Teaching Staff

Director / Principal of Dronfield Dance & Theatre Academy
Sally Wragg – Fellow IDTA

  • Fellowship IDTA (FBt, FMj, LTap, ATc)
  • YMCA RSA Exercise to Music
  • BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts (Distinction)
  • Acrobatic Arts Certified (Module One)
  • Progressive Ballet Technique Certified
  • Be Activated (Level 1 & 2)
  • Choreographer
  • DBS Enhanced, Safe Guarding and First Aid Trained

Sally began dancing at the age of 2 and trained at the Constance Grant Dance Centre where she qualified for both her Professional Artist examinations in all four core subjects of theatre dance and received scholarship nominations in her Ballet, Tap and Modern Jazz examinations, as well as gaining several Professional Teaching qualifications in the same subjects. She has over 25 years of teaching experience and also coaches for teacher training and theatre school preparation, she is very proud to have several of her pupils who have successfully gained places at varying Theatre Schools in London and Blackpool and are now dancing professionally.

Sally has completed a ‘Be Activated’ course (Level 1and 2) with Douglas Heel BSc in Physiotherapy and is the only dance teacher in the region that specialises in this technique. She has choreographed and performed in many shows in Sheffield and was honoured to be asked by Croft House Theatre Company to choreograph for them – ‘The Sound of Music’ in March 2012 (at the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield) and ‘Acorn Antiques’ for March 2013. Sally worked alongside Adrian Allsopp a Professional West End Director/Choreographer for their production Grease back in March 2014. Sally has since choreographed ‘Sister Act’ and ‘Into the Woods’

Sally is a strong believer in continuing training to keep up to date and has recently successfully certified in Acrobatic Arts (module one) and Progressive Ballet Technique.

Ellie Hudson – Associate IDTA

  • Associate IDTA (ABt)
  • 1 year at Liverpool Theatre College
  • Progressive Ballet Technique Certified
  • DBS cert

Ellie began dancing at a young age, trained by Miss Sally she studied to a high level taking artist examinations in Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Theatrecraft and Musical Theatre. In 2010, Ellie successfully gained a place at the Liverpool Theatre College where she studied Musical Theatre for 1 year, before returning home to continue her training here at DDTA with Miss Sally. In 2011, Ellie successfully gained her first IDTA Associate teaching qualification in Ballet and is now teaching as a qualified member of staff at the school.

Ellie is a member of Croft House Theatre Company a local amateur group and enjoys performing at the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield, where in 2011 she took the principal role of Liesal in Croft’s production of the ‘Sound of Music’ 2012 and also played the leading role of Sandy in their latest production of ‘Grease’ in March 2014. Ellie also successfully auditioned for a principal role in the National Youth Musical Theatre and she performed at a London Theatre in August 2013

Louise Watson – IDTA Associate Modern Jazz

  • IDTA Associate Modern Jazz
  • BA Hons Theatre and Perfromance
  • Aerial Hoop Trained
  • DBS Enhanced

Louise has danced from a young age taking part in numerous shows and competitions throughout her childhood. She gained a BA Hons degree in Theatre and Performance, before furthering her training with a three year course in dance and musical theatre at Renaissance Arts Conservatoire, and also training in aerial hoop.

Louise gained an IDTA Associate qualification during this time and has been teaching for the last 8 years

Alongside teaching, over the past few years Louise has danced professionally in various period dramas for both BBC and ITV, been part of touring pantomimes for schools and performed in children’s shows and charity events.

Laura Pearson – Head of Client Care

  • Private Secretary Diploma
  • New CLAIT 
  • UK Pole Performer Competition – 2nd Place 
  • Pole Fitness Instructor (including aerial hoop, silks, trapeze)
  • DBS Enhanced

Laura began dancing at a young age up until the age of 11, training at Maureen Hepworth’s School of Dance.  She studied in Ballet, Tap, Theatre Craft and Gymnastic dance. She took part in numerous dance school shows and this experience has developed her passion for dance and helps compliment her role as Head of Client Care. 

Coming from a dance background, as an Adult Laura decided to take up Pole Fitness as a hobby. The dance spark was back and the passion reignited, Laura then went on to compete in Pole Fitness at a national level coming 2nd in the UK Professional Pole Competition and becoming a Pole Fitness instructor. She has also trained in aerial hoop, aerial silks and trapeze, maybe this is something as a school we may look into in the future ……….

After Laura had competed in Pole Fitness, this then took a natural step into Figure competing. With a well toned figure from the Pole Fitness and a keen interest in nutrition, it only seemed the natural progression. Laura placed 2nd Overall in the Natural Physique Association in the UK. 

Laura has worked as an Executive Assistant for the past 17 years and when she saw the advert for Head of Client Care at DDTA, she jumped at the chance to have a career doing something she is passionate about. Dance has always ran through her blood and now she feels she can use her secretarial strengths and knowledge towards a subject that is in her heart, whilst helping clients have a positive experience at DDTA.


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