Principal, BA Hons Dance & Culture 1.1 & DDE
Victoria trained at The Roshe School of Dance and The University of Surrey graduating with a Bachelor of Arts First Class Honours in Dance and Culture specialising in Classical Ballet under the instruction of Jennifer Jackson (Royal Ballet), Contemporary Dance and Choreography. Upon graduation, Victoria enjoyed a successful career as a professional Contemporary Dancer with Odyssey Dance Theatre, Singapore where she performed and choreographed throughout Asia performing repertoire including Instinct, Innocent Light and Begin, Stop, Start, End.
Victoria’s passion for performing and teaching inspired her to open a professional dance school encompassing traditional dance school values with a Modern and Contemporary approach making classes accessible for children and young people of today.
She is a member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and was awarded her Associate with a Distinction in 2004. She trained for her dance teaching qualifications at Deborah Lamb Theatre Arts and holds the ISTD Diploma in Dance Education across the three theatre faculties of Imperial Classical Ballet, Tap and Modern Theatre and is currently preparing for her ISTD Licentiate. She has also been awarded a part scholarship by the ISTD to continue her studies at The annual ISTD Summer School.
Victoria’s students have performed at major dance platforms including Sadlers Wells and Royal Festival Hall, London and in a variety of professional West End musicals including Billy Elliot, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Oliver as well as taking class at The Royal Ballet School. Victoria’s students have also performed with the Southern and English Youth Ballet companies, in professional Pantomime at The Hawth and Capitol Theatre’s Crawley and Horsham. Students of Victoria’s have also enjoyed success at both local and regional level dance festivals and have also participated in Master Classes at The ISTD and have also demonstrated at ISTD examiner training sessions.
Victoria has also taught on a freelance basis for the following organisations:
The Royal Academy of Dance, London
NRG2 in partnership with Laban and Hampshire Dance, Hampshire
The Dialog Project in partnership with West Sussex County Arts
Odyssey Dance Theatre, Singapore
Highfield & Brookham Independent Schools, Hampshire
Burgess Hill Girls, West Sussex
Hurtpierpoint College, West Sussex
As well as being an enthusiastic and passionate dance teacher Victoria is also proud of her standing as a local business woman with past accolades including:
Dance School of The Year Awards 2018 – Finalist
Dance School of The Year Awards 2017 – Finalist
Dance Teacher Hub Awards 2016 – Finalist
Woman of The Year Award 2012 – Finalist
DDE ISTD Imperial Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre, Jazz & Tap
Following her A-levels she spent a year at Performers College in Essex on the Foundation Course and was awarded places on 4 musical theatre courses. Sophie has lots of performing experience in professional pantomimes, cruise ship, London performances and amateur productions. She has also been trained in singing and acting and has a particular flair for choreography. Sophie holds the ISTD DDE teaching qualifications in Modern Theatre, Tap and Imperial Classical Ballet
DDI Ballet, Modern Theatre, Jazz & Tap
Laura trained at the Deborah Lamb Theatre Arts where she completed her ISTD Modern and Tap exams to Advanced 2 Level and RAD Ballet to Intermediate. During her time there she has performed in over 6 pantomimes for Jordan Productions and is performing once again at the Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne. She has completed her DDI for Modern and Tap and is currently completing her Ballet. Laura thoroughly enjoys teaching and sharing her passion for dance with her students.
Charis Holdsworth LISTD, BA Hons
Charis completed her professional dance training at Bird College and gained a first-class honours degree in Dance and Theatre Performance. She worked as a professional dancer and dance captain for ten years, working with a variety of choreographers and travelling throughout the world. Charis holds ISTD Licentiate status in Imperial Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap
Dance and is also a Body Control Pilates teacher. Alongside teaching at VB Dance, she enjoys guest tutoring for Dance2Advance teacher training centre and Sussex Youth Ballet Company. Charis is particularly passionate about teaching tap dance, and has recently had the opportunity to study with the American Tap Dance Foundation in New York. She is looking forward to sharing what she has learnt with the students at VB Dance.
Chantelle McDermott – Diploma Theatre Performance, DDI
Chantelle trained at The Centre Pac for 3 years completing a diploma in Theatre Performance. Over the past 6 years, she worked onboard cruise ships gaining experience as a Dance Captain, Choreographer, and Swing. In between contracts Chantelle performed in First Family Pantomimes and has taken part in various gigs across the UK, whilst always pursuing her passion for teaching and developing the next generation of performers.
Lucy Burns – Biography to follow…
Hannah Jeffery – Biography to follow…