Biographies

Natalie Carter - RAD RTS, School Principal and Ballet Teacher

Natalie is a highly experienced Ballet and Pilates Teaching professional with 27 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 qualified to teach Pilates to children aged 5-16 years old.

East Haddon School of Dance was founded in 2003 with the aim of offering Royal Academy of Dance Ballet, IDTA Tap and 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 six 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. The next show is scheduled for March 2020 at the Derngate.

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.

Natalie Carter is a former professional ballet dancer and is the principal of Northamptonshire School of Dance.
Helen Blowman is a former professional dancer and is the tap and street teacher at Northamptonshire School of Dance.

Helen Nettleingham - AIDTA LCM LAMDA, Tap and Street Teacher

Helen is our resident IDTA Tap and Street Dance teacher and has been with the school for over eight years.

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, casino shows and for Disney as well as many years of events with The Vegas Show Girls.

Miss Helen's ambition is to become an IDTA examiner and her favourite dance-discipline is tap.

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

Hayley is our resident RAD Ballet, ISTD Modern and Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) teacher.  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.

Hayley McDonald teaches ballet and modern at Northamptonshire School of Dance.
Lucy Thynne teaches contemporary dance at Northamptonshire School of Dance to children aged 10 and over.

Lucy Thynne - BA Dance, Contemporary Teacher

Lucy is our resident Contemporary Dance teacher. 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. Most recently studying Chinese Martial Arts, and touring the UK with a Middle-Eastern Dance Company.

Mandy Manning - Business Manager

Mandy worked for a global packaging company, with responsibility for European logistics, purchasing supply chain and facilities management, before leaving her career to focus on her family.  Mandy has known Natalie for over fourteen years and has helped support the dance school with the administration and organisation of dance performances and examinations, and in particular the performance of “The Nutcracker”.

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

Mandy is enjoying the new role, and is looking forward to the different challenges ahead, as the dance school offers a wider range of classes, and plans for a new performance in 2020.