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. We have pupils who go into the dancing profession but most dance for the fun of it and sense of achievement. It gives me great joy to be part of so many peoples’ lives and to watch them develop into womanhood, many remaining friends.
Thank you for bringing your children to my school and enriching my life and, I trust, theirs.
Tiffany began dancing aged just 3. She trained at Karen Clarke Theatre School until she was 16 and then went on to complete a National Diploma in Dance at college.
Whilst growing up she performed in many productions including Annie, Oliver, The Sound of Music and Beauty and the Beast, in which she was appointed the role of dance captain. Tiffany also performed at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and has performed in dance shows in Australia, Spain, Germany and Disneyland Paris. She has recently completed her DDE teaching qualifications in both Modern and Tap.
Tiffany is excited to work with the students and teachers and looks forward to her future at the school.
Caroline began dancing at Clandon School of Dance at the age of 2 and has never looked back! Throughout her teenage years she became interested in musical theatre and auditioned for Surrey Youth Theatre where she performed for 4 years before later working backstage and choreographing for the company.
After receiving one of very few full scholarships to dance college she trained full time under professionals from the industry and also began her teaching qualifications. During her time at college Caroline 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 Caroline made her way to Egypt tourist resort Sharm El Sheikh to work as a professional dancer for 18 months before coming home to pursue her teaching career.
Caroline currently teaches at Jenny Reeds where she loves to share her passion for all things dancing!