Staff

Dancing Lessons From Experienced Dance Tutors

We employ a number of highly skilled dance tutors, giving your children the best chances to succeed and develop their talent.

Norma Morris - Principal

Miss. Morris trained fully at the Margaret Whitton School of Dance up to advanced level in both performance and teaching. She holds the Fellowship Diploma with the British Ballet Organization.

After five years intensive training as a junior examiner, Miss. Morris graduated to a Senior Major Examiner in 1987 and has examined throughout New Zealand, Australia, the Continent and the U.K.

In 1972 Miss. Morris became a partner in the school and took over as principal in 1989.

Miss. Morris is an enthusiastic and dedicated principal, working with students to achieve their goals as both performers and teachers.
 
Norma Morris

Ami Dickinson - Teacher

Ami began dancing at the age of four. As her passion for dance grew she began to successfully compete in many festivals and competitions, local and nationally. She also gained high marks in many ISTD ballet, modern and tap examinations, as well as being given the opportunity to dance in the Her Majesty's Theatre, London at the age of 16.
At the age of 18 Ami decided to pursue her passion for dance by training professionally for two years at The Hammond School, Chester. She trained in ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, pas de duax, double work and Spanish dance and she also gained her advanced two in ISTD Modern Theatre Dance, as well as touring around the UK (including London) and Germany with the school's dance company Taudevin. She then graduated in 2010 at the age of 20.
Whilst training, Ami took on her first professional role, dancing for a pantomime company in Carlisle in 2008, as well as a Holyoaks Leavers Party at the Albert Dock, Liverpool in 2010.
After graduating Ami decided to move her career into dance teaching and enrolled herself at the Merseyside Dance and Drama Centre (MDDC), Liverpool to focus on becoming a teacher through the ISTD. Here she has gained her Certificates in Dance Instruction (DDI) and is now coming up to completing her Certificate in Dance Education (DDE). She also gained her advanced one in ISTD Imperial Ballet and her intermediate in ISTD tap dance whilst she attended MDDC as a part time student.
Whilst attending MDDC and up until present Ami has been teaching for a number of dance school across North Wales and Chester.She has taught children from the age of 18 months up to 20 in ballet, modern, jazz, tap and musical theatre, as well as choreographing dances for shows and festivals and entering children for ISTD modern and tap examinations.
Ami Dickinson

Caroline Firth - Teacher 

Caroline's journey began at the age of four where she first commenced training with Whitton-Morris School of Dance (1992 - 2005). In this period she gained exams in: B.B.O ballet advanced level 1, modern advanced level 2, tap, jazz and national dance.
Whilst training with the Whitton-Morris School of Dance she took part in many festivals. Highlights include success in the Junior Welsh Ballet Championships (2001) and competing in the Janet Cram awards in junior, senior and premiere sections (2001 - 2005). In 2004 she managed to become a premier finalist.
At 17 years old she was awarded a three-year scholarship with Laine Theatre Arts in Musical Theatre & Dance. During her scholarship she undertook further training in L.A.M.D.A. acting and I.S.T.D. ballet at advanced one level, and I.S.T.D. ballet teaching units.
She began building her teaching portfolio at Laine Theatre Arts, where she taught ballet in the junior sector (2007/08).
During 2007/08 she undertook a series of paid and voluntary employment which include modelling shows for L'Oreal and chaperoning celebrities at charity events in London. Christmas 2007 saw her first opportunity as a singer/dancer (also understudy for Tinkerbell) for a Peter Pan pantomime in Llandudno.
Following graduation from Laine Theatre Arts in summer 2008 she was successful in attaining work with carnival cruise liners as a singer/dancer, participating in two contracts: Carnival Elation (2008/09) and Carnival Destiny (2009).
In having to redirect her career path due to injuries in 2009, she undertook and passed a level 4 BBO teaching qualification in 2010. During this year she also began teaching at Whitton-Morris School of Dance.
Since 2010 she have continued earlier modelling work, such as winning Miss Flintshire and becoming a Miss Wales finalist (both 2011).
Caroline Firth

Philippa Kitchen - Vocal Coach 

After leaving school Philippa joined the Vocal Tech College in London, where she was trained in all aspects of vocal techniques from Pop to Rock to Jazz, developing solo performances and harmony techniques. She was selected to perform at The Royal Albert Hall alongside one of her tutors and has also worked with the London Gospel Choir.
In 2004 Philippa joined Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) and gained a diploma in Vocal Performance and Sound Technology. Here she learnt all the technical aspects of being a singer, so can now control a recording studio and a live desk and complete the set-up.
A teaching opportunity took Philippa to a school in Liechtenstein for one year. On returning home she resumed teaching privately. From 2008-2011 she worked as a vocal coach for Yamaha Music Schools in Holywell and Llandudno, as well as conducting workshops in primary schools across the area.
In 2012 she established Phils Harmonics, a choir for adults teaching members how to sing and creating harmonies whilst building their confidence and performance. The choir has already performed at civic celebrations in Holywell and Mold, as well as at private functions. In 2012 Philippa joined The Whitton-Morris School of Dance as the musical theatre vocal coach.
Phillippa Kitchen
If you would like to discuss dance tuition options, call us on
01352 713 377
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