Refresh Dance was established in 2012 by Steph Ashworth, who wanted to create a dance school with a difference. Having attended various dance schools growing up and studying at Phil Winston's Theatre Works in Blackpool, Steph decided to set up classes in Bolton that not only taught children and young people the skill of dancing, but created a place where they are free to be themselves, to make friends, to build confidence and feel they belong. Children and young people at Refresh are encouraged to be the best they can be, and celebrate each other's achievements. Dance is a fantastic way for anyone and everyone to keep fit, socialise, learn a new skill and gain a sense of achievement!
A.I.D.T.A MODERN / IDTA BT.L4Dip
Steph is the owner and lead choreographer of Refresh Dance and is qualified with and a member of the IDTA. She has been dancing for around 27 years and teaching for 18 years. She has qualifications in a variety of dance styles including Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Cheerleading, Ballroom, Rock 'n' Roll and Latin.
Steph has performed in numerous shows during the years she has danced, in theatres across the North West, and has taken part in national Freestyle and Rock 'n' Roll competitions.
Steph is also licensed and trained to teach Zumba Fitness and is a qualified Pilates Instructor.
A.I.S.T.D / BPA HONS / PGDIP DANCE / PGCE
Claire AKA ‘Fizzy’, trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and the London Contemporary Dance School. She has previously worked for Opera North, and has worked on a number of productions for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
She has worked with choreographers such as Fin Walker, Thomas Stache, Phillippe
Girardeau. Her work at the ROH has taken her to Valencia, Luxembourg, Copenhagen
and Geneva amongst others. Most recently Claire restaged the ROH’s AIDA in
Valencia at the Palau De Les Arts, which was originally choreographed by Fin Walker.
Claire has taught for the RAD Step into Dance programme, Springs Dance Company,
Richard Alston Dance Company, Loop Dance Company, The Centre for
advanced training at The Place, Birmingham DanceXchange and The
Lowry. Claire has worked as an independent dance artist for Birmingham Royal
Ballet and was a university lecturer at Kingston University teaching dance technique
as well as anatomy and physiology and in recent years has qualified as a Matwork,
Reformer, Total Barre and Pre and Postnatal Stott Pilates instructor. Working for Virgin
Active, John Lewis and the YMCA London Central. She also owns her own business
tinkfit.co.uk. She is also qualified as a Postural Stability Instructor through ‘Later Life
Training’ associated with Dance to Health which means using dance science she
can help people who are at risk of falls become stronger and more confident.
Claire has recently completed her PGCE Graduating with First Class Honours. As well
as securing a Job at Pendleton School of Performing Arts teaching A Level and BTEC
Dance Claire is honoured to become part of the teaching faculty at Refresh!
DANCE COACH / LEVEL 2 AQUA FIT / E2M
Louise has been teaching dance and fitness for over 18 years and has a great deal of experience working in a variety of settings, and creating choreography for a number of different showcases. She currently teaches dance within several Primary Schools across Bolton and joined our team two years ago, providing Street Dance Classes on a weekly basis for both boys and girls. Louise is a fantastic asset to our team and a brilliant teacher.
Connor has trained for film and theatre for over 12 years and has worked under LAMDA. He has been teaching for just over 3 years with Stirling, within Primary Schools and more recently at Refresh Dance and Fitness. Connor has written and directed 4 plays for children and young people which have been highly successful.
Connor has lead the drama workshops at our last two Performing Arts Academies and we have received fantastic feedback from family members and general audience members. We are excited to have Connor join us on a weekly basis providing Drama and Musical Theatre classes for children aged 5+ years. Check out our timetable to find out more.
ETM / Level 3 REPS / BA Hons Exercise, Nutrition & Health
Natalie has been dancing for 20 years and has taken several dance exams and competed in many competitions and shows during that time. She has gained her Exercise to Music qualification and is a Level 3 Personal Trainer. She runs her own fitness classes under 'sheCAN Fitness'.
Natalie also has her Level 2 and Level 3 Children's and
Young People's Workforce qualification and has worked
as a Nursery Practitioner for over 6 years.
Natalie teaches our youngest students on a Saturday so check
out the timetable for more info!
Level 3 Childcare / Pre-Associate Modern Jazz
Jemma is 19 years old and has been dancing for 16 years, training in ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, street dance, commercial and contemporary. She has competed in many competitions and has been part of many shows including performing at Disneyland Paris, in a magic show and in pantomimes. She is continuing her dance training as of September at Phil Winston Theatre Works in Blackpool.
Jemma has her Level 3 certificate in Childcare and Early Years Education and also her Pre-Associate 1 Teacher Training in Modern Jazz. She will be working towards other teaching qualifications during her training in Blackpool.
Jemma is excited to meet and be working with our fantastic students!
RECEPTIONIST / ADMINISTRATION
Denise has been running the administration and reception for Refresh Dance since 2012. She will be the first person you meet most likely on your first visit to Refresh Dance! Please feel free to ask Denise any questions you may have regarding Refresh.
RECEPTIONIST / ADMINISTRATION
Nicola has recently joined the administration team and runs reception on a Monday evening at Refresh. She will be the first person you meet most likely on your first visit to Refresh Dance! Please feel free to ask Nicola any questions you may have regarding Refresh and she will do her best to help you!