"We have worked with Josh for 18 months now. He is a super, versatile teacher and works with all our children and young people regularly across the year, from nursery and reception aged children to the 6th form. Our students love working with him, he is full of ideas they love to try, and brings wonderful music too.
A highlight of our Arts Week last year was when he did two sessions each with our three primary aged classes, then put all the pieces together to make a superb 15 minute dance performanceon the last day.
We wouldn't be without Josh, he lights up our week!"
– Joyce Fletcher, Headteacher (Sandgate School)
"Our school has recently had a fantastic contemporary dance workshop with Hawk Dance Theatre. Josh worked with my enthusiastic and energetic year 7 and they lapped it up! He challenged them physically and made them really concentrate to learn a challenging final routine. They were fully engaged and looked after by Josh for an hour and a half. The students gained much from the class as well as seeing a really positive role model for boys in dance. I wish Josh good luck in developing his work and would encourage teachers to invite him in to schools. He knows his material and demonstrates and teaches with good expertise and confidence.”
– Gillian Sharp, Headteacher (John Ruskin School)
"Our school's experience of working with Hawk Dance has been fantastic. Josh has been consistently professionsal in all of his dealings with us; punctual, flexible and well prepared. His lessons and after school club have been a joy to see - the children have been engaged throughout and have great progress, in their physical abilities, in their attitude to dance and in their creative skills. I look forward to seeing our children continue to blossom under Josh's excellent guidance."
– Eric Pye, Co-ordinator at Castle Park School
"My students get so excited when they know that Josh is going to be teaching them! The sessions are fun, creative and really help to develop their technique. All of this is delivered in a relaxed, kind and professional manner. I think it is so important for students to engage with dancers working in the current dance scene. When the students watch Hawk Dance Theatre they are truly inspired and can't believe that they get to be trained by such an amazing talent."
– Emma Kinlock, Teacher of Dance at The Queen Katherine School, Kendal
"Josh’s vibrant personality engages the children and motivates both boys and girls to explore and combine movement to develop their own creativity through dance. Children love their dance lessons with Josh! They are engaged and always have a lot of fun. Highly recommended for young dancers."
"Josh Hawkins is a brilliant dance teacher. His enthusiasm seems limitless.
My class always look forward to his sessions and their creative dance skills have developed really well over the period of time he's worked with them. I recommend him unreservedly if you're looking for a bit of dance inspiration."
"The children have been captivated, motivated and inspired to dance by Josh. His enthusiasm and joy is infectious, he is a gifted communicator, for creative dance as a means of expression."
– St Oswalds PS.