Malton, North Yorkshire 
 

Our Teachers 

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: 
 
Angela Kirkham Artistic Director 
Head of RAD Vocational Ballet . Tap, Musical Theatre 
M.I.D.T.A R.A.D R.T.S LIFE MEMBER OF ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE and INTERNATIONAL DANCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION 
 
 
Together with Jennie Henry, Angela opened Kirkham Henry Performing Arts in 1989. The rest is history! 
She began her training at the age of 3 in Middlesbrough and by the age of 12 had won the English Junior Ballet Championship and successfully passed her Royal Academy of Dance Intermediate examination – being the youngest in the country to do so at the time. Angela has just celebrated the amazing achievement of 50 years teaching dance within community. 
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 . 
 
Angela has worked over the years as an adjudicator for Dance Festivals/ Choreographer on touring shows, including volunteering her time as founder of Kirkham Henry Youth Ballet. Angela is extremely proud to have her youngest daughter, Samantha Raine, Senior ballet mistress to the Royal Ballet Company, as patron . 
Angela, together with Jennie Henry founded Ryedale Youth Theatre and was Artistic Director for 26 years. 
Over the years she has coached ballet children for examinations and auditions throughout the country and coaching male dancers for the Billy Elliot school. 
Angela is a life member of The Royal Academy of Dance and the International Dance Teachers Association, and former Chair of Yorkshire Ballet Scholarship Centre, now known as York Dance Scholars. Winner of Pride of Malton and Norton -Local hero and outstanding achievement. Awarded a certificate for special recognition for contibution to the town of Malton by the Mayor of Malton and Town councillors 2011. 
Awarded the Honour of The Melvin Jones Fellowship by Malton, Norton and District Lions club 2016 
 
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. this includes a dance for Parkinson's class in York. She believes in a strong ethical approach to teaching and has a renowned pastoral care system inplace. 
 
Over the 50 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. 
 
Michaela Kemp- Deputy Principal 
Foundation: Ballet/Tap/Theatre craft 
AIDTA 
Michaela has since studied and gained further qualifications in the area of SEND , (special Educational needs and disabilitiy) and after numerous courses is now a qualified practitioner of the Dance for Parkinson's programme. 
 
Miss "Kyla" has also had more than 6 years professional Gymnastics training and was part of the York Olympic squad for 3 years. 
 
Michaela has been with Kirkham Henry for many years and has over 36 years of teaching experience behind her, teaching Ballet, Tap and Musical Theatre, Dancing with Parkinsons and Dementia, blind and sight support and more recently teaches classes for the MENCAP group. 
 
She has taken many leading roles in local productions over the years and has choreographed for the local pantomime for many years. Miss Angela says: “Miss Kyla is like Super Nanny as she has such an amazing way with the very young children”. 
 
Wanting to ensure the continuity of Kirkham Henry for many more years to come and its Ethos and everything Kirkham Henry stands for Michaela decided to become a Director to offer extra support and help with the running of the business. 
 
Allison Saxton 
Drama Teacher 
 
Employment History 
2016 - Present: Eaglei Training. 
Providing specialist voice and body language sessions for industry. High Impact communications sessions and individual training plans as well as ‘presenting skills’ workshops for both live and recorded sessions. 
2015 - Present: Presenter/Archaeologist Op Nightingale Heritage and Services Archaeology and Heritage Association (part of the Soldier On charity). 
Working with injured serving armed forces personnel and veterans, presenting YouTube videos and helping on archaeological digs throughout the UK. 
2014 - Present Actor/teacher StageCentre and Lynx Education. 
Plays in a day with primary schools, leading workshops, directing short plays and ensuring performances are ready for end of school day. 
July 2010- Present: Professional Singer. 
A variety of work from solo cabaret to performing in rock bands. Styles from easy listening, musical theatre, rock, pop, to indie and light opera. 
August 2006 - Present: Freelance Actor 
Professional acting work for TV, film and theatre (theatrical CV available on request). Work includes roles on Coronation Street, working with Middlesbrough Theatre, Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough etc. 
2015 - 2016: Workshop Leader Little Monkey's Music and Movement. 
Leading music and movement sessions for preschoolers. Planning and delivering sessions, keeping session reports and paperwork, ensuring health and safety of participants. 
March 2006 - July 2010: Working with Llyndall Trotman School of Singing. 
Assisting singers in preparing for auditions and performances. 
August 2004 - 2006: Course Leader BTEC National and First Diplomas in performing arts at Runshaw College, Leyland. 
Taught A level Theatre Studies and Performance Studies. Wrote and developed BTEC courses (first and national diplomas) with 100% achievement and retention. Directed Summer Holiday, Little Shop of Horrors, The Crucible, TIE projects, Our Country’s Good and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (amongst others) as well as planning and delivering courses to students aged 16-19. 
October 1998 - August 2004: Community Development Worker/Lecturer, Bowling Community College. 
Ran GCSE Drama, NCFE Performing Arts, computers for beginners and Care Activity Organiser courses. Managed holiday play schemes for young people aged 5 – 16. Co-ordinated the college’s part in the European Leonardo Project providing sports and arts opportunities to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Assisted with delivery and planning of Junior Sports Leaders Award. 
1991 – 1994 Freelance performer/actor 
Worked with local drama groups and primary schools teaching drama as well as performing with Usher Street Theatre Company. 
 
Audrie Woodhouse 
Drama 
BA Hons performing Arts, MA in Theatre and writing. 
 
She has appeared in film and on television many times including the programmes Coronation Street, Hollyoaks and Heart Beat. You may have seen her most recently in Emmerdale and in Fashion World Advertisements. 
 
Audrie began teaching in 2001 and is one of the Uk’s leading mask theatre practitioners, working with renowned companies including The Royal Shakespeare Company and Trestle.  
 
As a freelance acting coach Audrie coaches performers of all ages in Schools, Colleges, Universities and Theatre Companies and is proud to have an excellent track record in preparing students for success and longevity in the industry. 
 
Audrie has a Masters in Writing, Directing and Performance from the University of York where she gained Distinction and was awarded the prize for highest achievement, BA honours Degree in Performing Arts from Middlesex University and a Diploma in Musical Theatre from The London School of Musical Theatre. 

Evie Jenkinson Jazz, Tap 

Evie began dancing at the age of 3 and her foundations are in latin and ballroom. She won world championships whilst competing in many competitions. 
 
At the age of 16, Evie moved to Swindon after gaining a scholarship to complete a 3 year professional course in musical theatre, gaining a distinction* on her level 3 extended diploma. She was a regular performer at ‘MOVEIT’, annually representing her college. 
Upon graduating in 2017, she gained representation from Pure Entertainment and has completed UK tours as a backing dancer for different Artistes. Also, headlining ‘Party In The Park’ festivals for Pixie Lott, The Vengaboys, Scouting for Girls, Aston Merrygold and Rak-Su over the years from 2017 to present that she has worked for Pure. Not to forget her completing seasons in the attraction of Flamingo Land, performing in both the daytime and evening shows. 
 
A winter contract that Evie has completed in 2018 was a season in Lapland, Finland. She was a children’s ranger which consisted of running and co-ordinating activities for children on their magical holidays. 
Her recent contract in 2020 was as Dance Captain for a summer season in Mallorca with Emerald Entertainment. It consisted of touring the island, performing in top hotels as their evening entertainment. 
To complete 2020, she was an ensemble dancer in Pure Entertainment’s ‘The Greatest Christmas Show’ based at Flamingo Land. 
Evie is passionate for teaching the children at Kirkham Henry to be the most versatile performers that they can be, in order to achieve their dreams. She also teaches dance clubs at other local schools. 
 
George Neacsu 
Gymnastic Coach 
 
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. 
 
Joanne Dawson Head of Lower school and Makaton communication 
Foundation (Bt, Tap & Theatre-craft) 
AIDTA 
 
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 from age 2 upwards. Jo is head of our lower school. She has choreographed Malton Pantomime since 2003 and Assists in the Dance for Parkinson's programme. 
 
Madeleine Hudson 
Vocal Tutor 
 
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.  
 
In 2016, Madeleine was appointed Musical Director of the newly formed mixed voice York Theatre Royal Choir , which sings specially commissioned music to create new theatre, as well as making guest appearances throughout York. 
 
Nicky Copley Musical Director 
Singing ABRSM Musical Theatre 
 
Nicky grew up in the world of amateur theatre performing in local productions from a young age.  
 
Her key singing training was from the age of 16 when she joined the Oxfordshire Youth Chamber Choir under the direction of Peter Hunt, creator and editor of the renowned Voiceworks series for choirs, and the MAYC Orchestra and Singers under the direction of Craig McLeish who now, amongst other things, runs Young Voices. 
 
Her time with Oxfordshire Youth Chamber Choir included concerts in and around Oxford, national and regional competitions with the British Federation of Youth Choirs, performances at the Barbican, London, and attending International singing festivals in Loughborough and in Denmark. With the MAYC Orchestra and Singers her time with them included singing annually at the Royal Albert Hall for the weekend with Methodist Youth Clubs, performing on Songs of Praise twice and a live Christmas Day performance on the BBC in a cold barn in the middle of a field!, a tour of Ireland and more recently a reunion concert. She also recorded 2 CDs with the group – the first was a studio recording in Manchester where she was invited to join just a small group of singers as they were limited on space. 
 
Nicky gained a BAEd Hons in Music with Primary Education at University of Exeter where she studied the voice and oboe for her performance element of her degree and she also directed, musical directed and co-ordinated Methsoc (Methodist Society) musicals for 3 years.  
 
Following her degree she has worked for over 20 years with young people in the classroom, the highlight of each school year being the school production, and in the community working with looked after children and foster carers.  
 
She gained her level 1 and 2 Makaton whilst working in school.  
 
Outside school she has run several play in a week holiday activities and has been an active member of York Light Opera Company performing annually at York Theatre Royal in large scale productions for many years. She gained a scholarship to attend the NODA Summer School on the Musical Directors’ Course following which she was musical director for a production with Knaresborough Amateur Operatic Group. 
 
Most recently during 2020 she has completed the Teaching Young Voices Course, the ABRSM Become a Better Music Teacher course, has been learning the Kodaly method of teaching singing and has become a Vocal Health First Aider, one of the first few people to have completed and passed this course in the World! 
 
 
Rebecca Neacsu 
Ballet, Jazz, tap  
A RAD 
 
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 she has choreographed for MNMT Panto for numerous years now. 
 
Sarah Ferguson Head of Jazz 
Jazz/Modern Dance 
 
 
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. 
 

Shirin Marshall Piano Teacher  

Shirin Marshall was born in Iran. She studied music at the Royal Academy of Music in London, with piano as her first study and obtained GRSM, LRAM and MTC certificates. After a number of years teaching music at a secondary school in Hillingdon/Middlesex and piano as a peripatetic teacher for the Inner London Education Authority, she worked as a full time ballet pianist at the Arts Educational School in Tring/Hertfordshire, now known as Tring Park for nine years. After moving to North Yorkshire in January 1995, Shirin worked as a free lance ballet pianist for RAD and RBS, as well as at KH alongside teaching piano at Terrington Hall School until September 2020. Shirin is also a qualified Iyengar Yoga teacher. 
 
Sophie Roger 
BA (Hons), LRAD, ARAD, RAD RTS, PBT Certified 
 
At the age of three Sophie began her training at Kirkham Henry Performing Arts Centre in Malton, taking part in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, drama, singing and speech and drama classes. Alongside this she also trained at the Yorkshire Ballet Scholarship Centre. Sophie performed in many competitions and amateur productions including: The Nutcracker (Clara); Cinderella (Summer Fairy); Coppélia (Prayer), Giselle (soloist in the Dance of the Wilis); Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Sleepy); Robin Hood (one of his merry men); Starlight Express (Nintendo); CATS (Rumpus Cat); FAME (Iris) and Oliver (Bet) to name a few. 
 
After gaining places at vocational musical theatre schools such as Bird College and Urdang Academy, Sophie decided that her passion was in teaching and graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in 2018 with a BA (Hons) Ballet Education; Licentiate of the RAD (LRAD) and Registered Teacher Status (RTS). She is also an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance (ARAD) after passing her Advanced 2 RAD ballet exam. 
 
The RAD provided Sophie with many opportunities such as: dancing to Strictly Come Dancing’s theme tune on BBC’s One Show; dancing in the Parade and Finale alongside Darcy Bussell in The Patrons Lunch celebrating the Queens 90th Birthday; dancing in a Taylor Swift flash mob on BBC1 Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief. Alongside her studies Sophie taught at various dance schools across London including the English National Ballet. She is also a certified teacher of Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT). 
 
Sophie enjoyed her three years in London but pleased to be back up North teaching in Malton, York, Scarborough and Kirkbymoorside for the past two years. Sophie currently teaches: RAD Ballet, BTEC Ballet and Jazz, Contemporary, Commercial, PBT and private lessons on a weekly basis. Alongside this she is a company member of SK Dance Fusion in York and has performed at: the York Theatre Royal in ‘Dance it up North’ in a commercial/latin fusion dance; at Foss Fit’s Christmas event at the Moxy Hotel; a charity event ‘The Greatest Show’ in a lyrical dance to ‘Never Enough’ and jazz/commercial dance to ‘Come Alive’. She is looking forward to what is to come in her teaching and performing career. 
 
She holds a valid DBS, First Aid, Child Protection Level 2, Cyber Security Level 2, GPDR training, Prevent Covid-19, Infection Prevention and Control – training and certificates. 

  Guest Teachers 

Katy Clarke  After training with Kirkham Henry till the age of 16, Katy moved to Manchester for 3 years, gaining a BA Hons in Professional dance and 3 days before graduating, She successfully secured a job with Tui Cruises on Mein Schiff 3. She traveled to Berlin for rehearsals late September and worked long (hard) days to learn 10 shows; including theatre and pool party spots. They had a cast member break his foot in rehearsals thus facing adapting a full show to only 7 dancers; then joined by a new partner to learn the rest. After she embarked late November to sail around the Canary Islands, Christmas in Morocco, New Year in Madeira, Carnival in Tenerife and Easter without passengers floating around at sea due to the Covid -19 Pandemic. After 52 days stuck at sea we were taken back to Germany and after many cancelled flights arrived home in May. Katy says it was an incredible experience that I had hope to get back to very soon, unfortunately it seems this won't be possible until at least next Easter. I will love being back at my second home where I virtually grew up and to pass on all the experience I have gained. 

Lauren Hood  Lauren trained at Kirkham Henry Performing Arts Centre in North Yorkshire before attending Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She graduated with a First Class Honours Degree and was presented with the Gyearbour Astante Award for Acting. Lauren made her professional debut playing the role of Carrie Pipperidge in the West End Production of Carousel, for which she received a TMA award nomination. Other theatre includes Oh What A Lovely War; Penny Pingleton in the national tour of Hairspray, Frenchy, cover Sandy in Grease (UK No1 tour), the leading role of L.V in Little Voice (Hull Truck); Gabriel in the Flint Street Nativity (Hull Truck); Laura in the UK Tour of Dreamboats and Petticoats and Martha in the UK and International tour of The Secret Garden, Vera in Mrs. Henderson Presents (Bath/West End and international tour). Gertie Cummings in Oklahoma (Grange Park Opera) Cathy in The Last Five Years (Welsh Millennium Centre)  Lauren is thrilled to have made her TV debut for the BBC playing Betty in Victoria Wood’s Christmas Special. “A Midlife Christmas”  Lauren has run her own musical theatre workshops for the last 8 years across the UK and most recently in the USA. Lauren often works as an acting coach at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, guest teachers for many performing arts schools and colleges. 

Olivia Roberts 

Olivia began her dance training at Kirkham Henry Performing Arts at the age of 6 and alongside this attended classes at the Louise Brown Yorkshire Scholarship centre and the Northern Ballet Associate Programme. At the age of 16 Olivia moved to Manchester to study at the Northern Ballet School where she gained her BA Hons in Professional Dance, RAD Advanced II and her ISTD DDI in Imperial Ballet. In her 3rd year Olivia accepted her 1st contract with Royal Caribbean International on board the Navigator Of The Seas, where she began rehearsals in Miami in June meaning she had to miss the final term of her 3rd year and her graduation. Since then Olivia has continued to work for Royal Caribbean completing her 2nd contract on board the Jewel Of The Seas and was currently on her 3rd contract on board the Serenade Of The Seas when the Pandemic broke out. Whilst dancing for Royal Caribbean Olivia has performed shows in many styles including musical theatre, ballroom and latin and even a whole show dedicated to the argentine tango. Olivia is extremely grateful for all the opportunities that Royal Caribbean has given her and the amazing places she has travelled to, she can't wait to get back to it and start performing again, until then she is very excited to share her passion and love for dance to the younger generation. 
 
Samanthe Raine  
Senior Ballet Mistress of the Royal Ballet Company 
 
English dancer and teacher Samantha Raine is Senior Ballet Mistress of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 1997. She was appointed Ballet Mistress in 2012, promoted to Senior Ballet Mistress in 2019, and retired as a dancer later in the 2012/13 Season. 
 
Sam was born in Yorkshire and began dancing at the age of two at Kirkham Henry Performing Arts, before joining The Royal Ballet School White Lodge. While a student she was awarded the Kenneth MacMillan Choreographic Award in 1995 and the first Dame Ninette de Valois Award in 1998. After joining the Company she was promoted to First Artist in 2001 and to Soloist in 2006, during which time her repertory included roles in Mayerling, Tales of Beatrix Potter, Les Patineurs, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, La Sylphide, Giselle, Agon, In the middle, somewhat elevated, My Brother, My Sisters, Dances at a Gathering, Infra, Chroma, Ballo della regina, Song of the Earth and Polyphonia. 
 
As Ballet Mistress, Sam plays an important role in coaching the corps de ballet and other dancers, among other responsibilities. Her work as a choreographer includes a short ballet for White Lodge, A Little Princess for London Children’s Ballet and in The Royal Ballet’s Draft Works 
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