About Our Company


Hiedi Stoakes

Hiedi began her training at the age of 8 when she attended drama classes at the Bradford Playhouse and also performed as a member of the Leeds Girls Choir. She began dancing at the age of 9 and went on to train vocationally from the age of 14, via a full scholarship, at the Legat School of Russian Ballet in Tunbridge Wells. She completed her training with a 3 year scholarship at Northern Ballet School. Here she gained 4 Teaching qualifications , History and Anatomy of Dance and the NBS Teaching Diploma. Hiedi was also awarded the NBS choreographic award for 1992. Hiedi has appeared in numerous television programmes, commercials and pop videos, as well as performing professionally. Hiedi has taught dance for the past 27 years extensively throughout the North and is a regular guest teacher at full time colleges and specialist schools. She set up and founded Footsteps in 1992 and has past pupils performing all over the world.


Claire king

Claire began her training at the age of 8 when she attended Cynthia Carrs School of dancing. At 16 Claire went on to study for a further 3 years at Studio La Point College. Since leaving college Claire has danced overseas and gained extensive knowledge and experience of teaching students of all ages and ability. Claire has worked at Footsteps for the pass 23 years and is head ion the junior department. Claire is also founder of the sunders 3's "Dance Tots" programme and developed a unique programme which she delvers to children from the Downs Syndrome Training &support Ltd.



Nigel's first love has always been performing. Having been signed to London based record label The Animal Farm in 2013. Nigel and his band reached chart success by reaching No.5 in Denmark which allowed them to tour Europe and the UK gathering global radio play on their travels. 

Nigel, originally from the West Midlands, moved up North and gained his degree in Popular Music Composition at Leeds College Of Music in 2011. 

Nigel has gained a hugely respectable reputation in the North of England's Theatre World, having performed in various shows including 'Jesus Christ Superstar', 'The Producers', 'Starlight Express' to name a few and was cast as Drew in 'Rock Of Ages' in May 2017. 

Nigel also made his directional debut in 2016 by directing 'Jesus Christ Superstar' in Leeds which gained incredible reviews and standing ovations, followed by 'Phantom Of The Opera: Youth Addition'. Through his love of theatre Nigel has evolved his love for performing to Television and Indie Movies. 

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Chantelle Potts

Our bubbly receptionist and busy mum of 2, Chantelle Potts is our first port of call for questions and enquiries. Chantelle was one of the 1st pupils at Footsteps many moon ago. We are delighted to now have her as a member of staff.,