Sammy's School of Dance
Welcome to SSD, your dance school for the future. Your opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills, explore your inner passion for creativity and achieve your potential. We believe that dance is about far more than putting steps to music. We strive to nurture our students in the art form of dance, to give them the tools to perform, teach and believe in themselves, and to do this we do more than just teach.
SSD offer our students many opportunities both within, and outside the studio to better their knowledge and understanding of the wider dance arts community, including trips to Live Theatre, Dance Events, Training Programs, Workshops, Masterclasses and of course taking part in Performances of all sizes.
Our dedicated staff have an inner passion for Dance and Theatre and always put our students at the heart of their planning and delivery of classes, with intense technical training, fun games and creative tasks to assist with the learning processes of all our students.
SSD are proud of the vital work we do to build our students development.
Meet Our Teachers
Miss Sammy - I.S.T.Ddip, BA(hons)
Miss Sammy started dancing locally in Southampton at the age of 5, and trained in Classical Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary. In 2009 she graduated from the University of Winchester with a Degree in Dance and Education Studies. Whilst working as a teaching assistant in the school she was training with. In 2012 Sammy successfully auditioned for an entertainment position at Sand Bay Leisure Park, and upon her return, inn November 2012, Sammy started classes in Woolston, and grew the establishment into the school you see today.
Miss Sammy strives to be one of the best, and as a result is engaging in as much training as she can to support our young dancers. Miss Sammy completed her full ISTD (Imperial Society Teachers of Dance) DDE in Modern and Tap in December 2020, and is set to complete Ballet in 2021, before moving onto her additional licentiate and examiner training.
Miss Sammy is also studying for her Level 1 certification of the Australian PBT qualification (Progressing Ballet Technique) and studies on the level 1 Inspire Programme with the Royal Ballet School, in London. From January 2021 Miss Sammy will also embark on her new Contemporary Dance Associate Teaching qualification with the NATD (National Association Teachers of Dance).
Our Assistant Miss Milly started dancing locally at the age of 3, training in Classical Ballet, Modern and Tap Dance. She currently holds all ISTD graded examinations across the 3 genres and a GCSE in Dance. Milly began assisting at SSD in 2016, alongside her work in a primary school.
Milly loves working with our students ‘I love that we are all like one big family, and always support each other in whatever opportunity we get’. Milly assists with so much more than classes including exams, festivals and chaperoning our school trips. She is an asset to our team, we really couldn’t survive without her.
Miss Rachel - Patron
Miss Rachel trained as a professional ballet dancer at the Royal Ballet School and English National Ballet School. She now coaches students intensively across the UK and collaborates with schools, helping dancers to achieve their dreams of having a career in dance. Miss Rachel also has a counselling qualification that she uses solely to support dancers within the arts. Miss Rachel runs Ballet masterclasses at SSD, and supports Miss Sammy with her continued training.
We would like to thank Miss Rachel for her continued support to our school.
Miss Sam is our admin and costume assistant. Miss Sam helps with everyday running of the dance school and supports our students at events, competitions and performances.