Quay School of Theatre Dance  September House, Norton Road, Tostock, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 9PY


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My love of dance started at a very early age when I began to attend classes in my home town of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.  At the age of thirteen I became a Suffolk County Ballet Scholar.  At sixteen, I auditioned and gained a place at Laine Theatre Arts College in Epsom, Surrey where I trained for three years.  During this time I gained my teaching qualifications with the I.S.T.D. in the genres of Ballet, Tap and Modern.

After graduating from Laine Theatre Arts I did some free-lance teaching for two years.  In 1999 I got the chance to take over The Quay School of Theatre Dance.  It has steadily grown over the past 17 years and we currently hold over fifty classes every week.  

I am always striving to develop my knowledge and skills as a dance teacher and regularly attend courses held by the I.S.T.D.  I get real pleasure out of teaching children to do something that I am so passionate about.

Principal - Mrs Marie Morris C.D.E

My dancing career started at the tender age of three in Chelmsford. I continued with my classes in ballet, adding modern, tap and national genres as I progressed.

My most formative years were spent under the tuition of Ivy Baker in Clacton - a strict disciplinarian who served on the committee of A.I.S.T.D.

Through Ivy Baker I started my teaching career - firstly in Guernsey, then with a theatre school in Nottingham. This led to a position with a Norwegian dance school, where I danced, choreographed and taught professionally for six years. During that time I worked and danced with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, and also set up my own dance studio, carrying out all the teaching myself.

On returning to England to resume teaching here, I spent several years as Ballet Mistress at Oxford House School in Colchester whilst running my own school in Suffolk, before joining The Quay School of Dance several years ago.

Vice Principal - Mrs Stephanie Deering C.D.E.

I started dancing at the age of three at The Quay School of Theatre Dance in my home town of Sudbury, Suffolk. I continued my dance training here for fifteen years until, on completion of my A Levels, I gained a place at Penny Meekings Teacher Training College in Hertfordshire.

Whilst at college I studied the genres of Ballet, Modern Theatre, Tap and National and was awarded my Certificate in Dance Education.

I am now back where my journey began and hope to inspire children the way my teachers have inspired me.

Miss Rachael Byham D.D.E.

I trained locally at Hazelwood Dance Studios before being offered a place at the Royal Academy of Dance in London on the BA (Hons) Ballet education course.  This three-year undergraduate degree program combined intensive Ballet training with academic modules and a number of work placements.

After graduating in 2013 I returned to Suffolk as a qualified Ballet teacher and I now run a Ballet School alongside teaching for The Quay School of Dance.

Mrs Rachel Canham - BA(Hons) RAD RTS