Principal, Director and Founder of DC Dance & Performing Arts
BA (Hons) Professional Dance Development, (F) IDTA, (A) UKA, RAD (MRT)Dawn's Profile
Dawn has been teaching for over 17 years and is the principal of DC Dance. Dawn holds teaching qualifications in many subjects within Theatre, Ballroom and Freestyle areas. As well as her role as principal at DC Dance, Dawn also teaches within the community as part of the DC Outreach Program.
Although qualified in most dance genres Dawn teaches mainly in the Theatre and Ballroom departments at the school. She has created a unique preschool dance system at the school using her own lesson plans alongside the Melody Movement and RAD syllabi in order to create weekly themed lesson plans.
Dawn has also taught many successful theatre students throughout her time at DC Dance. Former and existing students have gone on to work in television, gained associate places with Royal Ballet School, Elmhurst, Northern Ballet, The Hammond, SLP College and Northern Contemporary, competed and won places at IDTA and UKA Theatre Dance Scholarships and won many places and awards at local Theatre Dance Festivals. Dawn is also an active IDTA North West Theatre committee member and enjoys helping organise Theatre events in her area.
Dawn's teaching in the Ballroom department follows years of competing herself at well known Ballrooms including Blackpool's Winter Gardens and Tower Ballroom. She passes on knowledge gained over the years from professionals in the field to her students in Ballroom, Latin, Sequence, Argentine Tango and Salsa. More recently Dawn has also started to teach Line Dance and has enjoyed success with her own choreography being published.
Dawn enjoys continuing her professional development and believes that in order to teach others, constant learning and development is vital. She has graduated from Bucks New University with a Distinction in Foundation Degree in Dance Teaching and later, a BA (Hons) in Professional Dance Development gaining First Class Honours results.
Business DirectorNigel's Profile
Nigel is the technical director at DC Dance and Performing Arts and assists the running the reception, examination, and dancewear centres at the school. He designed and maintains our website and looks after everything IT related at the business.
He also enjoys the artistic side of the business and helps to direct and organise the sound and production at the annual dance show. Nigel is passionate about the business and his focus is on the continuous development and promotion of DC Dance and Performing Arts. Alongside working at DC Dance and Performing Arts, Nigel runs his own successful IT business, www.bpcsupport.co.uk
BA (Hons) Media Studies and PhotograhpyNic's Profile
Miss Nic has danced since the age of three and studied NATD Ballet, Tap and Modern Theatre alongside UKA Ballroom, Latin, Modern Sequence and Classical Sequence. She has taken part in shows and competitions and has enjoyed much success.
Nic enjoys running the reception at DC Dance and Performing Arts and is the first person many of our dancers meet upon beginning classes at the school. Miss Nic is currently working towards qualifying as an Associate Level teacher with Melody Movement Early Learning qualification in order to help out when required at the school in the pre-school dance section. She also enjoys Ballroom, Latin and sequence classes at the school.
Alongside her work at the school, Nic is also pursuing her passion for photography and has recently opened her own photography studio within the DC building; Little Picture Loft.
(A)IDTA WJ (Bill) Tasker IDTA Award Winner 2010Jessica's Profile
After many years of studying Theatre, Ballroom and Freestyle subjects at DC Dance, Jess went on to take her professional dance teaching exams with the IDTA and joined the DC Team full time. Jess is an award winning Freestyle teacher after being chosen by the IDTA as the winner of the WJ (Bill) Tasker Award 2010 for her student teacher examination taken in the same year. Jessica has vast freestyle knowledge to pass on to her students after spending years competing in the field and gaining Championship Level. Jess is constantly training to update her knowledge of the ever evolving Freestyle department and has trained with Firefly Street Dance Company, UDO Street Dance company and plans to continue studying for higher level teaching certificates.
Jessica has qualifications in Zumba, Dance Leadership Level 1, Community Sports Leader Level 2, Level 2 Circuit Training Instructor, Level 2 Exercise to Music, Level 3 Personal Fitness Instruction, Level 3 Anatomy & Physiology, and Level 3 Nutrition
Alongside assisting with the organisation of the Freestyle section, Jess also teaches within the Theatre, Ballroom and Pre-School departments. She particularly enjoys working with the adults and teaches Fitness, Salsa, Line Dance and Ballroom at DC Dance. Jess has also taught at various junior and senior schools around the local area.
Maddie has studied at DC Dance since its opening in 2002 and taken and passed many examinations with both the UKA and IDTA. She has also taken part in many shows and performances with the dance school. Maddie also studied gymnastics alongside her dance for many years and competed at regional level, a skill she is now helping to pass onto our students at DC Dance.
After starting as a classroom assistant at the age of 14, Maddie then went on to gain Distinction in her student teaching award taken in 2013 and has now passed her associate level qualification too. She will continue to teach at DC Dance whilst working as an accountant during the week. Maddie hopes to continue her professional development in the world of dance by taking further associate exams and diplomas. She is a valued member of the team with her precise work and attention to detail.
BA (Hons) Ballet Education, (L)RAD, (A)IDTAMary's Profile
Alongside her degree in Ballet Education, Miss Mary has recentlygraduated from the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) programme, which specialises in the work of the RAD. Throughout her dance training, Miss Mary has worked both as a dance teacher and information assistant at the Royal Academy of Dance in London and has gained much teaching experience from this post. She has also worked at numerous private dance schools and educational establishments around London.
Having completed the full RAD syllabus herself, passed examinations with the UKA and ISTD in other dance genres as well as competing at dance festivals Miss Mary has much experience to pass on to students at DC Dance.
BA (Hons) Musical Theatre , PGCE Primary, (Dip) IDTA, (A) Melody Movement Early LearningKatrina's Profile
After performing as a child in many local theatres Katrina went on to gain her degree in Musical Theatre from Guilford School of Acting and later gained a PGCE in primary education. She has since become one of the first teachers in the UK to qualify with the IDTAs new Musical Theatre Teaching Diploma. Katrina has more recently being studying to enhance her dance teaching qualifications and plans to qualify in many theatre genres.
As well as teaching at the dance school, Katrina runs a highly successful theatre company Story Magic and is also an experienced children's entertainer. Katrina is in high demand and her work takes her all over the country.
(A)IDTA, (A) UKAJosie's Profile
Josie started dancing at a young age and has studied a wide range of subjects within the Freestyle, Ballroom and Theatre genres. After completing a National Diploma in Performing Arts and an NCFE in Stagecraft at Bury College she then qualified with both the UKA and IDTA.
Josie has a vast competitive knowledge after having danced at Championship level herself and now helps to coach many of our competitive freestyle students at DC Dance. Josie also specialises in Street Dance and has undertaken teacher training with both the IDTA and UDO in this genre.
More recently Josie became an adjudicator with the British Dance Council and regularly adjudicates both Freestyle and Street competitions.
Dance Teacher & Vocal Coach
BA Hons Dance, (A) NATD, (A) IDTAAlex's Profile
Alex began her dance training at the age of three and after completing a degree in dance, went onto qualify with both the NATD and IDTA. As well as dance, Alex enjoys much success within the theatre world both as a performer and choreographer and is a NODA Award nominee. She has appeared in many starring roles in local productions of musicals and also choreographs for many local societies. Alex teaches theatre subjects at DC Dance including Tap and Ballet and Pointe Work. Alex has also more recently trained as a gymnastic teacher and is looking forward to providing workshops and classes at the school in this genre.
Alex also provides vocal tuition at DC Dance and Performing Arts. She assists students who wish to audition to vocational colleges, students with vocal work for song and dance festivals and for those who simply just wish to sing. Alex has had much experience as an outreach dance teacher and is available for school, nursery and college work as a member of the DC outreach team
(A) IDTAShelley's Profile
Shelley has danced since a young age and competed at medallist level initially with the UKA and later with the IDTA after moving to the North. She then began dancing in the Supadance league before becoming a teaching assistant at a large Ballroom and Latin school.
Shelley started teaching at DC Dance in 2015 and has begun her IDTA teacher training with IDTA examiner Miss Lorraine Eckersley. She plans to continue her training to a high level with the IDTA. Shelley is also hoping to expand the Ballroom and Latin section at the school and hopes to enhance the competition section.