Willpower Theatre and Dance Academy 

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Willpower Theatre and Dance Academy is brand new to Chorley, opening in November 2016!!

We have been running classes in Wigan for over 25 years, but now we are branching out and bringing our expertise and experience to Chorley!

W.T.D.A Principal Teacher


Kate Hitchmough (BA, PGCE)

A bit about Kate (a short snipet)

Kate attended local dance schools ‘Buckley School of Dance’ and ‘Tina’s Dance Studio’ from an early age, and also attended Willpower Youth Theatre as a student, until going onto full time dance training at Bretton Hall College where she gained a Dance degree with Honours. She then went on to work professionally as a Dancer and Actor for many years.  As an actor she perfomed many roles in television including parts in 'Coronation Street' and 'Hollyoaks', as well as perfoming in theatre roles incuding Jane Bennett in 'Pride and Prejudice' and Gwendolen Fairfax in 'The Importance of Being Earnest. As a dancer she perfomed with Contemporary Dance Company ‘Motionhouse’ touring venues in the Northwest and in the World Premiere of 'Amadis De Gaulle' . She also performed as a Dancer/Singer in the pantomimes ‘Dick Whittington’ and ‘Aladdin’ at the Palace Theatre, Manchester. She then moved to Hong Kong for 18 months to teach at Kids Gallery Creative Arts, a prestigious full-time arts school. Whilst in Hong Kong she also performed with ‘Ones to Watch’ Hip Hop Dance Company, where she worked with choreographer Tony Stone (choreographer and dancer to Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and J. Lo).

As a teacher she has worked for Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, Stagecoach, Footlights, Education Group, Trap Media and was a part time Performing Arts Lecturer at Leigh Sixth Form for 2 years. She has also worked in a number of schools all over the northwest delivering dance workshops and after-school clubs for many years... and continues to do so.


Kate has been a teacher for Willpower Youth  Theatre for almost 15 years, teaching Drama and L.A.M.D.A  and choreographing their annual shows.


 She set up 'URBAN FUNK STREET DANCE'  back in 2003 (when it was named Kate’s Street Dance) and at that time it was the only place to go to learn Street Dance, which was back then a relatively new and emerging form of dance.


Through her work with Willpower and running Urban  Funk Dance, Kate decided it was time to branch out and bring Willpower to Chorley!