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Our Team

Sally-Ann Hodge (Principal)

ARAD, LRAD, AISTD(National), RTS

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.

Maxine Hamilton

BA, DipHE, RTS(RAD), DDE(ISTD)

Maxine pursued a career in dance by attending Ballet West, Scotland, achieving a BA Classical Ballet Dance Performance with distinction. Following her passion for teaching, she went on to complete a Diploma of Higher Education in Dance Education from the Royal Academy of Dance in 2010, gaining her Registered Teacher status, and her DDE ISTD Modern. Maxine was lucky enough to dance professionally around the UK but her love of teaching kept calling her back!

Maxine has taught for schools in Aberdeen, London and Melbourne (Australia) and has experience teaching RAD Ballet, ISTD Modern, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Adult Fitness. Maxine has also loved working on a variety of projects including short courses with YDance and Scottish Youth Theatre as Movement Director, choreographing for professional events in London, delivering Educational Movement Workshops for AusDance in Melbourne and was appointed Director of Community Dance for Tempered Body Dance Theatre, which took her on a UK tour preparing students to be in a professional dance performance. Maxine could not chose a favourite dance style but working on choreography across all genres is what she loves. Any excuse to get creative.

Teddy van der Ham

BA(Hons), MSc Dance Science, LRAD, DDE(ISTD)

Originally from the Netherlands, the main focus of Teddy’s training was on ballet. Although she had been teaching different dance styles for numerous years, she moved to London in 2012 to study fulltime at the headquarters of the Royal Academy of Dance. After three years, she graduated from the BA(Hons) Ballet Education course and the Licentiate Programme (LRAD). Alongside and during the following few years, she also gained full ISTD teaching qualifications in Tap, Modern Theatre and Imperial Ballet.

Teddy, always eager to expand her knowledge, went to Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance to complete an MSc in Dance Science in 2017-18. Some former Dulwich Ballet School students came to the lab to participate in her final research project, looking at muscle activity in Tap Technique. Teddy has always been fascinated with exploring how the body works whilst dancing.

In September 2017 Teddy joined Dulwich Ballet School to cover maternity leave and was asked to stay with DBS as part of the team teaching ISTD Modern Theatre and Tap, which she loves because she gets to work with the students on big and broad movements, as well as intricate footwork making lots of beats to create rhythms.

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.

Sarah Simpson

MA, DDE(ISTD), RTS

After studying for a Masters in Engineering at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen and working in the Oil Industry for a few years Sarah decided to pursue her passion for dance.

Training at Dance College Whitstable, Kent, she completed her ISTD Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) in Imperial Classical Ballet, Tap and Modern Theatre. She has also achieved the following vocational exams; ISTD Advanced 2 Tap, Advanced 1 Modern Theatre and Advanced 1 Imperial Classical Ballet, and continues to work towards her Advanced 2 in Ballet and Modern. Whilst studying she taught at a local performing arts school in Kent.

On completion of her course Sarah moved back to Aberdeen and taught at various dance schools throughout Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. She also completed a teaching course with the Royal Academy of Dance in turn gaining Registered Teacher Status. She now teaches Ballet, Tap and Modern at DBS and various other schools in the area.

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.

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