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Meet Our Team


Kirsten Swift

Founder, principal and owner, Kirsten studied at MDDC. She has an overwhelming passion for dance and relishes the opportunity to share this with each and every one of her students.


KathrYn Wolfenden

Kathryn has been dancing since she was 3, she has trained at the Northern School of Speech and Drama at 16 she headed off to London to attend a three year Musical Theatre course at Arts Education School.


Amy Turner

Amy also studied at MDDC. Amy enjoys teaching a variety of styles and ages and loves to watch all students develop and progress into what may become the stars of the future!


Stacey Maurice

Stacey trained at LIPA where she earned a 1st Class BA Hons in Dance. Was awarded the Sir Paul McCartnery Award for Dance on graduation. Stacey teaches all over the North West and her passion is to help young dancers reach their full potential.


Misha Timmins

I was a Gymnast at 2 years old and national and north west champion on the beam, now a L.2 qualified Women's Artistc coach. I studied Musical Theatre have a BAHons in Acting appearing in Coronation Street, shameless and others. 


Kaireen McDonnald

Kaireen began dancing, singing and acting at a young age. After becoming involved with the Torque Youth Dance Company at 16 she than trained in dance at the Creative Academy where she obtained a 1st class degree. 


Kathrine Farrow

Katherine has been performing for nearly 20 years and has a huge passion for dance and musical theatre. She has trained in a variety of styles and achieved D*D*D* studying musical theatre at Pendleton college.


Emma Kelly

Emma trained at Creative Academy where she graduated with a first class BA (Hons) degree in dance. She is trained in Jazz, contemporary, commercial/street, ballet, tap modern and bollywood.

Our Story

Here at Kirsten's dance academy we understand the importance of opportunities, especially performance opportunities, as it gives the students bundles of confidence and helps them grow as a dancer and performer which is why we put on 2 showcases each year. We also work on projects outside of the academy so that the students can gain more experience. In the past we have performed on stage at Disneyland Paris and Blackpool Winter Gardens, later this year we will be appearing at the Alton Towers resort. The exposure to different levels of competition results in great team work and work ethic.

Our vibrant dance school in Mossley, Tameside, UK was opened by Principal Miss Kirsten Swift (I.S.T.D) over seven years ago in the Woodend Mill, Mossley. Our studio space has doubled in that time and now has two large studios. Studio one (1680sq feet) has a dedicated dance area with a fully mirrored wall and ballet barres on three walls plus two portable ballet barres. Studio two (1320sq feet) has a fully mirrored wall with ballet barres on two walls. Both studios have quality sound systems which can accommodate all the modern sound devices.

A large waiting room, kitchen area with tea, coffee and refreshments and a play area with books and toys. A reception room with a dance wear shop stocked with leotards, tutus, tap, jazz and ballet shoes plus lots more. We have our own toilets.

Our teachers and student teachers are focused on your child's care, well being, progression and enjoyment.

You can keep an eye on your precious ones on our built in camera systems.

Everything your child will need to get started is available to borrow at the studio until you are sure your child is enjoying the class, please ask at reception.

For more information please read our How we do things page


Our Reception Team

Aimee Ashleigh Lois

Our Student Helpers

Aimee Antalia Beth Brianna Brodie Ellie Eloise Emelia Grace Krista LibbY Olivia Maddie Talia

"5star The best dancing school in Tameside. We are just after Summer Show. It was amazing! First time i seen my daughter in action :) first show and not the last one ! Thank You very much :)" Jacek Wadowski

"Best thing we have ever done is to sign Ruby up to this academy. She does glee, tap/ballet and acro. Spends all her time away from the place doing cartwheels, dancing and jumping around. Very welcoming to mums and dads too. A nice brew, a bar of chocolate and a video link to watch the lesson.. Perfect!" Chris Doyle

"Absolutely fab dance school. My two girls love it. Loved the showcases this week- well done to all the brilliant teachers and staff xxx" Amie Stocks

"KDA is amazing ! Our Granddaughter loves dancing, the academy is professional, talented, and fabulous !!" Sylvia Marshall

"For us, this was Abbie’s first show dancing with you, and I just wanted to say how so very impressed we all were with the standard of dance and the whole organisation of the show and children. Ive been involved with dance shows for years as Abbie has always danced, but i can honestly say that the way yours was performed was outstanding. " Alison and Wayne Williams

"I just thought I had to write to tell you what an amazing show you put on over the weekend.. I came to watch my nieces and to be quite honest was not looking forward to sitting through 2 hrs of watching other kids dance but have to say the whole show was fantastic.. I will definitely be looking to send my daughter to your dance academy as soon as she's is old enough." liz Mckenna

"The show was amazing, all the dancers just get better and better. My Ellie just comes alive when she gets on stage and can’t get enough of it, thanks Kirsten for all you do for her." Alison Wild