Andy Poulton – Principal
Andy has been involved with theatre since the age of 16, and has played many leading roles over the years with companies including South Staffs Musical Theatre Company, Wolverhampton Musical Comedy Company, Bilston Operatic Society, Brownhills Operatic Society and Pro-Am Productions to name but a few.
As well as performing, Andy has produced & directed many productions around Shropshire and the West Midlands over the last 15 years, including “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” (Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury) , “Pirates of Penzance”, “Calamity Jane”, “Return to the Forbidden Planet”, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, “Me & My Girl”, “Annie” and “Crazy For You” to name but a few, several of which have won best musical awards! Andy has also written and produced several panto’s including “Mother Goose”, “Dick Whittington” and “Aladdin” for which “Aladdin” also won an award for best pantomime. Andy has produced shows for companies including Shrewsbury Amateur Operatic Society, Trinity Musical Theatre Company, Aldridge Musical Comedy Society, Bilston Operatic Company and Willenhall Musical Theatre Company.
Trained in Latin & Ballroom since the age of 3, Andy has previously held the titles of UK Amateur Latin & Ballroom Champion. He has now retired from competing and now solely devotes all his spare time to not only enjoying performing and directing musical theatre, he’s now running his own Performing Arts Company.
Lisa Bates – Principal
Lisa started dancing at the age of 3 in her local church hall and has never looked back since! During her childhood, through to her later teens she competed in many festivals across the country and took exams within the IDTA and ISTD examination boards. Through taking exams she was also nominated for scholarships.
As much as Lisa loved to perform, her passion was always teaching and working with children. When she gained her teaching qualifications with the International Dance Teacher Association (IDTA) she was fortunate enough to teach at an established school in the Midlands, teaching both grade classes and festival work to children, some who are or have been performing around the world in all genres of dance.
As well as teaching, Lisa is honoured to be involved with ‘All England Dance’ in which she has assisted in the running of the regional finals for many years. This is where Lisa gets to see some of the best dance schools in the country and hopes to one day be there as a teacher!
Unite Dance has been a dream of Lisa for so long and with the partnership of Andy Poulton, this dream has become a reality! At Unite Performing Arts, Lisa’s love for dance and the arts will be passed on to many children to the highest standard, and she cannot wait to welcome your children into the Unite family.
Freya Poulton – Reception, Admin & Social Media
Freya started in musical theatre at the tender age of 5, playing the role of ‘Molly’ in Annie. She has been in many companies across the West Midlands, including; West Bromwich Operatic Society Youth, Prestige Presents, Bilston Operatic Society, South Staffs Musical Theatre Company and Willenhall Musical Theatre Company.
Previous roles include Annie & Molly (Annie), Little Girl (Witches of Eastwick) and Susan Waverley (White Christmas)
Freya currently attends the SOTE School of Theatre Excellence in Birmingham, studying Musical Theatre, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Singing and Acting. She is also working hard towards her grade 7 singing exam with the London School of Music.