SUSAN HANDY, Fellow and Senior Examiner of the I.S.T.D. DDE. Holder of the Enrico Cecchetti Diploma - PRINCIPAL

Susan Handy began dancing at the age of two and a half, training with Betty Vacani, Nesta Brooking and at The Royal Ballet School. She danced in the BBC Children’s television series 'Steps into Ballet' with Dame Peggy van Praagh where she created the role of ‘The Child’ in Sir Kenneth MacMillian’s first ballet for television, ‘Punch and the Child’. Her professional career began as a member of the corps de ballet in the BBCs film of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ with Dame Margot Fonteyn.  Sue then worked with the Old Vic Theatre Company under Sir Peter Wright before joining Walter Gore’s London Ballet Company.  Here she graduated to the rank of soloist dancing roles such as ‘Queen of the Spirits’ in Giselle and ‘Snow Queen’ in the Nutcracker.

After having her children Sue was appointed the first Director of Movement at Eton College, teaching Creative Movement as well as choreographing many of the school’s productions at the College’s Farrer Theatre.  It was here in 1974 where Sue was asked to start a ballet class for the children of the Masters at Eton College. The very first class took place in the dining room of one of the boys’ boarding houses. This class then moved to Upper School at Eton College as the numbers increased and eventually, Sue left the college to set up her first studio at The Baldwin Institute in Eton.  The school now has over six hundred pupils with branches in Eton, Windsor, Old Windsor, Datchet, Eton Wick, Ickenham, Pyrford, Woking, Richmond and the Hurlingham Club in Putney.  The school also provides dance classes for many schools in the area.

Apart from teaching, Sue trains young ballet teachers for their qualifying exams and works extensively with the Cecchetti Classical Ballet Society.
As Chairman of the Cecchetti Group for ten years, Sue set up the Cecchetti Associates Scheme and the Barbara Geoghegan Award; a competition for students studying dance at vocational schools. Sue was awarded The Cecchetti Council of America’s Margaret Marsh Scholarship to study in America.
She has choreographed on many occasions for the Cecchetti Scholars at Annual Congress and at Sadlers Wells, taught at the annual Cecchetti Society Teachers’ Summer School and also at the Cecchetti Centre.

Over the years Sue has choreographed many productions for the Windsor & Eton Operatic Society, and pupils of the school take part in many local and national events including the annual Rose Show at Windsor Castle, The Royal Tournament, The Royal Horticultural Show and The Lord Mayors Show amongst others.  Every other year Sue and her fabulous team produce a full scale production at Eton College’s Farrer Theatre where the pupils of the school have the chance to perform on stage and gain the experience of a professional theatrical environment.

Many pupils from the school have gone on to dance professionally and also come back to teach in the school.

Susan Handy is a Fellow and Senior Examiner of the Imperial Society of Dancing, holder of the Enrico Cecchetti Diploma and an adjudicator for dance and choreographic competitions.  Sue trains teachers at The Linda Sweetzer Training College.

HELEN IMISON, BA (Hons) L.I.S.T.D. - Modern, Tap and GCSE Dance

Helen Imison gained a Performing Arts degree with BA (Hons) at London Metropolitan University and at the Kingston Teacher Training College she gained her Foundation in Dance Instruction and her Diploma in Dance Education at the Linda Sweetzer Teacher Training College.
She joined the staff at Susan Handy Dance in January 2013 where she has taken over the senior part of the school for Modern, Tap and GCSE Dance.
Her forte is choreography and productions and also takes part in amateur dramatics and festivals.

RACHAEL DAVIS-TAYLOR, DDE - Tap

Rachael trained at The Runnymede School of Dancing from the age of 5, studying ISTD tap, ballet and jazz. She gained her Associate status in tap dance in 2004 passing with Honours. She has since passed her Diploma in Dance Instruction (DDI) and Diploma in Dance Education (DDE).
Rachael has performed in many shows and still enjoys performing with local drama groups.
Rachael gained a BSc (Hons) in Health Studies from Brunel University in 2006 and enjoys teaching tap to all ages.

SARAH DU-FEU, BA (Hons) DDE - Classical Ballet

A pupil since the age of 3 at the Susan Handy School of Dance, Sarah gained Honours in all her ballet exams up to and including Advanced 1. Progressing through the Cecchetti Junior and Senior Associates, she became a Cecchetti Scholar. During this time she won the Junior and Senior Scholars' Cups and also won the Middle and Senior Mabel Ryan awards. Sarah was awarded the ISTD Millennium Cup for Cecchetti Classical ballet in 2001, and in the same year was accepted as a Senior Associate at the Royal Ballet School.
At age 16, Sarah won a scholarship to the English National Ballet School, where she completed the two-year professional dance course. On graduating from ENB, she went to the Rambert School, where she gained her BA (Hons) degree in Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Sarah performed professionally with the English National Ballet Company in Derek Deane's production of Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall.
In 2009 Sarah moved to Paris to dance as a Showgirl for a year. On her return, Sarah danced in various films including 'The Young Victoria' and 'Bel Ami' with Robert Pattinson, and appeared in a number of TV commercials.
Embarking on a teaching career, Sarah has gained her ISTD Diploma in Dance Instruction in Cecchetti Classical Ballet and proud to pass with 100% her Diploma in Dance Education.

NATALIE DODD, BA (Hons) - Creative Dance

Born in Surrey, Natalie began dancing at the age of five at Susan Robinson’s School of Ballet and progressed onto vocational training at the age of sixteen at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, graduating in 2013 with a First Class BA Honours Degree. In 2016, she completed a Postgraduate Diploma through the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and used this to gain a Masters Degree, achieving a Distinction in both qualifications.
She has performed works by choreographers such as Kerry Nicholls, Mark Baldwin and Kenneth MacMillan. She has worked with the English National Opera, The Royal Shakespeare Company (in her second year of training) and artists such as Alexandra Green Dance and Douglas Thorpe. Natalie joined the Mark Bruce Company as an Apprentice Dancer for its 2015-2016 season and tour of ‘The Odyssey’, throughout the South West of England. Most recently, she performed at The Royal Albert Hall as part of BBC Proms which was aired online and on television.
Alongside performing, Natalie has taught in establishments including London Studio Centre, Exeter College, The Place, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Rambert School Saturday classes. In addition, she assists Dance for Parkinson’s classes in Kentish Town, London. Natalie has taught in an extensive number of children’s dance schools and adult classes around Surrey, specialising in Contemporary Dance and Ballet but also branching out to genres such as Tap and Jazz.

LEVI KNOCK, DDI - Musical Theatre and Classical Ballet

Levi started her training at Arden Holford School of Ballet and was also accepted as an associate of London Junior and Senior Ballet. She has been awarded scholarships for Arts Educational School Tring Park and Laines theatre arts. Whilst still in training Levi performed with National Youth Ballet for a number of years, English Youth Ballet and Surrey Youth Ballet where she was awarded a talent scholarship and came second in the choreography competition.  
After her training at Arts Educational school she successfully auditioned for Laines Theatre Arts where she went straight to third year and studied Musical Theatre. Levi has performed in Royal Albert Hall, Sadlers Wells, Her Majesties theatre, Theatre Royal Dury Lane and many more. Her love is teaching and has choreographed many dance pieces including South Hill Park Theatre Annie, Alice in Wonderland and Camberley Theatre. She continues her teacher training in Modern and Ballet at Linda Sweet Teacher Training College. 

JENNIFER BRISTOW, DDI - Classical Ballet and Street Dance

Jenni started dancing at the age of three at the Susan Handy School of Dancing, where she studied Cecchetti Ballet, Modern, Tap and Contemporary until she was 16. Jenni then earned her first professional job at 16 in a dance commercial for 'Train to gain.'

At 17 she went on to train at the Northern Ballet School, completing a three year course, and gaining a National Diploma in Professional Dance, as well as her Diploma in Dance Instruction in ISTD ballet. Here she performed in many productions with the Northern Ballet School, and their jazz company, 'Jazzgalore.' After graduating, Jenni went to work with MSC cruises as a dancer where she performed two West End style shows a night. 
Jenni then went on to finish her teaching qualifications in Cecchetti Ballet, and Modern Theatre at the Linda Sweetzer teachers training college. She also teaches Tap, Contemporary, Jazz and Street Dance. Jenni has taken a break from performing to pursue her teaching career and teaches at numerous dance schools, as well as being a busy mum to her daughter Esmée.

PIEDAD ALBARRACIN SEIQUER - Contemporary Dance

Piedad is a professional dance teacher, performer and choreographer trained in both ballet and contemporary techniques at Murcia's Conservatorio Profesional de Danza y Arte Dramático.
The focus of her teaching practice is upon fundamental highly energetic floor work exercises.  Encouraging the exploration of an individual sense of efficiency, weighted momentum and anatomical articulation.
Professional engagements include working with Saorin en Danza, Abundance, SQxdanza, Jesus Robisco, Gerrard Marin's GMD, Watkinsdance, Estela Merlos, New Movement Collective, Gobbledegook, Protein and Hand Made Dance and working on collaborations with many artists such as Mbulelo Ndabeni, Kira Zhi, Sophie Walker, Francesca Banchelli and awarded video artist Ashley Panton and Stephen Ofori.  After touring her own work across Spain, Brussels, Holland and the UK we welcome Piedad to the Susan Handy School.

TANJA KOSCHORREK, DDE - Classical Ballet

Tanja started her training at 5 years old with Jennifer Klipfel School of Ballet in Cape Town, South Africa.  She gained honors for all her grade exams up to advanced 2 level and was entered into the grade 5 Mabel Ryan Award and the Cyril Beaumont Awards in South Africa coming first in the Major awards at Intermediate level.
She gained her Associate teacher qualification as well as her Teacher qualification up to Associate Diploma level which is equivalent to our Diploma in Dance Education.
Having taught for Jennifer Klipfel School of ballet from 2013 to 2016 She  moved to the UK in  2017 and teaches in London during the week and for Susan Handy Dance on Saturday mornings.

 

CECILE BRITS - Classical Ballet

Cecile started Ballet at the age of 4 years where she studied in the Cecchetti Method with Principal Russian dancer, Irina Zyrianova. Cecile was the Runner-up recipient for the Cecchetti Maybel Ryan award for Grade 5. She later trained with Senior Examiner and former dancer at PACT Ballet, Joy Cooper. Cecile joined the Tshwane Youth Ballet Company from 2003-2007 Her performances include: The Snow Maiden, Sleeping Beauty, Then & Now and Cinderella.

Cecile completed her Associate Teaching Diploma under the instruction of Joy Cooper in 2009. Since, she has achieved a BA (Hons) degree in Information Design from the University of Pretoria and now owns her own Graphic Design, Digital and Photography business, So Kreate Studio.

Cecile owned her own ballet studio since 2011 (Cecile Brits Ballet Studio) and has also taught the subject, Dance, at Reddam House Helderfontein school before recently moving to the UK. With a great love for the creative arts and a passion for dancing, Cecile lives to enrich the dreams of aspiring young ballet dancers.

LIZ PENNESS - School Administrator

Liz Penness is the office administrator for our Woking branch and its surrounding areas.  
She worked at British Forces Television for a number of years and brings a wealth of experience to the school.

JANE LIDGATE - Head of Finance/Senior Administrator

Jane Lidgate is the Head of Finance and Senior Administrator dealing with our branches in the Eton, Windsor and surrounding areas.

She joined the school after the birth of her daughter Holly. She previously worked for Black and Decker as a Marketing Manager but has also held positions in PR and conference organisation.

The Pianists

We are very privileged to have live piano accompaniment for the majority of our ballet classes; by Nick Corkery  Zara Gevorgyan  Francis Marshall  Rob Thomas  Ann Watson and Helen Williams.

Costume Designers

Mrs Man and Mrs Pigo run our costume department.

Contact Details

Susan Handy School of Dance Office
20 Eton Road, Datchet, Berkshire SL3 9AY
01753 542672

 
Email:  Eton/Windsor/Datchet
​           office@susanhandydance.co.uk
            
Woking
             admin@susanhandydance.co.uk
            
Uniform
             uniform@susanhandydance.co.uk
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Holyport College
             susanhandy@susanhandydance.co.uk

Tuesday - Wednesday – Thursday
09:30 to 2.30pm
Jane Lidgate - Finance Director/Senior Administrator - 07515 270432
Liz Penness - Administrator for Woking - 07592 874958