Meet Team VB

The VBDance team of teachers are all professional ISTD dance teachers with extensive experience, knowledge and passion for their subjects. With regular investment in our team’s CPD, we ensure our students get the highest quality dance education. Read more about each team member below.

Victoria Bremner

Victoria Bremner
Founder & Director

Victoria founded VBDance in 2006 with just 10 students. The school now welcomes over 350 dancers every week into the classes.

Victoria studied BA Dance and Culture at the University of Surrey and upon graduating with First Class Honours, she enjoyed a successful career as a professional Contemporary Dancer with Odyssey Dance Theatre, Singapore where she performed and choreographed throughout Asia.

Victoria’s passion for performing and teaching saw her freelance at a variety of dance schools including Deborah Lamb Theatre Arts, Vacani Clapham, A2 Arts and LLDS as well as the Royal Academy of Dance, West Sussex County Arts and several Independent Schools in Surrey and Sussex. Victoria also has extensive experience teaching dance to children with Special Educational Needs. Through her experience, Victoria was inspired 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.

With a wealth of dance teaching experience, Victoria has helped her students to perform 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.

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

BA Hons 1:1 Dance and Culture
DDE Imperial Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap

Laura Manvell

Laura Manvell
Ballet Teacher and Early Years Coordinator

Especially beloved by our younger students, she really has a natural affinity when it comes to teaching our Pre School and Junior students- it is a joy to see their big smiles during her lessons! She always floors us with her creativity and is our go-to-gal when it comes to brainstorming great workshop ideas and show-stopping choreography.

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. Laura has performed in many  pantomimes for Jordan Productions.

Laura thoroughly enjoys teaching and sharing her passion for dance with her students at VBDance.

ISTD Imperial Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre, Tap Dance

Charis Holdsworth

Charis Holdsworth
Modern and Tap Teacher

Charis is a cool cat whose calm nature definitely shines when she is teaching. ISTD trained up to Licentiate level in Ballet, Modern and Tap, her incredible work ethic is exemplary. Charis is the envy of all of us when it comes to innovative Tap routines and quick, intricate footwork- she is a superstar Tapper who is a massive inspiration to both teachers and students alike!

Upon graduating from Bird College, Charis worked as a professional dancer and dance captain for ten years, working with a variety of choreographers and travelling throughout the world.

Alongside teaching at VBDance, 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.

BA (Hons) Dance and Theatre Performance
ISTD Licentiate Imperial Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap Dance
Body Control Pilates Teacher

Photo credit: Jazzula Donoghue Photography

Sophie Huntley

Sophie Huntley
Ballet, Modern and Jazz Teacher

Sophie is a Choreography mastermind!

Following her A-levels she spent a year at Performers College in Essex on the Foundation Course. After completing this course Sophie was accepted onto 4 different Musical Theatre courses at professional colleges. She received sponsorship from the Lionel Bart Foundation to pursue her teachers training. Sophie has lots of performing experience in professional pantomimes, cruise ships, London performances and amateur productions. She has also been trained in singing and acting and has a particular flair for choreography.


ISTD DDE Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre, Tap Dance.

Lucy Burns

Lucy Burns
Modern, Tap and Acro

Lucy started her dancing journey back in 2007, studying modern, tap and freestyle dancing. Later on Lucy successfully auditioned for the Wilkes Academy gaining knowledge and professionalism from some of the industry’s very best!

Lucy’s passion for dancing drove her to teaching, gaining her DDE with the ISTD. She has a passion for helping and educating young aspiring performers to watch them grow into young performers!


ISTD DDE Modern Theatre and Tap
Personal Trainer

Steffi Lai
Ballet,  Modern and Tap

Steffi started her dance journey at the age of 5 with ballet classes. She soon discovered how much she loved dancing and eagerly took up modern theatre and later, tap and Chinese dance. Throughout her school years she enjoyed working towards graded examinations in ballet, modern and tap as well as performing in annual shows with her local dance school and performing in venues across London, including a Chinese New Year event in Trafalgar Square!

During secondary school, Steffi realised that she wanted to inspire others as her teachers had inspired her and share her love for dance and music through teaching one day.
In September 2019, Steffi enrolled on a part time course at Momentum Performing Arts Academy to gain a Diploma in Dance Education with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in Tap and Modern theatre dance. She passed her  DDE exams with flying colours including a mark of 90% for Tap!
As well as having over 10 years dance teaching experience with children aged 2-16, Steffi also has a passion for teaching piano and enjoys anything creative and involving crafts. She values the chance to work with children of all abilities and interests. Her main take away of teaching dance is seeing the joy it brings to all involved and seeing pupils discover their true selves through dance.

Sophia Bolton
Modern and Tap Teacher

Sophia gained her ISTD Intermediate qualifications in Tap, Ballet and Modern before moving on to study at Royal Holloway, University of London. Whilst there she threw herself into all the creative societies, finding a particular affinity for organising and presenting shows. As President of the Dance Society, she took competition teams across the country. Now back in Burgess Hill, she is training for her DDE Modern, Tap and Ballet at Dance 2 Advance whilst completing a Master’s with the Open University. She finds particular joy in choreographing and teaching contemporary.

Charlotte Walker
Ballet, Modern and Tap Teacher

Charlotte started dancing when she was 3 and performing has always been her greatest passion in life. Charlotte trained in Sussex as a child and when she was 18 began training at London Studio Centre,  graduating in 2019 with a BA Hons in Theatre Dance (Jazz). During her time at LSC she was accepted for a mentorship programme and flew to LA to train at Millennium Dance Centre. She started teaching and working as an assistant choreographer during her degree training and fell in love with it. Charlotte now works as a freelance professional dancer and teacher,  in Ballet, Modern and Tap as well as studying for her 200hr yoga teacher qualification.

 



Siobhan
Chown
Office Administrator

Siobhan has been involved in the dance industry for most of her life…

She trained in Watford with the eminent International Examiner Elizabeth Harrison from the age of 7yrs and, post A-levels, passed four Associate teaching qualifications before working abroad teaching dance and English in Lausanne, Switzerland.

On her return to the UK, she worked at the ISTD HQ in the exams department and was promoted several times to eventually become Head of UK and International Examinations.

During this time she was also teaching part time at her local dance school in St Albans and was awarded her Associate Diploma. She was then given the fabulous opportunity to take over the school so decided to leave her job in London and the daily commute, and devote all her time to developing the school – her dream job!

Siobhan was Principal of ‘Let’s Dance’ in St Albans for the best part of 30years turning it from a school with just 100 students to one with 450 students, 7 staff and a timetable that offered over 100 classes per week.

Siobhan’s association with the ISTD was further strengthened when she was invited to take on the role of Regional Representative for the ISTD in Hertfordshire in 2012.

2013 saw a massive change when Siobhan sold her school to one of her ex-pupils and along with her husband has now relocated to Wiltshire. She is now lucky enough to be able to use all her years of experience of running a dance school to help other dance teachers through her work as a Virtual Assistant specialising in Dance and running a dance costume hire company “The Costume Store”.