Joanna Crawford: Principal
BA Hons Dance Education
ISTD & RAD 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 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).
Sarah Oliver: Teacher
ISTD & RAD Qualified
Clare Kearney: Teacher
ISTD and Acrobatic Arts 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.
Clare started dancing at the age of 3 and was performing locally from the age of 6. She performed professionally as a child in the Blackpool tower circus, performed in Disneyland Paris and also successfully auditioned and performed with The English Youth Ballet. She attended the Preston’s college dance academy where she gained her ISTD ballet, tap, and modern teaching qualifications as well as attaining certification in exercise to music. She successfully graduated with a Foundation Degree in Teaching dance in the private sector. After leaving college/university she continued to further her educational training and is a certified teacher in Acrobatic Arts. She has been teaching without interruption in local primary schools and dance schools since leaving university and has also danced professionally in local theatres and events in Blackpool, Preston, and around the Fylde Coast.
Siobhan Richardson: Teacher
Siobhan danced locally as a child performing in the Blackpool Children’s Tower Ballet, The Duncan Norvel Summer Show, Michael Balls Christmas Show, Babe the Sheep Pig Touring Show and Blackpool Tower Circus. She gained her professional dance and teaching qualifications a Preston college in ISTD Ballet Tap and Modern.
From 2005 – 2016 Siobhan had an extensive performing career; as a professional dancer for Choice Hotels, Stageworks Productions for Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s High School Musical Shows, Paradise Room Cabaret Shows and Peter Pan panto. Dancer at Casino de Madera in Viva La Diva. Dancer in Bollywood Music Videos and Films touring India and Hong Kong. Dancer at Blackpool Legends. Dancer and Magicians Assistant on Costa Cruises travelling in and around Asia. Dancer on Silja Cruise Line travelling round Norway. Dancer and Dance Captain on Viking Line Cruises travelling around Norway and Spain. Dancer in 80’s Mania touring theatre show around the UK and Holland.
Siobhan combined teaching work with performance from 2008 and since 2016 has taught full time. Siobhan is currently completing a BA Professional Practice, Arts and Creative Industries (Dance)
Siobhan started dancing locally at the age of 3 training in RAD Ballet, ISTD Tap and Modern. She then attended Preston College graduating with teaching qualifications in Ballet, Tap and Modern. After graduating Siobhan danced all over the world on various dance contracts both on land and with various Cruise Liners. In-between contracts, Siobhan taught at local dance schools and has now focused her attention solely on teaching.
Lucy: Class Assistant
Lucy is a class assistant and helps with our younger Ballet & Tap students on Saturdays. Lucy joined JC Dance at the age of 4 and has been a happy and actiive member of the school since then, taking part in dance exams, our annual show, HITS at the Opera House and Poulton Gala each year.
Lucy herself attends limbering, commerical and tap classes and also finds the time to bake yummy cupcakes some of which will be on sale at our show!