Teaching Faculty

Teaching Faculty

Miss Sammy (Principal) – I.S.T.Ddip, BA(hons)

Teaches: ISTD: Ballet, Modern & Tap – NATD: Contemporary. Plus Jazz & PBT: Ballet Conditioning

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. In 2012, whilst working as a teaching assistant in the school she was training with, Sammy successfully auditioned for an entertainment position at Sand Bay Leisure Park, in Western Super-Mare, and upon her return in November 2012, 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 in Ballet in July 2021. She has now begun training for her ISTD licentiate alongside her Associate Diploma in Contemporary Dance with the NATD.

Alongside this, Miss Sammy is also studying for her Level 1 certification of the Australian PBT qualification (Progressing Ballet Technique) and Level 2 Inspire Programme with the Royal Ballet School in London, after completing the level 1 in July 2021.


Miss Olivia

Teaches: ISTD Tap & Modern

Miss Olivia joined SSD in September 2021, she trained at the University of Chichester, graduating with a BA(Hons) in Musical Theatre Performance. She began her early training in Dorset aged 3, studying Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre Dance and Tap through the RAD and ISTD.

She has appeared in numerous productions with South Coast Ballet, and worked as a professional dancer in a number of pantomimes up and down the country.

Miss Olivia is now working toward her level 4 diploma in Dance (D.D.E) to become a fully qualified teacher in Ballet and Tap with the ISTD. 


Miss  Sophie

Teaches: Street Dance

Miss Sophie joined SSD in March 2022. She began dancing locally in Southampton, and a 18 began professional training at Stella Mann Theatre College in Bushey, graduating in July 2021.


Miss Milly

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. Miss Milly began assisting at SSD in 2016, alongside her work in a primary school.

Miss 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’. Miss Milly assists with so much more than just classes including exams, festivals and chaperoning our school trips. She is an asset to our school.


Miss Sam 

Miss Sam is our admin manager and safeguarding lead. Miss Sam helps with the everyday running of the dance school and supports our students at events, competitions and performances. She is an asset to our school.

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