The Dance Factory Principal
Miss Katy danced from a young age at a dance school in Wellingborough and at 16 attended Laine Theatre Arts, one of the top performing arts colleges in the country, graduating with a National Diploma in professional dance and top grade in her Associate teaching qualification in ISTD Modern and Tap. With many great experiences since leaving college, including travelling round the world dancing on a cruise ship, appearing in films, TV and touring with many shows overseas and in the UK. While living in the Cayman Islands Miss Katy taught at a fantastic dance school. It has always been Miss Katy’s dream to open her own dance school believing that there was a great need for a professional and caring school this side of Northamptonshire that could offer a variety of styles with exams, shows and festivals. Hence 'The Dance Factory' was born in 2006. Starting with only a few students, the school has grown, now teaching with over 200 students! Miss Katy works at many primary schools in Northamptonshire and also Southfield School for girls, teaching the gifted and talented students and helping them with their tour in the summer term. She taught the GCSE and A-level students in Contemporary and Jazz techniques before having her 2 gorgeous little boys! She is so proud of every student that has trained with her and misses every one of the girls and boys as they leave to go to university/work – although they often turn up at classes or come to help at the show!
Miss Ashley started her training in Cambridgeshire and then went on to become a pre-senior at Central School of Ballet studying Vaganova technique and contemporary dance. She was also a student with the London Junior Ballet before auditioning for full time dance schools at the age of 16. Miss Ashley then continued her training at the prestigious Laine Theatre Arts in Surrey graduating with a National Diploma in professional dance and her Associate teaching qualification in ISTD Imperial Ballet and RAD Ballet. Since graduating from college she has been lucky enough to have performed in various shows and productions both on stage and on television. These include pantomimes, fashion shows and films. Alongside professional work Miss Ashley has taught for a variety of schools. She is experienced in show/festival choreography and has coached for graded and major examinations. Miss Ashley was very excited to join The Dance Factory in 2011 and has made such a difference towards many of our students’ dancing journeys which is apparent from our wonderful RAD results.
Miss Claire studied ballet from the age of 3 and went on to study Modern, Jazz, Classical Greek and Contemporary. She regularly took part in competitions and competed at the All England Festival Finals on multiple occasions. At 18, Claire followed her passion of Ballet and began 4 years professional training at Ballet West Scotland. Claire joined Ballet West’s touring company and toured full length productions of The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake around Scotland and then China. After gaining her RAD Advanced 2 in Classical Ballet and BA(Hons) in Dance, Claire began her professional career with ‘The London Ballet Company’ and went on to perform around the UK and abroad. Since returning home, she has continued her training at The Royal Academy of Dance with the ‘Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies’ course and has loved being able to teach all age groups in two excellent local schools. She joined the Dance Factory in 2019 and is so please that her students bring their biggest smiles to her classes!
Miss Kim trained at London Studio Centre and obtained a Diploma in Dance and Musical Theatre. She has appeared in various shows including pantomimes and summer seasons and has also made a few TV appearances. Her teaching experience has taken her to many local and UK dance schools and gyms, teaching children and adults in a variety of classes from Ballet, Jazz and Tap to Modern, Street and Indian dance. Miss Kim has also choreographed a number of shows both locally and around the country and has choreographed many of our solos and duets to take part in All England Dance Festivals. She took a break in 2015 to have her beautiful little girls but we are so happy that she has come back to teach for us again bringing our Musical Theatre classes to life with her wonderful style and encouragement.
Miss Siobhan began her dancing life at age four learning Ballet and Tap in her local school. At the age of five she had her first experience onstage and there hasn’t been a year since that she hasn’t found herself performing somewhere around the world! She has trained and competed in a number of dance styles over the years, most notably in Irish Dancing where she earned both European and World Championship titles and even a World Record with the cast of Riverdance! Miss Siobhan went on to graduate from DeMontfort University with a BA Hons in Dance, and during this time found her passion for teaching and choreography. Since returning to Northamptonshire Miss Siobhan has taught at many dance and performing arts schools and provided choreography for a range of youth and adult productions and is currently working on the spring production of Shrek the Musical at the Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering.
Miss Siobhan is excited to join the Dance Factory team and meet all the lovely students that Miss Kim has told her about.
Contemporary Dance Teacher
Nikki originally trained in gymnastics, competing at a national level before making a natural transition into dance. She followed her passion for contemporary dance by completing her professional training at Middlesex University, graduating in 2009 with a First Class BA Honours Degree in Dance Performance.
Nikki has performed with London based contemporary dance companies such as; Delve Dance Company and Shaded Voice Dance Company whilst working as a freelance dance artist; teaching contemporary classes and workshops in Northamptonshire. She is also running contemporary classes with her youth company ‘Spectrum Dance’ working closely alongside the Dance4 CAT Programme in Nottingham.
Since completing her teacher training (QTS) she is now a fully qualified dance teacher in secondary education and continues to teach contemporary classes for the wonderful Miss Katy and her talented dancers at The Dance Factory.
Rhiann started dancing when she was 4 years old training in ballet, tap and modern. She fell in love with contemporary at the age if 16 and decided to obtain a degree in the subject. After 3 amazing years at Bath Spa University training in somatics, contact, technique, digital practice and performance she gained a variety of skills to pass on to future students. She has worked with the likes of James Wilton Dance Company, The Hiccup Project and Untold Dance Company and has had one of her pieces commissioned for the Holburne Museum in Bath.
Rhiann is currently a freelance teacher in Northamptonshire, working weekly with local primary schools to deliver a range of dance, PE, Drama, Musical Theatre and Circus classes. She also works closely with Southfield School for Girls and Bishop Stopford School delivering classes for seasonal shows.
Rhiann also delivers chair based dance classes in care homes, ensuring the older generation experience a healthier, fun-packed quality of life on a regular basis.
Rhiann is thrilled to be part of The Dance factory team!
Sarah began dancing at the tender age of 4, initially studying Ballet and Tap but quickly adding other styles of dance plus drama and singing as her love of performing grew. When she was 16, Sarah went on to full time dance training where she gained her teaching qualifications. Following college were jobs as a magicians assistant, singer, and a couple of years touring Italy in the ballet of an operetta company. On her return to the UK she began teaching, and has over 20 years experience teaching all genres of dance in Northamptonshire and the surrounding counties, and is particularly interested in dance medicine and biology. She is very lucky to have taught alongside some highly renowned teachers and examiners gaining much from their knowledge and expertise.
Susi started her dance training age three with Miss. Vivien Lowe, and took part in shows at Derngate and local theatres from the age of eight. She continued her I.S.T.D. Training after completing a Degree in Dance Studies, and completed her Associate and Certificate in Dance Education. Susi's dual training facilitated opportunities to teach G.C.S.E. and 'A' level dance, and choreograph for Youth Dance Groups as well as working for several dancing schools. Since starting her family, Susi has predominantly taught for Harborough Academy of Performing Arts and particularly enjoyed choreographing at Stowe School and at schools in Blisworth.
Lewis has recently graduated from the prestigious Bird College in London where he received a first class honours degree in Professional dance and Musical Theatre. His professional credits whilst training include Max Bialiystock ‘The Producers’, George ‘The Wedding singer’, Porph ‘Airswimming’ and a featured singer across many London venues. Lewis has also performed at the ‘Dance Proms’ at the Royal Albert Hall. He is currently auditioning for professional jobs in London’s West End as well as teaching workshops around the country.