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Meet the Team

ELITE Dance has a growing reputation for being one of the leading dance schools in the Chelmsford area. They offer a range of dance options including high-quality teaching, exemplary training programmes taught through adult classes, children's classes, private lessons and exams, and the ELITE training certification programme, all of which results in more and more people taking the plunge! Our students are either picking dancing back up again or plucking up the courage to take their very first lesson.

No matter what age or skill level, whether a complete beginner or advanced, ELITE dance is the number one choice!

To ensure we are true to our mission "to bring as many people together through dance as we can", we are excited to announce that we are expanding our team.

Please join me in welcoming the newest additions to our growing team, all carefully handpicked to ensure we offer a unique combination of quality and diversity to meet the needs of our incredibly valued customers, and to keep us at the cutting edge of what we do best: teaching people to dance with confidence, all in a fun and friendly environment.

Kyle Fisher – Principal and Founder

Kyle had a very clear determination about what he wanted to achieve, leaving no stone unturned. His passion lies in dance. He has been dancing most of his life as he began at the age of 9, and it was very apparent from the off that he would go on to dance at a very high level. Within the first few months, Kyle had already danced his first competition as a Juvenile and positive results came with it. As he progressed, he moved into the Junior, Youth and eventually Amateur ranks and had continued success at all levels. In 2010, he decided it was time to turn professional at the age of 21. This allowed Kyle to begin a career in teaching whilst still be able to compete. In 2011, he made the top 6 in the Professional National Championships held at the prestigious Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

Kyle is a highly qualified teacher with the ISTD association and has had much success in training both medalist and open competitors, including some of the country's best Pre-Champ couples and winners through many different medal levels.

Kyle believes that there's a dancer in everyone and wants to bring the best of Ballroom to all ages and skill levels.

Daniela Chandler - Director

Daniela has enjoyed dancing most of her life but she didn't discover Ballroom and Latin until her mid-30s. She now enjoys dancing as a hobby, competing at Gold Star level.

Daniela has a strong business background, working at a senior executive level for multiple successful organisations. She brings a wealth of knowledge, skills, enthusiasm and ideas to ELITE Dance, ensuring its position as a leading dance school. Daniela dedicates much of her time to overseeing the business and is also responsible for the ELITE Dance brand identity and market positioning, ensuring Kyle's vision to bring people together through dance, and to have adults and children express themselves through dance by providing the best quality dance tuition in the area.

Daniela combines her personal business experience with an intimate knowledge of dance to bring unparalleled passion, dedication and expertise to all her endeavours, ensuring ELITE Dance continue to represent the very best that the industry has to offer.

Joanne Blackshaw - Senior + Teacher

Joanne started Ballroom and Latin dancing at the age of 4 with the Ernie Ellis School of Dancing. She progressed through the medal ranks, achieving the Alex Moore Award as both a Juvenile and Junior, and had a formidable all-girl partnership throughout the years. After turning 16, Joanne decided that her real interest was in teaching and so started professional training and achieved her Associate exams. Joanne took over and ran a successful dance school and continued to develop her professional training by achieving Licentiate status in Ballroom, Latin, Sequence and Disco Freestyle. She is continuing with her studies and hopes to achieve her Fellowships in all four genres.

Joanne absolutely loves teaching all ages and levels and attends lots of local competitions as well as the ISTD area competitions and the ISTD Blackpool Grand Finals.

Hannah Davis - Senior Teacher

Hannah is one of the most talented dance teachers around. Hannah started dancing at the age of 4 and competing at the age of 5. She quickly excelled on the circuit and turned professional in 2010. A year later, she qualified with the NATD (National Association of Teachers of Dancing). She won the UK Closed Championships at the age of 10 and went on to represent England at four World and European Championships at Juvenile (under 12), Junior (12-15), Youth (16-21) and Professional levels.

Nikita Rose Louise Vince - Senior Teacher

Nikita started dancing at the age of 9, and it only took one class for her to catch the dancing bug.

Starting on the medallist circuit, Nikita completed all juvenile ISTD/IDTA medals up to Gold Star. At her very first ISTD Blackpool, she won Gold. Just the following year, driven by her determination, Nikita went on to win Gold Star in both Ballroom and Latin. It was clear to see that Nikita had a natural aptitude to dance. 

By the age of 12, Nikita was competing on the open circuit and went on to have a successful Junior career, reaching the Ballroom and Latin finals in the Junior British Nationals at Blackpool.

Aged just 15, Nikita moved into Youth and Amateur, and achieved 7th in Latin and 12th in Ballroom in her first under-21’s competition. 

Throughout her dancing career, Nikita has bagged many prestigious accolades, including being part of the English Amateur Dance Association (EADA) Youth Elite Squad. She competed in the Amateur British National Closed Competition at Blackpool and was a regular finalist of DPA chart/Super League Amateur Competitions as well as Champions of Tomorrow, Bournemouth UK Closed Ballroom and Latin, and BATD English Championships.

Now she is turning her attention to develop others. Anyone who decides to dance, no matter what level, is a hero to her. 

Chloe Blackshaw - Senior Teacher

Chloe is an aspiring and very talented dancer, who has been dancing since the tender age of 3, this comes as no surprise as her mum, Joanne Blackshaw, is a highly accomplished dancer and dance teacher in her own right.

It is clear to see that Chloe has an extraordinary passion for dance having competed in ISTD Medallist competitions and taken ISTD exams achieving some of the highest accolades possible, including winning with her partner at the Blackpool ISTD Grand Finals and reciting Honours in the Alex Moore Award in both Ballroom and Latin.

Competitions are very important to Chloe. She currently competes in Youth and Amateur Latin with her dance partner, together they have already had great success competing and we are very excited to watch this couple develop and go on to achieve great heights. 

Whilst training most days of the week Chloe also improves her self-development by having regular lessons multiple times a week, supported with hours of practice….a committed and inspirational individual who is truly a role-model for other young and aspiring dancers. 



Chelsea Fox - Junior Teacher

Chelsea started Ballroom and Latin American dancing at the tender age of 5 and she very quickly realised a love for expressing movement to music. With a keen desire to improve, Chelsea began taking exams and entering competitions with a determination to become a better dancer. Having progressed through the Dance Sport medal tests series and achieving the highest accolade at a young age, the Alex Moore Award, Chelsea also found success competing in ISTD medallist competitions, frequently being placed as high as 2nd and, 3rd and even winning in many finals where entries exceeded 30 competitors. As Chelsea got older, she decided to join the XS Latin Cambridge Formation Team and began competing at various competitions across the country including the prestigious WDSF European Latin Formation Championships held at the iconic Winter Gardens in Blackpool. After enjoying success from a young age in dance Chelsea has decided to once again raise the bar by preparing to undertake her teaching qualifications. After already passing her first exams Chelsea is working hard to continue her learning to become a great dancer and teacher.


Sam Gower - Junior Teacher

Sam began learning Ballroom and Latin American at the age of 3, discovering he was a natural mover Sam began competing regularly between the ages of 4 to 18, first at a regional level followed by national level. Within the first few years’ successful results began to occur on a regular basis. Sam progressed higher through the levels achieving honours in all his examinations as high as Gold Star (one of the highest grades you can take). His achievements also flowed to his competing, winning many events from the juvenile, junior and eventually youth and adult age categories. He continued to have successful results at all levels across the country until Sam decided to temporarily hang up his Ballroom and Latin dance shoes to pursue his dream of studying Dance at the University of East London. At University, Sam has the luxury of being placed amongst some of the best dancers in the UK, this opportunity to work alongside incredible talent developed his education and understanding across a multitude of dance genres and styles.

Now Sam prides himself on teaching technique and performance to aspiring dancers of all abilities. From first time dancers, through to high level enthusiasts, the whole-time ensuring lessons are engaging. Sam’s teaching has been received very well in the short time since re-joining Elite Dance. With a burning passion to teach aspiring dancers, Sam would love to help you on your journey to becoming the dancer of your dreams.

Rachel Hart - Junior Teacher

Rachel has enjoyed dancing from the age of 6, studying many styles including Ballroom, Latin, Ballet, Disco, Modern, Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop, in which she has achieved high level exams and results.

Rachel loves performing and takes up every opportunity to do so. She is also no stranger to dancing to large audiences, having performed as a dancer within the London 2012 Closing Ceremony.

Rachel is a real perfectionist, with an insatiable appetite for dance. Dance is in her genes, inherited from her mother who was a first-class dancer herself. Rachel has followed in her mother's footsteps and developed a real passion for the art.

Rachel wants to share her love for dance and is inspired to help others. She is currently undergoing her teacher training with Kyle Fisher who has meticulous and exemplary training methods and standards, ensuring the production of a first-class teacher in the making.

Rachel continues to compete regularly in Ballroom and Latin, achieving great results.

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