Teaching Faculty

Teaching Faculty

Miss Sammy (Principal) – ISTDdip, NATD, BA(hons)

Teaches: ISTD: Ballet, Modern & Tap – NATD: Ballet & 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. 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 for quality training and dance inclusivity. As a result she is continually engaging in as much training as she can to support our young dancers. Sammy had completed her full ISTD initial teaching qualifications in Ballet, Modern and Tap by July 2021, and is now training for her licentiate qualifications with the Society. She also holds her Associate Diploma in Contemporary Dance with the NATD, gained in May 2022. Alongside this, Sammy has also completed the Level 1 Inspire Programme with the Royal Ballet School in July 2021.

 

Miss Olivia – BA(hons)

Teaches: DANG Musical Theatre & Street

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. Olivia is now working toward her level 4 Diploma in Dance Education for Tap with the ISTD, and is the registered teacher of the DANG syllabi for Musical Theatre and Street Dance here at SSD. We are delighted to have Olivia as a member of our teaching faculty

 

Miss Bryony – NATD, IDTA

Teaches: NATD Gymnastic Dance

Miss Bryony joined us in April 2023 as a qualified teaching member of the NATD, and a wealth of knowledge in a range of Genres.

Bryony began training locally in Southampton at the age of 4 and went on to train professionally with Rhythmic South before completing her Degree and Masters at Bath Spa University. On completion of these she became a magicians assistant, performed on Britain’s Got Talent and Worked on a German TV Commercial. She has been teaching Dance and Gymnastics since 2015. Bryony is currently working toward her Associate Diplomas in Tap and Modern with the NATD, having completed the same qualifications in Ballet, Contemporary and Gymnastic Dance.

We are delighted to have Bryony as a member of our Teaching Faculty.

 

Miss Danielle (LSA)

Miss Danielle is our Learning Support Assistant. She joined SSD in May 2022. She assists a number of students with support needs both in their classes and on stage, allowing SSD to be a fully inclusive dance establishment.

Danielle has a background in dance from her training in Classical Ballet at the Lesley Angove School of Dancing in South Africa. She paused her dancing to pursuing her career as a Primary School Teacher and her move to the UK. We are delighted to have Danielle onboard, enabling us to offer fully inclusive dance to all young people across the city.

 

Miss Sam – Admin and Safeguarding Lead 

Miss Sam joined SSD as our admin assistant in January 2019, but had been a supportive parent since 2016.

Sam helps with the everyday running of the dance school and supports our staff and students at events, competitions and performances as a head chaperone. You will often spot her at the studios with her 3 children who all dance here at SSD. Sam also has a background in supporting students with SEN and has a personal connection to those with Autism and ADHD. Sam has taken a number of SEN training courses to support our inclusive school.

Sam is an Asset to our establishment and a key player in supporting our students.

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