The Team

Find out below about our dedicated team and what they teach!

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Dawn has been teaching for over 20 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 has held the position of Area Secretary for a number of years. She enjoys helping organise Theatre events in and around the North West area on behalf of the IDTA.

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 is currenlty working towards further IDTA Theatre teaching qualifcations with IDTA Examiner Miss Wendy Heywood and IDTA Ballroom teaching qualifications with IDTA Examiner Miss Angela Hanley. Dawn is also partaking in the Royal Ballet Schools Inspire and Enlighten teaching series workshops and often attends RAD and IDTA teacher training seminars.

Dawn Chapman

Principal, Director and Founder of DC Dance & Performing Arts
BA (Hons) Professional Dance Development, (A) IDTA Ballet, (MRT) RAD, Progressing Ballet Technique Instructor, (1 - 5) Royal Ballet School Inspire Teaching Training , (A) IDTA Tap (A) IDTA Modern Jazz, (A) IDTA Theatre Craft, (A,L,F) IDTA Freestyle, (A) IDTA Ballroom, (A) IDTA Latin, (A) IDTA Line Dance, (Dip) IDTA Dance Fitness, (A) UKA Street, (A) UKA Rock N Roll, UKKC Cheerleading, Acrobatic Arts Certified Teacher
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Mary Green

Dance Teacher and Co Head of Border Rose Ballet

BA (Hons) Ballet Education,(A, L) RAD Ballet, (A, L) IDTA Ballet
(1 - 5) Royal Ballet School Inspire Teaching Training, (A, L, F) IDTA Modern Jazz, (L) IDTA Theatre Craft, (L) IDTA Freestyle, L4 IDTA Diploma Tap, Progressing Ballet Technique Certified Instructor, Level 4 Specialist Diploma in Advanced Mat Pilates, Level 2 Gym Certificate

Alongside her degree in Ballet Education, Miss Mary also holds the prestigeous Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) program, which specialises in the work of the RAD. She has recently begun teacher training with the Royal Ballet School as part of their outreach Inspire Teacher Training series which she is looking forward to completing. 

Since joining our school, Mary has also gained many IDTA teaching qualifications 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 IDTA in other dance genres as well as competing at dance festivals Miss Mary has much experience to pass onto students at DC Dance.

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Nigel Foran

Business Director

Nigel is the technical director at DC Dance and Performing Arts and assists the running the reception, examination, and dancewear centres at the school 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 Mobile phone repair business,

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Jess Earnshaw

Dance Teacher and Head of Freestyle

Although Nigel is not a dancer he is a familiar face around the dance school. When not working at the 'front of house', Nigel can be found in his workshop upstairs from which he runs TechDirect: an IT and Mobile Phone Repair workshop. 

Nigel Foran

Dance Teacher 

(PA, A, L, F) IDTA Freestyle, (PA, A) IDTA Street Dance, (PA, A) IDTA Cheerleading, (PA, A) IDTA Line Dance, (PA) IDTA Rock N Roll, (Waltz Module) IDTA Ballroom, Level 2 Exercise to Music, Level 2 Circuit Training Instructor, Level 3 Personal Fitness Instructor, Glow Fitness Instructor, Zumba Instructor

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


Jess really enjoys coaching our Team DC Freestyle pupils in order for them to enter competitive Freestyle events around the country. 

Business Partner

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Alex Townend

Dance Teacher, Vocal Coach & Head of Musical Theatre

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

BA Hons Dance, (A) NATD Modern, (A) NATD Tap, (A) IDTA Theatre Craft, (A) IDTA Ballet,  Gymnastic Instructor

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Lauren Ward

Dance Teacher

BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts (Phil Winston's Theatrworks) (A) IDTA Modern Jazz (A) IDTA Ballet (Dip) IDTA Anatomy & Physiology, Intermediate Primary Gymnastics

Lauren started dancing at the age of 4 at her local dance school until the age of 16. After leaving high school she attended college to complete a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts achieving a Triple Distinction. She then trained professionally at the prestigious Phil Winston’s Theatreworks in Blackpool for 3 years in Dance and Musical Theatre and graduated in 2014..

Lauren went straight into performing professionally for Excel Ents Entertainment in various UK performances as a dancer/showgirl. She has completed two international six month contracts for One Stop Entertainment in Cyprus and Sailing Jazz Company in Crete.

She has performed in the High Jinx Magic & Illusion Show in Blackpool at various UK holiday parks and  theatres  as a dancer and magician’s assistant as well as Shone Productions Jack and the Beanstalk 2016 Christmas pantomime at the Middleton Arena and various other corporate and showgirl events.

In between or during dance contracts Lauren has taught in primary schools and dance schools teaching ballet, tap and street dance/jazz to children aged 3 years plus taking them through their exam grades, choreographing competition numbers and annual shows including choreographing a pantomime for an amateur theatre company.


Shelley Waterlow

Ballroom Teacher

(A) IDTA Latin, (Waltz & Quickstep Module) IDTA Ballroom

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 her teaching journey with DC Dance in 2015 and has since taken her IDTA Latin Associate with the now retired Miss Lorraine Eckersley. Shelley has now continued her training with her former teacher and examiner Miss Angela Hanley and is currently working towards the completion of her IDTA Ballroom qualfications. 


Hazel Chapman

Dance Teacher

B Ed (Hons) Primary, (A) IDTA Line Dance

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.


Nic Chapman


BA (hons) Audio Visual Media Studies and Photography

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.

Alongside her work at the school, Nic is also pursuing her passion for photography regulary exhibits Artwork alongside running her own Photography business Nic Chapman Photographs which offers Portrait, Promo and Event Photography.


Janet Adams

Dance Teacher

B.A. (Hons.) Fine Art, PGCE, Post Grad Dip. Dance Movement Therapy

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.