JO CHRISTIE DANCE CENTRE

Dance & Musical Theatre Classes

About Us

The Dance Centre opened in Crowborough in April 1991 followed by the addition of Heathfield and Horam classes. All our teachers are members of the International Dance Teachers Association. The subjects we teach are:


o Ballet

o Tap

o Modern jazz

o Contemporary

o Irish dance

o Freestyle/disco/street/hip hop

o Gymnastic dance/tots tricks and tumbles

o Theatre craft and musical theatre

o Adult tap

o Pre school dance classes

o Pilates

Locations:


Crowborough Tennis & Squash Club, Church Road Crowborough, TN6 1BN

JO CHRISTIE, Principal

Jo is a Fellow of the Ballet Faculty of the International Dance Teachers Association. She holds a Licentiate qualification for the Freestyle branch and an Associate qualification for the Tap, Modern Jazz and Theatre Craft branches as well as a Gymnastic Dance Diploma and Level 3 Pilates .

Jo started dancing at the age of 4, intending to follow in her parents footsteps in the Ballroom branch but at the age of 10 was sent to ballet school by her Primary School teacher. For 12 years she studied at the Rose Marriott School of Dancing in Sheffield, at the age of 13 was a resident dancer on ITV's Junior Showtime and a member of Douggie Squire's New Generation, at 15 was a Grand Finalist for the Butlins Talent Competition held at the London Palladium and at 19 worked in Floor Shows and Cabarets in London and the South East as a Contortionist and Cabaret Dancer before joining a cruise ship.

Homesickness set in though and Jo returned to Sheffield to do her teacher training at the Constance Grant Dance Centre with Judith Silvester, whilst working at Midland Bank to pay the bills. A relocation with the bank to London saw Jo furthering her dance training with Yvonne Gout and the Alberta School of Dance and Drama whilst working for several dance schools as a free lance teacher until she opened her own school in 1991.


Jo is married to Andy, she has a step daughter Alison married to James, (they have given her 2 granddaughters "Olivia Grace" and "Amelie Alice") and a daughter Sarah married to Jonathan. 

STEPHANIE O'CONNELL

Stephanie studied dance at The Brit School for 4 years then at The Centre of Performing Arts obtaining a Dance and Musical Theatre Diploma and ISTD teacher qualifications.

A passionate Street Dance Trainer, Stephanie loves all forms of dance and was an Irish Dance World Champion.

Stephanie has first hand experience in the professional dance world performing in shows, productions, pantomimes, events and various music videos such as Kylie Minogue, Examples, and performed at V Festival with various artists.


Miss Steph is now back after her stint in the US and Cayman Islands with hairspray the musical, and managed to also fit in some more teaching qualifications and now has IDTA Associate Modern, Tap and Freestyle to add to her ISTD qualifications as well as her Zumba Fitness Certificate.

ALLI COYNE

Fellow and examiner of the IDTA, recently Alli has been Resident Director of the BBCs "Walking With Dinosaurs" World Tour, Associate Director for the West End production of Dirty Dancing and is now Associate Director for the Jersey Boys Tour. Originally trained at the Pattisons Theatre School in Coventry where she has also taught for many years, Alli was also Principal of Chaplin Theatre Arts in Milton Keynes and has choreographed several Pantomimes and shows for the BBC including CBeebies and Bob the Builder. 

STUDENT TEACHERS

Any student over the age of 13 can apply to join the student teacher scheme but they must attend at least 1 ballet class per week. Applications should be made in writing to the Principal who will then arrange an interview with the student and their parents.


Current student teachers are


Nikita Softley

Abbie Oakes

Vocational Places Gained by Past Students

Adam Ward             Laine Theatre Arts

Victoria Kennedy      Doreen Bird

Heather Stanley       The Brit School & Doreen Bird

                              Swing Loserville, Garrick Theatre

                              Swing, Mamma Mia

Natalie Clarke          Urdang Academy

Jessica Short           The Brit School & Roehampton

Douglas Rutter         Italia Conti

Carly Rolfe               BBO Teacher Training Course

Bethan Downing       The Brit School, Arts Ed

Robyn Dawkins         Bucks University

Hannah Martin          Doreen Bird

Gaia Hancock           Doreen Bird

Nikita Softley           London Studio Centre

Abbie Oakes            Bucks University

Students Nominated for IDTA Theatre Dance Awards

James Black                       Ken Dodd Tap Award

Kristy Manyweathers           Grade 5 Modern

Victoria Kennedy                Grade 5 Ballet

Victoria Kennedy                Grade 5 Modern

Victoria Kennedy                Grade 5 Theatrecraft

Hannah Martin                   Grade 4 Modern

Hannah Martin                   Intermediate Modern

Bethan Downing                 Grade 6 Ballet

Nikita Softley                     Grade 4 Theatrecraft

Students Nominated for John Dilworth Scholarship

Teresa Muller                     Associate Freestyle

Students Gaining Teaching Qualifications

Lin Bridgeford                   Pre Associate Tap Part 1

Claire Lees                        Associate Tap

Teresa Muller                     Associate Freestyle

                                        Pre Associate Theatrecraft Parts 1 & 2

Alexis Lock                        Associate Freestyle

Elizabeth Lock                    Associate Freestyle

Jessica Short                     Associate Freestyle

                                        Pre Associate Tap Parts 1 & 2

Fern Bray                          Associate Freestyle

Students Appearances in West End Productions


Jarod Hardcastle                Sound of Music, London Palladium

Heather Stanley                 Loserville, Garrick Theatre

                                        Mamma Mia, The Novello Theatre