Sandra Hartley (Principal) ARAD (RTS) AISTD NB BB
Head Of Ballet
Sandra was born in Sweden and was trained by her mother Pauline Stephens who was the Head Classical Ballet Teacher at Sweden’s national school of dance the University College Of Dance in Stockholm.
Sandra came to London to study at the Stella Mann School of Dancing where she completed her dancer's and teacher's training gaining her Advanced RAD and ISTD Ballet and Advanced ISTD Modern and National qualifications. She also attained ISTD Associates in Imperial Ballet and National.
On leaving Stella Mann Sandra toured in Italy, worked in cabaret in London and had contracts with English National Opera at the London Coliseum, The Royal Opera at Covent Garden and was in the West End musical ‘Brigadoon’ at the Victoria Palace Theatre. Sandra also performed in pop videos and made television appearances including the Laurence Olivier Awards and also made a cast recording of Brigadoon.
After having her two children and moving to Suffolk, she decided to find her way back to dance through teaching. Sandra teaches RAD Ballet from Pre-School to Advanced level and was chair of Midlands and East Of England Region of the RAD fo many years. Sandra has also worked for the Royal Ballet School on their Primary Steps scheme. It was also a real honour to be asked by the RAD to pilot their new Grade 1 to 5 syllabus.
RAD(MRT) AISTD (MB BB) ANATD (BB)
Helen trained at the Hammond School, Chester where she studied Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Modern Stage, Tap, Ballroom and Latin American. She is a member of the RAD, ISTD, and NATD.
Helen enjoyed a career in Musical Theatre spanning fifteen years, performing worldwide as well as in the UK.
Helen is from Derbyshire but has lived in Norfolk for many years. She is married to Peter and they have two children, James and Isobel.