Natalie Carter RAD RTS, School Principal and Ballet Teacher

Natalie is a highly experienced Ballet and Pilates Teaching professional with over 30 years qualified experience. She trained at Rambert School and in her younger years danced at Sadler’s Wells with the National Youth Ballet. Her professional dance career began at the age of 17, dancing with ballet and contemporary companies in the UK and abroad, her favourite roles were in the classical ballets with the Vienna Festival Ballet Company.

Following injury, Natalie trained at the Royal Academy of Dance in order to achieve full teaching qualifications. Natalie saw Pilates as the perfect style of exercise to complement her Ballet teaching and she is now level 3 advanced qualified with Body Control Pilates and is also qualified to teach Pilates to children aged 5-16 years old.

Northamptonshire School of Dance was founded in 2003 with the aim of offering Royal Academy of Dance Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, Street Dance and Body Control Pilates classes to children and adults in the local area. As well as running her busy school, in the last eight years Natalie has directed three highly successful dance shows incorporating all pupils; in 2012, An Invitation to the Dance, in 2014, A Celebration of Dance and at the Derngate in 2018, The Nutcracker.

Natalie continues to pursue her professional development with The Royal Academy of Dance and The Royal Ballet School and is currently studying Level 4 Body Control Pilates teacher’s qualification.

Hayley McDonald BA (Hons) RAD RTS AIDTA, Ballet Teacher

Hayley teaches RAD Ballet and Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT). She has danced ballet, tap, street and contemporary since the age of three years old and having completed her RAD grades and vocational examinations, moved to London in 2010 to study at the Royal Academy of Dance. There she gained a BA (Hons) Ballet Education Degree as well as completing the Licentiate of the RAD. Since then she has taught at several dance schools in London and the Midlands and is also fully PBT qualified.

Bethan Reynolds RAD RTS ARAD, Ballet Teacher

Bethan teaches RAD Ballet and Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT). Bethan trained vocationally at Elmhurst Ballet School until the age of 18 and then went on to dance professionally with the Slovakia National Ballet for 7 years. Bethan then completed the RAD’s Professional Dancers Postgraduate Teaching Certificate.

Bette-ann Belton – BA Dance, Commerical Street Teacher

Bette teaches Commerical Street at our school. She has a first class honours degree and for her Masters in Dance she worked with injured dancers; creating rehabilitation training and nutritional programmes.

Since the age of 3, Bette has been dancing ballet, tap, street and contemporary. Professionally she toured the UK with a contemporary fusion company, performed in a variety of shows at the Derngate such as Tosca Opera, as well as performing with her dance college and university. She has taught in many primary and secondary schools and continues to further her contemporary and street training with classes and workshops in London.

Bette’s passion lies with the psychological well-being of all dancers and intends to complete a PHD in Dance Psychology and continue to teach and nuture the physical and psychological well-being of dancers.

Lucy Thynne – BA Dance, Contemporary Teacher

Lucy teaches Contemporary Dance. She runs her own successful dance school in Bath – Pound Ballet Studio. She is a freelance dance artist, holds an honours degree in Dance and her training and technical background are in classical ballet and contemporary modern technique. Lucy has been dancing since she was little and teaching since 2008 in schools and dance schools covering GCSE and A level Dance, choreographic technique and physical theatre workshops.

As a choreographer and performer Lucy was a founder member of Third Stage Dance Company, based in The South West. Her own company focuses on Dance in Education for children and adults of all ages, abilities and special educational needs. Her work develops students to be unique performers and choreographers. Lucy is also a Partner Dance instructor, specialising in helping beginners gain confidence and take to the floor without anxiety.

She is continually expanding her experience in other world dances and movement styles to develop her work, for example studying Chinese Martial Arts, and touring the UK with a Middle-Eastern Dance Company.

Holly Beard, Tap Teacher

Holly teaches IDTA Tap to our students, and also to our adult dance participants.

Holly began her dance journey with lessons at the age of 7 and has had experience dancing at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Disneyland Paris and Chance2Dance.

Holly has a Level 3 Diploma in Children’s play, learning and development, alongside IDTA Associate Freestyle teaching qualification.

Holly’s currently training for the
IDTA Level 4 Diploma in Dance Teaching.

Helen Nettleingham – AIDTA LCM LAMDA, Tap and Street Teacher

Helen has been teaching at the school for over 15 years. She now lives in Essex, so is part of the planning and support team at the school.

Helen completed her professional training at Pattison Theatre Arts where she achieved both teaching and professional performance qualifications with the IDTA in Tap, Freestyle, Modern, Theatre Craft, Ballet and Gymnastic Dance alongside professional accreditation with LAMDA and LCM.

Her professional career has seen her dancing in touring shows, as the Princesses for Disney, and many years of events with The Vegas Show Girls.

Mandy Manning, Business Manager

Mandy is responsible for the business management of the dance school, ensuring that it complies with all legislation and providing support with the organisation of the business, allowing Natalie to focus her efforts on delivering the best dance experience for all of her students.

Mandy also ensures that special school days such as examination days and shows run smoothly and efficiently.

Rachel Baker ARAD, Assistant Ballet Teacher

Rachel has been dancing with our school since she was a little girl and has achieved a silver medal in the RAD Advanced 2 examination.

She loves her role as assistant ballet teacher and aspires to become an RAD ballet teacher.