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My name is Jo, and I've been involved with dance since birth!  My mum had a dance school and I was just brought up there either watching or dancing myself.

I trained with the RAD and ISTD, was a York Ballet Scholar, and was invited to special classes at the RAD whilst I was growing up.  I furthered my training at Bird College on a full scholarship, and progressed and excelled at all styles of dance gaining Adv 2 in Ballet, Modern and Tap.  Whilst I was a college my Mum became ill and I decided to cut short my dance career to take over her dance school.  As a teacher and choreographer I turned her small school into a huge success, training pupils up to successfully audition for the Royal Ballet School, Tring, Laine Theatre Arts, Bird College Central School of Ballet, Urdang...….plus many more!  The majority of my students also gained full scholarships for their college training.

When I moved area I sold my dance school, and saw the issues of becoming a qualified teacher the new owner faced - she had taught for me for years and was a fantastic teacher, but had to jump through so many hoops to become a qualified dance teacher.  This started me thinking...…….

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Some of the best dance teachers I know have no formal qualifications - only their experience.   These fantastic, yet unqualified teachers are sometimes losing pupils as they are unable to enter pupils for exams - which is a big plus point, especially for parents.  

From my experience a lot of organisations provide very costly teacher training programmes which primarily teach the syllabus - they are expected to already know the basics of technique and how to teach these young dancers.

It made me think there must be a better and cheaper way to just learn the syllabus - I know I can easily do it with a syllabus book and a good DVD of the work.  This can save on expensive courses to learn any updated work too.

I have also had to take time out of my busy schedule and pay to go on CPD courses.  Whilst I understand the great importance of CPD in an ever changing industry, I also believed there was a cheaper, easier and less time consuming way to do this.

With my experience of running a successful dance school for 20 years, and my diverse dance ability (plus a lot of contacts who are experts in different genres of dance), I realised it was possible to provide everything that is needed to run a dance school from one place and for one small fee - and The Dance School Company was born.


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