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Jo Higlett
Studio Founder

Jo began dancing at the rather early age of two, when convenience required her to be taken to classes at the same time as her older sister. Immediately finding her passion she went on to train intensively in Tap, Modern and Ballet. 

Whilst studying History, she began her ISTD teaching qualifications, and upon graduating, combined teaching with auditioning and performing. She was quickly employed at a variety of schools and studios across London and, once committed to teaching full time, took on the next level of qualifications. In 2012 she fulfilled her childhood ambition and opened her own school – Clifford Studios - in her grandfather’s name.

The excellent exam results achieved by all pupils Jo has entered is testament to her skills as a teacher; adding Pilates to her repertoire in 2009, and Barre in 2015, further enhancing her ability to train pupils to a high standard.

Jo finds teaching both fascinating and fulfilling and continues to further her study of dance education via the ISTD and through her ongoing Pilates training.

QUALIFICATIONS: ISTD Diploma in Dance Education (Tap and Modern) | ISTD Advanced 2 (Tap and Modern) | RAD Grade 8 Ballet | BA (Hons) | First Aid: Paediatric  | Enhanced DBS check

Lucy Harley


Born in Oxfordshire, Lucy discovered a love for dancing at a young age, training and passing exams in Tap, Modern and Jazz. However Ballet has always been her real passion and in 2011 she was delighted to be  accepted onto the BA (Hons) Ballet Education course at the Royal Academy of Dance.

Throughout her training, Lucy was employed at various schools across London where she gained invaluable experience teaching children from the age of two, up to adults. Having graduated and gained Registered Teachers Status, she has continued her work at these schools, and many more, as a qualified teacher.

Lucy also works for the RAD as both a teacher and a CPD administrator. In 2016 she was made a Tutor + Examiner on the Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies meaning she is teaching teachers as well as children. 

Lucy is committed to developing and progressing the technique of her students at all levels, and finds encouraging enjoyment and creativity in her pupils extremely rewarding.

QUALIFICATIONS: BA (Hons) RAD | RTS | LRAD | RAD Advanced 2 Ballet | ISTD Intermediate (Tap and Modern) | Level 2 ETM | First Aid: in Schools, at Work, Paediatric + Emergency | Enhanced DBS check

Ellis Fitzherbert
Tap + Modern


Ellis began her training aged 3, studying Ballet, Tap, Modern + Jazz (in her later years being taught by Miss Jo). During this time, alongside studying the ISTD + RAD syllabuses, she appeared in numerous professional productions. These included the UK tour of Evita, Spiller’s Pantomimes (Junior and Senior dancer), Paper Moon Company (Music Hall at Leicester Square Theatre and Trafalgar Square), Kingston International Youth Arts Festival and the 100th anniversary gala performance of Wimbledon Theatre.

Ellis has been an assistant teacher since the age of 15, embarking on her official teaching qualifications in 2014. She has now achieved her ISTD Diploma in Dance Education in both Modern and Tap and is continuing to further her teaching qualifications at DanceTeachers Inc alongside teaching at various schools in Surrey.

QUALIFICATIONS: ISTD Diploma in Dance Education (Tap and Modern) | ISTDAdvanced 1 (Tap and Modern) | RAD Grade 8 Ballet | GCSE and A Level Dance (A) | Enhanced DBS check

Alice Trow

Alice discovered yoga in 2011 and initially felt an instant connection to the physical practice.
In 2014 after graduating from drama school Alice decided to undergo an intensive yoga teacher training course with YogaLondon and in true 'you only live once' style, completed it in Ecuador.
She became more curious to the spirituality of yoga and it's history and loved everything she learned. She found the ability to calm her busy mind and discovered the profound beauty of stillness through meditation. She became more grounded, closer to finding her true self and a more balanced and happier lifestyle.
Alice wants to share her experiences and grow as a practitioner through teaching which she does at various studios across London. Being a professional actress and coming from a heavy dance background, Alice uses her performance skills to conduct an entertaining and engaging class.

Alice also works as a children's party entertainer and offers party packages at Clifford Studios - for more info click here.


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Kate Neudecker


Kate studied ballet and jazz from a young age, completing her training at Cambridge Performing Arts.

Upon graduation Kate danced alongside artists such as Katy B and Fat Boy Slim before moving on to more choreographic work; she created 4 different shows for an international team working in Ibiza, Kos and Malta.

She now uses her experience to teach Musical Theatre and Street Dance, drawing on repertoire from past shows.

Kate is also a Level 3 qualified Personal Trainer so her classes are always good fun and high energy!