Meet The Team
Principal and Director
Miss Rothwell started training at the age of 3 taking classes to correct her posture and turned in feet. Her training started in Darwen and then she transferred to Preston being taught by a former student of the Royal Ballet. Through years of rigorous training Miss Rothwell gained a scholarship to train with The British Ballet Organisation in London each month which then led to her being accepted into Doreen Bird College at the age of 16 amongst other colleges and then finally moving to London in 1995, where she gained a Doreen Bird College Diploma in Performing Arts.
Miss Rothwell has been trained by some of the best professionals and choreographers from West End to stage and screen from all over the country. She returned back to her home town after completing her studies in London. Miss Rothwell opened her own dance school whilst raising a family and now teaches full time.
Miss Rothwell's qualifications are a testament to her studies in London and in her local borough of Lancashire, where not only is she qualified in dance but in all areas of sports too. The love of coaching individuals and groups led Miss Rothwell to gain her certificate in Community Sports Leadership Award, her OCR ( Oxford and Cambridge ) Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Exercise and Fitness, her Award in Coaching Studies. Miss Rothwell is a qualified Gym Instructor along with a Circuit Instructor and she holds a VTCT Level 3 in Swedish Massage.
Miss Rothwell Is OCR qualified in teaching anatomy, physiology and teaching method which enhances her dance teaching where she is a fully qualified dance teacher with the British Theatre Dance Association and holds a teaching certificate with ISTD.
Whilst Studying at Blackburn College Miss Rothwell received a certificate of excellence for her outstanding achievements in her studies, which then quickly led her on to the Certificate in Education programme where she gained her PTTLS Certificate In Preparing To Teach In The Life Long Sector awarded by UCLAN.
Miss Rothwell is the proud founder of Darwen Dance Live, an annual dance festival and teaches throughout the Local Borough in schools and education settings which carefully specialise in Dance and Performing Arts.
Most recently Miss Rothwell was one of two organisers for a local music festival called Darwen Live in May 2018. The festival reached a head count of 32,000 and has been entered into a national competition for festival organisers. Miss Rothwell would love to see her local town thrive with all the amazing opportunities that are on offer.
Miss Rothwell loves to teach all ages all abilities and is working to set up classes for a local charity in England and hopefully internationally.
Wendy started learning to dance at a local dance school in Bolton. At sixteen she gained a place at Hammond Dance College in Chester, where she was taught be Sara Neil, who was the first director of New Zealand Royal Ballet.
At Hammond she gained her ISTD qualifications. Wendy taught at her own school amongst other schools in the northwest before embarking on her BA with the Open University.
Wendy has always been fascinated by the language and history of dance, particularly Ballet; attending courses at the Royal Academy of Dance to study early court dances. She is also intrigued by how dance can make us feel or reveal more about ourselves. This interest, along with 20 years as a Yoga practitioner and 15 years of meditation practice; lead Wendy to choose to study for an MA in Dance and Somatic Wellbeing, a course she has just completed.
This course studied links between dance and our unconscious feelings, thoughts and sensations. Wendy has been teaching at Rothwell Arts for 5 years and will continue to teach Ballet, Tap and Modern and starting the training of the teachers of tomorrow, through the teacher train programme.
Wendy will also be teaching yoga, meditation and somatic movement
education, where Wendy is also qualified and has a Yoga Diploma and most recently gained an NVQ Level 2 qualification in counselling.
Sosa Fitness Instructor
Hello I'm Mary Keating and I teach SOSA at Rothwell Arts. I have a level 2 E.T.M. to teach fitness and exercise to music.
I have a level 2 sports leaders uk, to support the engagement of older disabled adults. I am also trained and certified to work with vulnerable adults which include adults with dementia and challenging behaviour. I am able to move and handle people in my care.
I am certified in blind awareness and deaf awareness, a qualified walk leader, trained in Barre concept as well as being trained and licensed to teach SOSA dance fitness and SOSA seated fitness. (Both are associated with Idta emd-uk ,cdet, cimspa partner, development 10, active IQ endorsed and this girl can')
I am looking forward to inspiring people to get fit through dance and exercise with like minded people to come and dance yourselves happy.
Darci is a Graduate from Shockout Arts University class of 2017 and has a BA Honors Degree in Professional, Commercial and Jazz Dance.
She has been trained in Street, Commercial, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Contemporary. She has also been taught by some of the worlds biggest choreographers, after training in Los Angeles, New York and Amsterdam as well as taking part in UK camps and workshops.
She was recently signed to Dance Fusion Agency and United Productions Agency. Darci has worked for The Perfume Shop, ASOS, Manchester United Foundation and Event City Winter Wonderland. Darcy has performed in ‘BANG’ Music Video By Jodie Connor and GOLD Bollywood Movie along with many others.
She has been a street and commercial instructor for four years, teaching in many different dance schools in the North West.
You will expect these styles within her classes at Rothwell Arts: Commercial, Street, Hip-Hop Foundations, Heels Technique and Audition Prep. Darci is really looking forward to teaching at The Rothwell Arts!
Acrobatic & Gymnastic Instructor
BA (Hons) Dance and Education Studies, ISTD DDI & DDE Modern, Tap and National, Zumba Instructor, Street Jazz and Freestyle. Acrobatics arts & Gymnastic Teacher, IDTA Ballet.
Vicki started dancing at Anamal Dance Company, taking part in classes such as; hip hop, breaking, popping and locking, house, contemporary, jazz, modern, Ballet, tap, gymnastics. Soon becoming a part of the competitions team representing locally, nationally and internationally.
As well as performing in shows, charity events, pantomimes. Performing in theatres such as The Liverpool Empire, London’s West end Her Majesty’s Theatre, Blackpool Opera House along Side Diversity and many more.
From Becoming ‘Now that’s what we call culture winners in the Liverpool Echo Arena to UDO World Street Dance Champions
Since finishing University with a BA HONS Degree in dance and Education Studies specialising in choreography, performance and teaching dance Vicki has had a passion for teaching and performing ever since.
She teachers Acro and dance in many different schools in the North West, and can’t wait to join the Rothwell Arts Team.
Vicki has performed at many events in Liverpool from, ‘Liverpool Pride’, the ‘Very big Catwalk’ to the opening ceremony for the world taekwondo championship which was held in the Echo Arena.
She has been in films, and adverts for Adidas and footlocker. She also danced in Las Vegas earlier this year, and continues to participate in workshop and intensive weeks worldwide as it is important to keep growing and learning not only as a student but as a teacher too.
Andrew is a 20 year old recent graduate from The Hammond School, Chester, who previously trained at Shockout Academy in Manchester.
Andrew has assisted top U.K. and international choreographers and teachers including Britains Got Talent star and cirque du soleil choreographer, Yanis Marshall. During his second year of professional training, Andrew was awarded the title of Pulse On Tour protégée.
Pulse is a prestigious dance convention and protégées were, at the time, hand picked by X factor creative director and choreographer to the stars, Brian Friedman. Over the past few months Andrew traveled around America, Mexico and Canada performing in Wicked creator Stephen Schwartz' newest production show 'Born To Dance' onboard Princess Cruises.
Andrew is now signed with one of Londons top new dance agencies and is pursuing further training while hoping to make his west end debut in the coming year. Andrew ultimately has a passion for choreography and teaching and is hoping in the future to become a leading creative director and choreographer sharing his vision with the entertainment industry.
Abbi has been dancing since the age of 3. She began by training in ballet, tap and modern and at the age of 16 she discovered her love for street dance. Since then, she has been training in this style continuously.
Her training has taken her to many different studios and camps across the world including Los Angeles, Poland, Norway and Italy. She is also a graduate from the 'Dana Foglia Mentorship Programme' (Beyoncés choreographer).
Abbi's main passion lies with choreography. She teaches regular classes and workshops in various places across the UK and has also taught internationally in Norway and Poland.
Commercially, Abbi has worked on shows such as BBC's 'The Sarah Millican Show' and behind Rita Ora on 'The X Factor'. Other credits include Adidas, New Look, Hard Rock Cafe, The Co-operative and more. More recently, Abbi spent the summer touring Majorca on a Michael Jackson Tribute Show.
Jordan Jackson Head Boy
Hi I'm Jordan and I'm an assistant instructor for Rothwell Arts.
I am 16 years old and studying A-Levels at Runshaw College. Firstly, words can't possibly describe how grateful I am to be able to help others learn, grow and achieve at Rothwell Arts.
It is approaching my 1 Year Anniversary at this amazing Performing Arts school and I have excelled rapidly! Thanks to Rothwell Arts my hobbies of Dance, Drama, Musical Theatre and Gymnastics have been shaped into real dreams and goals for myself and I can not wait to work with the school to help others do the same.
Performing is no longer a hobby, it is now part of who I am and would never look back.
In the future I hope to continue down the road of Performing Arts and I'm tremendously thankful that Rothwell Arts has given me this opportunity.
Lucy Townsend Head Girl
Hi I'm Lucy and i'm an assistant instructor for Rothwell Arts.
I am 16 years old and am currently studying A-level Dance, Theatre Studies, Maths and Psychology at Runshaw college, alongside my dance classes at Rothwell Arts, before I hope to further my performing arts training at a prestigious performing arts school at age 18.
I began my training at Rothwell Arts two years ago and within this time I have gained vital skills, technique and experience, have achieved numerous platinum awards in BTDA dance examinations, have become an Associate at The Hammond School of Dance in Cheshire, gained a place at the casting agency, Scream Management and participated in various competitions.
In the future, I hope to be able to pass on my knowledge and passion to pupils as well as gain further experience from working with students of different ages and feel delighted to be able to help deliver classes at Rothwell Arts in September.
LAMDA - Drama Instructor
Qualifications: BMus (Hons) Music, MMus, Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Grade 8 Singing, Grade 8 Piano
Sarah has been teaching for 13 years and has a huge enthusiasm for encouraging and inspiring children in the performing arts.
After spending many years as Head of Music in a secondary school, Sarah set up her own company “Creative Harmony” and has been teaching music and drama to children across primary schools in Lancashire and Bolton for the last 5 years.
Sarah has been teaching Trinity and ABRSM for 10 years and the LAMDA syllabus for 5 years and has 100% pass rate with all of who pupils who have taken examinations.
Sarah is extremely excited to be joining the team at Rothwell Arts
Gymnasrics Instructor Core Proficiency Badge Scheme Instructor
Susanne has been teaching and instructing now for two years at Rothwell Arts. After studying gymnastics as a child she wanted to pass on her knowledge to the next generation of budding gymnasts. Susanne has coached and entered students into the core profeciency award badge scheme with British Gymnastics of all ages and all abilities and is proud to work as part of the Rothwell Arts teaching faculty.
Core Proficiency Award Scheme Instructor
Megan has studied gymnastics throughout her childhood and has been a part of Rothwell Arts as a student and a company member she is proud to be joining the faculty as a core proficiency gymnastic teacher. She has worked along side of the Gymnastics Academy for over a year is so happy to coaching each week and making a difference.
Junior Commercial Teacher
Elle is Rothwell Arts Junior Commercial Instructor. She teaches all variations of commercial work, styles and genres to all the school's under 11's.
Would you like to teach?
Here at Rothwell Arts we pride ourselves on the ability to develop future teachers. If you'd like to attend one of the training days please get in touch using the form below.
Rothwell Arts is always on the look out for outstanding teachers covering all aspects of dance, drama and singing. If you have exceptional qualities and you are fully qualified please contact the school principal Miss Rothwell on with your CV and a covering letter.