Principal (ISTD & RAD Qualified. BA Hons)
Joanna started dancing locally with Jean Preston at the age of 3 and continued to train as a dancer and dance teacher at Merseyside Dance and Drama Centre and then at Preston College. Joanna graduated from Dance College with ISTD teaching certificates in ballet, modern, tap and national. After a brief period dancing professionally Joanna turned her attention to teaching and taught for several years at a school in Lancaster and others locally before establishing JC Dance with 2 classes in 2004. Alongside teaching Joanna studied for a degree in Dance Education and graduated with a first class honours degree from the Royal Academy of Dance in 2006. Joanna also now has Registered Teacher Status with the RAD and works for the RAD as a supervisor for trainee teachers on the practical teaching module of their ballet teaching course (CBTS).
Teacher (ISTD Qualified)
After having enjoyed ballet, tap and modern at ‘Blackpool and Fylde Stage Academy’ since the age of four, Rose decided at 16 to begin professional training at Preston College on the Professional Dancers and Teachers of Dance course before completing her training at Merseyside Dance and Drama Centre, Liverpool. Whilst at college she achieved teaching qualifications in modern, tap, ballet, national and disco/freestyle. Rose began teaching at the age of 17 and in September 2010 moved to the Balearic Islands to teach at ‘Llar Dansa’, a dance academy at the heart of Palma de Mallorca. After completing this contract Rose moved back to England to teach throughout the Fylde and was delighted and privileged to join the JC Dance team in 2012.
Teacher (RAD & ISTD Qualified)
Sarah danced as a child at Rainbow Dance Studios in Lytham St Anne’s before continuing to train at Merseyside Dance and Drama Centre in Liverpool graduating with teaching qualifications in RAD Ballet and ISTD Modern and Tap teacher and a diploma in dance.
Since graduating she has travelled extensively, performing all over the world from Disneyland Paris, Lapland, Portugal, Turkey and Cyprus. She also taught locally at Lytham YMCA, Stagecoach Blackpool and a little further afield at the Corelli School of the Arts in New Zealand for a year in 2012.
Since returning to England, Sarah has also qualified as a nursery nurse and now combines nursery work, dance teaching and motherhood. Sarah joined the JC dance team in 2016.
Teacher (IDTA Qualified. PCertEd)
Lucy started dancing at the age of 6 at the Reldene School of Dance in East Yorkshire. From there she grew fond of the Performing Arts and went on to study Musical Theatre and Freestyle Dance with the IDTA (International Dance Teachers’ Association). After completing her teaching associates with the IDTA, Lucy went on to receive her PCertEd in Performing Arts and is now a qualified lecturer and enjoys teaching dance, drama and singing to children and adults including those on the SEN spectrum.
Tia is a class assistant and helps with our younger students in their Ballet and Modern classes. Tia began to dance at the age of 3 and joined JC Dance at the age of 6 Over her time at JC Dance Tia has been involved in many of our shows from the Blackpool HITs to our annual showcase and has performed in many styles. Currently, Tia attends Ballet and Modern classes and has also taken the opportunity to study dance as a GCSE. She loves helping with the younger children and they love her!