Ultimate Dance Showcase UK is the UK’s newest, world-class dance competition.
Ultimate Dance Showcase UK is the UK’s newest, world-class dance competition. Founded by Nicole Lacy-Thompson, UDS UK is the place where dancers of all ages and abilities, from all over the UK and the world, can be a part of our exciting dance competitions.
Our staff members and judges are all professionals working in the performing arts, dance and education fields and provide quality adjudication for all of our dancers. Our dancers are awarded for their exceptional performances and extraordinary talent with loads of prizes, special awards and the chance to win the title of Mr. and Miss. Ultimate Dance Showcase. UDS UK provides the highest quality dance events where students gain performance experience, meet other dancers, and most importantly, have fun! We are so excited, and can’t wait to see you soon!
Born in England and raised in New York, Nicole grew up dancing and performing competitively. Throughout her childhood, she trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Modern Technique. After High School, Nicole went on to Oklahoma City University and received her Bachelor of Science in Dance Pedagogy.
Following her Undergraduate studies, Nicole started teaching dance throughout New York City and the surrounding areas. She then decided to further her education and attended Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey where she received her Master’s in Dance Education.
After finishing her Graduate degree, Nicole moved back to England where she has been teaching Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Street Dance, and Modern Technique in Primary Schools and dance studios throughout London for the past three years.
With nearly 10 years of experience as a dance teacher and extensive experience with both competing herself and training her students to compete, Nicole is beyond excited to launch Ultimate Dance Showcase UK. She is thrilled to give all the talented dancers in the UK the same opportunity that she had, and is looking forward to an amazing second season!
Stage Manager & Backstage Operations
As a tap dancer growing up, Jeff M. Poulin formed a fierce belief in the power of the arts to revolutionize education and transform the lives of young people. Participating in the arts in school and his community, Jeff found early success as a performer, garnering many regional and national dance titles, including being named Mr. Dance of a New Generation and touring the United States for several years with the Dancers, Inc. company.
Currently, Jeff is the Arts Education Program Manager at Americans for the Arts, the United States’ leading organization for the advancement of the arts and arts education. He works to empower local, state and federal advocates to advance policies supportive of arts education through national visibility and community-based mobilization. Jeff is renowned speaker on the topic of arts education, training over 10,000 people annually in all 50 U.S. states and speaking at national and global conferences on arts, culture, and education.
Jeff holds a Master of Arts degree in Arts Management and Cultural Policy from University College Dublin and a Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Business from Oklahoma City University. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Education from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.
Nicky Burke has been dancing since the age of 5 and trained professionally at Liberatus Performing Arts School and London Studio Centre. Nicky’s career began as a dancer for “Juke Box and Bobby Sox” UK Tour in 2012, and during this time she was scouted for the role of Genie for the pantomime “Aladdin.” She went on to play lead roles, and acted as dance captain and choreographer for 3 years. Last year she was offered the role of Swing to the lead actress “Sophie” in the International Tour of Hello Kitty Live, fashion and friends.
In 2015, Nicky was offered a scholarship to train at Broadway Dance Centre, and since her return to the UK, Nicky has been working as a creative/assistant and choreographer for shows including Lip Sync Battle (Channel 5,) Harry Hill’s Tea Time Show ( SKY TV) bespoke flashmob across the UK, social media advertising and singer/songwriters. Nicky is a passionate performer, teacher and choreographer who believes that dance is a universal language which connects all of us.
Nicky is so excited to be on the Ultimate Dance Showcase UK Team and have the opportunity to connect with so many wonderful dancers at this event!
Jo, originally from East Yorkshire, has been dancing since she was little and trained professionally at Laine Theatre Arts. She graduated in 2015 with Distinction and was the first student to be awarded their Contemporary Dance Award.
Jo’s career began as ensemble/dance captain for the musical ‘Our House’ (The Union Theatre, London). Since then Jo has been dance captain in a number of productions, including ‘The Producers’ (Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage) and for Qdos Pantomimes’ ‘Cinderella’ (The Orchard Theatre, Dartford). Recently, you may have seen Jo appear as ‘Katie’ in Moonpig’s Valentines Day Campaign and as receptionist/tap dancer in TUI Holidays (Thompson) TV commercials.
Jo has also been onstage swing in ‘Rainbow Rocks’ (International Asian Tour), featured ensemble in ‘Six-Five Rock N’ Roll Express’ (Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells), dance captain and understudy Jill/Fairy in Jack and The Beanstalk (Clonter Opera Theatre) and a featured singer in ‘Christmas Cracker’ (Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester).
A proud member of Beyond Repair Dance company, Jo could lately be spotted around central London dancing for Ted Baker’s new ‘Think Pink’ Spring collection launch.
A passionate and diverse triple threat performer, Jo is thrilled to be a part of the Ultimate Dance Showcase UK team and cannot wait to see new up and coming talent from all over the UK.
Lyndsey is originally from Ilkley in West Yorkshire and has been dancing since the age of 3. She went on to train professionally in Dance and Musical Theatre at Performers College.
Lyndsey’s professional career began on the high seas dancing around the world on board Saga Cruises and P&O Australia cruises as a Singer Dancer. After catching the bug for travelling she continued on her voyages with Carnival Cruise Lines as a Production Singer and Dancer with Playlist Productions, appearing in a variety of their shows aboard the company’s flagship cruise liner.
After returning to the UK Lyndsey has appeared in many pantomimes with Spillers Pantomimes as Dance Captain and Assistant Choreographer (The Epsom Playhouse) and more recently in Qdos Entertainments production of Aladdin (The Swansea Grand).
She has had the privilege of performing on the stage at the London Palladium in ‘100 Years of Magic’ as a dancer and magicians assistant and was an ensemble member in Spirit Productions ‘Spirit of the Dance’.
More recently she has since continued her love for singing, touring the UK with ‘An Evening of Dirty Dancing’, playing the lead role of Sylvia and also as Dance Captain for the production.
Lyndsey’s television credits include appearing on ‘The Alan Titchmarsh Show’ in a Strictly Come Dancing Special as a featured dancer and also as a dancer in John Bishop’s comedy DVD.
Lyndsey is thrilled to be a part of the judging team at Ultimate Dance Showcase UK and cannot wait to see some extremely talented dancers!
Joel is originally from Stourport-on-Severn and started dancing at the age of 6. After 10 years of training, he went on to train at Laine Theatre Arts for 3 years and graduated in 2016 with Distinction.
He is currently performing in ’42nd Street’ at Theatre Royal Drury Lane and has previously toured internationally with ‘Wicked’. He has also appeared on TV shows such as “The Royal Variety”, ‘Mel & Sues Generation game’ and “The People’s Strictly”
Joel is thrilled to be a part of the Ultimate Dance Showcase UK team and looks forward to seeing all of the amazing talent in the 2018-2019 season!
Emma started dancing at the age of 7 and professionally at the age of 19. She graduated from Performers College in 2018, with a distinction in Dance and Musical Theatre.
Emmas recent credits include MOVE IT (Excel Centre), TrioOperas promotional video (Peacock Theatre), the NFL Opening Ceremony (Wembley Stadium) and Tap United (Nancy Chippendale, Massachusetts). As well as Performers College, Emma trained along side Tap Attack Company and Zoonation. Throughout her time with Tap Attack she became a two time World Tap Champion after competing at the IDO Tap World Championships. Emma’s choreography also featured at the world championships in 2016. After just graduating Emma is excited to see what the future has in store.
Emma is ecstatic to be a judge for Ultimate Dance Showcase UK and can’t wait to see all the talented dancers this season!
Tajana is a professional dancer from London, currently based in Los Angeles. She began her professional dance training at the age of 16 at the Brit School, where she gained a Dance Diploma. She then went on to train at Doreen Bird College where she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Dance and Theatre Performance.
Tajana’s first professional job in London was the West End production of The Lion King. After moving to Los Angeles, she worked on shows such as X-Factor, The Voice, MTV Awards, Grammys, iHeart Awards, Tidal, BET Awards, VMA’s and Coachella. She has also toured with artists including Iggy Azalea, Lily Allen, Janelle Monae and Beyonce.
Tajana has a strong passion for dance and is now excited to inspire the generation of young dancers through judging and teaching workshops. She is thrilled to be judging with Ultimate Dance Showcase UK and looks forward to seeing all the amazing talent this season!
Special Guest Judge
Born in Texas, Haley started dancing at the age of 3 and grew up as a performer and competitive dancer. After High School, Haley graduated from Oklahoma City University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in American Dance Pedagogy. During her time in Oklahoma City, she trained professionally as a performer, stage manager, costumer, choreographer, and dance teacher.
Haley is currently the Artistic Director of Dance at Sonshine Academy in Arkansas where she teaches ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, musical theatre, and contemporary. Her dance studio has nominated as Best Arts Educator and voted Best Dance Studio for several years running.
Haley is also the Co-Director of Sonshine Competitive Dance Company and has led the team to many victories competing around the United States.
With nearly 10 years of training as a dance teacher and choreographer, Haley is thrilled to embark on this exciting opportunity as a guest judge with Ultimate Dance Showcase UK!