Dianne Hughes A. ISTD, Fellow ADA, HonANCM
Principal and founder.
Denise Smith Member ADA, HonANCM
Denise has danced in and choreographed numerous shows and pantomines and only decided to teach after starting her own family. Since qualifying as a teacher in ballet and tap Denise has successfully coached and coaxed hundreds of pupils through their exams and takes great pride in building the confidence of her pupils.
Martine Jones MA, A. ADA, HonANCM, BA(HONS)
Martine has been a teacher of Drama and Speech for 15 years, after completing her training and qualifications in Acting, Dance and Singing which enables her to produce polished, well-rounded performers. Her passion is for Drama and she was delighted to accept the post at Delta after completing her Masters Degree in Drama and Literature. As well as Director of Drama for Delta, Martine teaches Spoken English, LAMDA and Drama in private schools throughout Shropshire, Chester and North Wales. These include the Hammond School in Chester, Packwood Haugh in Shrewsbury and Howells School in Denbigh. Pupils compete in festivals in all these areas with great success. She is a creative and successful Director of adults and children; productions include, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Teechers, Shakers, Private Peaceful, Bugsy Malone, Oliver, Sweet Charity, The Wizard of Oz, The King & I, Our Day Out, and many more, all of which have been hugely successful. Martine trains regularly with LAMDA, and enters students in that syllabus in either Speaking of Verse and Prose or Acting, and pupils attain outstanding results year upon year. She believes every pupil is an individual with very special qualities, and drama and performance can unlock these qualities.
Jennie Kennedy A. ADA, B'ED (HONS) Primary
Jennie has danced since the age of 4 and has worked within many dance companies, performing and competing at a national level for many years. She has worked professionally, but has now focused her attention on being the principal of her own dance schools based in the North West, training pupils for productions, shows and competitions. She choreographs for a variety of shows for different companies including pantomimes, charity variety shows and seasonal shows in Blackpool, Manchester and Wrexham. She also works in a range of primary schools focusing on developing the dance curriculum through teacher training and leading workshops and courses. She enjoys watching the children as they develop in ability and confidence through her classes. She is proud to have taught at Delta for over 20 years.
Naomi Jones A. ADA, BA(HONS)
Naomi has danced since the age of 3 at The Delta Academy of Dance and Performing Arts during which time she has been lucky enough to have been taught by professional dance teachers who have performed in many West End Shows and Musicals. She has also performed at the Manchester Palace and Sadler’s Wells along side Cheryl Baker and Michael Starke, as well as also taking part in breaking a world record alongside Wayne Sleep. After becoming a qualified dance teacher through the Allied Dancing Association (ADA) at the age of 18, Naomi then went on to study dance at University in Liverpool again being taught by professional dance choreographers, who helped to create dance routines for leading artists such as Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. It was through their mentoring, that she realised that teaching dance was the way forward. She loves encouraging children and watching as their dance skills,confidence as well as their self belief develop.
Rebecca Barrow A. ADA
Becky has also grown up with the Delta Academy, having been a pupil herself from a very young age. Having gained her teaching qualification with the Allied Dance Association and her Gymnastics qualification through British Gymnastics, Becky is now a very popular teacher with all our younger children and leads our Gymnastic classes. Becky teaches outside of the school and is also training to teach other strength/stamina classes.... watch this space.
Becky has danced since the age of 3 with Delta academy and during her time she has competed in many dance competitions and studied to an advanced level in Ballet and Tap. She is currently working towards her associate teaching qualification. She has also competed in singing competitions across the UK and has been a Llangollen Eisteddfod winner. Becky has performed for many VIP's such as David Cameron. She has played the lead role in musicals such as Grease and Priscilla at Theatre Clwyd. Becky has a great passion for the stage and musical theatre and develops and inspires this within the children she works with at Delta. She strives to encourage them to achieve their goals and dreams.
Gemma McHale BA (HONS) Music PGCE (Consultant)
Gemma is Head of Music at Blacon High School in Chester, she is also Musical Director for several Choirs in the area and has been teaching Singing, developing vocal skills for over 15 years. Gemma studied a Degree in Music at Salford University and her Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Secondary Music (with Drama) at Liverpool Hope University. From a young age, Gemma was a pupil of the Delta Academy; training in Dance, Singing and Drama. This developed her passion for Performing Arts. Music has always been an important element of Gemma's life, she regularly performs with a professional function band, playing at weddings and corporate events across the North West and North Wales. Gemma feels is it important to continue her performance development throughout her teaching career. Gemma is Director of Music at the Academy and teaches singing as well as running the successful Delta Academy Ladies Choir, her main passions are Musical Theatre and Popular Music.