Meet our teachers
Principal - Jane Heckman
Jane Heckman is Principal of the Denbigh school and is an established teacher of dance. Once a performer herself and now passing on her vast knowledge to her many pupils.
Jane began her dancing at the age of 7 gaining the highest grade in all of her R.A.D graded examinations (this had never been achieved in her school before!).
At the of 16 Jane was awarded a place at the prestigious Hammond School in Chester where she studied all forms of dance: ballet, tap, modern, jazz, contempory, pointe and character. Jane left Hammond with her dance and teaching qualification, and taught at various locations and schools.
Having such a love for dancing Jane decided to open her own dance school in 1990. The school began with one class of 15 pupils and now this has grown to nearly 200!
Jane strives to deliver an enjoyable experience in Stagecoach Denbigh with an emphasis on enjoyment!
Singing Coach - Emma Nowell
Emma is delighted to join Stagecoach Denbigh after teaching at a variety of leading Theatre Schools including Pineapple Arts (Pineapple Studios) West End Stage, Theatretrain, WAPA and at her very own Make Believe Theatre School, both on the Wirral and in London.
Emma is currently one of the presenters in Hi-5 UK. She has enjoyed the programme being broadcast across ITV1/ITV4/Cartoonito/Boomerang/RTE2 everyday and travelled around the world with Hi-5's very own theatre production 'Hi-5 Surprise.' Along with sell out performances throughout the UK and Ireland, highlights have been performing at the Parade Theatre Sydney, MIPCOM Cannes Festival, SKYfest, Boomerang TV Awards and more recently for the Abu Dhabi Royal Family at their palace!
Previously to this Emma graduated from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts with a 1st Class BA (hons) in Acting. She then went on to play Linda in 'Blood Brothers,' both in the West End and the UK Tour, Andrea in 'Brick Up The Mersey Tunnels' (Liverpool Empire) Cinderella for UK Productions. She has gained roles in Feature Films including Suzy in 'Rise of a Footsoldier' and Stacey in 'Rollin with the Nines' and has also been a backing vocalist for various music industry artists and performed on Top of the Pops and The Eurovision Song Contest
Drama Coach - Jamie Evans
Jamie trained at LIPA and is an experienced actor on both Stage and screen. He has been involved in Bill Kenwright's production of Blood Brothers for many years playing the roles of: Mickey (understudy) Postman and Neighbour.
Jamie has also been involved in many plays, commercials and also a member of a boy band! He has vast experience in teaching the performing arts and is lucky enough to have masses of performance experience behind him too.
Jamie is very excited about joining the Stagecoach Denbigh team and passing on his knowledge to the pupils.
Early Stages Coach - Laura Heckman
Laura's experience of working with young children is vast and covers a wide range of educational and theatrical disciplines, including Dance Teacher at Jane's Studios. She has successfully put pupils through I.D.T.A. examinations and helped to choreograph and teach children's routines in preparation for annual productions at the Rhyl Pavilion Theatre and London's West End. Laura has studied ballet with I.D.T.A. as well as tap and modern dance. She studied singing with North Wales Music Tuition.
Laura studied Drama and Theatre Studies to A level standard and has since built upon these skills in many productions. She has appeared in amateur productions of Oklahoma, Me and My Girl, Hot Mikado, Return to the Forbidden Planet and has played the lead role as Maria in West Side Story and Nancy in Oliver. Professionally, Laura has appeared in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
As a past pupil of Stagecoach, she is honoured to be the Early Years teacher with her continuing love of everything theatrical which has stemmed from the way in which she has been taught. Laura says that Stagecoach gave her a fantastic insight to theatre life and the skills she gained are invaluable. She will never forget her Stagecoach experience and her aim is to leave your children feeling the same way.