Ballet - Tap - Cheer Leading - Street Dance - Pop Dance - Modern Jazz - Zumba

About Us - The Dance Works, Bolton - Lancashire

Laura James - I.D.T.A Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz & Cheerleading. A U.K.A Freestyle

I'm Laura and I am the principal of Dance Works. I have always loved to dance and started attending classes from the age of 2. I enjoyed all areas of dance and took part in many competitions and shows as I was growing up.

I attended Canon Slade secondary School. After completeing G.C.S.E's I went on to further my dancing at Phil Winston Theatre Works in Blackpool.

After completing my dance performers course I realised my passion was to teach. I always assisted classes at the local dance school and when the opportunity came along to take over the school at 17 I took it, I have never looked back!!!

I have gained several Associate dance teachers qualifications in the I.D.T.A and U.K.A, also my ETM (exercise to music) and fitness class qualifications. Over the last nine years I have built up the dance school to 70 pupils and extended the timetable over two nights and Saturday.
Along side running Dance Works I teach in Primary and Secondary schools delivering dance classes in and out of school time. I also work at David Lloyd Leisure Bolton. I teach a variety of fitness classes and also am the Family Activities Co-ordinator there.
Rebecca Fairhurst - BA Hons Dance

I'm Rebecca and dancing has been my passion since my first dance class at the age of 3. I've loved dancing ever since, and have been taking part in dancing exams and performing in shows throughout my life.

I took my GCSEs at The Swinton High School gaining an A in Dance, I then moved onto Pendleton College where I completed several A Levels including Dance, at this point in my education I realised that dance would be my future. So I decided to further my education, at Edge Hill University completing the BA Hons Dance course with a 2nd Class Degree (2:1).

Whilst completing my degree, I helped assist the children at my local dance school and I also had the opportunity to deliver cross curricular dance classes within several primary schools, on topics such as; Maths and History. I also am Arts Award Advisor at the level of Discover and Explore which aims to get children introduced and involved to the various forms of The Arts.

I wish to continue my development as a teacher in order to give the pupils the best possible dance education and allow them to discover their own passion and love for dance!

Stacey Walker-McDermott - BA Hons English, Drama and Performance Studies. PGCE Drama

My name is Stacey and I have been involved in the Performing Arts world for over 18 years.
I have always been passionate about Performing Arts and from the moment I performed in my first show at the age of 5 (Annie, Palace Theatre Manchester) I was hooked and knew my furture would be within the Performing arts industary.

I attended a local youth theatre and took dance classes/exams throughout my early education, continuing my passion at GCSe gaining an A in GCSe Dance and 4 Distinction in BTEC Performing Arts. I decided to contined my education at Pendleton Sixth Form College studying a BTEC National in Musical theatre and after completing my courses with Distinctions, I successfully gained a place a Salford University, Manchester.

It was at Salford I studied a Bachelor of Arts in English, Drama and Performance Studies graduating my degree with a Second Class honours. (2:1)

Further to my degree I have recently completed a PGCE in Drama in which I have taught in various schools in and around the Greater Manchester area.

In September I will be working part time at Prestwich Arts College Teaching GCSE AQA Performing Arts and Key stage 3 Drama and look forward to sharing and enhancing educational ideas within my teaching.

I am qualified Arts Award advisor at the level of Discover and Expolore and Bronze and Silver aiming to get children involved in various forms of the Arts whilst completing a registered qualification.

I am extremely excited about teaching at Dance works school of Dance and Drama and look forward to sharing my passion for Performing Arts with all students.
Hi my name is Chlöe and dancing has been part of my life since I was three years old. I have enjoyed all aspects of dancing including lessons, exams and shows.

I completed my GCSEs at Ashton on Mersey High School in Sale where I also gained 4 Distinctions in BTEC Performing Arts and 2 Distinction* in BTEC Dance.

My goal for the future is to become a Primary School Teacher whilst pursuing my career as a Dance Teacher. My passion is to share my love of dance and performing arts with children of all ages and ability.

I look forward to meeting you all at Dance Works :)

My name is Aaliyah and I have been surrounded by dance since I was four years old. Over the years I have enjoyed taking a variety of classes and learning a range of techniques and style whilst also taking part in several shows, exams and competitions.

My passion for dancing began around the age of six when I took part in regular jazz, tap and ballet classes. My training is based around ballet (trained at the Centre of Advanced Training), tap, jazz, modern, hip hop and contemporary. Having experienced the wide array of training I chose to specialise in hip hop.

I attended Loreto Sixth Form where I achieved an A Level in dance as well as two other qualifications. During my time in college, I took up a lot of volunteer work at Gorse Hill Studios teaching children as young and 7 for competition teams.

Some of my dance achievements include: UDO Northwest Champion 2015, UDO Midlands Champion 2014, and UDO Yorkshire Street Dance Champion 2014, Opening Rick Ross’s concert, dancer for Manchester United Foundation and Opening JLS’s Hashtag party event.

Some of my teaching experience includes: Manchester United Foundation, working with Bolton
wanderers to provide street dance classes for young people, self-employed dance teacher at The Aim Sky High Company as well as private lessons.

My goal for the future is to continue learning and sharing dance with others and to continuously seek to enhance my own attributes.

I am looking forwards to challenging the children at Dance Works to reach their full potential!