Our Team




Ecco Theatre Arts consists of a team of competent, committed and experienced teachers. Allow us to introduce them to you on this page.




Amanda Horne



Ballet, Tap , Theatre Craft, Freestyle, Rock n Roll, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Acro, Skills, Comp Crew.

Amanda began dancing at the age of 2 and has never stopped since. As a teenager she was a freestyle and rock n roll champion reaching the British finals on numerous occasions. She then switched styles and trained in contemporary dance at the world famous Laban Centre in London. On graduating she returned to Sheffield and gained her teaching qualifications in ballet, tap, modern jazz, theatre craft, freestyle and rock n roll and opened Ecco in 1993. The school has grown from one class a week to classes 6 days of the week. In 2012 she achieved her goal of owning her own studio. As well as being a dance teacher and principal of Ecco Amanda is also a championship adjudicator for the Association of Dance and Freestyle Professionals judging at competitions around the UK.

Amanda is married to Rob and has 2 children who have both inherited a love of dance and performing.




Helen Tomlinson

Dance Teacher


Freestyle Disco , Street , Commercial , Slow, Rock n Roll , Stamina , Comp Crew


Helen began dancing competitively at Ecco Theatre Arts when she was 12 and started training for her teaching qualifications at 17. She qualified as a dance teacher in 2010 and has been teaching freestyle, street, commercial, rock n roll and slow dance classes for Ecco for the last 6 years. Helen says "There is nothing more fulfilling to me than helping my students realise their potential and seeing them grow in confidence and ability." In 2014 she decided to branch out into teaching dance inspired fitness classes for adults and has discovered a real passion for encouraging women to get into exercise helping them achieve their fitness and weight loss goals. She currently runs classes around Sheffield details of which can be found at www.dancefitwithhelen.com. Helen is also a championship adjudicator for the Association of Dance and Freestyle Professionals judging at competitions around the UK. In addition to her dance teaching qualifications in freestyle and rock n roll, she holds a First Class BA Honours Degree in Arts Management.




Rebecca Gadsby

Dance Teacher


Freestyle Disco, Street, Commercial, Rock n Roll, Comp Crew


Rebecca began dancing at the age of 6 and danced competitively with Ecco Theatre Arts in freestyle disco and rock n roll competitions until the age of 16, in which time she reached championship status with her dance partner.
After studying Art and Design at college, she returned to train for her teaching qualification in freestyle dance. Qualifying in 2008 with the International Dance Teachers Association, she has since been teaching freestyle disco, commercial street and rock n roll classes at Ecco.
Becky loves making classes fun for all and enjoys seeing her students go from strength to strength.

Becky is also an adjudicator for the Association of Dance and Freestyle professionals and judges at competitions around the UK.




Carly Winter

Dance Teacher


Freestyle Disco, Street, Contemporary.


Carly started dancing at the age of 4 and danced competitively with Ecco Theatre Arts in freestyle and rock n roll, reaching championship status. From 2004 she continued dancing into further education, beginning training in contemporary dance at college and university. Graduating from Chester university in 2009 with a BA HONS in Dance, Carly has performed with various dance companies throughout north Wales and Cheshire gaining experience on stage. In 2010 she also began her teaching career becoming a dance practitioner for North East Wales Dance working in schools and the community. Since moving back to Sheffield Carly has continued to build her dance career working in schools and the community across Sheffield and taking her passion for dance and fitness to develop her own dance fit classes. In 2011 she qualified with IDTA in freestyle and now teaches freestyle and contemporary at Ecco. Carly loves to perform, create and inspire.




Rebecca Vida

Dance Teacher


Ballet, Tap, Theatre Craft


Rebecca starting dancing at the age of 4 and hasn't stopped dancing since. She has taken many Tap, Ballet, Modern Jazz and Theatre Craft exams and been in too many dance shows to remember! She continued her love of performing at college and university going on to gain a BA (Hons) in Physical & Dance Theatre. In 2012, Becky was lucky enough to dance and perform in the London 2012 Olympic Closing ceremony, performing alongside One Direction, Pet Shop Boys, Rita Ora and many more. She considers this one of her greatest achievements. After returning back home from university, Becky returned to Ecco and began teaching Ballet, Tap and Theatre Craft. She is now preparing for her Diploma in dance teaching in Ballet.




Kayleigh Horne

Dance Teacher


Ballet, Tap, Theatre Craft, Contempoary, Arco/Skills , Trick&Tumbles


Kayleigh has been dancing since the age of 2 where she studied Ballet, Tap, Modern, Theatre Craft, Freestyle and Rock and Roll. She danced competitively in freestyle until around 16 years old and won lots of awards including UK Champion in Rock and Roll. She became interested in contemporary dance at 16 and went on to train in contemporary dance at Norton college and Chester University where she graduated with a degree in Contemporary Dance. While Studying at Chester she became a company dancer with EnCompass Collective where she performed across Cheshire, Manchester and Liverpool. She is looking forward to performing with them again soon. She also became involved with Capoeira, which is a mix of dance, gymnastics and martial arts, and in February 2016 she gained her 2nd belt. Alongside her dancing Kayleigh is a gymnastics coach with Ecco Gymnastics Club. Kayleigh is very happy to be back at Ecco and is starting to take her pre-associate in ballet. 




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