AIDTA ATCL BA hons – Principal
Miss Katie has been dancing since the age of 2. Alongside her weekly dance classes in Hull she was also awarded a place at York Scholars where she trained every Saturday morning with other successful candidates from the Northern Region. Miss Katie was also Hull’s Champion Singer for 2 years and was extremely successful in the local singing festivals.
At 16 Miss Katie was accepted into a professional dance college in London, Laine Theatre Arts where she trained for 3 years gaining professional qualifications in Dance, Musical Theatre and Drama, leaving as an associate to Trinity College London. Upon graduating she was also awarded the Valerie King Drama Award for her outstanding work in Drama. It was here at Laine that Miss Katie developed a passion for teaching when she assisted her ballet teacher on weekends in the children’s branch of the college.
Following her return home from Laine Theatre Arts and completing her degree in dance and professional practice, she completed her teacher training passing all her IDTA examinations with 96% and above (Distinction) She is a proud associate member of the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA)
Miss Katie opened the doors to Inspire in 2010 in Etton where she quickly outgrew the village hall and moved to Bishop Burton Sports Centre and also expanded into Beverley, opening 3 more branches.
Over the years the school continues to grow due to Miss Katie’s passion and dedication to her pupils. Due to a demand for more classes, Miss Katie began training Miss April a former graduate and Miss Katie’s assistant at the time. Miss April went on to pass her IDTA teaching qualifications with Distinction and became a member of the teaching team. Miss Katie also trained Miss Jenny through her second associate exam, which she passed with Distinction and Miss Jenny stayed at Inspire after covering Miss Katie’s maternity leave.
In addition to running Inspire, Miss Katie has been teaching in local Primary and Secondary schools for over a decade across Hull and East Yorkshire where she has also awarded scholarships to children providing opportunities for dance experience.
Miss Katie is DBS checked, has completed Level 2 Safeguarding and is First Aid Trained.
Miss Katie is also a Mummy to two wonderful girls, Primrose (4) and Bonnie (2) they both keep her and Mr Katie on their toes!
She is passionate about quality teaching and strives to ensure the school is run with energy, inclusivity, care and professionalism.
Miss April began dancing at the age of 9 at Butterfly Dance Studios in Goole, she competed locally winning awards such as Most Entertaining Dancer, she has completed exams in ballet, tap modern, Latin American and rock and roll. She was chosen to dance at The Royal Albert Hall age 10 and Disney Land Paris age 11.
At 13 she was accepted into English Youth Ballet for their performance of Sleeping Beauty performed at The Royal Opera House in York.
She then moved house and started a new dance school in her home town of York where she was chosen to play the lead role Clara in their performance of The Nutcracker, performed at Royal Opera House York. She also assisted with the younger pupils from age 14. At the age of 16 she was accepted on a dance course at York college performing arts department.
Miss April joined Inspire as a senior dancer at the age of 17, travelling from York each week to attend her classes. She continued her Inspire journey becoming Miss Katie’s teaching assistant in 2016 and starting her teacher training with Miss Katie alongside furthering her tap and modern exams. Miss April has passed her IDTA teaching exams with distinction most recently achieving 91% .
In 2017 she began running one of Inspire’s street dance branches which has gone from strength to strength with pupils all passing their IDTA street dance exams with outstanding results. Miss April still travels from York to teach showing her dedication to her pupils and the school.
Miss April is DBS checked, First Aid trained and safeguarding trained.
Miss April is passionate about teaching dance, passing on her knowledge and experience and seeing all our pupils discover the love for dance that she has herself.
Miss Jenny started dancing at the age of 6 at the Debbie Briggs School of Dance in Hull, where she trained in all genres of dance, and also trained in musical theatre.
A few years later Miss Jenny went on to train at The Skelton Hooper School of Dance and Theatre where she focused on classical ballet.
When she was 14 she travelled to America with Miss Carmel who was her drama teacher and Miss Katie. They toured North Carolina performing in theatres and schools which was an experience of a lifetime leaving her with many fond memories.
After taking a few years out to get married and have her two children, Matthew and Faye, Miss Jenny returned to dance and began her teaching qualifications. Miss Jenny has passed her IDTA teaching exams with Distinction.
Miss Jenny joined the Inspire team in 2016 when she covered Miss Katie’s maternity leave with her first baby Primrose and soon became a permanent teacher of the school. She is a wonderfully caring and nurturing teacher and is extremely experienced with Pre School and younger pupils.
Miss Jenny ran the school along with Miss April in 2019 when Miss Katie had her second little girl Bonnie. She is extremely proud to be a part of the Inspire family and hopes that her passion for dance and performing inspires others.
Miss Jenny is DBS checked and has completed training in Safeguarding and First Aid.
Miss Joanna started dancing at the age of 3 and at the age of 18 went on to study for three years at The Deborah Capon Dance College in Kent, where she gained her ISTD teaching qualifications in ballet, tap and modern theatre, as well as valuable performing experience.
Miss Joanna then returned to Yorkshire for two years, gaining valuable teaching experience before the travel bug took a hold and she moved away to teach for two years in Dubai – two of her favourite years where she learnt so much about teaching dance to a wide range of cultures, languages, as well as how to love a boat party or two!
Since then, Miss Joanna has spent time teaching across Yorkshire. She has gained her qualification in Acrobatic Arts and also enjoys teaching dance at two wonderful charities; Downright Special and Flamingo Chicks, helping to give all children, including disabled children, children with Downs Syndrome and those with illnesses such as cancer, the opportunity to enjoy dance.
Miss Joanna has been a Guest Teacher at Inspire for 4 years and is thrilled to be joining the Inspire Team!
Maia started dancing at the age of 5 and joined the Inspire Family in 2017 and went on to become an assistant in 2018.
She began taking singing lessons in musical theatre at the age of 16 and is passionate about performing arts.
Maia loves working with the younger pupils, seeing their confidence grow and providing extra support for new pupils or pupils who may need a little extra encouragement.
Maia is currently working towards her final street dance exam and studied Performing Arts, Health and Social Care and Business at Wyke College. During this time she performed in ‘Grease’ and ‘Sister Act’ aswell as many smaller productions.
Maia also works with Miss April within her ‘Fairytale and Dance Party Events’ business.
Maia is fully DBS checked and has training in Safeguarding.
In Maia’s spare time she loves paddle boarding, body boarding, drawing, reading and anything Disney, Marvel and animal related.
Sarah started dancing at the age of 5, and since then dance has always been a part of her (and her family’s) life. Whilst at school, she took classes at the Italia Conti Associate School (Guildford) and Pineapple Dance Studios, before moving up north to study Drama at Hull University.
Sarah started teaching dance and formed a street dance group who went on to perform in a showcase at the London Palladium. She was also selected to join the National Youth Music Theatre as an Assistant Stage Manager, working on productions in London, Exeter, Edinburgh, and she even got to tour a show to Japan!
After graduating Sarah continued working freelance as a dance teacher, before becoming an Assistant Stage Manager at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. Following a season there, she then started working at Hull Truck Theatre, working her way up through the production department to the position of Deputy Production Manager. After starting a family of her own, she took a step away from working in theatre, but it is still a huge part of her life, and she frequently attends performances with her children (when able!)
Sarah first became part of the Inspire family when her eldest daughter started preschool ballet back in 2015. Since then, all 3 of her children have been Inspire pupils, and Sarah also attends the adult street and tap classes (whenever life allows…)
Sarah officially joined the team as Administrator at the end of 2019, she’s the queen of all things behind the scenes and is thrilled to be part of such a busy, thriving, inspirational school that brings a love of dance to so many children.
Receptionist / Class Assistant
Miss Carmel is a wonderful member of the Inspire Team, with over 30 years experience teaching Dance and Drama she has a wealth of knowledge to pass onto our pupils.
She even taught our wonderful Miss Jenny!
As Miss Katie’s Mum, Miss Carmel has been a huge part of the school since opening. She is always on hand for IDTA examinations, Shows, Workshops, Summer Schools and assists with some of our younger classes. She gives out wonderful hugs when needed, is supportive of all our pupils and staff and is most fondly known to our Pre School children as ‘The Biscuit Lady.’