About Northwich Dance Company

Northwich Dance Company was established early in 2003 by Amanda Kirby, a qualified dance teacher with the International Dance Teachers' Association (IDTA)*.

Meet the Team

Amanda Kirby

Amanda Kirby - Principal & Business Owner

Amanda started dancing at the age of 10 around the time when 'disco fever' took the UK by storm. She very quickly got the dancing bug and collected many medals and trophies for Ballroom, Latin American and Freestyle (Disco). As a teenager, she started helping out with the children's classes at her local dance school in Worcestershire where, soon after, she started studying towards becoming a qualified teacher which she knew was her passion. She gained her first Teaching qualification with the IDTA* at the age of 21 and the studio took her on as a part-time dance teacher. She continued to take qualifications (all with the highest grades) over the following 6 years to achieve full teaching status in all Ballroom branches, namely: Modern Ballroom, Latin American, Salsa, Classical Sequence, Country Line Dancing, Keep Fit and Freestyle.

After moving to Northwich, Amanda set up Northwich Dance Company in 2003, initially offering short courses for adults in Salsa one evening per week. The business steadily built-up to now offer classes four evenings per week. After settling into Northwich and establishing her dance school, Amanda resumed studying in 2006 and is still taking higher level teaching qualifications, always striving to better herself. Amanda's qualifications are listed chronologically below:

Ballroom Associate 90% 1991
Freestyle Licentiate 92% 1991
Dance Exercise Diploma 90% 1992
Latin American Associate 92% 1993
Classical Sequence Associate 90% 1994
Ballroom Licentiate 90% 1996
Country & Western Line Associate 94% 1997
Latin American Licentiate 96% 2008
Salsa Diploma 95% 2008
Latin American Fellowship 93% 2012
Classical Sequence Licentiate 95% 2013
Freestyle Fellowship 95% 2014
Ballroom Fellowship 93% 2023


Sam Thomas

Sam Thomas - Teaching Assistant and Trainee Dance Teacher

Sam first began Ballroom & Latin dancing in 2008, when she and her husband Ian went to a Beginners class with Northwich Dance Company. Later that year she also joined a Latin-Line Class and became well and truly bitten by the dance bug! Sam has completed her IDTA Amateur Latin Line dancing exams up to 5th Gold Star, all of which she passed with Honours. Sam says "I love dancing and I've made some genuine friends through the dance school."

She is currently studying for her first dance teaching qualification in Latin Dancing, after starting to assist Amanda with Ballroom & Latin Classes in January 2016.


Carol Jackson

Carol Jackson - Teaching Assistant

Carol has been dancing as a pupil with Northwich Dance Company since 2011, initially at Latin-Line Classes and more recently Ballroom & Latin too. Carol says "I absolutely adore dancing and it's become a huge, happy part of my life! It's a very sociable dance school, with numerous dances throughout the year which are an excellent way to put into practice what you've learnt, and a great excuse to buy new frocks!"

Carol has regularly participated in the IDTA Amateur Latin-Line dancing exams and has recently attained her Gold Medal. Through her keenness to dance, she now assists Amanda with classes on Wednesday evenings.

Carol says "Northwich Dance Company has a very special place in my heart, and I genuinely feel so lucky to be a part of it. Keep dancing!"

* The IDTA (International Dance Teachers' Association) provides a wide range of examination services that have been established over time and meet the needs of the public, the professional performer and teachers. (www.idta.co.uk)