Principal Amanda Rogers
Trained in Liverpool from 1982-1985
Amanda opened the School in 1985; she free-lanced around the North West teaching dance in various Colleges and Schools to a professional level. Amanda has been involved in choreographing, producing and directing numerous productions over the years.
In recent years Amanda has concentrated on developing the School as well as teaching at Hutton Grammar School where she held the post of Head of Dance. She has been an external marker for the AQA written AS Dance papers and until recent months was an external AQA Moderator and Examiner for the practical Dance exam at A-Level.
Deputy Head Catherine McLean
Catherine commenced her teaching career in London following three years training at the Northern Ballet School in Manchester.
Having gained experience in teaching for a number of private schools, dance schools and nurseries, Catherine returned to the North West in 2002 and joined the team at the Amanda Rogers School of Dance and Performing Arts to teach Ballet, Modern and Tap dance. She now focuses on Ballet within the school, teaching to an Advanced Professional level as well as the GCSE Dance.
Catherine has gained her QTLS status and teaches A Level Dance alongside Amanda at Hutton Grammar School. Catherine gained a First Class BA (Hons) in Dance Performance and Teaching at UCLAN, which has widened her subject knowledge and led to the role of Dance Co-ordinator within a group of Primary and Secondary schools.
Dance Teacher Andrew Hindley
Andrew started his dance training aged three at the Jean Geddes School of Dancing in Manchester. In 1998 he went on to continue his training at Preston College, where he studied on the Professional Dancers and Teachers of Dance course.
Upon graduation in 2000 Andrew had a short but successful performing career. He danced on cruises around the Mediterranean, Africa and South America, and also performed in a number of pantomimes for Pele productions, at the Charter Theatre in Preston and the Lowry Theatre Manchester. Andrew is now Project Dance Leader and teaches full time at Preston College, where he is Head of Dance. He specializes in teaching Tap, Jazz and Boys work, as well as continuing to deliver dance workshops in schools around Manchester, Bolton and Preston.
Dance Teacher Sally Whitaker
Sally commenced her dance training with Amanda Rogers from the age of six where she stayed until the age of 18 when she then went on to study at SLP Dance College in Leeds.
After graduating Sally went to live and dance professionally in London’s West End; starring in various Musicals, and extra work on Coronation Street and Eastenders as well as various TV Commercials.
Sally joined us in 2013 and brought her professionalism back home. She teaches all four Dance Genres and is responsible for the Performance Class, Street and Commercial Dance, which are aimed at Actors, Singers and Dancers alike.
Sally has recently produced some amazing Musical Theatre pieces for our shows including extracts from Annie, Matilda, Chicago and more recently Hairspray to name but a few.
Dance Teacher Leah Wainwright
Leah fell in love with dance at a young age and began her dance training at the Amanda Rogers School of Dance and Performing Arts. After taking graded exams from ages 3-18 and choreographing at a local youth theatre, she went on to achieve a university scholarship and subsequently a First Class BA (Hons) in Dance. Following which she spent an additional year studying for an MA in Dance Anthropology at the University of Roehampton.
Following University, Leah moved into the professional theatre world, focusing on marketing, PR and production, This exciting time allowed Leah to work across the genres of dance, theatre, art and film. She spent a number of years with a varied portfolio ranging from large commercial shows to small-scale fringe shows, based firstly at The Lowry, then moving to London where she spent time with the Barbican and finally in the West End. In 2017, Leah took a breath from the theatre world to focus on her 200 hour yoga teacher training, and returning to the North West where she now teaches Ballet, Contemporary and Yoga.
Dance Teacher Louise Ross
Louise was the very first pupil to attend Amanda Rogers School at the age of 9 where she studied until she was 19 year old. Louise went onto train at Merseyside Dance and Drama centre in Liverpool, graduating with a professional dance diploma along with Associate teaching qualifications with the I.S.T.D in Ballet, Modern, National and Disco.
Louise went on to dance professionally for over 10 years all over the world on cruise ships, hotels, casinos, summer seasons, commercials as well as extra work on the Channel 4 TV series Hollyoaks.
Louise now runs her own business teaching in schools, nurseries and independent fitness classes around Lancashire.
Louise is very passionate about spreading the love of dance to children and seeing their confidence, talent and love for the art grow.
It is very exciting for Louise to be joining the team at Amanda Rogers School of Performing Arts going back to where it all began.
Dance Teacher Natasha Fylaktou
Natasa first found her love for dance at a young age. She commenced her dance training at the age of 7 years old. She began with the basics of ballet and then started her advanced training in contemporary technique.
She began her professional training at RADA (The Royal Academy of Dance) in London in 2015. As a student she participated in many performances and in July 2018 she graduated with a BA (Hons) in Ballet Education. Natasa teaches our RAD Ballet classes from Primary to an Advanced level.
Natasa also runs a successful blog called “Natasa, A Lifestyle Blog” where she documents her life, whether that be her amazing travels or her fashion taste. She includes vibrant pictures and informative posts allowing for a great read!
Dance Teacher Rhiannon Clarke
Rhiannon began her dance training at the age of four at Kirsty Purvis School of Dance in Worcestershire taking classes in ballet, tap and modern. She began to develop her love of dance and teaching through her role as an assistant teacher, igniting her passion for teaching dance.
After studying for her A Levels, Rhiannon successfully gained a place to study the foundation degree (Teaching Dance in the Private Sector) alongside her vocational dance exams and ISTD Ballet, Tap and Modern teaching qualifications at Preston’s Dance College. Opportunities she has had whilst at PCD include performing at Move It, tasking party in Christmas and Summer shows as well as representing the college as a student ambassador. Rhiannon is moving into her final year on the BA (hons) Dance Performance, Teaching and Choreography course continuing her professional dance development in addition to furthering her teaching experiences.
Dance Teacher Holly Weston
Holly first began her dance training at the age of 3 years old at the Amanda Rogers School Of Dance and Performing Arts. She first began learning the basics of ballet and modern and then progressed onto learning a variety of styles, as she grew older. Holly has now trained in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Commercial, Musical Theatre and National. She most recently took her Intermediate Ballet exam at Northern Ballet in Manchester, earning a Distinction, which led to automatic provisional teaching registration with the Royal Academy.
She is now also preparing for her Advanced 2 Tap Exam in summer.
Holly also earned a Teaching Diploma in Musical Theatre Singing with LCM and has worked from Grades 1-8 in Musical Theatre Singing and is also classically trained.
Singing Teacher Katy Bradley
Katy has been teaching music for over fifteen years, and has performed in internationally renowned venues such as St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice and the Tibidabo Church overlooking Barcelona, and more locally the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir. After studying Music A Level and Performing Arts at Cardinal Newman College, Katy went on to read music at Lancaster University.
She now runs a music service based in Little Hoole and runs a number of choirs in the area and teaches over 100 pupils, while still performing regularly across the North West. She has a friendly, approachable nature and strives to make music as enjoyable as possible for everyone.
Singing Teacher Kate Males
Kate is a fresh face to the teaching of singing and after starting her initial training with Katy Bradley in November 2018, is now currently in her formal training, This means students will see Kate present in some of the lessons alongside Katy as she completes her training. Though Kate has been singing all her life, she is also a clarinettist and is currently undergoing formal training in piano accompaniment to add to her musical abilities.
Kate has performed at the Preston Guild Hall with the KTB Voice, as well as being a member of the KTB Choir for two and a half years. She has an instinctive ability to nurture singers through confidence building and through her formal singing teacher training she will incorporate performing and vocal technique, including vocal health tips wherever necessary.
Office Manager Paula Weston
Paula joined the team in 2014. She is the Officer Manager and is responsible for the collection of fees, deals with enquiries, promotes the School via social media, and deals with almost everything. She took the lead role in organising our successful trip to Disneyland Paris amongst other major events; above all she manages Miss Rogers!
She is a huge asset in raising funds for all our Shows
Catherine is the silent force within the School; she deals with the Accounts and has now been with us for over ten years
Website/Tech Declan Dillon
Declan looks after our website, technology & GDPR compliance