I’m Joel and I am a DJ/Music Producer. I am currently working with songwriters, singers and rappers and producing remixes in the music industry. I also DJ in many well-established clubs and bars across London. Over the years I have had the opportunity to work with underground and established artists in the music industry. Nina is a star! When I first came to her I explained that I struggled with chords and music theory. I found it hard to translate the music from my head to the keyboard. For the past few months, we have worked on scales, chord progressions and finger positioning. After a few lessons, I feel I have greatly improved my understanding of the connection between scales and chords. Nina’s teaching style and conscientiousness have greatly helped me to be more creative with my compositions and also speed up my workflow.
I’m Shania & I’m a Dancer & Singer. After spending the majority of my life training in dance I made the decision to peruse my secret passion of singing, I came to Nina to have my first ever vocal lessons, not only did I learn amazing technique and expand my vocal range, I also gained incredible confidence, her methods of coaching are special, comforting and so motivating and I saw improvements instantly. A few years on and I’ve now performed for 5 Thousand people in Wembley Arena with my girlband Lemonade, none of this would have happened without Nina for that I am so thankful, I couldn’t recommend her enough x
My name is Tommy Hatto and I work as an actor. I've been very lucky to have been given some great opportunities to work and act alongside some incredible actors and be a part of some recognisable projects. Nina has really been a dream to work with. I came into this business with barely any acting experience and I was very determined on improving and working on my craft. Nina's lessons have really opened my eyes and taught me so much. One of the most valuable things I've learnt is through the expression of not just dialogue, but through our bodies. Working on camera the majority of the time, you only really focus on what's on screen but letting our whole bodies flow, regardless whether it's on screen or not, really excels the performance you're giving.
Born and raised in Swindon, then moved to Coventry for 3 years to do my degree and I left with a Second Class First Division Honoure Degree in Popular Music and Worship. My lessons I had with Hikari Arts made me realise that I could enjoy what I loved to do. Over my younger years, I was told I should stop singing by a friend and that really effected me. At my singing lessons, I felt relaxed, cared for, and that my teacher had my best interests at heart. I'd recommended anyone to come and have lessons with you.
I have been performing from a young age and have been interested in music for the same amount of time. My main musical focus is and has been my voice, however, working with Hikari Arts inspired me to branch out more into instruments and subsequently, I started having piano lessons alongside my voice lessons. I am now completing a Performing Arts course at Bath College and hope to go into a creative industry in which I can use the skills I have gained from my lessons. I have found working with Nina to be extremely helpful with not only my ability with both piano and voice but also my confidence levels as I have had lots of performance opportunities and help from Nina to find techniques that make performing easier for me.
I took vocal lessons with Nina for 2 years before I left to further my musical education at college. I am so glad I decided to study with Nina as she really pushed me to come out of my shell and discover my potential. These lessons allowed me to realise that I wanted to further my career in music and I am now studying songwriting in Brighton and experimenting by pushing my creative boundaries and understanding myself more as an artist.
My name is Sarah Latimer, I’m 20 year old, and I am a performer/entertainer. Since finishing lessons with Nina I have taught children drama and dance in Los Angeles, been a character performer at Nickelodeon Land in Blackpool Pleasure Beach, been a Redcoat at Butlins Minehead, and worked as a children party entertainer. I am now auditioning for places such as Disney and TUI. Nina’s lessons gave me the confidence to pursue my dreams, the skills to manage auditions, approach casting directors, and identity how to use my strengths and weaknesses to the best of my ability. Without Nina’s wonderful positivity, extensive knowledge, and passion for her business I would not be where I am today. Thank you very much Nina! Xx
After having danced at Swindon Dance for many years Dino (aged 12 at the time) decided that he would like to audition to study full-time at Tring Park School for the Perfoming Arts for the Theatre Arts Course. He had left it rather late in the day and only had two months in which to learn a song and a drama piece and as Hikari Arts is located in the same building as Swindon Dance he was booked in for both singing and drama lessons. Nina was a great teacher and sat down with him to find out what sort of song and monologue he would like to do. He had one and sometimes two lessons a week to prepare. He sailed through the 1st Audition and was invited back to audition for a Scholarship. Nina, after having seen ‘Into The Woods’ at the Cinema thought that the song ‘Giants in the Sky’ would be a challenging but great song for his next audition. Nina was an inspirational teacher giving encouragement throughout the lessons. Dino was offered a Scholarship, one of only 2 scholarships offered and he is now in his 4th year at Tring and loves every minute of it. I have no doubt that without Nina’s help he would not have achieved the Scholarship and would like to say a really BIG Thank You to Nina and Hikari Arts.