footlights cast list

All our Footlights staff have danced since they were young and love all things dance and drama. Many of the teachers have been professional performers touring all around the world! Click on each photograph to find out more about each team member.

The team's focus now is to share their passion for dance with the next generation of dancers with the hope that they make magical memories along the way.

PRINCIPAL

MICHELLE HANDLEY

Dance school owner and teacher

Michelle's aim is to engage, inspire and motivate students through valuable learning experiences.

ENSEMBLE

KIRSTY JAMES

Teacher

Kirsty is passionate and driven, and aspires to help her students achieve their true potential. Whilst encouraging enjoyment and creativity, she also helps students achieve their goals and find their own passion for dance and performance. 

ENSEMBLE

KERRY LUCAS-GARNER

Teacher

Kerry likes to bring new challenges to her classes and loves to work on creativity and technique. 

SWING

ROSIE DIXON

Guest Teacher

Rosie loves having fun and lots of laughs with the children whilst working hard and learning new things!

SUPPORTING ARTIST

EMMA DAVIES

Business Support

Emma's enthusiasm for dancing and Footlights in general is endless. She is organised, meticulous and a lover of a good process resulting in  the Footlights admin being spit spot!

ENSEMBLE

HOLLY BILLS

Teacher

Holly likes her classes to be fun yet disciplined. and she likes the children to feel inspired and want to push to be the best they can be She wants to share her love of dance with them. 

ENSEMBLE

GRACE COOK

Teacher

Grace is a friendly and approachable dance teacher that enjoys having a good giggle with the students.  

SWING

RACHEL ANGUS

Guest Teacher

Rachel firmly believes that hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.

ENSEMBLE

JEMMA LOCKETT

Teacher

Jemma is a teacher who likes to push the children where they can reach, work hard to achieve but most of all have fun while doing so.

ENSEMBLE

MELISSA LAURIELLO

Teacher

Melissa's aim is to provide high quality, educational and exciting classes. She strives to adapt her teaching style to each class, tailoring it to what is needed and what is going to benefit the students the most. 

ENSEMBLE

RHIAN JACKSON

Teacher

Rhian absolutely loves to teach Musical Theatre and is a singing, dancing ball of energy.

SWING

NICOLLETTE BIRRING

Guest Teacher

Nicollette is passionate about all things Musical Theatre and dance.

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