Attended her first dance class in Holy Family J.N.S at the age of 3 with Marie Cole, Irish Youth Ballet. Nikki’s love for dance took her to the stage many times since with the Irish Ballet School including Gaiety Theatre, National Concert Hall & The Helix.
Nikki went on to be the head of the dance committee in Loreto College were she choreographed for annual school shows.
Nikki worked closely and was assistant to Sara & Emma Gannon of the Irish Ballet School. Nikki’s only option was to travel abroad to further her career. While deciding on the next step Nikki started up her own Hip Hop class in River Valley Community Centre for local kids. The turn out was phenomenal! She moved on to the scouts hall an eventually as her students numbers grew she took a studio in Image Health club in Swords.
Nikki then realized the potential in remaining in Dublin and setting up her own dance school.
As a child growing up in Dublin there was no facility to grow as a hip hop dancer so this is where Back Street began…
For 2years with the help of Tina her mam they worked tirelessly to set up an Academy where kids could go and enjoy dance & performing arts & progress to further their career if desired.
And so on 16th October 2006 Back Street opened its doors!! BACK STREET WAS BORN!!
Nikki’s experience includes backing dancer for a popular Irish R&B artist. O2 in the park, Childline in the Point. She shared the stage with Mary J Blige, Girls Aloud, Westlife, Blue to name but a few.
Over the last 3 years , Nikki & Tina have travelled to Los Angeles and made some fantastic friends and contacts in the dance industry. They have opened Back Streets doors and welcomed some of the world’s most famous choreographers and given their students the fantastic opportunity to learn from them.
These friends & contacts have lead to some fantastic opportunities ……WATCH THIS SPACE
Tina Fitzpatrick – co Director
Has her own history in dance attending Marie Coles Irish Youth Ballet School as a young girl.
In her business career Tina was the founder of the Fairy Tales label specializing in Bridal wear, which was a very successful business in its own right.
With the start up of Back Street Tina decided to put her business experience & her creative inspiration along with her shared passion for Back Street into creating a formidable team behind the success of Back Street to date & its plans for the future.
Began her career as a free style dancer in 2000 at JLK, where she travelled to Blackpool and won numerous awards.
Since joining Back Street in 2003 Pilar has achieved the title of All Ireland Hip Hop Champion. As a 6th year student in school Pilar taught 1st year students after school, Pilar has choreographed for the ’Stars in your eyes’ production for the Portmarnock drama & Musical Society in 2006 – 2010
Pilar attended Sallynoggin College for one year studying dance where she studied Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, singing & Theatre Studies. Pilar says her biggest achievement since joining
Back Street would be becoming a teacher. She loves being able to connect and Have fun with her students.
Pilar has a natural talent with teaching younger students, along with being full time Pre Skool Assistant in Back Streets Funky Kidz Pre Skool, Pilar teaches Hip Hop, Contemporary, Zumba & choreographs for Back Streets youngest Lil Randomers Crew!
Pilar also teaches Back Street Hip Hop classes in Donabate.
originally from Poland, has a unique style in experimental hip hop and contemporary
Some of Matt’s achievements include : clip to The Coronaz video “far from here”, Jane Shortall Dance fusion, DCU dance experiment, choreographed 1st in history of College of dance hip hop piece for the end of the year show in Dublin.
Matt is a very popular choreographer & came runner up in this years Choreographer of the year
Matt has been teaching at Back Street for 2 and a half years. Matt is choreographer for Back Street’s Street Wize & Genesis Crew.
Matt has a fantastic career ahead of him at Back Street.
Originally from Poland, Chris has been dancing since 1999. Chris represented LLCB Crew from Poland.
Chris treats break dancing “as my lifestyle”
Some of Chris’s winnings & achievements include, 1st place in Irish Hip Hop Championships 2008 , 1st place in Eurobattle Ireland 2009/ 2010, 1st place in Kings of Concrete 2007, 1st place in Cypher Session 2010, 3rd place in UBL world finals 2011.
Chris has been teaching breakdance at Back Street for 2 years & has great passion for the art he teaches .
Andrea Keegan started performing at a young age in a local stage school, there she learned tap jazz, hip hop, singing and drama. She went on to taking singing and dance lessons in Parnell School of music, were she choreographed pieces for yearly productions. Andrea was also part of a hip hop crew Phoenix who won many competitions in hip hop and show dance. After school she went on to study performing arts in Liberties College, where t she took classes in dance,acting,voice,movement,mime,stage management . Always being placed as a lead role in productions. After 2 years Andrea went on to study dance full time in Sallynoggin college. Were she tool classes such as ballet grade 5 , classical ballet repertoire, Contemporary, Jazz, Modern dance and musical theatre. After a year in Sallynoggin Andrea started teaching for youth clubs and schools around Dublin, which lead her to start teaching for performing art schools in Dublin and Meath. she has choreographed many showcases and end of year shows for the past 5 years in musical theatre and hip hop. She had been teaching for Backstreet for 2 and a half years and is loving working with such an amazing school, with so many talented students.
While Barry was singing and performing as a member of Irish pop group Broken Hill , Barry shared the stage with acts such as Westlife, Blue, Girls Aloud, Dannie Minogue and none other than Beyonce.
Barry has gathered a wealth of experience performing on all the main stages in the country, O2 in the park, Childline and the odyssey arena in Belfast.
His experience in performing is not subject to the stage, Barry has performed live in front of the television cameras on tv3, RTE and Radio stations across the nation.
Barry has been teaching at Back Street since we opened our doors in 2006
Member of All Ireland Hip Hop Champion Crew Genesis, Chrissie is classically trained since the age of 3 with The Irish Youth Ballet, were she danced her way through her RAD ballet exams Grade 1 – Grade 6.
Chrissie has performed on The All Ireland Talent Show, Glas Vegas & Live 30 minute set on stage in Disneyland California.
Chrissie has been teaching Hip Hop at Back Street for almost a year now and has shown great potential to becoming a very talented choreographer. Chrissie has a very special way with Kidz.
Chrissie also works as Pre Skool assistant at Funky Kidz Pre Skool Academy & runs the Funky Kidz After Skool Club.
Chrissie has a true vision as a dancer & we are excited to see what the future brings x
Has endless skills in Singing, Hip hop, Break dance, Ballet, Acting, Modeling
Aimée has a list of experience & achievements
She has won the title of the All Ireland hip hop, Poppin & Lockin and Break dance champion for 3 years running. Aimée modeled for the NIKE summer collection fashion show in 2007. Aimée has performed in Disneyland California in 2010.
Aimée was the face of “west-land plant food” at the young adorable age of 3. No stranger to the cameras Aimée has performed & played a part in a number of Irish TV talent shows like Supercrew, All Ireland Talent Show, Glas vegas and Kazoo. Within the last 18 months Aimée has found her true talent of teaching younger kidz. Aimée teaches all of Back Streets Funky Kidz classes and is also the choreographer for
Back Streets Swaga Crew (As seen on Sky One’s GOT2DANCE). Aimée is also member of All Ireland Champion Crew GENESIS.
Aimée has BIG dreams she wants and will fulfill & we wish her all the best of luck in everything she does x
Keep an eye out on next years X factor
David Gowing …
Nathania Herbert …
Bella Go Go …
Sam Wallace …
Some of Nathan’s Dance Achievements:
-’Flash Mob’ for Spin 103.8 in @ Dundrum Shopping Centre
-Represented Ireland @ Eurobattle 2010, Porto, Portugal (Newstyle)
-Part of the Monica Loughman production of The Nutcracker, 2011
-Winner (Poppin) @ All Ireland Hip Hop Championships 2010
-Winner (Newstyle) @ I Am Street 2011
-Winner (Newstyle) @ D.O.T.Y. 2011