Amy Barr MA, BMUS, PGCE

Artistic Director

After graduating with a bachelor's degree in music from Queen's University, Belfast, Amy went on to gain a post graduate certificate in education (PGCE) in secondary level music. Amy's love of musical theatre was piqued during her undergraduate years and she subsequently returned to Queen's University to study for a master's degree in music, specialising in musical theatre and vocal pedagogy. 

Amy has worked with many professional and amateur production companies across the province including Blunt Fringe, where she stage managed productions of The Last Five Years, Jaques Brel is Alive, and Putting it Together.

In 2013 Amy founded the academy as a performing arts school with a focus on musical theatre, singing and dancing. Inspired by the television show Glee, the academy also included Northern Ireland's first showchoir, which mixed the choral singing of pop music with dance and story telling.

As well as managing the day to day running of the academy, Amy has held many roles including Director, Production Manager, Stage Manager and Musical Director overseeing the academy's productions of many of the best known musicals, including Annie, The Wizard of Oz, Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast, Sweeney Todd and Singing in the Rain amongst many others. In 2014 and 2015 Amy led the academy's showchoir to back-to-back victories in the National Showchoir Championships in Dublin.

For the last few years Amy has been growing the academy's reach across Northern Ireland, opening a stage school in Downpatrick, and running holiday schemes in Enniskillen, Downpatrick, Armagh, and Belfast.

Zoe Cleaver BA, DDI, DDE

Zoe started studying Musical Theatre when she successfully auditioned to join full time theatre school 'K- bis' at the age of 7. While training, she completed all grades in ISTD Jazz, Modern and Tap and RAD Ballet, as well as all grades in Trinity Guildhall Musical Theatre and Drama. During her ten years at the school she was involved in several professional productions and flash

mobs including promotional flash mobs for The Theatre Royal London and IMAX Movies.

 

Zoe then trained in Musical Theatre at The MGA Academy Of Performing Arts. After training she went on to gain her RAD Ballet Diploma in Dance Teaching and ISTD Diploma in Dance Instruction in Tap and Modern. Zoe then returned to teach Musical Theatre and Jazz

Technique at her old theatre school K-bis before taking on a tour in Mallorca.

 

Zoe has been teaching at JSI Academy for four years and has choreographed and directed several productions including Mary Poppins, Sweeney Todd, Fame, Legally Blonde and many more. She teaches grade exam classes for Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz and can also teach

Contemporary, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Matt Mattox Jazz and Pas De Deux.

 

West End Credits

Turandot (Royal Albert Hall) - Ensemble

Whistle Down The Wind (Aldwych Theatre London) - Ensemble

Jesus Christ Superstar - Ensemble

Ksenia Zsikhotska

Ksenia is originally from Ukraine and moved to the UK at the age of 6. She is a Professional Latin Dancer and has represented the UK in worldwide championships. Ksenia is also known for her role as one of the Professional Dancers on RTE's Dancing With the Stars Ireland for three seasons. 

In her teenage years she took up Ballroom and Latin. Ksenia has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the Performing Arts Industry. Ksenia has achieved many successes representing Britain at the Worlds and European Championships.

Ksenia is the United Kingdom and British Closed Latin Professional Champion, and holds the Latin Show Dance Title, she also had the pleasure of touring with the Brendan Cole ‘A Night To Remember’ production. For 3 seasons Ksenia was a Professional dancer and choreographer on Dancing With The Stars Ireland and most recently she assisted In choreographing the Argentine Tangos on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. Ksenia is currently touring with the Ballroom Boys Act 2

Other show credits include:

Performed at the Royal Variety 2009 

Performed at for Warner Weekends 2010

Performed on “Britain’s Got Talent” semi finalists 2014

Performed on Brendan Coles Tour “A Night to Remember” 2015

Performed on Brendan Coles Tour “A Night to Remember” 2016

Professional Dancer on DWTS Ireland 2017, 2018, 2019

The Ballroom Boys 2019

For more information visit KseniaZsikhotska.co.uk

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