I began dancing aged just 3, training at Karen Clarke Theatre School until I was 16. I then went on to complete a National Diploma in Dance at college.
Whilst growing up I performed in many productions including Annie, Oliver, The Sound of Music and Beauty and the Beast, in which I was appointed the role of dance captain. I also performed at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and have performed in dance shows in Australia, Spain, Germany and Disneyland Paris. I have completed my DDE teaching qualifications in both Modern and Tap.
I took over ownership of the school in 2019 together with Caroline Morales.
I began dancing at Clandon School of Dance at the age of 2 and have never looked back! Throughout my teenage years I became interested in musical theatre and auditioned for Surrey Youth Theatre where I performed for 4 years before later working backstage and choreographing for the company.
After receiving one of very few full scholarships to dance college I trained full time under professionals from the industry and also began my teaching qualifications. During my time at college I became involved in various professional work including a solo in the televised Leeds City Varieties, and successfully auditioned as a dancer for Leeds city pantomime. Following this, I made my way to Egypt tourist resort Sharm El Sheikh to work as a professional dancer for 18 months before coming home to pursue my teaching career.
Along with Tiffany Chipling, I took joint ownership of the dance school in 2019.
I studied dance in Kent and performed in many shows and pantomimes, and first started teaching in my teens. My parents thought I should have a ‘proper job’, so I trained and worked as an architectural draughtswoman and an archaeologist/ illustrator based at Dover Castle. I returned to teaching ballet when we moved to Surrey and my daughter started classes at the Jeanne Bamforth School. I bought the Knaphill and New Haw schools in 1984.
The original school goes back to the Second World War years when a young ballerina was unable to persue her professional career because of the war and so opened a ballet school. The dance school has pupils who go into the dancing profession but most dance for the fun of it and sense of achievement. It gave me great joy to be part of so many peoples’ lives and to watch them develop into adults, many remaining friends.
Thank you for bringing your children to my school and enriching my life and, I trust, theirs.
The school is now in the capable hands of Tiffany Chipling and Caroline Morales. I have very much enjoyed my years with the school, and all the lovely young people and parent’s I have met. I will continue to have close links, and look forward to seeing the school and all our dancers flourish in the years ahead.