Teaching Faculty

Teaching Faculty

Miss Sammy (Principle)- I.S.T.Ddip, BA(hons)

Teaches: ISTD Ballet, Modern, Tap (Pointework) – NATD Contemporary – Jazz – 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. 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 in 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. She is due to complete her Associate Diploma in Contemporary Dance with the NATD (National Association of Teachers of Dance) also in 2021

Alongside this, 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.


Miss Olivia

Teaches: ISTD Tap & Modern

Miss Olivia 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 productions with South Coast Ballet, and worked as a dancer in a number of professional pantomimes. Miss Olivia is now working toward her level 4 diploma (D.D.E) to become a fully qualified teacher in Ballet, Modern and Tap with the ISTD

At SSD Miss Olivia teaches classes in Modern and Tap.


Miss Nikita

Teaches: UDO Street Dance


Miss Milly – Assistant Teacher

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 – Admin Manager & Safeguarding Lead

Miss Sam is our admin manager, costume assistant 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.


SSD Student Ambassadors

Stephanie – Student Assistant

Age: 11

Studies: Ballet, Modern, Tap and Street

What Steph loves about dance: 


Grace – Student Assistant

Age: 10

Studies: Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Performers

What Grace loves about dance:



Age: 8

Studies: Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Performers 

Additional: Mia attends the Ballet Boost Associate Programme in London

What Mia loves about dance:

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