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 teaches many classes, supports other teachers and classroom assistants.
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. Dawn is also partaking in the Royal Ballet Schools Inspire teaching series workshops and often attends RAD and IDTA teacher training seminars.
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) Audio Visual Studies with Photography, Lisensed Chaperone, First Aid TrainedNic'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. Nic has more recently taken on the role of coach for the adult tap group and prepares them for show work with the school. She also assists in the tap department of the school coaching IDTA Tap grades and running Woodland themed workshops in the school holidays..
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.
(F) IDTA, Level 2 Exercise to Music, Level 2 Circuit Training Instructor, Level 3 Personal Fitness InstructionJessica'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.
B.A. (Hons.) Fine Art, PGCE, Post Grad Dip. Dance Movement TherapyJanet's Profile
Janet has re joined the team at DC to teach Flamenco after three further years studying Flamenco and its culture in Spain. She is one of the founders of the Hebden Bridge Pena and students will be invited to join the Flamenco social scene. Janet's study of Dance Movement Therapy at the Laban Centre, London, has led her to promote self-confidence and expression through Flamenco dance.
BA (Hons) Ballet Education (F) IDTA, (L) RAD, Level 4 Specialist Diploma in Advanced Mat Pilates, Level 2 GymMary's Profile
Alongside her degree in Ballet Education, Miss Mary also holds the prestigeous Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) programme, which specialises in the work of the RAD. Since joining our school, Mary has also gained many IDTA teaching qualfications and plans to take further qualifications. 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.
Miss Mary teaches both RAD ballet syllabus and IDTA theatre syllabus at the school and trains many of our competitive theatre dancers. 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 onto students at DC Dance.
(A) IDTASophie's Profile
Miss Sophie has danced with DC Dance & Performing Arts from the age of two and has studied many dance genres including: Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Freestyle, Street, Cheerleading and Gymnastic Dance. She has taken part in many annual dance shows, theatre and freestyle competitions and workshops during her time with the school. Sophie began assisting at the school in her young teens as a classroom assistant and has since taken her associate qualifications. As well as teaching dance, Miss Sophie also assists at the local hippodrome's youth theatre.
BA (Hons) Musical Theatre, PGCE Primary, (A) Melody Movement Early Learning, (A) IDTAKatrina's Profile
Katrina has a degree in Musical Theatre from Guilford School of Acting. After performing professionally for a number of years she then qualified as a primary school teacher gaining a PGCE from Bradford College. She left teaching to run a Theatre-in-Educuation company which tours primary schools all over the north of England. She is also an experienced children's entertainer. Katrina began her journey with the school within the preschool department but has since gone on to proudly run the Musical Theatre section within the school, putting her passion and vast theatrical knowledge into practise. She has also gone on to study further dance teaching qualifications to assist her knowledge and teaching ability further. Katrina has more recently joined the DC Music Team teaching vocal techniques to both children and adults.
B Ed (Hons) Primary, (A) IDTAHazel's Profile
Hazel commenced Latin, Ballroom and Sequence training over 25 years with Hilary Kershaw. Hazel took part in examinations and competitions with the UKA. She then started Line Dance when it became popular in the 1990s.During her time working as a school teacher, Hazel was made 'Head of Dance' at her school and was in charge of the after school dance clubs.
Upon the opening of DC Dance & Performing Arts in 2002, Hazel has worked alongside Dawn, assisting in many adult Ballroom, Latin, Sequence and Line Dance classes. She has also played a major role in the planning of the preschool dance syllabus and acted as an educational adviser. Hazel is now using her vast knowledge and teaching experience to take her own classes in Line Dance, Ballroom, Latin and Sequence at the school.
Ba (Hons) Humanties/Theatre Studies and Literature, PGCE (Drama), Yoga InstructorJulie's Profile
Julie started work on the Neonatal Unit in 1980 before becoming a NHS Community Nurse in 2003 delivering baby massage to groups and clients. More recently Julie has started her own baby massage and yoga groups 'The Power of Touch' and is proud to be delivering these sessions from DC Dance & Performing Arts. her baby massage and yoga service allows a unique opportunity to learn how to truely connect with your baby. From birth, babies are powerful communicators and by recognising and responding to their verbal an non verbal cues through touch we are able to help care givers build a strong attachment with their baby that lasts a lifetime.
Baby yoga is a natural follow on for babies who attended the massage sessions. Within her baby massage and yoga classes Julie is also qualified to supports carers aiming to re-gain their strength, shape and also provides pelvic floor strengthening for all adults.
Level 3 Award in Adapting Exercise for Ante Natal and Post Natal Clients, Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training, Baby Yoga Instructor, NHS Community Nursery NurseCaron's Profile
Caron has been teaching for twenty years. Her experience and qualifications in dance and yoga have enabled her to work in many different places and with people across the world. She has a background in performance where yoga has always played it's supporting role. It it is great for stage nerves and tension but also for people suffering with sleep deprivation. She is delighted to see the strength, release and space that it brings to others of all ages. As well as her regular classes Caron is bringing yoga to people at work and has recently published an article in OM yoga magazine on this subject. Caron teaches yogees on safari in Tanzania and is also creating Portugal yoga retreats..
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.