Fashion and Beauty: Birkby showgirl who is opening a dance school

SHE’S still only 19 but Katy Bradbury has already organised a heat of the Miss England competition, manages a showgirl dance troupe and is about to open her own dancing school.

Sisters Katy (left) and Olivia Bradbury of Birkby

SHE’S still only 19 but Katy Bradbury has already organised a heat of the Miss England competition, manages a showgirl dance troupe and is about to open her own dancing school.

And in her spare time she’s launching a lingerie business with her best friend, Jade Buckley.

There’s no doubt that this is a young woman with ambitions.

Katy was just 18 when she bought the rights to stage the Miss Bradford heat of the Miss England competition and set about tackling the daunting task. She had decided to go into events management after helping a friend to organise the Miss Hull competition.

“My friend told me I’d need a year to get everything together,” she said. “But I had to do it in six months.

“It was the last heat to run and took place on May 20th as the Miss England final was in June. I will be applying to run it again next year.”

She paid £2,000 for the rights to stage the event and then found sponsors from among local businesses. There were 40 applications from hopeful girls, with 18 appearing on the night in front of a crowd of 300 people.

Katy, who lives in Birkby, is a former Huddersfield Grammar School pupil and attended the Centre Pointe educational dance college in Manchester between the ages of 16 and 18. She has been dancing since the age of three and is a past pupil of the Audrey Spencer dancing school in Huddersfield.

It was her aim to have a stage career but during her time at college she spent a summer season performing a dance set in holiday centres and changed her mind.

“I enjoyed performing but decided that it wasn’t really for me and what I wanted to do was teach,” she explained. “I’d got the qualifications I needed while I was at college.”

Katy, a former Yorkshire ballet champion, is now setting up the KT Dance Academy at Lindley Methodist Church with classes in ballet, tap and modern for everyone from tiny tots to adults. Teaching children will bring back happy memories of her own childhood.

“I used to do lots of dance competitions at weekends and enjoyed getting dressed up with my friends and travelling around,” she explained.

Although Katy wants to focus on teaching, she still performs occasionally as a member of the KT Dancers, a troupe she founded with friends she met at the Audrey Spencer dancing school.

The eight members of the group include Katy’s sister Olivia, 17.

“We have been asked to dance at Christmas parties, school balls and corporate events,” said Katy. “We’ve got lots of costumes and have been asked to do burlesque and even Bollywood dancing.”

It’s her interest in costumes and fashion that prompted her other recent business idea, an on-line Frills Lingerie Boutique.

And, of course, the KT Dancers will be performing a burlesque routine at the launch party next month.

 

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