Meet the Team
Shelley Otway - Principal and Founder
Shelley has worked in the entertainment industry for over 25 years and trained in Musical Theatre at The Guildford School of Acting on a full singing scholarship.
Starting as a dancer, singer and actress in professional musicals such as "Anything Goes", "42nd Street" "Oliver", "Carousel", and a "A Chorus Line" she then went on to perform in many plays including "The Matchmaker" "Stepping Out", "Man and Superman"(where she was nominated for best actress) and "Communicating Doors".
Shelley then went on to train as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor and worked as a co-ordinator training many Virgin Active employees to teach. She was then given "Group Exercise co-ordinator of the year" out of 80 Virgin Health clubs.
Alongside this she still worked as an actress and taught Singing, Dance and Drama, choreographed over 200 productions and managed over 100 Stagecoach schools across the country- including working as a choreographer for their Head Office shows.
In 2010 she combined her love of teaching, managing and performing arts and launched another franchised business growing the theatre school for children from zero to 150 students.
In 2011 she then launched a branch in Woodley and grew that from zero 70 students and took on role of Choreographer and Support Manager for Head Office. During this period she auditioned and trained 60 teachers to teach workshops for to perform abroad.
Shelley won several awards for the growth and success of both franchised branches. Including Franchisee of the year, School of the year- runner up, Brand ambassador of the year, franchisee of the term, Making dreams come true ( for all her West End success at her school), and Finalist for the working mum and working awards for Franchisee of the year.
In 2015 she was selected to teach at the famous "Move It!" dance extravaganza in London where she taught to a packed class of over 400 people from the ages of 7yrs- 52yrs!
Shelley was delighted " Step Out" with her own independent school and welcomes the many opportunities this will allow for her students. In just 18 months of opening her children had performed at DisneyLand, Formula 1, The Olympic Stadium, Wembley stadium and She is extremely proud to have coached over 10 children from Steppin Out who have appeared in west end shows.
Meet The Team:
Principal and Founder: Shelley Otway
Dep Principal: Adele Cameron-Webb
PA to Principal: Adele Cameron Webb
Accounts, Fees and Payrol: Emma Corby
Woodley - Bulmershe Senior School
Principal - Shelley Otway
Drama - Chris Bennett
Dance - Claire horton
Singing - Lj Wrey
Head Assistant - Jodie Ruel
Wokingham - Emmbrook Senior School
Principal - Shelley Otway
Drama - Hannah Vowels
Dance & Beginners and Inters Tap- Clare Horton
Advanced Tap- Shelley Otway
Singing - Kimberly Manser
Private Singing Lessons - Maisie Melia-Redgrave
Head Assistant - Lauren Webb
Wargrave - Piggott Senior School
Principal - Adele Cameron Webb
Drama - Emily Jesson
Dance - Claire Barnhard
Singing - Emily Jesson