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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.

25mins £25 

55mins £50

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.

25mins £22

55mins £44

Chelsea Fox - Junior Teacher/Administrator

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.

25mins £19

55mins £38

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. 

25mins £21

55mins £42

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. 

25mins £20

55mins £40



Mark Saunders - Senior Teacher

Mark started dancing at the age of 12 at the Western School of Dancing in Hadleigh, Essex. After many years of watching his parents dance together, Mark decided that it was time to put his dancing shoes on and give it a try, there was no question, Mark loved it straight away. From beginner to dance competitor, Mark quickly progressed to competitions having competed in many medalist festivals and competitions locally and more impressively at a national standard and even managing to be placed 1st on many occasions. In addition to his achievements Mark was honoured to compete internationally and represent England as an Amateur dancer. 
After taking a break from dancing when Mark's daughter was born, after trying to resist, Mark once again got back onto the dance floor but was seeking a new challenge. The time was right for Mark to try his hand at teaching and began studying under the skilled eye of Joanne Blackshaw. As part of the traIning it's required to teach pupils how to dance and regularly partner them at competitions alongside being competent in the theoretical side of dance. In 2009 Mark qualified as a professional ballroom and Latin dance teacher with the prestigious ISTD.Mark is now proud to join Elite and continue his goal to teach pupils of many ages and abilities from social dancers all the way to competitive dancers.

25mins £21

55mins £42

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.

25mins £21

55mins £42

Sasha Blackshaw - Student Teacher

Sasha has been dancing since the age of 4 and has developed into a young aspiring performer.

Having competed on the ISTD medalist and in Pro-Am competitions it was clear that she was born to be a dancer, being a regular finalist in both juvenile and junior as well as completing exams in all levels achieving honours. 

Sasha now competes with her partner Oli and trains most days in the week in pursuit of achieving their goals in the Amateur and Youth Ballroom and Latin, traveling frequently across the county and competing multiple times each year at national and International events at the mecca of dance Blackpool Winter Gardens Empress Ballroom.

With a wealth of experience and knowledge Sasha now wants to begin her professional training under teacher Kyle Fisher and share her knowledge with others and help those who have the same passion for dancing.

25mins £15

55mins £30

Roxi Hicks - Student Teacher

Having started dancing at the age of 6, it was clear that Roxanne was happiest wearing her dancing shoes. Before long Roxanne began medal exams and then continued on to competitions where she had great success, firstly on the medalist competition circuit and then in what we call open competitions. The success of her results are made even more impressive given she was also able to be placed highly in national level competitions. 

Having now completed her school education, Roxanne will be continuing her dream of becoming a professional dancer and has start her professional training with Kyle Fisher and has now began to teach Ballroom, Latin and Disco Freestyle styles. Having now become a member if the team at Elite it is clear that Roxanne is a very ambitious young person who aspires to achieve great things with Elite dance and beyond by enjoying the journey of improvement with a dose of dance expression.

25mins £15

55mins £30

Rachel Hart - Student 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.

25mins £15

55mins £30


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