Lucy Anne Hudson, Artistic Director, Teacher and Choreographer
I gained an A-Level in Performing Arts and A-Level dance and then went on to study at Manchester Metropolitan University 2003 where in 2003 I obtained a BA Honours degree in Contemporary dance with a specialism in choreography. Later that year I gained my LAMDA qualification to teach Musical Theatre to exam specification. I spent six months training at Pineapple Studios under Vanessa Leigh-Hicks in Jazz and Musical Theatre Craft which has allowed me to facilitate my skills and pass them onto my students.
I’ve been teaching in and around the North East for 15 years in various schools and with different performance companies such as; The Samling Foundation, The Dan-sing Academy, U.Dance England, St Josephs Middle School, Walkergate Junior School and Prudhoe Community High School.
Artistic Director of Jemms Performance Company our sister company that teaches Musical Theatre and performs large scale Musicals twice a year.
It was when I reached 18 that I realised I wanted to teach. I believe dance can help children and teenagers develop their sense of ‘who they are’, it gives them a sense of achievement and they are able to find a certain style that reflects their personality. It can really help people who lack confidence and it’s another way to express yourself.It’s also just a lot of fun and a great way to stay fit.
Molly Stroyan, Head of Ballet and Tap
Molly is our newest member of the Feet First Dance team. She has studied dance from a young age and has acquired various IDTA and LAMDA grade qualifications in Theatre Craft, Freestyle Disco, Ballet, Tap, Musical Theatre and Drama. Molly has studied contemporary dance intensely for the past 5 years, at AS Level and also at degree level, where she was awarded a First Class Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance, Performance and Teaching from The University of Central Lancashire. She has recently completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance at The Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London.
Molly has had experience working with renowned dance companies and initiatives such as Candoco Dance, Dance for Parkinson’s, Corali, BalletLorent and Ludus whom work with people of all abilities and needs, in different communities.
Molly has returned to the North East to develop her learning and experience as a teacher in dance. She hopes to utilise the skills and approaches she has gained throughout her dancing life and share them with others. Molly is excited to begin her dance teaching career with Feet First Dance, which she herself became a part of when she was just 11 years old. She aims to teach fun, creative and safe dance experiences for people of all ages and abilities and share her passion for movement.
Lizzie Klotz- Visiting Contemporary Teacher
Lizzie is an independent dance artist based in the North East of England, working on a variety of dance teaching, performance and creative work. Lizzie began her dance training at an early age, attending regular classes at Marron Theatre Arts. In 2010, Lizzie was accepted into London Studio Centre, where she graduated with a First Class BA Hons in Theatre Dance. In her final year at London Studio Centre, Lizzie focused her study in contemporary dance, becoming a member of Intoto Dance Company, working with choreographers such as Ben Duke, Neville Campbell and Jorge Crecis.
In 2014, Lizzie took part in Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company's five month dance programme and Gaga Intensive with Batsheva Dance Company, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Since returning, Lizzie has been regularly teaching throughout the North East, working with a diverse range of students from community groups to professional workshops.
In addition, Lizzie has been working in various projects, in both live performance and video dance, often working in a collaborative nature with other artists. In her own choreographic work, Lizzie is interested in the idea of human presence, through the representation of the live and mediated body, whilst exploring the idea of intimacy in performance, searching to eliminate a sense of separation between audience and performer.
Most recently, Lizzie has been commissioned by Dance City, creating work that will be performed as part of Dance Edits in Autumn 2015.
I have always loved to dance, although it wasn't until 16 that I knew I wanted to make this my future. After obtaining my Performing Arts A-Level I took my life in the direction of specifically Dance. I went on to study Dance and Choreography at Northumbria University. Since then I have taught in a multiple styles including, Contemporary, Ballet and Commercial, within variety of environments including schools and gyms, whilst always maintaining connections with Feet First Dance.
More recently I have qualified as a Gym Instructor and now teach Zumba, along with other fitness classes in the local area. I feel this links my 2 passions perfectly, Dance and Fitness.
It is now 12years since I begun working for Feet First Dance, I believe strongly in the ethos that this company aims to achieve. Let's focus on all our students feeling equal and confident in their own abilities so that they they can achieve great things.