Jemma

Jemma is the owner of RDDC and has been teaching at RDDC for over 13 years. Jemma trained at Huddersfield University receiving a Drama BA Hons Degree. Jemma teaches Speech, Drama, Musical Theatre, Contemporary vocals and our preschool classes which are always fun, enjoyable and varied, featuring voice, speech, movement, scripted and devised performances. Jemma is also the director of our annual performances. Jemma has directed Lion King, Beauty and The Beast, Les Miserables, Oliver, Mamma Mia, Into The Woods, Frozen, and many more. 

Ever busy, Jemma is also the course leader for GCSE’s & A-Levels. 

Rebecca

Rebecca trained at the Northern Ballet School, Manchester, 2005 -2008, graduating with a National Diploma in Professional Dance. She then travelled the world as a performer and enjoyed a year as a soloist on the Carnival Cruise liners before starting her teaching career at Sunshine Studios in Manchester. Becki who is Head of our Waterfoot branch, is a specialist in Ballet, Acro and Contemporary Dance and is our Tap Co-Ordinator. She is also trained in Jazz, Street, and Musical Theatre and enjoys teaching both children and adults, from absolute the beginner to advanced performer. Becki is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance & Acrobatic Arts. 

Louise

Louise was a full time student at RDDC while studying for a BA (Hons) in Dance Education with the Royal Academy of Dance. Louise has enjoyed great success as a performer. Louise has danced with the Birmingham Royal Ballet in their production of Petrushka. As a teacher Louise enjoys all her classes both for children and adults. Louise has taught A Level Dance at BRGS. A talented choreographer Louise creates unique routines for both Theatre and Street teams and being a former finalist herself, she can share her experiences as a highly successful and versatile performer with her pupils. Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Street, Irish, Acro, Line Dance and Contemporary are the array of subjects which Louise teaches. Ever busy Louise is also the Outreach Co-Ordinator for Schools and events. 

Jenny

Jenny was a multiple UKA National Theatre Dance Scholarship winner, and at the age of 18 represented the UKA at the British Championships. With over 15 years of teaching experience, Jenny is now a popular and talented teacher of both children and adults. At RDDC Jenny is the team Co-Ordinator, staff mentor and the Jazz Dance Co-Ordinator with responsibility for the oversight of the subject. Jenny relishes these roles since it involves working closely with RDDC colleagues and leading lectures at the UKA conference for fellow UKA Jazz dancers. Some of Jenny’s original Jazz choreography has been included in the UKA Graded Jazz Dance syllabus. Jenny enjoys the competition side of teaching too with our fabulous Group Of The Year Teams and Street Crews. Jenny teaches Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Ballroom, Latin, and Street, from beginner level to advanced, for children and adults.

Courtney

Courtney has trained with RDDC since 2000, aged 3! Completing all her grades 1-8 with RAD & UKA in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Street & Irish. Impressively Courtney was also UKA Performer Of The Year for many years! She joined RDDC for teacher training in 2014, assisting in Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre. Motivated by dance Courtney continued to perform as part of a competitive Group Of the Year team & Street Crew, winning many trophies! Courtney has performed with The English Youth Ballet and starred alongside Dani Harmer in the Wizard Of Oz at The Palace Theatre Manchester. Courtney is developing new skills all the time & her particular passion is for Ballet & Tap. Finishing her apprenticeship in Summer 2016, Courtney is now part of RDDC’s talented teaching team! ​

Hannah

Hannah was originally a member of the Dalton School of Dance but has trained with RDDC since 2009 as a student. In 2013 after completing her A Levels at Holy Cross she joined the RDDC team for teacher training in dance, drama and musical theatre. Now advancing her practice with the RAD & UKA, Hannah continues to work hard and enjoys teaching a variety of classes at RDDC, Ballet being one of Hannah’s favourites! Hannah also loves to create new choreography for RDDC’s annual shows!​

Niamh

Niamh joined RDDC at the age of 2 and has trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, Irish, street, commercial dance and musical theatre.
She has competed successfully at festivals both as a solo performer and as part of a team and is proud to have been a Performer of the Year and Group of the Year finalist multiple times.
Niamh has attended many workshops and masterclasses including the Northern Ballet School’s summer school and Birmingham Royal Ballet’s outreach classes. A former Moorland ballet school associate, she is presently studying for grade 8 and advanced foundation ballet alongside intermediate tap and jazz.
After completing her A levels, which include dance and PE, Niamh will be starting her dance teacher training with the IDTA and RAD so that she can help young dancers achieve their goals.

Holly

Holly joined RDDC as a pupil at the age of 5. Holly has become a well known member of the RDDC community who enjoyed and participated in classes at both branches before coming onboard as member of teaching staff.

Throughout Holly’s time at RDDC as a pupil she has trained in Drama, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Tap and Jazz, finding great successes in all genres, winning festival in 2019, festival 2020 as well as being part of the 2018 winning Group Of The Year team. Holly has become a well known face around RDDC in the last few years, working at our shows, attending competitions as well as teaching summer schools and working on reception. Holly after finishing her A-Levels is looking to further her teaching qualifications in Drama & Musical Theatre. Holly’s extremely passionate about becoming a casting agent which again will hopefully open many doors for our talented youngsters.

 

 

Helena

Helena started dancing at the age of 3 at Rddc herself. After finding such passion and love for the arts she carried on her training at Jelli studios ( the home of dance mums uk)  in Liverpool for 2 years. At the age of 20 she moved to London and carried on her training at Performers college where she gained a national diploma in professional dance and musical theatre.
Helena has many years of being a professional performer herself.
Credits include ITV Pride of Britain awards , BBC drama Ridley Road, Sophia Divine Drag Show , Waterloo Road, Carnival Entertainment, GrayBoy Entertainment Move It performer 2017-2018 , Thirty Performers College.
Helena now wants to share her passion and knowledge with the new generation and has found such a passion for teaching.
Helena is a specialist in Commercial and Jazz / jazz technique but also trained in ballet , tap, street , contemporary and musical theatre.
Helena is also a level 3 personal Trainer and fitness instructor.

Caitlyn

Caitlyn has trained at RDDC since the age of 2 1/2. She is now training full time at Northern Ballet School in Manchester.
Caitlyn wishes to take the Jazz focus course and is hoping to be dancing on cruise ships, in Disney or even in the Westend!
Caitlyn has won many dance awards at various competitions and had amazing experiences with fabulous memories:
in 2011 she danced at the Palace Theatre Manchester in Angelina Ballerina.
She took part in an organised flash mob at the Trafford Centre for CBBC ‘The Next Step’.
Caitlyn also got through her auditions and enjoyed performing with English Youth Ballet in Copellia-2014 at the Stockport Plaza and
Sleeping Beauty-2018 at The Buxton Palace.
Caitlyn was part of the GOTY team lead by Jenny, that in 2018 won 1st place in all four genres of dance and became GOTY champions!
Whilst Caitlyn enjoys working with all ages she loves the younger children, she has lots of patience and experience in helping them perfect those early dance moves that will be vital as they progress through their grades!