Meet the Crew

Emma Bailey-Hague, Creative Director and Principal

Emma Bailey-Hague

(Miss Emma)

Emma has a wealth of experience mentoring and delivering pre-vocational training at a highly successful dance academy since 2001. She obtained her first IDTA teaching qualification at the age of just 16. Today, she currently holds a Fellowship, the highest technical qualification awarded by the IDTA, for tap and ballet, in addition to Licentiate qualifications in Modern-Jazz, Theatre Craft, and Freestyle. She holds an Anatomy & Physiology Diploma, and a Level 4 Diploma in authentic street dance. Emma ran her own successful cabaret troupe, ‘Wicked’, in which she performed alongside two other dancers touring around large corporate events and sporting events.

In 2001, Emma toured with the winner of BBC’s ‘Star for a Night’, Mark Kerrins, performing vocals and choreography to sell-out audiences. She has also performed as a professional dancer in numerous other productions, toured as a can-can dancer for three years, worked professionally in pantomimes, and is an in-demand national adjudicator.

Emma is renowned for her energy, enthusiasm, and humour when teaching, as well as her passion and dedication for helping all pupils to achieve their potential.

Jason Plenty, Managing Director

Jason Plenty

(Mr P)

Jason’s experience in business and IT stretches back to when he obtained his degree in Business Studies in 1992, and many years since then working mostly as a freelance IT Consultant for a very diverse range of organisations in the private and public sectors.

He originally trained as a Software Developer, but is also a qualified technical trainer, and has spent recent years specialising in the design and development of database and management information systems.

As Managing Director of Starbrite’s sister company, Triplestar College of Performing Arts, he is well-versed in the performing arts. He is responsible for Starbrite’s development, and for monitoring and evaluating the teaching and learning of both its students and teachers.

Kirstie Wood, Studio Manager

Kirstie Wood

(Miss Kirstie)

Kirstie has many years of experience in Business management, accompanied by a Diploma and various accreditations from the Chartered Management Institution. She also possesses invaluable experience in working with the Early Years Foundation Stage for under 5s, which forms the basis of Starbrite’s Twinkles Stay & Play programme.

She joined the Starbrite Crew in 2012, and took on the position of full-time Studio Manager at Shiptonthorpe in January 2014. She spends much of her time at Starbrite with her husband Tony (Mr. T) and daughter Phoebe, who are both heavily involved at Starbrite, although Phoebe is the only dancer in the family!

Kirstie is an ever-present face at Starbrite while she manages the day-to-day operations of the Starbrite Crew, studios, customers and members, and keeps everything running smoothly.

Destiny Sparkes, Teacher

Destiny Sparkes

(Miss Destiny)

Miss Destiny joined Starbrite's Street and Tap classes in 2011 at the age of 10. Over the years she has joined more classes and worked hard to achieve fantastic exam results. She also started helping out as a Classroom Assistant and quickly made strong relationships with every child she came into contact with.

In 2017 she joined the very first student cohort of Starbrite's sister company, Triplestar College of Performing Arts, and whilst working on a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Dance, has excelled in technique and confidence in all her subjects. She completed her training in July 2019.

In January 2019, Miss Destiny also joined Starbrite's teaching faculty on a part-time basis, and became full-time after graduating from college. She has become a very valuable asset to Starbrite and we feel extremely lucky to have her on our staff.

Tony Wood, Front of House

Tony Wood

(Mr T)

Mr T is the welcoming face most of our customers are greeted by when they walk into Starbrite's reception. He joined Starbrite in 2012 and was responsible for maintaining our Head Office buildings in Shiptonthorpe.

He has since taken on additional duties of stock management and being Starbrite's primary front-of-house member of staff during term-time and at our many events.

A much-loved member of the crew by our child members, their parents, and all the Starbrite team.

The Teachers and Classroom Assistants ensure our members receive the best possible learning experience, and our Chaperones ensure your children remain safe during our events.

Backstage, our Administrators organise the paperwork and serve you, our customers.

Teaching Crew

  • Emma Bailey-Hague (Miss Emma)
  • Destiny Sparks (Miss Destiny)

    Administration Crew

  • Jason Plenty (Mr P)
  • Tony Wood (Mr T)

Classroom Assistant Crew

  • Miss Phoebe
  • Miss Isabel
  • Miss Iona
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