Formerly The Kathryn Hurley Dance Academy & The Ruth Osborne School of Dancing

Teaching Faculty

Kathryn Hurley BA Hons AISTD DDE


Kathryn began her training at the Corraine Collins Dance Studios before completing a BA (Hons) Degree in Dance and Theatre Performance at the prestigious Bird College of Performing Arts. Whilst here, Kathryn gained her teaching qualifications with Honours. Since then her versatile training has enabled her to work within different dance genres gaining valuable performance and teaching experience.

Upon graduation she toured Germany in Sesame Street - The Musical. Kathryn danced aboard MS Braemar for Fred.Olsen Cruises travelling throughout Europe, Africa and Scandinavia. She was a member of NCDC (Newbury Contemporary Dance Company) and then went on to perform with Meridian Dance Theatre and 'All You Can Eat' an Arts Council Funded Project promoting Healthy Eating in Schools. Kathryn worked as a dancer and Choreographer for 3 years for Welsh language theatre company Cwmni Mega. She has vast experience teaching dance in primary and secondary schools and dancing schools throughout the South West and the University of Bristol. Kathryn has also performed at the Bristol Harbourside Festival. In 2006, Kathryn created Phase One Contemporary Youth Dance Company, a professionally led Company which toured schools and venues across Bristol and South Gloucestershire to high acclaim. The company won 'Best Dance Bid' for their work in 2007.

When not teaching, Kathryn enjoys dancing round the kitchen with her (very patient) husband, two amazing children and Beau and Betty the crazy pups!

Charlotte Baldwin AISTD DDE


Charlotte starting dancing at the age of 4 with a local dance school. Throughout her childhood she participated in competitions, shows, exams and displays. When leaving secondary school she decided to pursue her love of dance and gain her teaching qualifications at Bristol College of Dancing. Charlotte holds her DDI and DDE in Ballet, Modern and Tap.
Whilst holding these qualifications she has gained experience teaching and covering for other local dance schools and attending events and courses held by the ISTD. 

Charlotte has recently enjoyed learning Irish dancing as a fun hobby. 

Sophie Hannaford AISTD DDE


Sophie started dancing at the age of 3, at the Stapleton School of Dancing in Bristol,  training in a range of genres whilst enjoying various performance opportunities and competing in Eisteddfods. From the age of 19, she continued her training full time at the Judith Hockaday College of Dance and Drama in Swindon. There she achieved her qualifications up to Advanced 2 in Modern, Tap and National and took her teaching exams.

Sophie graduated college having passed her DDI and DDE exams in ISTD Ballet, Tap, Modern and National. 

Recently, she has returned to Judith Hockaday to further develop her teaching qualifications in Modern and Tap to Licentiate level.

Charlotte Wright BA Hons


Charlotte has been working full time as a Drama facilitator since 2013, working for companies including; Travelling Light Theatre Co, The Tobacco Factory Theatres and Rhubarb Speech and Drama School.

She has a Higher National Diploma in Acting and Theatre Making from the South West Academy of Dramatic Arts and has a degree in Drama and performance from Worcester University where she specialised in Theatre in Education / Theatre for young audiences.

In 2016 she set up her own Drama workshop company ‘The Dramatory’ so she could continue to provide fun and affordable Drama provisions and Lamda Tuition for children and young people in and around Bristol.

Working with Children, Young People and Adults, she passionately believes in drama’s ability to educate, excite and inspire and recognise the benefits that both creativity and play can bring;

“I am so lucky to be where I am today, I love my job and the challenges of teaching, and I love it when young people find their own voice. Over the years I have watched as week by week children grow in confidence and blossom as a result of attending Drama sessions, it is incredibly rewarding to watch those end of term showcases, or when they get their first Lamda certificate, it is something that I am incredibly passionate about and hope to pass on to my students”.

When she is not teaching; you can probably find Charlotte in a Theatre either watching or making work, and once a week she attends an Adult Irish Dance class for fun!

Kirsty Stroud HND Performing Arts (Dance)


 Kirsty started attending the Bristol School of Performing Arts from the age of 6, where over the years she performed in many musicals such as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down the Wind and Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the Bristol Hippodrome. Kirsty successfully auditioned for First Family Entertainment and performed in the Cinderella and Dick Whittington pantomimes at the Bristol Hippodrome as part of the junior ensemble. 

After leaving school, Kirsty gained a place at Liberatus School of Performing Arts where she studied for 3 years completing a HND in Performing Arts (Dance). Since graduating, Kirsty has featured in an EE tv advert and performed in a touring show for Daisy-Chain Productions, where she visited and sang for hundreds of elderly residents in homes all over the South West during the Christmas period. 

Over  the years, Kirsty has competed in UDO street dance competitions all over the UK, most recently with the team Notorious from South Wales (TDM Stage School) who were crowned advanced champions in several different regions. It is because of this experience that  Kirsty has such a passion for teaching street, as she is eager to pass on all of the knowledge and skills that she has learnt herself over time. Kirsty thrives off the love that her students have for dancing and is constantly uplifted by their dedication and  determination. The thing she loves the most about teaching is being able to witness the journey that each individual student takes, watching their confidence grow and blossoming into absolutely beautiful dancers. Kirsty’s aim for the future would be to revisit  her competing days, whether it be as a dancer or a teacher, and is determined to have another shot at auditioning after having a short break from the industry.   

Ella Pratten AISTD DDE

Ella Pratten AISTD DDE


Ella started dancing at 3 years old with Stapleton School of Dancing in Bristol where she studied RAD Ballet and ISTD Tap and Modern gaining graded and major examinations in all three disciplines. During this time she also competed in numerous dance festivals including the All England National Finals where she placed 1st with her Irish Solo.

Ella studied at Morea Performing Arts for 3 years, gaining valuable technical tuition and  performance experience and her teaching qualifications. 

Since graduating in July 2018, Ella now teaches in a number of schools in Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and Bristol. She is also studying for further qualifications at Dance Station in Bristol. Her main aim is to pass on her knowledge and help each and every child reach their full potential.