UPA has been formed by married couple Sam & Vicky, who have a great deal of experience in the industry. As directors, they wanted to form this school to help encourage youngsters in the Arts and to impart their wealth of experience and talent to an up and coming generation.
The UPA team have an amazing spectrum of experience within the industry including:
Teaching, Choreography, Musicals, Plays, Films,West End Shows, UK tours, International Tours,Television (Soaps & Reality Talent shows), Presenting, Pantomime, Cruise Ships,Workshops,T.I.E, Competing, Cast Recordings, Corporate entertainment & Commercials.
An added bonus to this is that they have the top West End and TV stars at their fingertips for various masterclasses and workshops. You will not be able to find another school in the local area with such a wealth of experience and talent at their fingertips.
Sam trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. He landed his first television role playing Ricky in Hollyoaks in 2009. In January 2010 he joined the cast of Eastenders and its first online spinoff Eastenders: E20, playing the character Leon Small. He is also a singer and has starred in West End musicals as well as touring the world with numerous shows.
Sam was the winner of the sixth series of ITV1's Dancing on Ice in March 2011. He also went on to win the tour where he skated alongside Torvill & Dean. Due to Sam's success on the show he was invited back for the final 'All Stars' series where he skated with his now wife Vicky.
Television credits include: Rupert in In the cloud (Crackle) Henry Conner in Doctors (BBC); Bumby Wallace in Mr Selfridge (ITV1); Leon in Eastenders (BBC); Leon in E20 (BBC online & BBC3) Ricky in Hollyoaks (Lime Pictures for Channel 4) and Himself on Dancing on Ice.
Theatre Credits include: Mickey Deans in End of the Rainbow (Colchester Mercury & UK tour); Norman in Dreamboats and Petticoats (Westend, Whyndams theatre), Brad Majors in The Rocky Horror Show (40th anniversary UK Tour), Adam Pontipee in Seven brides for seven brothers (UK Tour), Tonights the Night (UK Tour), 20th Century Boy (BAC), Castor in Jason and the Argonauts (Charing Cross Theatre) and Muscles in Top Cat (New Wimbledon Theatre). Sam has also starred in some of the top Pantomimes around the country over the years.
Film credits include: Jack in Life's a Buzz (Short film); Dave in Real Time (Short film for century aspect); Hey Baby (Feature Film) and Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (Feature film)
Anna trained at Phil Winston's Theatreworks graduating from the professional dancers course and completing teacher training. After leaving College Anna had a successful performing career working for world class choreographers on "Spirit of the Dance" and "Dancing Queen" touring across the globe understudying and playing the lead roles. Some highlights were dancing on live TV for Chinese New Year to an audience of 1.6 billion and dancing at the home of the Oscars, The Kodak Theatre Los Angeles, alongside Ricky Martin and Hilary Swank. She danced in Paris at the “Cirque D’Hiver” as lead dancer of the Salto Ballet and was Head dancer on board Silversea Cruise lines also performing the silks and Spanish web.
Anna has taught dance in primary, secondary and vocational schools across the UK and Europe and currently she is Senior Dance Tutor at Mountview Theatre Arts. Choreographically she has created pieces for Mountview Undergraduate and Post graduate Showcases, various musicals for both Youth and Vocational Colleges including “Into the Woods”, “In the Heights”, “Wonderful Town” and most recently choreographed “Grease” for third year Mountview students.
Adi is a multi-instrumentalist, music teacher and composer. Growing up she a theatre school from the age of 4 to 16, performing in a number of shows including singing as a member of the choir for 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat' at the Royal and Derngate Theatre in Northampton. She also took vocal and acting lessons on Saturdays at the Sylvia Young Theatre School in London. Her qualifications include Grade 8 Piano and Violin, and she also took a number of LAMDA exams resulting in a distinction in Grade 8 Verse and Prose. Adi has trained in Estill vocal techniques with Kerry Jo Hodgkin and Anne Marie Speed, and in the past performed in an alternative rock band called 'Near Moments', singing and playing electric violin. The band toured the UK a number of times and reached the finals of 'Live and Unsigned' performing at the 02 Arena (Proud), London.
After graduating in 2017 from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, with a first class degree in composition, Adi composes for a variety of projects in film, television and gaming. She teaches music lessons for piano, violin, guitar, vocals and music theory both privately and in schools, as well as leading courses on holiday clubs. She also performs her own original music, as well as joining the band pit for live musical productions such as 'Spring Awakening', 'Legally Blonde', and 'Made in Dagenham'.
Temmy Bamishe has graduated from the foundation course in professional dance and musical theatre at The Urdang Academy. Temmy first found his love for performing arts after winning a school talent show at the young age of 12, since then he's gone on to perform at many big stages such as the Olympia arena (move it dance event) freestyle stages, Milton Keynes theatre and one of his biggest accomplishments to date dancing for Diversity street dance crew in their dance studio in Essex with Temmy's self made street dance crew Deestraction after winning national Diana award anti bullying competition. Temmy will now be starting a 3 year BA(hons) in professional dance and musical theatre at the bird college of music, theatre, dance and performance where he hopes to develop his craft further and chase his goal of becoming an accredited performer in the performing arts industry.
Kirsty is the Principal Director of Keylicious Music, a private music school based in Milton Keynes, having gained her degree at Kings College, London, a Russell Group university. Kirsty has a decade of experience as a vocal coach, Musical Director, Head of Singing at theatre schools across the UK, a choral conductor and composer. She is trained in Estill Voice Training techniques, as well as bel canto.
Her choirs have performed on Sky TV, at sports stadiums and large national theatres, as well as her choral arrangements being aired on BBC radio and performed at festivals in America and Canada. Kirsty regularly performs at prestigious locations with her folk band Cantlos, as lead singer and harpist, and has performed at the Royal Albert Hall. Kirsty’s students go on to obtain the highest level of results, gaining placements to top universities, studying music and composition, as well as winning choral scholarships to leading cathedral schools. Kirsty’s students also regularly appear on television and in Hollywood movies, most recently the Hollywood blockbuster “Now You See Me 2”, and Neil Gaiman’s “Likely Stories” on Sky Arts, as well as numerous commercials for leading brands such as Activia and Iceland.
Michael is currently training as an Actor Musician at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. He has had a passion for music from the age of 6 picking up a variety of instruments along the way. Michael has performed as a musician for over five years accompanying choirs aswell as gigging. He was in his first musical at the age of 13 as 'The Artful Dodger' in Oliver!.He then went on to star in musicals such as Fame,The Wiz, Grease and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Michael then branched out into performing in Shakespeare plays such as Twelth Night and Romeo and Juliet. He is excited for the opportunity to teach and looking forward to being a part of the UPA team.
Vicky started skating from the age of six in Milton Keynes and later competed in national and international competitions. At the young age of 11, she was the first skater from Milton Keynes to compete in the British Championships.
When she reached 18, Vicky wanted to enrich her skating experience, so she worked hard to become a NISA Qualified Coach. After performing in many ice shows, she was eager to stretch the boundaries, seeking to be more creative, which eventually led her to performing with fire. Vicky attended a circus school in Camden, London, mastering the skills of fire poi. Developing this further, she applied her knowledge of working with fire to hoola hooping. Transforming these skills onto the ice was a difficult task, as there are very few skaters world wide who have used this art form on ice. Vicky’s unique fire act has led her to perform throughout the UK and in many countries across Europe and America.
In 2008 Vicky was touring with Dancing on Ice as a speciality act and subsequently joined the professional skaters, performing on the TV show from 2010-14. During the last series, Vicky had the opportunity to skate with Sam Attwater, who has since become her husband. This was an amazing time, sharing her love of the sport and her love of performance with Sam.
Coaching has been a major part of Vicky’ s work. For over 10 years she has been the Co-Director of the International School of Skating in Milton Keynes. She loves overseeing the development of skaters working towards tests, participating in competitions and witnessing the enjoyment the sport brings to all ages and standards. Vicky has been instrumental in the inception and organisation of the International Schools of Skating’s training camps throughout the UK and Europe, taking particular responsibility for choreography and off ice dance techniques.
Vicky is proud to represent her sport and is keen to impart her knowledge on the art of performance and technical skills to as many people as she can.
She has a bubbly personality, is extremely energetic and positive in every challenge she faces, which is most definitely infectious and motivating for her students.