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Teaching Staff



Joanne Craven
BA Hons Professional Practise of Dance Teaching; RAD Teaching Certificate; AISTD; AIDTA

I began my dancing career at the age of seven, which in comparison to some of my pupils is quite old ! I spent my years leading up to this attending gymnastic classes, however when the opportunity to go dancing was offered there was no holding me back !! I regularly attended dance classes each week even to the point that my teacher used to collect me from school on her way to the studio, and my Mum swears to this day that our car went on automatic pilot when I went dancing as I was there so much !


At the age of sixteen I left school and followed my enjoyment of dance and went on to attend Theatre school where I successfully achieved all my higher level examinations and graduated with Teacher Status with the Royal Academy of Dancing for Classical Ballet and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing for Modern Theatre and Tap.


Whilst attending college I worked at various part-time schools within the Manchester area teaching all dance genres to all ages and abilities. As a result in 1992 I decided to ventured out on my own and opened my own dance school............the rest is history !


Jade Curtis
BA Hons Professional Dance Practise; DDE Modern, Tap, National; DDI Ballet

Jade began dancing at the age of 3 at Heatherlea and has a real passion for dance and performing. To her credit all examinations she has taken in her dance career to date, Jade has achieved extremely high results.


Jade completed a 4 year course at Preston Dance College where she graduated with Full Teacher Status with the ISTD and also has a Degree in Professional Dance Practise to her credit. She is also a qualified Zumba Instructor.


Jade currently teaches at Heatherlea on a Thursday, Friday & Saturday and loves working with the students. The rest of the week shes is based in and around Lancashire and Tameside where she teaches pre-school dance classes as well as Zumba !


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