkshire Ballet Seminar (Summer School), Blommaert Ballet (Summer School).
Favourite genre: Ballet.
Credits: Northern Ballet Associate, IDTA Ballet Scholar (2019) - Awarded Special Commendation, IDTA Modern Jazz Scholar (2019) - Awarded Special Commendation.
Why I love being an ambassador: I love being an ambassador for Creative Studios as they take amazing photos. Andy is a great photographer and knows exactly what he is doing. He creates such unique photos that are so new and original. The photoshoots are so fun and help you build confidence and bring many opportunities. I'm so happy to be an ambassador for Creative Studios and grateful for the opportunity.
Shoot advice: Don't be scared to be creative and try something new. Andy will always capture a great shot from any genre of dance. Be confident and enjoy every moment of it!
About: I’m 14 years old and have been dancing for 9 years. Last year I got the amazing opportunity to be a Creative Studios ambassador, and I have loved every second of it!
Training: Abinitio School of Dance.
Favourite genre: Jazz and Contemporary.
Credits: Halifax Pantomime Christmas 2018/19, Christmas 2019/20.
Why I love being an ambassador: I love being an ambassador as Andy is such a great photographer. You get to see so many incredible dancers and the atmosphere is so welcoming! Being an ambassador has increased my confidence and I look up to all the other ambassadors so much!
Shoot advice: Just be yourself! Everyone is so supportive and there is nothing to be nervous about. Go to the shoot with some poses in mind and outfit choices! Try new things and be creative and most of all enjoy yourself as you can see all the passion behind the photos.
About: I’m 17 years old. I have been dancing since the age of 3 and I dance at the Jill Brooke’s School of Dance. I’ve been an ambassador for Creative Studios since May 2020 and I have absolutely loved every minute.
Training: The Jill Brooke’s School of Dance, Renaissance Arts Scholar (2019-2022).
Favourite genre: Jazz and Ballet.
Credits: IDTA Modern Jazz scholar 2019, IDTA Ballet Performers Scholar 2020, IDTA Modern Jazz Scholar 2022.
Why I love being an ambassador: I love being an Ambassador for Creative Studios because I get so many amazing opportunities. I have met some amazing friends along the way who are very supportive and make me feel welcome to every shoot. I feel at ease when shooting with Andy as he is so incredible at what he does and I know he will capture me to the best of my ability.
Shoot advice: My biggest piece of advice for shoots is just to be yourself. Don’t be nervous prior to the shoot, just enjoy the experience. Trust Andy when shooting as he knows just what looks best for us as dancers. Try and have some poses in mind before shooting as it will save time and mean you can get lots more shots done from maximising your time. Try to push yourself on shoots even if it means doing something you aren’t the most comfortable with as this is usually how the best pictures are caught. So overall I would say be confident, be prepared and most of all have fun!!
About: I’m 18 years old and have been dancing since I was 18 months old. I became an ambassador for Creative Studios in May 2020 and have loved every minute of it!
Training: Lisa Thornley School of Theatre Dance, Centre Pointe Junior Associate (2013-2014), Renaissance Arts Scholar (2014-2019), Shockout Arts (2021-2024).
Favourite genre: Modern Jazz.
Credits: Take 2’s ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ pantomime (2013), Wakefield Royals Pinocchio pantomime (2014), Dearne Playhouse’s Fosse’s World (2016), Dearne Playhouse’s Broadway Baby (2017), Senior Modern Champion (2017), IDTA Modern Jazz Scholar (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021), Brooke Wyndham in Take 2’s Legally Blonde (2019), World Cabaret Performer finalist (2019), Miss Dance of Great Britain Finalist (2018, 2020/21).
Why I love being an ambassador: The shoots are always so unique! Working alongside Andy and the team is second to none, I have made friends for life and Andy is so supportive of each and every one of us in all we do! Shooting with Andy is so relaxed but also great fun and the outcome is unreal. He always pushes us to try new things in our shoots and strives for the best, he really is one of the best! Being an ambassador has expanded my confidence and provided me with so many opportunities, everyday I am so thankful to be amongst the talent and support system that is the Creative Studios family!
Shoot advice: Come prepared! Come with ideas for poses and looks and don’t be afraid to suggest them to get what you would like out of the experience! Be yourself and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone as sometimes the crazy photos turn out to be some of the best! But most importantly have fun!!!
About: I’m 16 years old and have been dancing for 14 years. I’ve been part of the Creative Studios team since May 2020 and it’s been an amazing experience so far.
Training: Abinitio School of Dance.
Favourite genre: Jazz and Contemporary.
Credits: Halifax Christmas pantomime 2018/19 and successful audition for Halifax easter pantomime (cancelled due to Covid).
Why I love being an ambassador: The atmosphere at shoots is always so fun and relaxed - I love shoot days so much. Andy has such a keen eye for detail and always makes the dancer look the best they can. Despite not being able to have met most of the ambassadors due to lockdowns, the support they provide is unreal and so encouraging.
Shoot advice: Come prepared with poses in mind and don’t be afraid to try new things, there is no harm in trying something different or potentially out of your comfort zone because it will 100% make for an awesome shot. You may be nervous beforehand, but as soon as you get there you can feel free to be yourself and work with Andy to create some amazing photos!!
About: I’m 17 years old and I became a Creative Studios ambassador in 2020. I have been dancing at Wendy Charles School of Dance since the age of 3, which is where my passion for the arts begun.
Training: Wendy Charles School of Dance, CAPA College.
Favourite genre: Lyrical Jazz.
Credits: Theatre Scholarships (2019, 2020, 2021), TDCI Tap Champion (2020), Dearne Valley Pantomimes (2017, 2018, 2019)
Why I love being an ambassador: I love to experiment with the photography side of the arts. Andy has great experience and amazing skill working with dancers, capturing great images. I love to support fellow ambassadors and be inspired by their journey in the arts. I am incredibly grateful to be given the opportunity of being part of the Creative Studios team.
Shoot advice: My biggest top tip is to find inspiration from other dancers. Practice as many poses as you can in order to experiment. Try different things and don’t shy away, let Andy work his magic.
About: I’m 15 years old and have been dancing since I was 8. I have really enjoyed the fantastic opportunity of being an ambassador for Creative Studios and have loved the photography shoots with Andy. I would like to attend dance college and then become a professional performer.
Training: The Betty Chappelle School of Dance, Renaissance Arts Scholar, Mission Inspire Associate, Junkyard Theatre Company.
Favourite genre: I love all genres of dance, especially Modern and Jazz.
Credits: IDTA Scholarships (2018, 2019, 2021). Junkyard Theatre productions of Cats, Wizard of Oz, 42nd Street and Chicago.
Why I love being an ambassador: Andy’s shoots are relaxed, fun and very creative. I have made some really good friends and the ambassadors are all supportive of each other.
Shoot advice: Arrive prepared with some poses in mind but Andy will give you great guidance. He makes the shoot really good fun and ensures every dancer looks the best they can. You will create some amazing photos with Andy and enjoy doing it!
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