Nothing would be possible without the support of our amazing selection of dedicated, highly qualified teachers, who represent all aspects of the performing arts. Read about them here:
Vocational Ballet & Tap, Musical Theatre
M.I.D.T.A R.A.D R.T.S LIFE MEMBER OF ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE
The Kirkham School of Dancing opened in March 1971 at St. Joseph’s Church Hall, Pickering. Angela opened the Kirkham Henry Performing Arts Centre together with Jennie Henry in 1989 and the Centre currently has 400 students with over 100 on the waiting list.
Angela has worked over the years as an adjudicator for Dance Festivals/ Choreographer on touring shows, choreographing children’s ballets for summer schools, directing Ryedale Youth Theatre for 23 years, coaching ballet children for examinations and auditions throughout the country and coaching male dancers for the Billy Elliot school.
Angela has also taught under-privileged children, who did not want to do anything with their life, to dance and be proud of their achievements. She also teaches senior citizens to help them stay young and mobile.
Over the 40 years that Angela has been teaching she has trained thousands of students to professional level, many of whom are now performing in musical theatre productions in the West End and on tour, on Cruise Ships and in The Royal Ballet Company and ballet companies across the world. Others have chosen to become professional musicians, theatre technicians, stage managers, teachers of dance, music and musical theatre etc. or to study for alternative careers at Universities and colleges throughout the UK with the help of the transferrable skills taught at Kirkham Henry.
Angela is a life member of The Royal Academy of Dance.
Sarah Louise Ashworth
AISTD, LIDTA, RAD member
Sarah-Louise has worked extensively as both a dancer and singer in both theatre and television. Her credits include: Cinderella – The York Grand Opera House, Best Foot Forward – Epsom Playhouse, Aladdin - Sunderland Empire Theatre, Queen Mother’s 100thBirthday Celebrations – London, M/V Ocean Majesty – Dancer, An Evening with James Bond – UK Tour, M/V Ocean Majesty – Singer/Dancer, QE2, Broadway Bound NY – Dance Captain, World Cruise.
She has taught at Kirkham Henry since September 2005 and in January 2006 founded the Sarah-Louise Ashworth School of Dance in Kirkbymoorside.
BA Honours Music, Psychology & Sociology
She has also played for many societies, choirs and exams throughout County Durham and North Yorkshire and is currently based in Harrogate where she plays for The Dale Singers – a 4 part choir – and Associated Board exams.
Alison has been accompanying students at Kirkham Henry for their singing and ballet exams since 1990 and currently teaches music theory.
Foundation (Bt, Tap & Theatre-craft)
Joanne assisted in teaching and quickly realised she would like to make a career out of it. She studied for her Associate IDTA Teaching Examination under Miss Angela and passed with flying colours. Joanne teaches Ballet Tap and Theatre Craft at Malton. She has choreographed Malton Pantomime since 2003.
Vocals & piano
GRSM. ARMCM. Post Graduate Certificate Education
An experienced practitioner across 40 years of teaching and music making, Martin's priority for his students is to ensure that learning and performing are enjoyable, fulfilling disciplines. Whether engaged in group work or in one to one tuition, he harnesses appropriate technology in support of an on-going quest for excellence.
In his spare time, Martin serves as a Director of Kirkham Henry CIC and pursues a number of other interests which include hiking, photography, French literature and wine tasting.
Sarah Ferguson (nee Richardson)
Sarah is a former pupil of Kirkham Henry, attending from an early age up until sixteen, when she continued her studies at Brian Rogers Performers College, Essex. During her time there she took part in many Royal Variety and Palladium performances, charity events, backing vocal recordings and some hair modelling contracts.
Sarah has choreographed extensively for shows and demonstrations and is a regular attender of ‘MOVE IT' London.
Credits include The King and I’, ‘Crazy for You’ and ‘The Wiz’ and was also fortunate to be chosen to appear in stage versions of Rhoald Dahl’s ‘Matilda’ and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Evita’ both at The Grand Opera House, York.
Andrew took his love of performing arts to Huddersfield University where he gained a BA (Hons) in Theatre Studies and then to Bretton Hall, Wakefield to complete a secondary school teaching certificate specialising in drama.
She has been closely involved for many years with York and Ryedale operatic societies both as a performer and ‘out front’ as chorus mistress and musical director. Extensions of Jennies work have reached as far away as West Africa where her first post as musical director was made in association with the British High Commission in Gambia.
Even though Jennie has retired, she keeps her hand in and still enjoys teaching her long standing pupils here at Kirkham Henry.
For six years she was Music Supervisor, responsible for all the musical content and standards for RIVERDANCE -THE SHOW, from Broadway to Sydney and everywhere between! She is one of only two women worldwide to be appointed as a conductor for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
She has worked on LES MISERABLES, MISS SAIGON and MARTIN GUERRE, all for Cameron Mackintosh, along with many of the other big West End musicals, in London and on tour in Dublin and across the North of England.
She was pianist for no less than five EUROVISION SONG CONTESTS for Ireland, including the one that launched Riverdance.
She has worked with orchestras throughout Scandinavia and Germany as well as the UK’s City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North, BBC Scottish Symphony and London Concert Orchestra, in concerts with some of the biggest names in the business.
Madeleine has lectured in Musical Theatre at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin and has continued to work as a vocal coach to professional and amateur performers alike. She recently became Musical Director of Ryedale Choral Union.
Foundation: Ballet/Tap/Theatre craft
Miss "Kyla" has also had more than 6 years professional Gymnastics training and was part of the York Olympic squad for 3 years. She will be assistant to our Gym coach, George.
She has taken many leading roles in local productions over the years and now choreographs for the local pantomime. Miss Angela says: “Miss Kyla is like Super Nanny as she has such an amazing way with the very young children”.
Jazz, Cabaret and Choreography
In 1977 Ali successfully auditioned for the famous BBC ‘Black and White Minstrel Show’ where she stayed for many years as George Mitchell’s leading lady. Wanting to travel the world, she got her first taste of ‘cruising’ in 1984 and since has performed on board some of the world’s first class cruise liners – including P & O’s ‘Canberra’, Sea Princess and U.S. based ‘SS Oceanic’.
In 1986 Ali started a double act “Déjà vu” with Roger Green. For many years they worked the act on board Fred Olsen’s ‘Black Prince’ before they expanded to produce and direct the production shows on board Black Prince, Black Watch’ and M/V Discovery for Discovery Cruises, all under the name of Deja Vu & Company.
Today Ali runs AC Productions with husband and Musical Director, Chris Hocking.
A lack of funding meant that George had to secure employment and at the age of 16 he successfully auditioned for a place with Circus Globus – the prestigious National Circus of Bucharest. George further developed his gymnastic skills and mastered the notoriously difficult Russian Bar and Spring Board acts.
Already wanting to further his career, George was head-hunted to learn a new skill known as ‘Hand to Hand’. In 2007 whilst contracted for the same cruise company, he met his future wife who we all know as Miss Rebecca. They continued to cruise together and perform in the production shows on-board for the next 5 years.
After settling and buying a house, George is delighted have been introduced to Kirkham Henry and for this wonderful opportunity to pass on his extensive gymnastic talent through gymnastic classes for pupils of all ages.
She was specially chosen to demonstrate at the NATD, BBO and the Molly Lake awards and the Jimmy Carr Live Tour. Rebecca graduated in 2005 as Head Girl.
Her extensive cruise ship career began with Costa Cruise Lines and continued for the next 8 years, working with Costa and MSC cruise companies as a production Dancer, soon becoming Lead Adagio and later Dance Captain and Production Manager.
Rebecca is thrilled to be back at Kirkham Henry fulfilling a love and passion for teaching dance.
Ballet/Head of Speech & Drama
To further her training she studied for three years at ‘The London Studio Centre’ under the direction of Margaret Barbieri and Anita Young for Ballet and Marcia Taylor-Brooke for Singing and appeared in ‘Dance Overture ‘91′ for Prince Edward at The Royalty Theatre, ‘92 at The Wimbledon Theatre; ‘93 at Salder’s Wells; Equity ‘91 at The Jeannetta Cochrane Theatre and Best of the Assessments ‘93 at The Shaw Theatre.
Catherine has also worked for Yorkshire Television appearing in ‘Book Tower’, ‘Darling Buds of May’, ‘Emmerdale’, ‘How We Used To Live’, ‘Stay Lucky’ and other productions. She furthered her studies taking a three year Ballet teaching course with ‘The Royal Academy of Dance’.
All three of Barbara’s children trained at Kirkham Henry and are now working professionally in the world of music, dance and TV. As a result of the many hours spent waiting for her children to finish classes, Barbara became involved with the Friends of Kirkham Henry and Ryedale Youth Theatre, with whom she has enjoyed working for the past 20 years.
In 2002 she decided to fulfil her ambition to gain a degree and embarked upon a 3-year full time course at York St. John University. Since graduating in 2005 with a B.A. Hons Degree in Communication Arts, specialising in Drama, Barbara has thoroughly enjoyed putting her years of experience and knowledge into practice by teaching the wonderfully talented students at Kirkham Henry Performing Arts.
Audrie is in an experienced actress and teacher specializing in Mask and Physical theatre and is proud to have worked with practitioners such as John Wright, Gregory Doran, Paola Cavallin, Toby Wilshire, Luke Dixon and Emily Gray as well as companies including Trestle, Northumberland Touring Theatre Co, Third Party and for The Royal Shakespeare Company as Mask Consultant.
Audrie has just completed a mask theatre tour in collaboration with Trestle and York Theatre Royal.
Chloe Shipley Choreography
Chloe first began her training at Kirkham Henry Performing Arts aged 4 and took part in many showtimes, pantomimes and Ryedale Youth Theatre Productions. After she left school she first became a teacher at Kirkham Henry teaching both Drama and Jazz, she then fulfilled a life dream of teaching Musical Theatre in America for 6 months.
Chloe has choreographed for many years in York, Leeds and Malton and continued her love for theatre through her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre and Performance. Chloe recently became the artistic director of "203 theatre company" and choreographed and directed a new musical at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where the show won a Derek Award: “Best Overall Show”.
Chloe is a very keen fundraiser and organises charity events for Cancer Research and Stand up to Cancer, using the arts to raise money for the charities. She will now complete a PGCE in Drama Education and become Drama Teacher at Norton Secondary School. Chloe is thrilled to be part of the Kirkham Henry family and loves returning to teach the children.
Ballet Mistress to the Royal Ballet Company
Samantha was brought up in Malton, North Yorkshire and trained at Kirkham Henry Performing Arts (her mother’s school) before joining The Royal Ballet School. She was awarded the Kenneth MacMillan Choreographic Award in 1995 and the first Dame Ninette de Valois Award in 1998. She joined The Royal Ballet in 1997 and was promoted to Soloist in September 2006.
Sam became Ballet Mistress in 2011.
Pippa started her training at Kirkham Henry Performing Arts centre in Malton, and went onto Laine Theatre Arts, Epsom, Surrey where she received the Laine Award for the most potential in the field of Dance.
Pippa Has appeared in many West End shows and is also a qualified pilates teacher.