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 From the age of 18 months through to Adults of any level, Susan Handy Dance offers the opportunity to engage in classes ranging from Ballet, Modern Jazz, Contemporary, Creative Dance, Body Conditioning, GCSE Dance & Tap to ADULT CLASSES offered for all levels in Ballet, Ballet Stretch, Contemporary Dance and Adult Beginners & Intermediate Tap.

Our highly qualified teachers share their passion and love of dance, inspiring and nurturing the students whether they wish to pursue a career as a dancer or they simply just love to dance.

As well as dancing for pleasure and fitness, the students are encouraged to participate in examinations, competitions, workshops and summer schools.

Students take part in many local and national events including West End Shows, annual village Fetes, Windsor & Eton Opera productions, Eton College theatre productions, Windsor Castle Royal Tattoo,The Royal Tournament, The Royal Horticultural Show at Wisley, the Christmas Lights at Windsor and in Eton and The Lord Mayors Show in the City of London.

Every other year Susan Handy Dance produces a full scale theatre production at Eton College’s Farrer Theatre where the students have the chance to perform on stage and experience a professional theatrical environment.

In 2017 Sue created the Susan Handy Dance Company; an outreach group that performs at local charity events, hospitals and care homes. The company train and rehearse every week in order for the school to give something back to the community.

Past students of the school include members of the Royal family, children of Hollywood actors and music celebrities. Many of our students perform in West End Shows, gain places to train at vocational dance and theatre schools and go on to pursue theatrical careers. Other students pursue all sorts of different lives away from dance but so many come back to see us bringing their own young children to learn the joy of dancing that the Susan Handy Dance school has given them.

 

 

 

T E A C H E R S
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S U S A N   H A N D Y

PRINCIPAL

FELLOW & SENIOR EXAMINER of the I.S.T.D
ENRICO CECCHETTI DIPLOMA
D.D.E Classical Ballet

 

Sue Handy trained with Betty Vacani, Nesta Brooking and The Royal Ballet School.

Sue danced in the BBC television series 'Steps into Ballet' with Dame Peggy van Praagh from which Sir Kenneth MacMillan cast her in the role of ‘The Child’ in his first ballet for television ‘Punch and the Child’.  At 17, Sue danced in the recently remastered BBC film of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ with Dame Margot Fonteyn. She did a season with the Old Vic Theatre Company under Sir Peter Wright and went on to join Walter Gore’s London Ballet Company where she graduated to the rank of soloist, dancing many roles including ‘Queen of the Spirits’ in Giselle and 'Snow Queen’ in the Nutcracker amongst many others.

 

 

 

 

                          

Moving to Berkshire to start a family, Sue was appointed the first Director of Movement at Eton College, teaching Creative Movement as well as choreographing many of the Eton College theatre productions. It was here in 1974 where Sue was asked to start a ballet class for the children of the Masters at Eton. The first class of six took place in the dining room at one of the boys’ boarding houses. Susan Handy Dance now has over six hundred pupils with schools across Berkshire, Surrey, Middlesex and London as well as providing Dance Club for primary and secondary schools, nurseries and Health Clubs.

Working extensively with the Cecchetti Classical Ballet Society and as Chairman of the Cecchetti Group for ten years, Sue set up the Cecchetti Associates Scheme and the Barbara Geoghegan Award; a competition at Sadlers Wells for students studying dance at vocational schools. Sue has choreographed ballets for Sadler’s Wells and The London Ballet Company during her career as a dancer, and over the years for the Cecchetti Annual Congress, Eton College theatre productions, Windsor & Eton Opera and Park Opera at South Hill Park.

Sue is an adjudicator for dance and choreographic competitions and trains teachers for their Cecchetti Classical Ballet Teaching Qualifications at the Linda Sweetzer Teacher Training College.

 


 H E L E N    I M I S O N  

BA(Hons) Performing Arts

HEAD OF MODERN, TAP & GCSE DANCE


LICENTIATE of the I.S.T.D
R.A.D D.D.T.S Classical Ballet
Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies
D.D.E Modern Theatre Dance

 

Helen Imison gained her Performing Arts degree from London Metropolitan University. At the Kingston Teacher Training College she gained her Foundation in Dance Instruction, at the Linda Sweetzer Teacher Training College her Diploma in Dance Education and she has recently been awarded her Licentiate in Modern Theatre Dance. Helen joined the school in 2013 and now heads the Modern Theatre Dance and GCSE Dance department across the school. Choreography is Helen’s forte and she creates works for many dance productions for Susan Handy Dance plus for drama companies and Performing Arts festivals. Helen trains and choreographs for the Susan Handy Dance Company.

 


 

 

 

 P I E D A D    A L B A R R A C I N    S E I Q U E R

CLASSICAL BALLET, CONTEMPORARY DANCE

Piedad is a professional dance teacher, performer and choreographer. She trained in both ballet and contemporary techniques at Murcia's Conservatorio Profesional de Danza y Arte Dramático in Spain. The focus of her teaching practice is upon fundamental highly energetic floor work exercises, encouraging the exploration of an individual sense of efficiency, weighted momentum and anatomical articulation. Professional engagements include working with Saorin en Danza, Abundance, SQxdanza, Jesus Robisco, Gerrard Marin's GMD, Watkinsdance, Estela Merlos, New Movement Collective, Gobbledegook, Protein and Hand Made Dance and working on collaborations with many artists such as Mbulelo Ndabeni, Kira Zhi, Sophie Walker, Francesca Banchelli and award winning video artist Ashley Panton and Stephen Ofori. Piedad has toured her own work across Spain, Brussels, Holland, Mexico and the UK.

 

 

 

 

T A N J A    K O S C H O R R E K 

CLASSICAL BALLET


D.D.E  Classical ballet
 

Tanja started her training at 5 years old with Jennifer Klipfel School of Ballet in Cape Town, South Africa. She gained honours for all her grade exams up to Advanced 2 level and was entered into the grade 5 Mabel Ryan Award and the Cyril Beaumont Awards in South Africa coming first in the Major awards at Intermediate level. She gained her Associate teacher qualification as well as her Teacher qualification up to Associate Diploma level which is equivalent to our Diploma in Dance Education.
Having taught for Jennifer Klipfel School of ballet from 2013 to 2016, she moved to the UK in 2017 and now teaches in London as well as for Susan Handy Dance. Tanyja trains and choreographs for the Susan Handy Dance Company.

 

 

 

 

 

N A T H A L I E   D O D D

BA (Hons) Performing Arts

CREATIVE DANCE, MODERN

Natalie trained at the Susan Robinson’s School of Ballet and the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance graduating with a First Class BA Honours Degree.
In 2016, she completed a Postgraduate Diploma with the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and used this to gain a Masters Degree, achieving a Distinction in both qualifications.
Natalie has performed in works by Kerry Nicholls, Mark Baldwin and Kenneth MacMillan. She has danced with the English National Opera, The Royal Shakespeare Company, for the BBC Proms at The Royal Albert Hall and with artists such as Alexandra Green Dance and Douglas Thorpe. Natalie joined the Mark Bruce Company in 2015 and toured with their production of ‘The Odyssey.’    Alongside performing, Natalie has taught at the London Studio Centre, Exeter College, The Place, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Rambert School children’s classes. She has taught extensively in the Surrey area specialising in Contemporary Dance and Ballet, as well as teaching Tap and Jazz.  Natalie assists with classes for the charity ‘Dance for Parkinson’s' in London.

 

 

 

 

 

R A C H A E L   D A V I S - T A Y L O R

BSc (Hons) Health Studies

 
TAP
D.D.E TAP 

Rachael trained at The Runnymede School of Dancing from the age of 5, studying I.S.T.D Tap, Ballet and Jazz. She gained her Associate status in Tap dance in 2004 passing with Honours. She has since passed her Diploma in Dance Instruction (DDI) and Diploma in Dance Education (DDE).
Rachael has performed in many shows and still enjoys performing with local drama groups.
Rachael gained a BSc (Hons) in Health Studies from Brunel University in 2006 and enjoys teaching tap to all ages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

J E N N I F E R    B R I S T O W 

CLASSICAL BALLET, MODERN JAZZ & TAP

D.D.E   Classical Ballet & Modern Dance
 

Jenni started danced with Susan Handy Dance from the age of 3 studying Classical Ballet, Modern, Tap and Contemporary dance. At 16, Jenni then gained her first professional job performing in the educational film 'Train to gain.' At 17 she went on to train at the Northern Ballet School, completing the three year course in National Diploma in Professional Dance and her Diploma in Dance Instruction (DDI) Classical Ballet. At the Northern Ballet School, she performed in many productions including with their jazz company, 'JAZZGALORE.' After graduating, Jenni went to work with MSC Cruises as a dancer performing in two West End style shows.  Jenni then went on to finish her teaching qualifications in Cecchetti Classical Ballet, and Modern Theatre at the Linda Sweetzer Teacher Training college. She also teaches Tap, Contemporary, Jazz and Street Dance. Jenni has taken a break from performing to pursue her teaching career and teaches at numerous dance schools, as well as being a busy mum to her daughter Esmée.

 

 

 

  


S A R A H   D U   F E U BA

BA (Hons) Performing Arts

CLASSICAL BALLET at The Hurlingham Club, London

HEAD OF OUR WOKING SCHOOL 'DU FEU DANCE' 

D.D.E Classical Ballet

 

A pupil from the age of 3 at the Susan Handy School of Dance, Sarah gained Honours in all her ballet exams up to and including Advanced One. Progressing through the Cecchetti Junior and Senior Associates, she became a Cecchetti Scholar. During this time she won the Junior and Senior Scholars' Cups and also won the Middle and Senior Mabel Ryan Awards. Sarah was awarded the I.S.T.D Millennium Cup for Cecchetti Classical ballet in 2001, and in the same year was accepted as a Senior Associate at the Royal Ballet School. At age 16, Sarah won a scholarship to the English National Ballet School, where she completed the two-year professional dance course. On graduating from ENB, she went to the Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance, where she gained her BA (Hons) degree in Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Sarah performed professionally with the English National Ballet Company including Derek Deane's production of Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall.  In 2009 Sarah moved to Paris to dance as a Showgirl. On her return, Sarah performed in various films including 'The Young Victoria' with Emily Blunt and 'Bel Ami' with Robert Pattinson as well as appearing in a number of television commercials.

Embarking on a teaching career, Sarah gained her I.S.T.D Diploma in Dance Instruction (D.D.I) in Cecchetti Classical Ballet and is proud to have passed with 100% her DIploma in Dance Education (D.D.E).
 

 

 

 

 

L E V I   K N O C K

CLASSICAL BALLET & ACROBATIC ARTS

HEAD OF OUR ICKENHAM SCHOOL 'THE ICKENHAM SCHOOL OF DANCE'

(For Ickenham: CLASSICAL BALLET, MODERN JAZZ, TAP, MUSICAL THEATRE & ACROBATIC ARTS)

D.D.I Modern Dance and Classical Ballet

Levi began her training at Arden Holford School of Ballet where she was accepted as an associate of London Junior Ballet and London Senior Ballet. She was awarded scholarships for Arts Educational School Tring Park and Laine Theatre Arts. Whilst still in training Levi performed with National Youth Ballet for a number of years, English Youth Ballet and Surrey Youth Ballet where she was awarded a talent scholarship and came second in the choreography competition. After training at Arts Educational School Levi gained a place at Laine Theatre Arts where she was elevated straight to the third year of the Musical Theatre course. Levi has performed extensively in London's West End including the Royal Albert Hall, Sadler's Wells, Her Majesties Theatre and the Theatre Royal Drury Lane amongst many others. Her love is teaching dance.  Levi has choreographed many dance pieces including for productions of Annie and Alice in Wonderland for South Hill Park Theatre, Bracknell as well as productions at the Camberley Theatre in Surrey. Levi continues her teacher training in Modern Dance and Ballet at the Linda Sweet Teacher Training College.

 

 

 

J A N E  L I D G A T E 

SENIOR ADMINISTRATOR & HEAD OF FINANCE

office@susanhandydance.co.uk / 07515 270 432
 

Jane Lidgate is the Senior Administrator and Head of Finance at Susan Handy Dance. Jane previously worked for Black & Decker as Marketing Manager and has also held positions in PR and conference organisation. Jane joined the school after the birth of her daughter Holly who trained with Susan Handy Dance from the age of 2½ and is now in her first year at the London Studio Centre vocational school studying on the three year BA (Hons) course in Musical Theatre and Dance.  

 

 

 

 

 

L I Z  P E N N E S S

ADMINISTRATOR 

admin@susanhandydance.co.uk / 07592 874958

 

Liz Penness is the school administrator for Susan Handy Dance mainly looking after the Woking school, 'Du Feu Dance' but Liz also covers many other aspects at the school.   Liz brings a wealth of experience with her having worked for British Forces Television for a number of years.

 

 

 

L A U R A  P I G O

HEAD OF WARDROBE
 

From initial design, fabric and haberdashery purchase, costume mock up, measuring, fittings, sewing and finishing, Mrs Pigo and her team create the beautiful costumes that make the students look and feel like professional dancers in all our shows and events

 

 

 

 

J E A N E T T E  S A U N D E R S

HEAD OF UNIFORM SHOP

uniform@susanhandydance.co.uk

 

Mrs Saunders orders and manages the uniform and the uniform shop for SusanHandyDance.  Pop over to the ETON Studio on a MONDAY between 18:15 & 19:15 where Mrs Saunders will be available to help with all uniform requirements.  Alternatively you can visit our DANCE SHOP on this website

 

 

  

 P I A N I S T S

Susan Handy Dance employs classically trained pianists who provide live piano accompaniment for the ballet classes at the school.  Live music in class offers enormous benefits for both the students and teachers and we are very lucky to have them play for our classes.

 

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Email: office@susanhandydance.co.uk
Mob: 07515 270432
 Tel:   01753 542672
 

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Susan Handy Dance
20 Eton Road
Datchet
Berkshire
SL3 9AY

 

 

 

 

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