About the teachers

Lwena de Barros Sorento was born in Angola in 1977. She began training for gymnastics at age 6 and ballet a year later when her family moved to Portugal. She studied under the Royal Academy of Dance graded system for three years, before taking up jazz and modern dance classes with the Ballet Teatro Contemporaneo do Porto. After developing a passion for singing towards the end of secondary school, she began vocal training, and enrolled with the Ballet Teatro Contemporaneo do Porto, Professional School on the Diploma of Professional Dance course. Upon completion she was invited to work for Seiva Trupe, a Prestigious Theatre Company in Porto, Portugal, as a dancer and actress in one of their productions. When her contract ended she moved to London to continue vocal and dance training. It was there where she acquired most of her performance experience both as a dancer and a singer.

Lwena has taught ballet to children since she was 17. Over the years she has attended dance classes at Pineapple Dance Studios, Danceworks and the Royal Academy of Dance H.Q. She has received vocal coaching under the tuition of Gillyanne Kayes, Maureen Scot and West End star Riva Salazar. When she was 20 she met Steve Wellington (AKA Deadlox Holmes), who became her co-writer and music producer, and together they wrote and recorded several songs. She has performed as a solo artist, as well as a member of gospel bands and choirs at venues like Wembley Arena, Wembley Conference Centre, and The Royal Albert Hall alongside Patti Boulaye. In 2006 she received a place at CM Community Music, for a Certificate of Music Tutor Training, and upon completion taught singing at secondary schools in London and Norwich. In 2012 Lwena was accepted into the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies, qualifying as a RAD-registered teacher in 2015.

 

Martin Sorento was born in Denmark in 1974. He was introduced to various hand percussion instruments from a young age and developed a passion for drums – in particular the Drum Kit. At age 9 he formed a band with his brother and soon after immigrated to Spain with his parents where he began Piano and Saxophone lessons, under the ABRSM grading systems. His hard work, talent and enthusiasm paid off at age 18, when he was offered a place at the Danish Music Conservatory. Within several years he was performing in bands before moving to London to study Popular Music Performance at Drum Tech/London College of Music and Media, and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education in Music.
Martin is now a fully qualified Music Teacher (Bmus, PGCE) with over 13 years experience in performing percussion and teaching Drum Kit, Piano and Composition. Over the years, he has toured and performed in a range of bands, both in the UK and oversees, in such prestigious venues as Ronnie Scott’s (Birmingham), Wembley Conference Centre and Wembley Arena. He has worked alongside West End Star Riva Salazar, Jazz Singer Hope Augustus, and the young director John Williams on the highly awarded (20 international awards) Short Film Hibernation, playing Drum Kit/percussion on the film soundtrack. Martin has experience as a Music Teacher and Head of Music in several secondary schools in London and East Anglia, including (the Ofsted-‘Outstanding’-rated) St Louis Catholic Middle School in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Both teachers hold current enhanced DBS certificates.