Owner / Founder and Artistic Director
Nadine founded Fireworks DDTA in 2013 and has spent the last five years developing and implementing the unique curriculum and growing the company from strength to strength. She is now writing and developing teacher training programmes for staff members.
Nadine trained in a variety of dance styles, including ballet, contemporary, tap, lyrical, hip hop, and jazz. She has trained with various institutions such as the Midland Independent Dance & Arts Association,The Royal College of Music and Drama, Royal Academy of Dance, Boy Blue Entertainment, and Pineapple Dance Studios. Nadine began working professionally at the age of twelve as a dance model in California. For six years, she was awarded annual scholarships to the San Jose Ballet School, from where she gained most of her professional training, and later working with the San Francisco Ballet Company. Nadine also studied Musical Theatre at the University of Essex and holds a BA honours in English Literature and Education from the University of Ulster. Nadine is hoping to work towards a Masters in Dance Science and Education in the near future.
As well as directing the company and teaching weekly classes, Nadine continues to work as a professional performer and facilitates workshops in schools and local community groups. She also has regular employment as a choreographer in both professional and amateur productions.
Managing Director and Communications Officer
As well as having a B.A. (Honours) and a M.A. in History Danielle holds management qualifications from Birmingham University and De Monfort University and has over 13 years operational and strategic management experience. She is also a professionally trained social media manager running her own business, Dream Social. Danielle has a love of the arts and has set up and run her own handmade jewellery business for the past 3 years. She has been involved with Fireworks DDTA since 2013 as her daughter attends classes and has been attending adult classes herself since last year. She is passionate about the ethos of the organisation and is committed to helping it go from strength to strength.
Amy Astbury has been a member of Fireworks DDTA since 2014. After having returned from her first professional contract with Disneyland Paris, Amy is now undergoing teacher training on the Fireworks DDTA curriculum and working towards further dance and musical theatre teaching qualifications.
Amy has a wealth of experience on stage and screen in both an amateur and professional capacity.
Having attended many schools and courses, Amy recognises “Fireworks DDTA is definitely a theatre academy with a difference. Unlike other dance schools I’ve attended, it gives students the freedom to be creative and artistic in their classes as well as independently.”
“Through Fireworks DDTA I have been given ample opportunities in every aspect of the arts and I am really excited and grateful to be given the opportunity to develop from student to teacher and work for this AMAZING company!”