Miss Sophie started attending dance lessons at the age of three, when she moved to Sussex she continued her training at the Pauline Howard School of Dance in Haywards Heath. Miss Sophie trained to be a Ballet Teacher at the ‘Royal Academy of Dance’ in London and then continued her education by studying for the ISTD Teaching Associate, Associate Diploma and Certificate in Dance Education qualifications. Over the next few years she gained invaluable teaching experience in many dance schools across Sussex. Miss Sophie has a passion for sharing her love of dance and for making dance classes fun!!
Miss Katie trained at Arts Educational School, Tring and London. She worked as a professional Jazz/Contemporary dancer for 15 years, dancing in the USA, Europe and of course London. She is a fully qualified Ballet Teacher and has been teaching children/adults, choreographing dance shows and entering children for Ballet exams for over 20 years. Miss Katie teaches weekly adult ballet classes and organises a children’s summer dance school in Forest Row every year. Miss Katie launched the ‘Sussex Youth Dance Company’ in August 2013, an exciting dance company for enthusiastic and talented children aged between 12 and 15.
Miss Vikki Bathurst is an enthusiastic and dedicated dance teacher who is passionate about dance and musical theatre. She has had extensive teaching experience working with many local dance schools including Drusilla Duffill Theatre School, Burgess Hill, The Deborah Lamb Theatre School, Uckfield and Just Dance in Tunbridge Wells. Vikki spent many years training to be a dance teacher at The Centre of Performing Arts, London. Vikki has an excellent rapport with her students and always achieves fantastic results.
Miss Laura Manvell is a young, talented and energetic ISTD modern and tap teacher. The children love her fresh approach to teaching. Miss Laura is still keen to dance in her spare time and loves performing in the pantomimes in Eastbourne every year. As well as teaching for the Sophie Eastwood Dance Academy, Miss Laura also teaches for the Deborah Lamb Theatre School in Uckfield, where she also continues her teacher training.
The love that Miss Sophie, Miss Katie, Miss Vikki and Miss Laura have for dancing is clearly reflected in the style in which they conduct their classes, the children leave happy and inspired : )