our team


PRINCIPALS

GABRIELLE DUNK

Gabrielle trained at the BRIT School and The Urdang Academy. 

Landing her first professional job aged 7, performing in the hit West End show Les Miserables as Young Eponine.  Gaby worked continuously and some of her highlights were appearing in Dame Edna The Spectacle at the Haymarket Theatre followed by the short film Bubbles that won an award at The Edinburgh Film Festival. Gaby has toured Japan with the prestigious NYMT, in the show Pendragon. 
Gabrielle loves teaching The POP Workshop students, and thrives to see the pupils improve and grow into the best performers they can be. 


Francesca Webb

Francesca trained at London Studio Centre.

She began her career working on television and travelling UK and Europe as a backing dancer for many big artists including Hurts, Katy Perry, Robbie Williams, Take That, Kylie Minogue, One Direction and more. Alongside this Francesca works in Musical Theatre and most recently starred as Roxie Hart in Chicago. Theatre credits include; Chicago (Luxembourg); Legally Blonde (Curve); Hairspray (UK & Ireland Tour); Ghost the Musical (Piccadilly Theatre & China); Cats (Larnaca Municipal Theatre, Cyprus); Bless the Bride (Kings Head Theatre). She has also worked for big brands including Fiat, Lucozade, Head & Shoulders, Nike, Adidas, Plume, Lynx and Nokia. 

Francesca loves teaching the students at The POP Workshop and is very passionate about seeing their individual progression but still making it fun and enjoyable along the way.


FOUNDER

VIKI MELROSE

Viki studied all forms of Dance from an early age including Tap, Ballet, and Modern, Greek National, and Song & Dance, holding titles from the All England Dance Competitions, Ruby Ginner winner, Gold Star Tap Awards, and Finalist for Miss Dance UK.

Her colourful professional career started in 1987 with Viki travelling the world several times over and enjoyed a varied career in Cabaret, TV, Commercials, Musical Theatre, Modelling, Advertising Campaigns, and Top 40 American Show Bands.  She founded, choreographed and performed in her own Touring Dance Company called the “BBoss Dancers”.  Later working as a session vocalist, and eventually signing with V2 Records Worldwide as a Recording Artist with the girl group Madasun.

Having enjoyed 14 years in the arts and achieving great success, Viki was ready to put down some roots and start a new adventure.  

The POP Workshop was born in 2001 and her philosophy was to inspire and teach children all she had learnt from her time in the industry, by making performances magical, exciting, and fun, creating the opportunity for children to feel amazing, whilst expressing their selves though music and dance that was current and related to them.  Her biggest passion was to provide an outlet for children giving  them the confidence and belief that they can achieve their goals and experience the feeling super stars have by being part of the creative process of production, choreography and live performance, to give them the skills and mind-set to be successful in whatever they aim for in life.

 

 

TEACHERS

 
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Fenella Speed-Reardon

Fenella has always had a passion for performing. She trained at ‘The Urdang Academy’ and ‘The Italia Conti Academy’ in Musical Theatre where she gained a professional diploma.

This training also allowed her to work professionally with credits such as; Backing Dancer for Comic Relief (BBC), Dancer for RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Schoolgirl in Russell Brand’s Teaser (Talkback TV), Dancer ‘Name That Tune’ Royal Caribbean productions, Ensemble ‘The Gift’ Royal Caribbean Productions. Most recently Fenella has finished a contract for Royal Caribbean in the hit West-End Musical ‘We Will Rock You’ as Ensemble/Cover Teen Queen.

Fenella is thrilled to be joining the team at The Pop Workshop. She can’t wait to work with the students and watch them grow into free thinking, confident young performers.

 

 

POPWORKSHOP MUM

 
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Isabelle Hoffman