Meet the Team

Kay Brittle

Kay Brittle

Kay has been dancing since she was a little girl. Proficient in Ballroom, Latin, Sequence, Argentine Tango and Modern Jive, she is an excellent all-rounder. Helping to teach many classes at the Dance Studio, Kay is well known for her expertise, cheerfulness and gorgeous smile!

Julie Dayman

Julie Dayman

Julie started dancing when she was 5 years old and is an accomplished teacher in Ballroom, Latin and Sequence. Helping out with classes both at Whittington and the Dance Studio, Julie makes new dancers feel welcomed, relaxed and comfortable, with her friendly, can-do approach to the lessons.

Louise Espley

Louise Espley

Louise graduated as a yoga teacher in June 2019 and has not looked back since. Her love of yoga was a slow burn at first but became more and more of a focus and way of life, as her career got busier and more stressful, and her body became more injured from marathon running and triathlons.

As a yoga teacher she enjoys sharing the joy and positivity that yoga brings to bodies and minds. She can teach all forms of yoga, but her great love is Yin Yoga, a slow but challenging practice which gets to the deeper levels of the physical and emotional body. Yin Yoga combined with Yoga Nidra, a meditative practice helps us find the tools to face and navigate the challenges of our daily lives to find a place of balance and harmony.

Simon Hampson

Simon Hampson

An amazing Modern Jiver, Simon has been dancing for 20 years. He can be depended upon for his no-nonsense, methodical approach
to this style of dance. He understands the intricacies of both lead and follow, and can break the moves down with ease and clarity.

He frequently partners Victoria on Modern Jive Workshops and is loved by many!

Kay Lewis

Kay Lewis

Kay’s background in Modern Jive spans over 18 years, often stepping in to teach Modern Jive and helping newbies progress with confidence. She is also a great DJ and is often found behind the decks at the social dances held at the Dance Studio. Look out for her music at the MJ Sleepovers too! Also a lovely Ballroom and Latin dancer, Kay is now moving into the world of Ballroom and Latin in Line Dance, and is teaching Strictly Solo, a great way to dance those rhythms without a partner!

Alice Moore

Alice Moore

Alice started Ballet at the age of 7 at her local ballet school. She then went on to join the Birmingham Royal Ballet Junior and Mid Associates Programme before moving to London to study with the Royal Academy of Dance. She graduated from there in 2018 with a BA (Hons) in Ballet Education and as a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance. She has danced alongside Darcy Bussell performing in front of the Royal Family as part of the Queen’s 90thbirthday celebrations and has appeared in a number of BBC programmes. Having taught in some prestigious dance schools Alice is now teaching ballet to juniors at the Dance Studio as she completes her PGCE.

Tony Neale

Tony Neale

Tony is the Dance Studio’s Maintenance and Odd-Job Man. Much of the transformation from offices to its’ beautiful new state, is testament to the work Tony did. He now maintains it, doing all those pesky little jobs that always need sorting. He can also be found on the dance floor, more recently turning his dancing feet to Tango Vals.
Wendy Pitkin

Wendy Pitkin

Wendy is the most amazing florist first and foremost, but she is also an amazing dancer too. With memories of dancing to ‘My Boy Lollipop,’ Wendy listens to music every day, and dances every day. Starting off with Disco in her teens, then Salsa, and then Modern Jive (which she has been dancing over twenty years), Wendy moved into the world of Ballroom and Latin. She now helps out in classes, passing on her knowledge of movement to music, wanting others to enjoy the same experience of the world of dance.

Angela Shirley

Angela Shirley

Angela started dancing at the age of 10 in Old Time and Modern Sequence. At 16 she gained Student Teacher status and was fully qualified at 18. She later had her own dance school teaching OT/MS and Latin to adults and children putting them through medal tests, until giving it up to start a family. She then started Line Dancing and also got hooked on Modern Jive for several years. Now she’s back in the ballroom teaching the Beginners Line Dancing class and loving every minute!
Jo Walker

Jo Walker

Jo has been dancing since she was 7 years old, taking classes in ballet, jazz, street, lyrical and pointe, and is now a fully qualified NATD Freestyle and Contemporary dance teacher. Having gained her degree in Psychology she also teaches children’s yoga and mindfulness in primary schools. Teaching dance and movement to music has become her passion and she now runs her own very successful dance school, Joanna’s Dance Academy, with classes operating out of the Dance Studio.

Phil Winship

Phil Winship

A serious Ballroom and Latin dancer, Phil has been dancing since he was a teenager. With a great lead and lovely topline, he makes dancing look easy! He helps teach at both Whittington and the Dance Studio, and is always in demand at socials. More recently he has been branching out into Modern Jive, Sequence and Argentine Tango, and frequently partners Victoria on various Workshops.