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Funky Moves was founded in 2005 by professional dancer Alice Thorpe. Her love and enthusiasm for dance and its benefits for everyone, were her inspirations for starting the company. The focus is on making dance accessible to all through award winning classes, parties, classes, holiday courses and events. A fun and vibrant teaching style is what defines the company and is the reason everybody love Funky Moves.

‘Dance is an expression of creativity and individuality in a world where we are generally only measured on our academic achievements. It is a form of communicating, connecting, increasing confidence, fitness, coordination, balancing the mind, releasing tension and best of all, it’s fun! Who wouldn’t want to dance?!’
Alice Thorpe | Founder and Director

Alice Thorpe, Founder & Director

Alice Thorpe

Founder and Director

As the founder and creator of Funky Moves, Alice understands the vision of the business better than anyone and thus is in charge of ensuring its aims and objectives are being met at all times. She oversees all staff training to ensure Funky Moves teaching remains at the top of its game and can often be seen popping in to classes to see how everyone is getting on! Alice ensures the soulful, fun and passionate vibe of the company trickles down to everyone we come in contact with and is the mum to our big Funky Family.

Alice started dancing at the age of 3 and is a trained ballet, contemporary and street dancer, earning a first class honours in her Dance Performance degree at Middlesex University. Alice then moved on to London Contemporary Dance School with a scholarship while also being accepted in to National Youth Dance Company 2001/2002. After graduating from LCDS, Alice performed with many contemporary companies around the UK and Portugal, as well as appearing in music videos including Calvin Harris ‘The Girls, and dancing for Roni Size and Marti Pellow… She has also worked with Dance for camera and the films have been shown at the Tokyo Film and Dance Festival as well as at The Big Chill Festival.

With a lifetime’s dancing, two children and over a decade of running Funky Moves, it’s admirable that Alice’s passion for inspiring kids through dance keeps continuing to grow every day. She is hard working, sassy and super smiley!

Holly Easterbrook, Creative Director, Funky Moves Dance

Holly Easterbrook

Creative Director

Holly is responsible for the day-to-day creative growth of the business. From setting up meetings with potential new partners, to editing the website, managing social media and writing copy for marketing purposes. She is your point of contact if you have a bespoke event request or new idea for the company and makes it her mission to stay on top of the latest trends hitting the dance and music worlds!

Holly trained as a performer, receiving a BA Hons Degree and the Sir John Gielgud Award from Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. She has taught children as an education teaching assistant, performer and Funky Mover for over ten years, so knows first-hand how to provide a fun, controlled and energized teaching space. She has also worked freelance as a marketing assistant, social media manager and copywriter for various companies, including leading children’s brand Igloo and Tim Burton sponsored art exhibition ‘The Invisible City’. In 2013, Holly was selected from 600,000 people Worldwide, as a finalist for Tourism Australia’s ‘Best Job in the World’ competition as the role of VIP and social media commentator for New South Wales.

Holly enjoys paying close attention to detail and loves nothing more than pouring her creativity into Funky Moves on a daily basis. She is friendly, funny and feisty!

Jess Morris, Operations Director, Funky Moves Dance

Jess Morris

Operations Director

Jessica is responsible for the management of all enquiries right through to confirmed bookings, from creating your party schedules to confirming your Funky Mover. She is in charge of the Funky Moves business number, so it will be her chirpy voice you hear at the end of the phone when you call next time!

Jessica trained at Millennium Performing Arts for three years, receiving a diploma. She then went on to perform in India and Singapore, ingratiating herself into different cultures and learning great networking and communication skills. Jessica then went on to work for a marketing team where she was solely responsible for the distribution of a start-up company’s new beverage, forming great relationships with all her clients and strengthening her professional development.

Jessica’s strengths lie in her undoubted social skills and personable nature. She is organised, passionate and full of energy!

Our Team

Our teachers are the best in London. They are all young, fun, energetic and hand-picked to provide the best possible dance activities for adults and children. They know the latest moves and tunes and teach in a fun, relaxed yet structured way.  All of our teachers are fully DBS checked and top dance industry professionals.

Click on a team member below to find out more

Alana Murrin, Funky Moves Dance Team

Alana Murrin

Alison Early, Funky Moves Dance Team

Alison Early

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Amy Kent

Amy Tomlinson,Funky Moves Dance team

Amy Tomlinson

Catherine Ryan, Funky Moves Dance team

Catherine Ryan

Conor Barros, Funky Moves Dance Team

Conor Barros

Damien Ayansi, Funky Moves Dance team

Damien Ayansi

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Emily Hawgood

Ezzy Nzewi

Hannah Douglas, Funky Moves Dance team

Hannah Douglas

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Hollie Dorman

Kathryn Lowe, Funky Moves Dance team

Kathryn Lowe

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Lara Baker

 Lucy Mays, Funky Moves Dance Team

Lucy Mays

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Mel Deluca

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PJ Kirby

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Rita McDonnell

Rosie Brand, Funky Moves Dance team

Rosie Brand

Sabrina Egerton, Funky Moves Dance team

Sabrina Egerton

Sarah Jane Stanley, Funky Moves Dance team

Sarah Jane Stanley

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