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Joanna Crawford: Principal

BA Hons Dance Education 

ISTD & RAD Qualified

PBT Qualified

Level 3 Paediatric First Aid

Joanna danced locally as a child and appeared in shows at The Grand Theatre Blackpool and Winter Gardens. At 16 Joanna attended Merseyside Dance & Drama Centre full time, before moving to the Professional Dancers & Teachers of Dance course at Preston College graduating with teaching qualification in ISTD Modern, Tap, Ballet & National. After a brief stint of professional dance, Joanna focused her attention on teaching and began freelancing at schools around Lancashire.  Alongside teaching Joanna completed a BA Hons degree in Dance Education  with the Royal Academy of Dance, graduating with first class honours. Joanna has taught dance in a variety of settings; theatre schools, dance schools, nurseries, primary schools and has also worked as a supervisor on the RAD CBTS (Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies) programme.  Joanna is also a qualified Children’s Yoga teacher for 2-11yrs and teaches  a Parent and Child Yoga class here at JC Dance and offers Yoga classes within Primary Schools through her Yoga business, Yoga Bee. 


Clare Kearney

Clare Kearney: Teacher

ISTD and Acrobatic Arts Qualified

Alixa Flexibility Module 2 Qualified

Level 3 Paediatric First Aid

Clare has danced since the age of 3, attending a local dance school where as a child she performed in the Blackpool tower & circus with The English Youth Ballet and also in Disneyland Paris. At the age of 18 she went on to study Professional dance where she achieved a foundation degree: teaching dance in the private sector, as well as teaching qualifications in Ballet, Tap & Modern with the ISTD. Since starting her career as a teacher, Clare continued to learn, gaining qualifications with Acrobatic Arts & also Exercise to music. She teaches full time and loves sharing her passion with the next generation of dancers.