I began my dance journey at the age of 3 at Susan Glover Stage School in Elland. My love of dance and performance continued throughout childhood and into my teens, taking part in numerous shows and competitions. I became a qualified British Theatre Dance Association (BTDA) teacher of Ballet, Tap, Modern and Acrobatic dance by the age of sixteen. I then went on to study A-Levels including Performing Arts and Theatre Studies at Huddersfield New College, where I achieved the College Special Award for Achievement in the Performing Arts.
In 1996 I went to Leicester De Montfort University to study a BA (Hons) in Performing Arts: Contemporary Dance. During my time at University I worked with a number of artistes including Steve Kirkham (Featherstonehaughs) and Russell Trigg (Yolande Snaith), as well as touring with DMU Dance Company for two years.
In 2003 I gained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). I have taught as a secondary school teacher at Airedale Academy in Wakefield for eleven years. During this time I have taught GCSE and BTEC Dance, as well organising a number of community events and performances.
I decided to start Groovy Movers whilst on maternity leave (I have two girls now aged five and two), bringing together my love of dance, teaching and young children. I am enjoying the new challenges working for myself brings and hope to continue to grow the business over the coming years.
I am also a qualified Fitsteps instructor and currently lead classes at Brooksbank School in Elland on a Tuesday 7-8pm, North Bridge Leisure Centre in Halifax on a Thursday 11.30-12.30 and Mirfield Grammar on a Thursday 7.30-9pm.