A unique
contemporary youth
dance company
in the heart of
Teesside
R Y D C

Meet the Team

The Teachers

Rhiannon Taylor

Rhiannon

Rhiannon started her dance training with Thompsons School of Dance and was first introduced to contemporary dance at Egglescliffe School, with Emma Green. After completing her A Levels, Rhiannon went on to gain a BA Hons from Bath Spa University in 2008, focusing on Choreography and Digital Media. Here she worked with Dr Karla Shacklock, Karine Rugman, Dr Chris Lewis- Smith and Paul Claydon. From there she then went on to do a Graduate Program with Tees Valley Dance working with Kristina Sommerlade company director.

She progressed on to teach in a freelance capacity in and around local Tees Valley schools introducing students to street dance and contemporary dance.

Rhiannon moved to Bristol in 2010 where she began teaching in a dance school until she eventually took ownership and made it her own school and business. Whilst in Bristol she gained her MA from Bath Spa University in Dance, Digital Media and Dance for Film, along with her Pilates qualification at Body Control.

She has performed at Harbourside Festival, Bristol Caribbean Festival and various street festivals. She was also the solo dancer at the closing ceremony for the Anne Frank exhibition in Bournemouth. She has also choreographed numerous works which includes 3 Science Funded Arts Projects, and the official dance for the Special Olympics in 2012.

She moved back to Teesside in 2015 where she is now a successful freelance Pilates teacher at Studio 21 in Yarm, and Owner, Artistic Director and Choreographer at Rhiactions Youth Dance Company.

Pippa Mason

Pipper

Pippa originally started dancing at a young age, studying tap, modern, acrobatics, jazz and ballet, gradually developing and concentrating on her ballet at Thompsons School of Ballet where she completed her Grade 8 RAD exam and also the Elementary certificate.

She also sang with Tees Valley Youth Choir and was a member of the choir that won the Choir of The Year competition in 2002. Also singing with St Peters Church choir as one of the first female intakes. She went on to complete her A Levels in Dance and a BTEC in Performing Arts, plus her Grade 7 Musical Theatre certificate.

Pippa changed career direction and went on to complete her AAT in accounts and worked in finance with various employers. She has ran her own home-based business in the health and wellness industry for the last 6 years while raising her daughter. Since having her first daughter, she went on to help create and conduct a choir at St Mary's Primary School, producing concerts, and taking part in local musical events including carol singing at local care homes. She continues to attend ballet classes and is now company secretary for Rhiactions Youth Dance Company.