Charlotte started Tap dancing when she was 4 at a local dance school, and then began to take lessons in Ballet and Modern. From a young age she took part in Eisteddfods doing solo, duet, and group dances. Charlotte also took examinations in all 3 genres and the jazz awards.

Charlotte gained her teaching qualifications and valuable performance experience at the Bristol College of Dancing. Throughout her time at college she carried out maternity cover in Wales which gave her valuable experience. She now teaches throughout Bristol and is very excited to be part of The Kathryn Hurley Dance Academy.

Sophie Hannaford


Sophie started dancing at the age of 3, where she attended 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 teacher training exams.


Miss 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.


Miss Sophie joined The Ruth Osborne School of Dancing in 2011 and The Kathryn Hurley Dance Academy in 2016 and has thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the pupils and helping them achieve their goals.


Kathryn Hurley

Charlotte Baldwin

Teaching  Faculty

Kathryn Hurley 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, Sidcup, Kent. 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. 

In our tenth anniversary year, I am extremely proud that the Academy has been selected as a FINALIST in Dance School of the Year 2016.