& Theatre

Provoking excellence in performing arts & cultivating talent in our multi-cultural and diverse world!


Who we are

International Performing Arts & Theatre was founded in 2009 and is made up of some of the world's leading creatives, experts and academics. 

Through coming together and sharing expertise, knowledge and skills - the board of directors together with the artistic groups have created some of the most relevant programmes of studies and qualifications in the world! I-PATH have schools in Europe, China, Australia and North America and the organisation continues to grow and develop on a daily basis. Take a look below at the calibre of professionals we have leading our organisation forward.


Board of Directors

David Stinson FRSA

David is a professionally trained dancer and performer having graduated with a Trinity Diploma in Musical Theatre back in 2007. He has performed all over the world as both a singer and dancer and has also performed leading roles in London’s West End at theatres such as the Victoria Apollo and the Dominion Theatre.

David has also led a successful singing career. He released his debut album in 2007 and has since shared the stage as a solo artist with the likes of the Hairspray cast; winners of The Voice; and X Factor Winner Sam Bailey.

Today, David is more commonly seen judging dance competitions across Europe, Asia and Africa as well as Guest Teaching at various colleges and universities worldwide. He is Founder and CEO of International Performing Arts & Theatre. 


Rick Tjia

Rick Tjia is the Co-Founder of the new sensational 'Choreography Online' which is launching on a global scale. He is also a Talent Scout and Choreographer at Cirque du Soleil. 

Before working for Cirque du Soleil, Rick had an extensive career in dance and acting which includes performances with Ballet Austin, Boston Ballet and Delta Festival Ballet, as well as three years of work in film and television in Los Angeles doing hip-hop, jazz, and ballet (with choreographers like Twyla Tharp, Joe Layton, and with film directors like Mark Rydell, and James Brooks), Rick joined La La La Human Steps in Montreal in 1993, with whom he danced and toured the world for 8 years. As with many dancers and musicians, Rick is also a composer, a choreographer, and teaches various workshops around the globe.

As well as working extensively with Cirque du Soleil and as a freelance artiste / choreographer, Rick is excited to be an Executive Director of International Performing Arts & Theatre and is leading dance and theatre education in the 21st Century. Rick, together with the other Executive Directors and the wider team, is excited to be part of this evolving organisation.


Adam Tate MSc, BSc, FRSA

Adam graduated with a Masters Degree from the University of Oxford in 2015 and is a qualified teacher having taught at one of the UK's leading secondary schools in London. Adam left teaching in secondary schools in 2018 and is now reading for his PhD back in Oxford whilst leading I-PATH forward with the rest of the team. 

Adam leads the Teaching Diploma in Performing Arts course as well as oversees the academic and accreditation aspects of the organisation. Adam is also our Designated and Qualified Safeguarding Officer and is experienced in safeguarding, this ensures that we have a highly qualified person to advise teachers on the welfare of all our young member students. 

Finally, Adam also finds time to be the Assistant Regional Commissioner (Growth) for the London Region of The Scout Association. 


Danny Davalos

Danny is an internationally-known professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer and the owner of O.I.P. Dance Centre, a staple drop-in studio in Toronto for over 10 years.

As a dancer, Danny has performed and toured worldwide with top artists such as Rihanna, Ricky Martin, Shakira, and Sean Paul. A few of his greatest performances include those with Danny Fernandes and Shawn Desman on their Hit & Run European Tour, the Much Music Video Awards, the motion picture Shall We Dance with Jennifer Lopez, and the Carnival Choreographers Ball. Danny was also the lead choreographer for the TV series “Popstars: The One.”

Outside his dance career, Danny has directed and produced many theatre plays, live performances, music videos, and short films. He was also the TV host and producer of “Get Up and Dance” on the BPM TV network. Most recently, Danny was an assistant choreographer with the Cirque Du Soleil team for the PanAm Opening Ceremonies alongside Luther Brown. Today, he is focusing much of his attention on growing and enhancing Toronto dancers by utilising all he has experienced throughout his career through training the ladies of the Badass Babes program.


Adam Lee

Adam Lee is a graduate of the prestigious Urdang Academy located in London's city centre, with a full scholarship in Professional Musical Theatre.

Upon graduation, he went straight into 'OKLAHOMA!' as the Dance Captain and understudy of Curly and Will. Adam then went on to perform in pantomimes and shows throughout the United Kingdom, as well as travelling the world as a Singer/Dancer aboard numerous cruise ships. Other credits include being a backing dancer for Sugarbabes, Girls Aloud and Westlife.

Adam has now settled in Australia where he is the CEO of 'In Demand Entertainment' - Australia’s most up and coming talent agency. He is very excited to be an Executive Director of International Performing Arts & Theatre where he is working closely with the other Directors in developing outstanding programmes of studies and syllabi in dance and theatre disciplines. Adam is also the Lead Representative of I-PATH in Australia and New Zealand.

Artistic Directors & Artistic Groups

Classical Ballet | Artistic Director: Rick Tjia | Artistic Group: Vanessa Stafford, Lucy Willett, Mark Hindle

Jazz Dance | Artistic Director: Lucy Willett | Artistic Group: Sally Wilkinson, Vanessa Stafford, David Stinson

Tap Dance | Artistic Director: Lucy Willett | Artistic Group: Sally Wilkinson

Lyrical Dance | Artistic Director: Sally Wilkinson | Artistic Group: Lucy Willett, David Stinson

Contemporary Dance | Artistic Director: Rick Tjia | Artistic Group: Lucy Willett, David Stinson

Hip Hop Dance | Artistic Director: Danny Davalos | Artistic Group: Rick Tjia

Musical Theatre | Artistic Director: David Stinson | Artistic Group: Eva Kaminskaite, Adam Lee, Lucy Willett

Drama | Artistic Director: David Stinson | Artistic Group: Adam Lee, Rick Tjia, Adam Tate

Singing | Artistic Director: Eva Kaminskaite | Artistic Group: David Stinson


Chief Examiner

Vanessa Stafford



David Stinson, Lucy Willett, Sally Wilkinson, Adam Lee, Rick Tjia, Adam Kerr, Eva Kaminskaite, Esther Oladipupo, Mark Hindle


Area Managers

UK: Adam Tate

Africa: Esther Oladipupo

Australia & New Zealand: Adam Lee

China: David Stinson

Europe & Russia: Eva Kaminskaite

North America: Rick Tjia

United Arab Emirates & Qatar: David Stinson


Expert Panel

This panel meets twice a year and are responsible for ensuring that I-PATH programmes of studies are up to date and relevant for todays teachers and students. 

Sylvia Lane

Sylvia has been performing in international theatre, film and TV for more than 20 years, with experience of working in musical theatre productions, dance companies, plays, cruise ships, live and recorded TV programmes, film and studio recordings and revue shows. Her areas of academic interest range from jazz and ballet to physical theatre and digital performance, and she is currently involved in telematics performance research. Sylvia has a Master’s in Professional Practice in Higher Education, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and a Graduate Diploma in Musical Theatre and Theatre Dance.

Abigail Burkinshaw

Abigail is an experienced vocal teacher and performer with an Honours Degree in Education (Music) from the University of Plymouth. She is a Certified Master Teacher for Estill Voice International, and one of only a few voice coaches in the country to be awarded this prestigious qualification. She has also worked extensively as a performer, and is a member of the British Voice Association and member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians. Abigail’s academic interests lie in vocal physiology and vocal acoustics, in particular the effects of jaw and mouth morphology for professional voice users.

Rick Tjia

See above.


David Stinson 

See above.


Adam Lee

See above.


Accreditation Board

The accreditation board consists of the board of directors at GETQ (Global Education Training & Qualifications). These people are responsible for ensuring the educational content and structure of the qualifications are robust and comparable with other similar qualifications from other examining boards. 

Professor Andrew St George
Adam Tate MSc BSc FRSA
Professor John Gratton
Kate Parkinson MSc
David Stinson FRSA CID

Partnerships & Memberships

Accredited by Global Education Training & Qualifications
Member of International Dance Council CID - UNESCO
Member of National Dance Education Organisation (USA)
Member of One Dance UK