Welcome to the teachers page.

We have over 40 years experience in teaching consisting of theory and syllabus techniques as well as current trends brought to us by west end performers. We base our teaching on learning correct techniques but build in the fun element giving invaluable experience and expertise. Pupils get a good foundation which will give them confidence and determination they will use in other activities they pursue.


Christine Wheatley (Miss Ann) - Principal

Christine Wheatley FIDTA (Fellow of the International Dance Teachers Association) is a major examiner and lecturer for the IDTA. In 1967 she opened the school, (then called 'The Wheatley School of Dancing'), a part-time stage school which in 2007 celebrated it's 40th Anniversary. Christine has produced, directed & choreographed in excess of 40 shows and has successfully entered students for over 6000 examinations, including many for teaching qualifications.

Christine has trained many students who have pursued professional stage careers the most famous being Priscilla Samuels who is one of the top commercial choreographers in the industry. Christine is the principal of 'the london stage school' and is known to the pupils as Miss Ann.

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Hannah Woolley - Singing & Drama

Hannah trained at The Arts Educational School, London followed by Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, graduating with a first class honours degree in Musical Theatre. Her theatre credits include; ‘Legally Blonde’ (UK Tour) ‘Mary Poppins’ (West End), ‘Hello, Dolly!’ (UK Tour), ‘Girls Night’ (UK Tour), ‘Gleekshow!’ (West End) ‘The Sound of Music’ (BAC and The Steam Industry) and ‘Three Cheers for Mrs. Butler’ (Polka Theatre). She also works as a Radio presenter; presenting an entertainment show once a week and has worked on screen in various commercials, corporate and presenting jobs for companies including; ‘Kia Motors’, ‘Quality Street’, ‘McDonalds’, ‘The Daily Mail’ and ‘The Geneva Motor Show’.

Hannah teaches singing and acting and works as a choreographer as well as a private singing teacher, with pupils ranging from age 6 through to adult, from preparing for music scholarship and drama school auditions down to singing for fun!

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Sam Cassidy - Singing & Drama

Sam studied acting at the prestigious Mountview Academy where he received a BA Hons in Acting and Musical Theatre. Since then he went on to play "Joseph" in the UK Tour of "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", "Rocky", in the European tour of "The Rocky Horror picture Show", he was part of the new west end production of the play "Rich isn't easy" and has also been prince charming in various pantos, more than he'd like to remember.

Sam has appeared in numerous Adverts and television roles and is recently venturing in to films. With his wealth of experience he brings an intelligent understanding of acting and singing for stage and screen to the students which he teaches with a massive element of fun.

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Dominic Shaw - Musical Theatre & Street Jazz Teacher

Dominic is currently the Associate Director/Choreographer for the award winning musical 'Legally Blonde'. He has mounted productions in Australia, the UK (tour) and most recently Vienna. Previous credits include Resident Director, Legally Blonde (West End) & Dance Captain: Hairspray the musical.

As a performer, Dominic has appeared in hit shows including Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre), Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre), Saturday Night Fever (Capitol Theatre) and Tim Rice & Elton John's Aida (Coliseum Theatre). Choreography credits include 'This Morning' (ITV), 'Comic Relief' (BBC), 'Tonight's the Night' (BBC), '2010 Lawrence Olivier Awards' (Legally Blonde' & 'New Years Eve Live' (Sydney 2012). Dominic is also Directing & Choreographing a new musical called 'Get Got' at the Edinburgh Fringe (2013).

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Claudia Evans - Commercial Dance Teacher

Claudia trained at the London Studio Centre and went into the contemporary company in the third year. Once graduated Claudia entered the commercial world regularly appearing on the mainstream BBC music chart show 'TOTP' (Top of the Pops). She also appeared frequently on 'CD:UK' which was a long running chart show with live bands, videos and pop celebrity interviews presented by Anthony McPartlin, Declan Donnelly & Cat Deeley along with many others. More recently Claudia has performed at music award shows 'The Brits' and the 'MOBO Awards' as well as appearing as a backing dancer at 'The X Factor'.

Claudia has performed in numerous music videos for pop artists including Kylie, Eric Prydz, Mel B, Chemical Brothers, Beat Freaks and Alpha Beats. She recently performed in her first opera 'Carmen' in Austria. In her own words Claudia describes her teaching "I'm all about performance, the flare and fun with a dollop of technique thrown in for good measure!".

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Kerrie Shand - Student Teacher

Kerrie Shand is working towards her pre-associate exams in all subjects and has been dancing in the school since the age of three. Kerrie has taken part in numerous shows and has progressed from preparatory grades through to pre-associate level gaining excellent examination marks throughout.

Kerrie has been assisting with classes for over four years gaining a wealth of experience under the mentorship of Miss Ann. Kerrie enjoys teaching children of all ages and abilities and has that special talent required with teaching young children, she brings youth and energy to the teaching within the school.

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