Katie Rix LPTD (Dist.) – Co-principal
Katie began dancing at the age of two, and as she got older studied towards her teaching exams until she went away to Cambridge University at 18 years old. Whilst at university, Katie was heavily involved with the dance society, as president for two years, as well as teaching tap. After returning from university, Katie met Leanne and together they completed their teaching exams and opened Dance Trix! Katie has a PhD in Developmental Psychology and spends her time running Dance Trix, teaching for the Open University and being a mummy to Maisie and Courtney. Katie is completing her dance development by training to to become an examiner with our exam board, the PTD.
Leanne Curry LPTD (Dist.) – Co-Principal
Leanne began dancing at the age of three- She has always enjoyed performing and has danced in several West End stages in dance showcases throughout her childhood and teenage years while undertaking various dance exams. While at college, she spent her evenings and the summer months working at after school clubs and activity centres where she grew a passion for helping children to learn. A later degree from the London College of Fashion and subsequently working in a buying office then led her to pursue her creative side and she is often seen at a sewing machine fixing costumes for the annual Dance Trix show! She became a mum to baby Adam in December 2018 and has recently taken on some voluntary work at a local theatre.
Katie and Leanne teach all our adult classes and Friday and Saturday Burstead classes.
TEACHERS AND CLASS LEADERS
Sarah Saunders- Teacher
Sarah has been dancing since the age of three and spent most weekends as a child dancing in various competitions and shows, including showcases at Sadlers Wells and Her Majesty’s Theatre.
She has completed various exams in ballet, tap, modern and national dancing. After a break from dancing to attend university and qualify as a primary school teacher, Sarah now attends our advanced classes and is working towards further dance teaching qualifications.
Sarah teaches our South Hanningfield children’s classes on a Saturday morning.
Steph Hill- Tuesday Tiny Trixies Class Leader
Steph began dancing as a child and completed various exams in ballet. She began attending our intermediate ballet classes over three years ago. She has recently started ballroom dancing lessons with her husband and they are working towards their first ballroom exams. Steph is passionate about sharing her joy of dancing with the Tiny Trixies she teaches and we are happy to have her on board.
Steph teaches our Tuesday Tiny Trixies at Great Burstead.
Nikki Ladell- Saturday Tiny Trixies Class Leader
Nikki brings so much to her role at Dance Trix- being a Tiny Trixies mum herself with a wealth of dance experience and a qualified school teacher!
She grew up in South Africa and has been dancing since the age of two, dreaming of attending the Royal Ballet School. She spent most afternoons and weekends going to lessons and taking part in various shows up until leaving to travel and finally emigrate to the UK. Once in England, she continued dancing and soon chose to start a family and attend university to qualify as a primary school teacher- she is now a valued member of our team!
Nikki teaches our Saturday Tiny Trixies at Rawreth.
Sam Cadman- Teaching Support
Sam started dancing when she was 2 years old and passed many exams in Tap, Ballet and Modern, reaching teaching level when she was 16. Sam has danced at many showcases, dancing at theatres such as Her Majesty’s Theatre and Royal Albert Hall. Sam has also danced multiple times at Disneyland Paris and has been privileged to perform in the Disney parades. After a break from dancing Sam is currently attending our Advanced classes, and is working towards taking more of her teaching exams.
Sam is a friendly face across lessons who often provides support to our teachers and students when needed.
***All our teachers are fully DBS checked, hold Chaperone Licenses, and up-to-date First Aid Certificates.***
Denise Saitch- Administration Support
Denise, who is Katie’s mum, has been with Dance Trix for a few years now. She joined as one of the original beginner adult tap dancers, but whilst at Dance Trix has now obtained her Gold Medal in Tap. Although learning to dance later in life, she is no stranger to the world of dance having had daughters who all danced from an early age. Denise is a licensed chaperone and children’s first aider. Outside of Dance Trix Denise is an Outdoor Education Leader and an Invigilator for GCSE and A Levels at a Chelmsford Grammar School.
Denise is our Saturday receptionist / administrative support at our Great Burstead lessons.
Esther Day- Administration Support
Esther is another friendly face at our Saturday classes occasionally assisting with some administration duties. She is a licensed chaperone and outside of Dance Trix, works full-time as an occupational therapist with adults with learning disabilities. In addition she does respite fostering for children with special needs.
Esther is an invaluable support who occasionally supports administration when needed.
We also have a number of wonderful chaperones who support our dance school at events.