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Debbie Palmer - Principal

Debbie holds an advanced diploma from the British Theatre Dance Association, and has 34 years teaching experience. Debbie’s students have performed at the Palladium, Theatre Royal, Royal Albert Hall, Sadler’s Wells, Her Majesty’s Theatre, and Birmingham Indoor Arena.


Charlotte Player - Dance Teacher

Charlotte has been dancing and performing with The Dance Academy and The Lynden School of Dance for 16 years. She has extensive knowledge of the BTDA syllabus and performance skills and has a BTEC national award in performing arts.  She currently holds a student teacher qualification with BTDA and is working towards her full teaching diploma.

All teachers are CRB checked and hold a current first aid certificate.

Ellie Gavin - Dance Teacher

Ellie holds a First Class BPA (HONS) Degree in Contemporary Dance from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds. She is trained in Graham, Cunningham, classical ballet, release, contact and partnering techniques.  She spent two years at the Centre for Advanced Training at the Youth Dance Academy in Swindon.

Ellie has delivered dance training at Theale Green School and Gillotts School in Henley and has a flair for choreography having participated in four full professional productions.

Sophie Holt - Dance Teacher

Sophie grew up in Basingstoke and began dancing and acting at a young age. She joined Hampshire Youth Dance Company at the age of 14, at which point she began exploring Contemporary dance. In her gap year before university, Sophie danced for the U.Dance Ensemble under the artistic direction of Hofesh Shechter. She continued her training at the University of Chichester, where she has graduated with a 1st class BA (Hons) Dance. Sophie has worked with several choreographers including Detta Howe, Stuart Waters and Ceyda Tanc. Sophie has taught at schools and at a performing arts camp in New York.

Sophie is taking a Masters Degree in Dance in London and hence has necessarily reduced her teaching commitments to us.