Meet the DFTS Team
At DFTS our Dance and Drama teachers are qualified and all staff are DBS checked and have First Aid training
Principal Drama and Dance Teacher
Debbie trained at the London Studio Centre in London covering all aspects of the Performing Arts. After graduating she embarked upon her professional worldwide career as a commercial dancer working with various artists and bands such as Kylie Minogue, East 17 & MN8. She also worked extensively both as a dancer and choreographer, for numerous pantomimes, commercials, variety, trade and fashion shows, working for Companies like First Family Entertainment and QDOS. Debbie also choreographed for Stars in their Eyes, Annie and The King and I.
As a performer Debbie also worked in television appearing on The Jonathan Ross Show, The Big Breakfast, TV series with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer and Viva Cabaret, working with stars such as Tom Jones, Jools Holland and Terence Trent Darby. Other professional work credits include cheerleading for the London Monarchs and many years of modelling.
As a qualified ISTD dance and LAMDA drama teacher , Debbie has taught all aspects of dance and Drama throughout various schools, The Pineapple Dance Studios and the London Studio Centre, specialising in commercial Jazz. Debbie is an enthusiastic and caring teacher and after opening the Debbie Fyffe Theatre School in 1997, it is always been her aim to inspire students with her love and passion of the Performing Arts. To encourage them to express their natural creativity and to help them grow in confidence, self-esteem and most of all to have fun and enjoy their training. Debbie is actively involved in the teaching and nurturing of her students, who over the years have worked professionally within the theatre and television.
Emily Rose-Taylor trained at Laine Theatre Arts, where she graduated with a Musical Theatre Diploma. She is a passionate and qualified dance teacher with an enthusiastic energy that children of all ages warm to. We are delighted that Miss Emily has returned to DFTS where she first started, to teach our new generation of students. Emily is still actively performing and most recently she played the role of Ali in Mamma Mia, onboard Royal Caribbean’s Allure of The Seas. and covered and played the lead role of Sophie Sheridan.
Emily’s performance credits include principle dancer and aerialist in Blue Planet for Royal Caribbean, a featured singer and dance captain on the UK and International tour of an Evening of Dirty Dancing, the role of the fairy in the UK tour of Rapunzel Rocks for Wicked Productions and numerous Pantomimes at the Harlow Playhouse, where she also played the role of Slave of the Ring and Dance Captain in Aladdin and assistant Choreographer on Jack and the Beanstalk. Lead Vocalist & Dancer in Production Shows (MV Voyager).
Emily also choreographed and was the Movement Director for Sassimals Commercial, (Golden Bear & Sassy Films) and Sassimals Product Launch Show, at the Toy Fair Olympia in London.
Dance & Singing Teacher
Emma May Osei-Lah
Guest Singing Teacher
Emma May’s passion for music has been clear from the beginning. She began performing in several church choirs and musical theatre productions from a very young age. Emma May trained at The Brit School of Performing Arts and; her peers included Leona Lewis and Amy Winehouse. This valuable experience led her to work with various industry professionals in the US and UK including Lionel and Trevor Job (Tyrese), Pete Hammond (Kylie Minogue, Alpha Beat) and Kim Glover (Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston). She then furthered her training at The Academy of Contemporary Music Performance and London Metropolitan University.
Emma May is a key member of the CK Gospel Choir. This unique Multi vocalist group have toured the UK and Europe and performed with top artists such as Peter Andre, Beverley Knight, The Feeling, Josh Groban and Jamie Cullum to name a few. Her work as a backing vocalist includes the hit ITV show XFactor and a UK tour with Simon Clothier supporting The Soldiers.
Emma May has been involved in various song writing projects for Universal/Geffen and Hot Money Productions. She is writing and recording album material with Zion H at Golden Productions. With relevant qualifications, Emma May successfully completed a degree in Music and Media Management, a Diploma in Music Education and a Certificate to teach in the Life Long Learning Sector. She has a great passion for inspiring and empowering young people through music and runs exciting workshops and private vocal tuition. With a strong emphasis in teaching by example and through her extensive music industry experience, Emma May assists all our students in reaching their full singing potential.
Guest Dance Teacher
Marie trained at Masters Performing Arts College and is a versatile accomplished performer. She supported Rihanna on her ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ UK arena tour after winning the BBC one dance and singing show ‘Dance X’.
Marie has also featured in numerous music videos and performed live with various artists including Bryan Ferry, Mika, Marc Almond, Leo Sayer and Immodesty Blaize.
In addition to her dancing Marie has acted in many different commercials and programmes including playing a Weeping Angel in ‘Doctor Who’ and Bianca in ‘Eastenders’.
She has appeared as the featured model for various world-wide brands which have given her the opportunity to travel around the world.
Marie teaches all aspects of dance, specialising in commercial Jazz, Tap and Modern. She is a pianist and song writer and is a lead singer in an original indie band, which are currently performing live in and around London. Marie is also working on her solo material and writing for other artists and currently runs her own Acting Agency.
Marie is also part of the London vocal harmony group ‘Urban Voices’ who were selected to perform in the Olympics Closing Ceremony.