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, Jazz, 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. In 2009 she added Pilates teaching to her repertoire and in 2015 she added Barre. Both have enhanced her ability to train pupils to a high standard and she is now taking on the challenge of her Licentiate study in Modern, with the intention of training teachers.
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.
Lucy discovered a love for dancing at a young age; training and passing exams in Tap, Modern and Jazz. Ballet however 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. After graduating and receiving Registered Teacher Status, she continued her work at these schools as a qualified teacher.
In 2016 she was made a Tutor + Examiner on the Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies course meaning she mentors aspiring teachers. We are lucky to therefore have had 5 student teachers at Clifford Studios so far.
Since September 2017 Lucy has divided her time between London and Oxfordshire as she was honoured to have been asked to take over the school she herself trained at as a child; the Kinecroft Academy of Dance.
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.
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.
In 2016 Ellis took over the teaching of the Adult Tap classes and in 2017 also took on a Barre qualification. She loves teaching the parents of her dance students and enjoys the variety of classes she now offers.
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.
QUALIFICATIONS: 500 hr RYT
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!
Hannah Vaudin - Commercial Jazz
Abbie Quinnen - 'Cats' Workshop
Hannah Vaudin - Commercial Jazz
Karen Aspinall - Contemporary
Karen Aspinall - 'Singin' in the Rain' Workshop
Lisa Darnell - 'We Will Rock You' Workshop
Diosmer Reynoso - Street Dance