Headliners MOVE IT 2018

The MOVE IT 2018 headliner line up was Fierce! Bringing together some of the biggest names in the dance industry under one roof.

Whether they judged in the competition, performed on the MOVE IT Main Stage or took on an Official Ambassador role, check out who showcased below to give you an insight into the type of talent we have lighting up the MOVE IT main stage. Applications to be part of the MOVE IT 2019 programme will be open in September- sign up to our newsletter to find out the latest! 



Creative Ambassadors

Neil & Katya Jones



Introducing the new Creative Ambassadors for MOVE IT 2018

Katya is the winner of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing 2017 with celebrity Joe McFadden. Neil Jones, is a firm part of the ‘Strictly Pro Family’. Neil is involved in the group dances, assisting with choreography and appearing on Strictly’s spin-off programme ‘It Takes Two’. Together they are currently British, European & World Latin American Champions.







Tayluer Amos

Liverpool based TV Star of Dance Mums Tayluer has won some of the most prestigious titles in dance. Taylor has launched her own extremely successful Dance Wear range ‘Tayluer made’ and she is proving to be extremely popular with her world-wide fans.


Jodelle Douglas

BBC Young Dancer 2017 Street Dance Winner, Jodelle is born and bred UK talent. Currently Jodelle is working on his ongoing movement The ArtWithin, a culmination of his inspiration from abnormal elements, encouraging others to see and express the art within the unordinary.


Steph Elswood

Instagram sensation and trained dancer Steph Elswood is joining MOVE IT for 2018. Having trained at Urdang Academy, Steph has created a social following of over 160,000 with her food, fitness and body positive advice, along with launching her Stay Sassy dance classes in 2017.






Flawless have been turning street dance on its head – and not just with all their upside down spectacular spinning but more so by having exceptional technical abilities as well as a charismatic approach and a razor sharp sense of style. Flawless are one of the premier dance collectives in the world and have an incredible portfolio that reflects their growth as a creative company.


Adam Garcia

Star of stage and screen, our favourite Aussie tap legend is back. Adam has a fantastic and award winning career in theatre, television, West End and film as an actor and dancer. This multi-talented  performer has also been a judge on two seasons of Dancing With The Stars Australia for the Seven Network and four seasons of Sky 1 UK’s Got To Dance.


Kalani Hilliker

Kalani found fame on Dance Moms, and since the hit TV show has grouped together with three other girls from the show to form a dance mom tour The Irreplaceables. Having toured across North America, Kalani will be coming to MOVE IT 2018 as part of the Guest Judge panel for the MOVE IT & Capezio Championships. 





Ryan Jenkins

Ryan has performed in Matthew Bourne’s “Swan Lake”, in the Original Cast of “Wicked” and appeared “So You Think You Dance”, becoming one of the most famous choreographers in the UK. Ryan is also President of iD-Company, which has a Contemporary and Street Dance Syllabus and has amassed over 250 teacher members throughout Europe.


Brandon Lawrence

Stunning Soloist at the Birmingham Royal Ballet, his recent performances have been described as ‘A splendid star performance… lyrical and lively, with a gorgeous flow of movement’ (Zoe Anderson, The Independent). Find out more about Brandon, his work and his amazing experience on the MOVE IT Blog, below.

MOVE IT [MEETS]: Brandon Lawrence

Rhimes Lecointe

A London based Visionary, Rhimes Lecointe’s artistic qualities as a Choreographer, Spoken word Artist, Speaker and entrepreneur have seen her specialise across various performing art forms. Rhimes is also CEO of Boadicea Dance Company, who will be performing on the Main Stage at MOVE IT 2018.





Jonny Labey

Well known for his time on Eastenders, Jonny is an actor, dancer, performer and winner of ITV’S Dance Dance Dance series 1. Jonny is now making his West End debut in Baz Luhrmann’s “Strictly Ballroom: The Musical” opening in March 2018 at the Piccadilly Theatre in London, alongside Will Young and Zizi Strallen.


Lukas McFarlane

Winner of Sky1’s hit TV show, ‘Got to Dance’ Series 4 2013, Lukas has assisted on So You Think You Can Dance (USA/Canada), The X Factor (UK) with Brain Friedman and is Creative Director of UnTitled Dance Company. Lukas was recently awarded 1st Runner Up for the Capezio ACE Awards 2017 at Dance Teacher Summit/Dancer Palooza (LA).


Aston Merrygold

Member of boyband JLS (runners up on The X Factor), Judge on Got to Dance, Aston recently took part in Strictly Come Dancing 2017 and is now about to embark on a UK tour of his new solo album and also open a dance studio Base in London.






Motionhouse specialise in inspiring and powerful dance-circus productions to theatres and festivals in the UK and across the globe. Our distinctive, highly physical style integrates elements of circus and acrobatics with breath-taking dance to surprise and delight our audiences, using powerful narrative and incredible digital imagery.


Eleiyah Navis

A Dance Mums sensation, Eleiyah Navis is a young performer with skills that surpass her age. Eleiyah has won some of the most prestigious titles in dance in the Dance World Cup and has been touring with Rebecca Ferguson. Eleiyah is the UK Ambassador and Face of Leading Dance Wear Manufacturer Capezio.


Tara Jean Popowich

Tara-Jean Popowich is most known for winning “So you think you can dance”-Canada Season 2. TJ is currently on tour with VORTEX around South America and Europe, but keep an eye out for Tara-Jean dancing for Shania Twain this month and has just finished as a Judge for IDO WORLDS in Poland.





Kobi Rozenfeld

Kobi Rozenfeld is an International choreographer & performer. Based in the USA, Kobi has worked with incredible names including Beyonce, Britney Sprears, Natasha Bedingfield, and Macy Gray, to name but a few. His most recent choreography credits includes the USA nationwide commercial featuring the new “Wonder Woman” – Gal Gadot. 


John-William Watson

A finalist of BBC two’s Young Dancer, 2017, this contemporary dancer is part of the National Youth Dance Company and is currently training at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp.


Kristen Wojciechowski

Originally from the United States, Kristen moved across the pond when she secured a place in the Musical Theatre department at The Arts Educational School of London. After graduating from Arts Ed Kristen went on to become a personal trainer which led her to creating her very successful fitness channel with over 165K followers.


Want to see them perform?

All headliners will be taking the Main Stage at MOVE IT 2018. The Main Stage Schedule is yet to be announced. 

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