About Us

Allstars Academy is owned and run by Natalie Powers and Amanda Constantinou, who having had incredible experiences in their careers in the performing arts, want to use their talent, experience and passion to inspire others.

Our classes combine Singing, Dance and Drama to give the students a balanced set of skills and are designed to be fun whilst bringing out our students creativity and building their confidence and self-esteem. We welcome all ages and abilities.

All teachers are professionally trained West End performers and fully CRB checked and our Principals are ex West End performers.

Our classes are mainly held at Berkhamsted & Hemel Hempstead Hockey Club and Longwick (Princes Risborough) and are centrally located and ideal for the following areas: Berkhamsted, Tring, Hemel Hemstead Chesham, Kings Langley, Apsley, Bovingdon, Princes Risborough, Thame, High Wycombe, Watford and Aylesbury.

The Team

We are extremely proud of the team we have built up at Allstars Academy, click on a team member to read about their experience.

Amanda Constantinou (Principal)

Amanda studied performing arts at the prestigious Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in London and began her career touring the country as principle actress with a children’s theatre company. After that she toured with Michelle Breeze as singer/dancer in her variety show and then left for the high seas to work for Celebrity Cruises and then the Italia Prima on a world cruise as a dancer/singer.

Amanda's first West End credit was in ‘Starlight Express’ in the principal role of Ashley (one of thecarriages) at the Apollo Theatre.

Her next role was in the original cast of ‘Closer to Heaven’ written by the Pet Shop Boys at the Arts Theatre where she also understudied thelead.

She then appeared in the original cast of ‘Jus like that’ at the Garrick Theatre with Jerome Flynn.

Amanda’s other career highlights include:

  • Work on various musical shows and charity gala's at the Palace Theatre, the MillenniumStadium and Royal Albert hall
  • Performed in aspecial production for Scandinavian Royalty of The Lion King produced for a Royal birthday party
  • Features in numerous adverts for Archers, Datec.com,Vodafone, Iceland and Abba just dance
  • A featured Zombie in the film ‘28 Weeks Later’
  • Dancing for Robbie Williams on Top of the pops and the video for his tour
  • Danced and skated for Madonna on her Sorry Video
  • Perfomed on varioustelevision shows including The Word, Pebble Mill and Graham Norton
  • On the production team and performed as a dementor skater in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics

Amanda has also formed and run Muse Artists, a successful events company providing entertainment for prestigious events such as forfilm premieres, perfume Launches and huge events at Natural History Museum, Hampton Court, the Wallis Collection, Madame Tussauds, and supplied theentertainment for England's biggest corporate Christmas party company.

Natalie Powers (Principal)

Natalie trained at the highly acclaimed Arts Educational College, Chiswick, London, where she studied ‘Musical Theatre’. Natalie then went straight from College into the West End, making her debut at the tender age of just 18 with ‘Starlight Express,’ playing the principal role of Buffy for 2 years, and understudying both Dinah and Pearl.

Other theatre credits include:
  • ‘Tommy’, Shaftesbury Theatre, West End, understudying Kim Wilde in theleading role of Mrs Walker
  • ‘Starlight Express’, Apollo Theatre, a return visit to play Dinah for 1 year
  • ‘Annie’, Birmingham Hippodrome
  • Russ Abbot Summer Spectacular, B.I.C. Bournemouth
  • ‘Cinderella’ The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
  • ‘Babes in the Wood’, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
  • ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’, Wimbledon Theatre, London
  • ‘Annie’, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
  • Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 50th Birthday Celebration, Royal Albert Hall
After extensive Theatre work Natalie then choose to change direction and breakinto the recording industry, her first love, and secured lead vocalist with popband ‘Scooch’. The band released 5 singles - 2 of which made number 5 in thecharts - andan album. The band then won ‘BBC Making Your Mind Up’ and were voted torepresent the U.K in the Eurovision Song Contest in Finland in 2007, watched by some 200 million viewers

Natalie has travelled the length and breadth of the UK with Scooch, performing in every major city and Arena and still performs with them today.

Television Credits include.
  • Top of the Pops,Pepsi Chart Show
  • Blue Peter,Graham Norton
  • CD:UK,Loose Women
  • This Morning,GMTV
  • Lorraine,SMTV
  • Live & Kicking,Richard & Judy
  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole
Natalie has successfully run her own vocal academy ‘Songstars’ for the past 15 years and is now delighted to incorporate it into her new partnership with Amanda to create Allstars Academy.

Julian Essex-Spurrier (Dance / Drama / Skating)

Born in the U.S.A., Julian was brought to the U.K. when he was a child where he became involved in the arts and began working professionally in show-business at the age of eleven. After gaining experience in local shows and subsequently becoming involved with the National Youth Music Theatre, he attended the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts at age fourteen and then left at the age of seventeen to start his career in London's West End, having landed a part in Starlight Express.

His recent credits include; reprising his role of 'Rocky' in 2010 UK Tour of The Rocky Horror Show and the part of 'Sportacus' in Lazytown Live and Lazytown Live, a Pirate Adventure. He was cast after a nationwide search to find the UK Sportacus and his specialized skill set of being an excellent actor/dancer/singer/acrobat landed him the role as he was required to perform his own stunts whilst singing, dancing and playing the character, twelve shows a week, and of course, look the part.

Previous work includes the role of 'Uncle Wes' in the UK national tour of Footloose, the part of 'Rocky' in the 2006 UK national tour of The Rocky Horror show, the role of 'Joey' and 'Tony Manero' in Saturday Night Fever at the Apollo Victoria Theatre; the part of 'Gordon/Mr Grey', as well as understudying and performing the role of 'Mark', in Rent at the Prince of Wales Theatre; 'Buddy Keno Walsh' in The Full Monty at The Prince of Wales Theatre; 'Riff' in West Side Story (UK national tour 2001); ensemble and understudy 'Theo' in La Cava at the Piccadilly Theatre; 'Gideon' in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the B.A.C; an acrobatic politician in Jumpers at Birmingham Rep; 'Lewis' in Pippin at the Bridewell; Andrew Lloyd Webber's 50th Birthday Tribute at the Royal Albert Hall; ensemble and acrobat in Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and Starlight Express at the Apollo Victoria, where he performed many roles from 'Rocky II' to 'Rusty'.

Commercial credits include; the featured role in the MaxOne commercial, and editorial campaign, for Denmark (2007) the Toyota Trade Show in Barcelona (2005), the Changing of the Guard commercial for Virgin/Target and many other corporate gigs.

Other work Includes; Good Ship Citizen for Outlaw films, La Boheme at the Albert Hall, Death in Venice for Glyndebourne Festival opera, Les Petits Rats at the International Edinburgh Festival and 'Eaves' in The Ragged Child at Sadlers, Wells for the N.Y.M.T.

Television credits include the part of 'Trojan' in EastEnders for the BBC, appearances on Top of the Pops 2 and Popworld, presenting work for Fox Kids TV, Grange Hill for the BBC, You Bet! for LWT, Agony for Live TV and a multitude of appearances with the pop group E-male, including BBC's Live and Kicking and a feature in Cosmopolitan magazine.

Julian has also performed the voiceovers for the leading roles in lchi the Killer and New Dragon Gate Inn, as well as work on the other titles such as Ju on; The Grudge and The Warrior for Medusa films for British release on DVD.

Emily Bull (Vocal)

Emily trained at Arts Educational Schools London where she gained a 1st class BA(Hons) in Musical Theatre. Graduating in 2005 Emily has had a varied and successful career to date.

Her credits include: Cosette in 'Les Miserables' (West End); Frenchy u/s Sandy in 'Grease' (West End); Bobbie in 'The Railway Children' (Sevenoaks Playhouse); 'Caberet' (UK no.1 tour) where she understudied and played the role of Sally Bowles; 'Sweeney Todd' (Chichester Festival Theatre and West End) featuring in the ensemble and understudying the role of Johanna; Karoline in '3 Composers, 3 Countires' (From Page to Stage season at The Landor); Belle in 'Beauty & The Beast' and Princess Mia in 'Jack & The Beanstalk' (Mercury Theatre Colchester).

Recordings include: 'Sweeney Todd' (London Cast 2012); 'The Railway Children' (original cast); 'Les Miserables 21st Anniversary Concert' (BBC Radio 2).

She has also made several television appearances including: 'I Dreamed a Dream - The Susan Boyle Story' (ITV); 'The Passions Of Girls Aloud'(ITV2); 'Mosgito!' (S4C); 'This Morning', 'GMTV' and The Alan Titchmarsh Show' (ITV).

Most recently Emily has been involved in a workshop of a new musical adaptation of Gulliver's Travels playing the role of Gaia, and she has just finished working on the feature film 'London Road' directed by Rufus Norris. (National Theatre, BBC Films and Cuba Pictures)

Nicola Daniels (Dance Grades)

Nicola was born in 1990 in Birmingham. She started dancing at four years of age and by the time she was seven Nicola was representing her dance academy in competitions up and down the country.

Nicola danced in pantomime several years running in Stafford and when she was just fourteen years old was the youngest dancer ever to win the West Midlands Senior Ballet Championship, a title she still holds!

In 2005 Nicola was offered a place to train at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and stayed there on a scholarship for the next five years. During that time Nicola danced for National Youth Ballet in her spare time and was privileged to dance at the London Palladium, Sadlers Wells, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and many other London theatres. In 2009 Nicola was chosen to dance at Lincolns Inn for HRH Princess Anne at a ‘Save the Children’ fund raising dinner.

In 2010 Nicola graduated from Tring Park with a National Diploma in Professional Dance. She is thoroughly enjoying teaching dance at Allstars Academy.

Kathy Andrews (Dance Grades)

Kathy was born in Blackpool and started dancing aged three at the Barbara Jackson Academy of Dance. She continued her training at Arts Educational Tring aged 12 and moved to the Arts Educational London at 16 to complete major exams including 4 associate teaching qualifications in Modern, Tap, Ballet and national dance. She also studied Greek dance, Contemporary, Spanish, Pas de Deax and repertoire.

Kathy returned to Arts Educational Tring where she taught for five years, before taking over a Dance School in Stevenage and opening a further 2 branches in and Tring and Whitechurch. She then went on to spend a further 4 years teaching at The London College of Dance and Drama (The Imperial Society's teacher training college) specialising in boys work.

After moving back to Blackpool in the late 1980s, Kathy returned to teach for Miss Jackson and stayed for over 20 years developing a strong major section and boys, many of whom are now dancing in the West End and numerous other parts of the world!

Kathy gained her Fellowship in Modern dance and Licenciate Tap in the 1990s, the Fellowship being the highest qualification the Imperial grants. In 2012, Kathy moved back to Aylesbury and is enjoying being associated with Amanda, Natalie and all the talented pupils at Allstars Academy

Jason King (Drama)

Jason was born in Los Angeles, but moved to Australia at the age of 10. He studied at Theatre Nepean, one of Australia’s top Universities for the Performing Arts where he graduated with a degree in BA in Performing Arts.

This was an Arts degree focused on Theatre Performance. It was 75% practical focusing equally on Acting, Voice, Movement and Singing. The other 25% was Theatre Production practical and theory. For the practical he learned all aspects of producing a piece of theatre, Marketing, Lighting, Set Design and Building, Front of House etc. For the theory we study the history of theatre from the Greeks to Shakespeare through to Contemporary works covering all theatrical genres. The culmination of this study was the formation of Ricochet Theatre productions a company which continued to produce work long after the degree was finished.

After leaving university Jason worked as a performer in theatre for 10 years, performing in 34 plays in many different genres and spaces, from playing Othello, to playing a 9 foot Emu (flightless Australian bird) showgirl on stilts, to performing and touring a solo theatre in education piece, it was a 50 minute show where he played 8 different characters, crossing genders and ages ranging from 5 to 50.

Some of his credits include:

  • Valentine in “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”, William Shakespeare
  • Oberon in “A mid Summers night Dream”, William Shakespeare
  • Borkin in “Ivanov”, Anton Chekhov
  • After shocks, Nick Enright
  • Leontes in “A Winters Tale”
  • Bassanio in “Merchant of Venice”
  • Polonius in “Hamlet”
  • Oberon in “A Mid Summers Night Dream”

Holly Costin (Drama)

Holly began her theatrical journey just before she was two, dancing with the Hazel Bell School of Dance. Growing up she performed in many shows at the ‘Library Theatre’ in Bradford, progressing to various youth theatres, musicals and competitions.

She began directing/teaching whilst still at school and winning competitions. During her gap year, Holly coordinated choreography for a town wide project in Shrewsbury called ‘Hopes and Dreams’, where she taught all across the board from Brownies, Youth groups and the more challenging ‘grown ups’.

Holly then trained at ‘East 15 Acting School’ in London as an actor, again teaching summer schools during the holidays and upon graduation formed, with a couple of her fellow graduates, ‘Short Straw Theatre Company’, thus named as all three of the Artistic Directors are quite petite.

As Co-Artistic Director of Short Straw Theatre Company Holly was responsible for creative production, sourcing Writers/ Directors and Actors, running workshops to groups of all ages, devising interactive shows, acting on stage for both Short Straw and other theatre companies. With shows playing at; Theatre 501, Greenwich Playhouse, Battersea Arts Centre and workshops at the Soho Theatre London.

As well as a stint in the fashion world working for HUGO BOSS and Lacoste where amongst other things Holly set up training and in house fashion shows, Holly has been working as a freelance Drama teacher and is very excited to be working with AllStars.

Kelly O'Brien (Skating)

Australian born Singer/Comedienne/Dancer/Actress and Writer Kelly O’Brien has been entertaining professionally for over 20 years..

Kelly first began singing Country at the age of 14. Two years later she was crowned South Australian Country Vocalist of the Year and Best New Talent at the famous pan-Australian Gympie Muster country festival- securing Kelly her first recording contract. This led to endless exposure- as one of Australia’s youngest Country singers.

Kelly’s first national television appearance was on the talent show New Faces. TV performances then included spots on Good Morning Australia, Carols in the Domain, Cartoon Network, Living with Style and Home and Away. Kelly’s biggest break however came when she made it to the final 12 in POPSTARS 2 on Australian national TV.

In February 2002, Kelly was offered a lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webbers hit musical Starlight Express, in Germany. This consequently led to a record contract with Zyx music and the release of the hit single ‘Crucified’. Other theatre credits have included ensemble roles in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Cabaret and Tonight’s the night.

Since arriving in London in 2005, Kelly has worked extensively as a freelance singer- working with artists such as Diana Vickers on X factor and Antony Costa in his big band. She has also appeared in television commercials for How to Look Good Naked, Miss Naked Beauty & Net Play.

Country music however is where Kelly’s passion lies and since winning a prestigious Sydney Talent Quest in 2000 - as a Dolly Parton impersonator, Kelly has been performing her tribute show ever since. In September 2011 (with the help of Dolly’s management team) Kelly finally met her idol, the real Dolly Parton herself. In 2013 Kelly was also crowned the U.K’s best Dolly tribute as voted for by the Agent’s Association of Great Britain.

Kelly is also a Zumba instructor and Scout leader.