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.
Charlotte Porter studied at Preston Dance College gaining her teaching qualifications in both Tap Dance and Modern Theatre before studying with the Royal Academy of Dance gaining a diploma in Ballet and Dance Teaching Studies. Whilst studying she was awarded the Faye Knowles-Chapman Award for Choreography and selected to dance as a Northern Associate for the UK Tap Dance team, Tap Attack. Charlotte has danced professionally in the UK and Europe and performed along side Phoenix Dance Company and for the BBC. She has been teaching in the Yorkshire Dales for the last seven years including plenty of freelance work in schools in both Switzerland and Germany.
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.
Lucy was born and raised in Solihull, West Midlands and has danced in performances, cabarets and pantomimes since the age of 6. She has completed training in Modern Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Freestyle, Aerial, Latin and Ballroom. After finishing secondary education, at 16 Lucy studied a 3-year Musical Theatre course at a private stage school, Pattison College & Theatre Arts. She not only gained her I.D.T.A Advanced 2 levels but also her Associates in Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz & Freestyle. Straight out of college, Lucy went on to work a summer season for Bourne Leisure in the UK before beginning her journey working overseas for the award-winning global production company Jean Ann Ryan Productions.
Miss Lucy rehearsed in Miami, completed 6 years of cruise ship contracts covering 6 continents and gaining a lifetime of experience. In addition to performing top quality choreography, she achieved aerial lyra and spanish web training which she did in 4 of her cruise contracts. After this, she focused on Latin & Ballroom styles which she also performed in 4 contracts. Then deciding to give up her sea legs and desperately wanting to teach, Lucy has recently moved to York with her fiancé and is very excited to pass on her knowledge and experience and help others gain confidence, technique, performance quality and to exceed all expectations.