Meet The Team
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
Guest Teacher & Alumni
Jordan is a student at Bird College Conservatoire for Dance and Musical Theatre who has just completed his first year on the BA (Hons) Professional Dance and Musical Theatre course.
Jordan is currently being professionally trained on the Triple Threat endorsement in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Commercial Jazz, Contemporary, Pas De Deux, Singing Technique, Ensemble Singing, Acting Technique, Musical Theatre Technique and Voice Study whilst being educated within contextual studies of Music Theory, Dance Science, History of Performing Arts and Psychology and Semantics within Dance.
He has always had a love for drama, theatre and acting. Being consistently motivated to be on a stage since the age of 3 led to him joining Rothwell Arts in 2016 to begin serious training in dance and performing arts. He has taken several BTDA examinations in Ballet, Tap and Modern Jazz. Jordan often competed and choreographed for Rothwell Arts as their Head Boy and assisted teaching their younger students before auditioning for professional performing arts schools in London.
Jordan’s passion for dance and musical theatre is enabling him to work and pursue his dream to become successful West End performer. At the same time, Jordan will also work towards his teaching qualifications for dance and theatre examination boards such as BTDA, ISTD, LAMDA etc.
Lucy Townsend Head Girl
Guest Teacher & Alumni
Lucy is a student at The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts and has just completed her first year on the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre course.
Being a lover of all things Performing Arts for as long as she can remember, Lucy transferred to Rothwell Arts in 2014 and began to watch her dream to pursue a career within the industry come to life.
Lucy gained a BTDA scholarship and has achieved qualifications up to Intermediate level in Ballet, Tap and Modern Jazz examinations. She secured a place on the associate programme at The Hammond School, Chester where she studied for 2 years. As Head Girl of Rothwell Arts, Lucy was proud to share her passion with the younger pupils through teaching, choreographing and filling Dance Captain roles. She has partaken in several national festivals and competitions, achieving numerous bursary awards to aid with her studies.
Alongside her training, Lucy is proud to have the opportunity to experience working professionally in the industry. Since 2018, she has worked for the company Pop Up Entertainment, performing at numerous venues around the North West. She is also signed with Scream Management agency, which has allowed her to appear in Coronation Street, Hollyoaks and Safe (Netflix) to name a few.
Lucy’s desire to succeed in the industry is ever growing as she prepares for her second year of professional training. She is eager to be able to pass on her knowledge and experiences to the pupils of Rothwell Arts.
LAMDA - Drama and acting Instructor
Jessica graduated in Musical Theatre from the prestigious Liverpool Theatre School in the summer of 2018. Her drama school credits include Edie Beale in ‘Grey Gardens’, Death in ‘Blood Wedding’ and The Barge Woman/Ensemble in ‘The Wind in The Willows’. Since graduating, Jessica has performed as Dick Whittington in two pantomimes, of which one toured the UK and another which was performed at her home town theatre in Wigan. In the summer of 2019, Jessica played Martha in 'The Secret Garden' and Pirate Pew in 'Treasure Island' in an open-air summer tour around the UK and Ireland. In August, Jessica acted in a short film called ‘Lucy for a Day’ which was Jessica’s first film project. Jessica also likes to spend her time creating for her theatre company ‘Connecting Creatives’ which strives for diversity, unity and inclusivity within the performing arts industry. Jessica has sang in several Musical Theatre concerts including with the west end star ‘Christina Modestou’. Jessica is so grateful to be teaching drama to the wonderful, inspiring students 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.
Student Council Appointed Chair
Hi my name is Aimee and I am 17 years old in October. I have danced at Rothwell Arts for 3 years and have enjoyed every minute.
For some dancing becomes a career, for me dancing is a hobby where I can both exercise and make friends.
I am looking forward to starting college in September to study A-levels in Dance, Psychology and Sociology and I am hoping to become a counsellor.
In my past I have suffered with severe anxiety and have myself been referred for counselling on two occasions These sessions helped me greatly along with the help and support of my friends.
As a result, I want to offer my help and advice to anybody in the school who needs a friend to listen. Whether it be face to face or just a message, I am here to help.
Dancing has been a great way to deal with my anxieties as it gives me a release and another focus. It is healthy for not only our bodies but for our minds and our mental health.
I am proud to have been asked to be part of the team.
Sian has been a student at Rothwell Arts since 2015, studying tap, ballet and modern jazz, and also
competes. She is a member of the Elite team and the Competition company. She has been the Head
Girl for the pantomime team performing in Cinderella, Peter Pan and Aladdin at the Thwaites Red
She began her work as a instructor by assisting with the infant lessons before progressing to teaching
the baby ballet and tap classes and assisting with choreographing dances for school shows and
She enjoys all aspects of dance from choregraphing to spectating and aims to continue teaching a
wide range in the future.
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.
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 and May 2019. 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. Also Miss Rothwell also hosts the very well established Northwest Dance & Stage Events based at Darwen Vale High School in Darwen, where three times annually children from all over the UK and beyond come and compete at the highest level.