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C ommittee Members of the Kats Dance Event & Community Team


Kats Dance Events & Community team, also known informally as Kats Dance Fundraisers, is a committee run non-profit group consisting of some key parents from across the academy, and others with links to the dance school. 

We try our best to raise funds for a variety of projects, such as community event days and dancing shows including costumes and qualification costs to run these events


We also raise funds for our teachers trainee programme and have launched our Community Support Fund, with an aim to help local families with the costs of dance tuition. 

In addition we support other local charities and good causes, including Heywood Food Bank, and Sandon House Community Centre


We regularly attend a variety of community events, including Heywood 1940's day, and the Charities Fete.


All our committee members have DBS / Chaperone licence / First Aid and Safeguarding qualifications


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Richard Mann

I'm Rick, husband of Jen so same two dancing daughters. I work with local government organisations across England looking at service delivery and customer service quality. I am also involved with 6/15th Middleton F.S.E. Scout Group as a leader.

Gwen Simpson

I'm Gwen, I work for Lineage Logistics in the IT department as a System Analyst on the service desk. I have 2 daughter that go to Kat's Dance. My oldest since she was 6 and is now in the Seniors. My youngest started when she was 3 and is now in the Junior Intermediates. I attend the Adult Tap and my eldest helps out with the Drama Groups.

Jen Mann

I’m Jen, I work as a HLTA in a special needs school, and also provide respite care for children with additional needs, as well as helping at Saturday classes and the holiday workshops. I have 2 daughters who both attend Kats Dance - Emily who is currently on the trainee teacher programme, and is a fellow committee member, and Phoebe in the seniors group. I have been part of the adult tap and ballet classes myself since they began. I hold certificates in First aid Pediatrics/ safeguarding and I also hold an enhanced DBS and Rochdale council chaperone licence

Virginia Williamson

I'm Ginny. I'm the Operations and Office Manager for Benchmark Security Solutions Ltd, managing sites and operations for the company across the UK and in the Republic of Ireland. My daughter, Marie, has been attending Kat's Dance Academy for six years and is the Junior Intermediate class. I have a first aid certificate and an Enhanced DBS and have been involved with youth activities as a leader for over 15 years.


Fiona Howells

I’m Fiona, I’m a science teacher at a high school but more importantly my girls have been at Kat’s Dance since 2011, when they were 5 and 4 years old: they love and live it. My eldest also helps out and attends the contemporary classes.


Chris Williamson

Hi all. I'm Chris. I work in national distribution and am married to Ginny. My daughter has attended Kat's for around 6 years and is in the Junior intermediate group. She also attends drama and contemporary classes at Kat's.

I've over 20 years first aid experience and hold an enhanced DBS.


Kelly McIntyre

I'm Kelly, I work as a assistant practitioner. My daughter has been attending Kats for 7 years and my son for 2. I am trained in first aid, BLS and safeguarding level 3, I hold an enhanced DBS and Rochdale council chaperone licence.


Adel Bridges

My name is Adel Bridges. I work for the co-operative bank as a senior executive tester for digital banking. My daughter had been at Kats dance since she was 3 for a total of nearly 9 years and is in the seniors group. Katie also attends the contemporary classes. I have attended the adult tap and adult ballet classes since they began and enjoy the classes thoroughly. I am first aid & paediatric first aid trained /DBS checked, have attended level 2 Safe guarding training and have a chaperone licence.


Natasha George

Hi I’m Natasha.

I am a personal assistant supporting individuals with learning disabilities.

I have two daughters who both attend Kats dance classes, the eldest has been there since she was 3 years old, and is now in the seniors group.

I also help with the contemporary evening classes.

I have first aid training, safe guarding and epilepsy awareness training

I also hold a valid and current DBS and chaperone licence. I am the treasurer of the Kats Dance Fundraisers.

Emily Mann

Hi I'm Emily

I am currently at college studying A level Biology, Sociology and Psychology, and am hoping to study Business & Marketing at university. I have attended Kats Dance Academy for 10 years, and am now a trainee teacher, also supporting the contemporary classes and holiday workshop days. 

I have an enhanced DBS, paediatric first aid, Level 2 safeguarding, and level 2 food hygiene. I have also completed inclusivity training.


Kelly MacPherson 


I'm Kelly,

My sons started at Kat's Dance Academy when they were 3 years old. My eldest has been attending now for 6 years and my youngest for 3.

I hold an Enhanced DBS and have first aid and child safeguarding training. I am a trained and licenced chaperone by Rochdale Council, and a governor at a local primary school.


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