MEET THE TEAM

CREATOR & DIRECTOR

FELICITY 'FLICK' HALFPENNY

 

Felicity Halfpenny is a Choreographer, Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer who loves to combine her passions for fitness, musical theatre and teaching into one.

Unfortunately when Felicity was 21, she suffered an injury and her sternum and ribcage were separated. Felicity has worked over the past decade to heal the injury and understand the body in more depth by qualifying as a massage therapist whilst working as a Health Mentor, Personal Trainer and class fitness instructor. Felicity looks forward to being able to follow her passions of dance and fitness again and bring the joy of Musical Theatre Fitness to the world! 

Felicity trained as a dancer from a young age and was always involved in shows and singing wherever possible. She continued to develop her dance and vocal talent through studying at the Urdang Academy in London on their Musical Theatre program. From there, Felicity trained as a group exercise instructor and gained her qualification as a Master Level 1 Personal Trainer from the Australian Institute of Fitness, before venturing to work on a Cruise Line, teaching Ashtanga Yoga, Pilates, Spin, 1-1 training and group sessions.

Felicity has had a love of musicals since her mum took her to watch Fame on the West End when she was 13. The magic of the show and the sheer talent of the performers blew her away! Ever since that moment, Felicity has always loved the joy that theatre brings and the important messages it conveys. She continues to work in theatre and enjoys everything that the arts offer!

 

She wanted to combine her experience in fitness and dance with the love of musicals, and of course Disney, and from that, 'Musical Theatre Fitness' was born. Felicity truly believes that within the three class program, there is a class for everyone and all abilities. Work It Out and Stretch It Out focus on developing general fitness and flexibility whilst Dance It Out offers the chance for anyone, no matter their dance ability, to enjoy dancing!

Felicity has choreographed for a number of shows including The Wedding Singer (Kings Theatre, Edinburgh), Made in Dagenham (Churchill Theatre, Edinburgh), Rock of Ages (Churchill Theatre, Edinburgh), Popstars: The 90’s Musical (Churchill Theatre, Edinburgh), Jekyll & Hyde (Churchill Theatre, Edinburgh), The Addams Family (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). She has also performed on stage as Margot in ‘Legally Blonde’ (Kings Theatre, Edinburgh), Kathy in ‘9 to 5’ (Kings Theatre, Edinburgh) and as Ariel in ‘Footloose’ (Kings Theatre, Edinburgh).

INSTRUCTOR

ZOE 'ZELLIS' ELLIS

Zoe began dancing at the tender age of 4, and after being involved in several amateur productions, she was given the title role in the musical "Annie". Her role in Annie, at just 12 years old, made Zoe realise that performing was the life she wanted to lead.

Growing up Zoe trained as a dancer and singer, successfully completing her ISTD and RAD exams in Ballet, Tap, Modern and Spanish dancing. Zoe also completed her GCSE in Dance when only 14 years old, and was rewarded an “A” grade.

After her A Levels, Zoe attended the Urdang Academy where she trained as a Professional in Musical Theatre on a full scholarship. Alongside her training, Zoe also obtained her Level 4 teaching qualification with the British Ballet Organization (BBO), majoring in Classical Ballet. After graduating, she continued her career as a successful performer on the West End and across the globe.

In the intervening years, leading to the Urdang Academy Zoe had auditioned for and performed in numerous local productions in order to get as much performing experience as possible. These productions included Jesus Christ Super Star, Fame and West Side Story.

Zoe has been involved in many productions over the years since graduating from the Urdang Academy, including Dick Whittington (Midlands Tour), Potters Theatre Company (Potters Leisure Resort), City of Friends (Dubai), Sweden ABBA Tribute (Nationwide) and The Circus of Horrors (West End and UK Tour).

 

“My love for the arts has never left me and I am delighted to be joining Musical Theatre Fitness as a new instructor!”

 
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