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Our Team

Principal Sally-Ann Hodge

A.R.A.D, L.R.A.D, A.I.S.T.D (Associate National), R.T.S

Sally-Ann trained at the College of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and is a fully qualified and registered teacher of the RAD. She has been teaching for over 30 years and established a Ballet School in Dulwich in 1990.

Following graduation, she was a member of a touring Ballet Company based in Germany for several years, before returning to the UK to both teach in local schools and start her own Ballet School. In 1998 she additionally took over the running of another local Ballet School and the Dulwich Ballet School (DBS) was formed.

Outside of DBS Sally-Ann runs a number of school ballet clubs currently at Oakfield Preparatory School, Duck’s Kindergarten and Infant School and Alleyn’s Junior School. For pupils attending those schools please contact the schools’ office.

Sally-Ann appears as the teacher with the students of Dulwich Ballet School in the successful DVDs “How To Be A Ballet Dancer” and “You Can Be A Ballet Dancer” and more recently she and students appeared in the Studio Canal film "King of Thieves”.

More recently Sally-Ann has started competing in amateur Ballroom and Latin competitions winning the Jive category in 2019.

Liz Limb (Administrator)

Liz works with Dulwich Ballet School in the capacity of Administration Assistant which she manages to fit in alongside her professional career as a statistician with the NHS. She has been associated with DBS for over 15 years having had all her children attend the school.

Liz is a valued member of the team who is pivotal to the smooth running of the school. She ensures that all new and existing clients are kept well informed.

Lucy Abbott

BA(Hons), LRAD, RTS

Lucy began dancing at the age of 6 and has completed vocational exams in ballet, tap and modern with the RAD and ISTD. Lucy was a member of the Suffolk Ballet Scholars and performed ISTD graded ballet for teaching DVDs. She has performed with dancers from The Royal Ballet and English National Ballet in Gary Avis’ gala celebration and has danced principle roles with the Chelmsford Ballet Company.

Lucy continued her dance training at the Royal Academy of Dance graduating in 2019 with a BA (Hons) in Ballet Education and Licenciate of the Royal Academy of Dance. During her time on the course she taught and assisted in RAD ballet classes in London.

Flora Martin

Level 1 & 2(ASA)

Flora began dancing at DBS from the age of 5. She trained in ballet and modern progressing to pointe work and studied up to the grade 8 examination (RAD). She has been a long term dance assistant and teacher at the school. She runs many of the Ballet Clubs at local private schools.

She has performed in several classical ballets produced by DBS and assisted in helping with rehearsing, sorting costumes, make-up etc. She is particularly good with young children who respond well to her firm but fun teaching.

Flora is also a qualified swimming instructor teaching at local schools and specialises in one to one lessons.

Johanna Thorpe

BA(Hons), CBTS, RAD Silver Swans, RTS

Johanna has more than 15 years’ experience in teaching ballet, modern, street jazz and body conditioning.

She started dancing with Sally-Ann Hodge at the age of six at Dulwich Ballet School (then North Dulwich Ballet School). She began assisting the Principal with teaching classes at the age of 14, and through this discovered her love of teaching and a passion for working with children.

Johanna is also a qualified early years education practitioner and has worked in various early years settings from the age of 18, all the while continuing to assist at DBS.

After combining two careers, she decided to focus her career on dance teaching, and trained at the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in 2008, being awarded her registered teacher status in 2010. She then continued her studies with the RAD and gained a BA in Dance Education from the University of Surrey in 2015.

Johanna has danced various classical roles with DBS, appeared in dance videos and and danced in London festivals. She has also taught in London summer schools, and set up the DBS first summer school. Johanna has taught both in various London schools, and also abroad, in Melbourne, Australia. Whilst abroad, Johanna worked alongside other RAD teachers/ examiners delivering the new RAD vocational syllabuses when they were first released.

Johanna has always had a passion for encouraging creativity and confidence in children through the medium of dance, and believes this benefits them in many other areas of their life. Her favourite thing is to see a child discover themselves in the studio and to thrive!


Daisy Smalley-Nicholson

Level 6 Diploma, DDI, DDE

Daisy graduated from The Brit School Of Performing Arts And Technology with three distinction stars in dance, drama and singing. She then went on to graduate from Performers College with a level 6 Trinity College Diploma in Musical Theatre. Daisy achieved her DDI/ DDE qualifications in Modern and Tap alongside her Trinity College Diploma.

Since graduating Daisy has worked as a performer in variety of venues, including Disneyland Paris, children theatre companies and Chaplins Pantomimes. However, Daisy has discovered a passion for teaching dance, drama and musical theatre, whilst working with children in primary schools and dance schools. Many of these have inspired her to make the decision to focus on teaching as a career, in particular:- The Betty Wivell Academy, Diddi Dance, Barracudas Camp, MK Dance and Karen Forbes School of Dance, where Daisy has been able to grow and develop her skills as an effective dance and musical theatre teacher.

Daisy is dedicated to enabling children of all ages to achieve their full potential in Dance and Performing Arts.

Sarah Gornall

ARAD

Sarah grew up in the North-East of England before moving to London to complete her degree in 2017.

She trained in RAD ballet from the age of 3 and completed all grades. She was a Yorkshire Ballet associate before going on to graduate from London Studio Centre with a first class BA (hons) in Theatre Dance in 2020. Since then she has worked as a freelance dance artist specialising in contemporary dance and Latin American/ ballroom dancing.

She began assisting classes from the young age of 13 and progressed to teaching, gaining strong experience in coaching RAD ballet, latin and ballroom (IDTA), contemporary, jazz and musical theatre for children and adults of varying ability. Sarah aims to create fun and focused classes, allowing children to grow as individuals in a creative environment.

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