Our Team

Many opportunities exist for Butterflies’ students to begin their dance teaching careers alongside an experienced teacher before beginning to teach elements of lessons with support. Currently, Miss Anya B, Miss Anya R, Miss Kirsty and Miss Amelia work as teaching assistants having all begun to help within the school on a volunteer basis. Student teachers are a vital part the running of the early years dance school; without them classes would not flow as easily and effectively as they do. Our student teachers excel in their role and are continually advancing their abilities as teachers and work incredibly hard.  
Hannah Tweddle – Principal

Butterflies began as Butterfly School of Dance in 1999, founded by Hannah Whiston and her sister Rachel. Miss Hannah has been sole Principal of the school since 2009. Qualified to.

Rachel Mackay – Early Stage Teacher

As Head of Learning Support at a local school, Miss Rachel has a keen interest in early years development through dance and performing arts. Advising on the Early Stage of.

Caitlin Anderson – Singing Teacher

Miss Caitlin danced with Butterflies in her teens and went on to train at Studio Le Pointe in Leeds before qualifying in adult learning and Grade 1 – 8 singing..

Lauren Musgrove – Dance Teacher

Miss Lauren danced with Butterflies from the age of five and never left! Miss Lauren is a Physiotherapist and works locally for the NHS. She teaches all age groups in Ballet,.

Rebekah Amiri – Dance Teacher

Miss Rebekah danced with Butterflies from the age of 11, before transferring to study at SLP in Leeds at 16. She worked in the industry in Leeds and London before.

Jane Whiston – Finance and Administration

Jane is responsible for the finance and accounting side of Butterflies.  Jane is Miss Hannah’s mum and has been part of the business since it began in 1999, with the office originally taking.

Sarah Emson – Business Manager

Sarah has previously worked at two independent schools as the Head’s PA so brings with her a wealth of knowledge of office procedures.  Sarah is based in the Butterflies’ office, working on.

Amy Spence- Performing Arts Teacher

Miss Amy has had a passion for Dance and Performing Arts since being young, this saw her through many musical endeavours. Amy has a BA Hons. degree in Dance and.