Mrs Patching started dancing at the age of three and trained at The Hammond School, Cheshire and The Ballet Rambert School, London. She danced with Northern Ballet Theatre in Manchester in both the corps de ballet and as a soloist.
Mrs Patching has trained with renowned teachers including Svetlana Beriosova, Sara Neil, Walter Trevor, Dame Alicia Markova, Dame Beryl Grey, Barbara Fewster, Julia Farron, Brenda Last, Christopher Gable, Lynn Seymour, Alfreda Thorogood, Nanette Glushak and Frank Freeman.
Mrs Patching has also worked with leading choreographers in both classical and west end productions including Gillian Lynne, William Forsythe, Anthony Van Laast, Arlene Phillips, Gary Lloyd, Massimo Moricone and Jean-Christophe Maillot.
In 2011 and 2012 Mrs Patching was awarded the prestigious Dancing Times Cup from the Imperial Ballet Faculty at the Senior Imperial Ballet Awards.
Ms Swain was trained by Wendy Headford and Patricia Prime as a young dancer and continued her full time training at Laine Theatre Arts where she graduated with three associate teaching qualifications and her advanced Royal Academy of Dance qualification.
Her theatre credits include Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Stop The World I Want To Get Off, Godspell and seven years with the Italian Opera Ballet Company. She is also one of the classical coaching team for the ‘Billy’ boys in the West End musical Billy Elliot.
Ms Swain has run a successful ballet school with her sister Louise and alongside this taught at Masters Performing Arts College in Essex for 18 years. She is a Major ISTD Ballet Examiner and has been invited to conduct the Stella Mann Bursary Class and the Baines Hewitt Bursary. She has choreographed variations for the ISTD Ballets Awards Grade and vocational examinations and had numerous students invited to demonstrate in ISTD videos, congresses and demonstrations.
L.I.S.T.D (Licentiate of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance)
F.I.S.T.D (Fellow of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance)
A.R.A.D (Associate member of the Royal Academy of Dance )