Donya Keys was born in York. She started dancing at the age of two and a half years old. She has passed her Royal Academy of Dance Major (Vocational) examinations and all grades with Distinction. In 1996, Donya became an associate with The Royal Ballet as well as dancing at the Louise Brown Yorkshire Scholarship Centre for seven years.
In 1998, Donya danced as an associate with the Northern Ballet Theatre for five years along side achieving the Dame Alicia Markova Scholarship awarded to her in 1999 and the Gladice Thorpe award in 2003. Also in this year, Donya was accepted into Elmhurst Dance School in association with the Birmingham Royal Ballet where she gained an A Level in Dance and Diploma in Dance.
She then went onto performing with the Birmingham Royal Ballet as a soloist in façade and later danced in firebird in 2005. Donya has danced with companies which include, Royal Opera Company, European Ballet Company and Yorkshire youth ballet theatre. Donya then progressed to become a qualified teacher, undertaking a Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies at the Royal Academy of Dance.
Donya started teaching in 2006 and being based in the London area, taught at many dance schools as well as taking her classes into private schools. She is DBS checked. She now has own ballet school, bringing all her experience and knowledge back to her hometown of York. En Pointe opened in January 2013, and Donya opened the En Pointe Studios in January 2016.
Recently Donya was offered a teaching placement with The Royal Ballet associate programme, and is now the Cover teacher for the North. She has also been invited to teach at Queen Ethelburga's school and now teaches there on a weekly basis.
Rachel trained at The Royal Ballet School and The Louise Brown Scholarship Centre, performing with The Scottish Ballet Company and The Yorkshire Youth Dance Company, before taking up a full time place at Elmhurst School for Dance in Association with The Birmingham Royal Ballet. Rachel danced for The Birmingham Royal Ballet, Ballet Ireland, and Cinevox Zurich Company, dancing a variety of repertoire including Coppelia, Facade, Firebird and The Nutcracker. Commercial and Musical Theatre work includes, Costa Crociere, Belinda King Creative Productions and Cunard Ocean Liners. Rachel holds a Trinity Diploma in Classical Dance, and certificates with The Royal Academy of Dance and International Dance Teachers Association in Classical Ballet, Tap and Modern.
Rachel is also a qualified Physiotheropist and BalletBeFit instructor.
Emily has always loved Dance! Starting with a weekly ballet class she soon became a Junior Associate of the Royal Ballet School, where she first danced alongside Miss Donya and Miss Rachel. Emily also went on to hold a Louise Browne Yorkshire Ballet scholarship, for five years and was a member of Yorkshire Youth Dance Theatre. Throughout her school years she enjoyed performing in various amateur and professional productions, from local youth theatre to national touring musicals. Aged 15, Emily studied towards her RAD grade 8 and Advanced 1, passing both exams with flying colours. Emily trained in Dance and Musical Theatre at Millennium Dance 2000. On graduating in 2006 she was presented with the Drama award in recognition of her Acting achievements. Emily spent some time performing onboard cruise ships, before returning to further education and gaining a BA (Hons) in Drama. Emily has been teaching Dance and Musical Theatre since 2010 and feels very fortunate to have the opportunity to pass on her experience and passion to the next generation.
Claudia was lucky enough to be accepted and awarded a full scholarship to attend The London Studio Centre when she was sixteen years old. She was trained by high profile and world renowned teachers and choreographers until the age of twenty when she graduated with a BA Honours Degree in Theatre Dance. During her time at the London Studio Centre Claudia performed in several productions in and around London where she was part of two different touring companies. She performed with Jazz Company in 2008 at Sadler's Wells Theatre London where she was nominated the position of Head Girl for the University of the Arts London. Claudia also toured with Seedtime a Musical Theatre company where she was appointed Dance Captain in Rent the Musical.
In order to pursue her dream of travel Claudia was lucky enough to train in America and tour the world with Royal Caribbean International sailing the high seas. She performed in more than ten different production shows ranging from Jazz and Contemporary to Latin and Ballroom. With hard work and dedication Claudia was hired as an aerialist gaining skills such as silks, spanish web and trapeze.
I have had dance experience both as both a dancer and a teacher, dancing from the age of 4, and teaching and assisting teaching from the age of 15. I attended A.V.A Dance Academy in Harrogate, now known as Chatsworth Dance, where my main forms of dance were Ballet, Tap and Modern, studying the I.D.T.A syllabus. Ballet is my main discipline, where I was working at an advanced level having done all of my I.D.T.A exams up to advanced 1, as well as achieving my classical awards.” Miss Georgie who graduated from her degree in Contemporary Theatre with 1st class honours, as well as receiving the Graduate Prize from York Theatre Royal with her graduate piece 'Through The Gap', and is currently studying for her Masters degree in Applied Theatre. “I also run my own dance classes for little ones aged 2-4 called ‘fidgety feet’ which involves sensory stimulus to engage the children in the activities. This includes stimulus such as musical instruments, coloured scarfs and much more. Throughout my time as a dancer I have been involved in many shows, including Coppelia, The Canterville Ghost, Dracula and Alice in Wonderland at the Royal Hall and the international centre in Harrogate. I have also performed as a dancer in the musical CATS at the Birmingham NIA and more recently done some training with the Northern Ballet. As part of my freelancing career, I also work at The Pauline Quirke Academy in York and Scarborough. During this time I have been working as assistant choreographer for both of these shows, something which I have thoroughly enjoyed and taken great pride in! As well as this I also work as a freelancer teaching early years aged 3-6 for companies such as Duckegg Ltd and Paper Planes and Daisy Chains.”
LauraBeth started dancing at the age of 5, completing exams in ballet, tap and jazz until the age of 18. Within this time LauraBeth performed as part of a dance troop where only 5 dancers were picked from York to dance with Angela Ripon for the British Red Cross at the London Palladium. She also danced as an associate for 3 years with Northern Ballet Theatre and at the Yorkshire Scholarship Centre and Royal Academy as a Junior Associate. She also has experience of dancing Latin and Ballroom. LauraBeth then went to York College where she gained a BTEC National Diploma and A Level in Dance. During her time at the college she danced contemporary pieces with Akram Khan and started to teach ballet, tap and contemporary at a dance school in York. From here, LauraBeth progressed to become a qualified teacher, completing a Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies at the Royal Academy of Dance. She now enjoys teaching as part of her regular routine.