Teachers

Principal: Claire Buckley

Claire Buckley has been teaching for over 30 years and running her own dance school for 20years. Claire began dancing at the age of 3 at The Sylvera school of dancing learning Ballet, tap and Jazz. She also attended Goodmans school of dance learning Disco, ballroom and Latin and competed in competitions all over the country. At the age of 17 Claire joined a local theatre group performing in many plays, pantomimes and musicals at the Orchard theatre in Dartford. After gaining her teachers qualification she opened the dance school, allowing her to pass on her passion for dance to local students.

Senior Teacher: Stephanie Eccles

I trained professionally at The Centre of Performing Arts College, where i gained a Musical Theatre Diploma under the instruction of Karen King for three years. Whilst training at the Centre I gained my teaching qualifications in D.D.I & D.D.E Tap and Modern. Alongside teaching training I also gained many ISTD vocational graded examination results too. I started teaching just before graduating and I feel in love with passing on my passion for dance. And have been teaching ever since! I have been dancing since the age of 2 and my true love is Tap (which definitely stems from watching singing in the rain on repeat) Before attending The centre I had the opportunity of dancing at London Dury Lane and The London Palladium as a dancer in some charity productions. And also a dancer in the first open air opera at Leeds castle. All of which were great experiences and I loved being on stage. But my passion is passing on my knowledge and love, watching children grow and improve

Ballet Teacher: Holly Goodfellow

Musical Theatre Teachers

Singing/Drama Teacher : Annmarie Wilmot

I Started dancing at the age of 7 years old studying ISTD ballet, tap and modern jazz. I have performed in many pantos over the years alongside some famous faces. I went onto Musical theatre college at the age of 16 at the Millennium musical theatre college where I gained a TCL diploma associate of the Trinity college of London teaching and performing. I have played the role of Trisha in Fame the musical, Cinderella from into the woods musical and Crystal from bad girls the musical. I have also performed in many more including Fiddler on the roof, Annie get your gun and Oliver.

Dancing/Drama Teacher: Molly Drop

Molly graduated as a professional dancer from London Studio Centre, where she received a degree in Theatre Dance. Molly has lots of experience performing in professional college shows, working with prestigious choreographers in the industry. Molly has had a passion for dancing from a young age and alongside this has had a growing devotion for teaching. Molly loves teaching all the students at The Claire Buckley School of Dancing and loves to share her passion and knowledge with them all.

Street Dance teacher: Katie Smith

Katie has been dancing since the age of 3 starting her journey here at Claire Buckley School of Dance, before furthering her dance training at The Centre Pac. This is where she learned about her love for street hiphop dance style. She has performed on the move it main stage and taken part of many performances throughout her college training. Katie has always loved teaching and since graduating she has returned to Claire Buckley to start her teaching journey and to pass on her love for performing.